CALGARY, Alberta–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Westphalia Dev. Corp. (the “Corporation”) announced today its results for the second quarter of 2020. Launched in March 2012, the Corporation was formed to provide investors with the opportunity to participate in the acquisition and development of the 310-acre Westphalia Property (the “Property or the “Project”) located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States of America.
Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”)
Since early 2020, the spread of COVID-19 has severely impacted many local economies around the globe. In many countries, including Canada and the United States, businesses have been forced to cease or limit operations for long or indefinite periods of time. Measures taken to contain the spread of the virus, including travel bans, quarantines, social distancing, and closures of nonessential services have triggered significant disruptions to businesses worldwide, resulting in an economic shutdown. The short and long-term impact to the real estate market is unknown at this time and therefore the impact to the Corporation’s land and development costs is unknown as of the date of these unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements.
The Corporation continues to actively seek purchasers and developers for the lands associated with Phases 2 and 3 as well as other more immediate opportunities associated with the Phase 1 retail land. The key activities undertaken by the Corporation were as follows:
- Began construction on the Woodyard Road Interchange project;
- Completed the design of the Presidential Parkway East project;
- Awarded the Presidential Parkway East construction contract to Delmarva Development, who is actively working on the adjacent Town Center East (Phase 1A);
- Continued the design and permitting for the Presidential Parkway West project.
- On May 27, 2020, the Corporation closed on the sale of six lots to Mid-Atlantic Builders, leaving just six lots remaining in Phase 1. .
The single-family market in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan statistical area (“MSA”), and specifically in the Prince George’s County submarket, continues to be strong. The Project has received commitments to sell 346 lots to three homebuilders, NVR, Inc. (144 lots), Mid-Atlantic Builders (99 lots) and Haverford Homes (103 lots). As of August 25, 2020 NVR, Inc. had closed on all 144 lots, Haverford Homes had closed on all 103 lots, and Mid-Atlantic Builders had closed on 93 lots. NVR reported 144 home sales (contracts with future homeowners), Haverford reported 101 home sales, and Mid-Atlantic reported 97 home sales. There have been 318 occupancies; 144 for NVR, 97 for Haverford, and 77 for Mid-Atlantic.
Management continues to focus on strategies to maximize the returns of the project, which include, but are not limited to:
- While neighborhood serving retail is our primary focus and will be part of any scenario going forward, the Corporation continues to receive offers for varying uses across the entirety of the master plan. We continue to evaluate offers for multiple land uses, including residential, retail, commercial and employment centers.
- The Corporation continues to work with the local community, County leadership, and internal staff to re-plan additional development within the Westphalia Town Center. The Corporation also continues to work with the various consultants to implement a shift in the project’s scope after having received input from those detailed above by reducing the significant retail and office space that had been previously planned and increasing the amount of residential units throughout the Project.
Second Quarter Financial Results
During the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2019, the Corporation recognized revenue on contracts of $880,735 (June 30, 2019 – $1,402,391) and $18,013,762 (June 30, 2019 – $5,312,138), respectively. The cost of sales relating to the lot sales was $3,018,569 (June 30, 2019 – $1,426,637) and $20,261,366 (June 30 – $5,385,564), respectively including selling costs and commissions. Cost of sales for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 also included impairments on land development inventory of $2,117,005.
Revenue and cost of sales recognized for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, was in respect to the sale of 6 Phase 1 single family lots to home builders, and 12 Phase 1 single family lots and the Phase 1A bulk land sale to Galaxy, respectively.
For the three months ended June 30, 2020, the total comprehensive loss generated was $2,269,927. When compared to the three months ended June 30, 2019 total comprehensive loss of $376,137, there is a variance of $1,893,790 between the respective period ends. The variance is due to the items discussed in detail in the Management Discussion & Analysis.
The Corporation is managed by Walton Global Investments Ltd. and the development of the project is managed by Walton Development & Management (USA), Inc., both of which are members of Walton.
Walton is a privately owned, leading global real estate investment, land asset management and administration group that has focused on strategically located land in major growth corridors for more than 40 years. Walton manages and administers US$3.8 billion of real estate assets in North America, on behalf of its investors and business partners. Walton has more than 106,000 acres of land under ownership, management and administration in the United States and Canada. Key entities in Walton include Walton Global Holdings, Walton International Group and Walton Development and Management. For more information visit Walton.com.
This news release, required by Canadian laws, does not constitute an offer of securities, and is not for distribution or dissemination outside Canada. This news release contains forward looking information, and actual future results may differ from what is disclosed in this news release. Forward-looking information is based on the current expectations, estimates and projections of the Corporation at the time the statements are made. They involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which would cause actual results or events to differ materially from those presently anticipated. The risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the Corporation’s actual results and performance in future periods to differ materially from the forward looking information contained in this news release include, among other things, the development of Westphalia Town Center, general economic and market factors, including interest rates, a decline in the real estate market, changes in government policies and regulations or in tax laws, changes in municipal planning strategies and whether certain development approvals are obtained and changes in the Canadian/U.S. dollar exchange rate, in addition to those factors discussed or referenced in documents filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available online at www.sedar.com.
Except as otherwise noted, all amounts are in Canadian dollars, and are based on unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and related notes, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
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