AMREP SELLS ITS NEWSSTAND DISTRIBUTION SERVICES BUSINESS AND ITS PRODUCT PACKAGING AND FULFILLMENT SERVICES BUSINESSadmin
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Peter M. Pizza
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
AMREP SELLS ITS NEWSSTAND DISTRIBUTION SERVICES BUSINESS AND ITS PRODUCT PACKAGING AND FULFILLMENT SERVICES BUSINESS
Princeton, New Jersey, February 9, 2015 – AMREP Corporation (NYSE:AXR) today reported that it has sold its Newsstand Distribution Services business and its Product Packaging and Fulfillment Services business pursuant to the sale of capital stock to entities controlled by Michael P. Duloc. The closing of the sale occurred on February 9, 2015.
The buyers paid an aggregate purchase price of $2.0 million, which consisted of $400,000 of cash paid on the closing and $1.6 million paid by execution of a secured promissory note. The Newsstand Distribution Services business and the Product Packaging and Fulfillment Services business will retain all of their third party pre-closing assets, liabilities, rights and obligations, including the negative working capital of the Newsstand Distribution Services business, which totaled $12,672,000 at October 31, 2014. AMREP expects to recognize a pre-tax gain on its financial statements as a result of the transaction in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 which it estimates will range from approximately $8 million to $10 million.
Revenues from land sales at AMREP Southwest were $2,513,000 and $2,897,000 for the second quarter and first six months of 2015 compared to $1,196,000 and $1,424,000 for the same periods of 2014. The average gross profit percentage on land sales was 12.9% and 16.8% for the second quarter and first six months of 2015 compared to 16.5% for each of the same two periods of 2014. Revenues, average selling prices and related gross profits from land sales can vary significantly from period to period as a result of many factors, including the nature and timing of specific transactions and the type and location of land being sold.
Prior to the closing, Mr. Duloc was the chief executive officer and president of AMREP’s Newsstand Distribution Services business and Product Packaging and Fulfillment Services business and certain other subsidiaries of AMREP.
“After many years in the magazine distribution and product fulfillment businesses, we are pleased that this transaction will allow AMREP to focus primarily on its real estate and subscription fulfillment services businesses to drive shareholder value,” said Edward B. Cloues, II, Chairman of AMREP. “This disposition will sharpen our focus and strengthen AMREP’s balance sheet by eliminating the negative working capital overhang.”
Additional details on the sale transaction are provided in AMREP’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 9, 2015.
About AMREP – AMREP Corporation’s Palm Coast Data subsidiary provides subscription related services to publishers, membership organizations and others, its Kable Staffing subsidiary provides temporary staffing services and its AMREP Southwest subsidiary is a major holder of real estate in New Mexico.
Forward-Looking Statements – This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements, including statements with regard to the expected gain, if any, to be recognized as a result of the transaction and the expected focus of AMREP in the future. Words such as “believes,” “expects,” “projects,” and “future” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Certain factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, and some of these factors are discussed in the filings AMREP makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AMREP undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.