Ginn Companies Default on Land Purchase Contract

Contract envolves 4,538 acres in Lee County, Florida. Seller is Alico, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALCO)

Palm Coast, Florida – April 23, 2009 – Alico, Inc., (NASDAQ: ALCO) a land management company, announced today that the real estate developer Ginn Companies has defaulted on its contract with the Company’s subsidiary, Alico-Agri Ltd, related to the purchase of property in Lee County, Florida.
Under the terms of the contract, a quarterly interest payment of $283 thousand was due on March 30, 2009. When the payment was not received, Alico-Agri issued the required 15 day notice of delinquency to Ginn. Alico-Agri is evaluating its options in determining the most expeditious procedure to reclaim the property.
The property consists of a 4,538-acre parcel located next to Florida Gulf Coast University in Lee County that is a former rock mine. Under the terms of the contract, Ginn is entitled to receive a release of 399 acres. The Company is currently researching the impact on its financial statements which will include removing the net mortgage note receivable of $7.1 million (consisting of the note balance of $52.3 million less deferred revenue of $45.2 million) and the reestablishment of basis in the property.
See related stories for details of the purchase contract.
About Alico, Inc.
Alico, Inc., a land management company operating in Central and Southwest Florida, owns approximately 135,500 acres of land located in Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Polk counties. Alico is involved in various agricultural operations and real estate activities. Alico’s mission is to grow its asset values through its agricultural and real estate activities to produce superior long-term returns for its shareholders.

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