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Melcor Reports Record Results for Its 89th Year of Business

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Melcor Reports Record Results for Its 89th Year of Business19:55 EST Wednesday, March 06, 2013EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 6, 2013) - Melcor Developments Ltd. (TSX:MRD), an Alberta-based real estate development company, today reported record results for the year ended December 31, 2012. Melcor earned net income of $105.02 million or $3.49 per share (basic), an increase of 29% from 2011. Revenue was $274.93 million, an increase of 25% from 2011. Total assets grew 19% to 1.45 billion with fair value gains of $59.10 million or $1.96 per share (basic) compared fair value gains of $41.70 million or $1.39 per share (basic) in 2011. Record fourth quarter results contributed to Melcor's strong performance for the full year. Fourth quarter net income was $55.47 million or $1.84 per share (basic) on revenue of $141.96 million compared to net income of $51.82 million or $1.73 per share (basic) on revenue of $129.43 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.Funds from operations (FFO) was $2.22 per share in 2012, an increase of $0.42 per share or 23% from 2011. FFO per share adjusts for all non-cash items included in income such as fair value adjustments on investment properties and stock based compensation expense. Brian Baker, Melcor's President and Chief Operating Officer commented on the year: "Top and bottom line growth in 2012 was a result of the coordinated efforts and diligence of all operating divisions. Our company is comprised of the most talented and hardest working team in the industry: a reality that is reflected in our record results for 2012. As we enter our 90th year, we are eager to compete and win in each of our divisions. With a solid base of assets and a strong financial position, managed by effective leaders and dedicated employees, we are well positioned for continued growth and success."2012 HighlightsMelcor achieved several records in 2012: Record consolidated revenues of $274.93 million Record basic earnings per share of $3.49 Fair value gains of $59.10 million or $1.96 per share Total assets of $1.45 billion (up 19%)Revenues were higher across all divisions in 2012 as a result of increased activity and growth. The Community Development division had a record year, starting four new residential communities and continuing to build out existing developments. They also acquired strategic land parcels to maintain inventory levels and support future growth. The Property Development division completed 11 buildings totalling 125,000 square feet. These projects have been leased predominantly to well-recognized national and multinational tenants. In addition, the Property Development division broke ground on three new large-scale projects that will provide the division with a sustained activity pipeline. The division was also successful in advancing several future projects through the land use and development approvals process. Leasing activity in the Investment Properties division was strong with portfolio-wide occupancy rates rising to 89%. The division continues its capital expenditure strategies to enhance the efficiency and market desirability of existing assets through on-going improvements. The Recreational Properties division increased both revenue and earnings in 2012 through effective and efficient operations management and an increased emphasis on its food and beverage operation. The number of rounds played at its four championship golf courses also increased by 3.4%.Melcor paid an annual dividend of $0.45 per share to shareholders. The company has been paying dividends since 1969. Subsequent to the end of the year, Melcor announced that it had initiated a strategic process to advance its business interests through the potential creation of a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Investing in the FutureThe company continues to invest in land inventory, develop commercial properties and improve and lease its portfolio of income-producing properties.The Community Development division added several parcels of raw land for future development including: a 50% interest in 166 acres of land in St. Albert in the first quarter; and 233 acres of land in the third quarter, strategically located near existing land holdings in St. Albert and Red Deer.The Property Development division had projects totaling over $62 million under development in 2012, compared to projects under development of $28 million in 2011. The division completed development of 125,000 sq. ft. (11 buildings) in 2012 compared to 69,500 sq. ft. (9 buildings) in the same period last year. The Investment Property division acquired a multi-tenant industrial warehouse in Lethbridge in the second quarter and took over management of approximately 70,000 square feet (including four free-standing bank buildings) transferred from the Property Development division. Building CapacityBrian Baker was appointed to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer on June 1, 2012. Mr. Baker was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The company expanded its production capacity in 2012 by expanding its team via the addition of 18 new staff in 2012. This resulted in an increase in overall headcount by 21%. This positions the company to execute on its growth strategies.OutlookThe majority of Melcor's business operations and assets remain focused on Alberta. Alberta economic fundamentals remain strong, with low unemployment rates, net in-migration, higher than the national average weekly earnings, strong capital investment, stabilizing inflation and relative stability in the price of oil. These fundamentals create a favorable environment for both residential and commercial property development. The company continues its focus on US expansion by increasing its stable of residential rental properties, serviced lot inventory and raw development land. These assets now comprise approximately 8.5% of the company's total assets. Management believes that the economic indicators in its US regions provide a strong outlook for overall business success for the foreseeable future. The US continues its gradual economic recovery with clear signs of strengthening in the housing market and capitalization rate compression in the residential rental asset class. With Melcor's inventory of raw and developed land, financial resources and strong management group, the company is well positioned to take advantage of market opportunities.Annual Results Complete financial statements, notes to the financial statements and management's discussion and analysis will be filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) on March 6, 2013 and is available at www.melcor.ca. Melcor's information circular and other material will be mailed on or about March 30, 2012.Annual General Meeting We invite shareholders to join us at Melcor's annual meeting on April 25, 2013 at 11:00 am MDT. The meeting will be held at The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Wedgewood Room, 10065 - 100 Street NW, Edmonton, AlbertaAbout Melcor Developments Ltd. Melcor is a diversified real estate development and management company with a rich heritage of integrity and innovation in real estate since 1923. Through four integrated operating divisions, Melcor manages the full life cycle of real estate development: from acquiring raw land, to community planning, to construction and development, to owning and managing leasable office, retail and residential sites. Melcor develops and manages mixed-use residential communities, business and industrial parks, office buildings, retail commercial centres and golf courses. Melcor's headquarters are located in Edmonton, Alberta, with regional offices throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Company developments span western Canada and the US. Melcor has been a public company since 1968 and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:MRD).Forward Looking StatementsIn order to provide our investors with an understanding of our current results and future prospects, our public communications often include written or verbal forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are disclosures regarding possible events, conditions, or results of operations that are based on assumptions about future economic conditions, courses of action and include future-oriented financial information. This news release and other materials filed with the Canadian securities regulators contain statements that are forward-looking. These statements represent Melcor's intentions, plans, expectations, and beliefs and are based on our experience and our assessment of historical and future trends, and the application of key assumptions relating to future events and circumstances. Future-looking statements may involve, but are not limited to, comments with respect to our strategic initiatives for 2013 and beyond, future development plans and objectives, targets, expectations of the real estate, financing and economic environments, our financial condition or the results of or outlook of our operations. By their nature, forward-looking statements require assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties related to the business and general economic environment, many beyond our control. There is significant risk that the predictions, forecasts, valuations, conclusions or projections we make will not prove to be accurate and that our actual results will be materially different from targets, expectations, estimates or intentions expressed in forward-looking statements. We caution readers of this document not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Assumptions about the performance of the Canadian and US economies and how this performance will affect Melcor's business are material factors we consider in determining our forward-looking statements. For additional information regarding material risks and assumptions, please see the discussion under Business Environment and Risk in our annual MD&A. Readers should carefully consider these factors, as well as other uncertainties and potential events, and the inherent uncertainty of forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by law, we do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, made by the company or on its behalf.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: Melcor Developments Ltd.Business ContactBrian BakerPresident & COO780-423-6931Melcor Developments Ltd.Investor RelationsJonathan Chia, CACFO780-423-6931www.melcor.ca