Our general and administrative expenses ("G&A expenses") increased approximately 18% mainly due to increased consulting and professional service fees related to ongoing discussions with the State Land Board and the City of Aurora and due to fees and expenses that were not capitalized as part of our acquisition of the Sky Ranch property (see below).
During the three months ended November 30, 2010, we began expensing interest on a $5.2 million convertible note that we issued in September 2010, which was part of the financing of the Sky Ranch land and water acquisition.
Levels of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities increased as a result of the public stock offering and issuance of the $5.2 million convertible note, which were offset by our acquisition of Sky Ranch.
Sky RanchIn October 2010, we completed our acquisition of approximately 940 acres of undeveloped land located in unincorporated Arapahoe County known as Sky Ranch. The acquisition, including fees and expenses, cost approximately $7.5 million. This was paid for using the proceeds from the sale of approximately 1.8 million shares of our common stock and the issuance of a $5.2 million convertible note. Funds not utilized for the acquisition are being used for general corporate working capital purposes. This acquisition is explained in further detail in our Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on or about January 7, 2011 and on our website at www.purecyclewater.com . Consistent with prior years, management hosts earnings calls reviewing mid-year and year end results. Our next earnings call will be hosted after the release of our second quarter results – anticipated to be in April 2011. We have posted a detailed slide presentation which overviews the Company and presents summary financial results on our website which can be accessed at www.purecyclewater.com . The Company will be holding its annual shareholders' meeting on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 2PM Mountain. The meeting will be held at the offices of Davis, Graham & Stubbs, LLP, at 1550 17 th Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80202. Additional details can be found on our website. Company Information Pure Cycle owns water assets in several river basins in the State of Colorado as well as certain aquifers in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. Pure Cycle provides water and wastewater services to customers located in the Denver metropolitan area including the design, construction, operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems.