Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (NYSE: PCL) today announced second quarter earnings of $46 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, on revenues of $303 million. Earnings for the second quarter of 2012 were $36 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, on revenues of $294 million.
Earnings for the first six months of 2013 improved $37 million compared to the same period of 2012. Earnings were $102 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, on revenues of $643 million. Earnings for the first six months of 2012 were $65 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, on revenues of $631 million.
Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure of operating performance, for the first six months of 2013 was $232 million, similar to the $234 million in the same period of 2012. The company ended the quarter with $355 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.
“Each of our business segments performed well during the second quarter,” said Rick Holley, chief executive officer. “We are experiencing fundamental demand improvement and better pricing; although, we remain in the very early stages of the housing recovery. As the industry adjusts to this change in the demand environment, regional markets we serve are recovering at different rates. This is when our unmatched, geographic diversity gives us tremendous operating flexibility. It allows us to act and capitalize on strong local markets, growing earnings and cash flow while maximizing the long-term value of our asset base.”
Review of Quarterly Operations
The Northern Resources segment reported operating profit of $8 million during the second quarter, an increase of $4 million compared to the second quarter of 2012. Average sawlog prices increased $8 per ton, or 11 percent, compared to second quarter 2012 levels on improved demand from both domestic and export customers. Pulpwood prices were similar to the prices realized during the second quarter of 2012. As planned, total Northern segment volumes decreased approximately 160,000 tons, or 17 percent, from the second quarter harvest of 2012. Most of the reduction in harvest volume consisted of lower-margin pulpwood.