Jacksonville, Florida - (February 24, 2009) - The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) today announced a Net Loss for the fourth quarter 2008 of $(27.9) million, or $(0.31) per share, which includes non-cash charges of $57.9 million, or $0.36 per share after tax. This compares to Net Income of $1.0 million, or $0.01 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2007, which includes non-cash charges of $10.5 million, or $0.09 per share after tax. All per-share references in this release are presented on a diluted basis.
JOE's fourth quarter 2008 results include the following non-cash charges:
Pre-tax impairment charges of $55.8 million, or $0.34 per share after tax, including:
For the fourth quarter of 2007, JOE recorded pre-tax restructuring charges of $6.2 million, or $0.05 per share after tax, and $4.3 million, or $0.04 per share after tax, related to the write-off of a minority position in a liquidating trust.
"Preserving JOE's unique asset base while identifying and capitalizing on future growth options are our primary focus in these unprecedented economic times," said Britt Greene, JOE's President and CEO. "Our solid balance sheet, bolstered by a strong cash position with virtually no debt, better positions JOE to weather this economic crisis. We have benefited greatly from our successful cost management and asset preservation initiatives. As we look forward, we are also committing significant resources to the opportunities presented by the opening of the new international airport in Panama City projected for May 2010."
Liquidity and Capital Expenditures
At December 31, 2008, JOE had cash and pledged treasury securities of $144.4 million, compared to debt of $49.6 million, which includes $28.9 million of defeased debt. For the year 2008, JOE's capital expenditures were approximately $35 million, compared to approximately $247 million in 2007.
"During the economic uncertainty of 2008, we prudently managed our assets with a restructured business model, reduced capital expenditures and reduced operating and overhead expenses," said William S. McCalmont, JOE's Executive Vice President and CFO. "Our strong balance sheet, augmented by our healthy cash position and virtually no debt, allows us to plan for future opportunities when economic conditions improve."
Economic Development Infrastructure
Construction continues on the new Panama City -Bay County International Airport. Construction of the new airport began in late 2007 and almost half of the site infrastructure work, including 75 percent of the primary runway, is now complete. The local airport authority is seeking government approval for a 1,600 foot extension of the primary runway. Aerial photography of the new airport under construction can be seen on the web site, www.newpcairport.com.
"We are pursuing several opportunities associated with the airport in the 75,000-acre WestBay Sector," said Greene. "And we are working with regional strategic partners to recruit businesses in the economic clusters that already have a presence in Northwest Florida and have growth potential. This is a long-term process; what we can accomplish during the current economic downturn will better position WestBay for the eventual upturn."
"We continue to work with the local airport authority and regional business and tourism groups on efforts to attract additional airline service to the airport," said Greene. "Even in these times of economic stress, the airport authority is finding interest in Northwest Florida as an emerging national destination. This airport is being built at the front door of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world."
During the fourth quarter, JOE also entered into three agreements designed to stimulate economic growth and job creation in Northwest Florida. The first, with the Port Authority of Port St. Joe, clears the way for the reopening of a deepwater seaport in Port St. Joe. The second, an agreement with Genesee & Wyoming, links that port with the national rail system. The third provides workforce training region-wide through an agreement with the state agency Workforce Florida, Gulf Coast Community College and Gulf Power Company.
Land Holdings and Entitlements
On December 31, 2008, JOE owned approximately 586,000 acres, concentrated primarily in Northwest Florida. Approximately 406,000 acres, or 70 percent of JOE's total land holdings, are within 15 miles of the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
On December 31, 2008, JOE's land-use entitlements in hand or in process totaled approximately 45,000 residential units and approximately 13.8 million square feet of commercial space, as well as an additional 592 acres with land-use entitlements for commercial uses.
For the full year 2008, JOE had a Net Loss of $(35.9) million, or $(0.40) per share, compared to Net Income of $39.2 million, or $0.53 per share, for the full year 2007. Full year 2008 results include the following charges which totaled $109.5 million, or $0.69 per share after tax:
Pre-tax impairment charges totaling $60.4 million and pre-tax loss of $1.9 million related to abandoned property, or an aggregate of $0.35 per share after tax;
The full-year 2007 results were affected by the following:
Pre-tax impairment charges totaling $23.2 million, or $0.19 per share after tax, which includes $9.6 million recorded in discontinued operations;
Cash overhead is a non-GAAP financial measure. We believe this information is useful to investors in understanding the underlying operational performance of the Company, its business and performance trends. Specifically, we believe that the reduction in total cash overhead shows investors the cash savings achieved by management through various restructuring initiatives. Although we believe disclosure of total cash overhead enhances investors' understanding of our business and performance, this non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered an alternative to GAAP basis financial measures.
Additional information with respect to the Company's results for 2008 will be made available in a Form 8-K and Form 10-K that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.
Conference Call Information
On February 24, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. (EST), JOE will host an interactive conference call to review the Company's results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2008.
To participate in the call, please phone 866.316.1366 (for domestic calls from the United States) or 913.312.1266 (for international calls) approximately ten minutes before the scheduled start time. You will be asked for a confirmation code which is 8425658. Approximately three hours following the call, you may access a replay of the call by phoning 888.203.1112 (domestic) or 719.457.0820 (international) using access code 8425658. The replay will be available for one week.
JOE will also web cast the conference call live over the internet in a listen-only format. Listeners can participate by visiting the Company's web site at www.joe.com. Access will be available 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A replay of the conference call will be posted to the JOE web site approximately three hours following the call. The replay of the call will be available for one week.
The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE), a publicly held company based in Jacksonville, is one of Florida's largest real estate development companies and the largest private landowner in Northwest Florida. We are primarily engaged in real estate development and sales, with significant interests in timber.
More information about JOE can be found at our web site at www.joe.com.
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Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by a forward-looking statement include the risk factors described in our annual report on Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, as well as, among others, the following:
a continued downturn in the real estate markets in Florida and across the nation;
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