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AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2023 Results


AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. ("MITT," "we," the "Company," or "our") (NYSE: MITT) today reported financial results for the full year and quarter ended December 31, 2023.

FULL YEAR AND FOURTH QUARTER 2023 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Full Year 2023:

Fourth Quarter 2023:

MANAGEMENT REMARKS

"The past year has been transformational for MITT. We completed an M&A transaction to increase our market capitalization by nearly 50% and consistently executed on our business strategy, repositioning a significant portion of equity into higher yielding securitized residential assets and de-risking our recourse leverage exposure," said TJ Durkin, Chief Executive Officer and President. "Looking ahead, we are confident in our ability to build on this momentum, focused on driving earnings power and enhancing G&A efficiencies to make MITT a more scaled and profitable investment vehicle for our stockholders."

ACQUISITION OF WESTERN ASSET MORTGAGE CAPITAL CORPORATION

On December 6, 2023, the Company completed its acquisition of Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation ("WMC"), an externally managed mortgage REIT that focused on investing in, financing, and managing a portfolio of residential mortgage loans, real estate related securities, and commercial real estate loans. Pursuant to the terms of the related merger agreement, at the WMC acquisition closing, each outstanding share of WMC common stock was converted into the right to receive (1) from MITT, 1.498 shares of MITT common stock and (2) from MITT's Manager, a cash amount of $0.92 per share. Cash was paid in lieu of fractional shares resulting from the acquisition. The following summarizes certain highlights of the WMC acquisition:

INVESTMENT, FINANCING, AND CAPITAL MARKETS HIGHLIGHTS

OUR MANAGER AND TPG ANGELO GORDON

On November 1, 2023, TPG Inc. ("TPG") completed the previously announced acquisition of Angelo Gordon (the "TPG Transaction"), pursuant to which Angelo Gordon, including our Manager, became indirect subsidiaries of TPG. Pursuant to the management agreement with the Manager, the closing of the TPG Transaction resulted in an assignment of the management agreement. Our independent directors unanimously consented to such assignment on July 31, 2023 in advance of the TPG Transaction closing. There were no changes to the management agreement in connection with the TPG Transaction and the assignment of the management agreement became effective upon the closing of the TPG Transaction.

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

The following summarizes the Company's investment portfolio as of December 31, 2023(4) ($ in millions):

 

 

Fair Value

 

Yield(7)

 

Financing

 

Cost of
Funds(a), (8)

 

Equity

Residential Investments(b)

 

$

5,788.4

 

5.8

%

 

$

5,390.6

 

5.1

%

 

$

397.8

 

Agency RMBS

 

 

15.7

 

10.2

%

 

 

12.6

 

6.2

%

 

 

3.1

 

Legacy WMC Commercial and Other Investments

 

 

123.8

 

15.2

%

 

 

79.6

 

7.8

%

 

 

44.2

 

Total Investment Portfolio

 

$

5,927.9

 

6.1

%

 

$

5,482.8

 

5.1

%

 

$

445.1

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

 

111.5

 

5.3

%

 

 

?

 

 

 

 

111.5

 

Interest Rate Swaps(c)

 

 

12.2

 

1.7

%

 

 

?

 

 

 

 

12.2

 

Arc Home(5)

 

 

33.6

 

 

 

 

?

 

 

 

 

33.6

 

Convertible senior unsecured notes

 

 

?

 

 

 

 

85.3

 

8.4

%

 

 

(85.3

)

Non-interest earning assets, net

 

 

11.3

 

 

 

 

?

 

 

 

 

11.3

 

Total

 

$

6,096.5

 

 

 

$

5,568.1

 

 

 

$

528.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Investment Portfolio

 

$

5,927.9

 

6.1

%

 

$

5,482.8

 

5.1

%

 

$

445.1

 

Less: Investments in Debt and Equity of Affiliates(b)

 

 

22.9

 

31.4

%

 

 

3.6

 

8.0

%

 

 

19.3

 

Total

 

$

5,905.0

 

5.9

%

 

$

5,479.2

 

5.1

%

 

$

425.8

 

(a)

Total Cost of Funds shown includes the cost or benefit from our interest rate hedges. Total Cost of Funds as of December 31, 2023 excluding the cost or benefit of our interest rate hedges would be 5.3%.

(b)

As of December 31, 2023, includes fair value of $22.9 million of Residential Investments that are included in the "Investments in debt and equity of affiliates" line item on our consolidated balance sheet. These Residential Investments include $15.3 million of Non-QM Securities and $7.6 million of Re/Non-Performing Securities.

(c)

Fair value on interest rate swaps represents the sum of the net fair value of interest rate swaps and the margin posted on interest rate swaps as of December 31, 2023. Yield on interest rate swaps represents the net receive/(pay) rate as of December 31, 2023. The impact of the net interest component of interest rate swaps on cost of funds is included within the respective investment portfolio asset line items.

FINANCING PROFILE

The following summarizes the Company's financing as of December 31, 2023(4) ($ in millions):

 

 

Securitized
Debt

 

Residential
Bond
Financing(a)

 

Residential
Loan
Financing

 

Agency
Financing

 

Legacy WMC
Commercial
Financing(b)

 

Unsecured
Notes(c)

 

Total

Amount

 

$

4,711.6

 

 

$

401.0

 

 

$

278.0

 

 

$

12.6

 

 

$

79.6

 

 

$

85.3

 

 

$

5,568.1

 

Cost of Funds(8),(d)

 

 

4.9

%

 

 

6.1

%

 

 

6.1

%

 

 

6.2

%

 

 

7.8

%

 

 

8.4

%

 

 

5.1

%

Advance Rate

 

 

88

%

 

 

54

%

 

 

88

%

 

 

84

%

 

 

68

%

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

Available Borrowing
Capacity(e)

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

$

1,775.0

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

$

1,775.0

 

Recourse/Non-
Recourse

 

Non-Recourse

 

Recourse/Non-Recourse

 

Recourse

 

Recourse

 

Recourse

 

Recourse

 

Recourse/Non-Recourse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Amount

 

$

4,711.6

 

 

$

401.0

 

 

$

278.0

 

 

$

12.6

 

 

$

79.6

 

 

$

85.3

 

 

$

5,568.1

 

Less: Financing in
Investments in Debt
and Equity of Affiliates

 

 

?

 

 

 

3.6

 

 

 

?

 

 

 

?

 

 

 

?

 

 

 

?

 

 

 

3.6

 

Financing: GAAP Basis

 

$

4,711.6

 

 

$

397.4

 

 

$

278.0

 

 

$

12.6

 

 

$

79.6

 

 

$

85.3

 

 

$

5,564.5

 

(a)

Includes financing on the retained tranches from securitizations issued by the Company and consolidated in the "Securitized residential mortgage loans, at fair value" line item on the Company's consolidated balance sheets. Additionally, includes financing on Non-Agency RMBS included in the "Real estate securities, at fair value" and "Investments in debt and equity of affiliates" line items on the Company's consolidated balance sheets.

(b)

Includes financing on Commercial loans and CMBS included in the "Commercial loans, at fair value" and "Real estate securities, at fair value" line items, respectively, on the Company's consolidated balance sheets.

(c)

Includes Convertible Notes assumed by MITT's subsidiary in the WMC acquisition as of December 31, 2023.

(d)

Total Cost of Funds shown includes the cost or benefit from the Company's interest rate hedges. Cost of Funds as of December 31, 2023 excluding the cost or benefit of our interest rate hedges would be 5.3%.

(e)

The borrowing capacity under our residential mortgage loan warehouse financing arrangements is uncommitted by the lenders.

In January 2024, the Company issued $34.5 million aggregate principal amount of 9.500% Senior Notes due 2029 and used a portion of the proceeds to repurchase $7.1 million of aggregate principal amount of the Convertible Notes.

ARC HOME UPDATE(5)

(a) MITT eliminates any gains or losses on loans acquired by MITT from Arc Home from the "Equity in earnings/(loss) from affiliates" line item and decreases or increases the cost basis of the underlying loans accordingly resulting in unrealized gains or losses, which are recorded in the "Net unrealized gains/(losses)" line item on the Company's consolidated income statement.

BOOK VALUE ROLL-FORWARD

The below table provides a summary of our fourth quarter and full year 2023 activity impacting book value as well as a reconciliation to adjusted book value ($ in thousands, except per share data).

 

 

Quarter Ended
December 31, 2023

 

Year Ended
December 31, 2023

 

 

Amount

 

Per Diluted
Share(3)

 

Amount

 

Per Diluted
Share(3)

Beginning Book Value(1)

 

$

229,950

 

 

$

11.37

 

 

$

242,328

 

 

$

11.39

 

Common dividend

 

 

(4,103

)

 

 

(0.18

)

 

 

(15,063

)

 

 

(0.72

)

Equity from WMC acquisition(a)

 

 

81,353

 

 

 

(0.76

)

 

 

81,353

 

 

 

(0.75

)

Issuance/(repurchase) of common stock

 

 

119

 

 

 

?

 

 

 

(5,972

)

 

 

0.29

 

Earnings available for distribution

 

 

3,948

 

 

 

0.17

 

 

 

8,274

 

 

 

0.39

 

Net realized and unrealized gain/(loss) included within equity in
earnings/(loss) from affiliates

 

 

(2,228

)

 

 

(0.09

)

 

 

(938

)

 

 

(0.04

)

Net realized gain/(loss)

 

 

(1,474

)

 

 

(0.06

)

 

 

7,697

 

 

 

0.36

 

Net unrealized gain/(loss)

 

 

1,707

 

 

 

0.07

 

 

 

1,450

 

 

 

0.07

 

Transaction related expenses and deal related performance fees

 

 

(1,376

)

 

 

(0.06

)

 

 

(11,233

)

 

 

(0.53

)

12/31/23 Book Value(1)

 

$

307,896

 

 

$

10.46

 

 

$

307,896

 

 

$

10.46

 

Change in Book Value

 

 

77,946

 

 

 

(0.91

)

 

 

65,568

 

 

 

(0.93

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/31/23 Book Value(1)

 

$

307,896

 

 

$

10.46

 

 

$

307,896

 

 

$

10.46

 

Net proceeds less liquidation preference of preferred stock

 

 

(7,519

)

 

 

(0.26

)

 

 

(7,519

)

 

 

(0.26

)

12/31/23 Adjusted Book Value(1)

 

$

300,377

 

 

$

10.20

 

 

$

300,377

 

 

$

10.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning Book Value(1)

 

$

229,950

 

 

$

11.37

 

 

$

242,328

 

 

$

11.39

 

Net proceeds less liquidation preference of preferred stock

 

 

(7,519

)

 

 

(0.37

)

 

 

(7,519

)

 

 

(0.36

)

Beginning Adjusted Book Value(1)

 

$

222,431

 

 

$

11.00

 

 

$

234,809

 

 

$

11.03

 

(a) Equity from WMC acquisition includes the issuance of MITT common stock to WMC shareholders as well as the bargain purchase gain.

DIVIDENDS

The Company announced that on February 16, 2024 its Board of Directors (the "Board") declared first quarter 2024 preferred stock dividends as follows:

In accordance with the terms of its 8.25% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the "Series A Preferred Stock"), the Board declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.51563 per share on its Series A Preferred Stock;

In accordance with the terms of its 8.00% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the "Series B Preferred Stock"), the Board declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.50 per share on its Series B Preferred Stock; and

In accordance with the terms of its 8.000% Series C Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (the "Series C Preferred Stock"), the Board declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.50 per share on its Series C Preferred Stock.

The above dividends for the Series A Preferred Stock, the Series B Preferred Stock, and the Series C Preferred Stock are payable on March 18, 2024 to preferred shareholders of record on February 29, 2024.

In accordance with the terms of the merger agreement for the WMC acquisition, the Board declared the following interim common stock dividends:

In addition, on December 15, 2023, the Board declared the remaining fourth quarter dividend of $0.05 per share of common stock that was paid on January 31, 2024 to common stockholders of record as of December 29, 2023.

On November 3, 2023, the Board declared a quarterly dividend of $0.51563 per share on the Series A Preferred Stock, $0.50 per share on the Series B Preferred Stock, and $0.50 per share on the Series C Preferred Stock. The dividends were paid on December 18, 2023 to preferred stockholders of record as of November 30, 2023.

STOCKHOLDER CALL

The Company invites stockholders, prospective stockholders, and analysts to participate in MITT's fourth quarter earnings conference call on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

To participate in the call by telephone, please dial (800) 445-7795 at least five minutes prior to the start time. International callers should dial (785) 424-1699. The Conference ID is MITTQ423. To listen to the live webcast of the conference call, please go to https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/4503620/58E78A554509AAFDAA8097512BFD7B3D and register using the same Conference ID.

A presentation will accompany the conference call and will be available prior to the call on the Company's website, www.agmit.com, under "Presentations" in the "News & Presentations" section.

For those unable to listen to the live call, an audio replay will be available on February 22, 2024 through 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on March 22, 2024. To access the replay, please go to the Company's website at www.agmit.com.

ABOUT AG MORTGAGE INVESTMENT TRUST, INC.

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. is a residential mortgage REIT with a focus on investing in a diversified risk-adjusted portfolio of residential mortgage-related assets in the U.S. mortgage market. AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. is externally managed and advised by AG REIT Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P., a diversified credit and real estate investing platform within TPG.

Additional information can be found on the Company's website at www.agmit.com.

ABOUT TPG ANGELO GORDON

Founded in 1988, Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P. ("TPG Angelo Gordon") is a diversified credit and real estate investing platform within TPG. The platform currently manages approximately $78 billion* across a broad range of credit and real estate strategies. For more information, visit www.angelogordon.com.

*TPG Angelo Gordon's currently stated assets under management ("AUM") of approximately $78 billion as of December 31, 2023 reflects fund-level asset-related leverage. Prior to May 15, 2023, TPG Angelo Gordon calculated its AUM as net assets under management excluding leverage, which resulted in TPG Angelo Gordon AUM of approximately $53 billion as of December 31, 2022. The difference reflects a change in TPG Angelo Gordon's AUM calculation methodology and not any material change to TPG Angelo Gordon's investment advisory business. For a description of the factors TPG Angelo Gordon considers when calculating AUM, please see the disclosure at www.angelogordon.com/disclaimers/.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 related to dividends, book value, adjusted book value, our investments, our business and investment strategy, investment returns, return on equity, liquidity, financing, taxes, our assets, our interest rate sensitivity, and our views on certain macroeconomic trends and conditions, among others. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions of management of our company at the time of such statements and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation, our ability to drive earnings power and enhance G&A efficiencies to make MITT a more scaled and profitable investment vehicle for our stockholders; failure to realize the anticipated benefits and synergies of the WMC acquisition, including whether we will achieve the savings and accretion expected within the anticipated timeframe or at all; whether market conditions will improve in the timeline anticipated or at all; our ability to continue to grow our residential investment portfolio; our acquisition pipeline; our ability to invest in higher yielding assets through Arc Home, other origination partners or otherwise; our levels of liquidity, including whether our liquidity will sufficiently enable us to continue to deploy capital within the residential whole loan space as anticipated or at all; the impact of market, regulatory and structural changes on the market opportunities we expect to have, and whether we will be able to capitalize on such opportunities in the manner we anticipate; the impact of market volatility on our business and ability to execute our strategy; our trading volume and liquidity; our portfolio mix, including levels of Non-Agency and Agency mortgage loans; our ability to manage warehouse exposure as anticipated or at all; our levels of leverage, including our levels of recourse and non-recourse financing; our ability to repay or refinance corporate leverage; our ability to execute securitizations, including at the pace anticipated or at all; our ability to achieve our forecasted returns on equity on warehoused assets and post-securitization, including whether such returns will support earnings growth; changes in our business and investment strategy; our ability to grow our adjusted book value; our ability to predict and control costs; changes in inflation, interest rates and the fair value of our assets, including negative changes resulting in margin calls relating to the financing of our assets; the impact of credit spread movements on our business; the impact of interest rate changes on our asset yields and net interest margin; changes in the yield curve; the timing and amount of stock issuances pursuant to our ATM program or otherwise; the timing and amount of stock repurchases, if any; our capitalization, including the timing and amount of preferred stock repurchases or exchanges, if any; expense levels, including levels of management fees; changes in prepayment rates on the loans we own or that underlie our investment securities; our distribution policy; Arc Home's performance, including its liquidity position and ability to manage current dynamics of the mortgage origination market; Arc Home's origination volumes; the composition of Arc Home's portfolio, including levels of MSR exposure; levels of leverage on Arc Home's MSR portfolio; our percentage allocation of loans originated by Arc Home; increased rates of default or delinquencies and/or decreased recovery rates on our assets; the availability of and competition for our target investments; our ability to obtain and maintain financing arrangements on terms favorable to us or at all; changes in general economic or market conditions in our industry and in the finance and real estate markets, including the impact on the value of our assets; conditions in the market for Residential Investments and Agency RMBS; our levels of EAD; market conditions impacting commercial real estate; legislative and regulatory actions by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve and other agencies and instrumentalities; regional bank failures; our ability to make distributions to our stockholders in the future; our ability to maintain our qualification as a REIT for federal tax purposes; and our ability to qualify for an exemption from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors are contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including those described in Part I ? Item 1A. "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 and in Part II - Item 1A "Risk Factors" of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, as such factors may be updated from time to time in our filings with the SEC. Copies are available free of charge on the SEC's website, http://www.sec.gov/. All forward looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no duty to update any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. All financial information in this press release is as of December 31, 2023, unless otherwise indicated.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

In addition to the results presented in accordance with GAAP, this press release includes certain non-GAAP financial results and financial metrics derived therefrom, including Earnings Available for Distribution, investment portfolio, financing arrangements, and Economic Leverage Ratio, which are calculated by including or excluding unconsolidated investments in affiliates as described in the footnotes to this press release. Our management team believes that this non-GAAP financial information, when considered with our GAAP financial statements, provides supplemental information useful for investors to help evaluate our financial performance. However, our management team also believes that our definition of EAD has important limitations as it does not include certain earnings or losses our management team considers in evaluating our financial performance. Our presentation of non-GAAP financial information may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies, who may use different calculations. This non-GAAP financial information should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Our GAAP financial results and the reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP should be carefully evaluated.

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

December 31,
2023

 

December 31,
2022

Assets

 

 

 

Securitized residential mortgage loans, at fair value - $645,876 and $423,967 pledged as collateral,
respectively

$

5,358,281

 

 

$

3,707,146

 

Residential mortgage loans, at fair value - $315,225 and $353,039 pledged as collateral, respectively

 

317,631

 

 

 

356,467

 

Residential mortgage loans held for sale, at fair value - $0 and $64,984 pledged as collateral,
respectively

 

?

 

 

 

64,984

 

Commercial loans, at fair value - $66,303 and $0 pledged as collateral, respectively

 

66,303

 

 

 

?

 

Real estate securities, at fair value - $155,115 and $41,653 pledged as collateral, respectively

 

162,821

 

 

 

43,719

 

Investments in debt and equity of affiliates

 

55,103

 

 

 

71,064

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

111,534

 

 

 

84,621

 

Restricted cash

 

14,039

 

 

 

14,182

 

Other assets

 

40,716

 

 

 

27,595

 

Total Assets

$

6,126,428

 

 

$

4,369,778

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

Securitized debt, at fair value

$

4,711,623

 

 

$

3,262,352

 

Financing arrangements

 

767,592

 

 

 

621,187

 

Convertible senior unsecured notes

 

85,266

 

 

 

?

 

Dividend payable

 

1,472

 

 

 

3,846

 

Due to affiliates

 

3,252

 

 

 

3,652

 

Other liabilities

 

28,855

 

 

 

15,941

 

Total Liabilities

 

5,598,060

 

 

 

3,906,978

 

Commitments and Contingencies

 

 

 

Stockholders' Equity

 

 

 

Preferred stock - $227,991 aggregate liquidation preference

 

220,472

 

 

 

220,472

 

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 450,000 shares of common stock authorized and 29,437 and
21,284 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively

 

294

 

 

 

212

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

823,715

 

 

 

778,606

 

Retained earnings/(deficit)

 

(516,113

)

 

 

(536,490

)

Total Stockholders' Equity

 

528,368

 

 

 

462,800

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity

$

6,126,428

 

 

$

4,369,778

 

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

Three Months
Ended

December 31, 2023

 

Three Months
Ended

December 31, 2022

 

Year Ended
December 31, 2023

Net Interest Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

$

77,527

 

 

$

57,286

 

 

$

260,329

 

Interest expense

 

 

64,191

 

 

 

44,924

 

 

 

212,500

 

Total Net Interest Income

 

 

13,336

 

 

 

12,362

 

 

 

47,829

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Income/(Loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest component of interest rate swaps

 

 

1,655

 

 

 

927

 

 

 

6,680

 

Net realized gain/(loss)

 

 

(1,474

)

 

 

21,317

 

 

 

7,697

 

Net unrealized gain/(loss)

 

 

1,707

 

 

 

(14,602

)

 

 

1,450

 

Bargain purchase gain

 

 

30,190

 

 

 

?

 

 

 

30,190

 

Total Other Income/(Loss)

 

 

32,078

 

 

 

7,642

 

 

 

46,017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management fee to affiliate

 

 

1,521

 

 

 

2,112

 

 

 

7,711

 

Non-investment related expenses

 

 

2,229

 

 

 

1,582

 

 

 

10,077

 

Investment related expenses

 

 

2,903

 

 

 

2,309

 

 

 

9,808

 

Transaction related expenses

 

 

1,376

 

 

 

1,535

 

 

 

11,076

 

Total Expenses

 

 

8,029

 

 

 

7,538

 

 

 

38,672

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income/(loss) before equity in earnings/(loss) from
affiliates

 

 

37,385

 

 

 

12,466

 

 

 

55,174

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity in earnings/(loss) from affiliates

 

 

(2,032

)

 

 

(772

)

 

 

(1,390

)

Net Income/(Loss)

 

 

35,353

 

 

 

11,694

 

 

 

53,784

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends on preferred stock

 

 

(4,586

)

 

 

(4,586

)

 

 

(18,344

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income/(Loss) Available to Common Stockholders

 

$

30,767

 

 

$

7,108

 

 

$

35,440

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings/(Loss) Per Share of Common Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

1.35

 

 

$

0.33

 

 

$

1.68

 

Diluted

 

$

1.35

 

 

$

0.33

 

 

$

1.68

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Number of Shares of Common Stock
Outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

22,836

 

 

 

21,824

 

 

 

21,095

 

Diluted

 

 

22,843

 

 

 

21,824

 

 

 

21,097

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Earnings Available for Distribution

This press release contains Earnings Available for Distribution ("EAD"), a non-GAAP financial measure. Our presentation of EAD may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies, who may use different calculations. This non-GAAP measure should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Our GAAP financial results and the reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated.

We define EAD, a non-GAAP financial measure, as Net Income/(loss) available to common stockholders excluding (i) (a) unrealized gains/(losses) on loans, real estate securities, derivatives and other investments, inclusive of our investment in AG Arc, and (b) net realized gains/(losses) on the sale or termination of such instruments, (ii) any transaction related expenses incurred in connection with the acquisition, disposition, or securitization of our investments as well as transaction related expenses incurred in connection with the WMC acquisition, (iii) accrued deal-related performance fees payable to third party operators to the extent the primary component of the accrual relates to items that are excluded from EAD, such as unrealized and realized gains/(losses), (iv) realized and unrealized changes in the fair value of Arc Home's net mortgage servicing rights and the derivatives intended to offset changes in the fair value of those net mortgage servicing rights, (v) deferred taxes recognized at our taxable REIT subsidiaries, if any, (vi) any gains/(losses) associated with exchange transactions on our common and preferred stock, and (vii) any bargain purchase gains recognized. Items (i) through (vii) above include any amount related to those items held in affiliated entities. Management considers the transaction related expenses referenced in (ii) above to be similar to realized losses incurred at the acquisition, disposition, or securitization of an asset and does not view them as being part of its core operations. Management views the exclusion described in (iv) above to be consistent with how it calculates EAD on the remainder of its portfolio. Management excludes all deferred taxes because it believes deferred taxes are not representative of current operations. EAD includes the net interest income and other income earned on our investments on a yield adjusted basis, including TBA dollar roll income/(loss) or any other investment activity that may earn or pay net interest or its economic equivalent.

A reconciliation of GAAP Net Income/(loss) available to common stockholders to EAD for the three months ended December 31, 2023, the three months ended December 31, 2022, and the year ended December 31, 2023 is set forth below (in thousands, except per share data):

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31, 2023

 

Three Months Ended
December 31, 2022

 

Year Ended
December 31, 2023

Net Income/(loss) available to common stockholders

 

$

30,767

 

 

$

7,108

 

 

$

35,440

 

Add (Deduct):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net realized (gain)/loss

 

 

1,474

 

 

 

(21,317

)

 

 

(7,697

)

Net unrealized (gain)/loss

 

 

(1,707

)

 

 

14,602

 

 

 

(1,450

)

Transaction related expenses and deal related
performance fees

 

 

1,376

 

 

 

1,587

 

 

 

11,233

 

Equity in (earnings)/loss from affiliates

 

 

2,032

 

 

 

772

 

 

 

1,390

 

EAD from equity method investments(a)(b)

 

 

196

 

 

 

(1,565

)

 

 

(452

)

Bargain purchase gain

 

 

(30,190

)

 

 

?

 

 

 

(30,190

)

Earnings available for distribution

 

$

3,948

 

 

$

1,187

 

 

$

8,274

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings available for distribution, per diluted share

 

$

0.17

 

 

$

0.05

 

 

$

0.39

 

(a)

For the three months ended December 31, 2023, the three months ended December 31, 2022, and the year ended December 31, 2023, $(0.3) million or $(0.01) per share, $43.0 thousand or $0.00 per share, and $(1.5) million or $(0.07) per share, respectively, of realized and unrealized changes in the fair value of Arc Home's net mortgage servicing rights, changes in the fair value of corresponding derivatives, and other asset impairments were excluded from EAD, net of deferred tax benefit or expense. Additionally, for the three months ended December 31, 2023, the three months ended December 31, 2022, and the year ended December 31, 2023, $0.3 million or $0.01 per share, $0.8 million or $0.04 per share, and $(1.5) million or $(0.07) per share, respectively, of unrealized changes in the fair value of our investment in Arc Home were excluded from EAD.

(b)

EAD recognized by AG Arc does not include our portion of gains recorded by Arc Home in connection with the sale of residential mortgage loans to us. For the three months ended December 31, 2023, the three months ended December 31, 2022, and the year ended December 31, 2023, $0.3 million or $0.01 per share, $0.2 million or $0.01 per share, and $1.4 million or $0.07 per share of intra-entity profits recognized by Arc Home, respectively, and also decreased the cost basis of the underlying loans we purchased by the same amount.

The components of EAD for the three months ended December 31, 2023, the three months ended December 31, 2022, and the year ended December 31, 2023 is set forth below (in thousands, except per share data):

 

Three Months Ended
December 31, 2023

 

Three Months Ended
December 31, 2022

 

Year Ended
December 31, 2023

Net Interest Income

$

14,360

 

 

$

13,875

 

 

$

53,215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest component of interest rate swaps

 

1,655

 

 

 

927

 

 

 

6,680

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arc Home EAD

 

(413

)

 

 

(2,767

)

 

 

(3,750

)

Less: Elimination of gains on loans sold to MITT(a)

 

(301

)

 

 

(163

)

 

 

(1,442

)

Arc Home EAD to MITT

 

(714

)

 

 

(2,930

)

 

 

(5,192

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management fee to affiliate

 

(1,521

)

 

 

(2,112

)

 

 

(7,711

)

Non-investment related expenses

 

(2,229

)

 

 

(1,582

)

 

 

(10,077

)

Investment related expenses

 

(3,017

)

 

 

(2,405

)

 

 

(10,297

)

Dividends on preferred stock

 

(4,586

)

 

 

(4,586

)

 

 

(18,344

)

Operating Expense

 

(11,353

)

 

 

(10,685

)

 

 

(46,429

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings available for distribution

$

3,948

 

 

$

1,187

 

 

$

8,274

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings available for distribution, per diluted share

$

0.17

 

 

$

0.05

 

 

$

0.39

 

(a) EAD excludes our portion of gains recorded by Arc Home in connection with the sale of residential mortgage loans to us. We eliminated such gains recognized by Arc Home and also decreased the cost basis of the underlying loans we purchased by the same amount. Upon reducing our cost basis, unrealized gains are recorded within net income based on the fair value of the underlying loans at quarter end.

Economic Leverage Ratio

This press release contains Economic Leverage Ratio, a non-GAAP financial measure. Our presentation of Economic Leverage Ratio may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies, who may use different calculations. This non-GAAP measure should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Our GAAP financial results and the reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated.

We define GAAP leverage as the sum of (1) Securitized debt, at fair value, (2) our GAAP Financing arrangements, net of any restricted cash posted on such financing arrangements, (3) Convertible senior unsecured notes, and (4) the amount payable on purchases that have not yet settled less the financing remaining on sales that have not yet settled. We define Economic Leverage, a non-GAAP metric, as the sum of: (i) our GAAP leverage, exclusive of any fully non-recourse financing arrangements, (ii) financing arrangements held through affiliated entities, net of any restricted cash posted on such financing arrangements, exclusive of any financing utilized through AG Arc, any adjustment related to unsettled trades as described in (4) in the previous sentence, and any non-recourse financing arrangements and (iii) our net TBA position (at cost), if any.

The calculation in the table below divides GAAP leverage and Economic Leverage by our GAAP stockholders' equity to derive our leverage ratios. The following table presents a reconciliation of our Economic Leverage ratio to GAAP Leverage ($ in thousands).

December 31, 2023

 

Leverage

 

Stockholders' Equity

 

Leverage Ratio

Securitized debt, at fair value

 

$

4,711,623

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP Financing arrangements

 

 

767,592

 

 

 

 

 

Convertible senior unsecured notes

 

 

85,266

 

 

 

 

 

Restricted cash posted on Financing arrangements

 

 

(1,696

)

 

 

 

 

GAAP Leverage

 

$

5,562,785

 

 

$

528,368

 

10.5x

Financing arrangements through affiliated entities

 

 

3,605

 

 

 

 

 

Non-recourse financing arrangements(a)

 

 

(4,774,595

)

 

 

 

 

Net TBA receivable/(payable) adjustment

 

 

(9,163

)

 

 

 

 

Economic Leverage

 

$

782,632

 

 

$

528,368

 

1.5x

(a) Non-recourse financing arrangements include securitized debt and other non-recourse financing arrangements.

Footnotes

(1)

 

Book value is calculated using stockholders' equity less net proceeds of our cumulative redeemable preferred stock ($220.5 million) as the numerator. Adjusted book value is calculated using stockholders' equity less the liquidation preference of our cumulative redeemable preferred stock ($228.0 million) as the numerator.

(2)

 

The economic return on equity represents the change in adjusted book value per share during the period, plus the common dividends per share declared over the period, divided by adjusted book value per share from the prior period.

(3)

 

Diluted per share figures are calculated using diluted weighted average outstanding shares in accordance with GAAP.

(4)

 

Our Investment Portfolio consists of Residential Investments, Agency RMBS, and WMC Legacy Commercial Investments, all of which are held at fair value. Our financing is inclusive of Securitized Debt, which is held at fair value, Financing Arrangements and Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes. Throughout this press release where we disclose our Investment Portfolio and the related financing, we have presented this information inclusive of (i) securities owned through investments in affiliates that are accounted for under GAAP using the equity method and, where applicable, (ii) long positions in TBAs, which are accounted for as derivatives under GAAP, but exclusive of our Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes. This presentation excludes investments through AG Arc LLC unless otherwise noted.

(5)

 

We invest in Arc Home LLC, a licensed mortgage originator, through AG Arc LLC, one of our equity method investees. Our investment in AG Arc LLC is $33.6 million as of December 31, 2023, representing a 44.6% ownership interest.

(6)

 

Net interest margin is calculated by subtracting the weighted average cost of funds from the weighted average yield for our Investment Portfolio, which excludes cash held.

(7)

 

The yield on our debt investments represents an effective interest rate, which utilizes all estimates of future cash flows and adjusts for actual prepayment and cash flow activity as of quarter end. Our calculation excludes cash held by the Company and excludes any net TBA position. The calculation of weighted average yield is weighted based on fair value.

(8)

 

The cost of funds at quarter end is calculated as the sum of (i) the weighted average funding costs on recourse financing arrangements outstanding at quarter end, (ii) the weighted average funding costs on non-recourse financing arrangements outstanding at quarter end, and (iii) the weighted average of the net pay or receive rate on our interest rate swaps outstanding at quarter end. The cost of funds at quarter end are weighted by the outstanding financing arrangements at quarter end, including any non-recourse financing arrangements.

 


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