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Genesis Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter Annual Results

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Genesis Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter Annual Results22:10 EDT Wednesday, March 20, 2013CALGARY, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Genesis Land Development Corp. (TSX: GDC) (the "Corporation" or "Genesis") is pleased to report its financial and operating results for the year ended December 31, 2012.Summary of achievementsGenesis realized a 48% increase in revenues to $141,582,000.Adjusted net earnings per share (adding back after-tax write-down) increased to $0.51 in 2012 from $0.29 in 2011.A major sale of 34.35 acres in the Sage Hill Crossing property amounting to $32,526,000.          Summary of Results           Three Months EndedDecember 31, Year EndedDecember 31,($000s, except as noted) 2012 2011 2012 2011Financial         Total revenues 57,706 25,668 141,582 95,760 Cost of sales excluding impairment losses 43,092 16,109 94,265 63,494 Impairment (recovery) of real estate held fordevelopment and sale 34,216 3,603 33,146 2,474 Gross margin (19,602) 5,956 14,171 29,792 Gross margin, before write-downs 14,614 9,559 47,317 32,266 Gross margin, before write-downs (%) 25% 37% 33% 34% Net earnings(1) attributable to shareholders (7,126) 2,057 8,861 11,060 Net earnings(1) per share - basic and diluted (0.16) 0.05 0.20 0.25Adjusted earnings per share (adding backafter-tax write-down - basic and diluted)  0.15 0.09 0.51 0.29(1) Net of income tax expense      ($000s, except as noted)     As at  Dec. 31, 2012 Dec. 31, 2011Cash and cash equivalents  10,005 10,850Total assets  383,317 378,018Loans and credit facilities  102,242 88,231Total equity  226,309 236,619Net Asset Value ("NAV") per share  6.61 7.44Common shares outstanding (weightedaverage number for the year)      Basic  44,664,086 44,462,869 Fully diluted  44,774,623 44,764,783       Fourth Quarter and 2012 AchievementsGeneral economic conditions were positive in 2012 in Alberta and in the land development/housing industry, resulting in an improved market over 2011. Genesis realized a 48% increase in revenues to $141,582,000, largely due to a major sale of 34.35 acres in the Sage Hill Crossing property (amounting to $32,526,000), and higher lot and residential home sales. The Corporation participated in multiple active projects during the year ended December 31, 2012. Approximately 13 phases/sites were under development, 15 phases/sites were in the process of being sold and the following sales were achieved:                    Three months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,(number of units) 2012 2011 2012 2011Single-family residential lots 46 93 287 255Development land parcels (acres) 37 5 53 26Single-family homes 34 11 90 65Multi-family homes - - 1 3                   The 2012 gross margin percentage before write-downs decreased slightly by 1% (from 34% in 2011 to 33% in 2012) due to a different mix of properties sold during 2012, including a sales mix of single-family homes that included a higher number of lower margin entry level homes. Genesis expects single-family home gross margins to improve as the volume of home sales increases and sites continue development in 2013.Management of the Corporation believes the Corporation holds some of the best located development lands in the Calgary region that provide many years of inventory and development potential. This is supported by the NAV. This is important since it is becoming increasingly difficult to bring new developments on stream in a timely manner. Primarily as a result of these conditions, impairment losses have been recorded on certain real estate (not yet under development) including Delacour, Rocky View County; Acheson, Parkland County; and Spur Valley, Regional District of East Kootenay. The impairment resulted from specific market conditions, geographical locations and estimated monetization horizons of each of the properties. The Corporation's portion of the impairment (net of non-controlling interest) was $18,268,000 of the $33,146,000 write-down. The impairment impacted overall results for the Corporation, including gross margin and net earnings. However, net earnings attributable to shareholders, before impairment charges and net of related income tax affects, were $22,562,000, which is a substantial improvement over 2011 for which the comparable amount was $13,010,000.The Corporation incurred a loss of $0.16 per share and achieved net earnings $0.05 per share for the three months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively and net earnings of $0.20 and $0.25 per share for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Setting aside these impairment charges, Genesis achieved solid results in 2012 with earnings per share attributable to shareholders (before impairment charges and net of related income tax affects) of $0.51, as compared with $0.29 in 2011.The decrease in NAV to $6.61 in 2012 from $7.44 in 2011 is mainly attributable to a decline in value of real estate (primarily raw and partially approved lands outside of the cities of Airdrie and Calgary), net of non-controlling interest. In addition it is attributable to the payments of interest on financings, taxes and other general and administrative expenses during the year ended December 31, 2012.Loans and credit facilities increased in 2012 due to seven new credit facilities secured for servicing of land in Sage Hill Crossing, Saddlestone phase 6, Canals phase 6 and for the home building division. The proceeds from the sale of sites 1 and 2 in Sage Hill Crossing, received on January 10, 2013, were used to repay credit facilities subsequent to year end, reducing the balance of loans and credit facilities by $31,411,000. This reduced the loans and credit facilities outstanding to $70,831,000 and the debt to equity ratio to 0.55.OutlookThe positive trend in general economic conditions and the industry is expected through 2013 with solid economic fundamentals, including low unemployment and interest rates, low and stable inflation rates, positive net in-migration and above average earnings, among other factors. The combination of these factors provides Genesis with a healthy environment for its core development and homebuilding activities in the coming year. During this time, Genesis will continue to pursue a strategy of positioning itself for future growth, focusing its activities in Alberta and, more particularly, the greater Calgary area. Subsequent to the end of the year, Genesis announced the appointment of a new President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Rudichuk, as well as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Mark Scott. These appointments are intended to build the Corporation's capacity to organically grow its operations in the future as well as drive improved financial results through operational efficiencies and fiscal discipline. In that regard, management will dedicate a substantial amount of its efforts for 2013 in the following areas: Growing the Corporation's approved and well-located core land positions and expand its development activities, primarily within the City of Calgary and Airdrie;Building a stronger and more profitable homebuilding operation that measures its success in terms of brand recognition, customer satisfaction, and volume in addition to improved financial performance;Assessing the Corporation's long-term land holdings, specifically its long term land development and homebuilding requirements, and implementing the appropriate strategic acquisition and /or divestiture plans to increase management's focus on adding shareholder value; andStrengthening the Corporation's relationships within the lending and investment community with a view to maximizing access to competitively priced capital.With a diversified and substantial land base, the Corporation is well positioned to focus on developing those projects that offer the best return in the market going forward.Additional InformationThe information contained in this release should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2012, related Management's Discussion and Analysis and its Annual Information Form, which have been filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Copies of these documents may be obtained via www.sedar.com or the Corporation's website, www.genesisland.com._______________Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information This news release contains certain statements which constitute forward-looking statements or information ("forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, including Canadian Securities Administrators' National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations, concerning the business, operations and financial performance and condition of Genesis.  Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the nature of development lands held and the anticipated inventory and development potential of such lands, ability to bring new developments to market, anticipated general economic and industry conditions in 2013 and the anticipated impact on Genesis' development and homebuilding activities, Genesis' business strategy, including the geographic focus of its activities in 2013, the anticipated impact of executive appointments on Genesis' operational growth and financial results, anticipated areas of focus for Genesis in 2013; and the ability of Genesis to develop projects (and the nature of such projects). Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved".  Although Genesis believes that the anticipated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions and expectations, the reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because they involve assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Genesis to differ materially from anticipated future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Accordingly, Genesis cannot give any assurance that its expectations will in fact occur and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the impact or unanticipated impact of, general economic conditions; local real estate conditions, including the development of properties in close proximity to Genesis' properties; timely leasing of newly-developed properties and re-leasing of occupied square footage upon expiration; dependence on tenants' financial condition; the uncertainties of real estate development and acquisition activity; the ability to effectively integrate acquisitions; fluctuation in interest rates; availability of equity and debt financing; the impact of newly-adopted accounting policies on Genesis' accounting policies and on period-to-period comparisons of financial results; economic conditions in Western Canada; not realizing on the anticipated benefits from transactions or not realizing on such anticipated benefits within the expected time frame; and other risks and factors described from time to time in the documents filed by Genesis with the securities regulators in Canada available at www.sedar.com., including the Annual Information Form under the heading "Risk Factors". Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this release and, except as required by applicable law, Genesis does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or to revise any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.Caution should be exercised in the evaluation and use of the appraisal results. The appraisal is an estimate of market value at specific dates and not a precise measure of value, being based on subjective comparison of related activity taking place in the real estate market.  The appraisal is based on various assumptions of future expectations and while the appraiser's assumptions are considered to be reasonable at the current time, some of the assumptions may not materialize or may differ materially from actual experience in the future.About GenesisGenesis is a Calgary based land development company and residential home builder with land holdings in Alberta and British Columbia. Its active operations are located primarily in the Calgary Municipal Area.    SOURCE: Genesis Land Development Corp.For further information: Contact Information Bruce Rudichuk President & Chief Executive Officer 7315 - 8 Street NE Calgary AB T2E 8A2 P: 403-265-8079 TF:  800-341-7211 F:  403-266-0746 Email genesis@genesisland.com Website: www.genesisland.com