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Israel Land Development Reports First Quarter Results; Company Updates Current Status.

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TEL AVIV, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 31, 2001

The Israel Land Development Company Ltd. ("the Company" or "ILDC") (NASDAQ:ILDCY) today announced the condensed financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries ("the ILDC Group" or "the Group") for the period ended March 31, 2001.

A description of the Corporation and its Business Environment

ILDC is engaged in a number of fields of operations, the main ones of which are described below, mainly through subsidiaries some of which are public companies whose shares are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Ltd., and which publish separate financial statements on their operations.

The main fields of operations are:
- Real estate and hotels - initiation, development, execution and sale of
projects and the leasing and management of income producing properties
throughout the country, as well as the ownership and management of a chain of
hotels throughout the country.

- Communications - publishing newspapers, local newspapers and journals,
electronic communications, compact discs and tapes, books and multimedia
products, commercial printing and billboards.

- Insurance and finance - Operations in all field of general insurance, life
insurance and credit insurance and since 1999, in financial fields.

- Investments - investments in companies in various fields of operation.


Events after the balance sheet date

Prospectus - on May 30, 2001 the Company's Board of Directors approved submission of a prospectus for rights and bonds (Series 10), according to which a series of bonds will be issued for a total amount of NIS 200 million par value, for an average period of 10 years. The rights for the purchase of the series of bonds will be offered to the Company's shareholders in consideration for a price considerably lower than their par value. The difference between the value of the bonds soon after their issue and the payment actually paid by the shareholders will be recognized as a dividend for all intents and purposes. The balance of the series of bonds will be offered to the public, and part will be purchased by a subsidiary of the Company.

Restatement - On May 30, 2001 the Company's Board of Directors re-approved the financial statements for 2000 which were adjusted by way of restatement in order to reflect retroactively the effects of an amendment in registering capital gains from the sale of the shares of Gibor Sport Holdings Ltd. ("Gibor"). The reduction in the capital gains results from expressing an element of profit relating to an asset belonging to Gibor, Optima Promotions and Investment Management 66 Ltd. ("Optima") which was purchased by the Company. Optima is consolidated in the Company's financial statements as of the third quarter of 2000. The said change will reduce the capital gains that the Company registered by about NIS 0.9 million. For the effect of changes in the financial statements for 2000 see Note 4 to the condensed financial statements attached hereto.

Delisting the Company's shares abroad - On May 30, 2001 the Company's Board of Directors decided to take the steps required in order to delist the Company's shares from trading in New York, and this is mainly due to considerations of the low marketability of the shares abroad and the high cost resulting from the continued double listing.

Financial condition

The consolidated balance sheet of ILDC and its subsidiaries on March 31, 2001 totaled NIS 4,722 million, compared to NIS 4,627 million on December 31, 2000 and compared to NIS 4,179 million on March 31, 2000. The main increase in the balance sheet since the beginning of the year is a result of an increase in current assets, most of which is an increase in insurance premiums and balances of agents receivable totaling NIS 45 million and an increase in the balances of insurance companies and insurance brokers of NIS 12 million, which reflect an increase in the level of sales of the insurance company, an increase in the balance of receivables of NIS 18 million mainly in the Hed Artzi and Maariv publishing companies. In addition, inventories increased by NIS 10 million mainly due to the increase in the level of inventories and the prices of paper in Maariv's stores.

Results of operations

In the first quarter of 2001 ILDC registered a net consolidated loss of NIS 16.8 million compared to an income of NIS 26.9 million for the first quarter of the previous year. The transition to a loss results from a combination of reasons, the two main reasons being: - Financing expenses of NIS 22.9 million in the first quarter of

2001, compared to financing revenues totaling NIS 4.9 million in

the equivalent quarter in 2000, and this mainly due to the

financing costs of loans taken as project financing for the

erection of the Herzliya Shopping Mall, due to the end of its

construction and the start of operations. - The Company's share in the financial results of affiliated

companies, net, resulted in a loss of NIS 12.4 million, compared

to a loss of NIS 0.5 million in the first quarter of the previous

year, mainly due to the Company's share in the losses of Matav.

Matav Ltd. is a public company that publishes separate financial

statements, according to which its losses derive mainly of its

share in Partner Communication's results and of financing expenses

and expenses related to the purchase of contents. - In the equivallent quarter of 2000, the Company had capital gains

from Gibor Sprort Holdings, in which the Company no longer has

holdings as of balance sheet date.

The operating income of the Company from the operations of its subsidiaries, after offsestting capital gains and financing revenues, amounted in the first quarter of 2001 to NIS 18.24 million compared to NIS 22.85 million in the first quarter in 2000. This change is comprised of a 26% increase in the operating revenues from real estate businesses compared to the equivallent quarter in 2000, which was offset by the decrease in operating revenues from the communication businesses. For a review of the results of operations of the various subsidiaries - see below.

The following is a condensed review of the results of operations of the Group in accordance with the fields of operations (in NIS thousands)


 For the three months ended
Details March 31
 2001 2000

Revenues
From real estate 35,452 43,647
From communications business 215,827 216,487
From operating hotels 12,006 18,382
From insurance business 161,140 140,336
From heart medical services 6,087 7,056
Other revenues, net - 4,871
Capital gains, net 13,732 15,273

Total 444,244 446,052




Costs and expenses
From real estate business 19,735 31,168
From communications business 213,042 207,890
From operating hotels 16,394 22,165
From operating insurance business 155,261 134,207
From heart medical services 7,844 7,627
Financing, net 22,854 -
General, administrative and other 9,284 9,338

Total 444,414 412,395

Income (loss) before taxes on income (170) 33,657
Tax on income 10,512 10,770
Income (loss) after taxes on income (10,682) 22,887
Company share in losses of affiliated
companies, net (12,429) (481)
Minority share in losses of subsidiaries 6,309 4,459

Net profit (loss) for the period (16,802) 26,865


The following are the main details of the operating results of the Group's main subsidiaries:

Real Estate Business

Construction business

Since the beginning of 2001 ILDC has not engaged in any significant construction project and is engaged in a number of construction projects for residential purposes.

The main part of the Company's profits from real estate business in the quarter under review result from income producing real estate, and this compared to the equivalent quarter in the previous year, where the share of this item was lower. The reasons for change in the mix of profitability are an increase in the profitability of income producing real estate, which during the quarter under report totaled NIS 12.3 million compared to NIS 6.9 million, and a result of the opening of the shopping mall in Herzliya.

The total amount of operating income from real estate business during the first quarter of 2001 increased and totaled NIS 15.7 million compared to NIS 12.5 million for the first quarter of the previous year.

Communications business

The Maariv Group

During the first quarter of the year the Maariv Group registered operating income, before financing expenses totaling NIS 4.2 million, compared to NIS 6.9 million for the equivalent quarter in the previous year. The decline in profitability results from maintaining a similar level of revenues concurrently with increasing cost of sales, as a result of the increase in paper prices.

Hed Artzi Group

The Hed Artzi Group in the first quarter of 2001 registered an operating loss totaling NIS 2.0 million, which is higher than the operating loss in the equivalent quarter in the previous year which reached NIS 1.5 million. The decline in profitability, despite the increase in revenues and the decrease in general and administrative expenses, is due to increasing selling and marketing expenses, mainly in the retail chains, resulting from the continuing recession.

Rapid Ltd.

Rapid Shilut Hutzot Ltd. in the quarter under review registered operating income of NIS 1.6 million, compared to operating income of NIS 3.2 million for the equivalent period in the previous year. The decline in operating income results from an exceptional decline in sales turnover in January this year, which does not reflect a trend - in February and March the rate of sales was simillar to the previous year. Concurrently, the items of expenses in this company also dropped. The income of Rapid include in the reviewed quarter, for the first time, income from the subsidiary Rapid Vision, which is engaged in electronic billboards. At the date of signing the financial statements, there are 4 operating electronic billboards, and 8 more are expected to be operated until the end of 2001.

Insurance business

The ILDC Group's insurance business of the produced operating income of NIS 5.9 million compared to operating income of NIS 6.1 million during the equivalent period of 2000, and this due to the increase in the volume of revenues from insurance business, concurrently with a proportional increase in expenses. General insurance business during the first quarter of the year produced higher income compared to the equivalent quarter in the previous year, and this mainly as a result of a revision of insurance tariffs, and an overhaul of the handling policy, compared to the significant recession in profitability from general insurance business during the equivalent period in the previous year. On the other hand, the life insurance business produced a lower profit compared to the equivalent period last year despite the expansion of net new sales by about 16%, and this due to a significant decline in revenues from investments and an exceptional increase in claims due to death during the quarter.

Hotel business

Operating income of the hotel business in the first quarter of 2001 totaled NIS 4.4 million compared to a loss of NIS 3.8 million in the equivalent quarter in the previous year. The hotel business continues to be affected by the continued decline in the political, security and economic situation. The Galei Kinneret Hotel in Tiberias was closed, and The Ma'ayan Hotel in Nazareth is only partially operating. The Company estimates that the hotel business will continue to show losses as long as the external factors mentioned above do not improve significantly.

Liquidity and sources of finance

In the first quarter of 2001 net cash resulting from operating activities of the ILDC Group totaled NIS 12.0 million, compared to cash used for operating activities of NIS 23.9 million for the first quarter of 2000. This decline is a result of a transition to losses in the Company's consolidated statements, an increase in the Company's share in the losses of affiliated companies and changes in the adjustments required as a result of the operations of the insurance company.

The total amount of cash used for investing activities reached NIS 47.5 million compared to an amount of NIS 106.8 million resulting from investment operations in the first quarter of the previous year. The main investing activities in the quarter under report were as follows: - NIS 4.8 million were invested in long term deposits with banks and

NIS 6.3 million were invested in a trust deposit relating to the

acquisition of shares of Telad Ltd. - An amount of NIS 9.2 million were used to grant short-term loans. - During the quarter the amount of NIS 3.6 million was received as a

dividend from Telad Ltd. compared to an amount of NIS 38.4 million

which were received as a dividend from affiliated companies in the

first quarter of 2000.

During the first quarter of the year the amount provided by financing activities totaled NIS 17.9 million, compared to NIS 21.6 million used for financing activities in the equivalent quarter in the previous year. The main financing activities which affected this amount is the receipt of short-term bank credit of NIS 34.8 million compared to short-term bank credit of NIS 11.0 million received in the first quarter of 2000.

Legal proceedings

Regarding the legal proceedings against ILDC Insurance, a subsidiary, and legal proceedings against Matav Ltd., see Note 5 to the condensed financial statements.

Qualitative report regarding exposure to market risks and the method of their management

There has been no change since the beginning of the year.
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