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FHRT 10K Annual Report

Part I
Item 1. Business
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Item 2. Properties
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
Item 4. Reserved
Part II
Item 5. Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Item 6 Selected Financial Data
Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial
Item 7 Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures
Part III
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
Item 11. Executive Compensation
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence
Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services
Part IV
Note 1 - Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Note 2 - Concentrations of Credit Risk
Note 3 - Mortgage Note Payable
Note 4 - Related Party Transaction
Note 5 - Leases
Note 1 - Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Note 1 - Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Concluded)
Note 2 - Concentrations of Credit Risk
Note 2 - Concentrations of Credit Risk (Concluded)
Note 3 - Mortgage Note Payable
Note 4 - Related Party Transaction
Note 5 - Leases
Note 6 - Contingencies
Note 1 - Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Note 1 - Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Concluded)
Note 2 - Concentrations of Credit Risk
Note 3 - Mortgage Notes Payable
Note 4 - Related Party Transaction
Note 5 - Leases
Note 6 - Fair Values
Note 6 - Fair Values (Concluded)
EX-13 exhibit13.htm
EX-31 exhibit31-1.htm
EX-31 exhibit31-2.htm
EX-32 exhibit32-1.htm
EX-32 exhibit32-2.htm

First Hartford Earnings 2011-04-30

Balance SheetIncome StatementCash Flow
2501951408530-252013201520172019
Assets, Equity
352719113-42013201520172019
Rev, G Profit, Net Income
1593-3-9-152013201520172019
Ops, Inv, Fin

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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C.  20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

[ X] ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.

 

For the fiscal year ended                    April 30, 2011                                                                    

 

[  ]   TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.

 

For the transition period from                                                  to                                                  

 

Commission file number 0-8862                                                                                                 

 

FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

                MAINE

        01-0185800

State or other jurisdiction of  

  (I.R.S. Employer

incorporation or organization

  Identification No.)

 

   

149 Colonial Road, Manchester Connecticut

  06040

(Address of principal executive offices) 

  (Zip Code)

 

   

Registrant's telephone number, including area code 860-646-6555 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None

 

Securities registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act:

Common Stock, par value of $1 per share

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. 
        o  Yes              x   No

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.
        o  Yes             x    No

 

Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
       x   Yes             o    No

 

Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule-405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
        o  Yes              o  No

 

Indicate by checkmark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of the Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.   x

 

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Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company.  See definitions of "large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer" and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12-b of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
        Large accelerated filer   o                                Accelerated filer  o

        Non-accelerated filer    o                                Smaller reporting company  x

 

Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).
o Yes                x   No

 

As of October 31, 2010, the aggregate market value of the registrant's common stock (based upon $1.60 closing price on that date on the OTC Securities Market) held by non-affiliates (excludes shares reported as beneficially owned by directors and officers – and does not constitute an admission as to affiliate status) was approximately $2,712,445.

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the registrant's classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.  2,436,711 as of October 28, 2011.

 

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

 

        None.

 

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward Looking Statements

 

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions as described from time to time in registration statements, annual reports, and other periodic reports and filings of the Company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, which address the Company’s expectations of sources of capital or which express the Company’s expectation for the future with respect to financial performance or operating strategies can be identified as forward-looking statements.  As a result, there can be no assurance that the Company’s future results will not be materially different from those described herein as “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate” or “expect,” which reflect the current view of the Company with respect to future events.  We caution readers that these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof.  The Company hereby expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statement to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which such statement is based.

 

 

 

 

 

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PART I

ITEM 1.           BUSINESS

 

First Hartford Corporation, which was incorporated in Maine in 1909, and its subsidiaries (the “Company”), is engaged in the purchase, development, ownership, management and sale of real estate. 

 

When profitable opportunities arise, the Company may consider selling certain properties.

 

The real estate, owned and/or managed by the Company through various subsidiaries and joint ventures, is located in Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Non-residential tenants are obtained through brokers and employed representatives of the Company, by means of Industry Trade Shows, direct contacts with retail stores and other potential commercial tenants and an occasional inquiry by potential tenants at the Company’s on-site offices.  Residential tenants are obtained through advertisements and inquiry at on-site offices.

 

The real estate business of the Company is diversified in terms of geographical locations, type of commercial property and form of ownership or management.  The commercial real estate business is not normally thought of as being divided into significant separate classes of products or services. 

 

The Company has executed an agreement with CVS Pharmacy Inc. (“CVS”) to be a preferred developer in western Texas, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, Long Island, New York, northern New Jersey and Louisiana. From May 2005 through April 30, 2011, the Company has closed on a total of 70 projects. During fiscal year 2010, CVS awarded the Company the Houston and Austin territories in Texas.

 

The Company has no material patents, licenses, franchises or concessions. 

 

Research and development is not a part of the Company’s business.

 

Our operations and property are subject to various federal, state and local laws and regulations concerning the protection of the environment, including air and water quality, hazardous or toxic substances and health safety. 

 

Our economic performance and the value of our real estate are subject to the risks incidental to the development, construction and ownership of real estate properties, as well as the economic well being of our tenants. 

 

On April 30, 2011, the Company employed 120 people.

 

 

ITEM 1A.         RISK FACTORS

 

Smaller reporting companies are not required to provide the information required by this item.

 

ITEM 2.           PROPERTIES

 

The following table shows the location, general character and ownership status of the materially important physical properties of the Company.

 

 

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ITEM 2.           PROPERTIES (continued)

 

 

Company
Managed

 

Location of

Commercial Properties

 

 

Use

Available Space

or Facilities and

Major Tenants

 

 

Ownership Status

 

 

 

 

 

X

Plainfield, CT

Strip

Shopping Center

64,838 sq. ft.

Big Y 78%

Owned by a subsidiary of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

X

Putnam, CT

Shopping Center

57,311 sq. ft.

Big Lots 46%

 

Owned by a subsidiary of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

X

W. Springfield, MA

Shopping  Center

144,350 sq. ft.

PriceRite 28%

Home Goods 18%

Big Lots 21%

Harbor Freight 12%

 

Owned by a subsidiary of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dover Township, NJ

Shopping Center

108,314 sq. ft.

Stop & Shop 52%

Dollar Tree 9%

Plus Outparcels

50% owned by a subsidiary of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranston, RI

Shopping Center

259,600 sq. ft.

Kmart 40%

Stop & Shop 25%

TJ Maxx  9%

 

50% owned by a subsidiary of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranston, RI

College

Career Education

College 60,000 sq. ft.

50% owned by a subsidiary of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranston, RI

Restaurant

Texas Roadhouse

Land Lease

 

50% owned by a subsidiary of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranston, RI

Police Station

60,000 sq. ft.

Leased to

City of Cranston

50% owned by a subsidiary of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

X

Rockland, MA

Apartments

204 units, low to moderate income

.01% owned by a 75% owned subsidiary of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 2.           PROPERTIES (continued)

 

 

Company
Managed

 

Location of

Commercial Properties

 

 

Use

Available Space

or Facilities and

Major Tenants

 

 

Ownership Status

 

 

 

 

 

X

Somerville, MA

Apartments

501 units, low to moderate income

.0049% owned by a 75% owned subsidiary of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

X

North Adams, MA

Shopping Center

131,682 sq. ft.

Cinema North 15%

Peebles 14%

Staples 11%

Planet Fitness 8%

4,000 sq. ft. unleased

and not renovated

100% owned by a subsidiary of the Company. Lender to get extra interest if available (50% of cash flow) plus 50% of cash proceeds from sale or refinancing after Company receives $500,000.

 

 

 

 

 

X

Edinburg, TX

Shopping Center

338,058 sq. ft.

JC Penney 31%

Academy Sports 23%

Burlington Coat Factory 24%

100% owned by a subsidiary of the Company. Lender to get extra interest if available (50% of cash flow) plus 50% of cash proceeds from sale or refinancing.

 

 

 

ITEM 3.           LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

A. Richard E. Kaplan v. First Hartford Corporation

 

In connection with a court order, on November 29, 2010, the Company purchased 591,254 shares of common stock beneficially owned by Richard Kaplan. Under the terms set by the court the Company made a cash payment of $500,000 and issued a secured note for $2,879,407. The note is payable in quarterly installments of $118,970 plus interest through November 1, 2016. In addition, the Company was also required to pay “pre-judgment interest” from September 13, 2005 through November 29, 2010 of approximately $790,000 in quarterly installments through November 1, 2016. Such interest had been accrued as the litigation proceeded. Although the Company has pledged the aforementioned 591,254 shares of repurchased common stock and a security interest in certain of the Company’s other assets, it is highly unlikely in management’s opinion that any of it will be utilized. On December 14, 2010, the Company filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeal for the First Circuit, but the Court’s verdict was affirmed. The Company has filed an appeal for rehearing.

 

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ITEM 3.           LEGAL PROCEEDINGS (continued):

 

Other Proceedings

 

The Company is not aware of any other material legal proceedings which would need to be cited herein.

 

For proceedings involving officers and directors, see Item 10(f) on Page 40.

 

The Company is also involved in other legal proceedings which arise during the normal course of its business, including disputes over tax assessments, commercial contracts, lease agreements, construction contracts and personal injuries, but the Company does not believe that any of these proceedings will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

ITEM 4.          RESERVED

 

None.

 

PART II

 

ITEM 5.     MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

                 

First Hartford Corporation (OTCQX: FHRT) trades on OTCQX, the top tier of the OTC Market designed for the best OTC Companies that meet the highest financial standards and undergo a qualitative review. Investors can find current financial disclosure and Real-Time Level 2 quotes for the Company on www.otcmarkets.com.

 

STOCK PRICE AND DIVIDEND INFORMATION

 

 

 

Stock Price

 

2011

High

Low

Dividends Paid Per Common Share

First Quarter

$ 3.00

$1.90

None

Second Quarter

   1.60

  1.60

None

Third Quarter

   2.10

  1.45

None

Fourth Quarter

   2.10

  1.90

None

 

 

 

2010

 

 

 

First Quarter    

$1.50

$1.01

None

Second Quarter

  1.01

  1.01

None

Third Quarter

  1.01

 1.03

None

Fourth Quarter

  1.90

1.03

None

 

On May 30, 2006, the Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $.10 (ten cents) per share for stockholders of record on June 16, 2006, payable on June 30, 2006. Prior to that dividend payout, the Company had not paid a dividend on its shares of common stock for at least 25 years.  The amount and timing of any dividend and the determination of when to declare any dividends is subject to the discretion of the Company's Board of Directors depending on the Company's future results of operations, financial condition, capital requirements, and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

 

 

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ITEM 5.     MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER
MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES (continued):

                 

Sales of common stock have occurred from time to time. The last sale was $1.40 per share on September 27, 2011.

 

The number of shareholders of record for the Company’s common stock as of April 30, 2011, is approximately 800.

 

ITEM 6      SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

Smaller reporting companies are not required to provide the information required by this item.

 

ITEM 7.     MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL

                  CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

The discussion and analysis below provides information, which the Company believes, is relevant to an assessment and understanding of its consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows.  This discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere herein.

 

This and certain other sections of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K contain statements reflecting the Company’s views about its future performance and constitute “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These views may involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. As such the Company’s actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in such forward-looking statements.  Readers should consider that various factors including changes in general economic conditions, interest rates and availability of funds, competition and relationships with key customers and their financial condition may affect the Company’s performance.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Sale of Real Estate

 

In the year ended April 30, 2011, the Company sold an outparcel in its Edinburg, Texas shopping center for $798,000. During the year ended April 30, 2010, the Company sold its interests in a shopping center under development in Bangor, Maine to American Stores Company, LLC for $4,300,000. Neither property was otherwise providing cash flow.

 

Rental Income

 

Rental income increased approximately $3,803,000 in the year ended April 30, 2011 as a result of the following:

 

During fiscal year 2010, the Company was required, as the managing general partner, pursuant to the applicable accounting guidance, to consolidate Clarendon Hill Somerville Limited Partnership, which acquired a 501 unit apartment complex on April 9, 2010.

 

For the year ended April 30, 2011, the Clarendon property generated approximately $7,586,000 of rental income. In the prior year only 22 days was included in operations resulting in approximately $434,000 of  rental income. The importance of the $7,152,000 increase is negated by the fact that 99.99% of this property is owned by the noncontrolling interest.

 

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ITEM 7            MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL

                        CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued):

 

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued):

 

Rental Income (continued):

 

As previously reported, the Company deconsolidated CP Associates based on updated consolidation guidance issued by the FASB. The Company now accounts for its 50% retained interest under the equity method of accounting. The rental income of CP Associates for the year ended April 30, 2011 was approximately $3,017,000.

 

Service Income

 

Service income was approximately $4,478,000 and $5,612,000 for the years ended April 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.  Included in service income is $3,094,000 and $4,741,000 of income from CVS development projects for the years ended April 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively. 

 

CVS service income has fallen off by approximately 34% in the year ended April 30, 2011. The fee income which is mainly generated when the property is acquired is dependent upon a pipeline of deals which come into place 2-3 years prior. The second half of 2008 to early 2009 was a poor period for the pipeline. It has since had its ups and downs but the Company anticipates an uptick in closings.

 

Additionally, the year ended April 30, 2011 included a development fee for Rockland and Clarendon of approximately $1,184,000 (25% of fee). The 75% owned by the Company was eliminated less related expenses against the costs of the property. The payment to the Company of the Clarendon fee will occur between January and June 2012.

 

Prior to April 9, 2010, the management fee earned by the Company from the Clarendon property was recognized as income. In the year ended Aril 30, 2011, the fee is eliminated in consolidation.

 

Operating Costs and Expenses 

 

Rental Expenses

 

Rental expense has increased approximately $5,582,000 in the current year as a result of the addition of Clarendon less the deconsolidation of CP Associates.

 

Services Expenses

 

Services expense of approximately $2,852,000 for the year ended April 30, 2011 and $3,280,000 for April 30, 2010 includes approximately $2,445,000 and $3,114,000, respectively, of CVS related expenses. Due to the fixed nature of some of the CVS expenses, they will not rise and fall as fast as income. Additionally, the newer territories will require more time to result in fee income.

 

 

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ITEM 7            MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL

                        CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued):

 

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued):

 

Operating Costs and Expenses (continued):

 

Selling, General and Administrative (“SG&A”)

 

SG&A expenses have decreased by approximately $840,000.  The main reasons for the decrease were:

(1)        An increase in capitalized payroll costs for construction re: Clarendon of approximately $545,000; and

(2)        A reduction in write-offs of previously deferred costs for pending projects of approximately $229,000.

 

Non- Operating Income and Expenses:

 

Gain or Loss on Derivatives and

Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Subsidiaries

 

As noted above, the Company deconsolidated CP Associates, as of May 1, 2010. Gains or losses from changes in the fair value of interest rate swap agreement (derivatives) entered into exclusively by CP Associates are included its earnings. Previously such changes in fair value were shown separately in consolidated operations.

 

Capital Resources and Liquidity

 

The Company ended the year with approximately $858,000 of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, and approximately $618,000 of restricted cash and cash equivalents.  The unrestricted cash and cash equivalents includes approximately $821,000 belonging to consolidated partnerships as follows: Rockland Place Apartments Limited Partnership, $289,000; and Clarendon Hill Somerville Limited Partnership, $532,000.   Funds received from CVS which are to be paid out in connection with CVS development projects totaled approximately $618,000 and is included in restricted cash and cash equivalents.

 

At December 31, 2010, CP Associates LLC had approximately $1,620,000 in cash and $1,656,000 in marketable securities. Due to the deconsolidation of CP Associates as of May 1, 2010, those amounts are not included in the Company’s totals.

 

The marketable securities have been used by the Company as collateral for a bank letter of credit for $819,920 which was being used as part of the collateral for a completion assurance agreement on the Clarendon project. The Company expects the collateral to be returned by the end of the calendar year.

 

As disclosed in Note 3 Construction Loans, Mortgages and Notes Payable, the Company has outstanding debt of $142,457,242 as of April 30, 2011, including $23,452,874 maturing in the fiscal year 2012. Of the latter amount, $21,340,978 will be converted to permanent long-term financing upon completion of the related construction under firm commitments.

 

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ITEM 7            MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL

                        CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued):

 

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (continued):

 

Capital Resources and Liquidity (continued):

 

The Company has incurred net losses in the past several years including net losses of $5,021,415 for the year ended April 30, 2011 and $1,893,805 for the year ended April 30, 2010. Cash of $993,295 was provided by operating activities for the year ended April 30, 2011. Prior thereto, the Company used cash in its operating activities in the past several years including $2,992,964 for the year ended April 30, 2010. As of April 30, 2011 the Company has a deficiency of $5,090,836 and is highly leveraged with mortgage and other notes payable of $142,457,242 on total assets of $157,969,802.

 

Further, the Company successfully completed arranging debt financing and renovation construction contracts for a newly created partnership subsequent to April 30, 2011 and earned a fee in connection therewith of $1,500,000. Also, operating activities for the year ended April 30, 2011 included non-recurring legal expenses of approximately $650,000.

 

Investing activities contemplate the realization of cash distributions from equity method investees of $670,000 in excess of income from these unconsolidated subsidiaries.

 

Financing activities for fiscal 2012 are expected to include fees on the Clarendon project of over $4,000,000. Such fees, while paid in cash, will reduce the Company’s consolidated cost of real estate. Capital contributions of $10,509,505 are due in fiscal from 2012 from limited partners in variable interest entities. Outstanding mortgage and other notes payable are $142,457,242 as of April 30, 2011 including $23,452,874 maturing in fiscal 2012. However, $21,340,978 of such maturities for construction financing will be converted into long-term financing under irrevocable commitments. As such, cash of about $1,561,896 will be required to fund consolidated debt maturities in fiscal 2012. Other construction costs will be funded from proceeds of construction advances under existing arrangements.

 

The Company expects that it will recoup the cash loss from operations for the year ended April 30, 2011 by June of 2012. The possibility of additional property purchases could delay that objective but the Company believes it has sufficient liquidity without any need to borrow funds to fund operations.

 

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES:

 

Our discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations is based upon our Consolidated Financial Statements contained in Item 8 in this Annual Report. 

 

For a discussion of accounting policies see Note 1 in Item 8, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies.

 

ITEM 7A.         QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

Smaller reporting companies are not required to provide the information required by this item.

 

ITEM 8.           FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

Financial statements begin on page 15.  See the index to Financial Statements in Item 15.

 

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ITEM 9.           CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

 

None.

 

ITEM 9A.         CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

We maintain “disclosure controls and procedures,” as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our Exchange Act reports is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our President and Treasurer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. We conducted an evaluation (the “Evaluation”), under the supervision and with the participation of our President and Treasurer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (“Disclosure Controls”) as of the end of the period covered by this report pursuant to Rule 13a-15b of the Exchange Act. Based on this Evaluation, our President and Treasurer concluded that because of weaknesses in our control environment, our Disclosure Controls were not effective as of the end of the period covered by this report.

 

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

The management of First Hartford Corporation is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(f). The Company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance to the Company’s management and Board of Directors regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of the financial statements for external purposes in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

The Company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the Company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the Company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

Because of its inherent limitations, internal controls over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. All internal control systems, no matter how well designed, have inherent limitations, including the possibility of human error and the circumvention of overriding controls. Accordingly, even effective internal control over financial reporting can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

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ITEM 9A         CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES (continued):

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting (continued):

Our management assessed the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of April 30, 2011. In making this assessment, it used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control-Integrated Framework. Based on our assessment, we believe that, as of April 30, 2011, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was not effective due to the existence of the material weaknesses identified by management and disclosed below:

Lack of Appropriate Independent Oversight. There are no independent members of the Board of Directors who could provide an appropriate level of oversight, including challenging management’s accounting for and reporting of transactions. 

Although the Company has identified a lack of appropriate independent oversight as a material weakness, an independent board of directors is not required by The OTC Markets (the electronic quotation system that trades the Companies securities) and the Company does not intend to remediate this material weakness at this time.

Technical Expertise Relating to Certain Complex, Non-routine or Unusual Accounting Issues or Transactions: The Company does not have the capabilities to account for certain complex, non-routine or unusual accounting issues or transactions.

The Company will remediate this material weakness by engaging a consultant to assist the Company with certain complex, non-routine and unusual accounting issues and transactions when they are encountered.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

During the quarter ended April 30, 2011, there have been no changes in internal control over financial reporting that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

 

To the Board of Directors and
Shareholders of First Hartford Corporation

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of First Hartford Corporation and Subsidiaries as of April 30, 2011, and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive loss, changes in deficiency and cash flows for the year then ended. These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting.  Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.  Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of First Hartford Corporation and Subsidiaries as of April 30, 2011, and their results of operations and cash flows for the year then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

As disclosed in Note 1, under the caption “New Accounting Pronouncements”, the Company adopted, as required, ASU 2009-17 Consolidations (Topic 810): Improvements to Financial Reporting by Enterprises Involved with Variable Interest Entities effective May 1, 2010.

 

/s/ J.H.Cohn LLP

 

Glastonbury, Connecticut
October 31, 2011

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

 

To the Board of Directors and
Shareholders of First Hartford Corporation

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of First Hartford Corporation and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of April 30, 2010, and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive loss, changes in deficiency and cash flows for the year then ended.  These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management.  Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audit. 

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting.  Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.  Accordingly, we express no such opinion.  An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of First Hartford Corporation and subsidiaries as of April 30, 2010, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

 

/s/ CCR LLP

 

 

Glastonbury, Connecticut

August 3, 2010

 

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FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

ASSETS

 

 

2011

2010

 

 

 

 

Real estate and equipment:

 

 

 

     Developed properties (including $67,500,964 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

$136,321,737

$131,437,600

     Equipment and tenant improvements (including $1,790,162 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

2,434,052

1,408,206

 

 

138,755,789

132,845,806

 

 

 

 

     Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (including $3,636,804 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

11,546,363

11,200,570

 

 

127,209,426

121,645,236

 

 

 

 

     Property under construction (including $125,586 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

1,125,437

5,525,858

 

 

128,334,863

127,171,094

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents (including $821,706 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

858,175

5,179,164

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents – restricted

 

618,086

2,350,003

 

 

 

 

Marketable securities

 

13,436

1,323,571

 

 

 

 

Accounts and notes receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts

 

 

     of $205,700  in 2011 and $214,000 in 2010 (including $163,138 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

3,004,800

2,175,177

 

 

 

 

Other receivables

 

12,187,535

15,654,514

 

 

 

 

Deposits, escrow accounts, prepaid and deferred expenses (including $7,777,118 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

11,220,354

10,316,964

 

 

 

 

Investment in affiliate

 

9,665

9,665

 

 

 

 

Due from related parties and affiliates

 

484,888

454,467

 

 

 

 

Deferred income taxes

 

    1,238,000

    1,238,000

 

 

 

 

          Total assets

 

$157,969,802

$165,872,619

 

See accompanying notes.

 

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FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

(continued)

 

      LIABILITIES AND DEFICIENCY

 

 

2011

2010

Liabilities:

 

 

 

Mortgages and other notes payable:

 

 

 

     Construction loans payable (including $24,191,497 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

$72,478,683

$52,683,189

     Mortgages payable (including $34,468,962 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

65,360,424

86,613,734

     Notes payable – other (including $1,979,697 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

4,618,135

1,915,321

     Notes payable – related party

 

                -0-

      250,000

 

 

142,457,242

141,462,244

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable (including $763,453 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

3,297,878

1,815,727

Other payables

 

5,218,947

10,133,280

Accrued liabilities (including $2,397,453 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

6,930,289

7,454,741

Deferred income (including $219,806 in 2011 for VIEs)

 

665,549

198,090

Derivative liabilities

 

-0-

2,677,363

Other liabilities

 

4,387,981

4,709,772

Due to related parties and affiliates

 

      102,752

        62,418

          Total liabilities

 

163,060,638

168,513,635

 

 

 

 

Commitments and Contingencies

 

 

 

Deficiency:

 

 

 

First Hartford Corporation

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $1 par value; $.50 cumulative and convertible;

 

 

     authorized 4,000,000 shares;  no shares issued

 

-0-

-0-

Common stock, $1 par value; authorized 6,000,000 shares;

 

 

 

     issued 3,298,609 in 2011 and 2010, outstanding

     2,436,355 and 3,027,965 in 2011 and 2010, respectively

3,298,609

3,298,609

Capital in excess of par

 

5,198,928

2,176,704

Accumulated deficit

 

(17,503,081)

(15,118,235)

Accumulated other comprehensive  income (loss)

 

64,210

(85,414)

Treasury stock, at cost, 861,898 and 270,644 shares in 2011 and 2010, respectively

 

 (4,923,836)

 (2,044,429)

         Total First Hartford Corporation

 

(13,865,170)

(11,772,765)

Noncontrolling interests

 

  8,774,334

  9,131,749

Total deficiency

 

  (5,090,836)

 (2,641,016)

 

 

 

 

          Total liabilities and deficiency

 

$157,969,802

$165,872,619

See accompanying notes.

 

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FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

           

 

2011

2010

 

 

 

Revenues:

 

 

   Rental income

$16,803,894

$13,000,652

   Service income

4,478,390

5,611,547

   Sales of real estate

798,000

4,300,000

   Other income

      43,896

     456,040

 

22,124,180

23,368,239

 

 

 

Operating costs and expenses:

 

 

   Rental expenses

14,612,886

9,031,289

   Service expenses

2,852,239

3,279,988

   Cost of real estate sales

668,912

3,750,828

   Selling, general and administrative expenses

 3,010,950

 3,851,137

 

21,144,987

19,913,242

 

 

 

Income from operations

979,193

3,454,997

  

 

 

Non-operating income (expense):

 

 

   Gain on derivatives

-0-

750,152

   Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries

1,001,970

651,463

   Other income

267,536

378,773

   Interest expense

(7,121,653)

(7,047,745)

  

(5,852,147)

(5,267,357)

 

 

 

Loss before income taxes

(4,872,954)

(1,812,360)

 

 

 

Income taxes

     148,461

     81,445

 

 

 

Net loss

(5,021,415)

(1,893,805)

 

 

 

Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests

     670,499

   (238,228)

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to the Company

$(4,350,916)

$(2,132,033)

 

 

 

Net loss per share - basic

      $(1.56)

      $(0.70)

 

 

 

Net loss per share – diluted

      $(1.56)

     $(0.70)

 

 

 

Shares used in basic per share computation

2,781,777

3,027,998

Shares used in diluted per share computation

2,781,777

3,027,998

 

 

 

 

 

See accompanying notes.

 

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FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

 

2011

2010

 

   

Net loss

$(5,021,415)

$(1,893,805)

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:

 

 

   Unrealized gains on marketable securities

64,210

384,313

   Reclassification adjustment for realized gain on

 

 

      marketable securities

      -0-

(66,912)

 

 

 

         Other comprehensive income

64,210

317,401

 

 

 

Comprehensive loss

(4,957,205)

(1,576,404)

Comprehensive loss (income) attributable to

 

 

   noncontrolling interests

670,499

(430,385)

 

 

 

Comprehensive loss attributable to the Company

$(4,286,706)

$(2,006,789)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See accompanying notes.

 

 

 

 

 

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FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN DEFICIENCY

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

 

    Common
   Stock

Capital in

 Excess of Par

Accumulated

Deficit

Accumulated Other

Comprehensive

 (Loss) Income

Treasury

Stock

Total

First Hartford Corp.

Noncontrolling

Interests

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance, April 30, 2009

$3,298,609

$2,156,111

$(12,986,202)

$(210,658)

$(2,044,114)

($9,786,254)

$7,091,647

$(2,694,607)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions from noncontrolling interests, net

-0-

-0-

-0-

-0-

-0-

-0-

1,609,717

1,609,717

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment to common stock to be redeemed

-0-

20,593

-0-

-0-

-0-

20,593

-0-

20,593

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of treasury stock

-0-

-0-

-0-

-0-

(315)

(315)

-0-

(315)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Net (loss) income

-0-

-0-

(2,132,033)

-0-

-0-

(2,132,033)

238,228

(1,893,805)

   Unrealized gain on marketable securities

-0-

-0-

-0-

192,156

-0-

192,156

192,157

384,313

   Reclassification adjustment for realized gain on

      marketable securities

-0-

-0-

-0-

(66,912)

-0-

(66,912)

-0-

(66,912)

Total comprehensive loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,576,404)

Balance, April 30, 2010

3,298,609

2,176,704

(15,118,235)

(85,414)

(2,044,429)

(11,772,765)

9,131,749

(2,641,016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions from noncontrolling interests, net

-0-

-0-

-0-

-0-

-0-

-0-

1,553,927

1,553,927

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reclassification of cost of treasury stock

-0-

2,879,407

-0-

-0-

(2,879,407)

-0-

-0-

-0-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deconsolidation of CP Associates, LLC

-0-

-0-

1,966,070

85,414

-0-

2,051,484

(498,026)

1,553,458

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of minority interest in Rockland Place Developers, LLC

-0-

142,817

-0-

-0-

-0-

142,817

(742,817)

(600,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Net loss

-0-

-0-

(4,350,916)

-0-

-0-

(4,350,916)

(670,499)

(5,021,415)

   Unrealized gain on marketable securities

-0-

-0-

-0-

64,210

-0-

64,210

-0-

64,210

Total comprehensive loss

            -0-        

            -0-

               -0-

       -0-

             -0-

-0-

            -0-

(4,957,205)

Balance, April 30, 2011

$3,298,609

$5,198,928

$(17,503,081)

$64,210

$(4,923,836)

$(13,865,170)

$(8,774,334)

$(5,090,836)

 

See accompanying notes.

 

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FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

 

2011

2010

 

 

 

Operating activities:

 

 

   Net loss

$(5,021,415)

$(1,893,805)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss

 

 

   to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

 

 

   Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net of  

   distributions of $750,690 in 2011                         

(251,280)

(651,463)

   Gains on sale of real estate

(129,088)

(549,172)

   Gain on sale of marketable securities

-0-

(245,144)

   Depreciation

3,208,718

2,599,084

   Amortization

354,022

299,750

   Gain on derivatives

-0-

(750,152)

   Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

     Accounts, notes and other receivables

2,275,674

373,827

     Deposits, escrow accounts, prepaid and deferred expenses

(1,685,764)

(4,790,745)

     Cash and cash equivalents – restricted

1,731,917

(1,479,188)

     Accrued liabilities

3,337,881

2,123,186

     Deferred income

604,812

(100,715)

     Accounts and other payables

(3,432,182)

2,071,573

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

993,295

(2,992,964)

 

 

 

Investing activities:

 

 

   Distributions from affiliates

-0-

229,738

   Proceeds from sales of marketable securities

-0-

829,500

   Investments in marketable securities

(1,220)

(443,847)

   Purchases of equipment and tenant improvements

(1,025,846)

(73,631)

   Proceeds from sales of real estate

631,450

3,750,343

   Cash paid in connection with acquisition

-0-

(342,362)

   Purchase of noncontrolling interest in Rockland Place Developers, LLC

(600,000)

-0-

   Deconsolidation of CP Associates, LLC

(1,891,798)

-0-

   Additions to developed properties and property

     under construction

(21,523,984)

(6,644,330)

Net cash used in investing activities

(24,411,398)

(2,694,589)

 

See accompanying notes.

 

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FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

(continued)

 

 

2011

2010

 

 

 

Financing activities:

 

 

   Contributions from noncontrolling interests -  limited partners

$1,553,927

$1,609,717

   Purchase of treasury stock

-0-

(315)

Proceeds from:

 

 

   Construction loans

20,444,074

7,212,920

   Mortgages

-0-

1,967,167

   Other notes

-0-

1,929,697

Principal payments on:

 

 

   Construction loans

(648,580)

(3,622,607)

   Mortgages

(1,021,367)

(953,206)

   Other notes

(1,223,565)

(6,084)

   Advances to related parties and affiliates, net    

     (7,375)

  (30,914)

Net cash provided by financing activities

19,097,114

8,106,375

 

 

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(4,320,989)

2,418,822

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year

5,179,164

2,760,342

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of year

$858,175

$5,179,164

 

 

 

Cash paid during the year for interest

$6,272,726

$5,687,008

Cash paid during the year for income taxes

$87,902

$31,558

     
   Non cash investing and financing activities:    
     

 Transfer from accrued liabilities to notes payable – other for

 

 

       litigation settlement

$3,676,379

 

     

  Decrease in accrued liabilities for common stock to be redeemed

 

($20,593)

 

 

 

  Reduction of developed properties resulting from an

 

 

       increase in other receivables related to Edinburg 

 

 

       reimbursement agreement

 

$8,000,000

 

 

 

See accompanying notes.

 

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FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

(continued)

 

 

2011

2010

Non cash investing and financing activities (continued):

 

 

 

 

 

 Fair value of assets acquired:

 

 

       Developed properties

 

$20,727,920

 Fair value of liabilities assumed:

 

 

      Mortgages

 

(18,871,294)

      Accrued interest on mortgages

 

(1,514,264)

      Net cash paid in connection with acquisition

 

$342,362

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See accompanying notes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

1.  Summary of Significant Accounting Policies:

 

Description of Business

 

First Hartford Corporation was incorporated in Maine in 1909 and is engaged in the purchase, development, ownership, management and sale of real estate.

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of First Hartford Corporation (the “Company”), its wholly-owned subsidiaries, and all other entities in which the Company has a controlling interest, including those where the Company has been determined to be a primary beneficiary of a variable interest entity or meets certain criteria as a sole general partner or managing member in accordance with the consolidation guidance of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification. As such, included in the consolidated financial statements are the accounts of Rockland Place Apartments Limited Partnership and Clarendon Hill Somerville Limited Partnership. The Company’s ownership percentage in these variable interest entity partnerships is nominal. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. 

 

Estimates

 

The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities as of the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Financial Statement Presentation

 

Because the Company is engaged in the development and sale of real estate at various stages of construction, the operating cycle may extend beyond one year.  Accordingly, following the usual practice of the real estate industry, the accompanying consolidated balance sheets are unclassified.

 

Statements of Cash Flows

 

For purposes of the statements of cash flows, the Company considers all highly liquid investments purchased with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents. 

 

Revenue Recognition

 

Construction Revenue - The Company primarily develops real estate for its own use. However, revenues from projects built for third parties are recognized on the percentage-of-completion method of accounting based on costs incurred to date in relation to total actual costs and estimated costs to complete.  Revisions in costs and profit estimates are reflected in operations during the accounting period in which the facts become known. The Company provides for estimated losses on contracts in the year such losses become known. The Company did not build any projects for third parties in the years ended April 30, 2011 and 2010. 

 

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FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

1.  Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued):

 

Revenue Recognition (continued)

 

Sales of Real Estate – The Company recognizes sales of real estate as revenue upon the transfer of title and when substantially all performance requisites have been fulfilled. For the years ended April 30, 2011 and 2010, the Company had sales of $798,000 and $4,300,000, respectively. The cost of the property sold was $668,912 and $3,750,828 for 2011 and 2010, respectively. None of the property sold was otherwise providing cash flows to the Company.

 

Rental Income - Rental income is recognized on a straight-line basis over the terms of the respective leases and consists of base rent and reimbursements for certain costs such as real estate taxes, utilities, insurance, common area maintenance and other recoverable costs as provided in the lease agreements.  There are no contingent rents. 

 

Service Income

 

The Company is party to a Preferred Developer Agreement with CVS Pharmacy Inc. (“CVS”). Under this agreement, the Company identifies locations for new retail pharmacy stores for CVS and oversees their development. The Company’s fee for such services provided is recognized as earned when services are provided. Fees earned related to the development of pharmacy stores for CVS during the year ended April 30, 2011 and 2010 were $3,094,000 and $4,741,250, respectively, which is included in service income in the consolidated statements of operations.

 

The Company also provides management and maintenance services to others. Fees for such services provided are recognized in service income as earned when services are provided.

 

Other Receivables and Payables

 

Pursuant to the Company’s Preferred Developer Agreement with CVS, the Company is obligated to fund allowable costs incurred in connection with the identification of and development of new retail pharmacy stores for which it receives direct reimbursements from CVS.  Payables for allowable costs incurred in connection with the identification of and development of these pharmacy stores but not yet funded were $5,218,947 and $10,133,280 as of April 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively and have been included as “Other Payables” in the consolidated balance sheets. Related reimbursements due from CVS were $4,708,410 and $7,885,464 as of April 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively, and have been included in other receivables in the consolidated balance sheets.    

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents - restricted

 

Cash and cash equivalents - restricted, consist entirely of funds received from CVS in connection with the Company’s Preferred Developer Agreement.  Such amounts are to be used for the payment of costs incurred by the Company for the development and construction of CVS retail pharmacy stores. 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

1.  Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued):

 

Developed Properties, Equipment and Tenant Improvements

 

Developed properties, equipment and tenant improvements are recorded at the lower of cost or net realizable value.

 

Depreciation and amortization is provided using the straight-line method for financial reporting purposes based on the following estimated useful lives:

 

Description

Years

Developed properties

15 – 40

Equipment

 3 – 10

Tenant improvements

 Lesser of improvement life
or lease term

 

Expenditures for major renewals and betterments, which extend the useful lives of developed properties, equipment and tenant improvements, are capitalized. Expenditures for maintenance and repairs are charged to operations as incurred.

 

Property Under Construction

 

The Company capitalizes costs clearly associated with the property under construction.

 

Deferred Expenses

 

Expenditures directly related to real estate under consideration for development are deferred and included in deposits, escrows, prepaid and deferred expenses in the consolidated balance sheets. These costs include option payments, attorney’s fees, architect and engineering fees, consultants, etc., but only to the extent they are from outside sources.  If development of the real estate commences, all of the accumulated costs are reclassified to property under construction in the consolidated balance sheets.  If the project is later abandoned, all of the accumulated costs are charged to expense.

 

Leasing costs are capitalized when leases are signed (cost incurred), primarily commissions.  Financing costs including legal fees and other costs relating to the acquisition of debt financing are deferred.  Leasing and deferred financing costs are included in deposits, escrows, prepaid and deferred expenses in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. Such costs are amortized using the straight-line method over the terms of the related leases and debt, respectively. The unamortized balance of such costs was $2,492,953 and $2,844,025 as of April 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.  Amortization expense was $354,022 and $299,750 for the years ended April 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.  Amortization expense for the next five years is expected to be as follows:

     

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

1.  Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued):

 

Deferred Expenses (continued):

 

Year Ending April 30
   

2012

$401,677

2013

391,098

2014

304,482

2015

189,054

2016

125,335

           

Investment in Affiliated Entities

 

The Company has a 1.99% general partner ownership interest in Hartford Lubbock Parkade LLP which is managing agent for a shopping center in Lubbock, Texas. The remaining interest is owned by Lubbock Parkade, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Journal Publishing, Inc. which is owned by the Company's President and his wife.  This investment is carried at cost of $9,665 with distributions received recorded in income. 

 

The Company also has investments in four other affiliated partnerships and limited liability entities including Dover Parkade, LLC, Cranston Parkade, LLC, CP Associates, LLC and Trolley Barn Associates.  The Company has a 50% ownership interests in each of these entities. Although the Company exercises some influence over these entities, it does not control their operating and financial policies. As such, these investments are accounted for using the equity method. For the years prior to May 1, 2009, the Company was committed to provide funding to these equity method investees. The Company’s investments in them was recorded at cost and subsequently adjusted for their net income and losses and distributions. The resulting carrying value of these investments ($4,165,129) as of April 30, 2011 and ($4,704,407) as of April 30, 2010 is included in other liabilities.

 

Dover Parkade, LLC (“Dover”) owns a shopping center in Dover Township, NJ. Cranston Parkade, LLC (“Cranston") has an interest in Cranston/BVT Associates LP, which owns a shopping center in Cranston, RI. CP Associates, LLC owns a retail commercial shopping center in Cranston, RI. Trolley Barn Associates holds undeveloped land in Cranston, RI and is otherwise inactive.

 

On May 1, 2010, the Company deconsolidated CP Associates, LLC based on updated consolidation guidance issued by the FASB. As referred to above, CP Associates, LLC is now accounted for under the equity method. Prior to May 1, 2010 CP Associates, LLC was included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

The Company recorded equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries (including CP Associates, LLC) of $1,001,970 and $651,463 for the years ended April 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

1.  Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued):

 

Fair Value Measurements

 

Certain assets and liabilities are presented at fair value on a recurring basis. In addition, fair values are disclosed for certain other assets and liabilities. In all cases, fair value is determined using valuation techniques based on a hierarchy of inputs. A summary of the hierarchy follows:

 

  • Level 1 - Quoted prices in active markets that are unadjusted and accessible at the measurement date for identical, unrestricted assets or liabilities;
     

  • Level 2 - Quoted prices for identical assets and liabilities in markets that are not active, quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets or financial instruments for which significant observable inputs are available, either directly or indirectly such as interest rates and yield curves that are observable at commonly quoted intervals; and
     

  • Level 3 - Prices or valuations that require inputs that are unobservable.

 

In certain cases, the inputs used to measure fair value may fall into different levels of the fair value hierarchy. In such cases, the level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement in its entirety falls has been determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety. The Company’s assessment of the significance of a particular input to the fair value measurement in its entirety requires judgment, and considers factors specific to the asset or liability.

 

The Company’s financial instruments include cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, marketable securities, derivative liabilities for interest rate swap agreements, accounts payable, accrued expenses, and debt. The fair values of accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued expenses are estimated to approximate their carry amounts because of their relative short-term nature. In general, the carrying amount of variable rate debt approximates its fair value. Further, the carrying amount of fixed rate debt approximates fair value debt since the interest rates on the debt approximates the Company’s current incremental borrowing rate. Information about the fair values of marketable securities and derivative liabilities is presented below.

 

Marketable Securities

 

The Company determines the appropriate classification of its investments in marketable debt and equity securities at the time of purchase and re-evaluates such determination at each balance sheet date. As of April 30, 2011 and 2010, investments consist of equity securities, which are classified as available for sale. Investments in marketable securities are stated at fair value. Fair value for marketable securities is based on the last sale of the period obtained from recognized stock exchanges (i.e. Level 1). Net unrealized holding gains and temporary losses on equity securities are included as a separate component of deficiency.  Gains or losses on securities sold are based on the specific identification method.

 

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

1.  Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued):

 

Marketable Securities (continued):

 

As of April 30, 2010 substantially all marketable securities reflected in the consolidated balance sheet were owned by CP Associates, LLC which was deconsolidated during the year ended April 30, 2011. As of April 30, 2011 there were no significant gross unrealized gains or temporary losses on the remaining marketable securities held by the Company.

 

Fair Value of Derivative Liabilities

 

Reflected in the consolidated balance sheet as of April 30, 2010 are derivative liabilities stated at a fair value of $2,677,363 for interest rate swap agreements of CP Associates, LLC. (As discussed elsewhere CP Associates, LLC was deconsolidated during the year ended April 30, 2011.) In the normal course of business CP Associates, LLC entered into interest rate swap agreements as cash flow hedges to mitigate the exposure to the effects of interest rate changes on its variable rate mortgage debt. However, CP Associates, LLC did not designate such interest rate swap agreements as cash flow hedges. As such the interest rate swap agreements were stated at fair value with changes in fair value recognized in operations. Fair value for interest rate swap agreements was based on the net present value of the expected cash flows from each transaction between CP Associates, LLC and the counterparty using relevant mid-market data inputs and the assumptions of no unusual market conditions or forced liquidation (i.e. Level 2). Under the terms of the interest rate swap agreements, CP Associates, LLC paid a fixed rate to a third party who in turn paid a variable rate, as defined, on the notional principal amount of the agreement.

 

Long-Lived Assets

 

Long-lived assets held and used in operations are reviewed for impairment whenever events of changes in circumstances indict that their carrying amount might not be recovered. There were no impairments for any period presented.

 

The Company presents operations related to developed properties that have been sold or developed properties that are intended to be sold as discontinued operations. Developed properties intended to be sold are designated as “held for sale” on the consolidated balance sheets. No developed properties were sold during the year ended April 30, 2011 or 2010 and none are designated as held for sale at year end.

 

Income Taxes

 

Deferred income taxes are provided on the differences between the financial statement and income tax bases of assets and liabilities and on net operating loss carryforwards using the enacted tax rates.

 

A valuation allowance is provided for deferred income tax assets for which realization is not likely in the near term.

 

As of April 30, 2011 and 2010, the Company has no significant uncertain income tax positions. The Company’s policy is to recognize interest and penalties on any uncertain income tax positions as a component of income tax expense. 

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

1.  Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued):

 

Income Taxes (continued):

 

Tax returns for the fiscal years after 2008 are open to examination by federal, local and state authorities.

 

Stock Compensation

 

Share-based compensation cost is measured at the grant date, based on the calculated fair value of the award, and is recognized as an expense over the employee’s requisite service period (generally the vesting period of the equity grant).

 

Earnings (loss) per share (EPS)

 

Basic earnings (loss) per share amounts are determined using the weighted-average outstanding common shares for the year. Diluted earnings (loss) per share amounts include the weighted-average outstanding common shares as well as potentially dilutive common stock options and warrants. All outstanding options and warrants were anti-dilutive and were excluded from the dilutive earnings (loss) per share calculations for the years presented.

 

New Accounting Pronouncements

 

The Company adopted as required, ASU 2009-17 Consolidations (Topic 810): Improvements to Financial Reporting by Enterprises Involved with Variable Interest Entities effective May 1, 2010.  Under this ASU, the identification of a primary beneficiary of a variable interest entity (“VIE”) is defined as the enterprise that has both of the following characteristics: a) the power to direct the activities of a VIE that most significantly impacts the VIE’s economic performance, and b) the obligation to absorb losses of the VIE or the right to receive benefits from the VIE that could potentially be significant to the VIE. Based on this updated guidance, the Company determined that it is no longer considered to be the primary beneficiary of CP Associates, LLC (“CP Associates”). As a result of the initial application of this updated guidance, the Company deconsolidated CP Associates as of May 1, 2010 and has measured its 50% retained interest in CP Associates at the carrying amount of the Company’s retained interest had this updated guidance been effective when CP Associates was initially formed. The difference between the net amount derecognized from the Company’s balance sheet and the amount of the Company’s 50% retained interest in CP Associates has been recognized as a cumulative effect adjustment to the Company’s equity as of May 1, 2010.

 

Currently, there are no Accounting Standards Updates that the Company is required to adopt which are likely to have a material effect on its financial statements.

 

2.  Consolidated Variable Interest Entities

 

The Company’s consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Rockland Place Apartments Limited Partnership (“Rockland”) and Clarendon Hill Somerville Limited Partnership (“Clarendon”). The Company has consolidated both Rockland and Clarendon based on the express legal rights and obligations provided to it by the underlying partnership agreements and its control of their business activity.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

2.  Consolidated Variable Interest Entities (continued):

 

Connolly and Partners, LLC (75% owned by the Company) has a .01% ownership interest in and is a general partner of Rockland. Connolly and Partners, LLC also owns 49% of Clarendon Hill Somerville, LLC which owns .01% of and is the general partner of Clarendon.

 

Rockland owns and operates a rental housing project consisting of 204 units located in Rockland, Massachusetts. Clarendon owns and operates a 501 unit apartment complex in Somerville, Massachusetts. Both projects were renovated by the Company. Renovation costs were financed with loans from Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) and subsidies from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and limited partner capital contributions.

 

Each building of the projects will qualify for low-income housing credits pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 42 (“Section 42”), which regulates the use of the projects as to occupant eligibility and unit gross rent, among other requirements. Each building of the projects must meet the provisions of these regulations during each of fifteen consecutive years in order to remain qualified to receive the credits. In addition, Rockland and Clarendon have executed an Extended Low-Income Housing Agreement, which requires the utilization of each project pursuant to Section 42 through the compliance period, even if Rockland or Clarendon disposes of the project.

 

Each project’s low-income housing credits are contingent on its ability to maintain compliance with applicable sections of Section 42. Failure to maintain compliance with occupant eligibility, and/or unit gross rent, or to correct noncompliance within a specified time period could result in recapture of previously taken tax credits plus interest. In addition, such potential noncompliance may result in an adjustment to the capital contributed by the investment limited partner.

 

Rockland has an agreement with the Rockland Housing Authority whereby the Housing Authority has the option to purchase the property, after the 15-year tax credit compliance period on January 1, 2024, from Rockland. The option price is based on a specified formula in the agreement.

 

Clarendon has an agreement with the 51% owner of Clarendon Hill Somerville, LLC, Clarendon Hill Towers Tenant Associated, LLC (“CHTTA”), whereby CHTTA has an option to purchase the property after the 15 year tax credit compliance period from the partnership. The option price is the greater of:

 

            a.         Outstanding debt and taxes, or

            b.         Fair market value of the property

 

There is a completion assurance agreement for Clarendon. Under this agreement both the Company and its president guaranteed completion of the renovation of the project.  The guarantee is for $1,042,640.  Additionally, with the consent of the noncontrolling member of CP Associates, LLC, certain marketable securities and cash of CP Associates, LLC with a combined aggregate market value of approximately $1,250,000 have been pledged as collateral for a bank letter of credit of $819,920, which was part of the collateral for the completion assurance agreement.  The excess over the $819,920 is being utilized as collateral on the corporate guarantee. These completion-assurance guarantees will be released by March 2012. The project renovation is substantially complete.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

2.            Consolidated Variable Interest Entities (continued):

 

The assets at April 30, 2011 of the consolidated VIEs (Rockland and Clarendon), that can be used only to settle their obligations and their liabilities for which creditors (or beneficial interest holders) do not have recourse to the general credit of the Company are shown parenthetically in the line items of the consolidated balance sheets.

 

A summary of the assets and liabilities of Rockland and Clarendon included in the Company’s consolidated balance sheets follows:

 

 

April 30

 

2011

2010

 

 

 

Real estate and equipment, net

$68,919,929

$47,046,473

Other assets

8,761,962

9,624,259

Total assets

77,681,891

56,670,732

Intercompany profit elimination

(3,140,022)

(3,003,002)

Consolidated

$74,541,869

$53,667,730

 

 

 

Mortgages and other notes payable

$60,640,156

$43,115,950

Other liabilities

3,380,712

5,320,213

Total liabilities

$64,020,868

$48,436,163

 

Mortgages and other notes payable shown in the table above include $21,340,978 of temporary debt under construction loans and advances. Such debt will be converted into long-term financing under irrevocable lending commitments. Substantially all assets of Rockland and Clarendon are pledged as collateral for its debt. The recourse of the holders of the mortgages and other notes payable is limited to the assets of Rockland and Clarendon.

 

Combined revenues for Rockland and Clarendon were $10,062,799 for the year ended April 30, 2011 and $2,867,462 for the year ended April 30, 2010.  The combined net loss for Rockland and Clarendon was $1,590,093 for the year ended April 30, 2011and $357,321 for the year ended April 30, 2010. Since the Company’s ownership interest in both entities is nominal, substantially all of such losses are allocated to the noncontrolling interests in the consolidated financial statements.

 

The limited partners in Clarendon and Rockland made capital contributions of $1,609,717 for the year ended April 30, 2010 and $1,553,927 for the year ended April 30, 2011. The limited partners are committed to make additional capital contributions of $10,509,199 for the year ended April 30, 2012.

 

During the year ended April 30, 2011 the Company purchased the noncontrolling interest in Rockland Place Developers, LLC with a carrying value of $742,817 for $600,000. The accounts of Rockland Place Developers, LLC continue to be consolidated with those of the Company.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

3.  Construction Loans, Mortgages and Notes Payable:

 

Information about the Company’s debt follows:

 

 

2011

2010

Construction loans and mortgages payable with interest rates ranging from zero to 11.00% at April 30, 2011 and maturities at various dates through 2056.

$137,839,107

$139,296,923

Other

-0-

235,624

Notes payable on Clarendon with interest rates ranging from zero to 4.40% at April 30, 2011 and maturities ranging from 2030 to 2050.

1,679,697

1,679,697

Note and pre-judgment interest payable to Richard E. Kaplan in quarterly installments with interest and a final payment of $790,423 due November 29, 2016

2,938,438

-0-

Note payable due to Neil H. Ellis, President of the Company, repaid in May 2010.

-0-

250,000

 

$142,457,242

$141,462,244

 

For the year ended April 30, 2011, the Company capitalized interest of $115,000 for property under construction. No interest was capitalized for the year ended April 30, 2010.

 

Aggregate principal payments due on the above debt follow:

           

Year Ending April 30

 

 

 

2012

$23,452,874

2013

40,109,021

2014

1,915,631

2015

14,258,814

2016

1,729,755

Thereafter

  60,991,147

 

$142,457,242

 

Debt maturities for 2012 included $21,340,978 for construction loans. Such debt will be converted to permanent long-term financing upon completion of the related construction under firm commitments.

 

Substantially all real estate owned is pledged as collateral for construction and mortgage loans.

 

4.  Public Infrastructure Reimbursements and Other Incentives

 

In connection with the Company’s development and construction of a shopping center owned and operated by the Company in the City of Edinburg, Texas, the Company entered into an Economic Development Agreement dated February 20, 2007 with the City of Edinburg and other local non-profit corporations.  In connection with the agreement, the Company will receive reimbursements of public infrastructure costs incurred by the Company in addition to other cash incentives.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

4.  Public Infrastructure Reimbursements and Other Incentives (continued):

 

 Public Infrastructure Reimbursements

 

During the year ended April 30, 2010, the Company recognized a receivable from the City of Edinburg and reduction of the cost of the shopping center of $8,000,000 for the reimbursement of eligible public infrastructure costs incurred by the Company.  The reimbursement is to be paid solely by the City of Edinburg from proceeds of public infrastructure bonds and/or from proceeds from 50% of the City’s dedicated 1% sales tax generated from the shopping center.  The Company has received $520,875 in reimbursements of eligible public infrastructure costs through April 30, 2011.  The remaining receivable of $7,479,125 is included in other receivables at April 30, 2011. The remaining receivable will be collected from the proceeds from the issuance of the public infrastructure bonds within the near term. 

 

Other Cash Incentives

 

In connection with the agreement, the Company will also receive contributions from the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation (“EEDC”) up to $4,000,000 as its .5% share of sales tax revenue generated from the shopping center. Such nonreciprocal transfers of the Company’s share of sales taxes generated are recorded by the Company as other operating revenue when received.  The Company received $304,311 and $378,311 from the EEDC for the year ended April 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

 

5.  Pledge of Stock  in Subsidiaries:

 

For an extended period of time the Company was unable to obtain financing (secured or unsecured) without the personal guarantees of the President of the Company.  To some degree, the Company has recently been able to obtain financing without a guarantee, but generally guarantees continue to be a necessary component to most construction loans.  In the past, the Company has provided pledges of the stock of its subsidiaries to the President of the Company as protection from personal losses due to his guarantees.  These pledges are expected to stay in place until the guarantees are eliminated.

 

The President of the Company has guaranteed the following outstanding amounts at April 30, 2011:

 

Loan for Career Education building -

 

    5% of loan balance outstanding

$523,000

Mortgage – Corporate Office

$249,000

Construction loan – Edinburg, Texas

$48,287,000

 

In the event that the President is called upon to pay on any of the above guarantees, the Company would become liable to him.

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

6.  Related Party Transactions:

 

Amounts included in revenue resulting from transactions with Hartford Lubbock Parkade LLP (in which the Company has a 2% minority interest), and Journal Publishing Inc, a company which is owned by the President of the Company and his wife are as follows:

 

 

2011

2010

Management Fees

$61,407

$60,454

Service Fees

7,714

17,565

Total

$69,121

$78,019

 

7.  Stock Option Plan:

 

On February 11, 2004 the Company adopted a stock option plan providing for the grant of up to 1,000,000 shares.  The Company granted options to purchase 250,000 shares to five employees, two of whom are directors.  The options, which have a two year vesting period, were granted at $1.10 per share.  The right to exercise the option expires February 11, 2014.  The options include a “put option” that requires the Company to purchase the exercised shares for $1.30 in excess of the grant price.  The cost of the deferred stock compensation was $325,000, which has been expensed fully in prior periods.  On February 10, 2011, the put options expiration date was extended to February 11, 2014.

 

 

2011

2010 

 

 

Shares

Weighted

Average Exercise Price

 

Shares

Weighted

Average Exercise Price

Outstanding at beginning of year

250,000

$1.10

250,000

$1.10

Granted

- 0 -

- 0 -

- 0 -

- 0 -

Outstanding at end of year

250,000

$1.10

250,000

$1.10

 

 

 

 

 

Options exercisable at year end

250,000

 

250,000

 

 

During the years ended April 30, 2011 and 2010, no options were granted or exercised. All options granted vested prior to May 1, 2009. As such, there was no compensation expense for the years presented.  The aggregate intrinsic value of outstanding options as of April 30, 2011, was approximately $325,000.

 

8.  Employee Retirement Plan:

 

The Company has adopted a Simple IRA.  Under this plan, all employees over 18 years of age, working at least 30 hours weekly are eligible to participate.  Participants are eligible to defer earnings to the extent of IRS regulations.  The Company matches up to 3% of each participating employee’s annual salary.  Pension expense was $70,495 and $56,617 for the years ended April 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

 

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

9.  Income Taxes:

 

The provision for (benefit from) income taxes is comprised of the following:

           

 

2011

2010

 

 

 

Current provision for state taxes

$148,461

$81,445

Current provision for federal income tax

- 0 -

- 0 -

Deferred income taxes (benefit)

     - 0 -

 - 0 -

 

$148,461

$81,445

 

 

 

The components of the net deferred tax asset are as follows:

 

 

 

2011

2010

 

 

 

Tax effect of net operating loss carry-forwards

$4,980,000

$3,679,000

Investment in CP Associates, LLC

602,000

535,000

Valuation allowance

(4,344,000)

(2,976,000)

 

$1,238,000

$1,238,000

 

As of April 30, 2011 and 2010, the Company concluded that it was more likely than not that the Company would realize $1,238,000 in net deferred income tax assets.  Accordingly, the Company increased its valuation allowance by $1,368,000 and $156,000 in 2011 and 2010, respectively. The Company has federal net operating loss carry-forwards totaling approximately $14,400,000 at April 30, 2011 that are available to offset future federal taxable income through various periods expiring between 2012 and 2026.

 

10.  Leases:

 

The Company leases commercial and residential real estate to tenants under various operating leases expiring through 2027.

 

Minimum future rentals to be received on non-cancellable commercial real estate leases as of April 30, 2011 are as follows:

 

 

Year Ending April 30

 

 

2012

$5,124,385

2013

4,877,145

2014

4,722,014

2015

4,434,291

2016

3,963,014

Thereafter 

17,548,903

Total

$40,669,752

 

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

11.  Investments in Affiliates:

 

Summarized financial and other information for the Company’s investments in Dover, Cranston and CP Associates, LLC follow:

 

Dover – New Jersey:

 

As of and for the years ended April 30

Company ownership – 50% investment at inception was $147,500.

 

 

2011

2010

 

 

 

Assets

$13,320,394

$13,517,935

Liabilities

19,099,996

19,279,915

Members’ deficit

(5,779,602)

(5,761,980)

Revenue

2,555,375

2,282,171

Operating expenses

1,253,401

1,042,733

Non-operating expense

(1,019,596)

(1,037,136)

Net income

282,378

202,302

 

Dover’s major tenant is Stop & Shop, which provided 53% of the total revenue in both fiscal 2011and 2010 under a lease that expires June 30, 2026.

 

Cranston – Rhode Island:

 

As of and for the years ended December 31

Company ownership – 25% investment at inception was $700,000, with $1,375,000 at renegotiation of terms and $3,000,000 upon an additional purchase of 25% interest in April, 2005.

 

 

2010

2009

 

 

 

Assets

$25,097,019

$25,418,037

Liabilities

33,771,380

34,449,170

Partners' deficit

(8,674,361)

(9,031,133)

Revenue

4,850,573

4,628,920

Operating expenses

2,159,642

2,164,261

Non-operating expense

(1,894,750)

(1,925,310)

Net income

796,181

539,349

 

The property has two major tenants, Stop & Shop and Kmart which provided approximately 63% of total revenue in both 2010 and 2009 under leases that expire October 30, 2021 and May 30, 2027, respectively.

 

 

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FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

11.  Investments in Affiliates (continued):

 

CP Associates, LLC – Rhode Island:

 

As of the years ended December 31

Company ownership – 50% investment.

 

 

2010

 

 

Assets

$21,447,415

Liabilities

23,038,127

Partners' deficit

(1,590,712)

Revenue

3,017,247

Operating expenses

1,188,604

Non-operating expense

(1,984,643)

Net loss

156,000

 

12.  Concentrations of Credit Risk

 

The Company’s financial instruments that are subject to concentrations of credit risk consist of cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities, and accounts, notes and other receivables.

 

The Company places its cash deposits, including investments in certificates of deposit, with various financial institutions.  Bank deposits may be in excess of current federal depository insurance limits.

 

The Company assesses the financial strength of its tenants prior to executing leases and typically requires a security deposit and prepayment of rent.  The Company establishes an allowance for doubtful accounts

receivable based upon factors surrounding the credit risk of specific tenants, historical trends and other information. 

 

The Company assesses the financial strength of CVS prior to incurring costs in connection with the development of CVS pharmacy stores. Based on historical experience and other information, no allowance for doubtful accounts is considered necessary by management as of April 30, 2011.

 

13.  Litigation

 

In connection with a court order, on November 29, 2010, the Company purchased 591,254 shares of common stock beneficially owned by Richard E. Kaplan. Under the terms set by the court the Company made a cash payment of $500,000 and issued a secured note for $2,879,407. The note is payable in quarterly installments of $118,970 plus interest through November 1, 2016. The accrual for this matter was recorded prior to May 1, 2009. In addition, the Company was also required to pay “pre-judgment interest” from September 13, 2005 through November 29, 2010 of approximately $790,000 which is due November 1, 2016. Such interest had been accrued as the litigation proceeded. The Company has pledged the aforementioned 591,254 shares of repurchased common stock and a security interest in certain of the Company’s other assets as collateral. On December 14, 2010, the Company filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeal for the First Circuit, but the Court’s verdict was affirmed. The Company has filed an appeal for rehearing. During the year, the Company reclassified $3,676,379 from accrued liabilities to notes payable – other for this settlement.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010

 

13.  Litigation (continued):

 

The Company is also involved in other legal proceedings which arise during the normal course of its business, including disputes over tax assessments, commercial contracts, lease agreements, construction contracts and personal injuries, but     the Company does not believe that any of these proceedings will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

14.  Subsequent Events:

 

Under a master development agreement dated September 1, 2011, but not finalized until early October between First Hartford Realty Corporation and Cumberland Farms Inc., the Company was given an exclusive arrangement to locate and develop sites for Cumberland Farms stores in parts of the Northeast United States.

 

On October 4, 2011, the Company entered into a partnership with a nonprofit entity which purchased a 99 year leasehold interest in a 200 unit subsidized housing project in Willington, Delaware. The Company is a limited partner in the entity which borrowed $8,150,000 for the purchase and renovation of the property. A subsidiary of the Company will do the $3,000,000 plus renovation while another subsidiary will be the managing agent.

 

On October 5, 2011, the Company purchased an 18.46 acre parcel of land in Del Valle, Texas for $2,412,875 and immediately sold a 2.26 acre parcel of the property for $1,568,000. The remaining acreage will be held to be developed or for sale as out parcels.

 

 

 

 

 

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PART III

 

ITEM 10.  DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

(a)        Identification of Directors

 

The directors of First Hartford Corporation, their ages and positions and the periods during which each has served as such are as follows:

 

 

Name

Age

Position

Period of Service

 

 

 

 

Neil H. Ellis

83

President

1966 – Present

 

 

 

 

Stuart I. Greenwald

69

Treasurer/Secretary

1980 – Present

 

 

 

 

David B. Harding

66

Vice President

1998 - Present

 

There are no arrangements or understandings between any of the foregoing and any other person pursuant to which such person was or is to be selected director or officer.

 

(b)        Identification of Executive Officers

 

The names and ages of all executive officers of First Hartford Corporation, their positions and the periods during which each has served as such are as follows:

 

           Name

Age

Position

Period of Service

 

 

 

 

Neil H. Ellis

83

President

1966 – Present

Stuart I. Greenwald

69

Treasurer/Secretary

1980 – Present

David B. Harding

66

Vice President

1998 - Present

 

There are no arrangements or understandings between any of the foregoing and any other person pursuant to which such person was or is to be selected director or officer.

 

(c)        Identification of Certain Significant Employees

 

Name

Age

Position

Period of Service

John Toic

39

Vice President

2003- Present

           

(d)        Family Relationships

 

            There are no family relationships among any directors or executive officers.

 

 

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ITEM 10.  DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE (continued):

 

(e)        Business Experience

 

1.         The following is a brief description of the background of each director or executive officer:

 

Mr. Ellis has been President of the Company since 1968. He is also President and Director of Green Manor Corporation, a holding company (which includes Journal Publishing Inc., Lubbock Parkade Inc. and MIP 16A Corp.), owned by him and his wife.

 

Mr. Greenwald has been Treasurer of the Company since 1980 and also holds the position of Secretary.

 

Mr. Harding has been a Vice President of the Company since 1998.  Additionally, he has been the President or Vice President of Richmond Realty, LLC (“Richmond”) a Real Estate Management Company owned by he and his wife since January 1996.  Prior to that, he had worked for the Company in the area of finance for three years.  In the past, Richmond has managed certain properties of the Company. Richmond Realty has been inactive since 2007 and has been dissolved.

 

2.         Directorships:

 

No directors hold any other directorships, except directorships in subsidiaries of the Company and the aforementioned Green Manor Corporation.

 

(f)        Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings:

 

No director or executive officer has been involved in legal proceedings required to be disclosed under item 401(f) of Regulation S-K promulgated by the Commission except for the Kaplan legal proceedings discussed in Item 3.

 

(g)        Promoter and Control Persons:

 

Not applicable.

 

 (h)       Audit Committee Financial Expert

 

First Hartford does not have an audit committee. Instead its entire Board of Directors attempts to fulfill the functions of an audit committee.  Mr. Ellis, Mr. Greenwald and Mr. Harding are members of our management. Mr. Ellis has various business relationships with First Hartford described under “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions”, in Item 13.  Thus, none of the members of the Board of Directors meet the criteria for independence established by the New York Stock Exchange or other self-regulating stock exchanges.  First Hartford does not otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for listing on the NYSE or with such other self-regulating stock exchanges.

 

 

 

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ITEM 10.  DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE (continued):

 

(i)         Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires the Company’s directors and executive officers, and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of the Company’s equity securities, to file with the Commission initial reports of beneficial ownership on Form 3 and reports of changes in beneficial ownership of the Company’s equity securities on Forms 4 or 5.  The rules promulgated  by the Commission under Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act require those persons to furnish the Company with copies of all reports filed with the Commission pursuant to Section 16(a).  Based solely upon a review of such forms actually furnished to the Company, and written representations of certain of the Company’s directors and executive officers that no forms were required to be filed, the Company believes that during fiscal year 2011, all directors, executive officers and 10% shareholders of the Company have filed with the Commission on a timely basis all reports required to be filed under Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

 (j)        Code of Ethics

 

The Company’s Code of Ethics, applicable to the Company’s principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions, was included in the second quarter 10-Q filed on December 19, 2005. The Company will provide any person, without charge, a copy of any portion of the Code of Ethics upon request directed to the Office of the Treasurer and Secretary of the Company.

 

ITEM 11.          EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

(a)

Summary Compensation Table

Name

& Principal Position

Year

Salary

Bonus

Stock

Awards

Option

Awards

Non-Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation

Non-qualified

Deferred

Compensation

Earnings

All Other

Compensation

Total

Neil H. Ellis

Director and President (CEO)

2011

$251,053

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$251,053

 

2010

$251,053

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$251,053

Stuart I. Greenwald

Director, Treasurer and Secretary

2011

$150,000

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$150,000

 

2010

$150,000

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$150,000

David B. Harding

Director and Vice President

2011

$176,053

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$176,053

 

2010

$176,053

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$- 0 -

$176,053

 

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ITEM 11.          EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION (continued):

 

(b)        Stock Options

 

The Company has a stock option plan which was approved and ratified by the shareholders of the Company. The Company does not have a formal schedule for issuing options. In the last 25 years, the Company awarded an aggregate of 250,000 options in increments of 50,000 options each to 5 long term employees; such options were awarded in February 2004. Mr. Harding and Mr. Greenwald were included in these employees. The options fully vested in February of 2006 and expire February 11, 2014. These options have never been repriced.

 

OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR END

 

Option Awards

Stock Awards

Name

Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options (#) Exercisable

Number of Securities Underlying

Unexercised Options (#) Unexercisable

Equity Incentive Plan Awards:

Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Unearned Options (#)

Option Exercise Price

($)

Option Expiration Date

Number of Shares or Units That Have Not Vested (#)

Market Value of Shares or Units That Have Not Vested ($)

Equity Incentive Plan Awards: Number of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights That Have Not Vested (#)

Equity Incentive Plan Awards: Market or Payout Value of Unearned Shares, Units or Other Rights That Have Not Vested ($)

Stuart I Greenwald

50,000

0

0

1.10

2/11/14

0

0

0

0

David B. Harding

50,000

0

0

1.10

2/11/14

0

0

0

0

Other employees

150,000

0

0

1.10

2/11/14

0

0

0

0

 

 

(c)        Benefits and Perquisites

 

Medical

 

All employees, including executive officers, working over 30 hours a week are entitled to Company paid medical insurance of which the employee pays, family $59 a week, employee and spouse $41 a week and employee $23 a week.

 

Mr. Ellis has opted out of the Company plan and is covered by Medicare.

 

Disability

 

All employees, including executive officers, are covered up to 60% of wages, up to $10,000 monthly.

 

Management Employees, as defined by the Company, and including executive officers, will be paid for all sick time up to three months unless extended by the Board of Directors. In the event that it is extended beyond six months, the Company will pay the difference between full pay and Long Term Disability.

 

 

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ITEM 11.  EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION (continued):

 

(c)        Benefits and Prerequisites (continued):

 

Life Insurance

 

Each employee of First Hartford, including executive officers, is eligible to receive life insurance that, in the event of such employee’s death, will provide proceeds of two times the annual salary of each employee until such employee reaches the age of 70. At the age of 70, the amount of life insurance proceeds each employee is entitled to receive upon his or her death is equal to one times such employee’s annual salary.

 

(d)        Automobiles

 

To assist management of the Company in carrying out its responsibilities and to improve job performance, the Company provides its executive officers with automobiles. The Company cannot specifically or precisely ascertain the amount of personal benefit, if any, derived by those officers from such automobiles. However, after reasonable inquiry, the Company has concluded that the amount of any such personal benefit is immaterial and does not in any event exceed $10,000 to any officer. No provision has therefore been made for any such benefit. All of the above mentioned officers are provided automobiles.

 

ITEM 12.  SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

 

(a)        Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners  - per SEC filings:

 

            The following table sets forth information as of the date hereof with respect to all persons known to the Company to be beneficial owners of more than 5% of the Company’s outstanding shares of     common stock:

 

Title Name & Address of Amount and Nature (3)

Of

 Beneficial Owner or of Beneficial  Percent

Class

Identity of Group Ownerships of Class

 

     

Common Stock

Neil H. Ellis   1,353,876 (1) 48.6%

 

43 Butternut Road    

 

Manchester, CT  06040    

 

     
Common Stock John Filippelli 284,681 (2) 10.2%

 

85 Pawling Lake    

 

 Pawling, NY    12564    

 

     

 

     
Common Stock Joel Lehrer  200,000 7.2%

 

231 Atlantic Street, #58    

 

Keyport, NJ   07735-2044    

 

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ITEM 12.  SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS (continued):

 

(a)        Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners  - per SEC filings (continued):

 

(1)   Includes 416,483 shares owned by a corporation, which is wholly owned by Mr. & Mrs. Ellis: 17,693 shares owned beneficially and of record by Mr. Ellis’ wife; 53,412 shares held as Trustee for his daughters in which he disclaims beneficial ownership.  Excludes 14,250 shares held as Trustee for the Jonathan G. Ellis Leukemia Foundation (a charitable foundation).

 

(2)   Included in Mr. Filippelli’s shares are 186,668 shares over which he has Shared Dispositive Power and 34,350 owned by Mr. Filippelli's wife.

 

(3)   Percent of class calculation includes options for 250,000 shares.

 

(b)        Security Ownership of Directors and Executive Officers:

 

The following table sets forth information as of the date hereof with respect to all shares beneficially owned by all directors and executive officers of the Company as a group:

 

Title of Class

Name & Address of Beneficial Owner
of Identity of Group

Amount and Nature of
Beneficial Ownerships

Percent of Class

 

 

 

 

Common

Neil H. Ellis

43 Butternut Road

Manchester, CT  06040

1,353,876 (1)

48.6%

 

Common

All Directors and Officers

As a Group (3 in number)

1,453,876 (4)

52.2%

 

 

(4)  Included in shares of officers and directors are options for 100,000 shares for David Harding and Stuart Greenwald.

 

(c)        Changes in Control

 

The Company is aware of no arrangements, which may result at a subsequent date in change in control of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 12.  SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS (continued):

 

(d)       Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

            Information for our equity compensation plans in effect as of April 30, 2011 is as follows:

 

 

(a)

(b)

(c)

 

 

 

 

Plan category

 

 

Number of securities to

 be issued upon exercise of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights.

 

 

Weighted-average

exercise price of

outstanding options,
warrants and rights

Number of securities

remaining available for
future issuance under

 equity compensation
plans (excluding securities
reflected in column (a))

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders

250,000

    $1.10 (1)

750,000

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders

           0

                     0      

                           0

 

 

 

 

    Total

250,000

$1.10      

750,000

 

(1)  The options include a "put option" that requires the Company to purchase the exercised shares for $1.30 in excess of the grant price.  The put options have been extended until the option expiration date of the underlying options.

 

ITEM 13.   CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

 

(a)        Parkade Center Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of First Hartford Corporation) has a .0199% interest in Hartford Lubbock Parkade LP, a partnership, which owns a shopping center in Lubbock, Texas. Lubbock Parkade Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Journal Publishing Inc. owns .9801% of the Partnership. Journal Publishing Inc. is owned by Neil Ellis, the president and chairman of First Hartford Corporation, and his wife Elizabeth. First Hartford Realty Corporation manages the property and receives a 4% management fee, which is the industry norm for a shopping center.

 

For the year ended April 30, 2011, Parkade Center Inc. and First Hartford Realty Corporation were paid the following:

 

Management Fee (at 4%)

$61,407

            Miscellaneous Service

-0-

 

For the year ended April 30, 2011, Parkade Center Inc. received distributions of $3,190 and Lubbock Parkade Inc. received distributions in that period of $156,900 from Hartford Lubbock LP.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Ellis also own a small residential property (40 apartment units) in Enfield, Connecticut that the Company no longer manages.

 

Included in Notes payable at April 30, 2010, is a note due to Neil Ellis, the President of the Company, in the amount of $250,000 to provide operating cash until the Clarendon transaction closed. This is a non-interest bearing note which was repaid in May 2010.

 

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ITEM 13.  CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE (continued):

 

 

(b)                Certain Business Relationships:

 

                     Refer to (a) above.

 

(c)                Indebtedness of Management:

 

                    There is none.

 

(d)                Transactions with Promoters:

 

                    There are none.

                       

(e)                Director Independence:

 

Neil Ellis, David Harding and Stuart Greenwald   are all employees of the Company and by definition are not independent. The Company does not have any directors that meet the independence standards for audit, nominating or compensation committee.

 

The Company’s securities are not listed on a national securities exchange or in an inter-dealer quotation system, which has a requirement that a majority of the Board of Directors be independent.

 

            ITEM 14.  PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES

 

The Company dismissed CCR LLP on April 29, 2011 and engaged J.H. Cohn LLP on April 29, 2011. Set forth below is a summary of the fees paid for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011 and 2010.

                                                           

 

J.H. Cohn LLP

CCR LLP

CCR LLP

 

2011

2011

2010

Audit Fees (1)

$80,000

$22,500

$104,100

Audit Related Fees (2)

37,500

-0-

25,000

Tax Fees (3)

-0-

-0-

-0-

All Other Fees (4)

-0-

-0-

3,000

 

(1)  Includes fees for the audit of the Company’s annual financial statements included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K and the reviews of its interim condensed financial statements included in its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

(2)  Includes fees for the audit of financial statements of certain entities which are included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.

(3)  No tax services were rendered.

(4)  Includes fees for research.

 

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ITEM 14.  PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES (continued):

 

The Board of Directors has:

 

(a)        reviewed and discussed the Company’s  audited financial statements with the independent auditors;

 

(b)        discussed with the independent auditors the matters required to be discussed by professional standards;

 

(c)        reviewed and discussed the independence of the auditors and received a written disclosures from the audit firm confirming its independence. No services have been provided to the Company by its independent auditors other than attest services.

 

Based on the review and discussions described above, the Board of Directors approved the inclusion of the Company’s audited financial statements in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011.

 

Neil H. Ellis

Stuart I. Greenwald

David B. Harding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART IV

 

ITEM 15.          EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES  

Pages

 

 

(a)        (1)        The reports of independent registered public accounting firms and

 

 the following financial statements are included in Part II, Item 8:

 

 

 

                        Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

13

 

 

                        Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

14

 

 

                        Financial Statements:

 

 

 

                        Consolidated Balance Sheets - April 30, 2011 and 2010

15-16

 

 

                        Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Years

 

   Ended April 30, 2011 and 2010

17

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss for the Years

 

   Ended April 30, 2011 and 2010

18

 

 

                        Consolidated Statements of Changes in Deficiency

 

                           for the Years Ended April 30, 2011 and 2010

19

 

 

                        Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years

 

                          Ended April 30, 2011 and 2010

20-22

 

 

                        Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

23-38

 

 

(2)        Financial statement schedules

 

 

 

All financial statement schedules are omitted because they are not required.

 

 

 

 (b)       Exhibits

 

 

 

            (3)        Articles of Incorporation and by-laws.

 

 

 

Exhibit (3) to Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year ended April 30, 1984, Pages 1-18 of Exhibits Binders, incorporated by reference to Securities File Number 0-8862.

 

 

 

            (4)        Instruments defining the rights of security holders, including Indentures.

 

                       

 

Not Applicable.

 

 

 

(5)           Voting Trust Agreement.

 

 

 

Not Applicable.

 

 

 

(6)          Material Contracts.

 

 

 

Not Applicable.

 

 

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ITEM 15.  EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES (continued):

 

(b)        Exhibits (continued):

 

(7)        Statement regarding computation of per share earnings.

 

Not Applicable.

 

(8)        Statement regarding computation of ratios.

 

Not Applicable.

 

(9)        Annual Report to Security Holders, Form 10-Q or Quarterly Report To Security Holders.

 

The annual report to security holders consists of this report (Form 10-K) and the President’s letter attached as Exhibit 13.

 

(10)      Letter regarding change in accounting principle.

 

Not Applicable.

 

(11)     Previously Unfilled Documents.

 

Not Applicable.

 

(12)     Subsidiaries of the Registrant.

 

Name of Subsidiary                                           State in which Incorporated

 

First Hartford Realty Corporation                      Delaware

 

Lead Tech, Inc.                                                 Connecticut

 

Parkade Center, Inc.                                         Texas

 

Plainfield Parkade, Inc.                                      Connecticut

 

Putnam Parkade, Inc.                                        Connecticut

           

                        EH&N Construction Company                          Delaware

 

Dover Parkade LLC                                          Delaware

 

                        DE 150 Corp                                                    Delaware

 

                        Brewery Parkade, Inc.                                      Rhode Island

 

                        Cranston Parkade, LLC                                    Rhode Island

 

                        Tri-City Plaza, Inc.                                            New Jersey

 

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ITEM 15.  EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES (continued):

 

(b)        Exhibits (continued):

 

            (12)      Subsidiaries of the Registrant (continued).

                       

Name of Subsidiary                                                    State in which Incorporated

 

                        1150 Union Street Corp.                                            Massachusetts

 

                        CP Associates, LLC                                                   Rhode Island

 

                        Trolley Barn Associates, LLC                                      Rhode Island

 

                        Main Street NA Parkade, LLC                                    Connecticut

 

                        Connolly & Partners, LLC                                            Massachusetts 

 

Cranston/BVT Associates Limited Partnership               Rhode Island

 

FHRC Management Corp.                                            Delaware

 

The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley, LP                         Texas

 

First Hartford Rio Grande Valley, LP                             Texas

 

Rockland Place Apartments, LLC                                  Massachusetts

 

Rockland Place Developers, LLC                                  Massachusetts

 

Rockland Place Apartments, LP                                     Massachusetts 

 

Independence Park Asset Management Co, LLC            Delaware

 

EH&N U Inc.                                                                 Massachusetts

 

First Hartford Plumbing Inc.                                             Massachusetts

 

FALAH Corp.                                                                Massachusetts

 

Clarendon Hill Somerville Limited Partnership                  Massachusetts

 

Clarendon Developer, LLC                                             Massachusetts

                       

                        Clarendon Hill Somerville, LLC                                       Massachusetts

                                               

(13)      Published report regarding matters submitted to vote of Security Holders.

 

Not Applicable.

 

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ITEM 15.  EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES (continued):

 

(b)        Exhibits (continued):

 

(14)      Power of Attorney.

 

Not Applicable.

 

(15)      Additional Exhibits.

 

(16)      Not Applicable

 

(17)      Information from Reports furnished to State Insurance Regulatory Authorities.

 

Not Applicable.

 

(18)      Exhibit 31.1

 

(19)      Exhibit 31.2

 

(20)      Exhibit 32.1

 

(21)      Exhibit 32.2

 

(c)        Other Financial Statements – Nonconsolidated subsidiaries

 

Cranston/BVT Associates Limited Partnership

 

Dover Parkade LLC

 

CP Associates, LLC

 

 

 

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S I G N A T U R E S

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned,

Thereunto Duly Authorized. 

 

Dated: October 31, 2011

 

                                                                       

FIRST HARTFORD CORPORATION

 

 

By: /s/ Neil H. Ellis       
      Neil H. Ellis
      President

 

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the date indicated. 

 

October 31, 2011

/s/ Neil H. Ellis

 

Neil H. Ellis     

 

Principal Executive Officer

 

President and Director

 

 

 

 

October 31, 2011

 /s/ Stuart I. Greenwald 

 

Stuart I. Greenwald

 

Principal Financial Officer

 

Principal Accounting Officer

 

Secretary, Treasurer and Director

 

 

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CRANSTON/BVT ASSOCIATES

LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

     

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

AS OF AND FOR THE YEARS ENDED

DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

   CRANSTON/BVT ASSOCIATES  
      LIMITED PARTNERSHIP  
   
         TABLE OF CONTENTS  
   
   
   
 
Page
   
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS 1
   
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC  
ACCOUNTING FIRM 2
   
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS  
   
Balance Sheets 3
   
Statements of Operations 4
   
Statements of Changes in Partners' Deficit 5
   
Statements of Cash Flows 6
   
Notes to Financial Statements 7

 


 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

To the Partners
Cranston/BVT Associates Limited Partnership:

We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of Cranston/BVT Associates Limited Partnership as of December 31, 2010, and the related statement of operations, changes in partners' deficit, and cash flows for the year then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the partnership's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards as established by the Auditing Standards Board (United States) and in accordance with the auditing standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The partnership is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the partnership's internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Cranston/BVT Associates Limited Partnership, as of December 31, 2010, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

/s/ J.H. Cohn LLP

Glastonbury, Connecticut
October 31, 2011

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED

PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

 

To the Partners of Cranston/BVT Associates Limited Partnership:

We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of Cranston/BVT Associates Limited Partnership (the "Partnership") as of December 31, 2009, and the related statement of operations, changes in partners' deficit and cash flows for the year then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Partnership's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Partnership is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Partnership's internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Cranston/BVT Associates Limited Partnership as of December 31, 2009, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

/s/ CCR LLP

Glastonbury, Connecticut
February 23, 2010

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CRANSTON/BVT ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

BALANCE SHEETS

DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND 2009

         

ASSETS

     

2010

   

2009

             
Real estate and improvements:            
      Land  

$

6,530,822  

$

6,530,822
      Land improvements     3,804,003     3,804,003
      Building and improvements    
17,336,650
   
17,336,650
      27,671,475     27,671,475
        Less: accumulated depreciation and amortization  
5,876,042
   
5,234,972
      21,795,433     22,436,503
             
Cash and cash equivalents     1,551,984     1,266,569
Tenant accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful          
   accounts of $60,000 in 2010 and $38,000 in 2009   99,894     143,219
Rent receivable     915,624     843,334
Prepaid expenses     56,495     54,716
Mortgage escrow accounts     397,095     327,468
Mortgage origination costs, net     101,939     125,463
Tenant improvements, net     26,526     39,788
Deferred leasing commissions, net    
152,029
   
180,977
     
3,301,586
   
2,981,534
             
      Total Assets  

$

25,097,019
 

$

25,418,037
             
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' DEFICIT
Liabilities:            
Mortgage note payable  

$

33,158,970  

$

33,738,213
Accounts payable     24,117     37,907
Accrued liabilities     159,986     162,780
Rents collected in advance     383,617     465,580
Tenant security deposits    
44,690
   
44,690
      33,771,380     34,449,170
Commitments and Contingencies            
             
Partners' deficit    
(8,674,361)
   
(9,031,133)
             
             
        Total Liabilities and Partners' Deficit

$

25,097,019
 

$

25,418,037
             
             

See accompanying notes.

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CRANSTON/BVT ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND 2009

           
   
2010
 
2009
Revenues:      
   Rental income

$

4,850,573
 

$

4,628,920
           
Operating expenses:          
   Rental expense   1,207,371     1,169,929
   Depreciation and amortization   706,804     691,287
   Selling, general and administrative   69,269     113,877
   Management fees - related party  
176,198
   
189,168
   
2,159,642
   
2,164,261
           
      Income from operations   2,690,931     2,464,659
           
Non-operating income (expense):          
   Interest and other income   4,051     5,560
   Interest expense   (1,898,801)     (1,930,870)
   
(1,894,750)
   
(1,925,310)
           
      Net income

$

796,181
 

$

539,349
           
           
           

See accompanying notes.

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CRANSTON/BVT ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN PARTNERS' DEFICIT

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND 2009

 

 

 

Cranston

Parkade, LLC

(98% Owner)

 

CP/BVT, Inc.

(2% Owner)

 

Total

Partners' Deficit

       
Balance, December 31, 2008

$

(9,266,265) $ 102,471 $ (9,163,794)
       

Net income

  528,562   10,787   539,349
             

Distributions

  (402,750)  
(3,938)
 
(406,688)
             
Balance, December 31, 2009   (9,140,453)   109,320   (9,031,133)
             

Net income

  780,257   15,924   796,181
             

Distributions

  (435,498)  
(3,911)
 
(439,409)
             
Balance, December 31, 2010

$

(8,795,694) $
121,333
 
(8,674,361)
             

See accompanying notes.

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CRANSTON/BVT ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND 2009

           
   
2010
   
2009
Operating activities:          
   Net income $ 796,181   $ 539,349
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash          
      provided by operating activities:          
         Depreciation and amortization   693,542     691,287
         Amortization of tenant improvements   13,262     13,262
         Bad debt expense   22,000     18,000
            Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
            Tenant accounts receivable   21,325     (46,490)
            Rent receivable   (72,290)     (56,903)
            Prepaid expenses   (1,779)     (3,589)
            Mortgage escrow accounts   (69,627)     12,577
            Deferred leasing commissions   -     (22,350)
            Accounts payable   (13,790)     8,000
            Accrued liabilities   (2,794)     (2,641)
            Rents collected in advance   (81,963)     (14,285)
            Tenant security deposits  
-
   
5,940
           
         Net cash provided by operating activities  
1,304,067
   
1,142,157
           
           
Financing activities:          
         Repayments of mortgage note payable   (579,243)     (547,327)
         Partner distributions  
(439,409)
   
(406,688)
           
         Net cash used in financing activities  
(1,018,652)
   
(954,015)
           
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   285,415     188,142
           
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year  
1,266,569
   
1,078,427
           
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $
1,551,984
  $
1,266,569
           
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:          
         Cash paid during the year for interest $
1,901,595
  $
1,933,511
           

See accompanying notes.

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CRANSTON/BVT ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

Notes to Financial Statements

For the Years Ended December 31, 2010 and 2009

Note 1 - Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Business

Cranston/BVT Associates Limited Partnership (the "Partnership") owns a retail commercial shopping center in Cranston, Rhode Island. It leases space to a limited number of tenants under non-cancellable operating leases which range from five to 25 years. Such leases generally contain renewal options.

Financial Statement Presentation

Consistent with accepted practice in the real estate industry, the accompanying balance sheets are unclassified.

Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Revenue Recognition

Rental income is recognized on a straight-line basis over the terms of the respective leases and includes reimbursements for certain expenses such as real estate taxes, utilities, insurance, common area maintenance and others as provided for in the lease agreements. Amounts due from tenants for rent recognized on a straight-line basis in excess of collections are shown as rent receivable. Reimbursements of expenses are shown as tenant accounts receivable. Amounts collected from tenants in excess of rent recognized on a straight-line basis are shown as rent collected in advance. There are no contingent rents.

Real Estate and Improvements

Real estate and improvements thereon are stated at cost.

Buildings and improvements are depreciated using the straight line method over their estimated useful lives which range from 10 to 40 years. Depreciation expense was $641,071 for 2010 and $654,333 for 2009.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

All highly liquid investments with a maturity date of three months or less when purchased are considered cash equivalents. Cash (including restricted cash in mortgage escrow accounts) and cash equivalents are on deposit with various financial institutions. At times the balance on deposit may exceed current federal depository insurance limits. Management regularly monitors the financial institutions and its cash balances to keep this potential risk to a minimum. At December 31, 2010 cash equivalents were $1,526,709 ($1,247,908 at December 31, 2009).

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CRANSTON/BVT ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

Notes to Financial Statements

For the Years Ended December 31, 2010 and 2009

Note 1 - Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Continued)

Mortgage Origination Costs

Mortgage origination costs are being amortized on a straight-line basis over the term of the related mortgage note payable. Amortization expense was $23,523 for 2010 and 2009. Future amortization expense is $23,523 for each year from 2011 through 2014 and $7,847 for 2015.

Deferred Leasing Commissions

Deferred leasing commissions are amortized on a straight-line basis over the life of the related leases. Amortization expense was $28,948 for 2010 and $26,694 for 2009. Amortization expense for the next five years is expected to be as follows:

Year ending December 31,    
2011 $ 28,405
2012   16,537
2013   13,351
2014