CATCHMARK’S STRATEGIES PRODUCE STABLE, VISIBLE, HIGH-QUALITY CASH FLOW.

SINCE OUR LISTING ON THE NYSE IN 2013, WE HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDED AND IMPROVED THE QUALITY OF OUR TIMBERLAND ASSETS AND ENHANCED PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES.

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WE OWN TIMBERLANDS IN EIGHT STATES IN THE U.S. SOUTH AND PACIFIC NORTHWEST

1.5M

WE HOLD INTERESTS IN
1.5 MILLION ACRES

18.6M

OUR 435,500 WHOLLY-OWNED ACREAGE HAS 18.6 MILLION TONS OF MERCHANTABLE INVENTORY

44.1M

OUR 1.1 MILLION JOINT-VENTURE ACREAGE HAS 44.1 MILLION TONS OF MERCHANTABLE INVENTORY

* as of December 31, 2019

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Our timberlands are located by strategic design in high-demand mill markets so we can consistently outperform regional averages, and we diligently focus on delivering durable returns for our shareholders and partners through optimizing sustainable harvest yields over long-term investment horizons. 

BRIAN M. DAVIS
PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND DIRECTOR

ONLY PRIME TIMBERLANDS

We pursue investments in prime timberlands located in leading mill markets, which can produce durable revenue growth.

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We invest in prime timberlands located in leading mill markets with favorable current and long-term fundamentals.

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SUPERIOR MANAGEMENT

CatchMark strategically manages harvest plans, operating in prime mill markets for sawtimber and pulpwood, to serve customers and optimize yields within sustainability parameters to maximize cash flows throughout the business cycle.

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LATEST NEWS

February 25, 2020

Georgia Gov. Kemp Honors CatchMark as 2019 Forestry for Wildlife Partner→

ATLANTA, Feb. 25, 2020 -- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp honored Atlanta-based CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CTT) earlier this month as a 2019 partner in the state’s Forestry for Wildlife Partnership, a program administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  Gov. Kemp recognized the firm’s “stewardship and land management practices benefiting wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts across the state”  See press release from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources here.

Administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, Forestry for Wildlife Partnership is a voluntary and participant-driven effort that encourages conservation of wildlife habitat on large private forestlands and provides public access to the properties for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking and camping. The program was started in 1996 to recognize corporate landowners that went beyond the requirements of what, at the time, was the newly formed Sustainable Forestry Initiative (www.sfiprogram.org).

Todd P. Reitz, CatchMark’s Chief Resources Officer, said: “CatchMark is proud to be a longtime participant in the Wildlife Partnership and we thank the State of Georgia and Gov. Kemp for this recognition.  We believe that conscientious forest management and sustainable practices serve investors and stakeholders by promoting a healthier environment while at the same time enhancing the potential market value of timberland assets. CatchMark is committed to conservation and providing a diverse range of habitats that benefit a variety of wildlife species within the context of intensive forest management.”
The Wildlife Resources Division recognized CatchMark for customizing timber harvest on a Sprewell Bluff WMA lease to support the reintroduction of red-cockaded woodpeckers, protecting habitat for endangered fringed campion and providing a conservation easement on 4,000 acres at Townsend WMA.

With ownership interests in approximately 271,500 acres across Georgia (as of 12/31/2019), CatchMark has been a part of the Wildlife Partnership since 2011. 

About CatchMark
CatchMark (NYSE: CTT) seeks to deliver consistent and growing per share cash flow from disciplined acquisitions and superior management of prime timberlands located in high demand U.S. mill markets. Concentrating on maximizing cash flows throughout business cycles, the company strategically harvests its high-quality timberlands to produce durable revenue growth and takes advantage of proximate mill markets, which provide a reliable outlet for merchantable inventory. Headquartered in Atlanta and focused exclusively on timberland ownership and management, CatchMark began operations in 2007 and owns interests in 1.5 million acres* of timberlands located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. For more information, visit www.catchmark.com.
* As of December 31, 2019

February 19, 2020

CatchMark CEO and President Brian M. Davis to Present at Upcoming Conferences→

ATLANTA, Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CTT) announced today that Brian M. Davis, Chief Executive Officer and President, will be presenting at the following upcoming investor conferences:

CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (PRNewsFoto/CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc.)

  • Raymond James & Associates' 41st Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 2:50 pm ET.
  • Citi 2020 Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, FL on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 10:50 am ET.

The presentation and webcasts will be available via the Investor Relations section of CatchMark's website at www.catchmark.com.

About CatchMark
CatchMark (NYSE: CTT) seeks to deliver consistent and growing per share cash flow from disciplined acquisitions and superior management of prime timberlands located in high demand U.S. mill markets. Concentrating on maximizing cash flows throughout business cycles, the company strategically harvests its high-quality timberlands to produce durable revenue growth and takes advantage of proximate mill markets, which provide a reliable outlet for merchantable inventory. Headquartered in Atlanta and focused exclusively on timberland ownership and management, CatchMark began operations in 2007 and owns interests in 1.5 million acres* of timberlands located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. For more information, visit www.catchmark.com.

* As of December 31, 2019

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February 13, 2020

CatchMark Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Results, Declares First Quarter 2020 Dividend and Provides 2020 Guidance→

ATLANTA, Feb. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 

CatchMark Timber Trust

Fueled by increased year-over-year timber sales from higher harvest volumes and sawtimber mix, CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CTT) today reported a significant increase in total revenues, a sharply lower net loss, and a substantial increase in Adjusted EBITDA for fourth quarter 2019 compared to fourth quarter 2018.

For full-year 2019 compared to 2018, CatchMark also registered markedly increased revenues, a sizeable decrease in net loss, and significantly higher Adjusted EBITDA, meeting company guidance. These gains were driven by higher timber sales revenue from higher harvest volumes, sawtimber mix and pricing, as well as higher asset management fees.

In addition, CatchMark declared a cash dividend of $0.135 per share for its common stockholders of record on February 28, 2020, payable on March 16, 2020.

Brian M. Davis, CatchMark's Chief Executive Officer, said: "Again in 2019, our consistently applied strategic approach continued to pay off in delivering excellent operating results. We remain focused on acquiring the highest-quality timberlands, accessing high-demand mill markets with leading lumber and pulp and paper producers and creditworthy customers, and employing rigorous management practices to deliver sustainable harvest yields. In meeting our guidance for the year, we realized increased timber sales, superior pricing in the U.S. South timber basket and a significant increase in net timber revenue. These results were driven by higher harvest volumes, an increased sawtimber mix, and the successful integration of the Bandon Property in the Pacific Northwest. Asset management fees earned from Triple T also provided a solid contribution. In addition, the Dawsonville Bluffs joint venture met investment objectives and generated excellent returns, including an incentive-based promote, and we also met our timberland sales targets. The capital recycling strategy, employing targeted large dispositions, continues to improve the overall quality of our timber assets, strengthen our balance sheet and enable future investments in prime timberlands, furthering our growth strategy. Taken together, these initiatives have enabled us to provide a consistent dividend supported by predictable operating cash flows for our shareholders."

Fourth Quarter 2019 and Full Year 2019 Performance Highlights

For fourth quarter 2019, CatchMark reported the following year-over-year operating results:

  • Increased revenues by 27% to $29.1 million, compared to $22.9 million in fourth quarter 2018.
  • Lowered net loss by 69% to $11.8 million, primarily due to lower losses allocated from the Triple T joint venture.
  • Increased Adjusted EBITDA by 61% to $15.1 million, compared to $9.4 million in fourth quarter 2018, driven by increases in net timber revenue and timberland sales.
  • Increased total harvest volumes by 119,000 tons to 628,000 tons compared to fourth quarter 2018.
  • Increased gross timber sales revenue by 23% to $20.0 million, net timber revenues by 30% to $11.7 million and Harvest EBITDA by 42% to $9.7 million, driven by higher harvest volumes, a higher sawtimber mix and fully-integrated Pacific Northwest operations.
  • Acquired 900 acres of well-stocked, pine timberlands located near existing prime holdings in South Carolina for $1.9 million of cash on-hand generated from capital recycling.
  • Sold 3,200 acres of timberlands for $5.0 million, increasing Real Estate EBITDA by $2.3 million from the same period 2018.
  • Entered into a $21.3 million contract for a large disposition of 14,400 acres of Georgia timberlands, which closed in January 2020, as part of the company's capital recycling strategy.
  • Paid a dividend of $0.135 per share to stockholders of record on December 13, 2019.

For full-year 2019, CatchMark reported the following year-over-year operating results:

  • Increased total revenues by 9% to $106.7 million, compared to $97.9 million for full-year 2018.
  • Lowered net loss by 24% to $93.3 million, primarily due to lower allocated losses and higher earned asset management fees from Triple T.
  • Increased Adjusted EBITDA by 14% to $56.9 million due to higher net timber revenues and asset management fees.
  • Increased total harvest volumes by 3% to 2.24 million tons from 2.17 million tons.
  • Increased gross timber sale revenue by 4% to $72.6 million, net timber revenue by 9% to $41.4 million and Harvest EBITDA by 8% to $33.7 million, driven by higher harvest volumes, a higher sawtimber mix, increased pricing in the U.S. South, and integration of Pacific Northwest operations.
  • Increased asset management fee revenue by 113% to $11.9 million from $5.6 million due primarily to a full year of Triple T operations.
  • Recognized $1.0 million of income, $4.8 million of Adjusted EBITDA and received $4.8 million of distributions from the Dawsonville Bluffs joint venture.
  • Increased Investment Management EBITDA by 35% to $16.7 million due to the increased asset management fees from Triple T and strong results of Dawsonville Bluffs.
  • Realized timberland sales of $17.6 million, comprising 9,200 acres, consistent with prior year sales proceeds and in line with company guidance.
  • Completed large dispositions of 14,400 acres for $25.4 million, recognizing a gain of $8.0 million and paying down debt by $20.1 million with a portion of the proceeds. The remaining net proceeds were used to fund acquisitions of prime timberland and opportunistically repurchase shares.
  • Paid fully-covered dividends of $26.3 million, or $0.54 per share.

Meeting Strategic Objectives

Notable 2019 CatchMark initiatives that contributed to year-over-year results, strengthened capital structure and supported long-term growth objectives were:

  • Fully integrating the 2018 Bandon acquisition in the Pacific Northwest which will continue to improve sawtimber mix on a consolidated basis.
  • Realizing increased asset management fees from a full year of Triple T joint venture operations and strategically making progress to unlock further value through greater operating efficiencies and new tactical strategies.
  • Delivering on objectives from Dawsonville Bluffs, which provided strong investment returns, asset management fees and incentive-based promotes over its term. Since inception in April 2017 through December 31, 2019, CatchMark received $13.3 million in cash distributions from its $10.5 million investment in the joint venture and $0.9 million in asset management fee revenue and incentive-based promotes.
  • Profitably recycling capital with the sale of 14,400 acres for $25.4 million and a significant gain of $8.0 million to optimize the company's timberland portfolio, strengthen its balance sheet and provide capital for future acquisitions and investments.
  • Improving liquidity at year-end to $196.6 million comprised of $185.1 million of debt capacity –$150.1 million under the multi-draw term facility and $35.0 million under the revolving credit facility – and $11.5 million of cash on-hand. At year-end 2018, total liquidity was $170.6 million.
  • Meeting a deleveraging goal to reduce net debt to Adjusted EBITDA to below 8.0x.
  • Lowering borrowing costs and extending the average life of fixed-rate debt. During the fourth quarter, CatchMark entered into hedging transactions to blend and extend existing interest rate swaps to fix rates on $275.0 million of debt for an average term of nine years at a weighted-average interest rate of 2.17%, before the applicable spread and expected patronage dividends, compared to an average term of four years at 2.44% under previous swaps.
  • Repurchasing company shares opportunistically under its share repurchase program.

CatchMark's Chief Resources Officer Todd Reitz said: "A very strong fourth quarter met plan on volumes and pricing, including a favorable sawtimber mix. Our strategic mill market presence, fiber supply agreements, the delivered wood model and opportunistic stumpage sales continued as primary performance drivers, helping maintain pricing levels for all our pine products substantially above TimberMart-South South-wide averages."

Ursula Godoy-Arbelaez, Chief Financial Officer, said: "We continue to set the stage for future timberland acquisitions and growth through disciplined capital allocation and further deleveraging, highlighted most recently by last month's profitable $21.3 million capital recycling transaction, involving the sale of Georgia timberlands. Other favorable impacts derive from executing our active interest rate management strategy, including lowering our already favorable borrowing costs and extending the average life of our fixed-rate debt."

Share Repurchases

CatchMark did not make any share repurchases during fourth quarter 2019 under its $30 million share repurchase program. For full-year 2019, the company repurchased approximately 329,000 shares for $3.0 million and $15.7 million remained available under the program at year-end.

Results for Fourth Quarter 2019 and Full-Year 2019

Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

Revenues increased to $29.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 from $22.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 due primarily to a $3.7 million increase in timber sales and a $2.4 million increase in timberland sales.

Gross timber sales revenue increased by $3.7 million, or 23%, as a result of a 23% increase in total harvest volumes, including a 19% increase in the U.S. South region, contributions from the successful integration of the Bandon Property in the Pacific Northwest, and a 7% increase in U.S. South sawtimber mix. Those increases were offset by a 11% decrease in delivered sales as a percentage of total volume. Net timber revenues, calculated as gross timber sales revenue less contract logging and hauling costs, increased by $2.7 million, or 30%, as a result of higher harvest volumes and increased sawtimber mix.

 

For the Three Months
Ended December 31,
2018

 

Changes attributable to:

 

For the Three Months
Ended December 31,
2019

(in thousands)

 

Price/Mix

 

Volume (3)

 

Timber sales (1)

             

Pulpwood

$

9,015

   

$

(44)

   

$

399

   

$

9,370

 

Sawtimber (2)

7,300

   

(344)

   

3,701

   

10,657

 
 

$

16,315

   

$

(388)

   

$

4,100

   

$

20,027

 
   

(1) 

Timber sales are presented on a gross basis.

(2) 

Includes chip-n-saw and sawtimber.

(3) 

Changes in timber sales revenue related to properties acquired or disposed within the last 12 months are attributed to volume changes.

Timberland sales increased to $5.0 million in fourth quarter 2019 from $2.6 million in the same period 2018 primarily due to selling more acres.

Net loss decreased to $11.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 from $38.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 primarily due to a $24.1 million decrease in HLBV losses from Triple T, a $6.2 million increase in total revenues and a $1.1 million income tax benefit, offset by a $5.8 million increase in total expenses. Total expenses increased primarily due to a $2.6 million increase in cost of timberland sales due to selling more acres and a $2.5 million increase in depletion and a $1.0 million increase in logging and hauling costs driven by higher harvest volumes, including from the Pacific Northwest region. Net loss per share for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was $0.24 and $0.78, respectively.

Full-Year 2019 Results

Revenues increased to $106.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 from $97.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 due to a $3.1 million increase in timber sales and a $6.3 million increase in asset management fee revenue.

Gross timber sales revenue increased by $3.1 million as a result of a $5.2 million increase in the Pacific Northwest region from the successful integration of the Bandon Property, offset by a $2.1 million decrease in the U.S. South region due to a 9% decrease in delivered sales as a percentage of total volume. Total harvest volume in the U.S. South remained comparable year-over-year and pulpwood and sawtimber pricing increased by 2% and 1%, respectively. Net timber revenues increased by $3.4 million, or 9%, as a result of higher harvest volumes, an increased sawtimber mix and higher U.S. South pricing.

 

For the Year Ended

 

Changes attributable to:

 

For the Year Ended

(in thousands)

December 31, 2018

 

Price/Mix

 

Volume (3)

 

December 31, 2019

Timber sales (1)

             

Pulpwood

$

38,309

   

$

896

   

$

(3,107)

   

$

36,098

 

Sawtimber (2)

31,146

   

86

   

5,227

   

36,459

 
 

$

69,455

   

$

982

   

$

2,120

   

$

72,557

 
   

(1) 

Timber sales are presented on a gross basis.

(2) 

Includes chip-n-saw and sawtimber.

(3) 

Changes in timber sales revenue related to properties acquired or disposed within the last 12 months are attributed to volume changes.

Asset management fees increased to $11.9 million in 2019 from $5.6 million in 2018 primarily due to a $5.8 million increase from Triple T and a $0.6 million increase from Dawsonville Bluffs. Higher management fees earned from Triple T resulted from managing the joint venture for a full year in 2019 compared to two quarters in 2018. The majority of asset management fees earned from Dawsonville Bluffs in 2019 represented an incentive-based promote earned for exceeding investment hurdles.

Net loss decreased to $93.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 from $122.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 primarily due to a $19.1 million decrease in losses from Triple T, a $8.9 million increase in total revenues, a $8.4 million increase in gains on large dispositions and a $1.1 million income tax benefit, offset by a $4.7 million increase in total expenses, a $2.4 million increase in interest expense and a $1.7 million decrease in income recognized from the Dawsonville Bluffs joint venture. Total expenses increased by $4.7 million primarily due to a $2.2 million increase in depletion from higher harvest volumes and a $1.6 million increase in cost of timberland sales due to selling more acres. Net loss per share for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was $1.90 and $2.55, respectively.

2020 Outlook and Guidance

For full-year 2020, CatchMark projects a GAAP net loss of between $8.5 million and $14.5 million, with a substantial reduction in losses allocated from Triple T. The company anticipates its Adjusted EBITDA will be between $48 million and $56 million. Harvest volumes are forecast between 2.3 million and 2.5 million tons with approximately 95% derived from the U.S. South region and a sawtimber mix of approximately 40% from the U.S. South and approximately 80% from the Pacific Northwest. Asset management fee revenue is projected to be between $11 million and $12 million, primarily from the Triple T joint venture. Timberland sales targets of $15 million to $17 million remain in the range of 1% to 2% of fee acreage.

Davis said: "Our outlook does not include potential contributions from future acquisitions and investments and does not include any additional potential capital recycling which we continue to pursue as part of our ongoing growth strategy and capital allocation model. We project higher Harvest EBITDA in 2020 primarily driven by increased harvest volumes and steady pricing, while Investment Management EBITDA will decrease due to decreased contributions from Dawsonville Bluffs, which effectively wrapped up in 2019."

Adjusted EBITDA

The discussion below is intended to enhance the reader's understanding of our operating performance and ability to satisfy lender requirements. EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure of operating performance. EBITDA is defined by the SEC as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization; however, we have excluded certain other expenses which we believe are not indicative of the ongoing operating results of our timberland portfolio, and we refer to this measure as Adjusted EBITDA (see the reconciliation table below). As such, our Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Due to the significant amount of timber assets subject to depletion, significant income (losses) from unconsolidated joint ventures based on hypothetical liquidation book value, or HLBV, and the significant amount of financing subject to interest and amortization expense, management considers Adjusted EBITDA to be an important measure of our financial performance. By providing this non-GAAP financial measure, together with the reconciliation below, we believe we are enhancing investors' understanding of our business and our ongoing results of operations, as well as assisting investors in evaluating how well we are executing our strategic initiatives. Items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental measure of operating performance that does not represent and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to, or substitute for net income, cash flow from operations, or other financial statement data presented in accordance with GAAP in our consolidated financial statements as indicators of our operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of the limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our capital expenditures, or our future requirements for capital expenditures;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or our interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on, our debt;
  • Although depletion is a non-cash charge, we will incur expenses to replace the timber being depleted in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect all cash requirements for such expenses;
  • Although HLBV income and losses are primarily hypothetical and non-cash in nature, Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash income or losses from unconsolidated joint ventures for which we use the HLBV method of accounting to determine our equity in earnings; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the cash requirements necessary to fund post-employment benefits or transaction costs related to acquisitions, investments, joint ventures or new business initiatives, which may be substantial.

Due to these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. 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. We further believe that our presentation of this non-GAAP financial measurement provides information that is useful to analysts and investors because they are important indicators of the strength of our operations and the performance of our business.

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, Adjusted EBITDA was $15.1 million, a $5.7 million increase from the three months ended December 31, 2018, primarily due to a $2.7 million increase in net timber revenue, a $2.4 million increase in timberland sales and a $0.5 million decrease in corporate expenses.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, Adjusted EBITDA was $56.9 million, a $7.1 million increase from the year ended December 31, 2018, primarily due to a $6.3 million increase in asset management fee revenue and a $3.4 million increase in net timber revenues, offset by a $2.0 million decrease in Adjusted EBITDA generated by Dawsonville Bluffs and a $0.6 million decrease in other revenues.

Reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for 2020 guidance, the fourth quarters and full years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 follow:

 

2020 Guidance

 

Three Months ended
December 31,

 

Years Ended
December 31,

(in thousands)

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Net loss

$(8,500) – (14,500)

 

$

(11,804)

   

$

(38,218)

   

$

(93,321)

   

$

(122,007)

 

Add:

                 

Depletion

30,000 – 33,000

 

8,531

   

6,028

   

28,064

   

25,912

 

Interest expense (1)

16,000

 

4,071

   

4,889

   

17,058

   

13,643

 

Amortization (1)

 

800

   

289

   

1,786

   

2,821

 

Income tax benefit

 

(1,127)

   

   

(1,127)

   

 

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

 

276

   

310

   

3,823

   

4,195

 

Basis of timberland sold, lease terminations
and other (3)

11,000

 

4,635

   

2,282

   

14,964

   

13,053

 

Stock-based compensation expense

3,000

 

838

   

518

   

2,790

   

2,689

 

(Gain) loss from large dispositions (4)

(500) – (1,500)

 

   

390

   

(7,961)

   

390

 

HLBV loss from unconsolidated joint venture (5)

 

8,650

   

32,795

   

90,450

   

109,550

 

Other (6)

3,000

 

265

   

137

   

380

   

(460)

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$48,000 – 56,000

 

$

15,135

   

$

9,420

   

$

56,906

   

$

49,786

 
   

(1) 

For the purpose of the above reconciliation, amortization includes amortization of deferred financing costs, amortization of operating lease assets and liabilities, 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 consolidated statements of operations.

(2) 

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

(3) 

Includes non-cash basis of timber and timberland assets written-off related to timberland sold, terminations of timberland leases and casualty losses.

(4) 

Large dispositions are sales of blocks of timberland properties in one or several transactions with the objective to generate proceeds to fund capital allocation priorities. Large dispositions may or may not have a higher or better use than timber production or result in a price premium above the land's timber production value. Such dispositions are infrequent in nature, are not part of core operations, and would cause material variances in comparative results if not reported separately.

(5) 

Reflects HLBV (income) losses from the Triple T joint venture, which is determined based on a hypothetical liquidation of the underlying joint venture at book value as of the reporting date.

(6) 

Includes certain cash expenses paid, or reimbursement received, that management believes do not directly reflect the core business operations of our timberland portfolio on an on-going basis, including post-employment benefits and costs required to be expensed by GAAP related to acquisitions, transactions, joint ventures or new business initiatives.

Conference Call

The company will host a conference call and live webcast at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, February 14, 2020 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 (NYSE: CTT) seeks to deliver consistent and growing per share cash flow from disciplined acquisitions and superior management of prime timberlands located in high demand U.S. mill markets. Concentrating on maximizing cash flows throughout business cycles, the company strategically harvests its high-quality timberlands to produce durable revenue growth and takes advantage of proximate mill markets, which provide a reliable outlet for merchantable inventory. Headquartered in Atlanta and focused exclusively on timberland ownership and management, CatchMark began operations in 2007 and owns interests in 1.5 million acres* of timberlands located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. For more information, visit www.catchmark.com.

* As of December 31, 2019

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. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, that our capital recycling strategy will enable future investments in prime timberlands furthering our growth strategy, that we will be able to unlock further value in our Triple T joint venture through greater operating efficiencies and new tactical strategies, and our financial outlook and guidance for full-year 2020. Risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, that (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 sell large dispositions of timberland in capital recycling transactions at prices that are attractive to us or at all; (viii) we may not be able to access external sources of capital at attractive rates or at all; (ix) potential increases in interest rates could have a negative impact on our business; (x) our share repurchase program may not be successful in improving stockholder value over the long-term; (xi) our joint venture strategy may not enable us to access non-dilutive capital and enhance our ability to make acquisitions; (xii) we may not be successful in effectively managing the Triple T joint venture and the anticipated benefits of the joint venture may not be realized, including that our asset management fee could be deferred or decreased, we may not earn an incentive-based promote and our investment in the joint venture may lose value; and (xiii) the factors described in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and our other filings with the 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

 

Years Ended

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Revenues:

             

Timber sales

$

20,027

   

$

16,315

   

$

72,557

   

$

69,455

 

Timberland sales

4,994

   

2,616

   

17,572

   

17,520

 

Asset management fees

2,829

   

2,844

   

11,948

   

5,603

 

Other revenues

1,246

   

1,152

   

4,632

   

5,279

 
 

29,096

   

22,927

   

106,709

   

97,857

 

Expenses:

             

Contract logging and hauling costs

8,351

   

7,315

   

31,129

   

31,469

 

Depletion

8,531

   

6,028

   

28,064

   

25,912

 

Cost of timberland sales

4,505

   

1,922

   

15,067

   

13,512

 

Forestry management expenses

1,709

   

1,661

   

6,691

   

6,283

 

General and administrative expenses

3,750

   

3,823

   

13,300

   

12,425

 

Land rent expense

124

   

170

   

524

   

660

 

Other operating expenses

1,846

   

2,106

   

6,460

   

6,303

 
 

28,816

   

23,025

   

101,235

   

96,564

 
               

Other income (expense):

             

Interest income

62

   

82

   

204

   

262

 

Interest expense

(4,813)

   

(5,130)

   

(18,616)

   

(16,255)

 

Gain (loss) on large dispositions

   

(390)

   

7,961

   

(390)

 
 

(4,751)

   

(5,438)

   

(10,451)

   

(16,383)

 
               

Loss before unconsolidated joint ventures and income
taxes

(4,471)

   

(5,536)

   

(4,977)

   

(15,090)

 

Income (loss) from unconsolidated joint ventures:

             

Triple T

(8,650)

   

(32,796)

   

(90,450)

   

(109,551)

 

Dawsonville Bluffs

190

   

114

   

979

   

2,634

 
 

(8,460)

   

(32,682)

   

(89,471)

   

(106,917)

 

Net loss before income taxes

(12,931)

   

(38,218)

   

(94,448)

   

(122,007)

 

Income tax benefit

 

1,127

     

     

1,127

     

 

Net loss

$

(11,804)

   

$

(38,218)

   

$

(93,321)

   

$

(122,007)

 
               

Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic and diluted

49,007

   

49,082

   

49,038

   

47,937

 
               

Net loss per-share - basic and diluted

$

(0.24)

   

$

(0.78)

   

$

(1.90)

   

$

(2.55)

 

 

 

CATCHMARK TIMBER TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except for per-share amounts) 

 
 

December 31, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

Assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

$

11,487

   

$

5,614

 

Accounts receivable

7,998

   

7,355

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

5,459

   

7,369

 

Operating lease right-of-use asset, less accumulated amortization of 
     $280 as of December 31, 2019

3,120

   

 

Deferred financing costs

246

   

327

 

Timber assets:

     

     Timber and timberlands, net

633,581

   

687,851

 

     Intangible lease assets, less accumulated amortization of
     $948 and $945 as of December 31, 2019 and December 31,
     2018, respectively

9

   

12

 

Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures

1,965

   

96,244

 

Total assets

$

663,865

   

$

804,772

 
       

Liabilities:

     

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

3,580

   

$

4,936

 

Operating lease liability

3,242

   

 

Other liabilities

10,853

   

5,940

 

Notes payable and lines of credit, net of deferred financing costs

452,987

   

472,240

 

Total liabilities

470,662

   

483,116

 
       

Commitments and Contingencies

   

 
       

Stockholders' Equity:

     

Class A common stock, $0.01 par value; 900,000 shares authorized; 
     49,008 and 49,127 shares issued and outstanding as of December 
     31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively

490

   

492

 

Additional paid-in capital

729,274

   

730,416

 

Accumulated deficit and distributions

(528,847)

   

(409,260)

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(8,276)

   

8

 

Total stockholders' equity

192,641

   

321,656

 

Non-controlling interests

562

   

 

Total equity

 

193,203

     

321,656

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

663,865

   

$

804,772

 

 

 

CATCHMARK TIMBER TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands) 

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

Years Ended

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

             

Net loss

$

(11,804)

   

$

(38,218)

   

$

(93,321)

   

$

(122,007)

 

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

             

Depletion

8,531

   

6,028

   

28,064

   

25,912

 

Basis of timberland sold, lease terminations and other

4,635

   

2,282

   

14,964

   

13,053

 

Stock-based compensation expense

838

   

518

   

2,790

   

2,689

 

Noncash interest expense

743

   

241

   

1,559

   

2,612

 

Other amortization

57

   

50

   

227

   

210

 

Gain (loss) from large dispositions

   

390

   

(7,961)

   

390

 

Loss from unconsolidated joint ventures

8,460

   

32,682

   

89,471

   

106,917

 

Operating distributions from unconsolidated joint ventures

189

   

113

   

978

   

3,771

 

Income tax benefit

(1,127)

   

   

(1,127)

   

 

Interest paid under new interest rate swaps

115

   

   

115

   

 

Changes in assets and liabilities:

             

Accounts receivable

(3,480)

   

(806)

   

(1,473)

   

(3,449)

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

35

   

35

   

256

   

(260)

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

(1,447)

   

(1,505)

   

(1,309)

   

122

 

Other liabilities

(1,316)

   

(1,285)

   

(291)

   

(164)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

4,429

   

525

   

32,942

   

29,796

 
               

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

             

Timberland acquisitions and earnest money paid

(1,973)

   

(397)

   

(1,973)

   

(91,821)

 

Capital expenditures (excluding timberland acquisitions)

(1,147)

   

(1,750)

   

(4,178)

   

(4,571)

 

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

   

   

   

(200,000)

 

Distributions from unconsolidated joint ventures

(189)

   

(114)

   

3,830

   

4,744

 

Net proceeds from large dispositions

   

79,134

   

25,151

   

79,134

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(3,309)

   

76,873

   

22,830

   

(212,514)

 
               

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

             

Proceeds from note payable

   

   

   

289,000

 

Repayments of note payable

   

(79,000)

   

(20,064)

   

(148,000)

 

Financing costs paid

(34)

   

(602)

   

(82)

   

(1,434)

 

Issuance of common stock

   

   

   

72,450

 

Interest paid under new interest rate swaps

(115)

   

   

(115)

   

 

Dividends paid to common stockholders

(6,558)

   

(6,588)

   

(26,269)

   

(25,601)

 

Repurchases of common shares under the share repurchase

   

(1,003)

   

(3,004)

   

(1,003)

 

Repurchase of common shares for minimum tax withholdings

   

   

(365)

   

(1,348)

 

Other offering costs paid

   

86

   

   

(3,537)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(6,707)

   

(87,107)

   

(49,899)

   

180,527

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(5,587)

   

(9,709)

   

5,873

   

(2,191)

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

17,074

   

15,323

   

5,614

   

7,805

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

11,487

   

$

5,614

   

$

11,487

   

$

5,614

 

 

 

CATCHMARK TIMBER TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED DATA (UNAUDITED)

 

2019

 

2018

(in thousands, except for per-ton, per-acre
amounts)

Q1

 

Q2

 

Q3

 

Q4

 

YTD

 

Q1

 

Q2

 

Q3

 

Q4

 

YTD

Consolidated

                                     

Timber Sales Volume (tons)

                           

Pulpwood

294

   

304

   

376

   

336

   

1,310

   

354

   

342

   

343

   

317

   

1,356

 

Sawtimber (1)

193

   

190

   

258

   

292

   

933

   

221

   

219

   

187

   

192

   

819

 

Total

487

   

494

   

634

   

628

   

2,243

   

575

   

561

   

530

   

509

   

2,175

 
                                       

Harvest Mix

                                     

Pulpwood

60

%

 

62

%

 

59

%

 

54

%

 

58

%

 

62

%

 

61

%

 

65

%

 

62

%

 

62

%

Sawtimber (1)

40

%

 

38

%

 

41

%

 

46

%

 

42

%

 

38

%

 

39

%

 

35

%

 

38

%

 

38

%

                                       

Direct Timberland Acquisitions, Exclusive of Transaction Costs

                           

Gross Acquisitions

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

1,925

   

$

1,925

   

$

   

$

   

$

89,700

   

$

   

$

89,700

 

Acres Acquired

   

   

   

900

   

900

   

   

   

18,100

   

   

18,100

 

Price per acre (3)

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

2,185

   

$

2,185

   

$

   

$

   

$

4,956

   

$

   

$

4,956

 
                                       

Joint Ventures' Timberland Acquisitions, Exclusive of Transaction Costs (6)

                           

Gross Acquisitions

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

1,389,500

   

$

   

$

1,389,500

 

Acres Acquired

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

1,099,800

   

   

1,099,800

 

Price per acre

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

1,263

   

$

   

$

1,263

 
                                       

Period-end acres

                                     

Fee

432

   

424

   

413

   

410

   

410

   

477

   

474

   

490

   

433

   

433

 

Lease

27

   

26

   

26

   

25

   

25

   

31

   

30

   

30

   

30

   

30

 

Wholly-Owned Total

459

   

450

   

439

   

435

   

435

   

508

   

504

   

520

   

463

   

463

 

Joint Venture Interest (6)

1,100

   

1,100

   

1,094

   

1,092

   

1,092

   

6

   

6

   

1,106

   

1,105

   

1,105

 

Total

1,559

   

1,550

   

1,533

   

1,527

   

1,527

   

514

   

510

   

1,626

   

1,568

   

1,568

 
                                       
                                       

U.S. South

                                     

Timber Sales Volume (tons)

                           

Pulpwood

294

   

303

   

373

   

332

   

1,302

   

354

   

342

   

343

   

317

   

1,356

 

Sawtimber (1)

188

   

177

   

237

   

271

   

873

   

221

   

219

   

185

   

192

   

817

 

Total

482

   

480

   

610

   

603

   

2,175

   

575

   

561

   

528

   

509

   

2,173

 
                                       

Harvest Mix

                                     

Pulpwood

61

%

 

63

%

 

61

%

 

55

%

 

60

%

 

62

%

 

61

%

 

65

%

 

62

%

 

62

%

Sawtimber (1)

39

%

 

37

%

 

39

%

 

45

%

 

40

%

 

38

%

 

39

%

 

35

%

 

38

%

 

38

%

Delivered % as of total volume

79

%

 

74

%

 

64

%

 

67

%

 

71

%

 

83

%

 

80

%

 

78

%

 

78

%

 

80

%

Stumpage % as of total volume (5)

21

%

 

26

%

 

36

%

 

33

%

 

29

%

 

17

%

 

20

%

 

22

%

 

22

%

 

20

%

                                       

Net Timber Sales Price ($ per ton) (2)

                           

Pulpwood

$

15

   

$

14

   

$

14

   

$

13

   

$

14

   

$

14

   

$

13

   

$

13

   

$

14

   

$

14

 

Sawtimber (1)

$

24

   

$

24

   

$

24

   

$

23

   

$

24

   

$

23

   

$

24

   

$

24

   

$

25

   

$

24

 
                                       

Timberland Sales

                                     

Gross Sales

$

2,090

   

$

8,224

   

$

2,264

   

$

4,994

   

$

17,572

   

$

4,252

   

$

6,834

   

$

3,818

   

$

2,616

   

$

17,520

 

Acres Sold

900

   

4,000

   

1,100

   

3,200

   

9,200

   

2,200

   

3,100

   

1,900

   

1,300

   

8,500

 

% of fee acres

0.2

%

 

0.9

%

 

0.2

%

 

0.9

%

 

2.2

%

 

0.5

%

 

0.7

%

 

0.4

%

 

0.3

%

 

1.8

%

Price per acre (3)

$

2,236

   

$

2,072

   

$

2,166

   

$

1,588

   

$

1,920

   

$

1,955

   

$

2,199

   

$

1,967

   

$

2,064

   

$

2,064

 
                                       

Large Dispositions (4)

                                     

Gross Sales

$

   

$

5,475

   

$

19,920

   

$

   

$

25,395

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

79,301

   

$

79,301

 

Acres Sold

   

3,600

   

10,800

   

   

14,400

   

   

   

   

56,100

   

56,100

 

Price per acre (3)

$

   

$

1,500

   

$

1,845

   

$

   

$

1,758

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

1,414

   

$

1,414

 

Gain (loss)

$

   

$

764

   

$

7,197

   

$

   

$

7,961

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

(390)

   

$

(390)

 
                                       

Pacific Northwest

                                     

Timber Sales Volume (tons)

                           

Pulpwood

   

1

   

3

   

4

   

8

   

   

   

   

   

 

Sawtimber

5

   

13

   

21

   

21

   

60

   

   

   

2

   

   

2

 

Total

5

   

14

   

24

   

25

   

68

   

   

   

2

   

   

2

 
                                       

Harvest Mix

                                     

Pulpwood

 

%

 

9

%

 

13

%

 

15

%

 

12

%

 

%

 

%

 

%

 

%

 

%

Sawtimber

100

%

 

91

%

 

87

%

 

85

%

 

88

%

 

%

 

%

 

100

%

 

%

 

100

%

Delivered % as of total volume

100

%

 

87

%

 

100

%

 

74

%

 

88

%

 

%

 

%

 

%

 

%

 

%

Stumpage % as of total volume

%

 

13

%

 

%

 

26

%

 

12

%

 

%

 

%

 

100

%

 

%

 

100

%

                                       

Delivered Timber Sales Price ($ per ton) (2)

                           

Pulpwood

$

40

   

$

37

   

$

30

   

$

31

   

$

32

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

 

Sawtimber

$

101

   

$

94

   

$

83

   

$

85

   

$

88

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

 
                                       

 

(1)

 Includes chip-n-saw and sawtimber.

   

(2)

Prices per ton are rounded to the nearest dollar. Delivered timber sales price includes contract logging and hauling costs. The Bandon Property in the Pacific Northwest was acquired at the end of August 2018 and did not have any delivered timber sales in 2018.

   

(3)

Excludes value of timber reservations.

   

(4)

Large dispositions are sales of blocks of timberland properties in one or several transactions with the objective to generate proceeds to fund capital allocation priorities. Large dispositions may or may not have a higher or better use than timber production or result in a price premium above the land's timber production value. Such dispositions are infrequent in nature, are not part of core operations, and would cause material variances in comparative results if not reported separately.

   

(5)

Current year percentage includes 4% from lump-sum sales.

   

(6)

Represents properties owned by Triple T Joint Venture in which CatchMark owns a 21.6% equity interest; and Dawsonville Bluffs, LLC, a joint venture in which CatchMark owns a 50% membership interest. CatchMark serves as the manager for both of these joint ventures.

 

 

 

CATCHMARK TIMBER TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

ADJUSTED EBITDA BY SEGMENT (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

Years Ended

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Timber sales

$

20,027

   

$

16,315

   

$

72,557

   

$

69,455

 

Other revenue

 

1,246

     

1,152

     

4,632

     

5,279

 

(-)    Contract logging and hauling costs

 

(8,351)

     

(7,315)

     

(31,129)

     

(31,469)

 

(-)    Forestry management expenses

 

(1,709)

     

(1,661)

     

(6,691)

     

(6,283)

 

(-)    Land rent expense

 

(124)

     

(170)

     

(524)

     

(660)

 

(-)    Other operating expenses

 

(1,846)

     

(2,106)

     

(6,460)

     

(6,303)

 

(+)   Stock-based compensation

 

74

     

23

     

263

     

333

 

(+/-)  Other

 

418

     

613

     

1,022

     

839

 

Harvest EBITDA

 

9,735

     

6,851

     

33,670

     

31,191

 
                       

Timberland sales

 

4,994

     

2,616

     

17,572

     

17,520

 

(-)    Cost of timberland sales

 

(4,505)

     

(1,922)

     

(15,067)

     

(13,512)

 

(+)   Basis of timberland sold

 

4,249

     

1,707

     

14,054

     

12,380

 

Real estate EBITDA

 

4,738

     

2,401

     

16,559

     

16,388

 
                       

Asset management fees

 

2,829

     

2,844

     

11,948

     

5,603

 

Unconsolidated Dawsonville Bluffs joint venture EBITDA

 

465

     

423

     

4,801

     

6,828

 

Investment management EBITDA

 

3,294

     

3,267

     

16,749

     

12,431

 
                       

Total operating EBITDA

 

17,767

     

12,519

     

66,978

     

60,011

 
                       

(-)    General and administrative expenses

 

(3,750)

     

(3,823)

     

(13,300)

     

(12,425)

 

(+)    Stock-based compensation

 

764

     

495

     

2,527

     

2,356

 

(+)    Interest income

 

62

     

82

     

204

     

262

 

(+/-)  Other

 

292

     

147

     

497

     

(417)

 

Non-allocated/corporate EBITDA

 

(2,632)

     

(3,099)

     

(10,072)

     

(10,224)

 
                       

Adjusted EBITDA

$

15,135

   

$

9,420

   

$

56,906

   

$

49,787

 

 

CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (PRNewsFoto/CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc.)

SOURCE CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc.

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