Net earnings increased to $34.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to net earnings of $31.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. The Company attributes the increase in earnings primarily to an increase in gross profit during the nine month period ended September 30, 2012, a decrease in operating overhead and interest earned from the settlement with the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Liquidity and Capital Requirements
We had a working capital surplus of approximately $126.2 million and stockholders' equity of approximately $88.3 million as of September 30, 2012. Cash and cash equivalents decreased by approximately $32.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 from fiscal year end 2011. The decrease is primarily attributable to an increase in inventories of approximately $172.5 million offset by an approximate $97.4 million in accounts payable and $11.2 million from marketable securities.
Trade and other receivables, net of allowances, were $23.8 million at September 30, 2012, compared to approximately $10.2 million at December 31, 2011. The increase is primarily due to a majority of sales of residential units during the first nine months of 2012 having occurred in March 2012 and payments not expected to be received until the fourth quarter. Inventories were $638.1 million at September 30, 2012, as compared to $466.0 million at December 31, 2011, due primarily to the increase in construction during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 to keep up with the increased real estate sales activity in Russia.
Accounts payable were $456.4 million at September 30, 2012, compared to $359.0 million at December 31, 2011. The Company attributes the increase primarily to the increase in inventory to support the Company's increased construction activity offset by payments to creditors made by the Company. Advances from customers were $71.5 million at September 30, 2012 compared to $64.0 million at December 31, 2011. We attribute the increase to an increase in sales activity during the latter part of 2012.
About UNR Holdings, Inc.
UNR Holdings is a holding company that has a 68% ownership in its subsidiary, 494 UNR. 494 UNR is a diverse construction company with more than 40 years of success serving the Russian construction market. The Company specializes in general and infrastructure construction services, such as designing and building multi-story apartment buildings for middle and upper middle class families, office buildings, highways, bridges, and production of a road base infrastructure construction product. While UNRH is involved in complex construction projects, the Company also assists the Russian government with infrastructure projects for oil and gas corporations, such as GAZPROM and TRANSNEFT. 494 UNR is one of the oldest and most established construction companies located and operating in Moscow and the Moscow area of the Russian Federation.
More detailed information on the housing projects is available at the UNR Holdings corporate website: http://www.unrholdings.com.
The above news release contains forward-looking statements. The statements contained in this document that are not statements of historical fact, including but not limited to, statements identified by the use of terms such as "anticipate," "appear," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "hope," "indicate," "intend," "likely," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "project," "seek," "should," "will," "would," and other variations or negative expressions of these terms, including statements related to expected market trends and the Company's performance, are all "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on assumptions that management believes are reasonable based on currently available information, and include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company and its management. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performances, and are subject to a wide range of external factors, uncertainties, business risks, and other risks identified in filings made by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in the company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances upon which any statement is based.
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