Genesis Reports 2008 Financial Results



    (TSX: GDC)

    CALGARY, April 30 /CNW/ - Genesis Land Development Corp. ("Genesis" or
the "Company") today announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended
December 31, 2008.
    Total revenue for the fiscal year was $83.8 million (2007-$99.0 million)
with net earnings of $9.3 million (2007-$23.2 million) or $0.20 per share
(2007-$0.50 per share). Residential home sales increased by 4% to $50.8
million and residential lot sales declined 35% to $31.8 million. Gross margin
on residential home sales was 38% (2007-29%) and gross margin before provision
on residential lot sales 63% (2007-63%). Net earnings for the year were
adversely affected by $13.4 million in provisions on third party builder
agreements receivable.
    Total revenue for the fourth quarter was $8.1 million (2007-$22.6
million) with net loss of $6.5 million or $0.15 per share (2007-net earnings
of $4.4 million or $0.09 per share). Substantially all revenue in the fourth
quarter was derived from residential home sales. Gross margins on residential
home sales were 43% (2007-35%). The financial results were adversely impacted
by provisions on third party builder agreements receivable of $10.3 million.
Under those receivable agreements, in the event of overdue collections the
residential lots may be reclaimed by Company and the builder forfeits its
deposit, generally equal to 15% of the selling price.

    Residential Land Development

    During the 2008 fiscal year, Genesis completed the sale of 173
residential lots to third party builders (234-2007), representing revenue of
$31.8 million (2007-$49.1 million). Due to the recent slowdown in residential
housing sales in Alberta and elsewhere, certain third party builders were
unable to meet their building obligations under lot sale agreements pertaining
to 97 lots, resulting in an agreements receivable provision of $18.5 million
of which $13.4 million was charged to earnings.

    Single Family Home Building

    The Company closed 113 sales of single family homes during the fiscal
year (135-2007). Revenue from the sale of single family homes was $50.8
million compared to $48.7 million in the previous year, an increase of 4%.
Average selling price for single family homes was $403,000 compared to
$361,000 in the previous year.

    Multi-Family Home Building

    The Company's multi family home building division did not generate sales
in 2008 but will contribute to revenue in 2009. Construction at the Breeze, a
125 unit condominium project in Airdrie, Alberta is expected to be completed
in the second quarter of 2009. Presales for this project represent
approximately 25% of available units.

    Commercial Development

    As reported previously, the Company has signed a $22 million agreement of
purchase and sale with an anchor store to be located at its Sage Hill Crossing
shopping centre site. Progress continues to be made to satisfy the development
conditions under this agreement.

    Subsequent Events to Financial Reporting Period

    
    Following the fiscal year end, the Company closed several transactions:

    -   The purchase of 1,476 acres in Delacour (north east Calgary).
    -   The purchase of 319 acres west of Airdrie.
    -   A loan agreement for $5.6 million to finance the closing of the
        Delacour purchase.
    -   Renewal and extension of $12 million of financing to mature in May
        2010.
    -   A loan agreement representing new borrowings of $6.3 million due
        April 2010.

    Corporate Update

    -   On April 9, 2009, a cease trade order was issued prohibiting trading
        of the Company's shares for failure to file the Company's December
        31, 2008 financial statements within the specified timeframe.
    -   The Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the
        Company have been replaced with interim: Chief Executive, Chief
        Operating and Chief Financial Officers.
    -   Certain of the Company's financing agreements have material adverse
        change clauses that could cause the lender to demand immediate
        payment in an event of default. Furthermore, loans in the aggregate
        amount of $28.5 million owing to two lenders mature between April 30,
        2009 and May 1, 2009, for which there is no renewal or extension
        agreement in place and the Company does not, to date, have the funds
        to repay these obligations.
    

    About Genesis Land Development Corp.

    Genesis Land Development Corp. is a Calgary based land development
company with an inventory of more than 24,000 future residential building
sites (single-family and multi-family) and over 300 acres of commercial/
industrial lands in Western Canada, of which more than 14,000 residential
sites and over 300 acres of commercial/industrial lands are located in the
Calgary metropolitan area.

    This news release contains certain statements or disclosures that may
constitute forward-looking information under applicable securities laws. All
statements and disclosures, other than those of historical fact, which address
activities, events, outcomes, results or developments that the Company
anticipates or expects may or will occur in the future (in whole or in part)
should be considered forward-looking information. In some cases,
forward-looking information can be identified by terms such as "forecast",
"future", "may", "will", "expect", "anticipate", "believe", "potential",
"enable", "plan", "continue", "contemplate", "pro forma" or other comparable
terminology. Forward-looking information presented in such statements or
disclosures may, among other things, relate to: sources of income; forecasts
of capital expenditures and the sources of the financing thereof; expectations
regarding the ability of the Company to raise capital; movements in currency
exchange rates; anticipated income taxes; the Company's business outlook;
plans and objectives of management for future operations; forecast business
results; and anticipated financial performance.





For further information:

For further information: Dale Kearns, Interim Chief Financial Officer,
(403) 265-8079, genesis@genesisland.com, www.genesisland.com


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