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Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Third Quarter Results

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Third Quarter Results16:35 EDT Tuesday, October 30, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2012) -Investors, analysts and other interested parties can access Acadian Timber Corp.'s 2012 Third Quarter Results conference call via webcast on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. ET at www.acadiantimber.com or via teleconference at 1-800-319-4610, toll free in North America. For overseas calls please dial +1-604-638-5340, at approximately 12:50 p.m. ET. The teleconference taped rebroadcast can be accessed at 1-800-319-6413 or +1-604-638-9010 and enter passcode 2826.All figures in Canadian dollars unless otherwise notedAcadian Timber Corp. ("Acadian" or the "Company") (TSX:ADN) today reported financial and operating results1 for the three months ended September 29, 2012 (the "third quarter")."The markets for softwood and hardwood sawlogs and hardwood pulpwood were relatively stable during the third quarter", said Reid Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Acadian. "Acadian's major softwood sawmill and structural panel customers operated continuously throughout the quarter and most regional pulp and paper mills continued to run at full capacity." Acadian generated net sales of $17.5 million during the third quarter of 2012. While the sales volume during the quarter fell to 319 thousand m3 from 341 thousand m3 in the same quarter of 2011, a 3% year-over-year increase in the weighted average selling price across all log products kept net sales consistent with the third quarter of 2011.Adjusted EBITDA of $4.4 million for the third quarter of 2012 was $0.6 million higher than in the third quarter of 2011, while Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 25% from 22% in the same period of last year. For the nine months ended September 29, 2012, Acadian generated net sales of $50.4 million on sales volume of 976 thousand m3 as compared to net sales of $51.0 million on sales volume of 1,010 thousand m3 in the comparable period of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA of $11.3 million during the nine months ended September 29, 2012 is $0.3 million lower than the comparable period of 2011.1This news release makes reference to Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow which are key performance measures in evaluating Acadian's operations and are important in enhancing investors' understanding of Acadian's operating performance. Acadian's management defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, fair value adjustments, unrealized exchange gain/loss on debt, depreciation and amortization. As these performance measures do not have standardized meanings prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), they may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. As a result, we have provided in this news release reconciliations of net income, as determined in accordance with IFRS, to Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow.Review of OperationsFinancial and Operating HighlightsThree Months EndedNine Months Ended(CAD thousands, except per share information)Sept 29 2012Sept 24 2011Sept 29 2012Sept 24 2011Sales volume (000s m3)318.9340.7976.41,009.8Net sales$17,523$17,535$50,428$51,014Adjusted EBITDA4,3773,81111,34311,684Free cash flow3,5323,1839,65410,198Net income (loss)4,995(341)9,9382,332Dividends declared3,4513,45110,35310,353Per share - basic and dilutedFree cash flow0.210.190.580.61Net income (loss)0.30(0.02)0.590.14Dividends declared0.210.210.620.62Acadian benefited from strong demand from local customers and higher realized selling prices for its two main products, softwood sawlogs and hardwood pulpwood. The majority of the softwood sawlog price increase was attributable to increased prices in Maine where customer inventories remain low. New Brunswick Timberlands The table below summarizes operating and financial results for New Brunswick Timberlands:Three Months Ended September 29, 2012Three Months Ended September 24, 2011HarvestSalesResultsHarvestSalesResults(000s m3)(000s m3)($000s)(000s m3)(000s m3)($000s)Softwood92.394.7$5,09198.099.0$5,174Hardwood113.9106.06,222121.1119.56,886Biomass53.653.687760.360.3795259.8254.312,190279.4278.812,855Other sales1,5451,418Net sales$13,735$14,273Adjusted EBITDA$3,626$3,410Adjusted EBITDA margin26%24%Nine Months Ended September 29, 2012Nine Months Ended September 24, 2011HarvestSalesResultsHarvestSalesResults(000s m3)(000s m3)($000s)(000s m3)(000s m3)($000s)Softwood302.0307.3$15,413352.8351.6$17,888Hardwood299.0314.718,874346.3337.719,807Biomass159.7159.72,745164.2164.22,430760.7781.737,032863.3853.540,125Other sales2,2502,696Net sales$39,282$42,821Adjusted EBITDA$9,227$10,904Adjusted EBITDA margin23%25%Softwood, hardwood and biomass shipments were 95 thousand m3, 106 thousand m3 and 54 thousand m3, respectively, for the third quarter of 2012. Approximately 41% was sold as sawlogs, 38% as pulpwood and 21% as biomass. This compares to 34% sold as sawlogs, 44% as pulpwood and 22% as biomass in the third quarter of 2011.Net sales for the third quarter of 2012 were $13.7 million (2011 - $14.3 million) with an average selling price across all log products of $56.39 per m3, which compares to an average log selling price of $55.18 per m3 during the third quarter of 2011. This year-over-year increase in the average selling price reflects the higher percentage of sawtimber in the sales mix, higher prices for hardwood pulpwood due to strong demand and a greater proportion of sales made to more distant markets. Net sales for the nine months ended September 29, 2012 were $39.3 million, a decrease of $3.5 million over the comparable period of 2011 primarily as a result of decreased sales volume.Costs for the third quarter were $10.1 million (2011 - $10.9 million). Variable costs per m3 were 7% higher than the third quarter of 2011 due to increased hauling costs as a greater proportion of sales were made to more distant markets. Total costs per m3 were 3% higher than in the third quarter of 2011.Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $3.6 million, compared to $3.4 million in the comparable period of 2011 as a result of an increase in other sales and an increased proportion of higher margin softwood sawtimber in the sales mix. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 26%, compared to 24% for the third quarter of 2011.NB Timberlands experienced one recordable safety incident among contractors and one recordable incident involving an employee during the third quarter of 2012. Both individuals are expected to return to work before the end of the year.Maine TimberlandsThe table below summarizes operating and financial results for Maine Timberlands:Three Months Ended September 29, 2012Three Months Ended September 24, 2011HarvestSalesResultsHarvestSalesResults(000s m3)(000s m3)($000s)(000s m3)(000s m3)($000s)Softwood45.345.3$2,56343.844.1$2,283Hardwood18.115.898914.013.8781Biomass3.53.5224.04.04166.964.63,57461.861.93,105Other sales214157Net sales$3,788$3,262Adjusted EBITDA$849$549Adjusted EBITDA margin22%17%Nine Months Ended September 29, 2012Nine Months Ended September 24, 2011HarvestSalesResultsHarvestSalesResults(000s m3)(000s m3)($000s)(000s m3)(000s m3)($000s)Softwood141.7141.5$7,947113.8114.1$5,968Hardwood46.344.72,76230.431.61,826Biomass8.58.57510.610.698196.5194.710,784154.8156.37,892Other sales362301Net sales$11,146$8,193Adjusted EBITDA$2,650$1,630Adjusted EBITDA margin24%20%Softwood, hardwood and biomass shipments were 45 thousand m3, 16 thousand m3 and 3 thousand m3, respectively, for the third quarter of 2012. Approximately 59% was sold as sawlogs, 36% as pulpwood and 5% as biomass. This compares to 60% sold as sawlogs, 34% as pulpwood and 6% as biomass in the third quarter of 2011.Net sales for the third quarter of 2012 were $3.8 million (2011 - $3.3 million) with an average selling price across all log products of $57.80 per m3, compared to the average log selling price of $52.90 per m3 during the third quarter of 2011. The year-over-year selling price increase reflects a higher value mix of products sold and improved demand which has resulted in increased prices for most primary products. Net sales for the first nine months ended September 29, 2012 were $11.1 million, an increase of $2.9 million over the comparable period of 2011.Costs for the third quarter were $2.9 million (2011 - $2.7 million). Variable costs per m3 increased 4% in Canadian dollar terms as a result of a 2% increase in U.S. dollar-based contractor rates and the year-over-year weakening of the Canadian dollar compared to the U.S. dollar. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $0.8 million, compared to $0.5 million in the comparable period of 2011 primarily as a result of increased selling prices. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 22% in the third quarter of 2012 as compared to 17% during the third quarter of 2011.Maine Timberlands experienced one recordable safety incident without lost time among contractors and no recordable incidents among employees during the third quarter of 2012.Market OutlookThe following Market Outlook contains forward-looking statements about Acadian Timber Corp.'s market outlook for the remainder of fiscal 2012 and 2013. Reference should be made to the "Forward-looking Statements" section of this news release. For a description of material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in the following, please see the Risk Factors section of our management's discussion and analysis of Acadian's most recent Annual Report and Annual Information Form available on our website at www.acadiantimber.com or filed with SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The U.S. housing market continues to gain momentum. U.S. private residential construction has increased 18% over the past year with single family construction rising 21% and the multifamily increasing 45%. In September, housing starts reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872 thousand, the highest since July 2008. Inventories of new homes available for sale are at 50-year lows and U.S. home pricing appears to have bottomed with the FHFA and CoreLogic home price indices up nearly 4% year-over-year and the Case-Schiller 20-City Home Price Index up 1.2% year-over-year. Mortgage rates remain at record lows, housing affordability is at near-record highs and mortgage underwriting standards are becoming more accommodative. As stated in the past, for the U.S. housing market to fully recover the economy must continue to improve, inventories of unsold homes and homes in foreclosure must decline to more normal levels and appraisers and lenders must become convinced that home price declines are coming to an end. The past six months has offered consistent good news in all of these areas.Acadian's outlook for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013 remains cautiously optimistic as demand for spruce-fir sawlogs continues to be reasonably strong with most of Acadian's softwood sawmilling customers maintaining active operations. Markets for hardwood sawlogs remain stable and appear to have a similar outlook for the foreseeable future.Markets for hardwood pulpwood are reasonably strong with Acadian's major hardwood pulp customers all operating and actively competing for deliveries suggesting prices will remain relatively stable through the remainder of 2012. After several quarters of excess supply, softwood pulpwood markets improved slightly in the third quarter, but we expect demand for softwood pulpwood to remain soft as a result of recent capacity closures. As pointed out in the past, this is not expected to significantly affect Acadian's financial performance as softwood pulpwood typically accounts for less than 6% of total sales and an even smaller proportion of free cash flow.Biomass demand and pricing is expected to continue to face challenges owing to depressed prices for electricity and decade-low prices for natural gas. Despite this challenging market environment, Acadian continues to be able to sell all of its biomass with a stable outlook for gross margins generated from sales of this product.Quarterly DividendAcadian is pleased to announce a dividend of $0.20625 per share, payable on January 15, 2013 to shareholders of record on December 31, 2012.Acadian Timber Corp.is a leading supplier of primary forest products in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern U.S. With a total of 2.4 million acres of land under management, Acadian is the second largest timberland operator in New Brunswick and Maine.Acadian owns and manages approximately 1.1 million acres of freehold timberlands in New Brunswick and Maine, and provides management services relating to approximately 1.3 million acres of Crown licensed timberlands. Acadian also owns and operates a forest nursery in Second Falls, New Brunswick. Acadian's products include softwood and hardwood sawlogs, pulpwood and biomass by-products, sold to approximately 90 regional customers.Acadian's shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ADN. For further information, please visit our website at www.acadiantimber.com.Forward-Looking StatementsThis News Release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Acadian Timber Corp. and its subsidiaries (collectively, "Acadian"), or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. When used in this News Release, such statements may contain such words as "may," "will," "intend," "should," "expect," "believe," "outlook," "predict," "remain," "anticipate," "estimate," "potential," "continue," "plan," "could," "might," "project," "targeting" or the negative of these terms or other similar terminology. Forward-looking information in this News Release includes, without limitation, statements made in sections entitled "Free Cash Flow," Liquidity and Capital Resources" and "Market Outlook," and other statements regarding management's beliefs, intentions, results, performance, goals, achievements, future events, plans and objectives, business strategy, access to capital, liquidity and trading volumes, dividends, taxes, capital expenditures, costs, market trends and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, achievements, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. These statements which reflect management's current expectations regarding future events and operating performance are based on information currently available to management and speak only as of the date of this News Release. All forward-looking statements in this News Release are qualified by these cautionary statements. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, should not be unduly relied upon, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: general economic and market conditions; product demand; concentration of customers; commodity pricing; interest rate and foreign currency fluctuations; seasonality; weather and natural conditions; regulatory, trade or environmental policy changes; changes in Canadian income tax law; economic situation of key customers; and other factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in each of the Annual Information Form of Acadian dated March 28, 2012 and the Management Information Circular of Acadian dated March 28, 2012, and other filings of Acadian made with securities regulatory authorities, which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Forward-looking information is based on various material factors or assumptions, which are based on information currently available to Acadian. Material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making an estimate set out in the forward-looking information contained herein may include, but are not limited to: anticipated financial performance; business prospects; strategies; regulatory developments; exchange rates; the sufficiency of budgeted capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities; the availability and cost of labour and services and the ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms, which are subject to change based on commodity prices, market conditions for timber and wood products, and the economic situation of key customers. Readers are cautioned that the preceding list of material factors or assumptions is not exhaustive. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this News Release are based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, Acadian cannot assure readers that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this News Release are made as of the date of this News Release, and should not be relied upon as representing Acadian's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this News Release. Acadian Corp. assumes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events, circumstances or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law.Acadian Timber Corp.Interim Consolidated Statements of Net Income(unaudited)Three Months EndedNine Months Ended(CAD thousands)Sept 29 2012Sept 24 2011Sept 29 2012Sept 24 2011Net sales$17,523$17,535$50,428$51,014Operating costs and expensesCost of sales11,62812,06134,45334,285Selling, administration and other1,4051,4984,3764,685Reforestation157174319467Depreciation and amortization13813741140913,32813,87039,55939,846Operating earnings4,1953,66510,86911,168Interest expense, net(711)(745)(2,169)(2,422)Other itemsFair value adjustments42(177)449(575)Unrealized exchange gain (loss) on long-term debt2,399(2,941)2,769(3,928)Gain on sale of timberlands44963107Earnings (loss) before income taxes5,969(189)11,9814,350Deferred tax expense(974)(152)(2,043)(2,018)Net income (loss) for the period$4,995$(341)$9,938$2,332Net income (loss) per share - basic and diluted$0.30$(0.02)$0.59$0.14Acadian Timber Corp.Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income(unaudited)Three Months EndedNine Months Ended(CAD thousands)Sept 29 2012Sept 24 2011Sept 29 2012Sept 24 2011Net income (loss)$4,995$(341)$9,938$2,332Other comprehensive income (loss)Unrealized foreign currency translation income (loss)(2,820)3,366(3,237)3,134Amortization of derivative designated as hedge(48)(48)(146)(270)Comprehensive income$2,127$2,977$6,555$5,196Acadian Timber Corp.Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets(unaudited)As at (CAD thousands)September 29 2012December 31 2011ASSETSCurrent AssetsCash and cash equivalents$6,381$4,019Accounts receivable and other assets8,7378,726Inventory1,3432,26316,46115,008Timber228,498231,370Land, roads and other fixed assets32,61333,438Investment property39-Intangible asset6,1406,140Deferred income tax asset1,5013,038$285,252$288,994LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilitiesAccounts payable and accrued liabilities$7,775$4,534Dividends payable to shareholders3,4523,45111,2277,985Long-term debt70,49473,079Deferred income tax liability20,97121,572Shareholders' equity182,560186,358$285,252$288,994Acadian Timber Corp.Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(unaudited)Three Months EndedNine Months Ended(CAD thousands)Sept 29 2012Sept 24 2011Sept 29 2012Sept 24 2011Cash provided by (used for):Operating activitiesNet income (loss)$4,995$(341)$9,938$2,332Adjustments to net income (loss)Deferred tax expense9741522,0432,018Depreciation and amortization138137411409Fair value adjustments(42)177(449)575Unrealized exchange (gain) loss on long-term debt(2,399)2,941(2,769)3,928Interest expense, net7117452,1692,422Interest paid, net(740)(619)(1,476)(1,463)Gain on sale of timberlands(44)(9)(63)(107)3,5933,1839,80410,114Net change in non-cash working capital and other1721,4573,0612,1793,7654,64012,86512,293Financing activitiesBorrowing on term facility---70,608Repayment of bank term credit facility and term loan---(73,639)Deferred financing costs---(1,205)Dividends paid to shareholders(3,451)(3,451)(10,353)(7,739)(3,451)(3,451)(10,353)(11,975)Investing activitiesAdditions to timber, property, plant and other fixed assets(105)(9)(215)(25)Proceeds from sale of timberlands44965109(61)-(150)84Increase in cash and cash equivalents during the period2531,1892,362402Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period6,1286,5464,0197,333Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$6,381$7,735$6,381$7,735Reconciliations to Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash FlowThree Months EndedNine Months Ended(CAD thousands)Sept 29 2012Sept 24 2011Sept 29 2012Sept 24 2011Net income (loss)$4,995$(341)$9,938$2,332Add (deduct):Interest expense, net7117452,1692,422Deferred tax expense9741522,0432,018Depreciation and amortization138137411409Fair value adjustments(42)177(449)575Unrealized exchange (gain) loss on long-term debt(2,399)2,941(2,769)3,928Adjusted EBITDA4,3773,81111,34311,684Add (deduct):Interest paid on debt, net(740)(619)(1,476)(1,463)Additions to timber, land, roads and other fixed assets(105)(9)(215)(25)Gain on sale of timberlands(44)(9)(63)(107)Proceeds on sale of timberlands44965109Free cash flow$3,532$3,183$9,654$10,198Dividends declared$3,451$3,451$10,353$10,353Payout ratio98%108%107%102%FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: Acadian Timber Corp.Robert LeeInvestor Relations and Communications604-661-9607rlee@acadiantimber.comwww.acadiantimber.com