Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. Announces Results for the First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2010 Ended December 31, 2009

Feb 11, 2010, 18:16 ET from Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (Nasdaq: CRESY, BASE: CRES), today announces results for the First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2010 Ended December 31, 2009.


-- Net income for the first six months of FY 2010 amounted to Ps. 141.8 million compared to the Ps. 12.3 million posted in the first half of the previous fiscal year.

-- Operating income for the six-month period amounted to Ps. 280.5 million, composed by a Ps. 285.6 million profit from the consolidation of IRSA's segments and a Ps. 5.1 million loss from Cresud's agribusiness segments. The agribusiness segments had posted a Ps. 17.8 million operating loss in the same period of the previous fiscal year.

-- Operating losses in agribusiness segments as of December 2009 are attributable to the seasonality patterns in the crop segment revenue recognition. Results should improve as summer crops, which were allocated most of the area under production, get harvested. Sowing presents a high degree of progress and the perspectives for crop evolution look good.

-- Cresud paid dividends for Ps. 60 million and allocated 0.053 treasury shares per share held among its shareholders. The treasury shares had been purchased during fiscal year 2008-2009 in the context of domestic and international markets' turbulence.

-- IRSA: The Consumer Finance Segment, 80% of which is to be sold to Banco Hipotecario, has experienced a recovery in results. The rental segments have shown a solid performance, with a recovery in the Shopping Centers' revenue growth rates as from the second quarter of the fiscal year, and an option to purchase Parque Arauco's 29.6% stake in Alto Palermo for US$ 126 million was agreed upon. Should this option be exercised, it will imply the consolidation of IRSA's position in the Argentine shopping center market.

    Financial Highlights
    (In thousands of Argentine Pesos)
    First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2010
    Ended December 31, 2009

Cresud's consolidated financial statements for the period from July 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009 (Second Quarter FY10) includes IRSA's consolidated data, while Cresud's consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2008, disclosed in the comparative tables, include IRSA's consolidated data for the period ranging from October 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008, thus affecting the comparability of the income statement.

    Income Statement             12/31/2009    12/31/2008
    Total Production Revenues        42,392        31,039
    Production Results               (4,459)      (10,202)
    Total Sales Revenues            119,324       109,539
    Sales Results                    11,676        20,944
    Total Real Estate Sales         664,556       325,013
    Real Estate Results             419,204       179,287
    Gross Profit                    426,421       190,029
    Operating Profit                280,475        32,250
    Net Income (loss)               141,845        12,296

    Balance Sheet               12/31/2009    12/31/2008
      Current Assets             1,151,572     1,110,114
      Non Current Assets         5,216,642     4,349,390
    Total Assets                 6,368,214     5,459,504
      Current Liabilities        1,479,883     1,043,581
      Non Current Liabilities    1,415,748     1,456,623
    Total Liabilities            2,895,631     2,500,204
      Minority Interest          1,549,847     1,283,078
    Shareholders' Equity         1,922,736     1,676,222

About Cresud:

Cresud is a leading Argentine agricultural company with a growing presence in the Brazilian agricultural sector through its investment in BrasilAgro - Companhia Brasileira de Propriedades Agricola. Cresud is currently involved in a range of activities including crop production, cattle raising and milk production. Cresud's business model, which is being rolled out regionally in Latin America, taking into account the specific conditions of each country, focuses on the acquisition, development and exploitation of properties having attractive prospects for agricultural production and/or value appreciation and the selective disposition of such properties where appreciation has been realized.

Additionally, Cresud owns a 57.1% stake in IRSA Inversiones y Representaciones S.A., Argentina's largest, most well-diversified real estate company. Through its subsidiaries, IRSA manages an expanding top portfolio of shopping centers and office buildings, primarily in Buenos Aires. The company also develops residential subdivisions and apartments (specializing in high- rises and loft-style conversions) and owns three luxury hotels.

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Cresud cordially invites you to participate in its First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2010 Results Conference Call on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time

    If you would like to participate, please call:
    United States:  800-314-6696
    International:  +1-706-758-8485

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    Investor Relations Department
    Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.

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