We are a newly formed real estate company created to specialize in the development of master planned communities and other strategic real estate development opportunities across the United States. Prior to becoming a separate publicly traded, NYSE-listed company, we were a wholly owned subsidiary of General Growth Properties, Inc. (“GGP”).
Our goal is to create sustainable, long-term growth and value for our stockholders. We own a diverse portfolio of properties with a relatively small amount of debt (an amount equal to 11.7% of our total assets as of June 30, 2010) and with near, medium and long-term development opportunities, including our master planned communities, mall development projects and a series of mixed-use development opportunities in premier locations. As operated by GGP, our former parent company, our master planned communities have won numerous awards for, among other things, design and community contribution. We expect the competitive position and desirable location of certain of our assets (which collectively comprise millions of square feet and thousands of acres of developable land), combined with their operations and long-term opportunity through entitlements, land and home site sales and project developments, to drive our income and growth.
We expect to pursue development opportunities for a number of our assets that were postponed by our former parent company due to lack of liquidity resulting from deteriorating economic conditions, the credit market collapse and our former parent company’s bankruptcy filings in April 2009, and to develop plans for other assets for which no plans had been developed. We are evaluating development opportunities for these properties, which are currently in various stages of completion, to determine how to finance their completion and how to maximize their long-term value potential, which may include entering into joint venture arrangements.
We operate in two lines of business: Master Planned Communities and Strategic Development.
Master Planned Communities. Our Master Planned Communities segment consists of the development and sale of residential and commercial land, primarily in large-scale projects. We currently own four master planned communities with over 14,000 acres of land remaining to be sold in desirable locations, which in some cases have no land suitable for large-scale residential development nearby. Residential sales, which are made primarily to home builders, include standard, custom and high density (i.e., condominium, town homes and apartments) parcels. Standard residential lots are designated for detached and attached single- and multi-family homes, ranging from entry-level to luxury homes. Commercial sales include parcels designated for retail, office, services and other for-profit activities, as well as those parcels designated for use by government, schools and other not-for-profit entities.
Strategic Development. Our Strategic Development segment is made up of near, medium and long-term real estate properties and development projects, some of which we believe have the potential to create meaningful value. For example, the Hawaii Community Development Authority approved a 15-plus year master plan that will permit us to transform 60 acres of land at our Ward Centers project in Honolulu, Hawaii into a vibrant and diverse neighborhood of residences, shops, entertainment and offices. Our development opportunities consist of nine mixed-use development opportunities, four mall development projects, seven redevelopment projects and eleven other property interests, including ownership of various land parcels and certain profit interests. At present all of these assets generally share the fundamental characteristic of requiring substantial future development to achieve their highest and best use. However, our new board of directors and management are expected to reevaluate our former parent company’s plans and ideas for these assets based on market conditions and availability of capital. In order to be able to realize a development plan for these assets, in addition to the permitting and approval process attendant to almost all large-scale real estate development of this nature, we will need to obtain financing either through joint venture equity or construction, bridge or long-term financing, none of which is assured. As a result of these shared attributes, management evaluates and manages the strategic development assets as a single operating unit, with the employees responsible for individual projects reporting up to a single executive responsible for this segment.