UPDATE 1-Mexico's Homex says it is exploring ways to boost liquidity

Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:34am EDT

MEXICO CITY, April 15 (Reuters) - Mexico's Homex is considering ways to boost its liquidity, including issuing debt and raising private capital, and is working on divesting noncore assets from its tourism division, the homebuilder said on Monday.

Like fellow homebuilders Urbi and Geo, Homex has been hit by a heavy debt burden and increasingly worthless land holdings. Its share price has tumbled nearly 50 percent since the start of the year.

The company said in a statement that it was investigating various avenues, such as securing mezzanine loans and raising private capital.

"These have been challenging times, and we're working with the housing authorities, financial institutions and within the company to satisfactorily navigate through this time," said Chief Executive Officer Gerardo Nicolas.

Homex shares fell 13.9 percent to 13.53 pesos. Geo dropped nearly 13 percent, and Urbi declined nearly 11 percent.

The homebuilders have also suffered because of the government's efforts to bring housing projects into Mexico's city centers and away from the outskirts where the companies have extensive land holdings.

Last week Homex shares sank nearly 10 percent after the company announced it had taken a bridge loan of 144 million Mexican pesos ($11.94 million) from a local bank.

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