TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Terra Firma Capital Corporation (TSX-V: TII) (“Terra Firma” or the “Company”), a real estate finance company, provides the following update on various matters related to its loans in default with entities controlled or related to Urbancorp Inc. and its principals (the “Borrower”):
A Trustee appointed by the Court in Israel is pursuing an action against the Borrower and certain professional advisors in connection with a bond offering in Israel in 2015 (the “Proceeding”). The Trustee recently filed a motion to add the Company and Mr. Dov Meyer, former CEO and the current Executive Vice Chairman of the Company, as additional defendants in the Proceeding. The Company believes the proposed claims are without merit and will oppose any action should the motion be accepted by the Court.
Status of Defaulted Loans
At June 30, 2018, the Company had a balance of defaulted loans net of allowances previously taken of $12.1 million.
Of this amount, the Company wishes to announce that it is in the process of collecting $8.3 million, $7.3 million of which is expected to be received over the next 45 days and the remainder to be collected over the next 30 months. This is in addition to $800,000 that was already received on September 27, 2018 from another project for a total recovery of $9.1 million. The balance of the Company’s exposure (totaling $3.0 million receivable from other security) is being pursued through the claims process, however, the Company has decided to set up an allowance for the entire remaining amount due to the uncertainty and timing related to a resolution.
About Terra Firma
Terra Firma is a full service, publicly traded real estate finance company that provides real estate financings secured by investment properties and real estate developments throughout Canada and the United States. The Company focuses on arranging and providing financing with flexible terms to real estate developers and owners who require shorter-term loans to bridge a transitional period of one to five years where they require capital at various stages of development or redevelopment of a property. These loans are typically repaid with lower cost, longer-term debt obtained from other Canadian financial institutions once the applicable transitional period is over or the redevelopment is complete, or from proceeds generated from the sale of the real estate assets. Terra Firma offers a full spectrum of real estate financing under the guidance of strict corporate governance, clarity and transparency. For further information please visit Terra Firma’s website at www.tfcc.ca.
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