TORONTO, April 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mitchell Cohen, Chief Executive Officer and President of Urbanfund Corp. (TSX-V: UFC) (âUrbanfundâ or the âCompanyâ), confirmed today that the Company has filed its financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 (the âAnnual Consolidated Financial Statementsâ) and corresponding Managementâs Discussion and Analysis (âMD&Aâ).
BUSINESS OVERVIEW AND STRATEGY
Urbanfund Corp. is an incorporated entity listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (âTSX-Vâ) under the symbol UFC. The Company is a reporting issuer in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. Urbanfundâs focus is to invest in Canadian real estate and real estate related projects with a focus on a mix of both residential and commercial properties. The Companyâs assets are located in Toronto, Brampton, Belleville, Kitchener, London, Ontario, Quebec City and Montreal, Quebec and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Part of Urbanfundâs strength is the ability to attract partners with proven track records with both residential and commercial development expertise. Urbanfund continues to build alliances with its strategic partners:
One Bloor Project – During the year ended December 31, 2018, Urbanfund received distributions relating to profit on the sales of real estate of $800,000. Total profits received as of the date of this press release was $4,966,667. See Other Real Estate Investments.
Edvac – During the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company sold all units within the 11-13 Edvac Drive, Brampton, Ontario project. The Company has received distributions of $3,020,000 which included a return of capital of $1,625,000 and a distribution of income of $1,395,000 on the sale of those units.
Alfred Kuehne – As of December 31, 2018, Urbanfund has sold seven of its units within the 4 Alfred Kuehne, Brampton, Ontario project. The estimated revenue from the Companyâs inventory property sales to be recognized in future periods at a point in time is $2,172,500.
Highfield Park Portfolio – In 2017, Urbanfund invested $7,569,980 for a 20% interest in Highfield Park Residential Inc. In turn, Highfield Park Residential Inc. purchased the Highfield Park portfolio for $113,000,000 plus customary closing costs, funded by way of a $77,000,000 mortgage and $36,000,000 in equity contributions. The Highfield Park portfolio represents 1,354 units within 20 buildings spanning approximately 37 acres in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For the year ended December 31, 2018, Urbanfund recognized $233,013 of income and received $200,000 of distributions relating to its equity investment.
Weber Limited Partnerships – During the year ended December 31, 2018, Urbanfund sold 48 Weber Street, 61 Roy Street and 65 Roy Street for $7,300,000, less transaction costs of $426,567. On the date of closing, the Company extinguished the mortgage payable related to 48 Weber Street and 65 Roy Street of $4,568,918.
- La Corporation Headway (âQuebec Headwayâ) – With the scheduled completion of renovations of Domaine Anjou, Versant Nord and Complex Renaissance, Quebec Headway is experiencing a higher tenant occupancy. Quebec Headway plans to continue with the renovation of its Quebec City investment properties with anticipation of higher tenant occupancy and NOI.
Dividend Reinvestment Plan Extension
Urbanfund amended the number of shares available for issuance pursuant to its dividend reinvestment plans for holders of its common shares and Series A, first preferred shares, increasing the aggregate number of common shares available for issuance. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had 1,933,749 common shares available for issuance.
PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND NON-IFRS MEASURES
Presentation of Financial Information
Unless otherwise specified herein, financial results, including historical comparatives, contained in this Press Release are based on Urbanfundâs 2018 Annual Consolidated Financial Statements, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (âIFRSâ) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (âIASBâ) and interpretations of the IFRS Interpretations Committee (âIFRICâ). Unless otherwise specified, amounts are in Canadian dollars and percentage changes are calculated using whole numbers.
RESULTS FROM OPERATIONS
In addition to reported IFRS measures, industry practice is to evaluate real estate entities giving consideration to certain non-IFRS performance measures such as funds from operations, adjusted cash flows from operations and net operating income, as reported below. For further details, please refer to Non-IFRS Measures.
Select Annual Information
|Year ended December 31,||2018||2017||2016|
|Net income before taxes||5,462,709||10,844,757||4,657,163|
|Net income and comprehensive income||4,688,709||7,344,757||4,069,163|
|Per share basis, attributable to shareholders|
|Basic income per share||$||0.11||$||0.16||$||0.08|
|Diluted income per share||$||0.09||$||0.14||$||0.07|
|Non-IFRS measures (i)|
|As at December 31,||2018||2017||2016|
|Total investment properties||57,899,678||61,427,685||55,638,439|
|Non-IFRS measures (i)|
|Debt to total assets||36||%||43||%||45||%|
|Debt to adjusted EBITDA (ii)||4.14||4.80||16.61|
|Interest coverage ratio (ii)||4.03||5.83||3.46|
|Debt service ratio (ii)||2.16||2.57||1.78|
(i) Represents non-IFRS measures. For definitions and basis of presentation for non-IFRS measures, refer to Non-IFRS Measures section below.
(ii) Calculated on a trailing twelve month basis.
Summary of Quarterly Results
|For the three month ended,||Revenue||Net income
|December 31, 2018||$||1,298,562||$||1,536,523||$||0.034||$||0.029|
|September 30, 2018||1,183,605||296,300||0.006||0.005|
|June 30, 2018||2,335,133||1,412,797||0.036||0.031|
|March 31, 2018||5,641,214||1,617,596||0.036||0.031|
|December 31, 2017||1,387,165||4,559,257||0.101||0.087|
|September 30, 2017||1,307,855||507,198||0.011||0.010|
|June 30, 2017||1,406,358||1,772,792||0.040||0.034|
|March 31, 2017||1,404,892||418,127||0.009||0.008|
|December 31, 2016||1,280,138||1,728,996||0.039||0.033|
Funds from Operations (âFFOâ)
|Three-months ended December 31,||Year-ended December 31,|
|Net income attributable to shareholders||$||1,536,523||$||4,559,257||$||4,863,216||$||7,257,374|
|Add back / (deduct):|
|Income from equity accounted investment||44,308||(109,417||)||(233,013||)||(109,417||)|
|Distributions from equity accounted investment||–||–||200,000||–|
|Deferred income tax expense||285,000||2,156,000||286,000||1,944,000|
|Fair value adjustment on marketable securities||67,563||(45,332||)||(32,925||)||(118,611||)|
|Fair value adjustment on investment properties||(1,864,310||)||(5,759,819||)||(2,073,414||)||(5,673,753||)|
|Straight-line of rental revenue||(11,769||)||(1,894||)||(17,558||)||(7,576||)|
|Weighted average number of shares – basic||45,801,122||45,097,694||45,510,235||44,804,477|
|Weighted average number of shares – diluted||53,226,122||52,522,694||52,935,235||52,229,477|
|FFO per share – basic||$||0.001||$||0.018||$||0.066||$||0.073|
|FFO per share – diluted||$||0.001||$||0.015||$||0.057||$||0.063|
Adjusted Cash Flows from Operations (âACFOâ)
|Three-months ended December 31,||Year-ended December 31,|
|Cash provided by operating activities||$||125,594||$||2,830,275||$||4,198,798||$||5,275,484|
|Adjustments to working capital changes for ACFO (i)||(629,697||)||(764,728||)||(319,348||)||(370,970||)|
|Normalized capital expenditures (ii)||(500,000||)||(678,189||)||(1,800,000||)||(2,710,000||)|
(i) Includes working capital changes that based on REALpac February 2017 whitepaper, are not indicative of sustainable cash flow for distribution. Includes income taxes not relating to operating activities, tenant deposits and deferred financing charges.
(ii) Normalized capital expenditures are managementâs estimate of ongoing capital investment required to maintain the condition of the property and current rental revenues. Refer to Non-IFRS Measures section below.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
Urbanfund expects to meet all of its obligations, including dividends to shareholders, property maintenance, capital expenditures and other commitments as they become due. The Company has various financing sources to fund future acquisitions and continues to fund working capital needs from cash flows generated from operating activities. Cash flows from operating activities are dependent on the occupancy levels of the Companyâs income properties.
The following table presents liquidity as a percentage of debt:
|As at December 31,||2018||2017|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||9,184,553||$||8,002,475|
|Accounts receivable (i)||441,137||344,596|
|Liquidity expressed as a percentage of debt||35.4||%||24.0||%|
(i) As of the date of this press release, Urbanfund has collected its outstanding amounts due as at December 31, 2018, and therefore accounts receivable have been factored in Liquidity.
The Companyâs liquidity will be impacted by contractual commitments as outlined in Urbanfundâs MD&A. Urbanfundâs debt obligations can be funded by the Companyâs cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities, rental revenue from property operations.
DIVIDEND REINVESTMENT PLAN (âDRIPâ)
On June 17, 2015, the Company adopted a dividend policy (the âDividend Policyâ) and implemented dividend reinvestment plans for the Companyâs common and preferred shareholders (collectively, the âDRIPâ). The DRIP is a voluntary program permitting holders of our common and preferred shares to automatically, and without charge, reinvest quarterly dividends to acquire additional common shares at a discount to the volume-weighted average market price as of the date of payment.
On June 18, 2018, Urbanfund amended its Dividend Policy to increase the annual dividend to a rate of $0.02 per common share and $0.02 per preferred share, or 100% increase from the previous year, payable quarterly in the amount of $0.005 per common and preferred share.
During the three months ended December 31, 2018, 256,391 common shares were issued pursuant to our DRIP resulting in additional equity of $189,679. The average participant rate of the DRIP was 75%.
During the year ended December 31, 2018, 744,785 common shares were issued pursuant to our DRIP resulting in additional equity of $481,746. The average participant rate of the DRIP was 64%.
The record date for dividends is the last business day of each quarter and payment is approximately two weeks from the record date. The following table summarizes our quarterly distributions for the year ended December 31, 2018:
|2017, quarter 4 distribution||Jan. 16, 2018||Dec. 31, 2017|
|2018, quarter 1 distribution||Apr. 16, 2018||Mar. 31, 2018|
|2018, quarter 2 distribution||Jul. 16, 2018||Jun. 30, 2018|
|2018, quarter 3 distribution||Oct. 15, 2018||Sept. 28, 2018|
Our fourth distribution was declared to the shareholders of record on December 31, 2018 and was paid January 15, 2019.
EVENTS AFTER THE BALANCE SHEET DATE
On January 22, 2019, the general partners from Weber LP and Weber 3 LP issued a return of capital from the sale of 48 Weber Street, 61 Roy Street and 65 Roy Street of $2,256,982. Urbanfund anticipates a further distribution, however, the precise timing and quantum of this future distribution is uncertain and will be in the discretion of the general partners.
In addition to reported IFRS measures, industry practice is to evaluate real estate entities giving consideration to certain non-IFRS performance measures such as funds from operations, adjusted cash flows from operations and net operating income. Management believes that these measures are helpful to investors because they are widely recognized measures of Urbanfundâs performance and provide a relevant basis of comparison to other real estate entities. In addition to IFRS results, these measures are also used internally to measure the operating performance of our property portfolio. These measures are not in accordance with IFRS and have no standardized definitions, as such, our computations of these non-IFRS measures may not be comparable to measures by other reporting issuers. In addition, Urbanfundâs method of calculating non-IFRS may differ from other reporting issuers, and, accordingly, may not be comparable.
The Real Property Association of Canada (âREALpacâ) issued a white paper in February 2017 prescribing revised definitions for certain non-IFRS financial measures of cash flow and operating performance commonly used by the Canadian real estate industry. Urbanfund has reviewed these guidelines and adopted certain measures, where appropriate, commencing with our fourth quarter 2017 reporting.
Funds From Operations (âFFOâ)
Funds from Operations (âFFOâ) is a non-IFRS financial measure of operating performance widely used by the Canadian real estate industry based on a white paper published in April 2014 and subsequently revised in February 2017. In the view of management, FFO better presents operating performance over IFRS net income and comprehensive income, which does not necessarily provide a complete view on performance. IFRSâs net income and comprehensive income includes items such as fair value adjustments on investment properties which are subject to market fluctuations, which is not representative of the Companyâs year-over-year operating performance.
FFO is computed as IFRS consolidated net income and comprehensive income attributable to Urbanfundâs shareholders adjusted for items such as, but not limited to, fair value adjustments on investment properties, transaction gains and losses and fair market value adjustments on marketable securities. FFO should not be construed as an alternative to net income or cash flows provided by or used in operating activities as determined in accordance with IFRS. A reconciliation of FFO to IFRS net income is presented under Results from Operations above.
NON-IFRS MEASURES (CONTâD)
Adjusted Cash Flows from Operations (âACFOâ)
In February 2017, REALpac introduced a new non-IFRS measure called Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations (âACFOâ), which is intended to measure sustainable economic cash flow available for distributions. ACFO is used by management as an input, together with FFO to assess Urbanfundâs distribution payout ratios.
ACFO is computed as cash provided by or used in operating activities per IFRS plus, but not limited to adjustments for working capital items not considered to be indicative of sustainable economic cash flows for distributions, such as changes to other assets, indirect taxes payable and income taxes payable, cash distributions from investments, realized gains or losses from available-for-sale marketable securities and deducts capital expenditures. ACFO should not be construed as an alternative to cash flows provided by or used in operating activities as determined in accordance with IFRS. A reconciliation of ACFO to IFRS cash flow from or used in operating activities is presented under Results from Operations above.
Normalized Capital Expenditures
Normalized capital expenditures are an estimate made by management of the amount of ongoing capital investment required to maintain the condition of the physical property and the current rental revenues. Management will consider a number of items in estimating normalized capital expenditures given the age and size of the property portfolio, such as a review of historical capital expenditures and comparison of budgeted to actual on a quarterly basis.
Urbanfund does not obtain support from independent sources for normalized capital expenditures but relies on managementâs expertise in arriving at this estimate. Both the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Executive Officer have extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate an in-depth knowledge of the property portfolio.
Actual capital expenditures can vary widely from quarter to quarter depending on a number of factors, management believes that normalized capital expenditures is a more relevant input than actual capital expenditures in assessing the Companyâs ACFO and for determining an appropriate level of dividends over time. A number of factors affect variations in capital expenditures, including, lease expiries, tenant vacancies, age and location of the properties, and market conditions.
Net Operating Income (âNOIâ)
NOI is a non-IFRS measure and is defined by Urbanfund as rental revenue from income properties less direct property costs such as utilities, property taxes adjusted to normalize the impact of the application requirements of IFRIC 21, Levies, repairs and maintenance, salaries, insurance, bad debt expenses, property management fees and other property specific costs. Management believes that NOI is a meaningful supplementary measure of the income generated from the Companyâs income properties and is used in evaluating the portfolio, as well as a key input in determining the value of the income properties.
Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (âAdjusted EBITDAâ)
Adjusted EBIDTA is a non-IFRS measure used by management as input in several of the debt metrics to measure Urbanfundâs debt profile in assessing the ability of the Company to satisfy obligations, including servicing of our debt. Adjusted EBITDA is used as an alternative to net income because it excludes major non-cash items such as fair value adjustments to investment properties and unrealized gains or losses on available-for-sale marketable securities, interest costs, current and deferred income tax expenses and recoveries, equity accounted investments and other items that management considers either non-operating in nature. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to IFRS net income is presented under Debt Profile section of the MD&A.
Debt to Adjusted EBITDA
Debt to Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure calculated on a trailing 12-month basis and is defined as quarterly average total debt (net of cash and cash equivalents) divided by Adjusted EBITDA is calculated under Debt Profile section of the MD&A.
Debt Service Ratio
Debt service ratio is a non-IFRS measure calculated on a trailing 12-month basis and is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by the sum of total interest costs (including interest costs capitalized) and scheduled mortgage principal repayments. It measures Urbanfundâs ability to meet debt obligations. Debt service ratio is calculated under Debt Profile section of the MD&A.
Interest Coverage Ratio
Interest coverage ratio is a non-IFRS measure calculated on a trailing 12-month basis and is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by the sum of total interest costs (including interest costs capitalized). It measures Urbanfundâs ability to meet interest cost obligations. Interest coverage ratio is calculated under Debt Profile section of the MD&A.
For comprehensive disclosure of Urbanfundâs performance reference should be made to the Companyâs Annual Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto and Managementâs Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2018, which have been filed electronically with the Canadian securities regulators through the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (âSEDARâ) and may be accessed through the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.
Certain information included in this press release contains forward-looking information with the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. This information includes, but is not limited to, statements made in Business Overview and Strategy, Results from Operations, Liquidity and Capital Resources, and other statements concerning Urbanfundâs objectives, its strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to managementâs beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as âoutlookâ, âobjectiveâ, âmayâ, âwillâ, âwouldâ, âexpectâ, âintendâ, âestimateâ, âanticipateâ, âbelieveâ, âshouldâ, âplanâ, âcontinueâ, or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events or the negative thereof. Such forward-looking information reflects managementâs beliefs and is based on information currently available. All forward-looking information in this Press Release is qualified by the following cautionary statements.
Forward-looking information necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, assumptions may not be correct and objectives, strategic goals and priorities may not be achieved. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond Urbanfundâs control, affect the operations, performance and results of the Company and its subsidiaries, and cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or anticipated events or results.
The forward-looking information included in this press release is made as of the date hereof and should not be relied upon as representing Urbanfundâs views as of any date subsequent to the date hereof. Management undertakes no obligation, except as required by applicable law, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
A more detailed assessment of the risks that could cause actual results to materially differ than current expectations is contained in Risks and Uncertainties section of Urbanfundâs Management Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2018.
For further information, please contact:
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
406-703-1877 extension 1025
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