The Southern Resources segment reported fourth quarter operating profit of $24 million, an increase of $5 million from the fourth quarter of 2011. Average pulpwood prices have increased approximately $2 per ton, or 16 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 as strong demand from pulp and paper customers and recovering demand from Oriented Strandboard (OSB) producers have kept pressure on the resource throughout the region. The company increased its pulpwood harvest approximately 10 percent over fourth quarter 2011 levels to serve customer needs and capture attractive pricing. Southern sawlog prices were unchanged from their fourth quarter 2011 level. The 5 percent increase in the fourth quarter sawlog harvest came exclusively from the timber deed acquired in the first quarter of 2012.
The Real Estate segment reported revenue of $109 million and operating profit of $74 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The segment reported $93 million of revenue and $61 million of operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2011. The company sold approximately 47,000 acres of land in the fourth quarter of 2012. Sales included an approximately 16,600 acre large, non-strategic sale of western Oregon timberlands for $58 million, or $3,500 per acre. The balance of the properties sold consisted of 9,700 acres of rural recreation lands that captured approximately $1,950 per acre, approximately 3,550 acres of conservation lands sold for more than $2,250 per acre, and 17,100 acres of lower productivity, non-strategic properties captured $1,365 per acre.
The Manufacturing segment reported operating profit of $7 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, up $4 million from the same period of 2011. Prices for lumber, plywood, and MDF were higher than fourth quarter 2011 levels. Plywood prices in particular were up nearly 19 percent from their fourth quarter 2011 level while lumber and MDF prices increased more modestly, one and four percent respectively. Lumber sales volumes were similar to those of the fourth quarter of 2011, while plywood and MDF sales volumes improved nine percent and 25 percent, respectively.
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