Pure Cycle Corporation Announces Financial Results for its Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended August 31, 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
  171     787     (616 )
Accrued liabilities
    3,428       849       2,579  
Deferred revenues
    3,992       361       3,631  
Deferred O&G
    706       56       650  
Other long-term liabilities
    693       400       293  
Total liabilities
    8,990       2,453       6,537  
Total shareholders’ equity
    73,942       69,453       4,489  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
  82,932     71,906     11,026  
 
                       

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of August 31, 2019, decreased 52% compared to the amount as of August 31, 2018, primarily due to the funding of the Sky Ranch development and other capital investment projects. Development costs are recorded in inventories in other current assets until charged to cost of revenue over time based on a percent completion accounting methodology of current costs to total costs. Accrued liabilities increased as a result of Sky Ranch development expenses. We have deferred revenues from milestone payments from our home builder customers at Sky Ranch for the development project and upfront payments for industrial water and a pre-paid oil and gas land usage agreement.

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Company Information

Pure Cycle owns land and water assets in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. Pure Cycle provides water and wastewater services to customers located in the Denver metropolitan area, including the design, construction, operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems, and operates a land development segment that is developing a master planned mixed-use community.

Additional information including our recent press releases and Annual Reports are available at www.purecyclewater.com, or you may contact our President, Mark W. Harding, at 303-292-3456 or at info@purecyclewater.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are all statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will or may occur in the future, such as statements about the following: the expected closing of additional finished lots; home sales by our home builder customers continuing to exceed forecasts; and a possible bond offering by the CAB, the timing of such offering and the use of proceeds from such offering. The words “anticipate,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “will,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from projected results include, without limitation: the timing of oil and natural gas development in the areas where we sell our water; the market price of oil and natural gas; weather; home mortgage interest rates and other factors impacting the housing market and home sales; market conditions for debt offerings; the risk factors discussed in Part I, Item 1A of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2018, and in Part II, Item 1A of our Quarterly Report on Form 10‑Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 31, 2019; and those factors discussed from time to time in our press releases, public statement and documents filed or furnished with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, we disclaim any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE: Pure Cycle Corporation

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