TORONTO, May 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mitchell Cohen, Chief Executive Officer and President of Urbanfund Corp. (TSX-V:UFC) (“Urbanfund” or the “Company”), confirmed today that the Company has filed its financial statements for the three month period March 31, 2018 (the “Consolidated Financial Statements”) and corresponding Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”).

BUSINESS OVERVIEW AND STRATEGY

Business Overview

Urbanfund Corp. is an incorporated entity listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSX-V”) under the symbol UFC. The Company is a reporting issuer in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. Urbanfund’s 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 Company’s assets are located in Toronto, Brampton, Belleville, Kitchener, London, Ontario, Quebec City and Montreal, Quebec and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Operational Highlights

Part of Urbanfund’s 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 – Urbanfund received an additional distribution relating to profit on the sales of real estate of $500,000, the total profits received as of the date of this press release was $4,166,667.
     
  • Edvac – The Company sold 33 of the 40 units relating 11-13 Edvac Drive, Brampton, Ontario project.  The Company has received distributions of $2,600,000 relating to a return of capital of $1,625,000 and income of $975,000 relating to the profits on the sale of 33 of the 40 units. Subsequent to the period ended March 31, 2018, Urbanfund received additional distributions of $415,000, relating to the sale of the remaining 7 units.
     
  • Weber Limited Partnerships On May 16, 2018, Urbanfund finalized its agreement to sell 48 Weber Street, 61 Roy Street and 65 Roy Street for $7,300,000 plus customary closing costs.
     
  • La Corporation Headway (“Quebec Headway”) – 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. 
     
  • Highfield Park Portfolio – In 2017, the Company 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. During the three month period March 31, 2018, Urbanfund recognized $87,690 of income related to its equity investment.

Dividend Reinvestment Plan Extension

Urbanfund received conditional approval by the TSX-V to amend its dividend reinvestment plans to increase the number of available common shares for issuance under such plans.

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 Urbanfund’s 2017 Annual Consolidated Financial Statements, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) and interpretations of the IFRS Interpretations Committee (“IFRIC”).  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 Quarterly Information

Three months ended March 31,   2018   2017
Operating results    
Revenue $    5,641,214 $ 1,404,892
Net income before taxes     2,436,596   391,479
Net income and comprehensive income     1,617,596   426,479
     
Per share basis, attributable to shareholders    
Basic income per share $    0.036 $ 0.009
Diluted income per share $    0.031 $ 0.008
     
Non-IFRS measures (i)    
FFO $    1,558,447 $ 366,344
ACFO     3,695,379   155,097
     
As at March 31, 2018
December 31, 2017
Financial position    
Total assets $    85,055,043 $ 84,332,317
Total investment properties     61,704,253   61,427,685
Total debt     34,236,470   36,310,938
     
Non-IFRS measures (i)    
Debt to total assets   40%   43%
Debt to Adjusted EBITDA (ii)     3.11   4.80
Interest coverage ratio (ii)     10.11   5.83
Debt service ratio (ii)     1.40   2.57
     
(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 months ended, Revenue Net income
attributable to
shareholders
Basic income
per share
Diluted income
per share
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
September 30, 2016   1,254,331   191,822   0.004   0.004
June 30, 2016   1,241,055   1,374,576   0.031   0.027
                 

Funds from Operations (“FFO”)

     
Three months ended March 31,   2018     2017  
Net income and comprehensive income attributable to shareholders $    1,617,596   $ 418,127  
Add back / (deduct):    
Interest and dividend income     (23,023 )   (15,054 )
Income from equity accounted investment     (87,690 )    
Deferred income tax expense     341,000     (35,000 )
Fair value adjustment on marketable securities     (69,101 )   (24,576 )
Fair value adjustment on investment properties     (218,351 )   24,479  
Straight-line of rental revenue     (1,984 )   (1,632 )
FFO $    1,558,447   $ 366,344  
Weighted average number of shares – basic     45,366,930     44,568,047  
Weighted average number of shares – diluted     52,791,930     51,993,047  
FFO per share – basic $    0.034   $ 0.008  
FFO per share – diluted $    0.030   $ 0.007  
             

Adjusted Cash Flows from Operations

             
Three months ended March 31,   2018     2017  
Cash provided by operating activities $    4,735,204   $ 83,127  
Adjustments to working capital changes for ACFO (i)     (723,419 )   244,634  
Capital expenditures (ii)     (316,406 )   (164,312 )
Non-controlling interests         (8,352 )
ACFO $    3,695,379   $ 155,097  
(i)   Includes working capital changes that based on REALpac February 2017 whitepaper, are not indicative of sustainable cash flow for distribution. Which includes income taxes not relating to operating activities, tenant deposits, and deferred financing charges.
             
(ii)  Capital expenditures includes the current year expenditures which estimate the ongoing capital investment required to maintain the condition of the investment properties.
             

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 our income properties.

The following table presents liquidity as a percentage of debt:

     
As at March 31, 2018
December 31, 2017
Cash $    10,414,226 $   8,002,475
Accounts receivable (i)     742,875     344,596
Marketable securities     514,250     446,825
Liquidity $    11,671,351 $   8,793,896
Mortgages payable     34,490,494     36,584,854
Debt $    34,490,494 $   36,584,854
     
Liquidity expressed as a percentage of debt   33.8%   24.0%
     
(i)  As of the date of this MD&A, Urbanfund has collected its outstanding amounts due as at March 31, 2018, and therefore, amounts have been factored in Liquidity.
         

The Company’s liquidity will be impacted by contractual commitments as outlined in Urbanfund’s MD&A. Urbanfund’s debt obligations can be funded by the Company’s cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities, rental revenue from property operations. 

DIVIDEND REINVESTMENT PLAN (“DRIP”)

On June 17, 2015, the Company adopted a dividend policy (the “Dividend Policy”) and implemented dividend reinvestment plans for the Company’s common and preferred shareholders (collectively, the “DRIP”).  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 17, 2017, Urbanfund amended its Dividend Policy to increase the annual dividend to a rate of $0.01 per common share and $0.01 per preferred share, payable quarterly in the amount of $0.0025 per common and preferred share.

During the three months ended March 31, 2018, 172,909 common shares were issued pursuant to our DRIP resulting in additional equity of $106,928 (March 31, 2017 – 126,754 and $52,376). The average participant rate of the DRIP was 77.6%.

The Company previously reserved an aggregate of 2,000,000 common shares for issuance to participants in the DRIP.  As at the date of this MD&A, 119,424 common shares remain available for issuance pursuant to the DRIP.  Based on the historical participation levels, an insufficient number of common shares would be available to satisfy shareholder participation in the DRIP on a go-forward basis. Given the Company’s determination to afford shareholders the opportunity to participate in the DRIP, the Board of Directors has amended the DRIP policy to increase the number of common shares reserved for issuance pursuant thereto. Any increase in the number of common shares reserved for issuance pursuant to the DRIP shall require prior: (i) Board approval; (ii) public disclosure; and (iii) TSX Venture Exchange approval. Notwithstanding the forgoing, the maximum number of common shares reserved for issuance pursuant to the DRIP may not exceed 5% of the Company’s issued and outstanding common shares. As at the date hereof, the maximum number of additional common shares that may be reserved for issuance pursuant to the DRIP (including unissued common shares under the current DRIP) is 2,272,663.

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 as at March 31, 2018:

 
  Payment date Shareholders of
record
2017, quarter 4 distribution Jan. 16, 2018 Dec. 31, 2017
2018, quarter 1 distribution Apr. 16, 2018 Mar. 31, 2018
     

EVENTS AFTER THE BALANCE SHEET DATE

On April 1, 2018, Urbanfund entered into negotiations with its lender to refinance its mortgage relating to the vendor take back relating to Quebec Headway at similar terms and conditions. Upon maturity of the mortgage relating to 476-480 Wonderland Road, the Company plans to repay the remaining balance to its lender.

On April 25, 2018, the Company received additional distributions from Edvac in the amount of $415,000, relating to the distributions on the sale of the remaining 7 units of 11-13 Edvac Drive, Brampton, Ontario.

On May 16, 2018, Urbanfund, through its limited partnership Weber LP, finalized its agreement to sell its investment property and properties under development for an aggregate purchase price of $7,300,000, plus customary closing costs. The general partner of Weber LP, at its discretion, will use the proceeds to repay any remaining outstanding obligations of Weber LP and distribute the excess capital in accordance with the limited partnership agreement.

NON-IFRS MEASURES

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 Urbanfund’s 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, Urbanfund’s method of calculating non-IFRS may differ from other reporting issuers, and, accordingly, may not be comparable.

The Real Property Association of Canada (“REALpac”) 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. 

NON-IFRS MEASURES (CONT’D)

Funds From Operations (“FFO”)

Funds from Operations (“FFO”) 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. IFRS’s 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 Company’s year-over-year operating performance. 

FFO is computed as IFRS consolidated net income and comprehensive income attributable to Urbanfund’s 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.

Adjusted Cash Flows from Operations (“ACFO”)

In February 2017, REALpac introduced a new non-IFRS measure called Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations (“ACFO”), 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 Urbanfund’s 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.

Net Operating Income (“NOI”)

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 Company’s 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 (“Adjusted EBITDA”)

Adjusted EBIDTA is a non-IFRS measure used by management as input in several of the debt metrics to measure Urbanfund’s 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 Urbanfund’s 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 Urbanfund’s ability to meet interest cost obligations. Interest coverage ratio is calculated under Debt Profile section of the MD&A.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For comprehensive disclosure of Urbanfund’s performance reference should be made to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2018, which have been filed electronically with the Canadian securities regulators through the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (“SEDAR”) and may be accessed through the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

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 Urbanfund’s objectives, its strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to management’s 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 “outlook”, “objective”, “may”, “will”, “would”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “should”, “plan”, “continue”, or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events or the negative thereof. Such forward-looking information reflects management’s 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 Urbanfund’s control, affect the operations, performance and results of the Company and its subsidiaries, and could 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 Urbanfund’s 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 Urbanfund’s Management Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

For further information, please contact:

Mitchell Cohen
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Urbanfund Corp.
406-703-1877 extension 1025

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