Potlatch Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Potlatch Corporation (Nasdaq:PCH) today reported net income of $21.8 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, on revenues of $174.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. Net income was $33.2 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, on revenues of $177.2 million in the third quarter of 2014.

"While our consolidated results were up significantly in the third quarter relative to the second quarter due to seasonally higher harvest volumes, sequentially lower lumber prices provided a headwind," said Mike Covey. "We are encouraged by increases in lumber prices the last few weeks and continued improvement in the U.S. housing market. Our Resource business continues to be a steady contributor of cash and the Minnesota rural recreational real estate market remains strong," concluded Mr. Covey.

Financial Highlights

(millions, except per share data)

Q3 2015 Q2 2015 Q3 2014
Revenues $174.5 $128.7 $177.2
Net income $21.8 $0.7 $33.2
Net income per diluted share $0.53 $0.02 $0.81
Distribution per share $0.375 $0.375 $0.35
Net cash from operations $38.5 $(7.7) $39.2
Cash and short-term investments at end of period $1.3 $10.6 $73.3

Business Performance: Q3 2015 vs. Q2 2015


Resource’s operating income was $36.4 million on revenues of $102.3 million in the third quarter, compared to operating income of $8.8 million on revenues of $44.1 million in the second quarter of 2015. Earnings increased due to seasonally higher harvest volumes. Prices realized for sawlogs in the South increased 15% primarily due to a seasonally higher mix of hardwood logs.

Wood Products

Wood Products lost $5.4 million on revenues of $82.9 million in the third quarter, compared to a loss of $2.0 million on revenues of $84.2 million in the second quarter of 2015. Average lumber prices were down 5% in the third quarter compared to the second quarter. Slightly higher lumber shipments partially offset the effect of lower lumber prices.

Real Estate

Real Estate’s operating income was $4.2 million on revenues of $7.8 million in the third quarter, compared to operating income of $8.5 million on revenues of $10.7 million in the second quarter of 2015. Second quarter results included the sale of two commercial sites. The Minnesota rural recreational real estate market remained strong in the third quarter.

Conference Call Information

A live conference call and webcast will be held today, October 27, 2015, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time (noon Eastern Time). Investors may access the webcast at www.potlatchcorp.com by clicking on the Investor Resources link or by conference call at 1-866-393-8403 for U.S./Canada and 1-706-679-7929 for international callers. Participants will be asked to provide conference I.D. number 52573706. Supplemental materials that will be discussed during the call are available on the website.

A replay of the conference call will be available two hours following the call until November 3, 2015 by calling 1-800-585-8367 for U.S./Canada or 1-404-537-3406 for international callers. Callers must enter conference I.D. number 52573706 to access the replay.

About Potlatch

Potlatch is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with approximately 1.6 million acres of timberland in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota and Mississippi. Potlatch, a certified forest practices leader, is committed to providing superior returns to stockholders through long-term stewardship of its forest resources. The company also conducts a land sales and development business and operates wood products manufacturing facilities through its taxable REIT subsidiary. More information about Potlatch can be found on the company’s website at www.potlatchcorp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as amended, including without limitation, statements about our expectations regarding future company performance; the direction of our business markets; business conditions in our Resource and Wood Products segments; the U.S. housing market; lumber pricing; sawlog pricing; performance of our Wood Products, Resource and Real Estate segments in 2015; strength of Minnesota rural recreational real estate market; earnings growth; and similar matters. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections that are subject to change, and actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, changes in timberland values; changes in timber harvest levels on the company's lands; changes in timber prices; changes in policy regarding governmental timber sales; changes in the United States and international economies; changes in the level of construction activity; changes in Chinese demand; changes in tariffs, quotas and trade agreements involving wood products; currency fluctuation; changes in demand for our products; changes in production and production capacity in the forest products industry; competitive pricing pressures for our products; unanticipated manufacturing disruptions; changes in general and industry-specific environmental laws and regulations; unforeseen environmental liabilities or expenditures; weather conditions; restrictions on harvesting due to fire danger; changes in raw material, fuel and other costs; the ability to satisfy complex rules in order to remain qualified as a REIT; changes in tax laws that could reduce the benefits associated with REIT status; and other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the company's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.

Potlatch Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Income
Unaudited (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenues$174,475 $177,215 $437,347 $460,713
Costs and expenses:
Cost of goods sold136,072 121,574 353,285 322,016
Selling, general and administrative expenses10,689 10,772 35,010 32,794
146,761 132,346 388,295 354,810
Operating income27,714 44,869 49,052 105,903
Interest expense, net(8,335) (5,506) (24,420) (16,475)
Income before income taxes19,379 39,363 24,632 89,428
Income tax benefit (provision)2,419 (6,209) 3,533 (19,654)
Net income$21,798 $33,154 $28,165 $69,774
Net income per share:
Basic$0.53 $0.81 $0.69 $1.71
Diluted$0.53 $0.81 $0.69 $1.71
Distributions per share$0.375 $0.35 $1.13 $1.05
Weighted-average shares outstanding (in thousands):
Basic40,846 40,745 40,831 40,733
Diluted40,985 40,889 40,967 40,861

Potlatch Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
Unaudited (Dollars in thousands)
September 30,
December 31,
Current assets:
Cash$1,306 $4,644
Short-term investments40 26,368
Receivables, net29,645 9,928
Inventories40,379 31,490
Deferred tax assets, net6,168 6,168
Other assets16,754 15,065
Total current assets94,292 93,663
Property, plant and equipment, net74,716 65,749
Timber and timberlands, net822,353 828,420
Deferred tax assets, net36,715 37,228
Other assets11,499 10,361
Total assets$1,039,575 $1,035,421
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$66,233 $49,324
Current portion of long-term debt27,500 22,870
Total current liabilities93,733 72,194
Long-term debt602,675 606,473
Liability for pension and other postretirement employee benefits114,542 115,936
Other long-term obligations13,586 15,752
Stockholders’ equity215,039 225,066
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$1,039,575 $1,035,421

Potlatch Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Unaudited (Dollars in thousands)
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2015 2014
Net income$28,165 $69,774
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:
Depreciation, depletion and amortization28,154 19,326
Basis of real estate sold3,389 7,289
Change in deferred taxes(2,786) 1,127
Employee benefit plans4,774 616
Equity-based compensation expense3,589 3,058
Other, net(675) (1,805)
Funding of qualified pension plans (3,550)
Working capital and operating related activities, net(9,462) 11,829
Net cash from operating activities55,148 107,664
Change in short-term investments26,328 (12,793)
Transfer to company owned life insurance (COLI) (25,476)
Property, plant and equipment(16,240) (9,174)
Timberlands reforestation and roads(11,155) (7,840)
Acquisition of timber and timberlands(9,320) (3,143)
Other, net644 1,126
Net cash from investing activities(9,743) (57,300)
Distributions to common stockholders(45,761) (42,621)
Employee tax withholdings on equity-based compensation(1,445) (1,092)
Change in book overdrafts(1,440) (2,919)
Other, net(97) (1,019)
Net cash from financing activities(48,743) (47,651)
Change in cash(3,338) 2,713
Cash at beginning of period4,644 5,586
Cash at end of period$1,306 $8,299

Potlatch Corporation
Segment Information
Unaudited (Dollars in thousands)
Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Resource$102,322 $91,919 $200,388 $183,336
Wood Products82,868 99,213 256,292 287,589
Real Estate7,828 6,176 21,684 36,352
193,018 197,308 478,364 507,277
Elimination of intersegment revenues - Resource(18,543) (20,093) (41,017) (46,564)
Total consolidated revenues$174,475 $177,215 $437,347 $460,713
Operating income (loss):
Resource$36,389 $34,080 $60,164 $61,122
Wood Products(5,422) 15,743 (3,875) 43,320
Real Estate4,234 4,646 14,354 25,295
Eliminations and adjustments(564) (1,994) 2,950 (364)
34,637 52,475 73,593 129,373
Corporate(6,923) (7,606) (24,541) (23,470)
Operating income27,714 44,869 49,052 105,903
Interest expense, net(8,335) (5,506) (24,420) (16,475)
Income before income taxes$19,379 $39,363 $24,632 $89,428
Depreciation, depletion and amortization:1
Resource$10,262 $6,101 $21,313 $12,745
Wood Products1,693 1,543 4,930 4,587
Real Estate14 15 44 44
11,969 7,659 26,287 17,376
Corporate588 665 1,867 1,950
Total depreciation, depletion and amortization$12,557 $8,324 $28,154 $19,326
Basis of real estate sold:
Real Estate$2,450 $519 $3,631 $7,928
Eliminations and adjustments(69) (64) (242) (639)
Total basis of real estate sold$2,381 $455 $3,389 $7,289

The presentation of depreciation, depletion and amortization in Segment Information and the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows includes amortization of bond discounts and deferred loan fees. Bond discounts and deferred loan fees are recorded in Interest expense, net in the Consolidated Statements of Income.

Contact: (Investors) Jerry Richards 509.835.1521 (Media) Mark Benson 509.835.1513

Source:Potlatch Corporation