Transcontinental Realty Investors, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

Transcontinental Realty Investors, Inc. (NYSE: TCI), a Dallas-based real estate investment company, today reported results of operations for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. The reported results are directly related to the strategic initiative we embraced at the onset of the year to grow our multi-family apartment base through Abode Properties, our wholly owned subsidiary.

The growth in revenue and corresponding improvement in Net Operating Income for the six months ended June 30, 2017 demonstrates the viability of our business strategy. Management will continue its plan for growth from its operating properties and expects to reinvest in areas that will complement this growth; further, management will maintain strong attention to all details of its operations including appropriate expense controls.

During the six months ended June 30, 2017 a subsidiary of the Company sold bonds on the Tel Aviv, Israel stock exchange. The bonds will over time be repaid in Israeli shekels; however, upon sale the cash received was converted into approximately $102 million US dollars. The cash has been and will be used to pay off more expensive debt, purchase existing assets, and develop new multifamily housing projects. The company believes that this new source of cash will have a substantial positive impact on the ability of the company to grow as well as pay off relative expensive shorter term debt that will more than offset the additional net interest expense.

The bonds will be repaid in Israeli Shekels as the bonds mature at a rate of 20% each year from 2019 through 2023. Until such actual payments are made, there will not be any significant need to convert US dollars to Israeli shekels. The Company records unrealized gains or losses each quarter based upon the relative exchange values of the US dollar and the Israeli shekel; however, no gain or loss will be realized until a conversion from US dollars to Israeli shekels actually occurs in the future. The recorded unrealized gain or loss is reflected as a separate line item to highlight the fact that it is a non-cash transaction until such time as actual payment of principal and interest on the bonds is made.

For the three months ended June 30, 2017, we reported a net loss applicable to common shares of $10.6 million or ($1.22) per diluted loss per share compared to a net income applicable to common shares of $4.4 million or $0.51 per diluted income per share for the same period ended 2016. This is directly related to the increased borrowing and we remain highly certain that dramatic additions to the number of apartments within the portfolio during this strategic growth period will ultimately enhance shareholder values, even beyond the recent improvements we have experienced since we announced this approach in Q4 2016.

The reported financial results are as follows.

Revenues

Rental and other property revenues were $31.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. This represents an increase of $0.8 million compared to the prior period revenues of $30.5 million. The change by segment is an increase in the apartment portfolio of approximately $1.2 million, partially offset by a decrease in the commercial portfolio of $0.4 million. We purchased four and sold two multifamily properties over the prior year which resulted in a net increase of 203 units and was the primary reason for the increase in our apartment portfolio revenues.

Expense

Property operating expenses were $15.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. This represents an increase of $0.3 million compared to the prior period operating expenses of $14.9 million. The change by segment was an increase in the other portfolio of $0.2 million and an increase in the commercial portfolio of $0.1 million.

Depreciation and amortization expense was $6.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 for an increase of $0.5 million as compared to the prior period expense of $5.8 million. The change is attributable to the depreciation on acquired apartments.

Other income (expense)

Mortgage and loan interest expense was $15.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. This represents an increase of $3.7 million compared to the prior period expense of $12.1 million. Interest expense for our corporate loans increased $4.5 million, primarily due to interest expense related to the Israeli Series A Bonds payable of $2.3 million, interest of $1.4 million on two corporate loans that closed in 2016 and an increase of $0.7 million in loan fee expense due to prepayment of a corporate loan during 2017. We also had an increase in our commercial portfolio of $0.4 million. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $1.1 million in interest expense on our apartment portfolio due to loan prepayment penalties paid during the first three months of 2016 that exceeded the increase in interest expense that resulted from the growth in our apartment portfolio.

A subsidiary of the Company issued $104.5 million in bonds during 2017 that will be repaid in Israeli Shekels as the bonds mature. During the three months ended June 30, 2017, the Company recorded an unrealized foreign currency transaction loss of $3.4 million based upon the relative exchange values of the US dollar and the Israeli shekel as applied to the bond principal and accrued interest at quarter-end. We did not have any unrealized foreign currency transaction gain or loss during the three months ended June 30, 2016.

Gain on sale of income-producing properties was $5.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. The Company sold one apartment community located in Irving, Texas to an independent third party for a total sales price of $8.1 million which resulted in a gain of $5.2 million. There were no sales of income-producing properties during the three months ended June 30, 2017.

During the second quarter of 2017, we recorded a loss on land sales of $0.5 million from the sale of two parcels totaling 8.3 acres for an aggregate sales price of $0.5 million. During the same period of 2016, we recorded a gain on land sales of $1.7 million for the sale of 12.2 acres of land for a total sales price of $3.1 million.

About Transcontinental Realty Investors, Inc.

Transcontinental Realty Investors ( www.transconrealty-invest.com) maintains a strong emphasis on creating greater shareholder value through acquisition, financing, operation, developing and the selective sale of real estate across selective geographic regions in the United States. A New York Stock Exchange company, Transcontinental is traded under the symbol "TCI". Transcontinental produces revenue through the professional management of apartments, office buildings and select parcels of land that can be readily developed in the near term. Value is added under Transcontinental ownership, and the properties are repositioned into higher classifications through physical improvements and improved management. Transcontinental also develops new properties, such as luxury apartment homes principally on land it owns or acquires.
   
 
TRANSCONTINENTAL REALTY INVESTORS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited)
 
   

Three Months Ended June 30,
 

Six Months Ended June 30,
2017     2016 2017     2016
 
Revenues:
Rental and other property revenues (including $199 and $174 for the three months and $389 and $347 for the six months ended 2017 and 2016, respectively, from related parties) $ 31,302 $ 30,521 $ 62,837 $ 59,424
 
Expenses:
Property operating expenses (including $232 and $223 for the three months and $460 and $423 for the six months ended 2017 and 2016, respectively, from related parties) 15,210 14,919 31,099 29,882
Depreciation and amortization 6,378 5,843 12,681 11,651
General and administrative (including $558 and $753 for the three months and $1,072 and $1,502 for the six months ended 2017 and 2016, respectively, from related parties) 1,295 1,604 3,075 3,213
Net income fee to related party 76 54 136 126
Advisory fee to related party   2,501     2,331     4,806     4,702  
Total operating expenses   25,460     24,751     51,797     49,574  
 
Net operating income 5,842 5,770 11,040 9,850
 
Other income (expenses):

Interest income (including $3,070 and $3,274 for the three months and $6,502 and $6,008 for the six months ended 2017 and 2016, respectively, from related parties)
3,709 3,289 7,130 7,136
Other income (expense) (104 ) 902 1,338 1,169

Mortgage and loan interest (including $283 and $165 for the three months and $836 and $627 for the six months ended 2017 and 2016, respectively, from related parties)
(15,783 ) (12,092 ) (30,973 ) (25,258 )
Losses from unconsolidated joint ventures and investees (10 ) - (18 ) (2 )
Foreign currency transaction loss   (3,425 )   -     (3,748 )   -  
Total other expenses   (15,613 )   (7,901 )   (26,271 )   (16,955 )
Loss before gain on sale of income-producing properties, gain (loss) on land sales, non-controlling interest, and taxes (9,771 ) (2,131 ) (15,231 ) (7,105 )
 
Gain on sale of income-producing properties - 5,168 - 4,925
Gain (loss) on land sales   (476 )   1,719     (31 )   3,370  
Net income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes (10,247 ) 4,756 (15,262 ) 1,190
Income tax benefit   -     -     -     1  
Net income (loss) from continuing operations (10,247 ) 4,756 (15,262 ) 1,191
Discontinued operations:
Net income from discontinued operations - - - 3
Income tax expense from discontinued operations   -     -     -     (1 )
Net income from discontinued operations   -     -     -     2  
Net income (loss) (10,247 ) 4,756 (15,262 ) 1,193
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest   (163 )   (97 )   (282 )   (74 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Transcontinental Realty Investors, Inc. (10,410 ) 4,659 (15,544 ) 1,119
Preferred dividend requirement   (224 )   (224 )   (446 )   (446 )
Net income (loss) applicable to common shares $ (10,634 ) $ 4,435   $ (15,990 ) $ 673  
 
Earnings per share - basic
Net income (loss) from continuing operations $ (1.22 ) $ 0.51 $ (1.83 ) $ 0.08
Net income from discontinued operations   -     -     -     -  
Net income (loss) applicable to common shares $ (1.22 ) $ 0.51   $ (1.83 ) $ 0.08  
 
Earnings per share - diluted
Net income (loss) from continuing operations $ (1.22 ) $ 0.51   $ (1.83 ) $ 0.08  
Net income (loss) applicable to common shares $ (1.22 ) $ 0.51   $ (1.83 ) $ 0.08  
 
Weighted average common shares used in computing earnings per share 8,717,767 8,717,767 8,717,767 8,717,767
Weighted average common shares used in computing diluted earnings per share 8,717,767 8,717,767 8,717,767 8,717,767
 
 
Amounts attributable to Transcontinental Realty Investors, Inc.
Net income (loss) from continuing operations $ (10,410 ) $ 4,659 $ (15,544 ) $ 1,117
Net income from discontinued operations   -     -     -     2  
Net income (loss) $ (10,410 ) $ 4,659   $ (15,544 ) $ 1,119  
 
 
TRANSCONTINENTAL REALTY INVESTORS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
       
June 30, December 31,
2017 2016
(unaudited)
(dollars in thousands, except share and par value amounts)
Assets
Real estate, at cost $ 1,040,761 $ 998,498
Real estate subject to sales contracts at cost, net of depreciation 46,403 46,956
Less accumulated depreciation   (166,335 )   (154,281 )
Total real estate 920,829 891,173
Notes and interest receivable:
Performing (including $60,821 in 2017 and $67,829 in 2016 from related parties) 80,693 81,133
Less allowance for doubtful accounts (including $1,825 in 2017 and 2016 from related parties)   (1,825 )   (1,825 )
Total notes and interest receivable 78,868 79,308
Cash and cash equivalents 59,034 17,506
Restricted cash 37,436 38,227
Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures and investees 2,428 2,446
Receivable from related party 86,849 101,649
Other assets   64,647     55,605  
Total assets $ 1,250,091   $ 1,185,914  
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Liabilities:
Notes and interest payable $ 819,395 $ 835,528
Notes related to real estate held for sale 376 376
Notes related to real estate subject to sales contracts 4,012 5,612
Bond and bond interest payable 104,505 -
Deferred revenue (including $50,669 in 2017 and $50,669 in 2016 to related parties) 70,771 71,065
Accounts payable and other liabilities (including $6,667 in 2017 and $6,060 in 2016 to related parties)   42,263     48,856  
Total liabilities 1,041,322 961,437
 
Shareholders' equity:

 
Preferred stock, Series C: $0.01 par value, authorized 10,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding zero shares in 2017 and 2016. Series D: $0.01 par value, authorized, issued and outstanding 100,000 shares in 2017 and 2016 (liquidation preference $100 per share) 1 1
Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 10,000,000 shares; issued 8,717,967 shares in 2017 and 2016; outstanding 8,717,767 shares in 2017 and 2016 87 87
Treasury stock at cost, 200 shares in 2017 and 2016 (2 ) (2 )
Paid-in capital 269,403 269,849
Retained earnings   (79,594 )   (64,050 )
Total Transcontinental Realty Investors, Inc. shareholders' equity 189,895 205,885
Non-controlling interest   18,874     18,592  
Total shareholders' equity   208,769     224,477  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,250,091   $ 1,185,914  

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