Brookfield Residential Reports 2014 Second Quarter Results

August 06, 2014

Calgary, Alberta – Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. (BRP: NYSE/TSX) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. The results are based on U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP).

“We achieved very good results in the second quarter of 2014 as we continued to bring new communities to market while capitalizing on stronger lot and home prices,” commented Alan Norris, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Residential.


Results of Operations Three Months Ended June 30 Six Months EndedJune 30
(US$ millions, except per share amounts)
Total revenue
Income before income taxes 49
30 84 37
Income tax expense
(6) (5) (14) (8)
Net income attributable to Brookfield Residential 42 24 67 29
Basic and diluted income per share
Total assets

Three Months Ended June 30, 2014

  • Net income increased to $42 million, or $0.36 per diluted share in the second quarter, compared to $24 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013
  • Second quarter revenue increased 8% to $321 million compared to the second quarter of 2013
  • Lot closings increased 26% to 515 units compared to the second quarter of 2013
  • The average home selling price increased 31% to $552,000 in the second quarter compared to $420,000 for the same period in 2013

Six Months Ended June 30, 2014

  • Net income increased to $67 million, or $0.57 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2014, compared to $29 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2013
  • Year to date revenue increased 13% to $529 million compared to the same period in 2013
  • Lot closings increased 10% to 839 units compared to the six months ended June 30, 2013
  • The average home selling price increased 25% to $517,000 compared to $414,000 in 2013
  • Backlog of 1,472 units representing $763 million of value, including our share of unconsolidated entities, rose 5% and 23%, respectively, compared to the second quarter of 2013

Second Quarter Operational Highlights

Three Months EndedJune 30 Six Months Ended June 30
(US$ millions, except unit activity and average selling price)
2014 2013
Land revenue
$125 $157
Lot closings for Brookfield Residential(single family lots) 515 408 839 762
Lot closings for unconsolidated entities(single family lots) 82 - 204 16
Average lot selling price for Brookfield Residential(single family lots)
$138,000 $147,000
Average lot selling price for unconsolidated entities(single family lots)
$ -
$90,000 $239,000
Acres sales(multi-family, industrial, commercial parcels)
6 6 10 6
Average per acre sellingprice(multi-family, industrial, commercial parcels) $1,082,000 $815,000 $986,000 $815,000
Housing revenue $240 $193
$404 $312
Home closings for Brookfield Residential(units) 435 460 781 754
Home closings for unconsolidated entities(units) 21 20 25 21
Average home selling price for Brookfield Residential $552,000 $420,000 $517,000 $414,000
Net new orders for Brookfield Residential(units) 642 659 1,297 1,316
Net new orders for unconsolidated entities(units) 37 6 66 24
Backlog forBrookfield Residential(units at end of period) 1,418 1,378 1,418 1,378
Backlog value for Brookfield Residential
$742 $609 $742 $609
Backlog for unconsolidated entities(units at end of period)
20 54 20
Backlog value forunconsolidated entities $21 $10 $21 $10

Three Months Ended June 30, 2014

Land revenue totalled $81 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014, a decrease of $24 million when compared to the same period in 2013. The decrease in land revenue was primarily due to mix of land sold as there were 216 raw and partially finished acres sold in Canada in 2013 where there was no such sale in 2014. This was partially offset by an increase in single family lot closings as a result of improved market conditions in our Alberta, Southern California and Denver markets.

Housing revenue increased $47 million to $240 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to $193 million for the same period in 2013. The increase was due to increased average home selling prices resulting from both improved market conditions leading to price escalation and the mix of product sold across all operating segments. This was partially offset by marginally lower home closings.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2014

Land revenue totalled $125 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, a decrease of $32 million when compared to the same period in 2013. The decrease in land revenue was due to the mix of lots sold with fewer raw and partially finished acre sales when compared to the same period in 2013. This was partially offset by 77 additional single-family lots sold and four additional multi-family, industrial and commercial acre sales. Our land revenue may vary significantly from period to period due to the nature and timing of land sales. Revenues are also affected by local product mix and market conditions, which have an impact on the selling price per lot.

Housing revenue was $404 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to $312 million for the same period in 2013. The increase was the result of additional home closings and higher average selling prices as a result of improved housing market conditions across all our operating segments.

Income was generated from the sale of two commercial income producing properties that were sold during the first quarter of 2014. The Canadian operating segment sold a 128,000 square foot commercial property at Seton in Calgary, Alberta for a gain of $32 million. The California operating segment sold a 22,700 square foot commercial property at Playa Vista in Los Angeles, California for a gain of $1 million. There were no such sales for the same period in 2013.


Over the last several years, we have continued our focus on bringing lots from a raw state through the approval and entitlement process, which has set us up well for 2014 and beyond. As a result of our efforts, we have increased our number of active housing communities to 56, from 47 at the end of 2013.

Highlights from the second quarter include:

  • In Canada, we continued to see steady demand in our communities. In the second quarter, we opened and sold out the first phase of The Arbors community in Aurora, Ontario and opened the Willow Glen community in Tottenham, Ontario with over 70 sales in the quarter.
  • In California, we experienced continued success from our efforts over the past 18 months. In Southern California, the Five Knolls community commenced grading and we are in the process of marketing and selling lots to other homebuilders. We were recognized at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (“PCBC”) for our home and residential projects in Playa Vista in Los Angeles, Palo Verde at the Foothills in Carlsbad, and La Cresta at Woodbury in Irvine with the prestigious Golden Nugget Awards.
  • In the Central & Eastern U.S. markets, we continued to increase our footprint in Austin and Denver. In Austin, we are developing lots in Addison and are in the process of selling lots to other homebuilders. In Denver, we began our homebuilding operation in 2013 and our first community, Midtown, has been well received and earned industry recognition at the PCBC’s Golden Nugget Awards for our home designs as well as acknowledgement for our sustainable residential community design. We also opened our second Denver housing community of Brighton Crossing.


During the quarter, we repurchased for cancellation approximately 540,000 of our Common Shares at an average price of $20.11 under our normal course issuer bid. We funded the purchases through our available cash and believe that these purchases are a prudent investment at times when the market price of our Common Shares may not fully reflect the underlying value of our business and our future business prospects.


Our outlook for 2014 and 2015 remains positive. Based on current market conditions, we anticipate that income before income taxes for 2014 should be measurably higher than in 2013.

Given the complexity and timing variability of lot sales in particular, many of our lot and acre closings are projected for the end of 2014 and are subject to the normal risk of approvals and the development and closing process. As a result, if they do not close in 2014, we would anticipate the closings will occur early in 2015.

We believe that underlying fundamentals in our U.S. markets continue to strengthen despite a moderation in the rate of house price increases, as the double digit growth experienced in many U.S. markets in 2012 and 2013 was not sustainable. Going forward, we expect to see a more healthy and balanced growth rate in house prices that we believe will support absorptions and affordability in the longer term.

We believe the biggest challenge in the U.S. right now is the hesitancy of the first time buyer to enter the housing market – several reasons for this – student debt, slower household formations, lack of down payment together with a certain fear factor on the part of the younger buyer that real estate ‘doesn’t always go up’, which was the belief 5 to 10 years ago. The average age of new homebuyers has increased significantly as a result. We are not concerned in the long run about this issue, because as the cost of rent increases in most markets, home ownership will again become more appealing, especially as the first time buyer’s job situation improves.

Our land position with approximately 109,000 lots controlled provides us with a large and readily developable land portfolio in North America. We are well positioned to gradually increase our homebuilding and land sales activity in the future as the overall market continues to improve.



The attached condensed consolidated financial statements are based primarily on information extracted from our financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014. The financial statements were prepared using the standards and interpretations currently issued under U.S. GAAP.

The interim report and the Company’s corporate profile for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 contain further information on our strategy, operations, financial results and outlook. Shareholders are encouraged to read these documents, which are available on our website at


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Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. is a leading North American land developer and homebuilder with operations in eleven major markets. We entitle and develop land to create master-planned communities and build and sell lots to third-party builders, as well as to our own homebuilding division. We also participate in selected, strategic real estate opportunities, including infill projects, mixed-use developments, infrastructure projects, and joint ventures. Brookfield Residential is listed on the NYSE and TSX under the symbol BRP. For more information, visit

Please note that Brookfield Residential’s unaudited interim reports and audited annual report are filed on EDGAR and SEDAR and can also be found in the investor section of our website at (the contents of which are not incorporated in this press release). Hard copies of the interim and annual reports can be obtained free of charge upon request.

For more information, please visit our website at or contact:

Nicole French
Tel.: 1.403.231.8952
Andrew Willis
Tel.: 1.416.369.8236
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Note: This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Canadian securities laws and United States federal securities laws. Certain statements in this news release that are not historical facts, including, but not necessarily limited to, information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations of the Company, anticipated improvements in the United States markets and the pace and impact thereof, continued stability in the Canadian markets, strengthening of underlying U.S. market fundamentals, long-term market fundamentals (including tightened supply, increased demand, home price appreciation, land values, absorptions, and affordability levels), the Company’s 2014 outlook, expected lot, home, acre, and parcel closings and the timing thereof, the timing and number of new community openings, the potential for and the timing of increased homebuilding and land sales activity, improvements in results from our U.S. operations, increases to the underlying value of our assets, profitability of our U.S. operations as compared to our Canadian operations, performance of our shares and the rationale and impact of a normal course issuer bid, and those statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words “believe,” “projected,” “planned,” “anticipate,” “should,” “goals,” “future,” “expected,” “potential,” “estimate,” “targeted,” “scheduled” or similar expressions, constitute “forward-looking statements.” Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results to differ materially from the anticipated future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forward in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: changes in general economic, real estate and other conditions; changes in interest rates; mortgage rate changes; availability of suitable undeveloped land at acceptable prices; adverse legislation or regulation; ability to obtain necessary permits and approvals for the development of our land; availability of labor or materials or increases in their costs; ability to develop and market our master-planned communities successfully; laws and regulations related to property development and to the environment that could lead to additional costs and delays; confidence levels of consumers; ability to raise capital on favorable terms; our debt and leverage; adverse weather conditions and natural disasters; relations with the residents of our communities; risks associated with increased insurance costs or unavailability of adequate coverage and ability to obtain surety bonds; competitive conditions in the homebuilding industry, including product and pricing pressures; ability to retain our executive officers; relationships with our affiliates; any increase in unemployment or underemployment; decline of the market value of our land and housing inventories; significant inflation or deflation; inability to raise capital on favorable terms or at all; failure in our financial and commercial controls; changes to foreign currency exchange rates; difficulty enforcing civil liabilities in the United States against us and our directors and officers; higher cancellation rates of existing agreements of sale; major health and safety incident relating to our business; utility and resource shortages or rate fluctuations; and additional risks and uncertainties referred to in our filings with the securities regulators in Canada and the United States, many of which are beyond our control. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. However, any further disclosures made on related subjects in subsequent reports should be consulted.