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Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. Reports Results for Second Quarter 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. Reports Results for Second Quarter 201116:05 EDT Monday, July 25, 2011 SEATTLE (Business Wire) -- Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (NYSE: PCL) today announced second quarter earnings of $44 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, on revenues of $284 million. Earnings for the second quarter of 2010 were $35 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, on revenues of $258 million. Earnings for the first six months of 2011 were $82 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, on revenues of $559 million. Earnings for the first six months of 2010 were $122 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, on revenues of $575 million. Results for the first six months of 2010 include an $11 million ($0.07 per diluted share) after-tax gain on the first-quarter sale of certain natural gas assets. As a result, income from continuing operations for the first six months was $111 million, or $0.68 per diluted share. Cash provided by operating activities for the second quarter of 2011 totaled $81 million. The company ended the quarter with $253 million in cash and cash equivalents. “Good results from our Real Estate segment offset weaker than anticipated results from our timber operations,” said Rick Holley, Plum Creek's president and chief executive officer. “Sawlog markets in the West and Northeast remained attractive during the second quarter however, sawlog markets in the South continued to be challenging due to extremely dry weather and weak domestic demand.” “We manage the company with the goal of maximizing the long-term value of every acre we own,” continued Holley. “During the second quarter, we reduced our sawlog harvest about 100,000 tons from planned levels in the South. We will bring this volume to the market, at improved prices, in the future.” Review of Operations The Northern Resources segment reported a $3 million profit for the quarter, unchanged from the second quarter of 2010 despite lower volumes. Oregon sawlog prices have increased 13 percent over the past year due primarily to stronger demand for logs and lumber from offshore markets, most notably China. Northern Resources segment average sawlog prices were $6 per ton, or nine percent, higher and pulpwood prices were $2 per ton, or five percent, higher than the second quarter of 2010. An extended spring thaw limited access to timberlands during the second quarter and resulted in lower harvest volumes compared to the same period of 2010. Sawlog harvest volumes were approximately three percent lower compared to the second quarter of 2010 while pulpwood volumes were 30 percent lower compared to the same period. Operating profit in the Southern Resources segment was $15 million compared to a $24 million profit reported during the second quarter of 2010. Southern log prices moved lower as unusually dry weather temporarily increased supply in the region by allowing access to wetter, low lying timber stands. These conditions are in stark contrast to the second quarter of 2010 when unusually wet weather during the first half of 2010 led to temporary log shortages and price spikes in many regions of the South. As a result of these contrasting supply situations, log prices throughout the South were significantly lower during the second quarter of 2011. Average sawlog stumpage prices were $4 per ton, or 19 percent, lower. The company reduced its sawlog harvest from its planned level in light of unattractive sawlog pricing, and as a result, the sawlog harvest volume was similar to the second quarter harvest of 2010. Average pulpwood stumpage prices were $3 per ton, nearly 30 percent, lower than the second quarter of 2010. While pulpwood prices were lower than last year, they remained good by historic standards in most markets. The pulpwood harvest of 1.6 million tons was at planned levels, approximately ten percent higher than the harvest during the second quarter of 2010. The Real Estate segment reported total revenue of $79 million and operating income of $50 million. Second quarter 2010 Real Estate segment revenue was $43 million resulting in operating income of $26 million. Conservation transactions covering approximately 59,000 acres in Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana captured average values of $1,050 per acre and comprised much of the sales during the quarter. Small, non-strategic sales of 2,700 acres captured $1,125 per acre while approximately 6,300 acres of recreation lands captured approximately $2,050 per acre. The Manufacturing segment reported $5 million of operating income for the second quarter, compared to the $10 million operating income reported for the second quarter of 2010. The 2010 results included a $2 million benefit from one-time gains on the sale of lumber equipment. Prices for lumber and medium density fiberboard (MDF) were largely unchanged from the second quarter of 2010 while plywood prices were approximately four percent lower. Lumber and plywood volumes were approximately five percent lower while MDF sales volumes were 14 percent lower. MDF demand was stronger last year due to temporary disruptions to global MDF availability caused by the Chilean earthquake in 2010. Pending Acquisition The company has agreed to acquire 50,000 acres of industrial timberland located in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama from Forestar for $75 million. The company expects to complete the transaction during the third quarter. Outlook Business conditions have not improved materially over the past year with the notable exception of strengthening export log markets on the west coast. The pace of recovery is slow and erratic. With relatively unattractive sawlog prices in some Southern markets, the company expects its 2011 harvest will fall in the lower half of its initial guidance of 15 to 16 million tons. During the second quarter, Northern harvests are typically at their lowest level of the year as the spring thaw restricts harvesting activities. The harvest in the Northern Resources segment is expected to increase during the third quarter to approximately 1.2 million tons. The third quarter Southern sawlog harvest is expected to be similar to the approximately 2.9 million-ton level of the third quarter of 2010. Third quarter Real Estate segment sales are expected to be between $65 million and $75 million. The company expects full-year Real Estate segment sales to be between $250 million and $300 million. Manufacturing results during the third quarter are expected to be comparable to the second quarter's level. Reflecting the company's decision to reduce its sawlog harvest volumes and weak Southern sawlog prices, the company now expects 2011 income from continuing operations to be between $1.15 and $1.30 per share. The company anticipates third quarter income from continuing operations to be between $0.28 and $0.33 per share. “Disciplined capital allocation is a key component to successfully creating long-term shareholder value. Acquisitions, share repurchases and debt paydown all compete for available capital. We allocate that capital to those alternatives that provide the best long-term value growth opportunities for our shareholders. We continue to be an active participant in timberland markets executing only on those opportunities that will create value for our shareholders,” concluded Holley. Earnings Conference Call and Supplemental Information Plum Creek will hold a conference call today, July 25, at 5 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. PDT). A live webcast of the conference call may be accessed through Plum Creek's Web site at www.plumcreek.com by clicking on the “Investors” link. Investors without internet access should dial 1-800-572-9852 at least 10 minutes prior to the start time, referencing Plum Creek's earnings. Those wishing to access the call from outside the United States/Canada should dial 1-706-645-9676, also referencing Plum Creek's earnings. Replay of the call will be available for 48 hours after completion of the live call and can be accessed at 1-800-642-1687 or 1-706-645-9291 (international calls), using the code 69753587. Supplemental financial information for Plum Creek operations, including statistical data, is available in the “Investors” information section of Plum Creek's Web site at www.plumcreek.com. Plum Creek is the largest and most geographically diverse private landowner in the nation with approximately 6.7 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 www.plumcreek.com. 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 or disposition 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. PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(UNAUDITED)   (In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts) Six Months Ended June 30,2011     2010 REVENUES: Timber $267 $ 284 Real Estate 141 142 Manufacturing 141 138 Other 10   11 Total Revenues 559   575   COSTS AND EXPENSES: Cost of Goods Sold: Timber 208 209 Real Estate 49 51 Manufacturing 128 122 Other 1   1 Total Cost of Goods Sold 386 383 Selling, General and Administrative 53   50 Total Costs and Expenses 439   433   Other Operating Income (Expense), net 3   9   Operating Income 123 151   Equity Earnings from Timberland Venture 30 29   Interest Expense, net: Interest Expense (Debt Obligations to Unrelated Parties) 41 39 Interest Expense (Note Payable to Timberland Venture) 29 29 Total Interest Expense, net 70 68   Income before Income Taxes 83 112   Provision for Income Taxes 1 1   Income from Continuing Operations 82 111   Gain on Sale of Properties, net of tax — 11   Net Income $82 $ 122   PER SHARE AMOUNTS:   Income from Continuing Operations - Basic $0.51 $ 0.68 Income from Continuing Operations - Diluted $0.50 $ 0.68   Net Income per Share - Basic $0.51 $ 0.75 Net Income per Share - Diluted $0.50 $ 0.75   Weighted-Average Number of Shares Outstanding - Basic 161.9 162.6 - Diluted 162.2 162.8 PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(UNAUDITED)   (In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts) Quarter Ended June 30,2011     2010 REVENUES: Timber $126 $ 133 Real Estate 79 43 Manufacturing 74 78 Other 5   4 Total Revenues 284   258   COSTS AND EXPENSES: Cost of Goods Sold: Timber 101 100 Real Estate 27 16 Manufacturing 67 68 Other 1   1 Total Cost of Goods Sold 196 185 Selling, General and Administrative 25   21 Total Costs and Expenses 221   206   Other Operating Income (Expense), net —   4   Operating Income 63 56   Equity Earnings from Timberland Venture 16 15   Interest Expense, net: Interest Expense (Debt Obligations to Unrelated Parties) 20 19 Interest Expense (Note Payable to Timberland Venture) 15   15 Total Interest Expense, net 35 34   Income before Income Taxes 44 37   Provision for Income Taxes — 2     Net Income $44   $ 35   PER SHARE AMOUNTS:   Net Income per Share - Basic $0.27 $ 0.21 Net Income per Share - Diluted $0.27 $ 0.21   Weighted-Average Number of Shares Outstanding - Basic 162.0 162.3 - Diluted 162.3 162.5 PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC.CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(UNAUDITED)     (In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts) June 30, 2011   December 31, 2010 ASSETS Current Assets: Cash and Cash Equivalents $253 $ 252 Accounts Receivable 33 21 Like-Kind Exchange Funds Held in Escrow 35 — Inventories 43 49 Deferred Tax Asset 7 7 Assets Held for Sale 39 57 Other Current Assets 16   24   426 410   Timber and Timberlands, net 3,383 3,405 Property, Plant and Equipment, net 142 146 Equity Investment in Timberland Venture 203 201 Deferred Tax Asset 6 10 Investment in Grantor Trusts (at Fair Value) 38 35 Other Assets 42   44   Total Assets $4,240   $ 4,251     LIABILITIES Current Liabilities: Current Portion of Long-Term Debt $395 $ 94 Line of Credit 227 166 Accounts Payable 31 25 Interest Payable 26 23 Wages Payable 12 23 Taxes Payable 14 12 Deferred Revenue 36 25 Other Current Liabilities 8   7   749 375   Long-Term Debt 1,293 1,643 Note Payable to Timberland Venture 783 783 Other Liabilities 81   76   Total Liabilities 2,906   2,877     Commitments and Contingencies   STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY 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) – 162.0 at June 30, 2011 and 161.6 at December 31, 2010 2 2 Additional Paid-In Capital 2,256 2,243 Retained Earnings (Accumulated Deficit) (3) 51 Treasury Stock, at Cost, Common Shares – 26.2 at June 30, 2011 and 26.2 at December 31, 2010 (912) (911 ) Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) (9) (11 ) Total Stockholders' Equity 1,334   1,374   Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $4,240   $ 4,251   PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(UNAUDITED)   Six Months Ended June 30, (In Millions) 2011   2010 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net Income $82 $ 122 Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities: Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 44 48 Basis of Real Estate Sold 43 43 Equity Earnings from Timberland Venture (30) (29 ) Distributions from Timberland Venture 28 28 Deferred Income Taxes 4 1 Gain on Sale of Properties and Other Assets — (13 ) Deferred Revenue from Long-Term Gas Leases (Net of Amortization) 12 6 Working Capital Changes Impacting Cash Flow: Like-Kind Exchange Funds (35) — Other Working Capital Changes 4 (7 ) Other 5   8   Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities 157   207     CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Capital Expenditures (Excluding Timberland Acquisitions) (28) (31 ) Timberlands and Minerals Acquired (12) — Proceeds from Sale of Properties and Other Assets —   13   Net Cash Used In Investing Activities (40) (18 )   CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES Dividends (136) (136 ) Borrowings on Line of Credit 555 1,137 Repayments on Line of Credit (494) (1,137 ) Principal Payments and Retirement of Long-Term Debt (49) (53 ) Proceeds from Stock Option Exercises 9 2 Acquisition of Treasury Stock (1) (51 ) Net Cash Used In Financing Activities (116) (238 )   Increase (Decrease) In Cash and Cash Equivalents 1 (49 ) Cash and Cash Equivalents: Beginning of Period 252 299     End of Period $253   $ 250   PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(UNAUDITED)   Quarter Ended June 30, (In Millions) 2011   2010 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net Income $44 $ 35 Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities: Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 22 24 Basis of Real Estate Sold 24 11 Equity Earnings from Timberland Venture (16) (15 ) Deferred Income Taxes 1 — Gain on Sale of Properties and Other Assets — (2 ) Deferred Revenue from Long-Term Gas Leases (Net of Amortization) 5 (2 ) Working Capital Changes Impacting Cash Flow: Like-Kind Exchange Funds (35) — Other Working Capital Changes 34 25 Other 2   2   Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities 81   78     CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Capital Expenditures (Excluding Timberland Acquisitions) (16) (18 ) Timberlands and Minerals Acquired (12) — Proceeds from Sale of Properties and Other Assets —   2   Net Cash Used In Investing Activities (28) (16 )   CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES Dividends (68) (68 ) Borrowings on Line of Credit 310 569 Repayments on Line of Credit (298) (569 ) Proceeds from Stock Option Exercises 2 2 Acquisition of Treasury Stock —   (50 ) Net Cash Used In Financing Activities (54) (116 )   Increase (Decrease) In Cash and Cash Equivalents (1) (54 ) Cash and Cash Equivalents: Beginning of Period 254 304     End of Period $253   $ 250   Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.Investors: John Hobbs, 1-800-858-5347Media: Kathy Budinick, 1-888-467-3751