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Pope Resources Reports Third Quarter Income Of $2.0 Million

November 7, 2016

POULSBO, Wash., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pope Resources (NASDAQ:POPE) reported net income attributable to unitholders of $2.0 million, or $0.45 per ownership unit, on revenue of $13.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.  This compares to net income attributable to unitholders of $615,000, or $0.13 per ownership unit, on revenue of $15.2 million for the comparable period in 2015.

Net income attributable to unitholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 totaled $1.4 million, or $0.30 per ownership unit, on revenue of $37.0 million.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2015 the Partnership reported net income attributable to unitholders of $8.7 million, or $2.01 per ownership unit, on revenue of $56.0 million.

Cash used in operations for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $4.7 million, compared to cash provided by operations of $4.7 million for the third quarter of 2015.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, cash used in operations was $9.0 million, compared to cash provided by operations of $16.9 million in 2015. 

"Our overall average log price realizations remained relatively flat compared to the previous several quarters," said Tom Ringo, President and CEO,  "though we started to ramp up harvest volume at the tail end of the quarter in anticipation of modest price appreciation over the next several months. Meanwhile, our Real Estate segment closed on two sales of undeveloped land in Q3 and invested $4.8 million in our Harbor Hill project to prepare for the anticipated sale of up to 127 residential lots in the fourth quarter.  The most noteworthy event of the quarter was the 7,324-acre Carbon River tree farm acquisition that closed in July.  Pairing Carbon River with a series of other small-tract timberland acquisitions completed of late underscores the significant progress we are making toward our objective to grow the Partnership's land base as an engine for future earnings and distributions."

Third quarter highlights

  • Harvest volume was 17.0 MMBF in Q3 2016 compared to 17.8 MMBF in Q3 2015, a 4% decrease. Harvest volume for the first nine months of 2016 was 53.6 MMBF compared to 57.4 MMBF for 2015, a 7% decrease. These harvest volume figures do not include timber deed sales of 1.3 MMBF in Q3 2016 and 0.6 MMBF in Q1 2015. The harvest volume and log price realization metrics cited below also exclude these timber deed sales, except as noted otherwise.
  • Average realized log price per thousand board feet (MBF) was $573 in Q3 2016 compared to $579 per MBF in Q3 2015. For the first nine months of 2016, the average realized log price was $574 per MBF compared to $587 per MBF for 2015.
  • As a percentage of total harvest, volume sold to export markets in Q3 2016 decreased to 16% from 26% in Q3 2015, while the mix of volume sold to domestic markets was 65% in Q3 2016 compared to 53% in Q3 2015. For the first nine months of 2016, the relative percentages of volume sold to export and domestic markets were 16% and 64%, respectively, compared to 20% and 58%, respectively, in 2015. Hardwood, cedar and pulpwood log sales make up the balance of harvest volume.
  • As noted last quarter, in July the Partnership closed on a 7,324-acre timberland acquisition for $32.0 million consisting of 6,746 owned acres and a timber deed on 578 acres that expires in 2051.
  • The Partnership closed on the sale of two parcels of undeveloped land comprising 265 acres for $1.7 million.

Third quarter and year-to-date operating results

Fee Timber:
Fee Timber operating income for Q3 2016 was $3.3 million compared to $1.3 million for Q3 2015. Our Q3 2015 results reflect a $1.1 million loss on the sale of 858 acres from Fund III's timberland, and the absence of a counterpart in our Q3 2016 results is the primary reason for the improvement in operating income. Q3 2016 includes the sale of 1.3 MMBF of timber via timber deed sales from both Partnership and Fund tree farms that had no counterpart in Q3 2015. A 3% increase in harvest volume (including volume from timber deed sales) was partially offset by a 1% decrease in average realized log prices. A $391,000 decrease in operating expenses also helped improve operating income.

Fee Timber operating income for the first nine months of 2016 was $8.8 million compared to $7.8 million in 2015, due to 2015 results including a $1.1 million loss on sale of 858 acres from Fund III's timberland, compared to 2016 results which include a $226,000 gain on sale of 205 acres of Fund timberland. Excluding these timberland sales, Fee Timber operating income was $8.5 million in 2016 and $8.9 million in 2015. This decrease resulted from a 5% decrease in harvest volume (including timber deed sales), a 2% decline in average realized log prices, and a decrease in other revenue from a lack of commercial thinning activity in the current year. These factors were offset partially by a 15% decrease in cost of sales, driven by a combination of lower harvest volume and a lower average depletion rate as we harvested more volume from Partnership tree farms in 2016, which have a lower average depletion rate than Fund tree farms.

Since the October 2015 expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA), Canadian lumber has been sold duty-free into the U.S. market. The combination of this duty-free entry and a weak Canadian currency has boosted Canadian exports of softwood lumber to the U.S. during the first eight months of 2016 by 34% over the corresponding period of 2015, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  The influx of Canadian lumber has played a role in keeping log prices in check when compared to last year.

Timberland Management:
Operating losses incurred by this segment for Q3 2016 and Q3 2015 totaled $644,000 and $494,000, respectively, after eliminating revenue earned from managing the Funds of $772,000 and $779,000 for Q3 2016 and Q3 2015, respectively. The increase in operating loss is attributable to costs associated with our fourth timber fund which we expect to launch by the end of 2016.

Operating losses incurred by this segment for first nine months of 2016 and 2015 totaled $1.9 million and $2.0 million, respectively, after eliminating management fees earned from the Funds of $2.4 million for each of the first nine months of 2016 and 2015.

Real Estate:
Our Real Estate segment posted operating income of $463,000 for Q3 2016 compared to an operating loss of $503,000 for Q3 2015.  In Q3 2016, we closed on the sale of two parcels of undeveloped land comprising 265 acres for $1.7 million ($6,600 per acre). In Q3 2015, we closed on the sale of a parcel zoned for multi-family residential use from our Harbor Hill development. 

For the first nine months of 2016, the Real Estate segment reported an operating loss of $1.7 million, having sold only nine single-family residential lots from our Harbor Hill development and the two parcels of undeveloped land noted above.  This compares to 2015 operating income of $5.2 million in 2015, driven primarily by the sale of 75 residential lots from Harbor Hill for $9.0 million and on $6.6 million of conservation land and easement sales covering 3,861 acres.

General & Administrative (G&A):
G&A expenses were $1.2 million for both of Q3 2016 and 2015.  For the first nine months of 2016 and 2015, G&A expenses were $3.8 million and $3.6 million, respectively.  The increase in 2016 is due primarily to being fully staffed relative to the prior year.

Outlook

Over the course of 2016, we have made investments that we believe will pay off in the fourth quarter.  In our Fee Timber segment, we expect to realize over 40% of our planned annual harvest volume in the fourth quarter.  This back-end loading of our 2016 harvest is timed to coincide with anticipated log pricing improvement, consistent with typical seasonal patterns.  We expect our total 2016 harvest volume to be between 96 and 100 MMBF, including timber deed sales.  In our Real Estate segment, we have invested nearly $10 million in our Harbor Hill project this year in order to close on the anticipated sale of up to 127 residential lots in the fourth quarter.

The financial schedules accompanying 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 217,000 acres of timberland and development property in Washington, Oregon, and California.  We also manage, co-invest in, and consolidate two private equity timber funds, for which we earn management fees. These funds provide an efficient means of investing our own capital in Pacific Northwest timberland while earning fees from managing the funds for third-party investors. The Partnership and its predecessor companies have owned and managed timberlands and development properties for over 160 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.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains a number of projections and statements about our expected financial condition, operating results, business plans and objectives, and about management's plans for future operations and strategies. 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. Among those forward-looking statements contained in this report are statements about management's expectations for future log prices, harvest volumes and markets, and statements about our expectations for future sales in our Real Estate segment.  However, readers should note that all statements other than expressions of historical fact are forward-looking in nature.  Some of the factors that may cause actual operating results and financial condition to fall short of expectations, or that may cause us to deviate from our current plans, include our ability to accurately predict fluctuations in log markets domestically and internationally, and to adjust our harvest volumes timely and appropriately; our ability to anticipate and manage interest rate risk as it affects our borrowing costs; fluctuations in interest rates that affect the U.S. housing market and related demand for our products from that market; our ability to estimate the cost of ongoing and changing environmental remediation obligations, including our ability to anticipate and address the political and regulatory climate that affects these obligations; our ability to consummate various pending and anticipated real estate transactions on the terms management expects; our ability to manage our timber funds and their assets in a manner that our investors consider acceptable, and to raise additional capital or establish new funds on terms that are advantageous to the Partnership; conditions in the housing construction and wood-products markets, both domestically and globally, that affect demand for our products; the effects of competition, particularly by larger and better-financed competitors; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates that affect both competition for sales of our products and our customers' demand for them; the effect of treaties and other international agreements that affect the supply of logs in the United States and demand for logs overseas; 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; our ability to anticipate and mitigate potential impacts of our operations on adjacent properties; the impacts of natural disasters on our timberlands and on surrounding areas; and our ability to discover and to accurately estimate other liabilities associated with our assets. 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.

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)

(all amounts in $000's, except per unit amounts)

               
 

Quarter ended September
30,

 

Nine Months Ended
 September 30,

 

2016

 

2015

 

2016

 

2015

               

Revenue

$

13,178

   

$

15,208

   

$

36,960

   

$

56,020

 

Cost of sales

(6,211)

   

(9,746)

   

(20,822)

   

(33,058)

 

Operating expenses

(4,982)

   

(5,232)

   

(15,059)

   

(14,479)

 

Gain (loss) on sale of timberland

   

(1,103)

   

226

   

(1,103)

 

Operating income (loss)

1,985

   

(873)

   

1,305

   

7,380

 

Interest expense, net

(953)

   

(726)

   

(2,358)

   

(2,248)

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

1,032

   

(1,599)

   

(1,053)

   

5,132

 

Income tax expense

(116)

   

(1)

   

(166)

   

(369)

 

Net income (loss)

916

   

(1,600)

   

(1,219)

   

4,763

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,054

   

2,215

   

2,590

   

3,950

 

Net income attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders

$

1,970

   

$

615

   

$

1,371

   

$

8,713

 
               

Basic and diluted weighted average units outstanding

4,312

   

4,298

   

4,312

   

4,297

 
               

Basic and diluted earnings per unit

$

0.45

   

$

0.13

   

$

0.30

   

$

2.01

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING BALANCE SHEETS

(all amounts in $000's)

                   
 

September 30, 2016

 

December 31,
2015

Assets:

Pope

 

ORM
Timber
Funds

 

Consolidating
Entries

 

 Consolidated

   

Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,078

   

$

1,376

   

$

   

$

3,454

   

$

9,706

 

Land held for sale

10,750

           

10,750

   

3,642

 

Other current assets

5,321

   

908

   

(646)

   

5,583

   

4,048

 

  Total current assets

18,149

   

2,284

   

(646)

   

19,787

   

17,396

 

Timber and roads, net

62,183

   

228,621

       

290,804

   

266,104

 

Timberland

17,875

   

38,996

       

56,871

   

53,879

 

Land held for development

28,005

           

28,005

   

25,653

 

Buildings and equipment, net

5,683

   

14

       

5,697

   

6,024

 

Investment in ORM Timber Funds

18,213

       

(18,213)

   

   

 

Deposit for acquisition of timberland

265

           

265

   

 

Other assets

918

           

918

   

1,000

 

    Total assets

$

151,291

   

$

269,915

   

$

(18,859)

   

$

402,347

   

$

370,056

 
                   

Liabilities and equity:

                 

Current liabilities

$

5,465

   

$

1,892

   

$

(646)

   

$

6,711

   

$

5,426

 

Current portion of long-term debt

5,118

           

5,118

   

114

 

Current portion of environmental remediation

10,254

           

10,254

   

11,200

 

  Total current liabilities

20,837

   

1,892

   

(646)

   

22,083

   

16,740

 

Long-term debt

71,382

   

57,263

       

128,645

   

84,537

 

Environmental remediation and other long-term liabilities

1,354

           

1,354

   

5,713

 

  Total liabilities

93,573

   

59,155

   

(646)

   

152,082

   

106,990

 

Partners' capital

57,718

   

210,760

   

(211,088)

   

57,390

   

64,548

 

Noncontrolling interests

       

192,875

   

192,875

   

198,518

 

    Total liabilities and equity

$

151,291

   

$

269,915

   

$

(18,859)

   

$

402,347

   

$

370,056

 

 

 

RECONCILIATION BETWEEN NET INCOME (LOSS) AND CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATIONS

(all amounts in $000's)

               
 

Quarter ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended
September 30,

 

2016

 

2015

 

2016

 

2015

               

Net income (loss)

$

916

   

$

(1,600)

   

$

(1,219)

   

$

4,763

 

Add back (deduct):

             

  Depletion

1,908

   

2,250

   

6,101

   

7,198

 

  Equity-based compensation

162

   

142

   

756

   

722

 

  Excess tax benefit of equity-based compensation

   

   

   

(5)

 

  Real estate project expenditures

(5,373)

   

(2,438)

   

(10,598)

   

(7,053)

 

  Depreciation and amortization

183

   

152

   

554

   

466

 

  Deferred taxes

49

   

(4)

   

49

   

199

 

  Cost of land sold

102

   

2,743

   

1,139

   

9,246

 

  (Gain) loss on sale of timberland

   

1,103

   

(226)

   

1,103

 

  Gain on disposal of property and equipment

   

   

(24)

   

 

  Change in environmental remediation liability

(1,105)

   

(1,007)

   

(5,280)

   

(1,579)

 

  Change in other operating accounts

(1,502)

   

3,370

   

(209)

   

1,843

 

Cash provided by (used in) operations

$

(4,660)

   

$

4,711

   

$

(8,957)

   

$

16,903

 

 

 

SEGMENT INFORMATION

(all amounts in $000's)

               
 

Quarter ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended
September 30,

 

2016

 

2015

 

2016

 

2015

               

Revenue:

             

Partnership Fee Timber

$

7,834

   

$

6,406

   

$

20,358

   

$

19,967

 

Funds Fee Timber

3,231

   

4,910

   

12,729

   

16,567

 

    Total Fee Timber

11,065

   

11,316

   

33,087

   

36,534

 

Timberland Management

   

   

8

   

 

Real Estate

2,113

   

3,892

   

3,865

   

19,486

 

    Total

$

13,178

   

$

15,208

   

$

36,960

   

$

56,020

 

Operating income (loss):

             

Fee Timber

$

3,317

   

$

1,326

   

$

8,770

   

$

7,774

 

Timberland Management

(644)

   

(494)

   

(1,913)

   

(2,008)

 

Real Estate

463

   

(503)

   

(1,738)

   

5,204

 

General & Administrative

(1,151)

   

(1,202)

   

(3,814)

   

(3,590)

 

    Total

$

1,985

   

$

(873)

   

$

1,305

   

$

7,380

 

 

 

SELECTED STATISTICS

               
 

Quarter ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended
September 30,

 

2016

 

2015

 

2016

 

2015

Log sale volumes by species (million board feet):

             

Sawlogs

             

  Douglas-fir

9.8

   

9.9

   

27.9

   

29.0

 

  Whitewood

3.0

   

3.5

   

11.1

   

12.4

 

  Pine

0.5

   

0.1

   

1.7

   

1.3

 

  Cedar

0.5

   

0.6

   

2.5

   

2.3

 

  Hardwood

0.8

   

0.7

   

2.0

   

2.6

 

Pulpwood - all species

2.4

   

3.0

   

8.4

   

9.8

 

Total

17.0

   

17.8

   

53.6

   

57.4

 
               

Log sale volumes by destination (million board feet):

             

  Export

2.8

   

4.7

   

8.9

   

11.5

 

  Domestic

11.0

   

9.4

   

34.3

   

33.5

 

  Hardwood

0.8

   

0.7

   

2.0

   

2.6

 

  Pulpwood

2.4

   

3.0

   

8.4

   

9.8

 

Subtotal log sale volumes

17.0

   

17.8

   

53.6

   

57.4

 

  Timber deed sale

1.3

   

   

1.3

   

0.6

 

Total

18.3

   

17.8

   

54.9

   

58.0

 

 

Average price realizations by species (per thousand board feet):

Quarter ended September
30,

 

Nine months ended
September 30,

 

2016

 

2015

 

2016

 

2015

Sawlogs

             

  Douglas-fir

$

629

   

$

623

   

$

615

   

$

627

 

  Whitewood

506

   

522

   

524

   

542

 

  Pine

418

   

420

 

478

   

539

  Cedar

1,321

   

1,426

   

1,370

   

1,405

 

  Hardwood

640

   

559

   

571

   

606

 

Pulpwood - all species

284

   

349

   

296

   

332

 

Overall

573

   

579

   

574

   

587

 
               

Average price realizations by destination (per thousand board feet):

             

Export

$

621

   

$

616

   

$

631

   

$

634

 

Domestic

621

   

638

   

629

   

645

 

Hardwood

640

   

559

   

571

   

606

 

Pulpwood

284

   

346

   

296

   

332

 

Overall log sales

573

   

579

   

574

   

587

 

Timber deed sale

381

   

   

381

   

389

 
               

Owned timber acres

119,000

   

111,000

   

119,000

   

111,000

 

Acres owned by Funds

94,000

   

79,000

   

94,000

   

79,000

 

Depletion expense per MBF - Partnership tree farms

$

67

   

$

47

   

$

52

   

$

47

 

Depletion expense per MBF - Fund tree farms

$

181

   

$

212

   

$

196

   

$

197

 

Capital and development expenditures ($000's)

$

5,750

   

$

2,844

   

$

12,033

   

$

8,723

 

 

 

PERIOD TO PERIOD COMPARISONS

(Amounts in $000's except per unit data)

       
 

Q3 2016 vs.

 

YTD 2016 vs.

 

Q3 2015

 

YTD 2015

Net income attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders:

     

3rd Quarter 2016

$

1,970

   

$

1,371

 

3rd Quarter 2015

615

   

8,713

 

   Variance

$

1,355

   

$

(7,342)

 
       

Detail of earnings variance:

     

Fee Timber

     

Log volumes (A)

$

(463)

   

$

(2,231)

 

Log price realizations (B)

(102)

   

(697)

 

Gain/loss on sale of timberland

1,103

   

1,329

 

Timber deed sale

485

   

255

 

Production costs

405

   

2,291

 

Depletion

343

   

1,018

 

Other Fee Timber

220

   

(969)

 

Timberland Management

(150)

   

95

 

Real Estate

     

Land sales

(493)

   

(3,827)

 

Conservation easement sales

   

(4,311)

 

Other Real Estate

1,459

   

1,196

 

General & Administrative costs

51

   

(224)

 

Net interest expense

(227)

   

(110)

 

Income taxes

(115)

   

203

 

Noncontrolling interest

(1,161)

   

(1,360)

 

Total variance

$

1,355

   

$

(7,342)

 
   

(A)

Volume variance calculated by extending change in sales volume by the average log sales price for the comparison period.

(B)

Price variance calculated by extending the change in average realized price by current period volume.

 

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pope-resources-reports-third-quarter-income-of-20-million-300358670.html

SOURCE Pope Resources

John Lamb, VP & CFO, 360.697.6626, investors@orminc.com

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