Rayonier Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

"We accomplished a significant strategic milestone in the second quarter with the successful spin-off of the Performance Fibers business into Rayonier Advanced Materials." – David Nunes, President and CEO, Rayonier.

July 29, 2014 - Rayonier (RYN) today reported second quarter net income attributable to Rayonier of $18 million, or $.14 per share, compared to $87 million, or $.67 per share, in the prior year period. The second quarter results include $12 million of net income from our discontinued Performance Fibers business, which was spun off on June 27, 2014, and $4 million of costs related to the spin-off. The prior period second quarter results included a $16 million gain1 related to the consolidation of the Company's 65 percent owned New Zealand joint venture (JV). Excluding these items, pro forma net income2 is $10 million, or $.08 per share, compared to $23 million, or $.17 per share, in the prior year period.

For the first six months, net income attributable to Rayonier was $62 million, or $.47 per share, compared to $235 million, or $1.80 per share in the prior period. Pro forma net income was $23 million, or $.17 per share, compared to $62 million, or $.47 per share, in the prior year period.

Cash provided by operating activities was $226 million compared to $236 million in the first six months of 2013. Cash available for distribution (CAD)4 was $90 million versus $92 million in 2013.

"We accomplished a significant strategic milestone in the second quarter with the successful spin-off of the Performance Fibers business into Rayonier Advanced Materials," said David Nunes, President and CEO. "At the same time, we continued to generate strong results with pro forma operating income5 of $56 million for the first half of 2014, up significantly from $38 million in 2013.

"In Forest Resources, we leveraged local market dynamics and unusually wet weather to realize higher timber prices in the Atlantic and Gulf regions. While high log inventories in China translated to softer delivered log prices in the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand, our results benefited from a higher mix of stumpage sales in the Pacific Northwest, much of which was sold during the first quarter when the market enjoyed stronger pricing.

"In Real Estate, improved results reflected the sale of a non-strategic timberland parcel in Florida, for which the proceeds were reinvested in a highly productive timberland property acquired in Georgia."

Forest Resources

Second quarter sales of $101 million were $8 million below the prior year period, while operating income of $22 million was slightly higher. Year-to-date sales of $206 million increased $40 million from 2013, while operating income of $49 million rose $15 million above prior year results.

In the Atlantic region, second quarter and year-to-date operating results improved compared to the respective 2013 periods, as higher pine prices continued due to strong pulpwood demand and restricted supply, partially offset by lower volumes. Second quarter and year-to-date operating results in the Gulf region also improved due to higher pine prices and non-timber income, partially offset by lower volumes. Unusually wet weather conditions in both regions hindered harvest efforts during the second quarter.

In the Pacific Northwest, second quarter results were comparable to the prior year period as lower costs offset reduced volumes due to high China inventories. Year-to-date results compared to 2013 increased significantly due to higher prices and volumes that benefited from the surge in China demand earlier in the year.

Second quarter operating results in New Zealand were slightly lower than 2013 as prices declined in the export market due to the high China inventories and were only partially offset by higher domestic prices and volumes. Year-to-date results were slightly higher compared to 2013, reflecting the lower 26 percent JV ownership in first quarter 2013, partially offset by lower export results.

Real Estate

Sales of $34 million and operating income of $28 million in the second quarter increased $21 million and $22 million, respectively, from the prior year period. On a year-to-date basis, sales increased $2 million, while operating results increased $6 million. These increases were largely due to the aforementioned sale of a 19,500-acre non-strategic timberland parcel in Florida. Second quarter 2014 operating income also included a $6 million settlement of a bankruptcy claim related to a 2006 sale.

Other Items

Excluding the gain related to the consolidation of the New Zealand JV in the second quarter of 2013, corporate and other operating expenses of $10 million in the second quarter of 2014 improved $2 million due primarily to lower benefit costs. On a year-to-date basis, corporate and other expenses were comparable. Although all periods have been restated to present the Performance Fibers business as discontinued operations, general corporate expenses previously allocated to Performance Fibers are not permitted to be allocated to discontinued operations under generally accepted accounting principles. Going forward, the Company expects annual corporate expenses to approximate $20 million.

Interest and other expenses of $20 million in the second quarter were $11 million above the prior year period due to $5 million of interest related to early repayment of debt in connection with the spin-off and unfavorable mark-to-market valuations on New Zealand interest rate swaps. In addition, other expenses in the second quarter included a $4 million asset write-off related to the spin-off of the Performance Fibers business.

The second quarter income tax benefit from continuing operations before discrete items was $1 million compared to an income tax benefit of $10 million in 2013. The income tax benefit represents tax benefits from losses at Rayonier's taxable operations and interest and general administrative expenses not allowed to be allocated to the discontinued operations of the Performance Fibers business. Including discrete items, the second quarter income tax expense from continuing operations was $14 million compared to an income tax benefit of $16 million in the second quarter of 2013. In the second quarter of 2014, a $16 million valuation allowance related to the cellulosic biofuel producer credit (CBPC) was recorded reflecting Rayonier's limited potential use of the CBPC going forward.

The year-to-date income tax benefit from continuing operations before discrete items was $7 million compared to $16 million in 2013. Including discrete items, the income tax expense from continuing operations was $6 million compared to a $42 million tax benefit in 2013. Aside from the $16 million CBPC valuation allowance recorded in 2014, the prior year amount included a $19 million tax benefit from the exchange of the alternative fuel mixture credit for CBPC.

Outlook

"With the successful completion of the spin-off, we have positioned Rayonier as an international pure-play timberland REIT," commented Nunes. "We look to our portfolio of highly-productive timberlands to generate increasing cash flow as U.S. housing starts gradually improve. We anticipate 2014 results from our timberlands in the U.S. South will be well above the prior year as demand continues to improve. In the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand, we expect higher log inventories in China to result in lower prices in the second half of 2014. Accordingly, we anticipate Forest Resources' full year results will be modestly below our earlier guidance, but well above 2013. In Real Estate, we expect 2014 results will be comparable to 2013.

"We are committed to creating shareholder value from an attractive, growing dividend funded by recurring, operational cash flow from our Forest Resources and Real Estate segments. Operational cash flows are expected to benefit from gradually improving U.S. housing starts, continued investments in advanced silviculture, and incremental harvest volumes from timberland acquisitions. Through the first half of 2014, we acquired 35,000 acres of highly productive timberlands for $75 million. We are pleased with the quality of these assets and look to further utilize our strong balance sheet while maintaining a disciplined approach to pursuing other timberland properties to add to our portfolio," concluded Nunes.

1 The $16 million gain includes the recognition of a $10.1 million deferred gain based on the original sale of Rayonier's New Zealand operations to the joint venture in 2005 and a $6 million benefit due to the required fair market value remeasurement of Rayonier's equity interest in the JV held before the purchase of the additional interest.

2 Pro forma net income is a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled to GAAP in the attached exhibits.

3 Discontinued operations include Performance Fibers and charges related to environmental liabilities in the current and prior period and Wood Products in the prior six month period.

4 CAD is a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled to GAAP in the attached exhibits.

5 Pro forma operating income is a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled to GAAP in the attached exhibits.

Comprised of Forest Resources and Real Estate businesses, Rayonier Inc. is a geographically diverse global land resources company. The company owns, leases, or manages 2.6 million acres of high-quality timberlands in North America and New Zealand. To learn more, please visit: www.rayonier.com.

SOURCE: Rayonier