SOURCE: Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc.

November 09, 2007 08:00 ET

Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc. Reports Results for the Three and Nine Months Ending September 30, 2007

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - November 9, 2007) - Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) ("Comstock" or the "Company") today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2007.

For the three months ended September 30, 2007 the Company reported a net loss of $42.5 million or ($2.63) per share basic and diluted on total revenue of $52.0 million as compared to a net loss of $5.8 million or ($0.36) per share basic and diluted on revenue of $35.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2006. In connection with these results the Company announced that it had elected to record non-cash impairment charges of $61.4 million and option related write-offs of $7.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2007 as compared to total non-cash charges of $1.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2006.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2007 the Company reported a net loss of $48.8 million or ($3.04) per share basic and diluted on total revenue of $213.0 million as compared to a net loss of $11.6 million or ($0.78) per share basic and diluted on revenue of $122.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2006. In connection with these results the Company announced that it had elected to record non-cash impairment and write-off charges of $77.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 as compared to charges of $14.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2006.

At September 30, 2007 the Company's reported book value was approximately $80.8 million or $4.54 per share based on 17.8 million shares issued and outstanding. The Company noted that during the three months ended September 30, 2007 it reduced its debt by $28.5 million to $201.6 million as compared to June 30, 2007, by $93.8 million as compared to December 31, 2006 and by $138.7 million as compared to September 30, 2006. The company's net debt-to-cap ratio at September 30, 2007 was 68.3%, an increase of 7.8 percentage points as compared to June 30, 2007. The Company indicated that it had received all necessary waivers from its lenders regarding the violation of certain of its tangible net worth covenants as a result of the impairment charges. The Company believes that at September 30, 2007 it is in compliance with all other financial covenants of its debt.

"Current market conditions remain weak," said Christopher Clemente, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "However, we continue to generate new orders and current period cancellations have been trending lower. The vast majority of cancellations reported during the third quarter were cancellations of contracts written in 2005 or 2006 and represent purchaser defaults as the final building was completed. Non-Eclipse cancellations were approximately 10% of new orders during the period. Now that we have substantially completed the Eclipse we expect our cancellation rates to be much lower."

"We do not expect market conditions to improve markedly in the near term," Clemente continued. "Although our Gold Rush Days marketing campaign has generated increased new orders, the lack of consumer confidence in housing continues to negatively impact pricing. Nonetheless, we believe we are positioned for improved operating results in future periods."

The Company will hold an investor conference call hosted by Christopher Clemente, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Bruce Labovitz, Chief Financial Officer, to discuss financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007. The call will be held on Monday, November 12, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This investor call will be available via live webcast on the Comstock Homebuilding Companies' website at www.comstockhomebuilding.com in the "Investor Relations" section. To participate by telephone, the dial-in number is 866-542-4237 and the access code is 3238679. Investors are advised to join at least five minutes prior to the call to register. The call will be archived for seven days: from 6:45 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2007, until 11:59 p.m. Monday, November 19, 2007. To retrieve the archived call by telephone, the dial-in number is 866-542-4237 and the access code is 3238679.

Selected Highlights of Financial Results - Three months ended September 30, 2007:

--  The Company reported a net loss of $42.5 million or ($2.63) per share
    basic and diluted on weighted average shares outstanding of 16.2 million as
    compared to a net loss of $5.8 million or ($0.36) per share basic and
    diluted on 15.8 million weighted average shares outstanding for the three
    months ended September 30, 2006;
    
--  On a pro-forma basis, before impairment and write-off charges, the
    Company's results would have been a net loss of $0.3 million or ($0.02) per
    share basic and diluted as compared to a net loss of $4.7 million or
    ($0.29) per share basic and diluted for the three moths ended September 30,
    2006;
    
--  Total revenue was $52.0 million compared to $35.3 million for the
    three months ended September 30, 2006.  Revenue from homebuilding increased
    $17.4 million or 57.2% to $47.8 million, as compared to $30.4 million of
    revenue derived from homebuilding for the three months ended September 30,
    2006;
    
--  The Company delivered 141 new homes at an average per unit revenue of
    approximately $339,000 as compared to 110 new homes at an average per unit
    revenue of $276,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2006;
    
--  Gross profit from homebuilding before impairment and write-off charges
    was $6.0 million representing a 12.6% gross margin as compared to $2.1
    million before impairment and write-off charges for the three months ended
    September 30, 2006 representing a gross margin from homebuilding of 6.8%;
    
--  Gross new order revenue was $24.5 million on 81 gross new orders
    including for average new order revenue of $303,000 as compared to $36.9
    million of gross new order revenue on 127 new orders for an average of
    $291,000 per gross new order for the three months ended September 30, 2006;
    
--  Backlog at September 30, 2007 was $32.8 million on 100 sold units as
    compared to $211.3 million on 550 units at September 30, 2006.  Backlog
    does not include $14.5 million of backlog revenue related to the sale of
    the retail complex at the Company's Eclipse project;
    
--  As a result of softening market conditions and project repositioning
    in the Company's markets, the Company elected to record $69.0 million of
    non-cash impairment and write-off charges as compared to $1.8 for the three
    months ended September 30, 2006.
    

Selected Highlights of Financial Results - Nine months ended September 30, 2007:

--  The Company reported a net loss of $48.8 million or ($3.04) per share
    basic and diluted on weighted average shares outstanding of 16.0 million as
    compared to a net loss of $11.6 million or ($0.78) per share basic and
    diluted on 14.9 million weighted average shares outstanding for the nine
    months ended September 30, 2006;
    
--  On a pro-forma basis, before impairments and write-offs, the Company's
    results would have been a net loss of $1.4 million or ($0.09) per share
    basic and diluted as compared to a net loss of $2.7 million or ($0.18) per
    share basic and diluted for the nine months ended September 30, 2006;
    
--  Total revenue was $213.0 million compared to $122.6 million for the
    nine months ended September 30, 2006. Revenue from homebuilding increased
    $84.0 million or 71.7% to $201.1 million, as compared to $117.1 million of
    revenue derived from homebuilding for the nine months ended September 30,
    2006;
    
--  The Company delivered 777 new homes including 316 units at its
    Bellemeade project at an average per unit revenue of approximately $259,000
    as compared to 387 new homes at an average per unit revenue of $303,000 for
    the nine months ended September 30, 2006.  Net of the Bellemeade units the
    Company's average revenue per delivery was $333,000;
    
--  Gross profit from homebuilding before impairment and write-off
    charges, was $19.6 million representing a 9.8% gross margin from
    homebuilding as compared to $20.3 million for the nine months ended
    September 30, 2006 representing a gross margin from homebuilding of 17.4%.
    Net of the Bellemeade units the Company's gross margin from homebuilding
    was 12.8%;
    
--  Gross new order revenue was $166.7 million on 717 gross new orders
    including 316 units at Bellemeade for average gross new order revenue of
    $232,000 as compared to $177.5 million of gross new order revenue on 586
    gross new orders for an average of $303,000 per new order for the nine
    months ended September 30, 2006. Net of the Bellemeade units the Company's
    average gross new order revenue was $297,000;
    
--  Backlog at September 30, 2007 was $32.8 million on 100 sold units as
    compared to $211.3 million on 550 units at September 30, 2006.  Backlog
    does not include $14.5 million of backlog revenue related to the sale of
    the retail complex at the Company's Eclipse project;
    
--  As a result of softening market conditions and project repositioning
    in the Company's markets, the Company elected to record $77.4 million of
    non-cash impairment and write-off charges as compared to $14.7 million for
    the nine months ended September 30, 2006.
    

About Comstock Homebuilding Companies, Inc.

Established in 1985, Comstock Homebuilding Companies is a diversified real estate development firm with a focus on moderately priced for-sale residential products. Comstock builds and markets single-family homes, townhouses, mid-rise condominiums, high-rise condominiums, mixed-use urban communities and active adult communities. The company currently markets its products under the Comstock Homes brand in the Washington, D.C.; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan areas. Comstock develops mixed-use, urban communities and active-adult communities under the Comstock Communities brand. Comstock Homebuilding Companies Inc. trades on Nasdaq under the symbol CHCI. For more information on the Company or it projects please visit http://www.comstockhomebuilding.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking" statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or that include words such as "may," "will," "expects," "projects," "anticipates," "estimates," "believes," "intends," "plans," "should," "seeks," and similar expressions, including statements related to Comstock's expected future financial results and anticipated growth in the Washington, D.C. housing market, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future results to differ materially from those projected or contemplated in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic, market and competitive conditions affecting Comstock and its operations and products, risks and uncertainties relating to the market for real estate generally and in the areas where Comstock has projects, the availability and price of land suitable for development, materials prices, labor costs, interest rates, Comstock's ability to service its significant debt obligations, fluctuations in operating results, anticipated growth strategies, continuing relationships with affiliates, environmental factors, government regulations, the impact of adverse weather conditions or natural disasters and acts of war or terrorism. Additional information concerning these and other important risks and uncertainties can be found under the heading "Risk Factors" in the prospectus from Comstock's initial public offering, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 15, 2004. Comstock specifically disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

                                                September 30, December 31,
                                                     2007        2006
                                                ------------  ------------
ASSETS
  Cash and cash equivalents                     $      8,814  $     21,263
  Restricted cash                                      6,527        12,326
  Receivables                                            629         4,555
  Due from related parties                               162         4,053
  Real estate held for development and sale          240,835       405,144
  Inventory not owned - variable interest
   entities                                           19,496        43,234
  Property, plant and equipment                        2,096         2,723
  Investment in real estate partnership                    0          (171)
  Deferred income tax                                 34,494        10,188
  Other assets                                        18,443        14,114
                                                ------------  ------------
  TOTAL ASSETS                                       331,496       517,429
                                                ============  ============

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities            29,462        55,680
  Due to related parties                                   -         1,140
  Obligations related to inventory not owned          19,287        40,950
  Notes payable                                      171,559       265,403
  Senior unsecured debt                               30,000        30,000
                                                ------------  ------------
  TOTAL LIABILITIES                                  250,308       393,173
                                                ------------  ------------

  Commitments and contingencies (Note 12)
  Minority interest                                      361           371
                                                ------------  ------------

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
  Class A common stock, $0.01 par value,
   77,266,500 shares authorized, 15,081,777 and
   14,129,081 issued and outstanding,
   respectively                                          151           141
  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                         151,602       147,528
  Treasury stock, at cost (391,400 Class A
   common stock)                                      (2,439)       (2,439)
  (Accumulated deficit)                              (68,513)      (21,372)
                                                ------------  ------------
  TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                          80,828       123,885
                                                ------------  ------------
  TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    $    331,496  $    517,429
                                                ============  ============



                                 Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                    September 30,         September 30,
                                --------------------  --------------------
                                  2007       2006       2007       2006
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Revenues
       Revenue - homebuilding   $  47,769  $  30,367  $ 201,106  $ 117,083
       Revenue - other              4,217      4,913     11,902      5,489
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Total revenue                      51,986     35,280    213,008    122,572

Expenses
       Cost of sales -
        homebuilding               41,748     28,290    181,491     96,746
       Cost of sales - other        3,643      4,994     10,947      5,024
       Impairments and
        write-offs                 69,017      1,802     77,400     14,717
       Selling, general and
        administrative              7,860      9,903     24,235     25,978
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Operating loss                    (70,282)    (9,709)   (81,065)   (19,893)
Other income, net                    (715)      (330)    (1,361)      (918)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Loss before minority interest
 and equity in losses of real
 estate partnership               (69,567)    (9,379)   (79,704)   (18,975)

Minority interest                      (2)        12         (7)        17
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Loss before equity in losses of
 real estate partnership          (69,565)    (9,391)   (79,697)   (18,992)

Equity in losses of real estate
 partnership                            -        (13)         -        (66)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Total pre tax loss                (69,565)    (9,404)   (79,697)   (19,058)
Income taxes benefit              (27,097)    (3,650)   (30,893)    (7,421)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Net loss                        $ (42,468) $  (5,754) $ (48,804) $ (11,637)
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Basic loss per share            $   (2.63) $   (0.36) $   (3.04) $   (0.78)

Basic weighted average shares
 outstanding                       16,151     15,804     16,046     14,946
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Diluted loss per share          $   (2.63) $   (0.36) $   (3.04) $   (0.78)

Diluted weighted average shares
 outstanding                       16,151     15,804     16,046     14,946
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

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