Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) today announced that Anna Torma has joined the company as Senior Vice President - Corporate Affairs. Ms. Torma will be responsible for managing investor relations, corporate communications, environmental health and safety programs and corporate sustainability initiatives. Ms. Torma has an extensive background in real estate and natural resource related markets. Prior to joining Forestar, Ms. Torma had been providing forest products and homebuilder consulting and equity research, with over fifteen years of experience through Torma Research, Soleil Securities, Merrill Lynch and TD Securities. Prior to becoming an equity analyst, Anna had spent several years as an investment banker with CIBC Wood Gundy and as an attorney specializing in environmental litigation. Ms. Torma has earned Master of Business Administration and Masters of Laws degrees from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Lakehead University in Ontario. In making the announcement, Jim DeCosmo, president and chief executive officer of Forestar, said, “Anna’s market knowledge of Forestar’s business will be a valuable resource for our company and for investors. We are very pleased to have Anna join our team and believe her outstanding qualifications, extensive market knowledge and leadership will assist in the execution of Forestar’s strategy to recognize and responsibly deliver the greatest value from every acre.” About Forestar Group Forestar Group Inc. operates in three business segments: real estate, mineral resources and fiber resources. At the end of the third quarter 2011, the real estate segment owns directly or through ventures over 159,000 acres of real estate located in nine states and twelve markets in the U.S. The real estate segment has 16 real estate projects representing approximately 27,600 acres currently in the entitlement process, and 75 entitled, developed and under development projects in seven states and eleven markets encompassing almost 16,000 acres, comprised of approximately 28,000 residential lots and over 2,300 commercial acres. The mineral resources segment manages about 602,000 net acres of oil and gas mineral interests located principally in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia. Also included in the mineral resources segment is a 45% nonparticipating royalty interest in groundwater produced or withdrawn for commercial purposes from approximately 1.4 million acres in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama and about 17,800 acres of groundwater leases in central Texas. The fiber resources segment includes the sale of wood fiber and management of our recreational leases. Forestar’s address on the World Wide Web is www.forestargroup.com. Forward-looking Statements This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to risk and uncertainties. We note that a variety of factors and uncertainties could cause our actual results to differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors and uncertainties that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: general economic, market, or business conditions; the opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to us and that we may pursue; fluctuations in costs and expenses including development costs; demand for new housing, including impacts from mortgage credit availability; lengthy and uncertain entitlement processes; cyclicality of our businesses; accuracy of accounting assumptions; competitive actions by other companies; changes in laws or regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond our control. Except as required by law, we expressly disclaim any obligation to publicly revise any forward-looking statements contained in this news release to reflect the occurrence of events after the date of this news release.
Investors in Forestar Group Inc saw new options become available this week, for the August 21st expiration. One of the key data points that goes into the price an option buyer is willing to pay, is the time value, so with 211 days until expiration the newly available contracts represent a possible opportunity for sellers of puts or calls to achieve a higher premium than would be available for the contracts with a closer expiration.