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Commenting on the results, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ray C. Dillon, stated, “Deltic’s commitment to a vertical integration strategy, consisting of owning pine timberland and operating efficient wood products manufacturing facilities, continues to serve the Company well in a balanced and profitable way. This was evidenced by the financial performance of the Company for the quarter. The additional cash flow from operations allowed us to fund our capital program, pay the increased quarterly dividend, repurchase $2.2 million of our stock, and repay $6 million of debt during the third quarter.”
The Woodlands segment’s operating income for the third quarter of 2013 was $3.9 million, a decrease of $.8 million when compared to operating income of $4.7 million for the same period of 2012. The Company’s pine sawtimber harvest level during the current quarter of 2013 was 161,132 tons, an eight percent decrease from 2012’s third quarter harvest level of 175,515 tons, due to timing. Deltic plans for the 2013 sustainable-yield harvest volume to be approximately the same as the 607,000 tons harvested in 2012. The average per-ton sales price for pine sawtimber was $21 per ton for the third quarters of both 2013 and 2012. The Company’s pine pulpwood harvest during the third quarter of the current year was 96,519 tons compared to 107,494 tons in the third quarter of 2012. The average sales price for pine pulpwood during 2013’s third quarter was $7 per ton, which was $1 per ton lower than the same quarter one year ago. Oil and gas lease rental and net royalty income totaled $1.4 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $1.1 million in 2012’s third quarter. The increase was due to a higher average sales price for natural gas produced, partially offset by decreased production volume from the natural gas wells in which Deltic has a royalty interest. The Company sold 254 acres of non-strategic, recreational-use hardwood bottomland for an average price of $1,300 per acre in the third quarter of 2013 versus 195 acres at an average price of $2,000 per acre in the third quarter of 2012.
The Company’s Manufacturing segment reported operating income of $11.4 million during the third quarter of 2013 compared to $5.6 million during the same period of 2012. In the second quarter of 2013, Deltic acquired the balance of the ownership interest in Del-Tin Fiber from its former joint venture partner and has since consolidated the operating results of Del-Tin Fiber into the Company’s Manufacturing segment. Del-Tin Fiber’s prior-period sales volume and average sales price of medium density fiberboard (“MDF”) are reported for comparison purposes. The average lumber sales price of $381 per thousand board feet was a $60, or 19 percent, increase when compared to the average sales price for lumber during the third quarter of 2012. The Company sold 69.5 million board feet of lumber in 2013’s third quarter compared to 68.3 million board feet of lumber sold in the third quarter of 2012. Recent capital projects completed in Deltic’s sawmills have further improved their hourly productivity rates and other operating efficiencies. Due to the volatility of the commodity lumber market, the Company will continue to monitor lumber market conditions in order to match production in its sawmills to market demand. The average sales price for MDF sold during the current quarter of 2013 of $585 per thousand square feet was $43, or eight percent, higher than the $542 per thousand square feet reported in the third quarter of 2012. MDF sales volume in the third quarter of 2013 was 28.2 million square feet, an eight percent decrease from the 30.5 million square feet sold during the third quarter of 2012. During the third quarter, the MDF market began to soften, and the Company took market-related downtime at Del-Tin Fiber in response to increased inventories. The Company will monitor changes in the MDF market and adjust the number of operating days at Del-Tin Fiber to match production with market demand.
The Real Estate segment reported an operating loss of $.7 million during the third quarter of 2013 compared to an operating loss of $.6 million for the same period of 2012. Deltic sold 16 residential lots during the current quarter of 2013 compared to 20 residential lots sold in the third quarter a year ago. The average residential lot sales price was $70,000 in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $71,300 in the third quarter of 2012, due to the mix of lots sold. Twenty-five new lots were recently offered in the Company’s Chenal Valley development and twenty-two were put under contract the day they were offered, and are anticipated to close over the next 120 days. There were no sales of commercial real estate acreage in the third quarter of either year.
Corporate operating expense was $4.9 million in the third quarter of both 2013 and 2012. Income tax expense in the third quarter of 2013 was $2.6 million compared to $1.3 million in 2012’s third quarter, primarily the result of increased pretax income.
For the first nine months of 2013, the pine sawtimber harvest level was 502,098 tons compared to 505,034 tons harvested during the same period of 2012, while the average per-ton pine sawtimber sales price was $22 for both years. The average lumber sales price increased $90, or 30 percent, from $304 per thousand board feet for the first nine months of 2012, to $394 per thousand board feet in the same period of 2013. Lumber sales volume decreased 8 million board feet, from 203.7 million board feet in the 2012 period to 195.7 million board feet in 2013, as Deltic adjusted sawmill operating hours to meet the market demand for lumber. The average sales price for MDF increased $63, or 12 percent, from $517 per thousand square feet in 2012 to $580 per thousand square feet in 2013. MDF sales volume decreased from 91.1 million square feet in 2012 to 85.1 million square feet in 2013 to balance supply with demand. Residential lot sales for the first nine months of 2013 totaled 50 lots at an average sales price of $74,100 per lot compared to 38 lots at $69,500 per lot for the corresponding period of 2012. The Company had no commercial real estate acreage sales in the first nine months of 2013 or 2012.
Capital expenditures were $4.9 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $25.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013. For the corresponding periods of 2012, capital expenditures totaled $2.3 million and $8.3 million, respectively. The quarter-over-quarter increase in capital expenditures was due mainly to increased expenditures in the Manufacturing segment related to projects to increase hourly productivity rates and total production volume in the Company’s sawmill operations. The year-over-year increase was due to the increased expenditures for manufacturing operations, combined with increased timberland acquisitions.
Concerning the outlook for the fourth quarter and year of 2013, Mr. Dillon stated, “We currently anticipate the pine sawtimber harvest to be 95,000 to 105,000 and 595,000 to 605,000 tons, respectively. Finished lumber production and sales volumes are estimated at 55 to 70 million board feet for the fourth quarter and 240 to 270 million board feet for the year. MDF sales volumes for the fourth quarter and year of 2013 are forecast to be 25 to 30 million square feet and 110 to 120 million square feet, respectively. Actual sales volumes for both finished lumber and MDF are dependent upon market conditions. Residential lot sales are projected at 10 to 20 and 60 to 70 lots for the fourth quarter and year of 2013, respectively. Even though there is continued interest in commercial acreage within Chenal Valley from potential buyers, it is difficult for the Company to predict the timing of any commercial real estate transaction closing due to the highly uncertain nature and volatility of these transactions.”
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, 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, October 24, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss third quarter 2013 earnings. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 1-877-703-6103 and referencing participant passcode identification number 61423359. 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, October 31, 2013, by dialing 1-888-286-8010 and referencing replay passcode identification number 71290742.