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The Bedford Report

July 22, 2011 08:16 ET

Sino-Forest and Louisiana Pacific Optimistic on Growth Potential

The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on Sino-Forest & Louisiana-Pacific

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 22, 2011) - Increased wood demand from Asia has driven lumber prices up more than 20 percent since hitting their lowest point this year in early May. Although forest plantation operators in China are boosting production, China cannot meet the demand with its own resources, giving ample opportunity to Canadian and US lumber companies. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Lumber, Wood Production industry and provides equity research on Sino-Forest Corporation (TSX: TRE) (PINKSHEETS: SNOFF) and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE: LPX). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Wood Resource Quarterly says that import prices for most species of lumber have trended upward since early 2009 in Japan and China, particularly for higher-grade Russian pine to Japan and lower-grade Canadian hemlock to China.

With the recovery in American homebuilding sluggish, US lumber companies are making a push into China. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation CEO Rick Frost has said that the company may pursue a 10-fold rise in exports to China.

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While imports continue to play a critical role in supplying China's lumber demand, domestic wood production is growing. Sino-Forest states that its primary goal is to increase our wood fibre output to 17 million cubic meters by 2011. With $1.1 billion in cash and cash equivalents and $3.6 billion of standing timber assets, Sino-Forest says that it can continue its growth through acquisitions and through sustainable long-term replanting without accessing the capital markets.

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