Rayonier Inc. ( RYN Quick Quote RYN - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2020 net income attributable to the company of $25.9 million or 20 cents per share. This included an income from a Large Disposition sale of $28.7 million, which was partially offset by the costs related to the merger with Pope Resources. The company had earned $24.8 million or 19 cents per share in the year ago quarter.
The pro forma net loss came in at $0.3 million or $0.00 per share. This missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of earnings of 3 cents per share.
The company’s quarterly performance reflects a declining operating income in Southern Timber and New Zealand Timber.
Revenues were down 25.3% year over year to $143.1 million on a pro forma basis and missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $165.6 million.
The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing uncertain situation has resulted in the company revising its full-year outlook.
During the first quarter, operating income at the company’s Southern Timber segment came in at $15.1 million, down from the prior-year quarter’s $21.5 million. This downside resulted from lower non-timber income, net-stumpage prices and volumes. However, the negatives were partially offset by a drop in lease related expenses and lower depletion rates.
The Pacific Northwest Timber segment reported an operating loss of $0.9 million, narrower than the operating loss of $3.7 million posted in first-quarter 2019. This was mainly due to higher net stumpage prices, non-timber income and reduced depletion rates, partially offset by an increase in overhead costs and other variable costs.
The New Zealand Timber segment recorded operating income of $5.4 million, down from the year-earlier number of $15.7 million. Results indicate lower net stumpage prices, volumes, non- timber income, higher overhead costs and roading costs, partly negated by lower depreciation and software amortization expenses, and favorable foreign-exchange impact.
Real Estate’s operating income of $26.8 million was significantly up from the year-ago tally of $10 million. This chiefly resulted from a large disposition sale of $116 million in Mississippi, comprising an area of 66,946 acres at an average price of $1,733 per acre.
The Trading segment reported break-even results in the quarter against an operating income of $0.5 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. This is mainly due to lower volumes and prices prevailing due to the coronavirus pandemic hurting major export markets.
Rayonier ended the first quarter with $132.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, up from $68.7 million recorded as of Dec 31, 2019. Total long-term debt was $1.1 billion, up 8.4% from $973.1 million as on Dec 31, 2019.
During the reported quarter, the company also repurchased 3.2 million common shares at an average price of $20.71 per share. As of March 31, 2020, the company had 129.2 million common shares outstanding and $87.7 million remaining on its current share-repurchase authorization.
Rayonier has revised its full-year outlook in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The company now projects 2020 net income attributable to Rayonier of $33-$46 million and adjusted EBITDA of $200-$230 million. The company had earlier estimated 2020 net income attributable to Rayonier of $47-$57 million and adjusted EBITDA of $245-$270 million.
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