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July 10, 2014
18:54 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber MDF facility resumes full production
Plum Creek Timber announced that production resumed this week at its Medium Density Fiberboard facility in Columbia Falls, Mont. following a fire that occurred on June 10. The No. 2 production line, which makes between 1/10th- ˝-inch continuous-press fiberboard, restarted June 30 and the company began shipping product to customers. The No. 1 production line resumes full production this week. It produces up to 1 1/2–inch fiberboard. A mechanical failure occurred, causing the fire, which was contained by local fire and safety departments. All employees were safely evacuated and there were no reported injuries. Tom Ray, vice president, northwest resources and manufacturing, said both the fire response and facility repair efforts were outstanding examples of people working together safely to support common goals, “We are very thankful that all the local fire and safety departments rallied to protect the people working at the facility.” He said that Plum Creek will donate $15,000 to be shared by all the response units that helped fight the fire. “Their work is greatly appreciated and we hope these funds support the important work they provide every day to our community,” he said. While production ceased at the facility for about three weeks following the fire, the company continued to ship product to customers from existing inventory. The 183 employees who work at the facility never lost a day of work. All were reassigned to carry out a variety of tasks, including fire watch, cleanup, and repair. In late June, many helped bring production back on line, assisting with equipment testing to ensure it worked safely and met manufacturing standards. Resumption of normal production concludes a month-long recovery and repair process, which relied on the efforts of both employees and contractors. Damages to the plant are estimated in the $8M-10M range. All major repairs to the facility have been completed, including repairs to computer systems, duct work and upgrades to the fire suppression systems. Scaffolding remains visible on the exterior to the plant while the company replaces sheet metal but these activities will not affect plant production. Plum Creek operates Montana manufacturing facilities that produce lumber, plywood and MDF. These products are sold to construction, retail, industrial and other specialty markets.
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July 29, 2014
10:00 EDTPCLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:07 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded Plum Creek Timber to Market Perform following the Q2 report citing weaker than expected guidance.
July 28, 2014
18:31 EDTPCLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Cognex (CGNX), up 16.4% after reporting second quarter results and third quarter revenue guidance above analyst expectations... HealthSouth (HLS), up 7.4% after reporting second quarter results and increasing fiscal 2014 EPS and Adjusted EBITDA guidance... Amkor Technology (AMKR), up 6.4%... Integrated Device (IDTI), up 7.6% after reporting first quarter results... Masco (MAS), up 4.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Darden Restaurants (DRI), up 4.6% following the company's announcement that chairman and CEO Clarence Otis will step down and the board will separate the chairman and CEO roles, appointing lead independent director Charles Ledsinger, Jr., as independent non-executive chairman... Arrowhead Research (ARWR), up 16.5% following positive comments made by CEO Christopher Anzalone, Ph.D. in an interview on CNBC. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Herbalife (HLF), down 11.5% after reporting disappointing second quarter results and giving guidance for the third quarter and fiscal 2014... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), down 9.7%... Plum Creek Timber (PCL), down 2.8%... Eastman Chemical (EMN), down fractionally after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: TCP Capital (TCPC), down 3.1% after filing to sell $5.4M shares of common stock.
16:23 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber slips after results, first look
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16:14 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber sees FY14 timber harvest at low end of 20M-21M ton range
The company has adjusted its harvest plans in certain local markets and now expects its 2014 timber harvest to come in at the low end of the 20M-21M ton range. The harvest deferral shifts approximately $15M of cash flow to the future, and reduces the earnings outlook by $13M, or 7c per share. During the third quarter, harvest levels in the Northern Resources segment are expected to seasonally rebound from second quarter lows when spring weather conditions limit timberland access. Southern Resources harvest volumes should increase from second quarter levels as Southern lumber production grows.
16:11 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber CEO says expects meaningful growth in 2H14
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16:09 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber sees Q3 EPS 27c-32c, consensus 46c
16:09 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber lowers FY14 EPS view to $1.05-$1.25 from $1.30-$1.50
FY14 consensus $1.39. The company has revised its earnings outlook for 2014 to reflect lower harvest volumes, expectations for slower log price growth, and the anticipated composition of real estate transactions in the second half of the year.
16:08 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber reports Q2 EPS 31c, consensus 30c
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16:07 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber lowers FY14 outlook
15:47 EDTPCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include General Growth Properties (GGP), consensus 30c; Eastman Chemical (EMN), consensus $1.84; Range Resources (RRC), consensus 40c; XL Group (XL), consensus 83c; Plum Creek Timber (PCL), consensus 30c; Masco (MAS), consensus 28c; Jacobs Engineering (JEC), consensus 80c; Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.57; W.R. Berkley (WRB), consensus 77c; HEALTHSOUTH (HLS), consensus 47c; Denny's (DENN), consensus 8c; Integrated Device Technology (IDTI), consensus 16c; Advent Software (ADVS), consensus 34c; Tile Shop Holdings (TTS), consensus 11c; Meru Networks (MERU), consensus (11c); Crane Co. (CR), consensus $1.16.

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