Plum Creek Reports Results for First Quarter 2013

Plum Creek Reports Results for First Quarter 2013

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (NYS: PCL) today announced first quarter earnings of $56 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, on revenues of $340 million. Earnings for the first quarter of 2012 were $29 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, on revenues of $337 million.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure of operating performance, for the first quarter of 2013 was $128 million and was $139 million for the same period of 2012. The company ended the quarter with $296 million in cash and cash equivalents. A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income and cash flow from operations is provided as an attachment to this release.

"The financial performance of each of our business segments improved compared to the first quarter of 2012. We're on-track to grow our non-real estate adjusted EBITDA by $50 million this year. Our first quarter growth in this area was $12 million," said Rick Holley, chief executive officer.

"Earnings and cash flow from our timber resources and manufacturing segments are rising and we're expecting good follow-through in these trends for the remainder of the year. We're excited about the opportunities that we see unfolding longer-term for our businesses and expect 2013 to create a solid base for growth in 2014 and beyond."

Review of Quarterly Operations

The Northern Resources segment reported operating profit of $11 million during the first quarter, a $5 million improvement over the first quarter of 2012. Sawlog prices increased $10 per ton, or 15 percent, compared to first quarter 2012 levels as West Coast lumber mills raised production to serve resurgent domestic demand. Pulpwood prices increased $1 per ton, or 2 percent, on continued strong hardwood pulpwood demand in the Northeast. Total Northern segment harvest volume was comparable to the first quarter 2012 harvest level.

Operating profit in the Southern Resources segment was $24 million, up $3 million from the $21 million reported for first quarter of 2012 as sawlog and pulpwood prices have both improved. Sawlog prices were up $2 per ton, or 6 percent, and pulpwood prices were up $1 per ton, or 14 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2012. The first quarter harvest volumes were similar to the 2012 levels.

The Real Estate segment reported revenue of $78 million and operating income of $45 million. First quarter 2012 revenue was $100 million and operating income was $30 million. The first quarter 2013 results include the disposition of 36,000 acres of large, non-strategic timberlands located in Texas and Oklahoma for approximately $1,475 per acre. During the quarter the company also sold approximately 5,700 acres of small, non-strategic timberlands at an average price of approximately $1,230 per acre and 7,600 acres of HBU/recreation lands for approximately $2,015 per acre.

The Manufacturing segment reported operating income of $10 million, an increase of $6 million over the $4 million reported in the first quarter of 2012. Prices for plywood, lumber, and medium density fiberboard (MDF) were all higher than the first quarter of 2012. Plywood prices increased 19 percent compared to the first quarter of 2012 while lumber and MDF prices were up 7 percent and 5 percent respectively. MDF sales volumes grew 17 percent to satisfy increasing customer demand. Lumber volumes increased 1 percent over the first quarter of 2012 while plywood sales volumes were 12 percent lower than the prior year due to reduced log availability.

In late March 2013, the company restarted production at its Evergreen sawmill which had been idle since 2009. The mill will operate with one shift and will produce approximately 40 million board feet of dimensional lumber annually.


Improving demand for lumber and structural panels is expected to keep pressure on sawlog prices in the foreseeable future. In the Northwest, strengthened demand from domestic sawmills and an active export log market are putting pressure on a limited log supply. In the South, sawlog prices are improving in regions where lumber manufacturers have increased production. More widespread improvement in Southern sawlog prices is expected as lumber production expands with improving lumber demand.

The company expects to harvest between 17.5 and 18.0 million tons of timber this year. During the second quarter, harvest levels in the Northern Resources segment are expected to decline to their lowest level of the year as thawing spring weather restricts harvesting activities. The Southern harvest is expected to be similar to the first quarter's level.

The company continues to expect full-year Real Estate segment sales to be between $250 million and $300 million. Second quarter Real Estate segment sales are expected to be between $45 million and $50 million.

Earnings for the Manufacturing segment are expected to improve with growing product demand and continued strong pricing levels for our industrial plywood, MDF, and lumber products.

Reflecting all of these factors, the company expects 2013 income to be between $1.25 and $1.50 per share. The company expects to report second quarter income between $0.20 and $0.25 per share.

"The year is off to a strong start and we've seen meaningful price improvement for sawlogs in the Northwest where lumber production has grown the most," continued Holley. "In the South, we are seeing pockets of strength in geographies where customers have increased production. We're encouraged by what we're experiencing in our markets and the trends we are seeing in residential construction.

"We continue to evaluate our investment opportunities and manage all our assets with the goal of maximizing the long-term value of an investment in Plum Creek. Disciplined capital allocation is the foundation of our approach to business and makes the difference between acceptable returns and exceptional returns over the long-term," concluded Holley.

Earnings Conference Call and Supplemental Information

Plum Creek will hold a conference call today, Apr. 29, at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT). A live webcast of the conference call may be accessed through Plum Creek's Internet site at by clicking on the "Investors" link.

Investors without Internet access should dial 1-800-572-9852 at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call, referencing Plum Creek's earnings conference call. Those wishing to access the call from outside the United States and Canada should dial 1-706-645-9676, also referencing Plum Creek's earnings conference call. Replay of the call will be available for 48 hours after completion of the live call and can be accessed at 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406 (international calls), using the code 31587214.

Supplemental financial information for Plum Creek operations, including statistical data and reconciliations to non-GAAP measures, is available in the Investors section of Plum Creek's website at

Plum Creek is among the largest and most geographically diverse private landowners in the nation with approximately 6.3 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the United States and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as amended. Some of these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seek," "approximately," "intends," "plans," "estimates," or "anticipates," or the negative of those words or other comparable terminology. The accuracy of such statements is subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, but not limited to, the cyclical nature of the forest products industry, our ability to harvest our timber, our ability to execute our acquisition strategy, the market for and our ability to sell or exchange non-strategic timberlands and timberland properties that have higher and better uses, and various regulatory constraints. These and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions are detailed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. It is likely that if one or more of the risks materializes, or if one or more assumptions prove to be incorrect, the current expectations of Plum Creek and its management will not be realized. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance, and speak only as of the date made, and neither Plum Creek nor its management undertakes any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

(In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)Quarter Ended March 31,
Real Estate78100
Other6 6 
Total Revenues340 337 

Cost of Goods Sold:

Real Estate3068
Total Cost of Goods Sold230259
Selling, General and Administrative32 28 
Total Costs and Expenses262 287 
Other Operating Income (Expense), net  
Operating Income7850
Equity Earnings from Timberland Venture1413
Interest Expense, net:
Interest Expense (Debt Obligations to Unrelated Parties)2121
Interest Expense (Note Payable to Timberland Venture)14 14 
Total Interest Expense, net3535
Income before Income Taxes5728
Provision (Benefit) for Income Taxes1(1)
Net Income$56 $29 
Net Income per Share - Basic$0.35$0.18
Net Income per Share - Diluted$0.35$0.18
Weighted-Average Number of Shares Outstanding
- Basic162.3161.4
- Diluted162.8161.7
March 31,December 31,

(In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)

Current Assets:
Cash and Cash Equivalents$296$356
Accounts Receivable4022
Like-Kind Exchange Funds Held in Escrow53
Deferred Tax Asset77
Assets Held for Sale3961
Other Current Assets15 13 
Timber and Timberlands, net3,3743,363
Mineral Rights, net8787
Property, Plant and Equipment, net122127
Equity Investment in Timberland Venture191204
Deferred Tax Asset1819
Investment in Grantor Trusts (at Fair Value)4139
Other Assets34 37 
Total Assets$4,372 $4,384 
Current Liabilities:
Current Portion of Long-Term Debt$74$248
Line of Credit278104
Accounts Payable2426
Interest Payable2126
Wages Payable929
Taxes Payable109
Deferred Revenue1623
Other Current Liabilities12 7 
Long-Term Debt1,8151,815
Note Payable to Timberland Venture783783
Other Liabilities90 91 
Total Liabilities3,132 3,161 
Commitments and Contingencies
Preferred Stock, $0.01 Par Value, Authorized Shares - 75.0, Outstanding - None
Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value, Authorized Shares - 300.6, Outstanding (net of Treasury Stock) - 162.7 at March 31, 2013 and 162.0 at December 31, 201222
Additional Paid-In Capital2,3162,288
Retained Earnings (Accumulated Deficit)(109)(97)
Treasury Stock, at Cost, Common Shares - 27.0 at March 31, 2013 and 26.9 at December 31, 2012(940)(938)
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)(29)(32)
Total Stockholders' Equity1,240 1,223 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$4,372 $4,384 


 Quarter Ended March 31,
(In Millions)2013 2012
Net Income$56$29
Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities:
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization2627
Basis of Real Estate Sold2563
Equity Earnings from Timberland Venture(14)(13)
Distributions from Timberland Venture2728
Deferred Income Taxes1(1)
Deferred Revenue from Long-Term Gas Leases (Net of Amortization)(3)