Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE:FOR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles W. Matthews to the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Matthews, 67, served Exxon Mobil Corporation, one of the leading global energy companies in the world, and its predecessor, Exxon Corporation, in several capacities in its legal department since 1971. He was appointed Vice President and General Counsel in 1995 until his retirement in 2010. Mr. Matthews continues to practice law, is chair of the University of Texas Development Board, and is a member of the board of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Mr. Matthews also serves on the board of directors for Trinity Industries, Inc. and Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. Mr. Matthews brings extensive energy industry experience to the Forestar board and fills the vacancy resulting from the death of Louis R. Brill. With the appointment of Mr. Matthews, Forestar Group’s Board consists of 11 members, 10 of whom are independent. The membership of all committees of the Board consists entirely of independent directors. About Forestar Group Forestar Group Inc. operates in three business segments: mineral resources, real estate and fiber resources. At the end of the second quarter 2012, the real estate segment owns directly or through ventures almost 145,000 acres of real estate located in eight 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 72 entitled, developed and under development projects in seven states and eleven markets encompassing almost 15,600 acres, comprised of almost 24,000 planned residential lots and over 2,400 commercial acres. The mineral resources segment manages approximately 594,000 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 Also included in the mineral resources segment is a 45% nonparticipating royalty interest in groundwater produced or withdrawn for commercial purposes from approximately 1.4 million acres in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama and about 17,800 acres of groundwater leases in central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. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “forecast,” and other words and terms of similar meaning. 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, including the timing to consummate the proposed merger, the risk that a condition to closing of the proposed merger may not be satisfied; our ability to achieve the synergies and value creation contemplated by the proposed merger; our ability to promptly and effectively integrate Credo’s businesses, and the diversion of management time on merger-related matters. Other factors and uncertainties that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: general economic, market, or business conditions; changes in commodity prices; 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.