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Deltic Timber Corp : First quarter results

04/23/2012 | 06:24pm US/Eastern
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Deltic Timber Corporation NEWS RELEASE

210 EAST ELM STREET EL DORADO, AR 71730

NYSE: DEL

FOR RELEASE April 23, 2012 CONTACT: Kenneth D. Mann Investor Relations (870) 881-6432

Deltic Announces Preliminary First Quarter 2012 Results

EL DORADO, AR - President and Chief Executive Officer, Ray C. Dillon, of Deltic Timber
Corporation (NYSE-DEL) announced today that preliminary net income for the first quarter of 2012 was
$.1 million, $.01 a share, the same as reported for the first quarter a year ago. The Company's Mills segment reported improved operating income due to an increase in sales volume, a higher average unit sales price, and a lower average cost per unit sold, when compared to the first quarter of 2011. The improvement in results for the Mills segment was essentially offset by increased Corporate general and administrative expenses and a lower equity in the earnings of Del-Tin Fiber, Deltic's joint venture to manufacture medium density fiberboard ("MDF"). Net cash provided by operating activities was $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2012, which compares to net cash required of $1.2 million a year ago.
Commenting on results, Mr. Dillon stated, "I am pleased to report that Deltic's solid assets generated profitable results despite the continued negative impact on our businesses caused by the weak housing market. Having our Mills segment produce increased operating income in this lumber market
was quite an accomplishment, and reinforces our vertical-integration strategy. In addition, dry weather conditions in our operating area resulted in excellent logging conditions in our timberlands, on which we capitalized by increasing our harvest levels when compared to the first quarter of 2011. We are also beginning to see a slight increase in residential lot sales activity in our Chenal Valley development, as a result of low interest rates combined with improved credit availability from area banks. At Del-Tin Fiber, we are focused on further improvement in productivity and efficiency during this period of a moderately soft MDF market, in addition to evolving the product mix of the plant to utilize different resin glue to reduce manufacturing cost there."
Operating income for Deltic's Woodlands segment was $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of $.1 million when compared to $4.7 million reported a year ago. The Company harvested
173,007 tons of pine sawtimber during the current period of 2012, an 18 percent increase from the
146,089 tons harvested in the first quarter of 2011. The average per-ton price for pine sawtimber was
$22 for the first quarter of 2012, a 15 percent decrease from $26 per ton for 2011's first quarter. The decrease in the sales price for pine sawtimber was due to lower demand from the sawmills in Deltic's operating area, which was caused by a reduced operating level. Pine pulpwood harvested in 2012's first quarter period totaled 134,934 tons at an average sales price of $9 per ton, which compares to 125,467 tons harvested at $8 per ton for the same period of 2011. Deltic was able to increase the harvest volume of both pine sawtimber and pulpwood because of the favorable logging conditions during the current-year period. Oil and gas lease rentals and net royalty income totaled $1.4 million during the current period of
2012 compared to $1.6 million during 2011's same quarter. The reduction was due to the impact of decade-low prices for natural gas, which was partially offset by an increase in the number of producing wells. During the current quarter, the Company sold 270 acres of timberland, primarily non-strategic recreational-use hardwood bottomland, at an average sales price of $1,400 per acre versus 2011's first quarter sales of 307 acres at an average sales price of $1,400 per acre.
Deltic's Mills segment reported operating income of $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2012, which compares to $.7 million for the same period of 2011. The improvement was due to a higher per-unit sales price; improved hourly productivity rates; increased sales volume; and a lower cost of logs used in manufacturing lumber, as evidenced by the current-period's decreased average sales price for pine sawtimber. The current-quarter's average lumber sales price of $271 per thousand board feet was an increase of $5 per thousand board feet from the first quarter of 2011. In the first quarter of 2012, Deltic sold 65 million board feet of lumber, an increase of 2.5 million board feet when compared to 2011's first quarter sales of 62.5 million board feet, as the Company increased lumber production to match market demand.
The Company's Real Estate segment reported an operating loss of $.8 million for the first quarters of both 2012 and 2011. Residential lot sales totaled seven lots in 2012's first quarter compared to three lots sold in the same period of 2011. The current quarter's average per-lot sales price was
$67,100, an $18,200 per lot decrease when compared to the first quarter of 2011's average per-lot sales price of $85,300, due to the mix of lots sold. There were no sales of commercial real estate acreage in the first quarter of either year.
Corporate operating expense was $4.3 million in the first quarter of 2012, which compares to $4 million for the corresponding period of 2011. The slight increase was due to higher general and administrative expenses, primarily resulting from increased pension and post-retirement benefit obligations caused by lower interest rates. Deltic's equity in the earnings of Del-Tin Fiber was $.1 million for the current year quarter versus $.5 million for the same period in 2011, as the joint venture experienced increased manufacturing cost, including high resin expense. Capital expenditures were $4 million for the first quarters of both 2012 and 2011.
Regarding the outlook for the second quarter and year of 2012, Mr. Dillon stated, "At this time we anticipate the pine sawtimber harvest to be 150,000 to 170,000 tons and 575,000 to 600,000 tons, respectively. Finished lumber production sales volume are anticipated to be at 50 to 70 million board feet for the second quarter and 250 to 275 million board feet for the year, depending upon market conditions. Residential lot sales are estimated at five to ten lots and 25 to 35 lots for the second quarter and year of
2012, respectively. Even though commercial acreage in Chenal Valley receives interest, due to the volatile nature of commercial real estate transactions and the significant number of factors related to any sale, 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, 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 Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss the first quarter of 2012 earnings. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing

1-888-396-2369 and referencing participant passcode identification number 14030564. 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 Tuesday, May 1, 2012, by dialing 1-888-286-8010 and referencing replay passcode identification number 39241642.

Summary financial data and operating statistics for the first quarter of 2012 with comparisons to
2011 are contained in the following tables.

Deltic Timber Corporation SEGMENT INFORMATION (Preliminary and Unaudited) (Millions of dollars)

Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

March 31, 2012 March 31, 2011

Operating Operating Net Income/ Net Income/ Sales (Loss) Sales (Loss)

Woodlands $ 10.0 4.8 10.0 4.7

Mills 22.6 1.6 21.6 0.7

Real Estate 1.9 (0.8) 1.7 (0.8) Corporate - (4.3) - (4.0) Eliminations (3.9) (0.2) (3.9) -

Total net sales/operating income $ 30.6 1.1 29.4 0.6

Deltic Timber Corporation CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Preliminary and Unaudited)
(Thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2012 2011
Net sales $ 30,639 29,395
Costs and expenses
Cost of sales 22,001 21,337
Depreciation, amortization, and
cost of fee timber harvested 2,908 3,162
General and administrative expenses 4,596 4,346
Total costs and expenses 29,505 28,845
Operating income 1,134 550
Equity in earnings of Del-Tin Fiber 71 537
Interest income 2 7
Interest and other debt expense, net of capitalized interest (1,035) (942) Other income/(expense) (25) 3
Income before income taxes 147 155
Income taxes (50) (63) Net income $ 97 92
Earnings per common share
Basic $ 0.01 0.01
Assuming dilution $ 0.01 0.01
Dividends per common share paid $ 0.075 0.075
Average common shares outstanding (thousands)
Basic 12,501 12,409
Assuming dilution 12,567 12,509
Deltic Timber Corporation CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Preliminary and Unaudited) (Thousands of dollars)

Mar. 31,

Dec. 31,

2012

2011

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 3,074

3,291

Trade accounts receivable - net

6,582

4,821

Other receivables

-

1

Inventories

4,792

4,353

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

4,766

3,862

Total current assets

19,214

16,328

Investment in real estate held for development and sale

57,063

57,408

Investment in Del-Tin Fiber

7,284

7,113

Other investments and noncurrent receivables

316

885

Timber and timberlands - net

229,866

228,274

Property, plant, and equipment - net

29,365

30,187

Deferred charges and other assets

1,589

1,675

Total assets

$ 344,697

341,870

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities

Trade accounts payable

$ 2,928

1,867

Current maturities of long-term debt

1,111

1,111

Accrued taxes other than income taxes

2,413

1,971

Deferred revenues and other accrued liabilities

7,651

7,761

Total current liabilities

14,103

12,710

Long-term debt

65,000

64,000

Deferred tax liabilities - net

1,351

1,211

Other noncurrent liabilities

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity

Common stock, 12,813,879 shares issued

36,284

-

128

36,826

-

128

Capital in excess of par value

80,648

80,842

Retained earnings

162,318

163,170

Treasury stock, 159,043 and 208,296 shares held, respectively

(5,595)

(7,288)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(9,540)

(9,729)

Total stockholders' equity

227,959

227,123

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$ 344,697

341,870

Deltic Timber Corporation CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Preliminary and Unaudited)
(Thousands of dollars)
Three Months Ended
March 31,

2012

2011

Operating activities

Net income

$ 97

92

Adjustments to reconcile net income to

net cash provided/(required) by operating activities:

Depreciation, amortization, and cost of fee timber harvested

2,908

3,162

Deferred income taxes

17

39

Real estate development capital expenditures

(105)

(298)

Real estate costs recovered upon sale

232

130

Timberland costs recovered upon sale

127

142

Equity in earnings of Del-Tin Fiber

(71)

(537)

Stock-based compensation expense

558

507

Net increase in liabilities for pension and other postretirement benefits

450

147

Net decrease in deferred compensation for stock-based liabilities

(890)

(694)

Increase in operating working capital other

than cash and cash equivalents

(1,375)

(3,805)

Other changes in assets and liabilities

169

(120)

Net cash provided/(required) by operating activities

2,117

(1,235)

Investing activities

Capital expenditures, excluding real estate development

(3,478)

(2,822)

Net change in purchased stumpage inventory

(346)

(770)

Advances to Del-Tin Fiber

(800)

(597)

Repayments from Del-Tin Fiber

700

875

Net change in funds held by trustee

568

-

Other - net

220

170

Net cash required by investing activities

(3,136)

(3,144)

Financing activities

Proceeds from borrowings

2,000

5,500

Repayments of notes payable and long-term debt

(1,000)

(1,000)

Treasury stock purchases

(19)

(55)

Common stock dividends paid

(949)

(941)

Proceeds from stock option exercises

409

646

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

534

498

Deferred financing costs

-

(1,094)

Other - net

(173)

(130)

Net cash provided by financing activities

802

3,424

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(217)

(955)

Cash and cash equivalents at January 1

3,291

3,831

Cash and cash equivalents at March 31

$ 3,074

2,876

Deltic Timber Corporation

OTHER DATA

(Preliminary and Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 31,

(Thousands of dollars)

2012

2011

Capital expenditures

Woodlands

$ 2,679

2,351

Mills

850

1,232

Real Estate (includes development expenditures)

182

323

Corporate

4

70

Total capital expenditures

$ 3,715

3,976

Woodlands

Pine sawtimber harvested from fee lands - tons

173,007

146,089

Pine sawtimber price - per ton

$ 22

26

Timberland sales - acres

270

307

Timberland sales price - per acre

$ 1,448

1,358

Mills

Finished lumber sales - thousands of board feet

65,002

62,456

Finished lumber price - per thousand board feet

$ 271

266

Real Estate
Residential

Lots sold

7

3

Average sales price - per lot

$ 67,100

85,300

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