Deltic Timber Corporation (NYSE:DEL):
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Commenting on the results, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ray C. Dillon, stated, “Led by our Manufacturing segment, which was expanded during the year with the acquisition of the remaining ownership interest of Del-Tin Fiber, Deltic’s operations established a new record for financial performance in 2013. The benefits of the Company’s strategy of owning vertically integrated assets and managing them intensively to achieve growing results were very evident. With the increased earnings and their resulting cash flows, we had sufficient working capital available to use during 2013 to accomplish a $33.6 million capital program to further improve our operations; pay $5.2 million to acquire the remaining ownership interest of Del-Tin Fiber; pay increased dividends, for a total of $5.1 million distributed to our shareholders; repurchase $2.2 million of the Company’s common stock; and still repay $2 million of the debt outstanding under Deltic’s revolving credit facility.”The Woodlands segment reported operating income of $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $4.2 million for the same period a year ago. The pine sawtimber harvest during the fourth quarter of 2013 was 103,263 tons, which compares to 101,845 tons harvested in the prior-year period. The average pine sawtimber sales price was $22 per ton in both periods. In the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company harvested 65,634 tons of pine pulpwood, compared to 116,441 tons harvested in 2012’s fourth quarter, while the average per-ton sales price was $8 for both periods. The decrease in pine pulpwood harvest volume was due to the mix of products growing on the specific timberland tracts harvested in the respective periods. Oil and gas revenues, consisting of lease rentals and net royalties, were $1.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 versus $1.2 million in 2012’s fourth quarter. The increase was due to a higher average sales price for natural gas produced in the fourth quarter of 2013. Deltic sold 53 acres of non-strategic recreational-use hardwood bottomland in the fourth quarter of 2013, for an average price of $2,900 per acre versus 988 acres sold at an average sales price of $1,500 per acre in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The Company’s Manufacturing segment reported operating income of $5.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $5.2 million for the same quarter of 2012. In the second quarter of 2013, Deltic acquired the balance of the ownership interest in Del-Tin Fiber from the Company’s former joint venture partner and has since consolidated the 2013 operating results of Del-Tin Fiber into the Manufacturing segment. Del-Tin Fiber’s prior-period sales volume and average sales price of medium density fiberboard (“MDF”) are provided for comparison purposes for this segment. The average lumber sales price was $355 per thousand board feet for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of $29 per thousand board feet when compared to $326 per thousand board feet reported in 2012’s fourth quarter. The lumber sales volume was 65.4 million board feet in the fourth quarter of 2013 versus 69.2 million board feet for the same period a year ago, a decrease of 3.8 million board feet, as the Company reduced production to match demand. Deltic will continue to monitor lumber market conditions in order to match sawmill production to market demand. The average sales price for MDF sold during 2013’s fourth quarter was $570 per thousand square feet, $29 per thousand square feet higher than the $541 per thousand square feet reported in the fourth quarter of 2012. MDF sales volume in the fourth quarter of 2013 was 22.6 million square feet, a 22 percent decrease from the 29 million square feet sold during the fourth quarter of 2012, as a combined result of market-related downtime taken during the quarter and the impact of a planned outage for plant maintenance during the month of December. Deltic will continue to monitor the MDF market and make adjustments to the operating hours at Del-Tin in order to match the plant’s production to market demand.
The Company’s Real Estate segment reported an operating loss of $.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to an operating loss of $.4 million for the same period of 2012. Residential lot sales totaled 15 in 2013’s fourth quarter, an increase of 3 lots when compared to 2012’s fourth quarter. The average per-lot sales price in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $82,300, which compares to $70,000 per lot for 2012’s fourth quarter. The Company had no commercial real estate sales in the fourth quarter of either 2013 or 2012.Corporate expense was $4.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, which compares to $4.5 million for the same period of 2012, due to lower general and administrative expenses. Deltic recorded income tax expense of $1.2 million in 2013’s fourth quarter, which compares to $1.6 million in 2012’s fourth quarter. The decrease was a result of lower pretax income combined with the benefit of a lower effective income tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2013. Capital expenditures were $8.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $33.6 million for the year of 2013. For the corresponding periods of 2012, capital expenditures totaled $15.7 million and $24 million respectively. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was primarily due to the acquisition of fewer timberland acres in the 2013 quarter. The increase in the annual capital program from 2012 to 2013 was mainly due to planned increased expenditures in the Manufacturing segment during 2013 for projects to improve productivity and efficiency. For the year of 2013, the pine sawtimber harvest level was 605,361 tons compared to 606,879 tons harvested in 2012, while the average pine sawtimber sales price was $22 per ton for both years. The pine pulpwood harvest volume was 340,083 tons in 2013 compared to 474,834 tons in 2012, with no change in the average sales price of $8 per ton. Sales of non-strategic timberland for the year of 2013 totaled 1,677 acres with an average sales price of $1,500 per acre, while in 2012, the Company sold 1,776 acres with a per-acre sales price of $1,600. Oil and gas lease rental and net royalty income were $5.1 million in 2013 versus $4.9 million in 2012. The average lumber sales price increased $75 per thousand board feet, or 24 percent, from $309 per thousand board feet in 2012 to $384 per thousand board feet in 2013. Lumber sales volume decreased 11.8 million board feet, from 272.9 million board feet in 2012 to 261.1 million board feet in 2013, as Deltic adjusted sawmill operating hours to meet the market demand for lumber. The average sales price for MDF increased $55 per thousand square feet, or 11 percent, from $523 per thousand square feet in 2012 to $578 per thousand square feet in 2013. MDF sales volume decreased from 120.1 million square feet in 2012 to 107.7 million square feet in 2013, as Del-Tin Fiber balanced production with demand. Residential lot sales for the year of 2013 totaled 65 lots at an average sales price of $76,000 per lot compared to 50 lots at $69,600 per lot for 2012. The Company had no commercial real estate acreage sales in either 2013 or 2012.
Regarding the outlook for the first quarter and year of 2014, Mr. Dillon stated, “We currently anticipate the pine sawtimber harvest to be 175,000 to 185,000 tons and 575,000 to 625,000 tons, respectively, depending on weather conditions in Deltic’s operating area. Finished lumber sales are estimated to be 65 to 75 million board feet for the first quarter and 270 to 290 million board feet for the year. MDF sales volumes for the first quarter and year of 2014 are forecasted to be 25 to 35 million square feet and 110 to 130 million square feet, respectively. Actual sales volumes for both finished lumber and MDF are dependent upon market conditions. Residential lot sales are projected at 15 to 20 lots and 60 to 80 lots for the first quarter and year of 2014, respectively. Commercial acreage within Chenal Valley continues to receive interest, but due to the volatile nature of commercial real estate transactions and significant number of factors involved, it is difficult to anticipate future closings.”Statements included herein that are not historical in nature are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Such statements reflect the Company’s current expectations and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those included in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the cyclical nature of the industry, changes in interest rates, credit availability, general economic conditions, adverse weather, cost and availability of materials used to manufacture the Company’s products, natural gas pricing, and the other risk factors described from time to time in the reports and disclosure documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Deltic will hold a conference call on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss fourth quarter 2013 earnings. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 1-866-953-6856 and referencing participant passcode identification number 39325929. The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Deltic website, at www.deltic.com. Online replays of the call will be available through the Deltic website, and a recording of the call will be available until Thursday, March 6, 2014, by dialing 1-888-286-8010 and referencing replay passcode identification number 37962685.