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Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Second Quarter Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/28/14 --

All figures in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted

Investors, analysts and other interested parties can access Acadian Timber Corp.'s 2014 Second Quarter Results conference call via webcast on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET at www.acadiantimber.com or via teleconference at 1-800-319-4610, toll free in North America. For overseas calls please dial +1-604-638-5340, at approximately 12:50 p.m. ET. The recorded teleconference rebroadcast can be accessed at 1-800-319-6413 or +1-604-638-9010 and enter passcode 2826.

Acadian Timber Corp. ("Acadian" or the "Company") (TSX:ADN) today reported financial and operating results(1) for the three months ended June 28, 2014 (the "second quarter").

"Demand remains strong in Acadian's operating region," said Reid Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Acadian. "Softwood timber selling prices are benefiting from the continued positive outlook for lumber demand and strong demand from regional hardwood pulp and structural panel producers is supporting hardwood pulpwood prices."

For the second quarter, Acadian generated net sales of $12.0 million on sales volume of 229 thousand m3 which represents a $3.6 million, or 23%, decrease in net sales compared to the same period in 2013. Results were less than the same period last year reflecting the delayed recognition of sales in the prior year due to the vendor managed inventory ("VMI") program that

was in place at the New Brunswick operation. On a year-to-date basis, net sales are 2% lower than in the same period last year with a slower start-up of operations in the second quarter due to an extended mud season being largely offset by improved log pricing.

Adjusted EBITDA of $1.9 million for the second quarter was $1.0 million lower than in the second quarter of 2013, while Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased to 16% from 19% in the same period of last year. On a year-to-date basis, Free Cash Flow improved $1.0 million to $6.7 million resulting in a payout ratio of 104%, below the ratio of 121% in the same period last year.

(1) This news release makes reference to Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow which are key performance measures in evaluating Acadian's operations and are important in enhancing investors' understanding of Acadian's operating performance. Acadian's management defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, fair value adjustments, recovery of or impairment of land and roads, unrealized exchange gain/loss on debt, depreciation and amortization and Free Cash Flow as Adjusted EBITDA less interest paid, current income tax expense, additions to, and gains from the sale of, fixed assets plus losses on, and proceeds from, the sale of fixed assets. As these performance measures do not have standardized meanings prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), they may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. As a result, we have provided in this news release reconciliations of net income, as determined in accordance with IFRS, to Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow.

Financial and Operating Highlights


                                                                            
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(CAD thousands, except per       June 28     June 29     June 28     June 29
 share information)                 2014        2013        2014        2013
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Sales volume (000s m3)             228.9       330.5       579.1       669.7
Net sales                       $ 12,029    $ 15,608    $ 33,272    $ 33,860
Operating earnings                 1,797       2,667       8,262       7,181
Net income / (loss)                4,738       (857)       5,435         434
Adjusted EBITDA                    1,935       2,897       8,632       7,552
Free Cash Flow                     1,052       1,774       6,652       5,685
Dividends declared                 3,451       3,451       6,902       6,902
Per share (fully diluted)                                                   
 Net income / (loss)                0.28      (0.05)        0.32        0.03
 Free Cash Flow                     0.06        0.11        0.40        0.34
 Dividends declared                 0.21        0.21        0.41        0.41
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Operating earnings for the second quarter, at $1.8 million, decreased $0.9 million year-over-year, largely reflecting the timing of sales. Net income totaled $4.7 million, or $0.28 per share, for the second quarter, an increase of $5.6 million or $0.33 per share from the same period in 2013. The increase in net income reflects a higher non-cash fair value adjustment due to lower harvest levels and a $2.7 million unrealized exchange gain on long-term debt compared to a $2.5 million unrealized loss in the same period of the prior year.

Acadian traditionally experiences low levels of operating, marketing and selling activity during the second quarter of each year owing to the spring thaw period ("mud season") that causes much of the infrastructure to be temporarily inoperable. Harvest volume for the second quarter, excluding biomass, was 138 thousand m3, down 21% compared to the same period in the prior year due to a slower start-up at the New Brunswick operation resulting from the well above-average snowpack of the prior winter. Sales volume of 229 thousand m3 was down 31% from the second quarter of 2013, with the decrease largely coming from Acadian's operations in New Brunswick due to the discontinuation of the VMI program.

Acadian's weighted average log price during the second quarter increased 11% year-over-year primarily due to higher softwood sawlog and hardwood log prices, a stronger U.S. dollar and a higher proportion of high value hardwood sawlogs in the sales mix. Softwood sawlog prices were up 10% relative to the same period last year, benefiting from our customers' continued positive outlook for lumber demand. Prices for hardwood sawlogs and pulpwood were both up 7% relative to the second quarter of last year reflecting strong market demand. Softwood pulpwood pricing has weakened, declining 8% year-over-year, with fewer groundwood customers operating. Biomass gross margin was down 27% year-over-year due to fewer export customers during the period, but is expected to recover in the coming quarters.

New Brunswick Timberlands

The table below summarizes operating and financial results for New Brunswick Timberlands.


                                                                            
                   Three Months Ended June 28,   Three Months Ended June 29,
                                          2014                          2013
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                   Harvest     Sales   Results   Harvest     Sales   Results
                 (000s m3) (000s m3)   ($000s) (000s m3) (000s m3)   ($000s)
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Softwood              45.5      67.6   $ 3,745      57.4     124.4   $ 6,538
Hardwood              62.0      74.1     4,914      89.8      95.6     5,807
Biomass               40.0      40.0       663      68.2      68.2     1,199
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                     147.5     181.7     9,322     215.4     288.2    13,544
Other sales                               (32)                          (36)
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Net sales                              $ 9,290                      $ 13,508
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Adjusted EBITDA                        $ 1,652                       $ 2,943
Adjusted EBITDA margin                     18%                           22%
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                     Six Months Ended June 28,     Six Months Ended June 29,
                                          2014                          2013
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                   Harvest     Sales   Results   Harvest     Sales   Results
                 (000s m3) (000s m3)   ($000s) (000s m3) (000s m3)   ($000s)
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Softwood             166.1     167.7   $ 9,124     213.4     211.4  $ 11,111
Hardwood             185.9     189.8    12,673     184.4     192.6    11,862
Biomass               69.3      69.3     1,309     113.1     113.1     2,018
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                     421.3     426.8    23,106     510.9     517.1    24,991
Other sales                                630                           670
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Net sales                             $ 23,736                      $ 25,661
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Adjusted EBITDA                        $ 6,110                       $ 5,935
Adjusted EBITDA margin                     26%                           23%
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Softwood, hardwood and biomass shipments were 68 thousand m3, 74 thousand m3 and 40 thousand m3, respectively, during the second quarter. This represents a year-over-year decrease in sales volume of 37% largely reflecting the impact of the VMI program that was in place in 2013 which deferred sales from the first quarter to the second. Harvest volume in the second quarter of 2014 was typical of seasonal conditions, but lower than the same period last year as the well above-average snowpack of the prior winter led to a slow start-up. Approximately 40% of sales volume was sold as sawlogs, 38% as pulpwood and 22% as biomass in the second quarter. This compares to 42% sold as sawlogs, 34% as pulpwood and 24% as biomass in the second quarter of 2013.

Net sales for the second quarter totaled $9.3 million compared to $13.5 million for the same period last year, again reflecting the impact of not operating under the VMI program in the current year, but partially offset by increased softwood sawtimber and hardwood selling prices. The weighted average log selling price was $61.11 per m3 in the second quarter of 2014, a 9% increase from $56.12 per m3 in the same period of 2013 as a result of improved selling prices for most product and a higher proportion of hardwood in the sales mix. Net sales for the six months ended June 28, 2014 were $23.7 million, a decrease of $1.9 million over the first half of 2013, due to lower sales volumes.

Costs for the second quarter were $7.6 million, compared to $10.6 million in the same period in 2013, due to lower harvest volumes of primary products, partially offset by 3% higher variable costs per m3 caused by a higher proportion of hardwood products being supplied from log handling yards. For the six months ended June 28, 2014, costs were $17.6 million, $2.0 million lower than during the first half of 2013, due to lower harvest volumes.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $1.7 million, compared to $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2013 reflecting the discontinuation of the VMI program. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased to 18% from 22% in the prior year. For the six months ended June 28, 2014, adjusted EBITDA was $6.1 million, an increase of $0.2 million over the first half of 2013.

There were no recordable safety incidents among employees and contractors during the second quarter of 2014.

Maine Timberlands

The table below summarizes operating and financial results for Maine Timberlands.


                                                                            
                   Three Months Ended June 28,   Three Months Ended June 29,
                                          2014                          2013
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                   Harvest     Sales   Results   Harvest     Sales   Results
                 (000s m3) (000s m3)   ($000s) (000s m3) (000s m3)   ($000s)
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Softwood              17.6      17.6   $ 1,030      18.1      18.1     $ 875
Hardwood              12.7      19.9     1,529       9.9      15.6     1,051
Biomass                9.7       9.7        52       8.6       8.6        44
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                      40.0      47.2     2,611      36.6      42.3     1,970
Other sales                                128                           130
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Net sales                              $ 2,739                       $ 2,100
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Adjusted EBITDA                          $ 385                         $ 215
Adjusted EBITDA margin                     14%                           10%
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                     Six Months Ended June 28,     Six Months Ended June 29,
                                          2014                          2013
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                   Harvest     Sales   Results   Harvest     Sales   Results
                 (000s m3) (000s m3)   ($000s) (000s m3) (000s m3)   ($000s)
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Softwood              89.2      88.9   $ 5,706      94.6      94.3   $ 5,217
Hardwood              45.2      47.0     3,520      35.6      42.0     2,658
Biomass               16.4      16.4       113      16.3      16.3       125
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                     150.8     152.3     9,339     146.5     152.6     8,000
Other sales                                197                           199
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Net sales                              $ 9,536                       $ 8,199
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Adjusted EBITDA                        $ 2,862                       $ 2,243
Adjusted EBITDA margin                     30%                           27%
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Softwood, hardwood and biomass shipments were 18 thousand m3, 20 thousand m3, and 10 thousand m3, respectively, during the second quarter. This represents a year-over-year increase in sales volume of 12%. Approximately 36% of sales volume was sold as sawlogs, 43% as pulpwood and 21% as biomass during the second quarter. This compares to 37% sold as sawlogs, 43% as pulpwood and 20% as biomass in the second quarter of 2013.

Net sales for the second quarter totaled $2.7 million compared to $2.1 million for the same period last year. The improvement was the result of increased hardwood sales volume and improved pricing across all products, as well as the positive impact of the stronger U.S. dollar. The weighted average log selling price was $68.34 per m3 in the second quarter of 2014, a 19% increase from $57.30 per m3 in the same period of 2013 in Canadian dollar terms. Weighted average log selling prices in U.S. dollar terms increased 11% year-over-year. Net sales for the six months ended June 28, 2014 were $9.5 million, an increase of $1.3 million over the first half of 2013, due to improved log selling prices.

Costs for the second quarter were $2.3 million, compared to $2.0 million during the same period in 2013. Variable costs per m3 increased 14% in Canadian dollar terms and 7% in U.S. dollar terms reflecting a shift in product mix during the period with a greater proportion of the sales being higher cost hardwood sawtimber processed through the woodyard as well as longer hauling distances for softwood pulpwood due to the closure of the paper mill in East Millinocket. For the six months ended June 28, 2014, costs were $6.7 million, $0.7 million higher than during the first half of 2013, due to higher harvest volumes and adverse foreign exchange movements.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $0.4 million, compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2013, while Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 14% from 10% in the prior year. For the six months ended June 28, 2014, Adjusted EBITDA was $2.9 million, an increase of $0.7 million over the first half of 2013.

There were no recordable safety incidents among employees and contractors during the second quarter of 2014.

Market Outlook

The following contains forward-looking statements about Acadian Timber Corp.'s market outlook for the remainder of 2014. Reference should be made to the "Forward-looking Statements" section of this news release. For a description of material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in the following, please see the Risk Factors section of Acadian's most recent Annual Report and Annual Information Form available on our website at www.acadiantimber.com or filed with SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

U.S. housing market forecasts continue to be adjusted downward despite significant pent up demand. Analysts have concluded that last spring's increase in mortgage rates coupled with increases in home prices and tighter mortgage lending rules explains much more of the current weakness in mortgage applications and new home sales than the harsh winter weather experienced in 2014. Improved economic growth, with further gains in employment and wages, will need to take place before a more robust recovery in housing can be expected. Despite this than less robust outlook, most industry watchers continue to forecast year-over-year increases in total housing starts of approximately 10 to 20% in 2014 with increases of the same magnitude in 2015. This optimism has kept North American lumber prices strong throughout 2013 and 2014 encouraging Acadian's key solid wood customers to continue to operate at full capacity. As such, we expect to see ongoing strong demand for softwood sawlogs in the region.

Markets for hardwood sawlogs have been positive and are expected to remain stable and demand and pricing for hardwood pulpwood continues to be strong. While Acadian has been successful in selling its softwood pulpwood production, this market is challenging due to the closure of several regional groundwood mills. Biomass sales have been somewhat slow during the first half of 2014, although we expect to see modest improvements through the remainder of the year as several of the logistical challenges currently constraining export markets are relieved.

Quarterly Dividend

Acadian is pleased to announce a dividend of $0.20625 per share, payable on October 15, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 30, 2014.

Acadian Timber Corp. is a leading supplier of primary forest products in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern U.S. With a total of 2.4 million acres of land under management, Acadian is the second largest timberland operator in New Brunswick and Maine.

Acadian owns and manages approximately 1.1 million acres of freehold timberlands in New Brunswick and Maine, and provides management services relating to approximately 1.3 million acres of Crown licensed timberlands in New Brunswick. Acadian also owns and operates a forest nursery in Second Falls, New Brunswick. Acadian's products include softwood and hardwood sawlogs, pulpwood and biomass by-products, sold to approximately 90 regional customers.

Acadian's business strategy is to maximize cash flows from its existing timberland assets while growing our business by acquiring assets on a value basis and utilizing our operations-oriented approach to drive improved performance.

Acadian's shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ADN.

For further information, please visit our website at www.acadiantimber.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This News Release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Acadian Timber Corp. and its subsidiaries (collectively, "Acadian"), or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. When used in this News Release, such statements may contain such words as "may," "will," "intend," "should," "expect," "believe," "outlook," "predict," "remain," "anticipate," "estimate," "potential," "continue," "plan," "could," "might," "project," "targeting" or the negative of these terms or other similar terminology. Forward-looking information in this News Release includes, without limitation, statements made in the section entitled "Market Outlook" and other statements regarding management's beliefs, intentions, results, performance, goals, achievements, future events, plans and objectives, business strategy, growth strategy and prospects, access to capital, liquidity and trading volumes, dividends, taxes, capital expenditures, projected costs, market trends and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, achievements, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. These statements, which reflect management's current expectations regarding future events and operating performance, are based on information currently available to management and speak only as of the date of this News Release. All forward-looking statements in this News Release are qualified by these cautionary statements.

Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, should not be unduly relied upon, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: general economic and market conditions; product demand; concentration of customers; commodity pricing; interest rate and foreign currency fluctuations; seasonality; weather and natural conditions; regulatory, trade or environmental policy changes; changes in Canadian income tax law; economic situation of key customers; Brookfield Asset Management Inc.'s and its affiliates' ability to source and secure potential investment opportunities; the availability of potential acquisitions that suit Acadian's growth profile; and other risks and factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in each of the Annual Information Form dated March 28, 2014 and the Management Information Circular dated May 13, 2014, and other filings of Acadian made with securities regulatory authorities, which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Forward-looking information is based on various material factors or assumptions, which are based on information currently available to Acadian. Material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making an estimate set out in the forward-looking information may include, but are not limited to: anticipated financial performance; anticipated market conditions; business prospects; the economic situation of key customers; strategies; regulatory developments; exchange rates; the sufficiency of budgeted capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities; the availability and cost of labour and services and the ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms. Readers are cautioned that the preceding list of material factors or assumptions is not exhaustive. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this News Release are based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, Acadian cannot assure readers that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this News Release are made as of the date of this News Release, and should not be relied upon as representing Acadian's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this News Release. Acadian assumes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events, circumstances or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law.


                                                                            
Acadian Timber Corp.                                                        
Interim Consolidated Statements of Net Income                               
(unaudited)                                                                 
                                                                            
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                                  Three Months Ended        Six Months Ended
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                                 June 28     June 29     June 28     June 29
(CAD thousands)                     2014        2013        2014        2013
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Net sales                    $    12,029 $    15,608 $    33,272 $    33,860
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Operating costs and expenses                                                
 Cost of sales                     8,680      11,122      21,859      23,110
 Selling, administration and                                                
  other                            1,351       1,542       2,814       3,146
 Reforestation                        65         134          65         139
 Depreciation and                                                           
  amortization                       136         143         272         284
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                                  10,232      12,941      25,010      26,679
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Operating earnings                 1,797       2,667       8,262       7,181
Interest expense, net              (773)       (773)     (1,570)     (1,512)
Other items                                                                 
 Fair value adjustments            1,795       1,224         605       1,243
 Unrealized exchange gain                                                   
  (loss) on long-term debt         2,747     (2,473)       (349)     (4,315)
 Gain on sale of timberlands           2          87          98          87
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Earnings before income taxes       5,568         732       7,046       2,684
Current income tax recovery                                                 
 (expense)                            28           -       (269)           -
Deferred income tax expense        (858)     (1,589)     (1,342)     (2,250)
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Net income / (loss) for the                                                 
 period                      $     4,738 $     (857) $     5,435 $       434
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Net income / (loss) per                                                     
 share - basic and diluted   $      0.28 $    (0.05) $      0.32 $      0.03
                                                                            
                                                                            
Acadian Timber Corp.                                                        
Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income                     
(unaudited)                                                                 
                                                                            
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                                  Three Months Ended        Six Months Ended
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                                 June 28     June 29     June 28     June 29
(CAD thousands)                     2014        2013        2014        2013
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Net income / (loss)          $     4,738 $     (857) $     5,435 $       434
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Other comprehensive income                                                  
 (loss)                                                                     
Items that may be                                                           
 reclassified subsequently                                                  
 to net income:                                                             
 Unrealized foreign currency                                                
  translation                    (3,278)       2,670         419       4,880
 Amortization of derivatives                                                
  designated as hedges              (47)        (45)        (94)        (95)
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Comprehensive income         $     1,413 $     1,768 $     5,760 $     5,219
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Acadian Timber Corp.                                                        
Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets                                         
(unaudited)                                                                 
                                                                            
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As at                                                 June 28,  December 31,
(CAD thousands)                                           2014          2013
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ASSETS                                                                      
Current assets                                                              
 Cash and cash equivalents                       $       7,922 $       8,564
 Accounts receivable and other assets                    6,538         7,673
 Inventory                                               1,025         1,380
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                                                        15,485        17,617
Timber                                                 241,351       240,143
Land, roads and other fixed assets                      32,202        32,268
Intangible assets                                        6,140         6,140
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                                                 $     295,178 $     296,168
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LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                                        
Current liabilities                                                         
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities        $       5,922 $       7,680
 Dividends payable to shareholders                       3,451         3,451
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                                                         9,373        11,131
Long-term debt                                          76,963        76,496
Deferred income tax liability                           27,791        26,348
Shareholders' equity                                   181,051       182,193
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                                                 $     295,178 $     296,168
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Acadian Timber Corp.                                                        
Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows                               
(unaudited)                                                                 
                                                                            
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                                  Three Months Ended        Six Months Ended
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                                 June 28     June 29     June 28     June 30
(CAD thousands)                     2014        2013        2014        2013
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Cash provided by (used for):                                                
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Operating activities                                                        
Net income / (loss)          $     4,738 $     (857) $     5,435 $       434
Adjustments to net income /                                                 
 (loss):                                                                    
 Deferred income tax expense         858       1,589       1,342       2,250
 Depreciation and                                                           
  amortization                       136         143         272         284
 Fair value adjustments          (1,795)     (1,224)       (605)     (1,243)
 Unrealized exchange (gain)                                                 
  loss on long term debt         (2,747)       2,473         349       4,315
 Interest expense, net               773         773       1,570       1,512
 Interest paid, net                (778)       (778)     (1,579)     (1,522)
 Gain on sale of timberlands         (2)        (87)        (98)        (87)
Net change in non-cash                                                      
 working capital and other         (718)         684       (392)         530
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                                     465       2,716       6,294       6,473
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Financing activities                                                        
Dividends paid to                                                           
 shareholders                    (3,451)     (3,451)     (6,902)     (6,902)
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                                 (3,451)     (3,451)     (6,902)     (6,902)
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Investing activities                                                        
Additions to timber, land,                                                  
 roads and other fixed                                                      
 assets                            (133)       (345)       (133)       (345)
Proceeds from sale of                                                       
 timberlands                           2          87          99          87
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                                   (131)       (258)        (34)       (258)
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Decrease in cash and cash                                                   
 equivalents during the                                                     
 period                          (3,117)       (993)       (642)       (687)
Cash and cash equivalents,                                                  
 beginning of period              11,039       6,442       8,564       6,136
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Cash and cash equivalents,                                                  
 end of period               $     7,922 $     5,449 $     7,922 $     5,449
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Reconciliations to Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow                       
                                                                            
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                                  Three Months Ended        Six Months Ended
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                                 June 28     June 29     June 28     June 29
(CAD thousands)                     2014        2013        2014        2013
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Net income / (loss)          $     4,738 $     (857) $     5,435 $       434
Add (deduct):                                                               
 Interest expense, net               773         773       1,570       1,512
 Current income tax expense                                                 
  (recovery)                        (28)           -         269           -
 Deferred income tax expense         858       1,589       1,342       2,250
 Depreciation and                                                           
  amortization                       136         143         272         284
 Fair value adjustments          (1,795)     (1,224)       (605)     (1,243)
 Unrealized exchange (gain)                                                 
  loss on long-term debt         (2,747)       2,473         349       4,315
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Adjusted EBITDA                    1,935       2,897       8,632       7,552
Add (deduct):                                                               
 Interest paid on debt, net        (778)       (778)     (1,579)     (1,522)
 Additions to timber, land,                                                 
  roads and other fixed                                                     
  assets                           (133)       (345)       (133)       (345)
 Gain on sale of timberlands         (2)        (87)        (98)        (87)
 Proceeds on sale of                                                        
  timberlands                          2          87          99          87
 Current income tax recovery                                                
  (expense)                           28           -       (269)           -
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Free cash flow               $     1,052 $     1,774 $     6,652 $     5,685
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Dividends declared           $     3,451 $     3,451 $     6,902 $     6,902
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Payout ratio                        328%        195%        104%        121%
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Puppet Labs has announced the next major update to its flagship product: Puppet Enterprise 2015.2. This release includes new features providing DevOps teams with clarity, simplicity and additional management capabilities, including an all-new user interface, an interactive graph for visualizing infrastructure code, a new unified agent and broader infrastructure support.
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducte...
Container technology is sending shock waves through the world of cloud computing. Heralded as the 'next big thing,' containers provide software owners a consistent way to package their software and dependencies while infrastructure operators benefit from a standard way to deploy and run them. Containers present new challenges for tracking usage due to their dynamic nature. They can also be deployed to bare metal, virtual machines and various cloud platforms. How do software owners track the usag...
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Arch...
Providing the needed data for application development and testing is a huge headache for most organizations. The problems are often the same across companies - speed, quality, cost, and control. Provisioning data can take days or weeks, every time a refresh is required. Using dummy data leads to quality problems. Creating physical copies of large data sets and sending them to distributed teams of developers eats up expensive storage and bandwidth resources. And, all of these copies proliferating...
Malicious agents are moving faster than the speed of business. Even more worrisome, most companies are relying on legacy approaches to security that are no longer capable of meeting current threats. In the modern cloud, threat diversity is rapidly expanding, necessitating more sophisticated security protocols than those used in the past or in desktop environments. Yet companies are falling for cloud security myths that were truths at one time but have evolved out of existence.
Digital Transformation is the ultimate goal of cloud computing and related initiatives. The phrase is certainly not a precise one, and as subject to hand-waving and distortion as any high-falutin' terminology in the world of information technology. Yet it is an excellent choice of words to describe what enterprise IT—and by extension, organizations in general—should be working to achieve. Digital Transformation means: handling all the data types being found and created in the organizat...
Public Cloud IaaS started its life in the developer and startup communities and has grown rapidly to a $20B+ industry, but it still pales in comparison to how much is spent worldwide on IT: $3.6 trillion. In fact, there are 8.6 million data centers worldwide, the reality is many small and medium sized business have server closets and colocation footprints filled with servers and storage gear. While on-premise environment virtualization may have peaked at 75%, the Public Cloud has lagged in adop...
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin,...
The time is ripe for high speed resilient software defined storage solutions with unlimited scalability. ISS has been working with the leading open source projects and developed a commercial high performance solution that is able to grow forever without performance limitations. In his session at Cloud Expo, Alex Gorbachev, President of Intelligent Systems Services Inc., shared foundation principles of Ceph architecture, as well as the design to deliver this storage to traditional SAN storage co...
MuleSoft has announced the findings of its 2015 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the adoption and business impact of APIs. The findings suggest traditional businesses are quickly evolving into "composable enterprises" built out of hundreds of connected software services, applications and devices. Most are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices technologies like Docker. A majority are integrating wearables, like smart watches, and more than half plan to generate revenue with ...