AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. (“MITT,” “we,” the “Company,” or “our”) (NYSE: MITT) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Q1 2022 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • $13.68 Book Value per share as of March 31, 2022 compared to $14.64 as of December 31, 2021(1)
  • $13.37 Adjusted Book Value per share as of March 31, 2022 compared to $14.32 as of December 31, 2021(1)

    • Decrease of approximately 6.6% from December 31, 2021
    • Quarterly economic return on equity of (5.2)%(2)
  • $(0.74) and $(0.02) of Net Income/(Loss) and Core Earnings per diluted common share, respectively(3)
  • $0.21 dividend per common share

MANAGEMENT REMARKS

“During the quarter, we maintained focus on growing our residential mortgage loan portfolio and executing our securitization strategy,” said David Roberts, Chief Executive Officer. “We ended this quarter with ample liquidity to continue to propel this growth strategy at higher asset yields and we continue to be strong believers in our strategy as capable of delivering long-term earnings growth for our shareholders.”

“We remain disciplined with regards to managing our warehouse risk,” said TJ Durkin, President. Mr. Durkin added, “In the face of a very challenging quarter, we executed three securitizations, which not only de-risked our warehouse lines but gave us additional liquidity to take advantage of the dislocation and opportunity set in today’s volatile market.”

INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • $3.7 billion Investment Portfolio as of March 31, 2022 compared to $3.2 billion as of December 31, 2021(4)(5)

    • Purchased Non-Agency Loans with a fair value of $604.6 million and Agency-Eligible Loans with fair value of $343.3 million during the quarter
    • Sold Agency RMBS of $225.5 million, rotating capital into residential mortgage loans
    • Subsequent to quarter end, purchased Non-Agency and Agency-Eligible loans with an unpaid principal balance of $260.7 million and currently have an acquisition pipeline of $500.8 million
  • $3.3 billion of financing as of March 31, 2022 compared to $2.8 billion as of December 31, 2021(4)(5)

    • $1.9 billion of non-recourse financing and $1.4 billion of recourse financing
    • Executed two rated Non-Agency Loan securitizations and one rated Agency-Eligible Loan securitization during the quarter, converting financing from recourse financing with mark-to-market margin calls to non-recourse financing without mark-to-market margin calls
    • Subsequent to quarter end, executed a rated Agency-Eligible Loan securitization in which loans with a fair value of $398.7 million were securitized
  • 2.7x Economic Leverage Ratio as of March 31, 2022 compared to 2.4x as of December 31, 2021(6)
  • 1.4% Net Interest Margin(7)
  • $137.9 million of total liquidity as of March 31, 2022, available to support our liquidity needs

    • Consisted of $50.5 million of cash, $48.5 million of unencumbered Agency RMBS that we held as of quarter end, and $38.9 million of unencumbered Agency RMBS which we sold during March 2022, but which settled in April 2022

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

The following summarizes the Company’s investment portfolio as of March 31, 2022(4)(5) ($ in millions):

 

 

Fair Value

 

Weighted

Average Yield

 

Financing

 

Cost of Funds(8)

 

Percent of

Fair Value

 

Percent of

Equity(9)

Residential Investments(a)

 

$3,354.3

 

4.3%

 

$3,064.2

 

2.5%

 

89.9%

 

85.3%

Agency RMBS

 

377.5

 

2.4%

 

240.7

 

0.4%

 

10.1%

 

14.7%

Total

 

$3,731.8

 

4.1%

 

$3,304.9

 

2.7%

 

100.0%

 

100.0%

(a) As of March 31, 2022, the table above excludes our investment in Arc Home and includes fair value of $62.9 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 $41.3 million of Non-QM Loans, $8.0 million of Re/Non-Performing Loans, and $13.6 million of Land Related Financing.

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

The following summarizes the Company’s financing as of March 31, 2022(5) ($ in millions):

 

 

Securitized Debt

 

Warehouse

Financing on

Residential

 

Financing on

Agency

 

 

 

 

Non-Agency

 

Agency-Eligible

 

RPL/NPL

 

 

 

Total

Amount

 

$1,228.4

 

$399.1

 

$232.4

 

$1,204.3

 

$240.7

 

$3,304.9

Cost of Funds(8), (a)

 

2.5%

 

2.8%

 

3.1%

 

2.2%

 

0.4%

 

2.7%

Advance Rate

 

91%

 

93%

 

70%

 

81%

 

77%

 

N/A

Available Borrowing Capacity(b)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

$1,264.8

 

N/A

 

$1,264.8

Recourse/Non-Recourse

 

Non-Recourse

 

Non-Recourse

 

Non-Recourse

 

Recourse

 

Recourse

 

43% Recourse

57% Non-Recourse

(a) Total Cost of Funds shown includes the costs from our interest rate hedges. Cost of Funds as of March 31, 2022 excluding the cost of our interest rate hedges would be 2.3%.

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

ARC HOME UPDATE(10)

  • Arc Home continues to drive growth in originations:

    • 2022 originations forecast of $4.5 billion to $6.5 billion compared with $4.4 billion in 2021
    • 2022 Non-Agency(a) originations forecast of $3.5 billion to $5.0 billion compared to $1.7 billion in 2021
    • Expansion of delegated correspondent channel in Q2 2022 partnering with brokers and top originators to drive funding growth
    • Originated $0.8 billion of loans during the first quarter of 2022 as compared to $1.1 billion in Q4 2021
    • Non-Agency(a) Locks of $0.7 billion grew 18% during the first quarter of 2022 from $0.6 billion in Q4 2021
    • MITT purchased $0.4 billion of loans from Arc Home during Q1 2022 representing 41% of MITT’s total loan purchases
  • Arc Home generated after-tax net income of $7.1 million in the first quarter primarily driven by mark-to-market gains on its mortgage servicing rights portfolio offset by a reduction in gain on sale margins decreasing from 161bps as of December 31, 2021 to 125bps as of March 31, 2022

    • MITT’s portion of this after-tax net income was $3.1 million, prior to removing any gains on loans acquired by MITT from Arc Home which approximated $2.4 million during the first quarter of 2022(b)
  • As of March 31, 2022, the fair value of MITT’s investment in Arc Home was calculated using a valuation multiple of 1.01x book value as compared to 1.06x book value as of December 31, 2021

    • The decrease in fair value on MITT’s investment in Arc Home approximated $2.5 million

(a) Non-Agency includes Non-QM Loans, QM Loans, Jumbo Loans, and Agency-Eligible Loans. Agency-Eligible Loans are loans that conform with GSE underwriting guidelines but sold to Non-Agency investors, including MITT.

(b) 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.

MITT KEY STATISTICS

 

($ in millions, except per share data)

 

March 31, 2022

Investment portfolio(4)

 

$

3,731.8

Financing arrangements(5)

 

 

3,304.9

Recourse financing

 

 

1,424.5

Non-recourse financing

 

 

1,880.4

Total Economic Leverage(6)

 

 

1,499.6

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

547.7

GAAP Leverage Ratio

 

5.8x

Economic Leverage Ratio(6)

 

2.7x

Book value, per share(1)

 

$

13.68

Adjusted Book value, per share(1)

 

$

13.37

Dividend, per share

 

$

0.21

The below table provides a summary of our first quarter activity impacting book value as well as a reconciliation to adjusted book value. Adjusted book value is calculated by reducing stockholders’ equity by the liquidation preference of our preferred stock ($ in thousands, except per share data).

 

 

Amount

 

Per Diluted Share(3)

12/31/21 Book Value(1)

 

$

349,908

 

$

14.64

Common dividend

 

 

(5,022)

 

 

(0.21)

Net issuance of common stock

 

 

80

 

 

Core earnings

 

 

(492)

 

 

(0.02)

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

 

 

496

 

 

0.02

Net realized gain/(loss)

 

 

8,783

 

 

0.37

Net unrealized gain/(loss)

 

 

(22,420)

 

 

(0.94)

Dollar roll (income)/loss(a)

 

 

1,977

 

 

0.08

Transaction related expenses and deal related performance fees

 

 

(6,132)

 

 

(0.26)

3/31/22 Book Value(1)

 

$

327,178

 

$

13.68

Change in Book Value

 

 

(22,730)

 

 

(0.96)

 

 

 

 

 

3/31/22 Book Value(1)

 

$

327,178

 

$

13.68

Net proceeds less liquidation preference of preferred stock

 

 

(7,519)

 

 

(0.31)

3/31/22 Adjusted Book Value(1)

 

$

319,659

 

$

13.37

(a) TBA dollar roll income/(loss) is the economic equivalent of net interest carry income on the underlying Agency RMBS of TBAs over the roll period (interest income less implied financing cost).

DIVIDEND

The Company announced that on May 2, 2022 its Board of Directors (the “Board”) declared second quarter 2022 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 June 17, 2022 to preferred shareholders of record on May 31, 2022.

On March 18, 2022, the Board declared a first quarter dividend of $0.21 per share of common stock that was paid on April 29, 2022 to common stockholders of record as of March 31, 2022.

On February 18, 2022, 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 March 17, 2022 to preferred stockholders of record as of February 28, 2022.

STOCKHOLDER CALL

The Company invites stockholders, prospective stockholders, and analysts to participate in MITT’s first quarter earnings conference call on May 6, 2022 at 8:30 am Eastern Time. The stockholder call can be accessed by dialing 1 (866) 374-5140. International callers should dial 1 (404) 400-0571. The PIN is 41783903#.

A presentation will accompany the conference call and will be available under “Presentations” in the “Investor Relations” section on the Company’s website at www.agmit.com. Select the Q1 2022 Earnings Presentation link to download the presentation in advance of the stockholder call.

For those unable to listen to the live call, an audio replay will be available following on May 9, 2022 through June 5, 2022. To access the replay, please go to https://onlinexperiences.com/Launch/QReg/ShowUUID=A286099D-9F7E-423B-BC5C-1A45E530BFAC. The replay passcode is EV00134675.

For further information or questions, please e-mail ir@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 leading privately-held alternative investment firm focusing on credit and real estate strategies.

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

ABOUT ANGELO GORDON

Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P. (“Angelo Gordon”) is a privately-held alternative investment firm founded in November 1988. The firm currently manages approximately $51 billion with a primary focus on credit and real estate strategies. Angelo Gordon has over 600 employees, including more than 200 investment professionals, and is headquartered in New York, with associated offices elsewhere in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.angelogordon.com.

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, the uncertainty and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and of responsive measures implemented by various governmental authorities, businesses and other third parties; whether our transition to a pure play residential credit mortgage REIT will result in any of the anticipated benefits or at all; our ability to continue to grow our residential investment portfolio, including our ability to consummate transactions in our pipeline on the terms or timeframe anticipated, or at all; 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; whether growth in the new origination residential mortgage space will occur 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; whether we will be able to generate liquidity from additional opportunistic liquidations in our Re/Non-performing loan portfolio; our portfolio mix, including levels of Non-Agency and Agency mortgage loans; our levels of leverage, including our levels of recourse and non-recourse financing; our ability to execute securitizations, including at the pace anticipated or at all; our ability to achieve our forecasted returns on equity post-securitization; changes in our business and investment strategy; our ability to grow our adjusted book value; our ability to predict and control costs; changes in interest rates and the fair value of our assets, including negative changes resulting in margin calls relating to the financing of our assets; the anticipated impact of changes in interest rates 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 our ability to continue to opportunistically exchange preferred stock; 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 ability to increase its product offerings; Arc Home’s ability to continue driving growth in Non-Agency originations; 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; changes in interest rates, including the impact of interest rate changes on the fair value of our investments; 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 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 Core Earnings; legislative and regulatory actions by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve and other agencies and instrumentalities in response to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including inflation; how COVID-19 may affect us, our operations and personnel; the forbearance program included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act; 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, 2021, 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 March 31, 2022, 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 Core Earnings, investment portfolio, financing arrangements, and economic leverage ratio, which are calculated by including or excluding unconsolidated investments in affiliates or, with respect to our equity allocation calculation, by allocating all non-investment portfolio related assets and liabilities to our investment portfolio categories based on the characteristics of such assets and liabilities, as described in the footnotes to this press release. Management believes that this non-GAAP information, when considered with our GAAP financial statements, provides supplemental information useful for investors to help evaluate our financial performance. However, management also believes that our definition of Core Earnings 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)

 

March 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Assets

 

 

 

Securitized residential mortgage loans, at fair value – $208,312 and $119,947 pledged as collateral, respectively

$

2,105,572

 

$

1,158,134

Residential mortgage loans, at fair value – $1,160,870 and $1,469,358 pledged as collateral, respectively

 

1,167,061

 

 

1,476,972

Real estate securities, at fair value – $196,911 and $444,481 pledged as collateral, respectively

 

246,004

 

 

514,470

Investments in debt and equity of affiliates

 

87,086

 

 

92,023

Cash and cash equivalents

 

50,541

 

 

68,079

Restricted cash

 

45,630

 

 

32,150

Receivable on unsettled trades – $68,747 and $0 pledged as collateral, respectively

 

107,788

 

 

Other assets

 

29,274

 

 

20,900

Total Assets

$

3,838,956

 

$

3,362,728

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

Securitized debt, at fair value

$

1,859,917

 

$

999,215

Financing arrangements

 

1,411,493

 

 

1,777,743

Dividend payable

 

5,022

 

 

5,021

Other liabilities

 

14,874

 

 

10,369

Total Liabilities

 

3,291,306

 

 

2,792,348

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 23,915 and 23,908 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

 

239

 

 

239

Additional paid-in capital

 

796,549

 

 

796,469

Retained earnings/(deficit)

 

(469,610)

 

 

(446,800)

Total Stockholders’ Equity

 

547,650

 

 

570,380

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities & Stockholders’ Equity

$

3,838,956

 

$

3,362,728

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31, 2022

 

March 31, 2021

Net Interest Income

 

 

 

Interest income

$

33,417

 

$

12,119

Interest expense

 

16,122

 

 

4,061

Total Net Interest Income

 

17,295

 

 

8,058

 

 

 

 

Other Income/(Loss)

 

 

 

Net interest component of interest rate swaps

 

(2,270)

 

 

(741)

Net realized gain/(loss)

 

8,783

 

 

(4,038)

Net unrealized gain/(loss)

 

(22,420)

 

 

19,849

Other income/(loss), net

 

 

 

37

Total Other Income/(Loss)

 

(15,907)

 

 

15,107

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

Management fee to affiliate

 

1,962

 

 

1,654

Other operating expenses

 

3,688

 

 

4,150

Transaction related expenses

 

5,879

 

 

(167)

Servicing fees

 

1,007

 

 

615

Total Expenses

 

12,536

 

 

6,252

 

 

 

 

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

 

(11,148)

 

 

16,913

 

 

 

 

Equity in earnings/(loss) from affiliates

 

(2,054)

 

 

26,336

Net Income/(Loss)

 

(13,202)

 

 

43,249

 

 

 

 

Gain on Exchange Offers, net

 

 

 

358

Dividends on preferred stock

 

(4,586)

 

 

(4,924)

 

 

 

 

Net Income/(Loss) Available to Common Stockholders

$

(17,788)

 

$

38,683

 

 

 

 

Earnings/(Loss) Per Share of Common Stock (a)

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.74)

 

$

2.74

Diluted

$

(0.74)

 

$

2.74

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Number of Shares of Common Stock Outstanding (a)

 

 

Basic

 

23,915

 

 

14,116

Diluted

 

23,915

 

 

14,116

  1. Amounts have been adjusted to reflect the one-for-three reverse stock split effected July 22, 2021.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE

This press release contains Core Earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure. Our presentation of Core Earnings 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 Core Earnings, 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, (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 Core Earnings, 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, and (vi) any gains/(losses) associated with exchange transactions on our common and preferred stock.

Contacts

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212-692-2110

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