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C.A. Bancorp Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Friday, May 04, 2012

C.A. Bancorp Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results17:15 EDT Friday, May 04, 2012TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 4, 2012) - C.A. Bancorp Inc. ("C.A. Bancorp" or the "Company") (TSX:BKP) today announced its consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2012.In connection with the advancement of the Company's Realization Strategy (as previously defined) effective October 1, 2010, the Company, in preparing its financial statements (i) applied Accounting Guideline 18 - Investment Companies ("AcG-18") and (ii) adopted the liquidation basis of accounting. As an Investment Company under AcG-18, C.A. Bancorp has received exemptive relief from the requirement to adopt International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") until January 1, 2013.First Quarter 2012 Financial HighlightsFor the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company reported: Revenues of $0.4 million compared to $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2011; Net gain from results of investments of $49,000 compared to a net gain from results of investments of $3.0 million in the first quarter of 2011; and Net earnings of $91,000 or $0.01 per share compared to net earnings of $3.0 million or $0.24 per share in the first quarter of 2011. As at March 31, 2012, the Company's: Cash and working capital was $13.4 million or $1.10 per share; Investments and loans receivable were fair valued at $27.6 million or $2.24 per share; Accrued liquidation costs were $1.0 million or $0.08 per share; and Net book value was $40.0 million or $3.26 per share. Financial Results DiscussionStatement of Operations and Earnings HighlightsQuarter Ended March 31,In C$ millions except per share amounts20122011Revenue$0.4$0.6Net results of investments0.13.0Expenses, taxes and non-controlling interest(0.4)(0.6)Net earnings (loss)$0.1$3.0Net earnings (loss) per share$0.01$0.24Consolidated revenues declined by $0.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. The decrease was driven by a decline in asset management fees as the Company terminated its asset management agreements in connection with the sale of its interests in NorRock Realty Finance Corporation in the second quarter of 2011. This was partially offset by an increase in interest income related to the Company's investment in Digital Payment Technologies Corp.Consolidated net results of investments yielded a gain of $49,000 due to an unrealized gain in the Company's investment in Xplornet Communications Inc. The net unrealized gain in the first three months of 2011 was as a result of a gain related to the Company's investment in High Fidelity HDTV Inc.The Company's operating expenses decreased by $0.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the same period in 2011. The decrease in operating expenses was the result of a decrease in total headcount and operating expenses being reduced or eliminated as the Company continues to execute its Realization Strategy.Balance Sheet HighlightsIn C$ millions except per share amountsMarch 31, 2012December 31, 2011Cash and liquid assets$13.6$13.4Investments in private entities and loans receivable27.527.8Other assets0.10.1Total Assets$41.2$41.31Total Liabilities1.21.31Total Shareholders' Equity$40.0$39.91Number of shares outstanding (millions)12.312.3Net book value per share$3.26$3.26Closing market price per share$2.70$2.25Market price discount to net book value17%31%1Rounding.The Company had cash and liquid assets of approximately $13.6 million ($13.4 million net of current liabilities) as at March 31, 2012. The Company believes it has sufficient working capital to support the Company's operations.As at March 31, 2012, the Company had no debt and total accrued liquidation costs of $1.0 million. The Company is required to make significant estimates and exercise judgment in determining accrued liquidation costs. The Company reviewed contractual commitments such as lease termination costs and professional fees to determine the estimated costs to be directly incurred through the Realization Strategy period. The Company has not accrued the ongoing operating costs that are anticipated to be incurred through the Realization Strategy period such as payroll and related expenses, general and administration costs and other corporate expenses.OutlookAs at March 31, 2012, the Company had cash of approximately $13.3 million and adequate working capital to fund the remaining operations of the Company. The Company is keeping operating costs at manageable levels and in line with revenue. The wind-up costs expected to be incurred to complete the Realization Strategy have been accrued. Other than accrued liquidation costs, the Company has no other known material liabilities. The Company's net book value at March 31, 2012 was $3.26 per share.The Company continues to manage its investments by meeting regularly with the management teams of each investee company and influencing the strategic direction of those companies by participating as nominee directors on their respective boards of directors. The Company continues to engage in discussions, which are at various stages of advancement, with third parties concerning possible monetization of assets. In each instance, the Company's interests may be better served by (i) realizing on a given asset through a process on or about its scheduled realization date; or (ii) continuing to maintain an interest if the Company believes additional financial value can be realized in the future. Management continuously evaluates the benefits and costs of maintaining each of its interests.Management and the Board of Directors are committed to managing the Company through the Realization Strategy in a manner that is intended to maximize value for shareholders.Financial InformationFor a comprehensive review of the Company's results, shareholders are encouraged to read (i) the Company's first quarter 2012 unaudited consolidated financial statements and accompanying Interim Management's Discussion and Analysis and (ii) the Company's 2011 audited consolidated financial statements and accompanying Annual Management's Discussion and Analysis, copies of which will be available on the Company's website at and on SEDAR at Bancorp Inc.C.A. Bancorp is a publicly traded Canadian merchant bank and alternative asset manager that provides investors with access to a range of private equity and other alternative asset class investment opportunities. C.A. Bancorp has historically focused on investments in small- and middle-capitalization public and private companies, with emphasis on the industrials, real estate, infrastructure and financial services sectors. The Company is currently executing its Realization Strategy. Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information This release includes certain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "beli eve", "should", "plans" or "continue" or the negative thereof or variations th ereon or similar terminology. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, there can be no assurance of any kind that the Realization Strategy will yield a value equal or close to the net book value per Company common share. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Reference should be made to the risk factors in the Company's Annual Information Form, in the Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and the year ended December 31, 2011 and in the Directors' Circular dated June 4, 2010 and in our other filings with Canadian securities regulators. Additional important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include, among other things, general economic and market factors, competition, interest rates, tax related matters, loss of personnel, reliance on key personnel, ability of the Company to generate positive future returns for investors, ability of the Company to execute the Realization Strategy or any alternative strategy; Company's success in preserving capital, managing debt, maintaining liquidity and managing operating costs; the receipt of any regulatory approvals or consents required to complete previously announced transactions. This news release makes reference to the net book value per share which is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company calculates the net book value per share as it believes it to be an important metric that shareholders use and frequently request and refer to because shareholders often view the Company as an holding company of investments in private entities. Net book value is a non-GAAP financial measure that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by Canadian GAAP and therefore it is unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. This classification is not a Canadian GAAP measure and should not be considered either in isolation of, or as a substitute for, measures prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP. Cautionary Statement Regarding the Valuation of Investments in Private Entities In the absence of an active market for its investments in private entities, fair values are determined by management using the appropriate valuation methodologies after considering the history and nature of the business, operating results and financial conditions, the outlook and prospects, the general economic, industry and market conditions, capital market and transaction market conditions, contractual rights relating to the investment, public market comparables, private market transactions multiples and, where applicable, other pertinent considerations. The process of valuing investments for which no active market exists is inevitably based on inherent uncertainties and the resulting values may differ from values that would have been used had an active market existed. The amounts at which the Company's investments in private entities could be disposed of may differ from the fair value assigned and the differences could be material. Estimated costs of disposition are not included in the fair value determination.C.A. Bancorp Inc.401 Bay Street, Suite 1600Toronto, Ontario M5H 2Y4Telephone: (416) 214-5985Fax: (416) 861-8166FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Kurt BrandsC.A. Bancorp Inc.Chief Executive Officer1-866-388-5985416-861-8166 (FAX)