Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – June 29, 2017) – CHC Student Housing Corp. (TSXV: CHC) (“CHC” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The Company’s financial statements and related management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) for the period have been filed and are available under CHC’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Mark Hansen, President and CEO, CHC stated, “Operationally, we made great strides in the first quarter when compared to the first quarter of 2016 as we were able to increase our revenues at the properties through higher occupancy levels while reducing our expenses through our stringent monitoring of cost controls. Strategically, we continue to explore a variety of options available to us and are working diligently with our Board of Directors to explore all potential alternatives. Subsequent to quarter end, the Company successfully completed a private placement for net proceeds of $667,247 at a price of $1.75 per share. The proceeds were used to reduce some liabilities while also providing the Company with additional operating funds as it works through its alternatives with its Board and special committee”.
Highlights during the three months ending March 31, 2017:
- Property revenues of $1,390,036.
- Net Operating Income (NOI) of $745,629.
- Net income of ($66,086).
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 2017.
|Statement of financial position data||31-Mar-17||31-Dec-16|
|Total current financial liabilities||54,046,316||53,891,181|
|Total non-current financial liabilities||5,049,681||5,064,000|
|Statement of net income (loss)||Three Months Ended
|Property operating expenses||(644,407)||(665,305)|
|Net Operating Income (NOI)||$745,629||$624,406|
|General & administrative expense||(282,435)||(291,823)|
|Fair value adjustment of equity based compensation||140,000||18,000|
|Gain on sale of Investment||37,785||–|
|Net income (loss)||$(66,086)||$440,366|
|Net income (loss) per share – basic and diluted||($0.03)||$0.19|
|Funds From Operations (FFO)(1)||($103,871)||($324,678)|
|FFO per share||($0.04)||($0.14)|
|Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO)(1)||($228,081)||($380,789)|
|AFFO per share||($0.10)||($0.16)|
|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 8 of Management’s Discussion and Analysis 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
|Net income (loss)||($66,086)||$440,366|
|Gain on sale of Investment||(37,785)||–|
|Funds From Operations (FFO)||($103,871)||($324,678)|
|Fair value adjustment of equity based compensation(1)||(140,000)||(18,000)|
|Amortization of financing transaction costs||15,790||29,227|
|Straight line rent||–||1,326|
|Adjusted Funds From Operations||($228,081)||($380,789)|
(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 2017 fair value adjustment of equity based compensation relates to the mark-to-market adjustment of options awarded in December 2014, January 2015 and September 2016.
FFO for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 amounted to ($103,871) or ($0.04) per share and ($324,678) and ($0.14) per share respectively. AFFO for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 was a loss of ($228,081) or ($0.10) per share and ($380,789) or ($0.16) per share respectively.
The AFFO improvement is primarily driven by a reduction in capital spending and improved Net Operating Income.
The following table reconciles IFRS cash used in operating activities to AFFO:
|Reconciliation from cash used in operating activity to AFFO||Three Months Ended
|Cash used in operating activities||($19,311)||$59,309|
|Transaction costs (Net of concessions)||–||–|
|Net changes in non-cash working capital||(198,081)||(285,013)|
|Interest expense on mortgages payable||(691,275)||(646,065)|
|Cash interest paid||689,440||563,179|
|Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO)||($228,081)||($380,789)|
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.
As announced by the Company in April 2017, CHC’s board of directors has established a special committee to oversee a process to identify, examine and consider strategic and financial alternatives potentially available to the Company with a view to enhancing shareholder value. Such alternatives may include, but are not limited to, a sale of the Company or all or a portion of its assets, a merger or other business combination, a recapitalization or any combination thereof. As a result of this process and subsequent to year end, CHC has entered into a conditional agreement with a third party for the sale of certain properties owned by the Company. The transaction is subject to due diligence which is currently ongoing and has not yet been satisfied or waived, and various other customary closing conditions. If the transaction is consummated, it is expected that it would close in the third quarter of 2017. There can be no assurance that the transaction will proceed or that it will proceed on the contemplated terms unless and until the conditions to the completion of the transaction, and in particular due diligence, are satisfied or waived. The Company will disclose material developments if, as and when they occur.
About CHC Student Housing Corp.
CHC Student Housing Corp. 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 student housing in primary and well understood secondary markets in Canada. For more information, visit CHC at http://ift.tt/2sXnETD.
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, 2016 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.
For more information, please contact:
Mark Hansen, President and Chief Executive Officer
CHC Student Housing Corp.
Telephone: (647) 288-9355
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