Negotiating creative contract and financial arrangements can impact your ability to acquire valuable Stumpage or Timberlands. Unfortunately with many older systems, the contract flexibility you need to sign the deal, cripples your system's ability to correctly report your true results. This makes it difficult to know later whether you made a good business decision or not. In LMS you individually define and set up plan volumes, Appraisals, and Stumpage Contracts that adapt to the requirements of each acquisition. With LMS, you can proceed with added confidence, knowing that the payments, accounting, and information will precisely execute your arrangements and accurately document the volume and margin results of your purchases.
In addition to extensive management reporting, LMS fully supports two primary aspects of Timber Accounting:
For each successful Stumpage Purchase, you can set up plan volumes for later comparisons with "cut out" volumes. Or enter information from your financial Appraisal for later evaluation against actual realizations, costs, and margins. You can even include allocated or non-contract type cost data, such as timber taxes, road amortization, reforestation, etc. in your comparisons.
Stumpage Purchases are usually either made on a "Pay-as-cut" or prepaid basis. To authorize payments, Contracts are established to pay for Stumpage. Rates can be established for each type of log that is removed, using general or very detailed characteristics. Contracts can also be used to amortize either your initial lump sum investment or installment payments as stumpage volumes are harvested.
Adjustments to correct payments can be made at any time. Or you can amortize any remaining balances for a Stumpage sale within LMS to neatly close out your final Timber Accounting.
Stumpage cut out activity is recorded based on load information. As load data is captured, preliminary stumpage payments and amortization can be edited as many times as desired before finalizing. Edits identify loads with missing contract information or measurement tickets, so errors can be resolved quickly. A fully automated payment and amortization process is completed by electronically sending finalized transactions to your Accounts Payable and General Ledger systems.
Stumpage Payment Features:
Plan vs. Actual Comparisons
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