FORT MYERS, Fla., Sept. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alico, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALCO) (the "Company"), an agriculture and rural land management company, announced that it has reached an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture, through its administering agency, The Natural Resources Conservation Service, to grant a conservation easement on approximately 11,600 acres (the "Property") located in Hendry County, FL for approximately $20.7 million. The easement agreement states the Property will be enrolled in perpetuity in the Wetlands Reserve Program designed to restore, protect and enhance the values of the wetlands and for the conservation of natural resources.
The Company will retain title to the Property and the right to various recreational uses including hunting, fishing and leasing of such rights. Additionally, the Company reserves the right to subsurface resources including oil, gas, minerals and geothermal resources underlying the easement area and the right to water uses and water rights identified as reserved to the Company.
The Company expects to close the agreement in fiscal year 2013. The Company also expects to generate an approximate $19.5 million capital gain which may be utilized against the $45 million capital loss carryforward generated by the recent announced sales of certain Lee County property if the Company is not successful in identifying a like kind exchange property that fits our core businesses of agriculture and rural land management.JD Alexander, Alico's President and Chief Executive Officer, noted, "Dr. Ken Smith, Chief Operating Officer, and Garrett Wallace, Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, have worked diligently to create a potential transaction that permanently continues the protection of this valuable environmental property while protecting important future economic uses of the Property. Upon closing, we will also be adding approximately $20 million to our balance sheet of which approximately $19.5 million will increase our fiscal year 2013 profitability."