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FORESTAR RE GROUP Reports Operating Results (10-K)

March 02, 2011 | About:

FORESTAR RE GROUP (NYSE:FOR) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Forestar Group Inc. has a market cap of $665 million; its shares were traded at around $18.77 with and P/S ratio of 6.5. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns FOR: John Keeley of Keeley Fund Management, NWQ Managers of NWQ Investment Management Co, Arnold Schneider of Schneider Capital Management, Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Forestar Group Inc. is a real estate and natural resources company. We own directly or through ventures over 220,000 acres of real estate located in nine states and 12 markets and about 606,000 net acres of mineral interests. We have over 197,000 acres of timber on our real estate and about 18,000 acres of timber under lease. In 2010, we generated revenues of $101 million and net income of $5 million. Unless the context otherwise requires, references to we, us, our and Forestar mean Forestar Group Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries. Unless otherwise indicated, information is presented as of December 31, 2010, and references to acreage owned include all acres owned by ventures regardless of our ownership interest in a venture.

In 2009, we sold about 95,000 acres of timber and timberland in Georgia and Alabama for approximately $159 million in two transactions generating combined net proceeds of $154 million, which were principally used to reduce debt and pay taxes. These transactions resulted in a combined gain on sale of assets of $104 million.

In 2010, we sold about 24,000 acres of timber and timberland in Georgia, Alabama and Texas for $39 million in seven transactions generating combined net proceeds of $38 million, which were principally used to reinvest in qualifying real estate under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 1031. These transactions resulted in a combined gain on sale of assets of $29 million. In addition, in third quarter 2010, we repurchased 1,000,987 shares of our common stock at a cost of $15 million.

At year-end 2010, assets held for sale under these strategic initiatives includes about 55,000 acres of undeveloped land with a carrying value of $14 million and related timber with a carrying value of $7 million. Though we continue to actively market this land, market conditions for timberland have deteriorated since second quarter 2009 due to increased investor return requirements, limited availability of financing and alternate investment options for buyers in the marketplace. We are a disciplined seller, and as a result, additional time will be required to complete the sale of these assets.

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