Pöyry Releases Sino-Forest's China Forest Asset 2010 Valuation Reports

TORONTO, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Sino-Forest Corporation ("Sino-Forest") (TSX:TRE), a leading commercial forest plantation operator in China, released today summary reports about the yearly China forest asset valuation conducted by Pöyry (Beijing) Consulting Company Limited ("Pöyry"), an international forestry consulting firm.

In 2010, Pöyry's Management Consulting Business Group changed its disclosure policy relating to valuation services following Pöyry's determination that the associated liability risk could not be effectively excluded or limited. Therefore, Pöyry's full valuation reports conducted on behalf of all its clients, including Sino-Forest, are no longer available in its clients' public domain. Pöyry is willing to provide summaries of the December 2010 valuation reports (the "Summary Reports") to Sino-Forest's stakeholders, conditional on recipients accepting certain terms and conditions prior to accessing such Summary Reports.

Pöyry has provided separate valuations of Sino-Forest's China forest crops as at December 31, 2010 as follows:

  1. Valuation of Planted Forest Crops;
  2. Valuation of Purchased Forest Crops;
  3. Valuation of Mandra Forestry Holdings Limited ("Mandra") Forest Estate Crops

The content of Pöyry's 2010 valuation reports is consistent with Pöyry's 2009 report, including the following valuation information:

  1. Forest Valuation Methodology
  2. Log Market and Price Outlook
  3. Risks
  4. Investment Appraisal for Forest Investment in China

Summary of the Reports:
Sino-Forest had approximately 788,700 hectares ("ha") of forest plantations under management in China as at December 31, 2010, which includes approximately 147,200 ha of Mandra forest assets acquired in February 2010. However, the total net stock area valued by Pöyry was 754,816 ha, after excluding 33,884 ha that were recently harvested, located on land leased pending planting season, or land allocated for bio-fuel, carbon credit development and other purposes.

  As at December Change (%)
2010 2009
Sino-Forest tree area under management in China (hectare) 788,700 512,700 54
Net tree area valued by Pöyry (hectare) 754,816 491,000 54
Total standing timber of merchantable volume (million m3) 93.2 62.0 50
Average yield (m3 per hectare) 124 126 (2)

Pöyry 2010 reports provide the following comments on the valuation methodology:

  1. The valuation methodology was consistent with that used in previous years and was based on a single rotation using a pre-tax discount rate of 11.5% which is unchanged from previous years.
  2. This is a single rotation analysis. The modelled wood flow sees approximately 85% of the log volume harvestable from the current rotation, harvested over the next 10 years. The analysis includes only the revenues and costs associated with the existing tree inventory or current crop (i.e. costs and revenues associated with replanting and harvesting of second and subsequent rotations are not considered).
  3. The valuation assumed that positive log supply/demand dynamics will continue the trend of real log price increases through the midterm.

Pöyry estimated that Sino-Forest's total merchantable standing timber volume as at year end 2010 was 93.2 million cubic metres (m3), compared to 62.0 million m3 in 2009, representing a 50% increase in wood fibre. The volume increase was attributable primarily to the substantially increased tree area acquired during the year. The average yield per hectare of the Sino-Forest estate decreased 2% to 124 m3 per hectare in 2010; Pöyry reports that this change is primarily due the fact that yields for both Chinese fir and Masson pine of the Mandra estate are lower on average when compared with equivalent age stands that are typical for the remainder of Sino-Forest's Purchased plantations

In contrast, Sino-Forest's planted eucalypt yield is higher than in previous years. Data collected during 2010 shows the average total recoverable volume of six-year old eucalypt stands has increased by approximately 11% to 141 m3 per hectare. This is equivalent to an average total standing volume of 175 m3 per hectare and compares with the highest volume recorded at a Sino-Forest planted plantation of 250 m3 per hectare. These yield improvements have been calculated following analysis of the large amount of inventory data collected as part of the Strategic Inventory Program, which Sino-Forest and Pöyry have been working on together during 2010. The Strategic Inventory Program data augments sampling undertaken as part of the field assessment plots that Pöyry has established and measured in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Sino-Forest Chairman & CEO Allen Chan said, "With our plantation area under management in China increasing 54%, and Pöyry recognizing our improved yield for our planted eucalypt forest, we are ready to commit to large-scale replanting. Our plan is to plant up to 200,000 hectares by 2013, given our scientifically advanced seedlings, our 16-year track record, and our R&D know-how and plantation silviculture expertise.  Despite Pöyry's change of disclosure policy, we believe the Summary Reports provide our stakeholders and analysts with impartial and useful data to value Sino-Forest's forest assets as well as information to understand the forestry industry in China."

Instructions to access and download Summary Reports:

  1. Click http://www.poyry.com/management_consulting/valuation_services/Sino-Forest_valuation_2011, or
  2. Go to Sino-Forest's website under the category "Filings" (http://www.sinoforest.com/filings.asp) which will direct you to the Summary Reports. After completing the requested information and accepting the terms and conditions of the disclosure, a one-time link to the Summary Reports will be provided.

About Pöyry (Beijing) Consulting Company Limited 

Pöyry (Beijing) Consulting Company Limited is an independent management consulting entity within the Pöyry Group and is recognised as one of the world's leading advisors to the global forestry industry cluster. The cornerstones of its operations are its strong business understanding and industry expertise.  The Forest Industry business group's global network of around 2,100 employees covers 17 countries in all major forest products regions in the world.

About Sino-Forest Corporation

Sino-Forest Corporation is a leading commercial forest plantation operator in China. Its principal businesses include the ownership and management of tree plantations, the sale of standing timber and wood logs, and the complementary manufacturing of downstream engineered-wood products. Sino-Forest also holds a majority interest in Greenheart Group Limited, a Hong Kong-listed investment holding company (HKSE: 00094) with operations based in Suriname, South America and New Zealand, which is involved in responsible and sustainable log harvesting, lumber processing and sales and marketing of logs and lumber products to China and other countries around the world. Sino-Forest's common shares have been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TRE since 1995. Learn more at www.sinoforest.com.

Please note: This press release contains projections and forward-looking statements regarding future events. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance of Sino-Forest and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and company plans and objectives to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but not limited to, changes in China and international economies; changes in currency exchange rates; changes in worldwide demand for Sino-Forest's products; changes in worldwide production and production capacity in the forest products industry; competitive pricing pressures for Sino-Forest's products and changes in wood and timber costs.

Sino-Forest has not independently verified the data or conclusions contained in the Summary Reports and cannot assure you that such information is complete or reliable. The fact that Sino-Forest has provided a link to the Summary Reports is not an endorsement of the contents of the Summary Reports.

The Sino-Forest Corporation - Valuation of China Forest Crop Assets 2010 reports have been prepared by Pöyry solely for use by Sino-Forest Corporation. All other use is strictly prohibited and no other person or entity is permitted to use these reports, unless otherwise agreed in writing by Pöyry. NOTHING IN THE REPORTS IS OR SHALL BE RELIED UPON AS A PROMISE OR REPRESENTATION OF FUTURE EVENTS OR RESULTS. PÖYRY HAS PREPARED THE REPORTS BASED ON INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO IT AT THE TIME OF THEIR PREPARATION.  NEITHER SINO-FOREST NOR PÖYRY HAVE THE DUTY TO UPDATE THE REPORTS.   PLEASE REFER TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS RELATIONG TO THE REPORS AT WWW.POYRY.COM 







SOURCE Sino-Forest Corporation

For further information:

Dave Horsley
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Tel:        +905 281 8889
Email:    davehorsley@sinoforest.com
        Hong Kong 
Louisa Wong
Senior Manager, Investor Communications & Relations
Tel:       +852 2514-2109
Email:   louisa-wong@sinoforest.com


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