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Pope Resources Reports Fourth Quarter Net Income of $1.7 Million

February 14, 2011

POULSBO, Wash., Feb 14, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Pope Resources (NASDAQ:POPE) reported net income attributable to unitholders of $1.7 million, or $0.35 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $8.5 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010. This compares to a net loss attributable to unitholders of $376,000, or $0.08 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $5.2 million for the comparable period in 2009.

 

Net income attributable to unitholders for the year ended December 31, 2010 totaled $2.0 million, or $0.43 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $31.2 million. Net loss attributable to unitholders for the corresponding period in 2009 totaled $272,000, or $0.07 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $20.5 million. Results for both years included a loss on early debt extinguishment of $1.2 million and $1.1 million in 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Cash provided by operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 was $3.6 million, compared to $853,000 for the fourth quarter of 2009. For the year ended December 31, 2010, cash provided by operations was $9.0 million, compared to $662,000 in 2009.

"Fourth quarter results were dominated by the closing of a $2.4 million conservation easement on 6,900 acres of our southwest Washington timberland," said David L. Nunes, President and CEO. "For the full year, the primary driver for our results was the strong demand from China for Pacific Northwest sawlogs, which resulted in a 63% increase in our harvest level and a more than doubling of the proportion of harvest volume sold to the export market over the prior year. While poor housing markets are expected to remain a drag on both domestic lumber and real estate markets in 2011, the export log market has remained strong and continues to support increased log pricing and higher harvest levels."

Fee Timber operating income was $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of both 2010 and 2009 even though our harvest volume increased 9%, from 10 million board feet (MMBF) in 2009 to 11 MMBF in 2010, and average realized log price was up 16%, from $415 per thousand board feet (MBF) in 2009 to $481 per MBF in 2010. Almost 40% of 2010's fourth quarter harvest came from Timber Fund properties where the per-MBF depletion expense is much higher than that for our long-held properties. In 2009, there was no fourth quarter harvest off Fund timberlands.

Fee Timber operating income for 2010 was $9.7 million compared to $3.7 million in 2009, driven by the combined effect of a 63% increase in harvest volumes, from 32 MMBF in 2009 to 53 MMBF in 2010, and a 19% improvement in average realized log price, which increased from $410 per MBF in 2009 to $486 per MBF in 2010. In response to a surge in demand for logs from buyers in China, we harvested more timber than initially planned for in 2010 and more than doubled our export mix, which increased from 15% in 2009 to 33% in 2010. Healthier export markets also contributed to a year over year 27% increase in domestic log prices and allowed us to increase our sawlog harvest mix, which helped to reduce pulp log volume to 17% of the total harvest in 2010 from 23% in 2009.

Our Timberland Management & Consulting (TM&C) segment generates revenue through the management of private equity timber funds, which are consolidated into the Partnership's financial statements due to the Partnership's controlling interest. Consolidating these funds into the Partnership's financial statements results in the elimination of management fees charged to the funds, with a corresponding decrease in operating expenses in the Fee Timber segment. TM&C revenue for the quarters ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 totaled $16,000 and $51,000, respectively, after eliminating $501,000 and $276,000 of revenue earned from managing the funds. The increase in revenue eliminated resulted from additional fees earned on the management of $58 million of timberland acquired by ORM Timber Fund II, Inc. at the end of the third quarter of 2010. Operating losses generated by the TM&C segment for the quarters ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 totaled $345,000 and $172,000, respectively, after eliminating revenue earned from managing the funds.

TM&C revenue for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 totaled $31,000 and $601,000, respectively, after eliminating $1.5 million and $908,000 of revenue earned from managing the funds. TM&C operating losses for 2010 and 2009, respectively, totaled $1.3 million and $375,000 after eliminating revenue generated from managing the funds. A factor that contributed to the increase in operating loss was the inclusion of a partial year of management fees in our 2009 results earned under a third-party timberland management contract that terminated in July 2009.

With the benefit of the $2.4 million conservation easement sale mentioned above, fourth quarter 2010 operating income for our Real Estate segment was $1.3 million, compared to an operating loss of $398,000 for the comparable period in 2009. Even with this relatively strong fourth quarter, the Real Estate segment posted an operating loss of $809,000 for 2010, compared to operating income of $1.7 million for 2009. Contributing to the operating loss for 2010 was an $875,000 accrual for environmental remediation costs, with $307,000 accrued in the fourth quarter. While the market for development property remains weak, both 2010 and 2009 enjoyed sizeable conservation easement sale closings, with 2009's sale in the third quarter totaling $3.3 million.

General & Administrative expenses for 2010 increased 27% to $4.7 million, compared to $3.7 million in 2009. G&A expenses for 2009 included $362,000 for incentive compensation costs while 2010's results reflect a total of $1.1 million associated with both a catch-up accrual for a new long-term incentive compensation plan's multi-year performance cycles and professional service fees associated with development of the new plan.

The financial schedules attached to this earnings release provide detail on individual segment results and operating statistics.

About Pope Resources

Pope Resources, a publicly traded limited partnership, and its subsidiaries Olympic Resource Management and Olympic Property Group, own or manage 178,000 acres of timberland and development property in Washington and Oregon. We also manage, co-invest in, and consolidate two timberland investment funds that we manage for a fee. In addition, we offer our forestry consulting and timberland investment management services to third-party owners and managers of timberland in Washington, Oregon, and California. The company and its predecessor companies have owned and managed timberlands and development properties for more than 150 years. Additional information on the company can be found at http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.poperesources.com&esheet=6608761&lan=en-US&anchor=www.poperesources.com&index=1&md5=16547cff37661c42883bc93da7ed04cb. The contents of our website are not incorporated into this release or into our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This press release contains a number of projections and statements about our expected financial condition, operating results, business plans and objectives. These statements reflect management's estimates based on current goals and its expectations about future developments. Because these statements describe our goals, objectives, and anticipated performance, they are inherently uncertain, and some or all of these statements may not come to pass. Accordingly, they should not be interpreted as promises of future management actions or financial performance. Our future actions and actual performance will vary from current expectations and under various circumstances the results of these variations may be material and adverse. Some of the factors that may cause actual operating results and financial condition to fall short of expectations include conditions in the housing construction and wood-products markets that affect demand for our products; factors that affect our ability to anticipate and respond adequately to fluctuations in the market prices for our products; environmental and land use regulations that limit our ability to harvest timber and develop property, including changes in those regulations; conditions affecting credit markets as they affect the availability of capital and costs of borrowing; labor, equipment and transportation costs that affect our net income; the impacts of natural disasters on our timberlands and on surrounding areas; and our ability to discover and to accurately estimate liabilities associated with our properties. Other factors are set forth in that part of our Annual Report on Form 10-K entitled "Risk Factors." Other issues that may have an adverse and material impact on our business, operating results, and financial condition include those risks and uncertainties discussed in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements in this release are made only as of the date shown above, and we cannot undertake to update these statements.

 
Pope Resources, A Delaware Limited Partnership
Unaudited
                 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(all amounts in $000's, except per unit amounts)
                 
    Three months ended December 31,   Twelve months ended December 31,
      2010       2009       2010       2009  
                 
Revenues   $ 8,546     $ 5,218     $ 31,192     $ 20,478  
Costs and expenses:                
Cost of sales     (3,349 )     (2,346 )     (14,346 )     (8,372 )
Operating expenses     (3,876 )     (2,946 )     (13,933 )     (10,827 )
Operating income (loss)     1,321       (74 )     2,913       1,279  
Interest income     11       52       102       219  
Interest expense     (460 )     (552 )     (1,815 )     (2,317 )
Capitalized interest     109       238       569       1,091  
Debt extinguishment costs     -       -       (1,250 )     (1,137 )
SLARS gain (loss) on disposition     -       (246 )     11       (318 )
Income (loss) before income taxes     981       (582 )     530       (1,183 )
Income tax benefit (expense)     265       (33 )     290       (39 )
Net income (loss)     1,246       (615 )     820       (1,222 )
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests     417       239       1,218       950  
Net income (loss) attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders   $ 1,663       ($376 )   $ 2,038       ($272 )
                 
Average units outstanding - Basic     4,577       4,520       4,554       4,539  
Average units outstanding - Diluted     4,605       4,520       4,578       4,539  
                 
Basic net income (loss) per unit   $ 0.35       ($0.08 )   $ 0.43       ($0.07 )
Diluted net income (loss) per unit   $ 0.35       ($0.08 )   $ 0.43       ($0.07 )
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING BALANCE SHEETS
(all amounts in $000's)
                     
    31-Dec-10   31-Dec-09
                     
Assets:   Pope   ORM

Timber Funds

  Consolidating Entries   Consolidated    
Pope Resources cash and cash equivalents   $ 237     -   -     $ 237   $ 6,035
ORM Timber Funds cash and cash equivalents     -     2,186   -       2,186     1,145
Cash and cash equivalents     237     2,186   -       2,423     7,180
Other current assets     1,583     413   (426 )     1,570     2,082
Total current assets     1,820     2,599   (426 )     3,993     9,262
Roads and timber, net     39,505     125,456   -       164,961     120,457
Land held for development     27,737     -   -       27,737     25,872
Properties and equipment, net     19,227     18,607   -       37,834     29,039
Other assets     29,039     141   (27,868 )     1,312     2,426
Total   $ 117,328   $ 146,803   ($28,294 )   $ 235,837   $ 187,056
Liabilities and equity:                    
Current liabilities   $ 4,258   $ 954   ($426 )   $ 4,786   $ 2,235
Current portion of long-term debt     -     30   -       30     831
Long-term debt of Partnership, non-current     39,400     -   -       39,400     28,561
Long-term debt of ORM Timber Funds, non-current     -     11,068   -       11,068     98
Other long-term liabilities     1,746     -   -       1,746     1,274
Total liabilities     45,404     12,052   (426 )     57,030     32,999
Partners' capital     71,924     134,751   (135,685 )     70,990     83,126
Noncontrolling interests     -     -   107,817       107,817     70,931
Total   $ 117,328   $ 146,803   ($28,294 )   $ 235,837   $ 187,056
 
RECONCILIATION BETWEEN NET INCOME (LOSS) AND CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATIONS
(all amounts in $000's)
                 
    Three months ended December 31,   Twelve months ended December 31,
      2010       2009       2010       2009  
                 
Net income (loss)   $ 1,246       ($615 )   $ 820       ($1,222 )
Added back:                
Depletion     1,260       552       5,169       2,001  
SLARS (gain) loss on investments     -       246       (11 )     318  
Depreciation and amortization     157       195       642       810  
Unit compensation     144       154       712       621  
Deferred taxes     (69 )     (82 )     (252 )     (222 )
Excess unit compensation tax benefit     -       (17 )     -       (17 )
Development expenditures     (332 )     (414 )     (1,075 )     (1,639 )
Cost of land sold     -       8       67       127  
Debt issuance costs     -       -       32       -  
Change in operating accounts     1,134       826       2,846       (115 )
Cash provided by operations   $

3,540

    $ 853     $ 8,950     $ 662  
 
SEGMENT INFORMATION
(all amounts in $000's)
                 
    Three months ended December 31,   Twelve months ended December 31,
    2010   2009   2010   2009
                 
Revenues:                
Pope Resources Fee Timber   $3,908   $4,683   $22,304   $14,816
ORM Timber Funds   1,943   27   5,370   31
Total Fee Timber   5,851   4,710   27,674   14,847
Timberland Management & Consulting (TM&C)   16   51   31   601
Real Estate   2,679   457   3,487   5,030
Total   8,546   5,218   31,192   20,478
Operating income (loss):                
Fee Timber   1,689   1,694   9,703   3,724
TM&C   (345)   (172)   (1,250)   (375)
Real Estate   1,311   (398)   (809)   1,663
General & administrative   (1,334)   (1,198)   (4,731)   (3,733)
Total   $1,321   ($74)   $2,913   $1,279
 
SELECTED STATISTICS
                 
    Three months ended December 31, Twelve months ended December 31,
    2010     2009     2010     2009  
Log sale volumes by species (thousand board feet):                
Sawlogs                
Douglas-fir   4,417     7,373     34,978     22,383  
Whitewood   3,759     526     7,096     1,080  
Cedar   414     149     865     827  
Hardwood   359     135     941     835  
Pulpwood                
All species   2,130     2,017     9,119     7,336  
Total   11,079     10,200     52,999     32,461  
                 
Log sale volumes by sort (thousand board feet):                
Export   5,332     2,444     17,673     4,876  
Domestic   3,258     5,604     25,266     19,414  
Pulpwood   2,130     2,017     9,119     7,336  
Hardwood   359     135     941     835  
Total   11,079     10,200     52,999     32,461  
                 
Average price realizations by species (per thousand board feet):                
Sawlogs                
Douglas-fir   537     438     528     435  
Whitewood   446     332     446     309  
Cedar   895     718     917     817  
Hardwood   513     466     502     446  
Pulpwood                
All species   340     329     311     296  
Overall   481     415     486     410  
                 
Average price realizations by sort (per thousand board feet):                
Export   517     515     526     581  
Domestic   511     401     520     408  
Pulpwood   340     329     311     296  
Hardwood   513     466     502     446  
Overall   481     415     486     410  
                 
Owned timber acres   114,000     114,000     114,000     114,000  
Acres owned by Funds   61,000     36,000     61,000     36,000  
Third-party managed acres   -     -     -     -  
Capital and development expenditures ($000's)   695     672     2,012     2,863  
Depletion ($000's)   1,260     552     5,169     2,001  
Depreciation and amortization ($000's)   157     195     642     810  
Debt to total capitalization (excludes ORM Timber Funds)   36 %   26 %   36 %   26 %
         
QUARTER TO QUARTER COMPARISONS
(Amounts in $000's except per unit data)
         
   

Q4 2010 vs.

Q4 2009

 

Q4 2010 vs.

Q3 2010

Net income (loss) attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders:        
4th Quarter 2010   $ 1,663     $ 1,663  
3rd Quarter 2010         1,050  
4th Quarter 2009     (376 )    
Variance   $ 2,039     $ 613  
         
Detail of earnings variance:        
Fee Timber        
Log price realizations (A)   $ 731       ($133 )
Log volumes (B)     365       (2,362 )
Depletion     (708 )     460  
Production costs     (177 )     910  
Other Fee Timber     (216 )     133  
Timberland Management & Consulting        
Management fee changes     -       -  
Other Timberland Mgmnt & Consulting     (173 )     (56 )
Real Estate        
Environmental remediation liability     (277 )     (302 )
Land and conservation easement sales     2,063       2,277  
Timber depletion on HBU sale     6       -  
Other Real Estate     (83 )     (166 )
General & administrative costs     (136 )     (330 )
Net interest expense     (79 )     (19 )
Other (taxes, noncontrolling int., impairment)     723       201  
Total change in earnings   $ 2,039     $ 613  
         
(A) Price variance calculated by extending the change in average realized price by current period volume.
(B) Volume variance calculated by extending change in sales volume by the average log sales price for the comparison period.

SOURCE: Pope Resources

Pope Resources
VP & CFO
Tom Ringo, 360-697-6626
Fax 360-697-1156

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