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CatchMark Registers Strong Year-Over-Year Results for Full-Year 2016 and Fourth Quarter; Declares Dividend

Donnerstag, 16.02.2017 22:10 von

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Successfully integrating recent acquisitions into operations, CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CTT) reported 18% in revenue growth, a 32% increase in GAAP net loss, and a 13% increase in Adjusted EBITDA for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2016 compared to full-year 2015.

Full-year 2016 performance highlights announced today include:

  • Increased total revenues by 18% to $81.9 million, compared to $69.1 million for full-year 2015, 
  • Incurred a net loss of $11.1 million in accordance with GAAP, compared to $8.4 million for full-year 2015, an increase of 32%,
  • Increased Adjusted EBITDA by 13% to $36.5 million, compared to $32.2 million for full-year 2015,
  • Increased total harvest volumes by 21%, 
  • Increased timber sales revenue by 23%, and
  • Increased quarterly dividend by 6%, compared to 2015.

During the year, CatchMark also acquired more than 81,900 acres of prime timberlands for $142.9 million, inclusive of closing costs, increasing total holdings to more than 499,600 acres, and sold 7,300 acres of timberlands for $12.5 million.

At year end, the company had borrowing capacity of $174.3 million under its credit facilities and $9.1 million in cash on hand. Under CatchMark's $30 million share repurchase program announced in August 2015, approximately 309,000 shares were repurchased during the year at an average price of $10.36.

Jerry Barag, CatchMark's President and CEO, said: "Despite the expected GAAP net loss, we met our goals in 2016 for acquiring high quality timberlands to increase harvest volumes while at the same time achieving operational gains from increased silvicultural productivity to enhance revenues and Adjusted EBITDA. Notably, we realized pricing above South-wide averages in all pine product categories and took advantage of higher pulpwood prices in managing our harvest mix."

Chairman of the Board Willis J. Potts, Jr., said: "Management and the board remain focused on implementing rigorous land management practices to help ensure superior harvest yields and sustainable growth for the long term. Successful execution of operations and acquisitions strategies during 2016 has set the stage for further growth in revenues and Adjusted EBITDA in 2017."

For the fourth quarter 2016, CatchMark also registered strong gains, boosted by increased harvest volumes from properties acquired earlier in the year. Fourth quarter operating highlights included:

  • Increased revenues to $20.4 million, compared to $17.1 million in fourth quarter 2015,
  • Incurred a net loss of $4.9 million in accordance with GAAP, compared to $3.3 million in the fourth quarter 2015,
  • Increased Adjusted EBITDA to $7.2 million, compared to $6.9 million in the fourth quarter 2015,
  • Increased total harvest volumes by 17%,
  • Increased timber sales revenue by 20%, 
  • Acquired 21,500 acres of timberland for $29.1 million, inclusive of closing costs,
  • Completed timberland sales of 1,000 acres for $1.8 million, and
  • Paid a dividend of $0.135 per share to stockholders of record on December 16, 2016.

Dividend Declared

CatchMark also declared a dividend of $0.135 per share for stockholders of record on February 28, 2017, which will be payable on March 16, 2017.

GAAP Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016

For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, revenues increased to $20.4 million from $17.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 primarily due to an increase in timber sales revenue of $2.9 million and an increase in timberland sales revenue of $0.3 million. Timber sales revenue increased by 20%, primarily due to an increase in harvest volume as a result of incremental harvest on properties acquired during the year. Timberland sales revenue increased due to selling more acres in 2016, but registered a lower average sales price per acre as a result of CatchMark retaining harvest rights to approximately 12,000 tons of merchantable timber on the acreage sold.

Net loss increased to $4.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 from $3.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 resulting primarily from a $1.1 million increase in interest expense due to higher average debt outstanding.


For the Three
Months Ended
December 31,
2015


Changes attributable to:


For the Three
Months Ended
December 31,
2016

(in thousands)


Price/Mix


Volume


Timber sales (1)








Pulpwood

$

6,987



$

502



$

1,771



$

9,260


Sawtimber (2)

7,451



(1,574)



2,225



8,102



$

14,438



$

(1,072)



$

3,996



$

17,362




(1)       

Timber sales are presented on a gross basis.

(2)       

Includes chip-n-saw and sawtimber.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2016, revenues increased to $81.9 million from $69.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 primarily due to an increase in timber sales revenue of $12.2 million and an increase in timberland sales revenue of $0.7 million. Timber sales revenue increased by 23%, primarily due to an increase in harvest volume as a result of incremental harvest on properties acquired during the year. Timberland sales revenue increased due to selling more acres in 2016, but registered a lower average sales price per acre as a result of CatchMark retaining harvest rights to approximately 113,000 tons of merchantable timber on the acreage sold, which had a book value of $2.6 million.

Net loss increased to $11.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 from $8.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 resulting primarily from a $3.1 million increase in interest expense due to higher average debt outstanding offset by a $0.4 million decrease in operating loss.


For the Year Ended December 31, 2015


Changes attributable to:


For the Year Ended December 31, 2016

(in thousands)


Price/Mix


Volume


Timber sales (1)








Pulpwood

$

27,860



$

959



$

6,150



$

34,969


Sawtimber (2)

24,977



(784)



5,873



30,066



$

52,837



$

175



$

12,023



$

65,035




(1)       

Timber sales are presented on a gross basis.

(2)       

Includes chip-n-saw and sawtimber.

 

Adjusted EBITDA

Earnings from Continuing Operations before Interest, Taxes, Depletion, and Amortization (EBITDA) is a non-GAAP measure of operating performance. EBITDA is defined by the SEC; however, we have excluded certain other expenses due to their non-cash nature, and we refer to this measure as "Adjusted EBITDA." 

For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, Adjusted EBITDA was $7.2 million, a $0.3 million increase from the quarter ended December 31, 2015, primarily due to a $0.7 million increase in net timber sales and a $0.3 million increase in revenue from net timberland sales.

Our reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA for the quarters ended December 31, 2016, 2015, and 2014 follows:

(in thousands)

Q4 2016


Q4 2015


Q4 2014

Net income (loss)

$

(4,941)



$

(3,296)



$

2,161


Add:






Depletion

8,061



7,783



4,398


Basis of timberland sold

1,137



1,133



4,029


Amortization (1)

296



187



182


Stock-based compensation expense

404



247



133

 

 


Interest expense (1)

1,885



882



653


Basis of casualty loss

361






Adjusted EBITDA

$

7,203



$

6,936



$

11,556




(1)      

For the purpose of the above reconciliation, amortization includes amortization of deferred financing costs, amortization of intangible lease assets, and amortization of mainline road costs, which are included in either interest expense, land rent expense, or other operating expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2016, Adjusted EBITDA was $36.5 million, a $4.3 million increase from the year ended December 31, 2015, primarily due to a $6.2 million increase in net timber sales and a $0.9 million increase in revenue from net timberland sales.

Our reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015, and 2014 follows:

(in thousands)

2016


2015


2014

Net income (loss)

$

(11,070)



$

(8,387)



$

660


Add:






Depletion

28,897



27,091



14,788


Basis of timberland sold

9,728



8,886



5,072


Amortization (1)

1,093



765



836


Stock-based compensation expense

1,724



889



418


Interest expense (1)

5,753



2,924



1,897


Basis of casualty loss

361






Adjusted EBITDA

$

36,486



$

32,168



$

23,671




(1)      

For the purpose of the above reconciliation, amortization includes amortization of deferred financing costs, amortization of intangible lease assets, and amortization of mainline road costs, which are included in either interest expense, land rent expense, or other operating expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.

 

2017 Outlook and Guidance

For full-year 2017, CatchMark projects a GAAP net loss of between $16 million and $17 million. The company anticipates its Adjusted EBITDA to register between $37 million and $41 million, after adding back $31 million to $34 million of depletion expenses, $10 million to $12 million of land sale book basis, $3 million of stock-based compensation expense, and $10 million of interest expenses.

Barag said: "Adjusted EBITDA guidance excludes the impact from any potential acquisitions or joint ventures, which could help enhance our results. The GAAP net loss will derive from larger harvest volumes and higher debt outstanding.  Earnings should be driven from the year-over-year impact of the mid-2016 Carolinas Midlands transaction and continued gradual improvement in the nation's housing market, which should increase demand for sawlogs. The pricing outlook remains somewhat restrained, but we anticipate achieving pricing above South-wide averages, because of our favorable locations and mill market advantages."

He added that "CatchMark should continue to move closer towards our 50/50 target mix during the year, achieving a 40% to 45% harvest volume from sawlogs, principally in the smaller chip-n-saw category. Harvest volumes are forecast in the range of 2.3 million to 2.5 million tons and we will target land sales of $14 million to $16 million, which is consistent with our past targets of 1% to 2% of fee acreage."

Conference Call/Webcast

CatchMark will host a conference call and live webcast at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, February 17, 2017 to discuss these results.  Investors may listen to the conference call by dialing 1-888-347-1165 for U.S/Canada and 1-412-902-4276 for international callers.  Participants should ask to be joined into the CatchMark call. Access to the live webcast will be available at www.catchmark.com.  A replay of this webcast will be archived on the company's website shortly after the call. 

About CatchMark

CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CTT) is a self-administered and self-managed, publicly-traded REIT that strives to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns for all stakeholders through disciplined acquisitions, sustainable harvests, and well-timed sales. Headquartered in Atlanta and focused exclusively on timberland ownership, CatchMark began operations in 2007 and owns interests in approximately 499,600 acres* of timberland located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. For more information, visit www.catchmark.com.  From time to time, CatchMark releases important information via postings on its corporate website. Accordingly, investors and other interested parties are encouraged to enroll to receive automatic email alerts regarding new postings. Enrollment information is found in the "Investors Relations" section of www.catchmark.com.

*

As of December 31, 2016.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements can generally be identified by our use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "continue," or other similar words. However, the absence of these or similar words or expressions does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward looking statements are not guarantees of performance and are based on certain assumptions, discuss future expectations, describe plans and strategies, contain projections of results of operations or of financial condition or state other forward looking information. Such statements include that we have set the stage for further growth in revenues and Adjusted EBITDA in 2017, the impact from potential acquisitions or joint ventures on future results, the impact of higher harvest volumes, changes in product mix and higher interest expense on depletion expense and net loss, the impact of recent acquisitions, and the impact of improvements in housing market demand. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: (i) we may not generate the harvest volumes from our timberlands that we currently anticipate; (ii) the demand for our timber may not increase at the rate we currently anticipate or at all due to changes in general economic and business conditions in the geographic regions where our timberlands are located; (iii) the cyclical nature of the real estate market generally, including fluctuations in demand and valuations, may adversely impact our ability to generate income and cash flow from sales of higher-and-better use properties; (iv) timber prices may not increase at the rate we currently anticipate or could decline, which would negatively impact our revenues; (v) the supply of timberlands available for acquisition that meet our investment criteria may be less than we currently anticipate; (vi) we may be unsuccessful in winning bids for timberland that are sold through an auction process; (vii) we may not be able to access external sources of capital at attractive rates or at all; (viii) potential increases in interest rates could have a negative impact on our business; (ix) our share repurchase program may not be successful in improving stockholder value over the long-term; and (x) the factors described in Item 1A. of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, under the heading "Risk Factors" and our other filings with Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update our forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

 

 

CATCHMARK TIMBER TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except for per-share amounts)



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Revenues:








Timber sales

$

17,362



$

14,438



$

65,035



$

52,837


Timberland sales

1,807



1,525



12,515



11,845


Other revenues

1,229



1,112



4,305



4,440



20,398



17,075



81,855



69,122


Expenses:








Contract logging and hauling costs

7,316



5,093



25,918



19,911


Depletion

8,061



7,783



28,897



27,091


Cost of timberland sales

1,280



1,251



10,405



9,747


Forestry management expenses

1,852



1,242



6,092



4,495


General and administrative expenses

2,725



2,451



9,309



7,667


Land rent expense

170



203



625



736


Other operating expenses

1,805



1,310



5,017



4,295



23,209



19,333



86,263



73,942


Operating loss

(2,811)



(2,258)



(4,408)



(4,820)










Other income (expense):








Interest income

9



3



44



6


Interest expense

(2,139)



(1,041)



(6,706)



(3,573)



(2,130)



(1,038)



(6,662)



(3,567)


Net loss

$

(4,941)



$

(3,296)



$

(11,070)



$

(8,387)










Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic and diluted

38,810



38,888



38,830



39,348










Net loss per-share - basic and diluted

$

(0.13)



$

(0.08)



$

(0.29)



$

(0.21)


 

 


 

CATCHMARK TIMBER TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except for per-share amounts)



December 31, 2016

(Unaudited)


December 31, 2015

Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

9,108



$

8,025


Accounts receivable

3,882



2,562


Prepaid expenses and other assets

4,815



3,277


Deferred financing costs

313



354


Timber assets (Note 3):




Timber and timberlands, net

691,687



584,854


Intangible lease assets, less accumulated amortization of $938 and $934 as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively

19



23


Total assets

$

709,824



$

599,095






Liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

4,393



$

3,307


Other liabilities

3,610



3,703


Note payable and line of credit, less net deferred financing costs (Note 4)

320,751



181,047


Total liabilities

328,754



188,057






Commitments and Contingencies (Note 6)








Stockholders' Equity:




Class A common stock, $0.01 par value; 900,000 and 900,000 shares authorized; 38,797 and 38,975 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively

388



390


Additional paid-in capital

605,728



607,409


Accumulated deficit and distributions

(226,793)



(195,341)


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

1,747



(1,420)


Total stockholders' equity

381,070



411,038


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

709,824



$

599,095


 

 

 

CATCHMARK TIMBER TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:








Net loss

$

(4,941)



$

(3,296)



$

(11,070)



$

(8,387)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:








Depletion

8,061



7,783



28,897



27,091


Basis of timberland sold

1,137



1,133



9,728



8,886


Stock-based compensation expense

404



247



1,724



889


Noncash interest expense

255



158



954



648


Other amortization

42



29



139



117


Basis of casualty loss

361





361




Changes in assets and liabilities:








Accounts receivable

35



(357)



(1,201)



(1,764)


Prepaid expenses and other assets

(285)



(210)



(224)



187


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

(477)



(30)



1,141



985


Other liabilities

(990)



(718)



400



(158)


Net cash provided by operating activities

3,602



4,739



30,849



28,494










Cash Flows from Investing Activities:








Timberland acquisitions

(28,282)



(47,252)



(141,570)



(75,793)


Capital expenditures (excluding timberland acquisitions)

(888)



(1,042)



(3,195)



(2,668)


Net cash used in investing activities

(29,170)



(48,294)



(144,765)



(78,461)










Cash Flows from Financing Activities:








Proceeds from note payable

27,500



47,000



143,500



67,500


Repayments of note payable

(913)





(2,846)



(498)


Financing costs paid

(170)



(529)



(1,866)



(781)


Dividends paid to common stockholders

(5,192)



(4,847)



(20,382)



(19,590)


Repurchases of common shares

(369)



(1,416)



(3,407)



(6,004)


Net cash provided by financing activities

20,856



40,208



114,999



40,627


Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(4,712)



(3,347)



1,083



(9,340)


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

13,820



11,372



8,025



17,365


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

9,108



$

8,025



$

9,108



$

8,025


 

 


SELECTED DATA




2016


2015



Q1


Q2


Q3


Q4


YTD


Q1


Q2


Q3


Q4


YTD


Timber Sales Volume ('000 tons)














Pulpwood

336



297



363



364



1,360



262



292



289



288



1,131



Sawtimber

261



183



191



232



867



175



157



156



221



709



Total

597



480



554



596



2,227



437



449



445



509



1,840
























Delivered % as of total volume

60

%


66

%


64

%


66

%


64

%


65

%


59

%


61

%


57

%


60

%


Stumpage % as of total volume

40

%


34

%


36

%


34

%


36

%


35

%


41

%


39

%


43

%


40

%























Net timber sales price ($ per ton) (1)
















Pulpwood

$

14



$

14



$

13



$

13



$

14



$

13



$

13



$

13



$

13



$

13



Sawtimber

$

24



$

24



$

24



$

24



$

24



$

26



$

26



$

25



$

25



$

26
























Timberland Sales





















Gross Sales

('000)

$

8,666



$

843



$

1,199



$

1,807



$

12,515



$

6,174



$

591



$

3,555



$

1,525



$

11,845



Acres Sold

4,982



500



794



1,010



7,286



3,400



258



1,953



796



6,407



Price per acre (2)

$

1,739



$

1,687



$

1,510



$

1,789



$

1,718



$

1,816



$

2,291



$

1,820



$

1,914



$

1,849
























Timberland Acquisitions, exclusive of transaction costs














Gross Acquisitions ('000)

$

12,170



$

100,579



$



$

28,264



$

141,013



$

14,533



$

12,771



$

550



$

45,451



$

73,305



Acres Acquired

8,738



51,684





21,516



81,938



7,668



9,686



290



25,261



42,905



Price per acre ($/acre)

$

1,393



$

1,946



$



$

1,314



$

1,721



$

1,895



$

1,318



$

1,898



$

1,799



$

1,709
























Period End Acres ('000)
















Fee

405



456



455



468



468



369



379



377



401



401



Lease

24



24



24



32



32



29



28



28



24



24



Total

429



480



479



500



500



398



407



405



425



425



(1) Net timber sales represents Timber Sales revenue net of Contract Logging and Hauling costs from the Consolidated Statement of Operations.

 

(2) In 2016, we retained timber harvest rights to around 113,000 tons of merchantable timber on the acreage sold with book basis of $2.6 million.



 

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