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Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation Announces First Quarter 2021 Results

jeudi 6 mai 2021, 00:01 , par Digital Pro Sound
Conference Call and Webcast Scheduled for Tomorrow, Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time/8:00 a.m. Pacific Time

PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation (the “Company” or “WMC”) (NYSE: WMC) today reported its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

FIRST QUARTER 2021 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

During the first quarter we continued strengthening our balance sheet by reducing debt and leverage, while improving liquidity and shareholders’ equity. First quarter financial results and highlights included the following:

GAAP book value per share was $4.27 at March 31, 2021, an increase of 1.7% from $4.20 at December 31, 2020.

Economic book value(2) per share of $4.02 at March 31, 2021.

GAAP net income of $8.0 million, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share.

Core earnings(1) of $6.1 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share.

Economic return on GAAP book value(3) was 3.1% for the quarter.

2.19% annualized net interest margin (1)(4)(5) on our investment portfolio.

Recourse leverage was 2.0x at March 31, 2021.

On March 23, 2021, we declared a first quarter common dividend of $0.06 per share.

Repurchased $6.7 million in aggregate principal amount of our convertible senior unsecured notes at an average discount of 6.3% to par value.

BUSINESS UPDATE

In May 2021, we amended our Non-Agency CMBS and Non-Agency RMBS financing facility to, among other things, extend the facility for an additional 12 months and reduce the interest rate. The amended facility bears interest at a rate of three-month LIBOR plus 2.00%.

In May 2021, we amended our Commercial Whole Loan Facility to, among other things, convert the term to a 12-month facility with up to a 12-month extension option, subject to the lender’s consent.

1

Non–GAAP measure.

2

Economic book value is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the reconciliation of GAAP book value to non-GAAP economic book value.

3

Economic return is calculated by taking the sum of: (i) the total dividends declared; and (ii) the change in book value during the period and dividing by the beginning book value.

4

Includes interest-only securities accounted for as derivatives.

5

Excludes the consolidation of VIE trusts required under GAAP.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

“The Company started the year with continued positive momentum, delivering a first quarter economic return on book value of 3.1%, driven by higher valuations on our residential mortgages and securitized commercial loans, as the economic outlook continued to improve with the anticipation of more businesses returning to normal across the country,” said Jennifer Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “Our ongoing focus on strengthening our balance sheet and maintaining sufficient liquidity and low recourse leverage is enabling us to continue executing on our investment strategy. We believe we are well positioned to benefit from what we anticipate will be the continued recovery of asset values and earnings sustainability of our portfolio.

“We recorded GAAP net income of 8.0 million, or $0.13 per share, and core earnings of $0.10 per share during the first quarter. Our GAAP book value per share increased 1.7% during the quarter to $4.27 per share and has increased by 35.6% since June 30, 2020, when it reached its low, after the onset of the pandemic. Our commitment to shareholders remains protecting and growing the value of the portfolio, which will position us to deliver on our long-term objectives of generating sustainable core earnings that support an attractive dividend and enhancing value for our shareholders,” Ms. Murphy concluded.

Greg Handler, Interim Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Company, commented, “The equity and credit markets continued to improve in the first quarter, albeit at a slower pace than in the second half of 2020. This translated into higher valuations on a number of our portfolio holdings and an improvement in our book value. Our residential portfolio has performed well as the housing market remains strong, fueled by historically low mortgage rates, favorable consumer sentiment, and supported by national home price indices that have been rising at double-digit annual rates. However, some of our commercial real estate investments have yet to experience a similar recovery. While the outlook for commercial real estate has recently improved, there continues to be uncertainty around the timing and extent of a recovery in the performance of a number of property types. We expect these near-term challenges will eventually be overcome as COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift and these properties begin to return to more normal levels of operations.

“We believe that our focus on high-quality properties with borrowers that have meaningful equity positions in those properties should enable us to deliver attractive long-term risk-adjusted returns. We continue to work diligently on positioning our portfolio for potential future appreciation, which we believe will occur as the economy reopens,” Mr. Handler concluded.

OPERATING RESULTS

The below table reflects a summary of our operating results:

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

GAAP Results

 

March 31, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

 

 

($ in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

Net Interest Income

 

$

9,248

 

 

 

$

9,503

 

 

Other Income (Loss):

 

 

 

 

Realized gain (loss), net

 

(5,725

)

 

 

1,327

 

 

Unrealized gain (loss), net

 

9,050

 

 

 

3,994

 

 

Gain (loss) on derivative instruments, net

 

26

 

 

 

219

 

 

Other, net

 

(28

)

 

 

(46

)

 

Other Income (Loss)

 

3,323

 

 

 

5,494

 

 

Total Expenses

 

4,518

 

 

 

4,176

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

8,053

 

 

 

10,821

 

 

Income tax provision (benefit)

 

98

 

 

 

29

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

7,955

 

 

 

$

10,792

 

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

 

2

 

 

 

2

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders and participating securities

 

$

7,953

 

 

 

$

10,790

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per Common Share – Basic/Diluted

 

$

0.13

 

 

 

$

0.18

 

 

Non-GAAP Results

 

 

 

 

Core earnings (1)

 

$

6,143

 

 

 

$

7,208

 

 

Core earnings per Common Share – Basic/Diluted(1)

 

$

0.10

 

 

 

$

0.12

 

 

Weighted average yield(2)(3)

 

5.55

 

%

 

5.50

 

%

Effective cost of funds(3)

 

4.10

 

%

 

4.10

 

%

Annualized net interest margin(2)(3)

 

2.19

 

%

 

2.11

 

%

(1)

For a reconciliation of GAAP Income to Core earnings, please refer to the Reconciliation of Core Earnings at the end of this press release.

(2)

Includes interest-only securities accounted for as derivatives.

(3)

Excludes the consolidation of VIE trusts required under GAAP.

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

Portfolio Composition

As of March 31, 2021, the Company owned an aggregate investment portfolio with a fair market value totaling $3.1 billion. The following table summarizes certain characteristics of our portfolio by investment category as of March 31, 2021 (dollars in thousands):

 

Principal Balance

 

Amortized Cost

 

Fair Value

 

Weighted
Average Coupon(1)(3)

Non-Agency RMBS

$

37,820

 

 

$

23,354

 

 

$

22,903

 

 

1.6

%

Non-Agency RMBS IOs and IIOs

N/A

 

6,078

 

 

3,756

 

 

0.4

%

Non-Agency CMBS

226,998

 

 

206,236

 

 

146,031

 

 

5.0

%

Agency RMBS IO and IIOs

N/A

 

78

 

 

1,629

 

 

2.2

%

Residential Whole Loans

889,713

 

 

910,115

 

 

929,215

 

 

5.1

%

Residential Bridge Loans(1),(2)

13,445

 

 

13,446

 

 

12,315

 

 

9.5

%

Securitized Commercial Loans

1,688,625

 

 

1,559,302

 

 

1,636,127

 

 

4.4

%

Commercial Loans

325,296

 

 

325,212

 

 

312,061

 

 

6.3

%

Other Securities

51,455

 

 

48,608

 

 

48,666

 

 

4.3

%

 

$

3,233,352

 

 

$

3,092,429

 

 

$

3,112,703

 

 

4.4

%

(1)

Includes Residential Bridge Loans carried at amortized cost of $1.1 million as of March 31, 2021. The fair value of these loans was $1.0 million as of March 31, 2021.

(2)

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had real estate owned (“REO”) properties with an aggregate carrying value of $1.7 million related to foreclosed Bridge Loans. The REO properties are classified in “Other assets” in the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

(3)

 

The calculation of the weighted average coupon rate includes the weighted average coupon rates of IOs and IIOs accounted for as derivatives using their notional amounts.

Portfolio Performance

The Company’s Non-QM residential portfolio, in our view, is performing well, given the challenging economic background. The loans in a forbearance plan at March 31, 2021, excluding loans that were in forbearance that are now in repayment period, represented approximately 0.6% of the total outstanding loans. We see this as a strong indication that borrowers with meaningful equity in their homes will prioritize their mortgage payment in order to remain current on that obligation.

The Company’s Commercial Loans and Non-Agency CMBS portfolios are performing in line with expectations under the current pandemic conditions. The Non-Agency CMBS portfolios have an original LTV of 65.4%. The Company believes there is a reasonable likelihood that the majority of the delinquent loans that serve as collateral for the Non-Agency CMBS will return to performing status in the coming months although there is no assurance that this will be the case. The Commercial Loan portfolio carries a 65.1% original LTV and all but one of the loans remains current.

The Company’s CRE mezzanine loan with an outstanding principal balance of $90 million is receiving interest payments from a reserve that will become exhausted in May 2021. The Company expects this mezzanine loan will become non performing upon depletion of such reserve.

The Company commenced foreclosure proceedings for its delinquent commercial loan with an outstanding principal balance of $30.0 million, secured by a hotel. However, on February 24, 2021, the borrower filed for bankruptcy protection. The Company expects to move forward with the foreclosure subject to the bankruptcy process and believes there is a reasonable likelihood that the outstanding principal balance of $30 million will be recovered, although there is no assurance.

PORTFOLIO FINANCING AND HEDGING

Financing

The following table sets forth additional information regarding the Company’s portfolio financing arrangements as of March 31, 2021 (dollars in thousands):

Collateral

 

Outstanding
Borrowings

 

Weighted Average
Interest Rate

 

Weighted Average
Remaining Days to
Maturity

Short Term Borrowings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency RMBS

 

$

1,242

 

 

1.13

%

 

59

Non-Agency CMBS

 

10,312

 

 

2.01

%

 

42

Residential Whole-Loans(1)

 

29,373

 

 

3.17

%

 

15

Residential Bridge Loans(1)

 

10,097

 

 

2.70

%

 

35

Commercial Loans(1)

 

34,375

 

 

3.29

%

 

77

Membership Interest

 

19,551

 

 

2.86

%

 

1

Other Securities

 

2,467

 

 

4.50

%

 

19

Subtotal

 

107,417

 

 

3.00

%

 

37

Long Term Borrowings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Agency CMBS(3)

 

65,914

 

 

5.19

%

 

36

Non-Agency RMBS

 

14,456

 

 

5.20

%

 

36

Residential Whole-Loans (1)(2)

 

27,923

 

 

3.00

%

 

188

Commercial Loans (2)

 

119,167

 

 

2.09

%

 

202

Other Securities

 

13,502

 

 

5.19

%

 

36

Subtotal

 

240,962

 

 

3.41

%

 

136

Repurchase Agreements Borrowings

 

$

348,379

 

 

3.28

%

 

105

Less Unamortized Debt Issuance Costs

 

1,247

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

Repurchase Agreements Borrowings, net

 

$

347,132

 

 

3.28

%

 

105

(1)

Repurchase agreement borrowings on loans owned are through trust certificates. The trust certificates are eliminated in consolidation.

(2)

Certain Residential Whole Loans and Commercial Loans were financed under two longer term repurchase agreements. The Residential Whole facility is 18 months and the Commercial Loan facility automatically rolls until such time as they are terminated or until certain conditions of default. The weighted average remaining maturity days was calculated using expected weighted life of the underlying collateral.

(3)

Includes repurchase agreement borrowings on securities eliminated upon VIE consolidation.

Certain of the financing arrangements provide the counterparty with the right to terminate the agreement if the Company does not maintain certain equity, liquidity and leverage metrics. The Company was in compliance with the terms of such financial tests as of March 31, 2021.

Residential Whole Loan Facility

The Company’s residential whole loan facility has an advance rate of 84% and has an interest rate of LIBOR plus 2.75%, with a LIBOR floor of 0.50%. The facility matures on October 5, 2021. As of March 31, 2021 approximately $62.0 million in non QM loans remained in the facility with outstanding borrowings of $27.9 million.

Commercial Whole Loan Facility

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had approximately $119.2 million in borrowings, with a weighted average interest rate of 2.09% under its commercial whole loan facility. The borrowing is secured by loans with an estimated fair market value of $243.5 million. At March 31, 2021, the facility was subject to automatic monthly rolling until such time that it is terminated pursuant to the terms of the agreement by either the borrower or lender or until certain conditions of default.

On May 5, 2021, we amended our Commercial Whole Loan Facility to, among other things, convert the term to a 12-month facility with up to a 12-month extension option, subject to the lender’s consent.

Non-Agency CMBS and Non-Agency RMBS Facility

The Company securities repurchase facility has limited mark to market margin requirements and at March 31, 2021, had an interest rate of three-month LIBOR plus 5.0% payable quarterly in arrears. As of March 31, 2021, the outstanding balance under this facility was $93.9 million.

On May 5, 2021, we amended our Non-Agency CMBS and Non-Agency RMBS financing facility repurchase facility to, among other things, extend the facility for an additional 12 months and reduce the interest rate. The amended facility has improved advance rates and bears interest at a rate of three-month LIBOR plus 2.00%.

Convertible Senior Unsecured Notes

At March 31, 2021, the Company had $168.3 million aggregate principal amount of 6.75% convertible senior unsecured notes. The notes mature on October 1, 2022, unless earlier converted, redeemed or repurchased by the holders pursuant to their terms, and are not redeemable by the Company except during the final three months prior to maturity. The initial conversion rate was 83.1947 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes and represented a conversion price of $12.02 per share of common stock.

In March 2021, the Company repurchased $6.7 million aggregate principal amount of the 2022 Notes at an approximate 6.3% discount to par value, plus accrued and unpaid interest.

Residential Mortgage-Backed Notes

The Company has completed two Residential Whole Loan securitizations. The mortgage-backed notes issued are non-recourse to the Company and effectively finance $865.3 million of Residential Whole Loans.

Arroyo 2019-2

The following table summarizes the residential mortgage-backed notes issued by the Company’s Arroyo 2019-2 securitization trust at March 31, 2021 (dollars in thousands):

Classes

Principal Balance

Coupon

Carrying Value

Contractual
Maturity

Offered Notes:

 

 

 

 

Class A-1

$

460,106

 

3.3%

$

460,104

 

4/25/2049

Class A-2

24,658

 

3.5%

24,657

 

4/25/2049

Class A-3

39,065

 

3.8%

39,064

 

4/25/2049

Class M-1

25,055

 

4.8%

25,055

 

4/25/2049

 

548,884

 

 

548,880

 

 

Less: Unamortized Deferred Financing Cost

N/A

 

4,177

 

 

Total

$

548,884

 

 

$

544,703

 

 

The Company retained the subordinate bonds and these bonds had a fair market value of $40.5 million at March 31, 2021. The retained Arroyo 2019-2 subordinate bonds are eliminated in consolidation.

Arroyo 2020-1

The following table summarizes the residential mortgage-backed notes issued by the Company’s Arroyo 2020-1 securitization trust at March 31, 2021 (dollars in thousands):

Classes

Principal Balance

Coupon

Carrying Value

Contractual
Maturity

Offered Notes:

 

 

 

 

Class A-1A

$

198,598

 

1.7%

$

198,593

 

3/25/2055

Class A-1B

23,566

 

2.1%

23,566

 

3/25/2055

Class A-2

13,518

 

2.9%

13,517

 

3/25/2055

Class A-3

17,963

 

3.3%

17,963

 

3/25/2055

Class M-1

11,739

 

4.3%

11,739

 

3/25/2055

Subtotal

265,384

 

 

265,378

 

 

Less: Unamortized Deferred Financing Costs

N/A

 

2,399

 

 

Total

$

265,384

 

 

$

262,979

 

 

The Company retained the subordinate bonds and these bonds had a fair market value of $30.1 million at March 31, 2021. The retained Arroyo 2020-1 subordinate bonds are eliminated in consolidation.

Commercial Mortgage-Backed Notes

RETL 2019 Trust

The following table summarizes RETL 2019 Trust’s commercial mortgage pass-through certificates, at March 31, 2021 (dollars in thousands), which is non-recourse to the Company:

Classes

Principal Balance

Coupon

Fair Value

Contractual
Maturity

Class C

$

257,734

 

2.2%

$

256,436

 

3/15/2022

Class X-EXT(1)

N/A

1.2%

26

 

3/15/2022

 

$

257,734

 

 

$

256,462

 

 

(1)

Class X-EXT is an interest-only class with an initial notional balance of $257.7 million.

The above table does not reflect the class HRR bond held by the Company because the bond is eliminated in consolidation. The bond had a fair market value of $42.9 million at March 31, 2021. The securitized debt of the RETL 2019 Trust can only be settled with the commercial loan, with an outstanding principal balance of approximately $303.0 million at March 31, 2021, that serves as collateral for the securitized debt and is non-recourse to the Company.

CSMC 2014 USA

The following table summarizes CSMC 2014 USA’s commercial mortgage pass-through certificates at March 31, 2021 (dollars in thousands), which is non-recourse to the Company:

Classes

Principal Balance

Coupon

Fair Value

Contractual
Maturity

Class A-1

$

120,391

 

3.3%

$

122,992

 

9/11/2025

Class A-2

531,700

 

4.0%

557,729

 

9/11/2025

Class B

136,400

 

4.2%

135,402

 

9/11/2025

Class C

94,500

 

4.3%

92,155

 

9/11/2025

Class D

153,950

 

4.4%

142,388

 

9/11/2025

Class E

180,150

 

4.4%

148,840

 

9/11/2025

Class F

153,600

 

4.4%

111,553

 

9/11/2025

Class X-1(1)

N/A

0.7%

12,347

 

9/11/2025

Class X-2(1)

N/A

0.2%

2,572

 

9/11/2025

 

$

1,370,691

 

 

$

1,325,978

 

 

(1)

Class X-1 and X-2 are interest-only classes with notional balances of $652.1 million and $733.5 million as of March 31, 2021, respectively.

The above table does not reflect the portion of the class F bond held by the Company because the bond is eliminated in consolidation. The Company’s ownership interest in the F bonds represents a controlling financial interest, which resulted in consolidation of the trust, during the quarter. The bond had a fair market value of $10.8 million at March 31, 2021. The securitized debt of the CSMC USA can only be settled with the commercial loan with an outstanding principal balance of approximately $1.4 billion at March 31, 2021, that serves as collateral for the securitized debt and is non-recourse to the Company.

Derivatives Activity

The following table summarizes the Company’s derivative instruments at March 31, 2021 (dollars in thousands):

Other Derivative Instruments

 

Notional Amount

 

Fair Value

Credit default swaps, asset

 

$

2,030

 

 

$

136

 

Total derivative instruments, assets

 

 

 

136

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit default swaps, liability

 

4,140

 

 

(648)

 

Total derivative instruments, liabilities

 

 

 

(648)

 

Total derivative instruments, net

 

 

 

$

(512)

 

DIVIDEND

For the quarter ended March 31, 2021, we declared a $0.06 dividend per share, respectively, generating a dividend yield of approximately 7.5% based on the stock closing price of $3.19 at March 31, 2021.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company will host a conference call with a live webcast tomorrow, May 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time/8:00 a.m. Pacific Time, to discuss financial results for the first quarter 2021.

Individuals interested in participating in the conference call may do so by dialing (866) 235-9914 from the United States, or (412) 902-4115 from outside the United States and referencing “Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation.” Those interested in listening to the conference call live via the Internet may do so by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.westernassetmcc.com.

The Company is enabling investors to pre-register for the earnings conference call so that they can expedite their entry into the call and avoid the need to wait for a live operator. In order to pre-register for the call, investors can visit https://dpregister.com/sreg/10154409/e6584a91b4 and enter in their contact information. Investors will then be issued a personalized phone number and pin to dial into the live conference call. Individuals can pre-register any time prior to the start of the conference call tomorrow.

A telephone replay will be available through May 13, 2021 by dialing (877) 344-7529 from the United States, or (412) 317-0088 from outside the United States, and entering conference ID 10154409. A webcast replay will be available for 90 days.

ABOUT WESTERN ASSET MORTGAGE CAPITAL CORPORATION

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