News Feed Item

Melcor Reports Second Quarter Results

EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/07/14 -- Melcor Developments Ltd. (TSX: MRD), an Alberta-based real estate development and asset management company, today reported results for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Revenue grew 6% to $98.07 million year-to-date compared to $92.35 million in 2013. Strong demand for single-family lots and multi-family land in Alberta and growth in gross leasable area under management were the primary contributors to this growth.

Net income increased 7% to $24.45 million or $0.79 per share (basic) in the first half of 2014, compared to $22.83 million and $0.75 per share (basic) in the same period of 2013.

Funds from operations (FFO) was $0.67 per share year-to-date compared to $0.52 per share in the same period of 2013, an increase of 31%. FFO adjusts for all non-cash earnings items included in income such as fair value adjustments on investment properties and stock-based compensation expense.

Brian Baker, Melcor's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the quarter: "We are pleased with our results for the first half of 2014. At the mid-way point of the 2014 construction season, all operating divisions are actively executing on our business plan. We continue to grow our asset base organically, with newly completed commercial projects, and through third-party acquisitions. We continue to see strong residential demand across Alberta. And we continue to invest in and prepare for the future through raw land acquisitions and obtaining planning approvals for future residential and commercial projects.

"We are well-positioned to continue to deliver on our strategy throughout 2014 and beyond."

Second Quarter Highlights

Revenue increased 30% compared to Q2-2013 and by 6% year-to-date. Strong single-family lot and multi-family land sales and growth in rental revenues contributed to this increase. Gross margins increased 2% compared to Q2-2013 and by 3% year-to-date, driven by improved margins on sales in the community development division. Development and asset management activity remain strong:

--  Year-to-date, we registered 7 of the 38 residential community projects
    under active development compared to 6 of 40 projects in 2013. The
    timing of plan registrations have a significant impact on the
    recognition of revenue.
--  During the quarter, we completed 9 commercial buildings (199,762 square
    feet) in 4 different Edmonton projects - West Henday Promenade, The
    Village at Blackmud Creek, Telford Industrial and Leduc Common. These
    buildings were transferred to the Investment Properties division.
--  Total GLA under management in our Investment Properties and REIT
    divisions has grown by 40% since June 30,2013.

We continued to invest in portfolio growth and raw land inventory with the following acquisitions:

--  We purchased 347.77 acres of land in Alberta at a cost of $18.01
--  We entered into a new joint arrangement with the purchase of a 50%
    ownership of 147.72 acres of land at a cost of $10.49 million in our
    Calgary Region.
--  We continued to expand our US portfolio with the purchased of two
    commercial buildings with a total of 59,220 sq. ft. on 3.05 acres in the
    Greater Phoenix area (Arizona) for $12.27 million (US$11.12 million).

Melcor REIT continues to execute its growth strategy with the following transactions:

--  On May 7, 2014 Melcor REIT successfully completed a bought deal issuance
    of 1,900,000 trust units at $10.65 for gross proceeds of $20.24 million.
    The underwriters subsequently exercised their over allotment option for
    an additional 245,000 trust units at $10.65 for gross proceeds of $2.61
--  Melcor REIT completed its first Right Of First Offer (ROFO) acquisition
    for Melcor properties, purchasing one newly developed property
    (Kingsview Market, 11,555 sq. ft.) and one redeveloped property (Market
    Mall, 42,586 sq. ft.) for $13.50 million.
--  Melcor REIT completed its fourth external property acquisition since IPO
    with the purchase of 107 Avenue Building, a 23,432 sq. ft. office
    building in Edmonton, Alberta for a purchase price of $5.61 million
    (including transaction costs).

We continued our tradition of returning capital to our investors:

--  Melcor paid its semi-annual dividend of $0.28 per share in Q2-2014.
--  Melcor REIT paid distributions of $0.05625 per trust unit in April, May
    and June.


The majority of our assets are in Alberta, with steadily growing inventory in the US. We believe the economic indicators in these regions provide a strong business outlook for the foreseeable future.

--  Alberta fundamentals remain solid, with low unemployment rates, high net
    in-migration, weekly earnings exceeding the national average, strong
    capital investment, moderate inflation and relative stability in the
    price of oil. These fundamentals create a favorable environment for both
    residential and commercial property development.
--  The US continues its moderate economic recovery with some lingering
    uncertainty, but with an increasing sense of optimism.

Our key differentiators are our financial strength, diversified business model, proven track record and the experience and integrity of our personnel.

MD&A and Financial Statements

Information included in this press release is a summary of results. It should be read in conjunction with Melcor's consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the six-months ended June 30, 2014, which can be found on the company's website at www.Melcor.ca or on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

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 integrated operating divisions, Melcor manages the full life cycle of real estate development: acquiring raw land, community planning, construction and development, and managing revenue-producing office, retail and residential assets. Melcor develops and manages mixed-use residential communities, business and industrial parks, office buildings, retail commercial centres and golf courses.

Melcor is committed to building communities that enrich quality of life - communities where people live, work, shop and play.

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 2014 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.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Streamlyzer will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Streamlyzer is a powerful analytics for video streaming service that enables video streaming providers to monitor and analyze QoE (Quality-of-Experience) from end-user devices in real time.
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pulzze Systems will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Pulzze Systems, Inc. provides infrastructure products for the Internet of Things to enable any connected device and system to carry out matched operations without programming. For more information, visit http://www.pulzzesystems.com.
Without lifecycle traceability and visibility across the tool chain, stakeholders from Planning-to-Ops have limited insight and answers to who, what, when, why and how across the DevOps lifecycle. This impacts the ability to deliver high quality software at the needed velocity to drive positive business outcomes. In his general session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Eric Robertson, General Manager at CollabNet, will discuss how customers are able to achieve a level of transparency that e...
Today every business relies on software to drive the innovation necessary for a competitive edge in the Application Economy. This is why collaboration between development and operations, or DevOps, has become IT’s number one priority. Whether you are in Dev or Ops, understanding how to implement a DevOps strategy can deliver faster development cycles, improved software quality, reduced deployment times and overall better experiences for your customers.
Cloud based infrastructure deployment is becoming more and more appealing to customers, from Fortune 500 companies to SMEs due to its pay-as-you-go model. Enterprise storage vendors are able to reach out to these customers by integrating in cloud based deployments; this needs adaptability and interoperability of the products confirming to cloud standards such as OpenStack, CloudStack, or Azure. As compared to off the shelf commodity storage, enterprise storages by its reliability, high-availabil...
One of biggest questions about Big Data is “How do we harness all that information for business use quickly and effectively?” Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or spatial technology is about more than making maps, but adding critical context and meaning to data of all types, coming from all different channels – even sensors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, William (Bill) Meehan, director of utility solutions for Esri, will take a closer look at the current state of spatial technology and ar...
The IoT industry is now at a crossroads, between the fast-paced innovation of technologies and the pending mass adoption by global enterprises. The complexity of combining rapidly evolving technologies and the need to establish practices for market acceleration pose a strong challenge to global enterprises as well as IoT vendors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Clark Smith, senior product manager for Numerex, will discuss how Numerex, as an experienced, established IoT provider, has embraced a ...
In past @ThingsExpo presentations, Joseph di Paolantonio has explored how various Internet of Things (IoT) and data management and analytics (DMA) solution spaces will come together as sensor analytics ecosystems. This year, in his session at @ThingsExpo, Joseph di Paolantonio from DataArchon, will be adding the numerous Transportation areas, from autonomous vehicles to “Uber for containers.” While IoT data in any one area of Transportation will have a huge impact in that area, combining sensor...
Without lifecycle traceability and visibility across the tool chain, stakeholders from Planning-to-Ops have limited insight and answers to who, what, when, why and how across the DevOps lifecycle. This impacts the ability to deliver high quality software at the needed velocity to drive positive business outcomes. In his session at @DevOpsSummit 19th Cloud Expo, Eric Robertson, General Manager at CollabNet, will show how customers are able to achieve a level of transparency that enables everyon...
@DevOpsSummit has been named the ‘Top DevOps Influencer' by iTrend. iTrend processes millions of conversations, tweets, interactions, news articles, press releases, blog posts - and extract meaning form them and analyzes mobile and desktop software platforms used to communicate, various metadata (such as geo location), and automation tools. In overall placement, @DevOpsSummit ranked as the number one ‘DevOps Influencer' followed by @CloudExpo at third, and @MicroservicesE at 24th.
“Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CloudBerry Backup is a leading cross-platform cloud backup and disaster recovery solution integrated with major public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
In the next forty months – just over three years – businesses will undergo extraordinary changes. The exponential growth of digitization and machine learning will see a step function change in how businesses create value, satisfy customers, and outperform their competition. In the next forty months companies will take the actions that will see them get to the next level of the game called Capitalism. Or they won’t – game over. The winners of today and tomorrow think differently, follow different...
The Internet of Things (IoT), in all its myriad manifestations, has great potential. Much of that potential comes from the evolving data management and analytic (DMA) technologies and processes that allow us to gain insight from all of the IoT data that can be generated and gathered. This potential may never be met as those data sets are tied to specific industry verticals and single markets, with no clear way to use IoT data and sensor analytics to fulfill the hype being given the IoT today.
Ask someone to architect an Internet of Things (IoT) solution and you are guaranteed to see a reference to the cloud. This would lead you to believe that IoT requires the cloud to exist. However, there are many IoT use cases where the cloud is not feasible or desirable. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, will discuss the strategies that exist to extend intelligence directly to IoT devices and sensors, freeing them from the constraints of ...