Plum Creek moves higher after Q1 earnings

|About: Plum Creek Timber Compan... (PCL)|By:, SA News Editor

Adjusted EBITDA of $93M fell from $128M one year ago. Timberlands and other assets acquired from MeadWestvaco late last year contributed $9M to adjusted EBITDA during Q1. Greater contributions are expected for rest of year.

Northern Resources segment operating profit of $16M is up from $11M one year ago, with sawlog prices up 11%. Southern Resources segment operating profit of $31M is up $7M with increased harvest volumes (acquisitions) combining with a 6% boost in sawlog prices.

Real Estate segment revenue of $23M and operating profit of $12M vs. $78M and $45M a year ago (included $53M sale of timberlands). Manufacturing segment operating income of $9M falls from $10M a year ago, with plywood sales volumes dropping 17%. Weather was an issue.

Outlook: 20M-21M tons of timber expected to be harvested in 2014. Full-year Real Estate sales are expected between $240M-$280M. Full year income of $1.30-$1.50 per share and Q2 income of $0.27-$0.32.

Commenting on the results, SA Pro's Stephen Simpson - who recently published a bullish piece on Plum Creek (PCL +1.9%) - likes the strong guidance (Q2 consensus is $0.28), but notes management pushed out the timeline for Southern sawlog price recovery, and pricing in the Northwest seems to be getting a little softer.

Previously: Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. beats by $0.02, beats on revenue