SOURCE: Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc.

Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc.

November 12, 2010 16:10 ET

Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc. Reports Results for Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2010) - Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) ("Comstock" or the "Company"), a prominent real estate development and homebuilding firm in the Washington, D.C. area announced a net loss for its third quarter ended September 30, 2010 of $(3.4) million or $(0.18) per diluted share. This compares to net income of $2.3 million or $0.12 earnings per diluted share for the third quarter of 2009. Total revenue for the third quarter of 2010 was $5.6 million compared to $11.8 million for the comparable 2009 quarter.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, the Company reported a net loss of $(6.2) million or $(0.34) per diluted share. This compares to a net loss of $(28.1) million or $(1.60) per diluted share for the first nine months of 2009. Total revenue for the first nine months of 2010 was $21.2 million and $19.4 million for the comparable 2009 period.

As of September 30, 2010 the Company's total debt was $30 million. Of this amount, approximately $20 million is secured by real estate projects of the Company. Total debt balance has declined from $67.6 million as of December 31, 2009 and from $83.4 million at the end of the same period a year ago.

"The improvement to our balance sheet over the past year is the result of the implementation of our Strategic Realignment Plan," said Christopher Clemente, Comstock's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "As we focus on implementing the final stages of this plan we continue to monetize inventory, reduce debt, and pursue new opportunities in the Washington, D.C. market. We believe that the fundamental economic strength of the Washington, D.C. market provides opportunity to leverage our core multifaceted operating capabilities in for-sale residential, multifamily rental and general contracting services. We remain committed to taking the steps necessary to return Comstock to regular profitability as quickly as possible."

New orders, net of cancellations, in the third quarter of 2010 decreased 33% to 18 units, when compared to 27 units in the third quarter of 2009. There were zero cancellations in the third quarter of 2010 compared to 2 in the third quarter of 2009. New orders, net of cancellations, for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 decreased 12.5% to 49 units, when compared to 56 units for the nine months ended September 30, 2009. There was 1 cancellation during the nine months ended September 30, 2010 compared to 7 cancellations for the same period in 2009.

The number of units settled decreased 56.4% to 17 units in the third quarter of 2010 as compared to 39 settlements during the comparable quarter in 2009. The number of units settled decreased 3.8% to 51 units for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 as compared to 53 settlements during the first nine months of 2009.

The Company ended the third quarter of 2010 with 1 backlog unit sold but not settled, compared to a backlog of 6 units for the same period in 2009. The value of gross revenue applicable to the backlog units at the end of the third quarter in 2009 was $230,000. Because unit sales in 2010 are being generated with completed inventory of units, the time between sale and settlement tends to be as little as thirty days, thereby generating low backlog at period ends.

Homebuilding revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2010 totaled $5.2 million compared to $11.1 million for the same period of 2009. Homebuilding revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 totaled $16.8 million compared to $17.1 million for the same period of 2009.

Shareholders' equity as of September 30, 2010 increased to $7.9 million, from $4.1 million as of December 31, 2009 and from $2.6 million at the end of the same period a year ago. The increase in shareholders' equity during the nine months ended September 30, 2010 was in large part driven by the restructuring of the Company's Senior Subordinated Note ("Senior Note"), as reported on February 17, 2010. As a result of the restructuring of the Senior Note the principal balance due was reduced to $4.5 million. Prior to the restructuring, the carrying value of the Senior Note debt was $12.7 million. As reported by the Company on December 31, 2009, the Senior Note was acquired by Stonehenge Funding, LC, ("Stonehenge") an entity wholly owned by Comstock's Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Clemente. Subsequent to the purchase of the Senior Note by Stonehenge, Gregory Benson, the Company's Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, purchased a participating interest in the Senior Note. In accordance with the rules of accounting applicable to the restructuring of debt held by insiders, the $7.7 million gain on the transaction was treated as a capital contribution to the Company and is not included in the calculation of net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

About Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc.

Comstock is a multi-faceted real estate development company engaged in the development of for-sale residential, multifamily rental and general contracting services. Our substantial experience in building a diverse range of products including single-family homes, townhouses, mid-rise condominiums, high-rise condominiums and mixed-use (residential and commercial) developments has positioned Comstock as a prominent real estate developer and homebuilder in the Washington, D.C. market place. For more information please visit www.comstockhomebuilding.com.

Cautionary Statement

This release may contain "forward-looking" statements made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Additional information concerning these and other important risks and uncertainties can be found under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2010. 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  HOMEBUILDING  COMPANIES,  INC.  AND  SUBSIDIARIES
                 UNAUDITED  CONSOLIDATED  BALANCE  SHEETS
            (Amounts  in  thousands,  except  per  share  data)




                                                September 30, December 31,
                                                    2010          2009
                                                ------------  ------------
ASSETS
   Cash and cash equivalents                    $        759  $      1,085
   Restricted cash                                     3,093         3,249
   Real estate held for development and sale          35,953        70,890
   Property, plant and equipment, net                     57           144
   Other assets                                        1,862         1,963
                                                ------------  ------------


      TOTAL ASSETS                              $     41,724  $     77,331
                                                ============  ============


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     $      3,825  $      5,579
   Notes payable - secured by real estate held
    for development and sale                          20,478        50,530
   Notes payable - due to affiliates, unsecured        5,008        12,743
   Notes payable - unsecured                           4,493         4,346
                                                ------------  ------------


      TOTAL LIABILITIES                               33,804        73,198
                                                ------------  ------------



   SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
   Class A common stock, $0.01 par value,
    77,266,500 shares authorized, 16,995,031
    and 15,608,438 issued and outstanding,
    respectively                                         170           156
   Class B common stock, $0.01 par value,
    2,733,500 shares authorized, 2,733,500
    issued and outstanding                                27            27
   Additional paid-in capital                        166,417       157,418
   Treasury stock, at cost (391,400 Class A
    common stock)                                     (2,439)       (2,439)
   Accumulated deficit                              (156,255)     (151,029)
                                                ------------  ------------


      TOTAL EQUITY                                     7,920         4,133
                                                ------------  ------------


      TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS'
       EQUITY                                   $     41,724  $     77,331
                                                ============  ============






          COMSTOCK HOMEBUILDING COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
              UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
              (Amounts in thousands, except per share data)


                              Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
                                 September 30,           September 30,
                            ----------------------  ----------------------  
                               2010        2009        2010        2009
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Revenues
Revenue - homebuilding      $    5,153  $   11,116  $   16,766  $   17,053
   Revenue - other                 436         679       4,390       2,304
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


Total revenue                    5,589      11,795      21,156      19,357
Expenses
   Cost of sales -
    homebuilding                 5,774      10,459      17,138      15,908
   Cost of sales - other           382         508       3,666       1,458
   Impairments and
    write-offs                   1,548          --       1,548      15,351
   Selling, general and
    administrative               1,341       1,095       4,202       4,984
   Interest, real estate
    taxes and indirect
    costs related to
    inactive projects              143         421       1,812       3,015
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


Operating loss                  (3,599)       (688)     (7,210)    (21,359)
Gain on troubled debt
 restructuring                      --      (2,803)         --      (2,803)
Other (income) loss, net          (171)        (86)     (1,047)       (358)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


(Loss) Income from
 continuing operations
 before income taxes            (3,428)      2,201      (6,163)    (18,198)

Income tax expense                  --          --          --          --
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
(Loss) Income from
 continuing operations          (3,428)      2,201      (6,163)    (18,198)
Discontinued operations:
Income (loss) from
 discontinued operations,
 net of taxes                       --          78          --      (9,910)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


Net (loss) income           $   (3,428) $    2,279  $   (6,163) $  (28,108)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


Basic (loss) income per
 share
Continuing operations       $    (0.18) $     0.13  $    (0.34) $    (1.04)
Discontinued operations             --          --          --       (0.56)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


Net (loss) income per share $    (0.18) $     0.13  $    (0.34) $    (1.60)

Diluted (loss) income per
 share
Continuing operations       $    (0.18) $     0.12  $    (0.34) $    (1.04)
Discontinued operations             --          --          --       (0.56)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------


Net (loss) income per share $    (0.18) $     0.12  $    (0.34) $    (1.60)

Basic weighted average
 shares outstanding             18,567      17,618      18,299      17,575
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


Diluted weighted average
 shares outstanding             18,567      19,467      18,299      17,575
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Contact Information

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    Joseph M. Squeri
    Chief Financial Officer
    (703) 230-1229