Sat, 23 Nov 2019

DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / November 7, 2019 / Pure Cycle Corporation (NASDAQ:PCYO) ('Pure Cycle' or the 'Company') today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended August 31, 2019 Highlights:

  • Revenue during the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019, was $9.5 million and $20.4 million, respectively
  • Operating income during the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019, was $1.6 million and $3.0 million, respectively
  • Net income during the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019, was $2.2 million and $4.0 million, respectively
  • Fully diluted earnings per share during the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019, was $0.09 and $0.17, respectively
  • Closed the sale of 172 and 255 finished lots at Sky Ranch, receiving approximately $8 million and $18 million in aggregate proceeds during the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019, respectively.

'Fiscal year 2019 was an extraordinary year for us, in which we were able to execute our land development business segment and expand our water utilities segment,' commented Mark Harding, President of Pure Cycle Corporation. 'We are pleased to have closed the sale of 255 finished lots, receiving in aggregate $18 million in proceeds. This amount represents an acceleration of lot deliveries to our home builder customers from our original agreements and a testament to the success of opening our initial phase of Sky Ranch. Given this acceleration, we expect to close the remaining 159 finished lots under our finished lot agreement and 92 lots under our lot development agreements during fiscal 2020, which is more than 18 months ahead of schedule. Subsequent to our fiscal year end, we have delivered and received 2 progress payments for an additional 95 lots pursuant to our lot delivery agreements and closed an additional 22 finished lot sales, due to strong demand from our home builders for us to complete lots to keep up with home sales at Sky Ranch.

In addition to lot sales we also received payments for 113 water and wastewater taps in fiscal 2019 for a combined total of $3.5 million. As of October 31, 2019, our three home builder customers have been granted over 120 building permits and closed 11 homes with the new homeowners. Sales from our home builder customers continue to exceed forecasts, and we are thrilled with the success of our Sky Ranch opening' continued Mr. Harding.

In addition, on October 25, 2019, the Sky Ranch Community Authority Board (the 'CAB'), a political subdivision and a public corporation of the State of Colorado responsible for the construction, design and financing of the public improvements at Sky Ranch, filed a preliminary limited offering memorandum for the issuance of tax-exempt, fixed rate senior bonds in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $10,820,000 and tax-exempt, fixed-rate subordinate bonds in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $1,765,000. Should the offering close successfully, the net proceeds would be available to reimburse a portion of the CAB's obligations to Pure Cycle for its construction of public improvements at Sky Ranch. As of August 31, 2019, we have advanced the CAB approximately $20 million for the construction of public improvements.

Period Ended August 31,
In 000's (except per share)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
2019 2018 2019 2018
Revenue:
Water sales
$1,765 $1,728 $4,861 $4,745
Tap fees (water and wastewater)
1,789 - 3,545 50
Lot sales
5,920 2,164 11,956 2,164
Total revenue
9,474 3,892 20,362 6,959
Cost of revenues:
Water
$(1,010) $(975) $(2,639) $(2,148)
Lot fee development
(5,589) (2,014) (11,305) (2,014)
Total cost of revenues
(6,599) (2,989) (13,944) (4,162)
Gross profit
2,875 903 6,418 2,797
Operating expenses:
General and administrative
(1,243) (1,039) (3,107) (2,855)
Other
(36) 129 (313) (251)
Income (loss) from operations
1,596 (7) 2,998 (309)
Other income (expenses):
Oil and gas royalties and lease income, net
49 53 204 242
Other gain (loss)
31 (2) 27 (7)
Interest income
52 30 299 206
Net income before taxes
1,728 74 3,528 132
Tax benefit
494 282 494 282
Net income after taxes
$2,222 $356 $4,022 $414
Diluted income per share
$0.09 $0.01 $0.17 $0.02
* Denotes less than $0.01 per share

Revenues increased approximately 143% and 193% during the three months and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019, compared to the three months and fiscal year ended August 31, 2018, respectively. The increases were primarily attributable to revenue recognized from lot sales and water and wastewater tap fees related to Sky Ranch. Revenue from water sales increased slightly for both the three months and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019, compared to the three months and fiscal year ended August 31, 2018. Cost of revenues increased approximately 121% and 235% during the three months and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019, compared to the three months and fiscal year ended August 31, 2018, respectively, due primarily to costs incurred from land development.

During the three months and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019, net income increased approximately 523% and 870% during the period, compared to the three months and fiscal year ended August 31, 2018, respectively. The increase was primarily attributed to revenue from land development and water and wastewater tap fees and the tax benefit related to the Company releasing the valuation allowance on its net deferred tax assets, primarily related to net operating loss carryforwards.

Our summarized financial position as of August 31, 2019, and August 31, 2018, is as follows:

August 31, 2019 August 31, 2018 $ Change
000's 000's 000's
Assets
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities
$ 9,667 $ 20,283 $ (10,616)
Other current assets
13,871 7,635 6,236
Total current assets
23,538 27,918 (4,380)
Long-term investments
- 190 (190)
Investments in water and water systems, net
50,270 36,722 13,548
Land and mineral interests
5,104 4,660 444
Other long-term assets
4,020 2,416 1,604
Total assets
$ 82,932 $ 71,906 $ 11,026
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Accounts payable

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