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Pope Resources Reports Second Quarter Loss of $1.1 Million

August 5, 2010

POULSBO, Wash., Aug 05, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Pope Resources (NASDAQ:POPE) reported a net loss attributable to unitholders of $1.1 million, or $0.25 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $8.1 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. Results for the quarter include a $1.2 million loss on early debt extinguishment. This compares to a net loss attributable to unitholders of $693,000, or $0.16 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $3.7 million for the comparable period in 2009.

Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2010 totaled $675,000, or $0.15 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $14.1 million. As was the case with the second quarter, results for the first half of 2010 include a $1.2 million loss on early debt extinguishment. Net loss for the corresponding period in 2009 totaled $816,000, or $0.18 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $8.6 million.

Cash provided by operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 was $277,000, compared to cash used by operations of $1.5 million for the second quarter of 2009. For the six months ended June 30, 2010, cash provided by operations was $1.1 million, compared to cash used by operations of $1.1 million for year-to-date 2009 results. Cash provided by operations in 2010 for both the second quarter and first half of the year included the $1.2 million payment for the aforementioned early debt retirement that was part of a new financing.

"We were very encouraged by the improvement in our operating results for both the second quarter and year-to-date, notwithstanding that the decision to refinance one of our timber mortgages resulted in a net loss for the current quarter and year to date," said David L. Nunes, President and CEO. "We enjoyed better-than-expected log markets during the first half of the year and capitalized on this by moving harvest volume forward in the year. While the housing market remains very weak, we are fortunate to have been able to restructure our debt and enjoy considerable operational flexibility as evidenced by our significant harvest deferrals over the past few years. This flexibility puts us in a position to be able to take advantage of future short-term log price swings by opportunistically moving log harvest volume into or out of the market, as circumstances dictate. Having said that, three factors combined to overwhelm what was otherwise a positive operating story into disappointing year-to-date results: a $1.2 million payment for the aforementioned early debt retirement, a $713,000 accrual related to a new long-term incentive compensation plan, and a $563,000 accrual for additional environmental remediation costs at Port Gamble, Washington."

Operating income in the second quarter for Fee Timber increased ten-fold, from $312,000 in 2009 to $3.1 million in 2010. This increase was driven primarily by a 103% increase in our harvest volume, from 7 million board feet (MMBF) in 2009 to 14 MMBF in 2010, amplified by a 53% lift in average realized log price, which increased from $338 per thousand board feet (MBF) in 2009 to $517 per MBF in 2010.

For the first six months of 2010, Fee Timber operating income was more than three times the level of the corresponding period in 2009, increasing from $1.7 million in 2009 to $5.3 million in 2010. This improvement was driven by the combined effect of a 64% increase in harvest volumes, from 16 MMBF in 2009 to 26 MMBF in 2010, and a 16% improvement in average realized log price, which increased from $415 per MBF in 2009 to $483 per MBF in 2010.

The improvement in both second quarter and year-to-date 2010 log prices is a function of inventory restocking throughout the lumber distribution channel that occurred primarily in the first quarter, as well as increased demand from Chinese and Korean log buyers that held steady through the first six months of the year. We responded to these improved market conditions by front-loading more of our planned harvest volume into the first half of the year and intend to continue harvesting more than initially planned for 2010 to take advantage of higher prices. Our harvest volume for the year is expected to be between 46 and 50 MMBF, depending on the strength or weakness of log markets for the balance of the year. While this will constitute a significant increase over the harvest volume for 2009, it will still represent between 17 and 23% less than our sustainable harvest level of 60 MMBF, including the timber funds.

Our Timberland Management & Consulting segment posted an operating loss of $616,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2010, a decline from the $45,000 operating loss for the same period in 2009, primarily due to the termination of the Cascade Timberlands contract in mid-2009. This segment's revenue-generating activities are focused on management of two private equity timber funds managed by the Partnership's subsidiary, Olympic Resource Management. However, because these funds are consolidated into the Partnership's financial statements, fees earned from management activities in this segment are eliminated, with a corresponding reduction to Fee Timber operating expenses. Accordingly, during the first half of 2010 and 2009, fees of $590,000 and $403,000, respectively, were eliminated.

Operating losses for the Real Estate segment increased from $653,000 for the first six months of 2009 to $1.6 million for the first half of 2010, with almost 60%, or $563,000, of the decline in performance attributable to the second quarter increase in our accrual for environmental remediation costs in Port Gamble.

General & Administrative expenses for the first six months of 2010 increased 41% to $2.4 million, compared to $1.7 million in the prior year. This increase in overhead costs was driven primarily by higher professional service fees and incentive compensation accruals. The additional incentive compensation costs resulted from the development of a new long-term compensation plan that required a catch-up accrual for multi-year performance cycles.

As mentioned above, a significant factor contributing to our year-to-date 2010 operating loss was the decision to refinance an $18.6 million timber mortgage one year ahead of its scheduled maturity. This early debt retirement resulted in a charge for debt extinguishment of $1.2 million. The mortgage that was paid off a year early in April 2010 carried a fixed interest rate of 7.63%. In June 2010, the Partnership entered into a new $20.0 million term loan agreement comprised of three tranches of varying maturities with interest-only payments based on a weighted average interest rate of 5.26%. This new term loan agreement also included the financing of the debt extinguishment cost.

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 152,000 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 www.poperesources.com. 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
(Amounts in $000's, except per unit amounts)
                     
      Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,  
        2010       2009       2010       2009    
                     
Revenues  

 

 

$8,089

   

 

 

$3,666

   

 

 

$14,055

   

 

 

$8,645

   
Costs and expenses:                  
  Cost of sales       (3,825 )       (1,882 )       (6,431 )       (4,080 )  
  Operating expenses       (4,133 )       (2,508 )       (6,921 )       (5,330 )  
Operating income (loss)       131         (724 )       703         (765 )  
  Interest income       27         63         61         132    
  Interest expense       (321 )       (593 )       (862 )       (1,210 )  
  Debt extinguishment costs       (1,250 )       -         (1,250 )       -    
  Capitalized interest       78         313         318         618    
  SLARS gain and (impairment) on dispositions       -         3         11         (57 )  
Loss before income taxes       (1,335 )       (938 )       (1,019 )       (1,282 )  
Income tax expense       -         (5 )       (12 )       (5 )  
Net loss       (1,335 )       (943 )       (1,031 )       (1,287 )  
  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests       209         250         356         471    
Net loss attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders       ($1,126 )       ($693 )       ($675 )       ($816 )  
                     
Average units outstanding - Basic       4,541         4,529         4,536         4,561    
Average units outstanding - Diluted       4,541         4,529         4,536         4,561    
                     
Basic net loss per unit       ($0.25 )       ($0.16 )  

 

 

($0.15

)  

 

 

($0.18

)  
Diluted net loss per unit       ($0.25 )       ($0.16 )  

 

 

($0.15

)  

 

 

($0.18

)  
       
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in $000's)
Unaudited
           
      30-Jun-10   31-Dec-09
Assets:        
  Pope Resources cash and cash equivalents  

 

$7,631

 

 

$6,035

  ORM Timber Funds cash and cash equivalents     1,568     1,145
  Cash and cash equivalents     9,199     7,180
  Auction rate securities, current     -     690
  Other current assets     3,005     1,392
  Total current assets     12,204     9,262
  Roads and timber, net     118,380     120,457
  Properties and equipment, net     55,324     54,911
  Auction rate securities, non-current     -     796
  Other assets     1,900     1,630
  Total  

 

$187,808

 

 

$187,056

Liabilities and equity:        
  Current liabilities    

$3,237

 

 

$2,235

  Current portion of long-term debt     82     831
  Long-term debt, excluding current portion     29,986     28,659
  Other long-term liabilities     1,708     1,274
  Total liabilities     35,013     32,999
  Partners' capital     82,102     83,126
  Noncontrolling interests     70,693     70,931
  Total  

 

$187,808

 

 

$187,056

 
RECONCILIATION BETWEEN NET LOSS AND CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATIONS
(Amounts in $000's)
Unaudited
                     
      Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,  
      2010   2009   2010   2009  
                     
Net loss     ($1,335 )     ($943 )     ($1,031 )     ($1,287 )  
Added back:                  
  Depletion     1,465       464       2,189       1,033    
  SLARS activity     -       (3 )     (11 )     57    
  Depreciation and amortization     151       202       305       405    
  Unit compensation     263       144       424       303    
  Deferred taxes     -       (109 )     -       (109 )  
  Development expenditures     (152 )     (531 )     (472 )     (860 )  
  Cost of land sold     -       116       67       116    
  Debt issuance costs     32       -       32       -    
  Change in operating accounts     (147 )     (850 )     (380 )     (733 )  
  Cash provided by (used in) operations  

 

$277

      ($1,510 )  

 

$1,123

      ($1,075 )  
                     
                     
SEGMENT INFORMATION
(Amounts in $000's)
Unaudited
                     
      Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,  
      2010   2009   2010   2009  
                     
Revenues:                  
  Pope Resources Fee Timber  

 

$6,385

   

 

$2,754

   

 

$11,869

   

 

$7,274

   
  ORM Timber Funds     1,428       -       1,706       1    
  Total Fee Timber     7,813       2,754       13,575       7,275    
  Timberland Management & Consulting (TM&C)     -       303       -       511    
  Real Estate     276       609       480       859    
  Total  

 

$8,089

   

 

$3,666

   

 

$14,055

   

 

$8,645

   
Operating income (loss):                  
  Fee Timber     3,054       312       5,334       1,678    
  TM&C     (375 )     59       (616 )     (45 )  
  Real Estate     (1,096 )     (194 )     (1,622 )     (653 )  
  General & administrative     (1,452 )     (901 )     (2,393 )     (1,745 )  
  Total  

 

$131

      ($724 )  

 

$703

      ($765 )  
                     
                     
SELECTED STATISTICS
Unaudited
                     
      Three months ended   Six months ended  
      2010   2009   2010   2009  
Log sale volumes (thousand board feet):                  
Sawlogs                  
  Douglas-fir     10,734       4,953       19,757       12,483    
  Whitewood     1,323       207       1,810       272    
  Cedar     130       180       276       244    
  Hardwood     218       271       307       390    
Pulp                  
  All species     2,052       1,509       3,899       2,476    
Total     14,457       7,120       26,049       15,865    
                     
Average price realizations (per thousand board feet):                  
Sawlogs                  
  Douglas-fir     556       343       515       443    
  Whitewood     483       290       453       294    
  Cedar     950       867       867       850    
  Hardwood     503       430       502       443    
Pulp                  
  All species     311       247       306       239    
Overall     517       338       483       415    
                     
Owned timber acres     114,000       114,000       114,000       114,000    
Acres owned by Funds     36,000       24,000       36,000       24,000    
Third-party managed acres     -       267,000       -       267,000    
Capital and development expenditures ($000's)     325       924       914       1,704    
Depletion ($000's)     1,465       464       2,189       1,033    
Depreciation and amortization ($000's)     151       202       305       405    
Debt to total capitalization (excludes noncontrolling interest)    

27%

 

   

25%

 

   

27%

 

   

25%

 

 
         
QUARTER TO QUARTER COMPARISONS
(Amounts in $000's, except per unit data)
Unaudited
             
        Q2 2010 vs. Q2 2009  

Q2 2010 vs. Q1 2010

        Total  

Total

             
Net income (loss) attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders:        
  2nd Quarter 2010       ($1,126 )     ($1,126 )
  1st Quarter 2010       -    

 

$451

 
  2nd Quarter 2009       (693 )     -  
  Variance       ($433 )     ($1,577 )
             
Detail of earnings variance:          
Fee Timber          
  Log price realizations (A)    

 

$2,587

   

 

$1,099

 
  Log volumes (B)       2,480       1,263  
  Depletion       (1,001 )     (741 )
  Production costs       (1,099 )     (543 )
  Other Fee Timber       (225 )     (304 )
Timberland Management & Consulting          
  Management fee changes       (303 )     -  
  Other Timberland Mgmnt & Consulting       (131 )     (134 )
Real Estate          
  Environmental remediation liability       (563 )     (563 )
  Land sales       (141 )     -  
  Other Real Estate       (198 )     (7 )
General & administrative costs       (551 )     (511 )
Net interest expense       1       51  
Debt extinguishment costs       (1,250 )     (1,250 )
Other (taxes, noncontrolling interest, impairment)     (39 )     63  
Total variance       ($433 )     ($1,577 )
             
  (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
Tom Ringo, VP & CFO
360-697-6626

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