CHC Student Housing Corp.
TSX VENTURE : CHC

May 31, 2016 17:00 ET

CHC Student Housing Announces First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 31, 2016) - CHC Student Housing Corp. ("CHC" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CHC), Canada's only publicly traded company providing high-quality purpose-built multi-residential student housing properties, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2016. The financial statements and related Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") are available under CHC's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

"We continued to make progress in the first quarter as a direct result of the strategic initiatives undertaken at the end of 2015 and early on in 2016," said Mark Hansen, President and CEO, CHC. "For example, during the quarter, we began to see the positive impact of internalizing property management as we started managing our marketing initiatives earlier this year at our London and Windsor properties resulting in occupancy of 97% for the May leasing cycle, up 14.5% when compared to the same period in 2015."

"We remain steadfastly committed to our business model to become the student housing market leader in Canada and firmly believe in the exciting growth opportunities existing in this space. We continue to explore alternatives to enhance our existing platform and positioning. Going forward, I remain confident in our ability to deliver on our long-term strategy and vision to become the preeminent student housing owner in Canada."

Highlights during the three months ending March 31, 2016:

  • Property revenues of $1,289,711.
  • Net Operating Income (NOI) of $624,406.
  • Net income of $440,366. In 2015, the Company successfully negotiated $765,044 reduction in fees from certain key vendors related to the cancelled equity offering, which was fully recognized in this quarter. At the beginning of 2016, the Company began the process of internalizing property management in London and Windsor starting with internalizing marketing and expects to positively contribute $100,000 per annum in savings to the Company's financial statements.

Summary of Selected Financial and Operational Information

The selected financial information below is based on and derived from the financial statements for the first quarter 2016.

Statement of financial position data 31-Mar-16 31-Dec-15
Cash $ 819,602 $ 842,808
Investment properties $ 64,963,664 $ 64,895,000
Total assets $ 66,439,571 $ 66,353,022
Total current financial liabilities $ 20,368,835 $ 20,641,033
Total non-current financial liabilities $ 38,133,682 $ 38,155,301
Total liabilities $ 58,502,517 $ 58,796,334
Statement of net income (loss) Three Months Ended
March 31
2016 2015
Property revenues $ 1,289,711 $ 1,363,719
Property operating expenses $ (665,305 ) $ (709,732 )
Net Operating Income (NOI) $ 624,406 $ 653,987
General & administrative expense $ (291,823 ) $ (301,918 )
Transaction costs $ 765,044 $ (120,080 )
Interest income $ 30 $ 427
Stock-based compensation $ 18,000 $ (432,726 )
Forfeiture of deposit - -
Interest expense $ (675,291 ) $ (769,946 )
Fair value adjustment on investment properties - -
Net income (loss) $ 440,366 $ (970,256 )
Net income (loss) per share - basic and diluted $ 0.19 $ (0.42 )
Funds From Operations (FFO)(1) $ (324,678 ) $ (850,176 )
FFO per share $ (0.14 ) $ (0.36 )
Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO)(1) $ (380,789 ) $ (394,353 )
AFFO per share $ (0.16 ) $ (0.17 )
Distributions of cash dividends Nil Nil
Weight average shares outstanding(2) 2,335,181 2,335,181
(1) FFO & AFFO are non-IFRS performance measures. Please refer to definition on pages 7 & 8 as well as the reconciliation from net loss on page below.
(2) After giving retroactive effect to the 85 to 1 common share consolidation that occurred on February 19, 2015.

FFO & AFFO Reconciliation

The following table reconciles FFO and AFFO to GAAP net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss):

Reconciliation from net income (loss) to FFO & AFFO Three Months Ended
March 31
2016 2015
Net income (loss) $ 440,366 $ (970,256 )
Add:
Transaction costs $ (765,044 ) $ 120,080
Fair value adjustment on investment properties - -
Funds From Operations (FFO) $ (324,678 ) $ (850,176 )
Add (subtract):
Stock-based compensation(1) $ (18,000 ) $ 432,726
Rental guarantee - $ 66,275
Amortization of financing transaction costs $ 29,227 $ 94,504
Straight line rent $ 1,326 $ (1,545 )
Capital expenditures $ (68,664 ) $ (136,137 )
Adjusted Funds From Operations $ (380,789 ) $ (394,353 )
(1) Compensation expense for option grants is based on the fair value of the options at the grant date and is recognized over the period from the grant date to the date the award is vested. A liability is recognized for outstanding options based upon the fair value as the Company is a mutual fund corporation and there are retraction rights to the share conditions attached to the common shares. During the period in which options are outstanding, the liability is adjusted for changes in the fair value with such adjustments being recognized as expense in the period in which they occur.
The three months ended March 31, 2015 adjustment for stock-based compensation relates to the accelerated amortization of cancelled options awarded in December 2014 and January 2015. Industry practice normally would not adjust for stock-based compensation in the calculation of AFFO. However, as the options were cancelled and the balance expensed in the fiscal first quarter in its entirety, the Company has determined that under the circumstances adjusting AFFO is reasonable. The Company will follow industry practices under normal course for stock-based compensation that is not cancelled.

FFO for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 amounted to ($324,678) or ($0.14) per share and ($850,176) or ($0.36) per share respectively. AFFO for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 was a loss of ($380,789) or ($0.16) and ($394,353) or ($0.17) per share respectively. The AFFO improvement is primarily driven by a reduction in capital spending due to the Company closely monitoring cash flow.

The following table reconciles IFRS cash used in operating activities to AFFO:

Reconciliation from cash used in operating activity to AFFO Three Months Ended
March 31
2016 2015
Cash used in operating activities $ 59,309 $ (24,505 )
Add (subtract):
Transaction costs - $ 120,080
Changes in non-cash working capital $ 285,014 $ (112,980 )
Rental guarantee 66,275
Depreciation $ (3,535 ) $ (899 )
Interest expense on mortgages payable $ (646,064 ) $ (675,442 )
Cash interest paid $ 563,179 $ 369,255
Write off of deposit on property - -
Capital expenditures $ (68,664 ) $ (136,137 )
Adjusted Funds From Operations $ (380,789 ) $ (394,353 )

Going Concern

The Company's consolidated financial statements are prepared on a going concern basis.

The Company's ability to continue as a going concern is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. The Company has incurred net losses and used significant cash resources in its operating activities since incorporation. It has relied upon financing to fund its operations and acquisitions, primarily through debt and private equity placements.

If the Company is otherwise unable to satisfy its current liabilities through suitable agreements for debt refinancing, equity financing or other measures, planned operations could be scaled back and a portion of the Company's asset could be sold. Additionally, the going concern assumption may no longer be appropriate for the consolidated financial statements and adjustments may be necessary to the carrying values of the assets and liabilities, the reported net loss and the classifications used in the statements of financial position.

About CHC Student Housing Corp.

CHC Student Housing (TSX VENTURE:CHC) is Canada's only publicly traded company offering high-quality purpose-built multi-residential student housing properties strategically located on campus or in close proximity to universities and colleges providing students a safe and secure living environment, affordable prices and high-quality amenities. CHC is focused on acquiring, developing and managing student housing in primary and well understood secondary markets in Canada. For more information, visit CHC at www.chcstudenthousing.com.

Non-IFRS measures

The Company's consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). The following measures: net operating income (or "NOI"), funds from operations (or "FFO"), FFO per share, adjusted funds from operations (or "AFFO") and AFFO per share, are not measures recognized under IFRS and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS, and should not be compared to or construed as alternatives to profit/loss, cash flow from operating activities or other measures of financial performance determined in accordance with IFRS. However, these non-IFRS measures are recognized supplemental measures of performance for real estate issuers widely used by the real estate industry, particularly by those publicly traded entities that own and operate income-producing properties, and the Company believes they provide useful supplemental information to both management and readers in measuring the financial performance of the Company. Further details on non-IFRS measures are set out in the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the period ended December 31, 2015 and available on the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Cautions Regarding Future Plans and Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information is provided for the purposes of assisting the reader in understanding the Company's financial performance, financial position and cash flows as at and for the periods ended on certain dates and to present information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future and readers are cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. Such information includes, without limitation, information regarding the business strategies of CHC. Although CHC believes that such information is reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward looking information is typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. CHC cautions investors that any forward-looking information provided by CHC is not a guarantee of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking information as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to: CHC's ability to complete proposed or contemplated transactions; the state of the real estate sector generally; recent market volatility; CHC's ability to secure the necessary financing or to be fully able to implement its business strategies; and other risks and factors that CHC is unaware of at this time. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond the CHC's control, affect the operations, performance and results of the Company and its business, and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or anticipated events or results. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risks discussed in CHC's materials filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time, copies of which may be accessed through CHC's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The reader is cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to put undue reliance on forward-looking information, as there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information

The forward-looking information included in this press release relate only to events or information as of the date hereof. Except as specifically required by applicable Canadian law, CHC undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities nor shall there by any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange ("TSXV") nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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