Sawmill operations in Waldo and Ola were cited by Deltic Timber Corporation on Wednesday for the company’s improved fourth-quarter fiscal performance.
Ray C. Dillon, president and chief executive officer, said net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $2.4 million, 19 cents a share, which compares to a loss of $200,000, two cents a share, in 2011’s fourth quarter.
The increase was mainly due to a $4.6 million improvement in Deltic’s Mills segment’s financial results. When compared to the same period of 2011, the company’s average sales price per-unit of lumber sold during this year’s fourth quarter increased 29 percent, and lumber sales volume increased 17 percent.
For the year of 2012, net income was $9.2 million, 73 cents a share, compared to $2.7 million, 21 cents a share, for the 12 months ended December 31, 2011.
Net cash provided by operating activities was $3.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, which compares to $200,000 for the same period last year. Cash provided by operating activities for the year of 2012 was $24.1 million compared to $14.6 million for the prior year.
Commenting on the results, Dillon said, “Our portfolio of diverse assets performed well in 2012, and we reported profitable financial results for a tenth consecutive year. Driving the financial results for the current quarter and the year of 2012 was the company’s ownership and efficient operation of its sawmills. These sawmills also provide a secure market for Deltic’s sustainably managed, valuable timberland assets.
“With the cash flow generated by our operations during the year, we funded the company’s 2012 capital program, which included $14.5 million for timberland acquisitions, and distributed $3.8 million to our shareholders through dividend payments, while also reducing debt outstanding by $2.1 million.”
The Woodlands segment reported operating income of $4.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $4 million for the same period of 2011. The pine sawtimber harvest during the current-year fourth quarter period was 101,845 tons, a 22 percent increase when compared to the harvest of 83,246 tons for the same period of 2011. This increase was due to timing, as the company’s annual harvest volume for 2012 was essentially unchanged from the prior year.
The average per-ton sales price for the pine sawtimber harvested was $22 in the fourth quarter of 2012, which compared to $21 per ton for the same period of 2011. During the fourth quarter of 2012, Deltic harvested 116,441 tons of pine pulpwood, which compared to 92,934 tons in 2011’s fourth quarter, while the average per-ton sales price was $8 for both periods.
Oil and gas revenues from lease rentals and net royalties were $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 versus $1.5 million in 2011’s fourth quarter. The decrease was due to lower prices received for the natural gas produced from the wells in which the company has a royalty interest, partially offset by an increase in the number of producing gas wells.
The company sold 988 acres of non-strategic recreational-use hardwood bottomland for an average sales price of $1,500 per acre in the fourth quarter of 2012 versus 1,125 acres sold at an average sales price of $1,500 per acre in the fourth quarter of 2011.
The Mills segment reported $5.2 million in operating income in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of $4.6 million when compared to operating income of $.6 million during 2011’s fourth quarter.
The company reported a 29 percent increase in the average lumber sales price, along with a 17 percent increase in sales volume, when comparing the fourth quarter of 2012 to the same period of 2011. In addition, the Mills segment benefitted from improved hourly production rates when compared to the prior year.
The average lumber sales price was $326 per thousand board feet for the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of $73 per thousand board feet when compared to $253 per thousand board feet for 2011’s fourth quarter. The lumber sales volume was 69.2 million board feet in the fourth quarter of the current period versus 59.1 million board feet in the same period a year ago, an increase of 10.1 million board feet as the company increased production to match market demand in 2012’s fourth quarter.
Deltic Timber’s Real Estate segment had an operating loss of $400,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to operating income of $100,000 for the same period of 2011. Residential lot sales totaled 12 in 2012’s fourth quarter, an increase of three lots when compared to the same period of 2011.
The current quarter’s average per-lot sales price was $70,000, which compares to $58,700 per lot for 2011’s fourth quarter. The per-lot increase was due to the mix of lots sold in 2012’s current period. There were no sales of commercial real estate acreage during the current-year’s fourth quarter while there were 1.38 acres of commercial property sold for $411,600 per acre during the prior-year’s fourth quarter.
Corporate expense was $4.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, which compares to $3.7 million for the same period of 2011. The increase was due to higher general and administrative expenses, primarily for increases in pension and post retirement benefit obligations due to continued low interest rates, along with increased incentive plan expenses resulting from the improved financial results for 2012.
Deltic’s equity in earnings of Del-Tin Fiber was $400,000 for the current-year quarter versus a loss of $600,000 million for the same period of 2011. The increase was due to an improved market for medium density fiberboard. Deltic recorded income tax expense of $1.6 million in 2012’s fourth quarter, which compares to a $200,000 tax benefit in 2011’s fourth quarter, as a result of higher pretax income in the fourth quarter of 2012 combined with permanent tax differences providing a larger benefit in 2011’s fourth quarter.
Capital expenditures were $15.7 million for 2012’s fourth quarter and $24 million for the year of 2012. For the corresponding periods of 2011, capital expenditures totaled $5.4 million and $15.7 million, respectively.
The increase for the current quarter and year of 2012 was primarily due to land acquisitions.
For the year of 2012, the pine sawtimber harvest was 606,879 tons compared to 606,311 tons for 2011. The average pine sawtimber sales price for 2012 decreased $1 per ton from that of 2011, to $22 per ton. Sales of non-strategic timberland for the year of 2012 totaled 1,776 acres with an average sales price of $1,600 per acre, while in 2011 the company sold 2,726 acres with a per-acre sales price of $1,500. Oil and gas lease rental and royalty income was $4.9 million in 2012 versus $6.4 million in 2011.
Lumber sales volume increased seven percent from 254.3 million board feet in 2011 to 272.9 million board feet in 2012. The average finished lumber sales price increased $55 per thousand board feet, to $309 per thousand board feet in 2012. Residential lot sales for the current year totaled 50 lots at an average price of $69,600 per lot versus sales of 31 lots in 2011 at $63,500 per lot.
Deltic sold no commercial real estate in 2012, which compares to sales of 27.36 acres for $116,700 per acre in 2011.
Equity in earnings of Del-Tin Fiber was $1 million in 2012, while 2011’s equity in earnings was $300,000.
Regarding the outlook for the first quarter and year of 2013, Dillon said, “We currently anticipate the pine sawtimber harvest to be 175,000 to 185,000 tons and 550,000 to 600,000 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, with volumes dependent upon market conditions.
“Residential lot sales are projected at 8 to 12 lots and 40 to 60 lots for the first quarter and year of 2013, respectively. Commercial acreage within Chenal Valley continues to receive interest, but due to the volatile nature of commercial real estate transactions and the significant number of factors involved, it is difficult to anticipate future closings. In addition, the company has entered into an agreement to purchase the other 50 percent membership interest in Del-Tin Fiber currently owned by TIN, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of International Paper Company, on or before April 30, 2013. Depending upon the actual timing of the purchase, there could be an impact to the first quarter of 2013’s financial statements.”
Deltic will hold a conference call at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss fourth quarter and year of 2012 earnings. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 1-866-271-6130 and referencing participant passcode identification number 12029575.
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 7, by dialing 1-888-286-8010 and referencing replay passcode identification number 17574926.