Comstock Holding Companies Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc., (NASDAQ:CHCI), announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015:

First Quarter 2015 Financial Results:
  • Total revenue of $10.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 compared to $8.0 million for the same period in 2014;
  • Unit deliveries of 21, generating homebuilding revenue of $10.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 compared to unit deliveries of 19 generating $7.8 million of homebuilding revenue for the same period in 2014;
  • Net loss of $(0.9) million or $(0.04) per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2015 compared to $(1.6) million or $(0.08) per diluted share in 2014;
  • Backlog at March 31, 2015 of 27 units valued at $14.3 million, compared to 41 units valued at $18.5 million at March 31, 2014;
  • Controlled community count and open community count increased to 19 and 10, respectively at March 31, 2015 from 15 and 6, respectively at March 31, 2014; and
  • Comstock's pipeline of controlled land inventory expanded to approximately 1,146 lots at March 31, 2015 from 657 lots at March 31, 2014.

Chairman and CEO, Christopher Clemente commented, "The performance metrics announced today are in line with the data provided in our April 1, 2015 pre-announcement. Moreover, Q1-15 results are ahead of our internal expectations for the period as many of the operational enhancements implemented during the past 12 months are beginning to have a positive impact on our Company's performance. Provided no significant market retraction occurs, we believe these enhancements position Comstock for an improved year. For instance, as previously reported, a key objective has been expansion of our homebuilding operations in the Washington, DC market to ensure we achieve the scale necessary to rationalize operating costs as soon as possible. Toward that end, we established a new land acquisition and development department during the second half of 2014, whose efforts are already having a positive impact on near-term and long-term visibility to revenue and earnings potential. Their impact is demonstrated by the increase of our pipeline of controlled land inventory which, as of March 31, 2015, is almost double what it was one year ago."

COMSTOCK COMMUNITIES NOW OPEN

  • City Homes at the Hampshires (Washington DC) -- single-family homes priced from the mid $700s
  • Townes at the Hampshires (Washington DC) -- townhomes priced from the low $500s
  • Townes at Falls Grove (Manassas, VA, Prince William County) -- townhome style condominiums priced from the high $200s
  • Townes at Shady Grove (Rockville, MD, Montgomery County) -- townhomes, adjacent to the Metro, priced from the low $600s
  • Townes at Maxwell Square (Frederick, MD, Frederick County) -- townhomes in historic downtown Frederick priced from the high $300s
  • Townes at Hallcrest (Sterling, VA, Loudoun County) -- townhomes priced from the mid $400s
  • Estates at Falls Grove (Manassas, VA, Prince William County) -- single-family homes priced from the mid $400s
  • Estates at Leeland, (Fredericksburg, VA, Stafford County) -- single-family homes priced from the mid $300s
  • The Villas at Two Rivers (Odenton, MD, Anne Arundel County) - villas priced from the mid $400s

COMSTOCK COMMUNITIES COMING SOON
  • The Estates at Popkins Lane (Alexandria, VA) -- single-family homes priced from the mid $800s with construction and sales activity beginning in the fall of 2016
  • The Estates at Stone Ridge (Loudoun County, VA) -- single-family homes priced from the low $600s with construction and sales activity beginning in the fall of 2015

About Comstock Holding Companies, Inc.

Comstock is a homebuilding and multi-faceted real estate development and services company that builds a wide range of housing products under its Comstock Homes brand through its wholly owned subsidiary, Comstock Homes of Washington, LC. Our track record of developing numerous successful new home communities and nearly 6,000 homes, together with our substantial experience in building a diverse range of products including apartments, single-family homes, townhomes, mid-rise condominiums, high-rise condominiums and mixed-use (residential and commercial) developments has positioned Comstock as a leading residential developer and homebuilder in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Comstock is a publicly traded company, trading on NASDAQ under the symbol CHCI. For more information about Comstock or its new home communities, please visit www.comstockhomes.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release includes "forward-looking" statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "may," "intend," "expect," "will," "should," "seeks" or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based largely on our expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement, which speaks only as of the date made. Some factors which may affect the accuracy of the forward-looking statements apply generally to the real estate industry, while other factors apply directly to us. Any number of important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, without limitation: completion of Comstock's financial accounting and review procedures; general economic and market conditions, including interest rate levels; our ability to service our debt; inherent risks in investment in real estate; our ability to compete in the markets in which we operate; economic risks in the markets in which we operate, including actions related to government spending; delays in governmental approvals and/or land development activity at our projects; regulatory actions; fluctuations in operating results; our anticipated growth strategies; shortages and increased costs of labor or building materials; the availability and cost of land in desirable areas; adverse weather conditions or natural disasters; our ability to raise debt and equity capital and grow our operations on a profitable basis; and our continuing relationships with affiliates. Additional information concerning these and other important risk and uncertainties can be found under the heading "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. Our actual results could differ materially from these projected or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Comstock claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for all forward-looking statements contained herein. Comstock specifically disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
   

COMSTOCK HOLDING COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
March 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
ASSETS (unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,430 $ 7,498
Restricted cash 1,891 1,779
Trade receivables 988 110
Real estate inventories 44,674 40,889
Property, plant and equipment, net 443 395
Other assets   5,432     5,696  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 58,858   $ 56,367  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 9,661 $ 8,538
Notes payable - secured by real estate inventories 28,923 28,379
Notes payable - due to affiliates, unsecured, net of discount 17,700 15,488
Notes payable - unsecured 1,935 2,064
Income taxes payable   80     43  
TOTAL LIABILITIES   58,299     54,512  
 
Commitments and contingencies - -
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)

Class A common stock, $0.01 par value, 77,266,500 shares authorized, 19,221,030 and 19,099,722 issued and outstanding, respectively
192 191
Class B common stock, $0.01 par value, 2,733,500 shares authorized, issued and outstanding 27 27
Additional paid-in capital 171,752 171,452
Treasury stock, at cost (598,994 and 522,033 shares Class A common stock, respectively) (2,662 ) (2,583 )
Accumulated deficit   (172,161 )   (171,218 )
TOTAL COMSTOCK HOLDING COMPANIES, INC. (DEFICIT) EQUITY (2,852 ) (2,131 )
Non-controlling interest   3,411     3,986  
TOTAL EQUITY   559     1,855  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 58,858   $ 56,367  
 
 

COMSTOCK HOLDING COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
  2015       2014  
Revenues (unaudited) (unaudited)
Revenue—homebuilding $ 10,010 $ 7,831
Revenue—other   307     123  
Total revenue 10,317 7,954
 
Expenses
Cost of sales—homebuilding 8,590 6,256
Cost of sales—other 165 93
Sales and marketing 425 538
General and administrative 1,897 1,889
Interest and real estate tax expense   170     2  
Operating loss (930 ) (824 )
Other income, net   192     55  
Loss before income tax benefit (expense) (738 ) (769 )
Income tax benefit (expense)   70     (74 )
Net loss (668 ) (843 )
Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interests   275     736  
Net loss attributable to Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. $ (943 ) $ (1,579 )
 
Basic net loss per share $ (0.04 ) $ (0.08 )
Diluted net loss per share $ (0.04 ) $ (0.08 )
 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 21,268 20,935
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 21,268 20,935
 
 
Pipeline Report as of March 31, 2015

 
              Total Units  

Average
Estimated Units Owned,

New Order
Product Units at Units Owned Units Under Unsettled and

Revenue Per

Project
  State   Type (1)   Completion   Settled   Backlog (7)   Unsold   Control (2)   Under Control  

Unit to Date
City Homes at the Hampshires DC SF 38 34 3 1 - 4 746
Townes at the Hampshires (3) DC TH 73 40 4 29 - 33 552
Estates at Falls Grove VA SF 19 - 7 12 - 19 541
Townes at Falls Grove VA TH 110 44 2 64 - 66 302
Townes at Shady Grove Metro MD TH 36 15 2 19 - 21 618
Townes at Shady Grove Metro (4) MD SF 3 - - 3 - 3 -
Momentum | Shady Grove Metro (5) MD Condo 117 - - 117 - 117 -
Estates at Emerald Farms MD SF 84 78 - 6 - 6 452
Townes at Maxwell Square MD TH 45 10 5 30 - 35 424
Townes at Hallcrest VA TH 42 - 2 40 - 42 479
Estates at Leeland VA SF 24 - - 24 - 24 -
Villas | Preserve at Two Rivers 28' MD TH 66 - 1 1 64 66 444
Villas | Preserve at Two Rivers 32' MD TH 54 - 1 1 52 54 494
Villas at New Design Road MD TH 78 - - - 78 78 -
Estates at Popkins Lane VA SF 12 - - - 12 12 -
Townes at Richmond Station VA TH 70 - - - 70 70 -
Richmond Station Multi-family VA MF 103 - - - 103 103 -
Townes at Totten Mews DC TH 37 - - - 37 37 -
The Estates at Stone Ridge (6) VA SF 35 - - - 35 35 -
River Creek Village   VA   SF   100   -   -   -   100   100   -
Total           1,146   221   27   347   551   925    
 
(1) "SF" means single family home, "TH" means townhouse, "Condo" means condominium, "MF" means multi-family.
(2) Under land option purchase contract, not owned.
(3) 3 of these units are subject to statutory affordable dwelling unit program.
(4) Units are subject to statutory moderately priced dwelling unit program.
(5) 18 of these units are subject to statutory moderately priced dwelling unit program.
(6) 1 of these units is subject to statutory affordable dwelling unit program.
(7) "Backlog" means we have an executed order with a buyer but the settlement did not occur prior to report date.

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