Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. has recently announced third quarter earnings of $61 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, on revenues of $375 million. Third quarter earnings include a $3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, after-tax gain from insurance recoveries related to the fire at the MDF plant in Montana earlier in the year.
Earnings for the third quarter of 2013 were $72 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, on revenues of $366 million. The results for the third quarter of 2013 include a $4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, non-cash expense related to forest fire losses experienced in Montana and Oregon during the quarter.
Earnings for the first nine months of 2014 were $146 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, on revenues of $1.0 billion. The results for the first nine months include $2 million, or $0.01 per share, after-tax gain related to the MDF fire. For the first nine months of 2013, earnings were $174 million, or $1.06 per diluted share, on revenues of $1.0 billion. The 2013 results include the non-cash expense related to the forest fire losses referenced above.
Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure of operating performance, for the first nine months of 2014 was $389 million, slightly higher than the $384 million in the same period of 2013. A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income and cash flow from operations is provided as an attachment to this release.
“During the third quarter, Plum Creek performed well in a continuing slow-growth environment,” said Rick Holley, chief executive officer. “Strong timber markets in our Northern Resources segment, combined with incremental harvest from the timberlands acquired last December, resulted in good operating income growth from our timber resources segments. Our Manufacturing operations are producing another strong year of performance while our Energy and Natural Resources segment is contributing to earnings and cash flow growth as well.
“The assets we acquired from MeadWestvaco continue to perform in-line with our expectations, and have contributed more than $61 million in operating cash flow for the first nine months of the year. As expected, the acquisition will be cash accretive on a per share basis in 2014.”