Transcontinental Realty Investors, Inc. (NYSE: TCI), a Dallas-based real estate investment company, today reported results of operations for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. TCI announced today that the Company reported a net loss applicable to common shares of $4.5 million or $0.53 per diluted earnings per share, as compared to a net loss applicable to common shares of $12.2 million or $1.50 per diluted earnings per share for the same period ended 2011. Included in the net loss applicable to common shares of $4.5 million is $5.7 million in depreciation and amortization expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012. For the same period ending March 31, 2011, included in the net loss applicable to common shares of $12.2 million is $6.6 million in depreciation and amortization expense and $6.1 million of impairment reserves on real estate assets and notes receivable.
Rental and other property revenues were $28.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012. This represents an increase of $2.5 million, as compared to the prior period revenues of $26.4 million. The change, by segment, is an increase in the apartment portfolio of $2.7 million and a decrease in the land portfolio of $0.2 million. Within the apartment portfolio, there was an increase of $2.2 million due to the developed properties in the lease-up phase and an increase of $0.5 million in the same property portfolio. Our apartment portfolio continues to thrive in the current economic conditions with occupancies averaging over 94%. Our existing commercial portfolio remained fairly consistent overall in the current period. We continue to market our properties aggressively to attract new tenants and strive for continuous improvement of our properties in order to maintain our existing tenants.
Mortgage and loan interest was $16.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012. This represents an increase of $4.0 million, as compared to the prior period interest expense of $12.4 million. This change, by segment, is an increase in the apartment portfolio of $4.2 million and an increase in the commercial portfolio of $0.6 million offset by a decrease of $0.8 million in the land and other portfolio. Within the apartment portfolio, the same apartment portfolio increased $3.0 million due to prepayment penalties paid for the refinancing of four apartment loans in the current period. The developed properties increased $1.2 million due to properties in the lease-up phase. Once an apartment is completed, the interest expense is no longer capitalized. Within the commercial portfolio, the same properties increased by $0.6 million due to changes in terms on existing mortgages. The decrease in the land and other portfolio was due to land sales.
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