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Comstock Holding Companies Reports 2018 Results

WASHINGTON and RESTON, Va., March 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On March 29, 2019, Comstock Holding Companies, Inc., (CHCI) (the “Company”), announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018:

Highlights of 2018 year-end financial results:

  • Total revenue of $56.7 million in 2018, as compared to $45.4 million in 2017.
  • Revenue from asset management operations of $12.5 million, representing a new and recurring revenue stream in 2018.
  • Revenue from real estate services of $3.0 million in 2018, compared to $2.0 million in the prior year.
  • G&A expense decreased 76% to $1.3 million in 2018, compared to $5.3 million in the prior year.
  • Cash flows from operating activities increased to $16.3 million, compared to $4.7 million in the prior year.
  • Notes payable decreased to $18.9 million at December 31, 2018 from $39.4 million at December 31, 2017.
  • Wind down of for-sale homebuilding operations is substantially complete with remaining inventory of 29 for-sale homes expected to be delivered mid-2019.
  • Net loss attributable to common stockholders of ($4.5) million in 2018, or ($1.22) per diluted share, including impairment charges of $2.2 million related to our exit from homebuilding, as compared to net loss attributable to common stockholders of ($4.1) million in the prior year, or ($1.21) per diluted share.

Chairman and CEO, Christopher Clemente commented, "We accomplished much during 2018 with respect to transitioning our operational focus away from for-sale homebuilding in favor of commercial real estate development, asset management and development services. Among our primary objectives for the year was to substantially wind-down our for-sale homebuilding operations and we have largely accomplished that objective.  Further, I am confident that we have assembled a team of commercial real estate professionals capable of significantly advancing our objectives related to commercial development, asset management and fee-based services.”

The Company reported major accomplishments related to its new business focus in 2018, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Secured an anchor asset management agreement with Comstock Development Services, L.C. (“CDS”), a company owned by the CEO of the Company, covering two of the largest transit-oriented, mixed use developments in the Dulles Corridor of Northern Virginia, Reston Station and Loudoun Station, that provides a reliable revenue stream on a cost-plus basis, mitigating future downside risks
  • Expanded assets covered by the anchor asset management agreement through management of $100M plus acquisition of a portfolio of three stabilized Class-A office buildings situated on 12-acres adjacent to Metro’s Silver Line station at the Wiehle Reston-East Station in Reston, VA; with entitlements in place for an additional ~1.1 million square feet of mixed-use development
  • Expanded assets covered by the anchor asset management agreement through management of $50M plus acquisition of 8 acres of land improved with small-format office buildings adjacent to CDS’s Reston Station development and subsequently secured zoning entitlements allowing the redevelopment of the site with ~1.4 million square feet of mixed-use development, including office, residential, retail, entertainment, and hotel uses
  • Commenced construction of a ~185,000 square foot office tower at CDS’s Reston Station development
  • Secured a franchise agreement with Marriott International providing for the development of a Marriott Renaissance Hotel and residential tower at Reston Station
  • Commenced construction of CDS’s BLVD | Loudoun Station Phase II, a 318-unit mixed-use residential/retail development while completing construction of a 1,500-space commercial parking garage at the terminus station of Metro’s Silver Line in Ashburn, VA within Comstock’s Loudoun Station development
  • Rebranded JK Environmental to Comstock Environmental Services, LC and expanded environmental services into the Washington, DC market, facilitating an additional revenue source for the Company

While the Company has developed numerous properties in multiple key markets throughout the southeastern United States during its more than 30 year history, and our reshaped management team has significant experience growing and managing large, national-scale portfolios, we believe the Washington, DC region provides an excellent long term growth opportunity.

Additional information regarding our new business strategy, management team, assets under management as well as the Company's latest investor relations presentation describing the strategic vision of the Company can be found at our new investor relations website, which can be found at www.ComstockHolding.com.

About Comstock Holding Companies, Inc.

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (the “Company” or “CHCI”) is a multi-faceted real estate development, asset management and real estate related services company that, since 1985, has designed, developed, constructed and managed several thousand residential units and millions of square feet of residential and mixed-use projects throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan market and in other key markets in the southeastern United States. In early 2018, CHCI transitioned its operating platform from being primarily focused on developing on-balance sheet, for-sale homebuilding projects to being focused on commercial real estate development, asset management and real estate related services. As a result, CHCI began operating through two real estate focused platforms, CDS Asset Management ("CAM") and Comstock Real Estate Services ("CRES"). CAM provides real estate development, asset management, and property management services, while CRES provides development supply chain services, including capital markets, real estate brokerage, environmental consulting and design services in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Anchoring the transition of CHCI is a long-term asset management agreement covering two of the largest transit-oriented, mixed-use developments in the Washington, DC area; Reston Station, a 4.5 million square foot transit-oriented, mixed-use development located in Reston, VA, and Loudoun Station, a 2.5 million square foot transit-oriented, mixed-use development in Ashburn, VA, as well as other additional development assets. CHCI’s substantial experience in entitling, designing, developing, and managing a diverse range of properties including apartments, single-family homes, townhomes, mid-rise condominiums, high-rise condominiums and mixed-use (residential and commercial) properties, as well as large scale commercial parking garages and infrastructure projects, has positioned the Company as a premier developer and real estate related service provider in the mid-Atlantic Region.

The Company is a publicly traded company, trading on NASDAQ under the symbol CHCI. For more information about the Company, please visit www.ComstockCompanies.com.

About Reston Station

Strategically located midway between Tysons Corner and Dulles International Airport, Reston Station is among the largest mixed-use, transit-oriented developments in the Washington, DC area. Covering nearly 40 acres spanning the Dulles Toll Road and surrounding the Wiehle Reston-East Station at the terminus of Phase I of Metro's Silver Line, Reston Station is already home to more than 1,000 residents, numerous businesses, multiple retail establishments, and several restaurants. With more than approximately 2 million square feet of completed and stabilized office and residential buildings, more than 2 million square feet of additional development in various stages of entitlement, development and construction, and a 3,500-space underground parking garage and transit facility adjacent to the Wiehle Reston-East Metro Station, the Reston Station neighborhood is taking shape and quickly becoming Fairfax County's urban focal point in the Dulles Corridor.

For more information about Reston Station, please visit; www.RestonStation.com.

About Loudoun Station

Located at the terminus of Phase II of Metro's Silver Line, minutes from Dulles International Airport, Loudoun Station represents Loudoun County's first (and currently its only) Metro-connected development. Loudoun Station has approximately 700,000 square feet of mixed-use development completed, including approximately 357 residential units, 50,000 square feet of Class-A office space, 118,000 square feet of ground floor retail spaces, and a 1,500-space commuter parking garage. Approximately 2 million square feet of additional development is slated for Loudoun Station.  The Loudoun Station neighborhood represents Loudoun County's beginning transformation into a transit connected community with direct connectivity to Dulles International Airport, Reston, Tysons Corner and downtown Washington, DC. As Loudoun County's only transit connected neighborhood, Loudoun Station has become the new downtown of Loudoun County in the Dulles Corridor.

For more information about Loudoun Station, please visit; www.LoudounStation.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release includes "forward-looking" statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "may," "intend," "expect," "will," "should," "seeks" or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based largely on our expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. Any number of important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, without limitation: completion of Comstock's financial accounting and review procedures; general economic and market conditions, our ability to compete in the markets in which we operate; economic risks in the markets in which we operate, including actions related to government spending; delays in governmental approvals and/or land development activity for the projects we manage; regulatory actions; fluctuations in operating results; our anticipated growth strategies; the reliance of substantially all of our revenues derived from our provision of asset management services to a limited number of companies; the potential termination of our anchor asset management agreement with our affiliate and of our other continuing relationships with our affiliates. Additional information concerning these and other important risk and uncertainties can be found under the heading "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. Our actual results could differ materially from these projected or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Comstock claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for all forward-looking statements contained herein. Comstock specifically disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Company:
Comstock Holding Companies, Inc.
Christopher Guthrie, 703-230-1292
Chief Financial Officer

Source: Comstock Holding Companies, Inc.


COMSTOCK HOLDING COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

    December 31,
2018
    December 31,
2017
 
ASSETS                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 5,780     $ 1,806  
Restricted cash     1,231       1,141  
Trade receivables     1,329       491  
Trade receivables - related parties     2,950       145  
Real estate inventories     20,253       44,711  
Fixed assets, net     221       309  
Goodwill     1,702       1,702  
Intangible assets, net     170       237  
Other assets, net     1,464       616  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 35,100     $ 51,158  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS EQUITY                
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 7,614     $ 9,116  
Deferred revenue     1,875        
Notes payable - secured by real estate inventories, net of deferred financing charges     13,432       23,215  
Notes payable - due to affiliates, unsecured, net of discount     4,903       14,893  
Notes payable - unsecured, net of deferred financing charges     595       1,285  
Income taxes payable     51       39  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     28,470       48,548  
Commitments and contingencies                
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)                
Series C preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 3,000,000 shares authorized,
  2,799,848 and 579,158 shares issued and liquidation preference of
  $13,999 and $2,896 at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively
  $ 7,193     $ 442  
Class A common stock, $0.01 par value, 11,038,071 shares authorized,
  3,703,513 and 3,295,518 issued and 3,617,943 and 3,209,948
  outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively
    37       33  
Class B common stock, $0.01 par value, 220,250 shares authorized,
  issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017
    2       2  
Additional paid-in capital     180,673       177,612  
Treasury stock, at cost (85,570 shares Class A common stock)     (2,662 )     (2,662 )
Accumulated deficit     (194,319 )     (189,803 )
TOTAL COMSTOCK HOLDING COMPANIES, INC. DEFICIT     (9,076 )     (14,376 )
Non-controlling interests     15,706       16,986  
TOTAL EQUITY     6,630       2,610  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   $ 35,100     $ 51,158  


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

    For the years ended December 31,  
    2018     2017  
Revenues                
Revenue—homebuilding   $ 41,245     $ 43,399  
Revenue—asset management     12,473       -  
Revenue—real estate services     3,031       2,031  
Total revenue     56,749       45,430  
Expenses                
Cost of sales—homebuilding     42,799       40,585  
Cost of sales—asset management     11,291        
Cost of sales—real estate services     3,090       2,297  
Impairment charges     2,232       526  
Sales and marketing     1,005       1,490  
General and administrative     1,262       5,297  
Interest and real estate tax expense     171       41  
Operating loss     (5,101 )     (4,806 )
Other income, net     135       66  
Loss before income tax expense     (4,966 )     (4,740 )
Income tax (expense) benefit     920       (38 )
Net loss     (4,046 )     (4,778 )
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests     470       247  
Net loss attributable to Comstock Holding Companies, Inc.     (4,516 )     (5,025 )
Paid-in-kind dividends on Series B Preferred Stock           78  
Extinguishment of Series B Preferred Stock           (1,011 )
Net loss attributable to common stockholders   $ (4,516 )   $ (4,092 )
Basic loss per share   $ (1.22 )   $ (1.21 )
Diluted loss per share   $ (1.22 )   $ (1.21 )
Basic weighted average shares outstanding     3,705       3,370  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding     3,705       3,370