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Melcor Reports Strong Results for Q1-13, Declares Dividend of $0.25 Per Share, Announces Special Dividend of $0.50 Per Share

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Melcor Reports Strong Results for Q1-13, Declares Dividend of $0.25 Per Share, Announces Special Dividend of $0.50 Per Share

19:26 EDT Thursday, May 09, 2013

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2013) - Melcor Developments Ltd. (TSX:MRD), an Alberta-based real estate development company, today reported strong results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Melcor earned net income of $12.62 million or $0.42 per share (basic), an increase of 116% over the comparable period of 2012. Revenue was $41.62 million, an increase of 25%.

Funds from operations (FFO) per share was $0.31 in Q1-13 compared to $0.20 per share in Q1-12. FFO per share adjusts for all non-cash earnings items included in income such as fair value adjustments on investment properties and stock based compensation expense. FFO is commonly used to measure performance of real estate operations.

Brian Baker, Melcor's President and Chief Operating Officer commented on the quarter: "The solid start to our 90th year continues the positive trend of 2012. With a strong base of well-diversified assets, a sound financial position and management comprised of effective leaders assisted by dedicated staff, we are well positioned for continued growth and success."

"We remain committed to distributing profit to our shareholders and are pleased to increase our semi-annual dividend to $0.25 per share and declare a special dividend of $0.50 per share."

Q1-13 Highlights

  • Melcor achieved solid results in Q1-13:

    • Consolidated revenues of $41.62 million, up 25%

    • Basic earnings per share of $0.42, up 120%

    • Funds from operations of $0.31 per share, up 55%

  • Revenues were higher across all divisions in Q1-13 as a result of increased activity and continued execution of Melcor's growth strategy.

    • The Community Development division sold 196 single-family lots (Q1-12: 119), sold 2.84 acres for multi-family projects (Q1-12: 8.37) and 16.81 acres for commercial and industrial use (Q1-12: 14.39). These sales resulted in revenue growth of 26% to $26.73 million.

    • The Property Development division completed two buildings totalling 14,500 square feet in Q1-13 and recognized $2.18 million in fair value gains. This compares to a fair value loss of $0.10 million in Q1-12. These projects have been leased predominantly to well-recognized national and multinational tenants.

    • Leasing activity in the Investment Properties division was strong with portfolio-wide occupancy rates rising to 91% leading to revenue growth of 14% to $14.26 million. Funds from operations grew 18% to $8.64 million.

    • US Operations revenue grew to $6.35 million in Q1-13 as a result of the sale of 83 single-family lots. This transaction represents further evidence of the improvement in the US housing market.

  • On May 1, 2013, Melcor Real Estate Investment Trust successfully completed an initial public offering of 8,300,000 units for gross proceeds of $83.00 million. On May 7, 2013, the underwriters exercised, in full, their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 830,000 trust units from Melcor at a price of $10.00 per unit for gross proceeds of $8.30 million.

    The creation of Melcor REIT represents a significant milestone in the history of Melcor Developments. This transaction will enhance the business models of both companies by providing access to capital that will fund development projects and long-term growth plans. Melcor Developments will continue its participation in these assets through its ongoing management and ownership interest of Melcor REIT.

  • Melcor's Board of Directors declared a semi-annual dividend of $0.25 per share and a special dividend of $0.50 per share, payable on June 28, 2013 to shareholders of record on June 14, 2013. This dividend is an eligible dividend for Canadian tax purposes.

Outlook

The 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 selective US expansion by increasing its stable of residential rental properties, serviced lot inventory and raw development land. These assets now comprise approximately 10% of the company's total assets in a strengthening real estate market. 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.

About 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 managing leasable office, retail and residential sites. The company 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 Statements

In 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 Contact
Brian Baker
President & COO
780-423-6931


Melcor Developments Ltd.- Investor Relations
Jonathan Chia, CA
CFO
780-423-6931
www.melcor.ca

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