CatchMark Reports Solid Increase in Revenues for Second Quarter 2017 and Declares Dividend

ATLANTA, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing on track to meet its operating plan for the year, CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CTT) reported a 68% increase in revenues, a 7% improvement in GAAP net loss, and a 137% increase in Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 compared to the three-month period ended June 30, 2016. Increases in year-over-year harvest volumes and timber sales revenue resulted primarily from last year's acquisition and integration of properties in South Carolina.

CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc.

CatchMark also declared a cash dividend of $0.135 per share for its common stockholders of record on August 30, 2017, payable on September 15, 2017.

Jerry Barag, CatchMark President and CEO said, "CatchMark produced another solid quarter as our fiber supply agreements and delivered wood sales model served us well. Our realized stumpage prices are higher than South-wide market averages as a result of the strength of the micro-markets in which we operate."

Earnings Overview

For the second quarter 2017 operating results included:

  • Generated revenues of $26.8 million, compared to $16.0 million in second quarter 2016, a 68% increase.
  • Incurred a net loss of $2.5 million in accordance with GAAP, compared to $2.6 million in the second quarter 2016, an improvement of 7%.
  • Realized Adjusted EBITDA of $14.3 million, compared to $6.0 million in the second quarter 2016, a 137% increase.
  • Increased gross timber sales revenue by approximately 23% to $17.4 million, primarily resulting from a 21% increase in harvest volume to 582,111 tons up from 480,258 tons in second quarter 2016.
  • Entered into a 50/50 joint venture with the Missouri Department of Transportation & Patrol Retirement System (MPERS), which acquired 11,031 acres of North Georgia timberlands for an aggregate purchase price of $20.0 million.
  • Sold approximately 4,000 acres of timberlands for $8 million.
  • Paid a dividend of $0.135 per share to stockholders on June 16, 2017.

As of June 30, 2017, CatchMark had $163.3 million of borrowing capacity under its credit facilities and a cash balance of $17.2 million. During the three months ended June 30, 2017, CatchMark did not repurchase any shares under its share repurchase program and may purchase up to an additional $19.8 million under the program, as of the end of the quarter.

Barag said: "Given the flat pricing outlook, we are well positioned and will continue to concentrate on disciplined execution of our operating plan while strategically expanding our capital relationships and timberlands holdings in prime markets. We have excellent liquidity, our first institutional joint venture with MPERS is meeting expectations, and we are on target for executing our business plan. We remain focused on providing a superior and sustainable rate of return to stockholders and believe that our new growth opportunities, operational execution, and capital allocation strategy are building long-term value."

Results for Three Months and Six Months Ending June 30, 2017

CatchMark's revenues increased to $26.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to $16.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016 primarily due to an increase in timber sales revenue of $3.2 million and an increase in timberland sales revenue of $7.1 million. Gross timber sales revenue increased 23% primarily as a result of a 21% increase in harvest volume. This harvest volume increase was driven by properties acquired during the past year, which generated $3.3 million in timber sales revenue during the three months ended June 30, 2017. Delivered sales volume as a percentage of total volume increased from 66% during the second quarter 2016 to 72% during the second quarter of 2017. Timberland sales revenue increased to $8.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 from $0.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016 as a result of selling more acreage in the 2017 period. Net loss decreased to $2.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 from $2.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016 primarily due to a $1.6 million increase in operating income offset by a $1.3 million increase in interest expense.


Three Months
Ended

June 30, 2016


Changes attributable to:


Three Months
Ended

June 30, 2017

(in thousands)


Price/Mix


Volume


Timber sales (1)








Pulpwood

$

7,849



$

(481)



$

1,823



$

9,191


Sawtimber (2)

6,335



(133)



1,994



8,196



$

14,184



$

(614)



$

3,817



$

17,387

















(1)        Timber sales are presented on a gross basis.




(2)        Includes chip-n-saw and sawtimber.


 

For the six months ending June 30, 2017, revenues increased to $50.0 million from $43.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016 primarily due to an increase in timber sales revenue of $2.2 million and an increase in timberland sales revenue of $3.9 million. Gross timber sales revenue increased 7% due to a 2% increase in harvest volume as well as an increase in delivered sales as a percentage of total volume. Seventy-six percent of harvest volume in the first half of 2017 came from delivered sales as compared to 62% in the first half of 2016. Delivered sales include logging and hauling costs charged to the customer. Net loss increased to $4.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 from $3.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016 primarily due to a $2.6 million increase in interest expense, offset by a $1.5 million increase in operating income.


Six Months
Ended

June 30, 2016


Changes attributable to:


Six Months
Ended

June 30, 2017

(in thousands)


Price/Mix


Volume


Timber sales (1)








Pulpwood

$

16,381



$

(672)



$

1,755



$

17,464


Sawtimber (2)

15,304



(132)



1,243



16,415



$

31,685



$

(804)



$

2,998



$

33,879



(1)        Timber sales are presented on a gross basis.


(2)        Includes chip-n-saw and sawtimber.

 

Adjusted EBITDA

The discussion below is intended to enhance the reader's understanding of our operating performance and our ability to satisfy lender requirements. 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." As such, our Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies and should not be viewed as an alternative to net income as a measurement of our operating performance. Due to the significant amount of timber assets subject to depletion and the significant amount of financing subject to interest and amortization expense, management considers Adjusted EBITDA to be an important measure of our financial condition and performance. Our credit agreement contains a minimum debt service coverage ratio based, in part, on Adjusted EBITDA since this measure is representative of adjusted income available for interest payments.

For the three months ended June 30, 2017, Adjusted EBITDA was $14.3 million, an $8.3 million increase over the three months ended June 30, 2016, primarily due to a $1.3 million increase in net timber sales and a $7.1 million increase in net timberland sales.

For the six months ended June 30, 2017, Adjusted EBITDA was $24.9 million, a $2.8 million increase over the six months ended June 30, 2016, primarily due to a $3.9 million increase in net timberland sales.

Our reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 follows:



Three Months Ended
June 30,


Six Months Ended
June 30,

(in thousands)

2017


2016


2017


2016

Net loss

$

(2,466)



$

(2,645)



$

(4,445)



$

(3,232)


Add:








Depletion

7,208



5,980



13,265



13,764


Basis of timberland sold

5,864



601



9,381



7,928


Amortization (1)

349



293



653



510


Depletion, amortization, and basis of timberland and mitigation
tax credits sold included in loss from unconsolidated joint
venture (2)

3





3




Stock-based compensation expense

918



639



1,338



915


Interest expense (1)

2,419



1,154



4,713



2,233


Adjusted EBITDA

$

14,295



$

6,022



$

24,908



$

22,118


















(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.



(2) 

Reflects our share of depletion, amortization, and basis of timberland and mitigation credits sold of the unconsolidated joint venture

 

Conference Call/Webcast

CatchMark will host a conference call and live webcast at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, August 4, 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 502,600 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 June 30, 2017.

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 given the flat pricing outlook, we are well positioned and will continue to concentrate on disciplined execution of our operating plan while strategically expanding our timberlands holdings and capital relationships, that we are on target for executing our business plan, that we remain focused on providing a superior and sustainable rate of return to stockholders and that we believe that our new growth opportunities, operational execution, and capital allocation strategy are building long-term value. 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; (x) our joint venture strategy may not enable us to access non-dilutive capital and enhance our ability to make acquisitions; and (xi) the factors described in Item 1A.  Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, 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

(in thousands, except for per-share amounts)














(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended,

June 30,


(Unaudited)
Six Months Ended,
June 30,


2017


2016


2017


2016

Revenues:








Timber sales

$

17,387



$

14,184



$

33,879



$

31,685


Timberland sales

7,953



843



13,403



9,509


Other revenues

1,496



939



2,679



1,953



26,836



15,966



49,961



43,147


Expenses:








Contract logging and hauling costs

7,560



5,694



14,981



12,117


Depletion

7,208



5,980



13,265



13,764


Cost of timberland sales

5,944



692



9,816



8,391


Forestry management expenses

1,724



1,372



3,137



2,724


General and administrative expenses

2,742



2,331



5,220



4,378


Land rent expense

156



121



306



292


Other operating expenses

1,141



1,021



2,308



2,056



26,475



17,211



49,033



43,722


Operating income (loss)

361



(1,245)



928



(575)










Other income (expense):








Interest income

26



12



37



23


Interest expense

(2,726)



(1,412)



(5,283)



(2,680)



(2,700)



(1,400)



(5,246)



(2,657)










Net loss before unconsolidated joint venture

(2,339)



(2,645)



(4,318)



(3,232)


Loss from unconsolidated joint venture

(127)





(127)




Net loss

$

(2,466)



$

(2,645)



$

(4,445)



$

(3,232)










Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted

38,804



38,802



38,787



38,840










Net loss per share - basic and diluted

$

(0.06)



$

(0.07)



$

(0.11)



$

(0.08)


 

 

CATCHMARK TIMBER TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except for per-share amounts)














(Unaudited)

June 30, 2017


December 31, 2016

Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

17,173



$

9,108


Accounts receivable

4,034



3,882


Prepaid expenses and other assets

5,322



4,815


Deferred financing costs, net

259



313


Timber assets:




Timber and timberlands, net

671,842



691,687


Intangible lease assets, less accumulated amortization of $940 and $938 as of June 30,
2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively

17



19


Investment in unconsolidated joint venture

10,412




Total assets

$

709,059



$

709,824






Liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

5,454



$

4,393


Other liabilities

5,761



3,610


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

332,164



320,751


Total liabilities

343,379



328,754






Commitments and Contingencies








Stockholders' Equity:




Common stock, $0.01 par value; 900,000 shares authorized; 38,823 and 38,797 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively

388



388


Additional paid-in capital

605,719



605,728


Accumulated deficit and distributions

(241,602)



(226,793)


Accumulated other comprehensive income

1,175



1,747


Total stockholders' equity

365,680



381,070


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

709,059



$

709,824


 

 

CATCHMARK TIMBER TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)














(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended 
June 30,


(Unaudited)
Six Months Ended 
June 30,


2017


2016


2017


2016

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:








Net loss

$

(2,466)



$

(2,645)



$

(4,445)



$

(3,232)


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








Depletion

7,208



5,980



13,265



13,764


Basis of timberland sold

5,864



601



9,381



7,928


Stock-based compensation expense

918



639



1,338



915


Noncash interest expense

307



258



569



447


Other amortization

42



34



84



62


Loss from unconsolidated joint venture

127





127




Changes in assets and liabilities:








Accounts receivable

(2,151)



(531)



(668)



(135)


Prepaid expenses and other assets

329



5



(69)



(182)


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

1,302



951



1,109



1,108


Other liabilities

2,486



2,042



1,580



1,429


Net cash provided by operating activities

13,966



7,334



22,290



22,104










Cash Flows from Investing Activities:








Timberland acquisitions

967



(101,470)



(11)



(113,974)


Capital expenditures (excluding timberland acquisitions)

(667)



(693)



(2,862)



(1,430)


Investment in unconsolidated joint venture

(10,539)





(10,539)




Net cash used in investing activities

(10,239)



(102,163)



(13,412)



(115,404)










Cash Flows from Financing Activities:








Proceeds from note payable

11,000



103,000



11,000



116,000


Repayments of note payable



(440)





(440)


Financing costs paid

(53)



(841)



(83)



(1,628)


Dividends paid to common stockholders

(5,181)



(5,188)



(10,364)



(9,999)


Repurchase of common shares under the share redemption program



(333)



(1,036)



(2,840)


Repurchases of common shares for minimum tax withholdings

(59)



(58)



(311)



(198)


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

5,707



96,140



(794)



100,895


Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

9,434



1,311



8,065



7,595


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

7,739



8,025



9,108



8,025


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

17,173



$

9,336



$

17,173



$

15,620


 

 


CATCHMARK TIMBER TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED DATA





2017

2016


Q1


Q2


YTD

Q1


Q2


YTD

Timber Sales Volume ('000 tons)















Pulpwood

291


352


643

336


297


633

Sawtimber

220


230


450

261


183


444

Total

511


582


1,093

597


480


1,077












Delivered % as of total volume

81

%


72

%


76

%

60

%


66

%


62

%

Stumpage % as of total volume

19

%


28

%


24

%

40

%


34

%


38

%












Net timber sales price ($ per ton)















Pulpwood

$

13


$

12


$

14

$

14


$

14


$

14

Sawtimber

$

24


$

24


$

24

$

24


$

24


$

24












Timberland Sales















Gross Sales (1) ('000)

$

5,450


$

7,953


$

13,403

$

8,666


$

844


$

9,510

Acres Sold

2,823


3,991


6,814

4,982


500


5,482

Price per acre

$

1,930


$

1,993


$

1,967

$

1,739


$

1,686


$

1,735












Timberland Acquisitions (1)















Gross Acquisitions (2) ('000)

$


$

20,000



$

20,000

$

12,170


$

100,749


$

112,919

Acres Acquired


11,031



11,031

8,738


51,684


60,422

Price per acre ($/acre)

$


$

1,813



$

1,813

$

1,393


$

1,949


$

1,869












Period End Acres ('000)















Fee Interest

465


461


461

405


456


456

Lease Interest

32


31


31

24


24


24

Wholly-Owned Total

497


492


492

429


480


480

Joint Venture Interest (1)



11


11






Total

497


503


503

429


480


480
























(1) Includes acquisitions made by Dawsonville Bluffs, LLC, a joint venture in which CatchMark Timber Trust owns a 50% member interest and serves as the sole manager.


 (2) Exclusive of closing costs.

 

 

SOURCE CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc.

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