Deltic Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Year of 2012 Results

  Deltic Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Year of 2012 Results

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EL DORADO, Ark. -- February 27, 2013

Deltic Timber Corporation (NYSE:DEL):


DELTIC TIMBER CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA SUMMARY

FOURTH QUARTER                        2012          2011

Net sales                             $ 36,665,000      28,813,000

Net income/(loss)                       2,404,000       (208,000    )

Earnings/(loss) per common share
Basic                                   .19             (.02        )
Assuming dilution                       .19             (.02        )

Average common shares outstanding
Basic                                   12,537,984      12,474,412
Assuming dilution                       12,587,396      12,474,412


YEAR-TO-DATE                            2012            2011

Net sales                             $ 140,908,000     121,847,000

Net income                              9,235,000       2,659,000

Earnings per common share
Basic                                   .73             .21
Assuming dilution                       .73             .21

Average common shares outstanding
Basic                                   12,525,424      12,449,897
Assuming dilution                       12,588,413      12,552,185
                                                                    

Deltic Timber Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Ray C.
Dillon, announced today that net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was
$2.4 million, $.19 a share, which compares to a loss of $.2 million, $.02 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 a share, compared to $2.7 million, $.21 a share, for the twelve
months ended December 31, 2011. Net cash provided by operating activities was
$3.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, which compares to $.2 million 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, Mr. Dillon stated, “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.

The Company’s Real Estate segment had an operating loss of $.4 million in the
fourth quarter of 2012 compared to operating income of $.1 million 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
$.4 million for the current-year quarter versus a loss of $.6 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 $.2 million 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 $.3 million.

Regarding the outlook for the first quarter and year of 2013, Mr. Dillon
stated, “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.”

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, construction activity,
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 28, 2013, at 10:00
a.m. Central Time 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, 2013, by
dialing 1-888-286-8010 and referencing replay passcode identification number
17574926.

Contact:

Deltic Timber Corporation
Kenneth D. Mann, 870-881-6432
 
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