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ELS Reports Fourth Quarter Results

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For the three months ended December 31, 2012, Core property operating revenues increased approximately 1.5 percent and income from Core property operations increased approximately 1.4 percent compared to the same period in 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, Core property operating revenues increased approximately 1.8 percent and income from Core property operations increased approximately 2.3 percent compared to the same period in 2011.

c) Balance Sheet

Our cash balance as of December 31, 2012 was approximately $37.1 million. Our average long-term secured debt balance was approximately $2.1 billion during the three months ended December 31, 2012, with a weighted average interest rate, including loan cost amortization, of approximately 5.5 percent per annum and weighted average maturity of 5.0 years. Interest coverage was approximately 2.9 times in the three months ended December 31, 2012.

During the three months ended December 31, 2012, the Company paid off the mortgage on one resort property, which was set to mature on February 11, 2013 totaling approximately $5.2 million, with a stated interest rate of 6.5 percent per annum.

d) Asset-related Transactions

During the three months ended December 31, 2012, the Company closed on a $25.0 million acquisition of the Victoria Palms Resort, a 1,122-site property, and the Alamo Palms Resort, a 643-site property. Both properties are located in Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

The Company also closed on the sale of Cascade, a 163-site property in Snoqualmie, Washington formerly operated as a Thousand Trails resort. The sale was the result of a settlement related to a previously threatened condemnation of the property. Cash proceeds from the disposition, net of closing costs, were approximately $7.6 million and a gain on disposition of approximately $4.6 million, net of tax, was recorded. The property was not operating at the time of the sale.

e) Preferred Stock Redemption

During the three months ended December 31, 2012, the Company redeemed the remaining 2,554,235 shares of 8.034% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, at the $25.00 per share liquidation value and accrued and unpaid dividends of $0.094846 per share on such redeemed shares for approximately $64.1 million.

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