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Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. Reports Results For Second Quarter 2012

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Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (NYSE: PCL) today announced second quarter earnings of $36 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, on revenues of $294 million. Earnings for the second quarter of 2011 were $44 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, on revenues of $284 million.

Earnings for the first six months of 2012 were $65 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, on revenues of $631 million. Earnings for the first six months of 2011 were $82 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, on revenues of $559 million.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure of operating performance, for the first six months of 2012 was $234 million, up from $209 million in the same period of 2011. The company ended the quarter with $260 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.

“Earnings in our timber and manufacturing businesses improved over the past year,” said Rick Holley, Plum Creek’s president and chief executive officer. “Improving demand for our lumber and panels drove a $4 million improvement in our Manufacturing segment’s second quarter profit compared to 2011. In our resources segments, higher harvest volumes, supplemented by volume from our recent timber deed acquisition, helped drive $8 million of profit growth and a $15 million increase in adjusted EBITDA. In our Real Estate segment, last year’s second quarter sales were anchored by a couple of large conservation transactions making for a challenging comparison. However, our Real Estate segment revenues for this second quarter of $47 million were a bit higher than we initially anticipated. We continue to be on track to grow our adjusted EBITDA by approximately $50 million this year.”

Review of Operations

The Northern Resources segment reported operating income of $4 million for the quarter, up $1 million from the second quarter of 2011. As expected, good harvesting conditions throughout much of the quarter allowed the company to bring more timber to market than the previous year. The sawlog harvest increased approximately 160,000 tons, or 34 percent, and the pulpwood harvest increased approximately 70,000 tons, or 29 percent. Sawlog prices of $71 per ton approximated second quarter of 2011 levels. Average pulpwood prices of $42 per ton were about $2 per ton higher than the same period of 2011.

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