Brookfield Homes Corporation
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Brookfield Homes Corporation

October 29, 2009 13:55 ET

Brookfield Homes Reports 2009 Third Quarter Results

Investors, analysts and other interested parties can access Brookfield Homes' Supplemental Information Package on Brookfield Homes' website under the Investor Relations/Financial Reports section at www.brookfieldhomes.com. Brookfield Homes' third quarter investor conference call can be accessed by teleconference on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 4:30 pm (Eastern Time) at 1-800-319-4610, toll free in North America or 1-604-638-5340. The archived teleconference may be accessed by dialing 1-800-319-6413 (Pincode: 2818), toll free in North America through November 29, 2009. Alternatively, the conference call can be accessed by Webcast on Brookfield Homes' website at www.brookfieldhomes.com.

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2009) - Brookfield Homes Corporation (NYSE:BHS) today announced net new orders and financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009:



Unit Activity Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sept. 30 Sept. 30
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(per unit) 2009 2008 2009 2008
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Net new home orders 208 163 627 631
Home closings 192 184 435 520
Backlog of homes (units
at end of period) 326 266 326 266
Average home selling
price $ 468,000 $ 578,000 $ 477,000 $ 565,000
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(i) Unit information includes joint ventures


- Net new orders for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009 were 208 units, up 28% when compared to the same quarter in 2008. In addition, the overall cancellation rate decreased in comparison to the same quarter last year from 24% to 16%. The company's historical average is 15%.

- The marginal increase in home closings during the three months ended September 30, 2009 was offset by a decrease in the company's average selling price of homes delivered to $468,000 from $578,000 during the same period last year.



Results of Operations Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sept. 30 Sept. 30
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(Millions, except per share 2009 2008 2009 2008
amounts)
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Total revenue $ 99 $ 110 $ 231 $ 299
Housing revenue 89 107 206 288
Impairment of housing and
land inventory and
write-offs of option
deposits 10 32 18 55
Gross margin 5 (20) 10 (18)
Impairment of investments in
housing and land joint
ventures 1 9 13 19
Net loss attributable to (1) (26) (11) (47)
Brookfield Homes Corporation
Loss per share - diluted
$ (0.22) $ (0.95) $ (0.73) $ (1.75)
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- Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2009 totaled $99 million, compared to $110 million for the same period in 2008. The company closed land sales during the three months ended September 30, 2009, which contributed $10 million to revenues.

- The company recorded impairments on housing and land inventory and write-offs of option deposits and impairments of investments in housing and land joint ventures during the three months ended September 30, 2009 totaling $11 million versus $41 million during the same period in 2008.

- Net loss attributable to Brookfield Homes Corporation for the three months ended September 30, 2009 was $1 million or $0.22 per share, compared to a net loss of $26 million or $0.95 per share for the same period in 2008.

- Cash flow from operating activities was $28 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009.

Operating Highlights and Recent Developments

- Net New Orders and Home Closings: Net new orders for the three months ended September 30, 2009 were 208 units, an increase of 45 units when compared to the same period in 2008. The company currently sells from 29 active communities, compared to 33 for the third quarter of 2008. From these communities, the company closed 192 homes for the third quarter of 2009, an increase from the 184 homes closed for the same quarter in 2008.

- Lots Owned and Controlled: At September 30, 2009, the company owned or controlled 26,823 lots, a net increase of 2,714 lots during the nine months ended September 30, 2009 as a result of the acquisitions in San Diego/Riverside. A summary of lots, owned or controlled under option, by region, follows:



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Northern Southland / San Diego / Washington Corporate
California Los Angeles Riverside D.C. Area and Other Total
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Lot supply
Owned
Directly 937 1,065 9,617 2,271 204 14,094
Joint
Ventures - 254 1 1,394 61 1,710
Optioned 6,182 2,032 1,500 1,305 - 11,019
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Total lot
supply -
Sep/09 7,119 3,351 11,118 4,970 265 26,823
Geographic
diversif-
ication of
lots -
Sep/09 27% 12% 41% 19% 1% 100%
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Total lot
supply -
Dec/08 7,290 3,460 8,105 4,981 273 24,109

Geographic
diversif-
ication of
lots -
Dec/08 30% 14% 34% 21% 1% 100%
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Outlook

During the period ended September 30, 2009, selling communities have seen an increase in traffic as homebuyers take advantage of improved affordability, with continued low interest rates, declining home prices and government stimulus programs. The North American homebuilding industry continues to face a number of challenges with home foreclosures and tight credit standards continuing to have an effect on inventory and new home sale rates and prices. However, homebuyer confidence has improved as they appear to recognize that home prices have begun to stabilize. Despite the challenging conditions still faced by the homebuilding markets, the company believes the risk is mitigated by its assets, which are largely located in geographic areas with a constrained supply of lots and which have demonstrated strong economic characteristics over the long term.

Entering 2009, a number of uncertainties and challenges were faced; however, the company met these challenges and continues to focus on creating long-term value for our shareholders. During 2009, the following was achieved to date:

- Strengthened the balance sheet with the completion of the $250 million rights offering to stockholders in the second quarter of 2009.

- Increased the lots controlled in certain strategic market areas where the company has developed a strong reputation and relationships within the community. The company acquired 1,800 lots during the first quarter of 2009 and 1,412 lots during the second quarter of 2009, both through foreclosure sales.

- Entitled or advanced the entitlement of lots which also provide visibility on future cash flows. The goal is to entitle 1,500 lots during 2009 and 2010.

The company is on target to generate approximately $90 million of operating cash flow in 2009. Brookfield Homes Corporation plans to utilize this capital to continue to reduce its debt. During the nine months ended September 30, 2009, $69 million of operating cash flow was generated, and used to reduce overall borrowings, bringing our debt to total capitalization ratio down to 46%.

Brookfield Homes Corporation

Brookfield Homes Corporation is a land developer and homebuilder. We entitle and develop land for our own communities and sell lots to third parties. We also design, construct and market single-family and multi-family homes primarily to move-up and luxury homebuyers. Our portfolio includes 27,000 lots owned and controlled in the Northern California; Southland / Los Angeles; San Diego / Riverside; and Washington D.C. Area markets.

Note: Certain statements in this press release that are not historical facts, including information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations of the company, visibility on future cash flows, expected investment in land development, targeted 2009 operating cash flow and planned use of capital, the entitlement of lots (and the timing thereof), the company's future outlook and growth plans including lots controlled, and those statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words "believe," "planned," "anticipate," "should," "goals," "expected," "potential," "estimate," "targeted," "scheduled" or similar expressions, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results to differ materially from the anticipated future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forward in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: changes in general economic, real estate and other conditions; mortgage rate changes; availability of suitable undeveloped land at acceptable prices; adverse legislation or regulation; ability to obtain necessary permits and approvals for the development of our land; availability of labor or materials or increases in their costs; ability to develop and market our master-planned communities successfully; confidence levels of consumers; ability to raise capital on favorable terms; adverse weather conditions and natural disasters; relations with the residents of our communities; risks associated with increased insurance costs or unavailability of adequate coverage and ability to obtain surety bonds; competitive conditions in the homebuilding industry, including product and pricing pressures; and additional risks and uncertainties referred to in our Form 10-K and other SEC filings, many of which are beyond our control. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



Brookfield Homes Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations


Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sept. 30 Sept. 30
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(thousands, except per share 2009 2008 2009 2008
amounts) (unaudited)
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Revenue
Housing $ 88,402 $ 106,378 $ 205,814 $ 288,019
Land 10,141 3,312 25,009 11,123
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Total revenue 98,543 109,690 230,823 299,142
Direct cost of sales
Housing (75,767) (94,965) (182,657) (252,511)
Land (8,579) (2,536) (20,801) (9,634)
Impairment of housing and
land inventory and
write-off of option
deposits (9,580) (31,787) (17,738) (54,588)
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4,617 (19,598) 9,627 (17,591)
Selling, general and
administrative expense (11,504) (15,924) (36,778) (47,616)
(Loss) / equity in earnings
from housing and land
joint ventures (535) (41) 1,593 2,383
Impairment of investments in
housing and joint ventures (1,268) (8,525) (12,886) (18,525)
Other (expense) / income (1,035) (699) 9,915 (1,116)
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Loss before income taxes (9,725) (44,787) (28,529) (82,465)
Income tax recovery 6,169 15,502 12,373 28,563
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Net loss $ (3,556) $ (29,285) $ (16,156) $ (53,902)
Less net loss attributable
to noncontrolling interest
and other interests in
consolidated subsidiaries 2,646 3,994 5,124 7,300
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Net loss attributable to
Brookfield Homes Corporation $ (910) $ (25,291) $ (11,032) $ (46,602)
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Loss per share
Basic $ (0.22) $ (0.95) $ (0.73) $ (1.75)
Diluted $ (0.22) $ (0.95) $ (0.73) $ (1.75)

Weighted average common
shares outstanding
Basic 26,777 26,663 26,770 26,663
Diluted 26,777 26,663 26,770 26,663
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Brookfield Homes Corporation
Condensed Balance Sheets

As at Sept. 30 As at Dec. 31
(thousands) (unaudited) 2009 2008
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Assets
Housing and land inventory $ 911,870 $ 946,875
Investments in housing and land
joint ventures 104,863 105,261
Consolidated land inventory not owned 3,328 3,328
Receivables and other assets 33,564 92,333
Restricted cash 7,483 -
Cash and cash equivalents - -
Deferred income taxes 68,994 59,438
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$ 1,130,102 $ 1,207,235
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Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Project specific financings $ 315,304 $ 433,580
Revolving and other financings 156,000 314,977
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Total financings 471,304 748,557
Accounts payable and other liabilities 112,011 146,320
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Total liabilities 583,315 894,877
Other interests in consolidated subsidiaries 48,861 49,839
Stockholders' equity 497,926 262,519
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$ 1,130,102 $ 1,207,235
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