Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results and Declares a Common Stock Quarterly Dividend of $0.40 per Share

35.5% Increase in Operating Earnings per Share

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jul 29, 2014) - Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (the "Company" or "ARI") (NYSE: ARI) today reported financial results for the quarter and six month period ended June 30, 2014.

Second Quarter 2014 and Recent Highlights

  • Reported Operating Earnings (a non-GAAP financial measure defined below) per share of common stock of $0.42 for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, an increase of 35.5% as compared to Operating Earnings per share of common stock of $0.31 for the quarter ended June 30, 2013;
  • Generated $23.8 million of net interest income from the Company's $1.3 billion investment portfolio, which had a weighted average underwritten internal rate of return ("IRR") of approximately 13.6% and a levered weighted average underwritten IRR of approximately 13.9% at June 30, 2014;
  • Closed $402.3 million of commercial real estate loans and invested $34.7 million of equity into commercial mortgage-backed securities ("CMBS") with an aggregate purchase price of $173.6 million;
  • Amended the Company's master repurchase agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. ("JPM Facility") to increase the total borrowing capacity to $175 million from $100 million and amended the Company's master repurchase agreement with Deutsche Bank AG (the "Deutsche Bank Facility") to increase the total borrowing capacity to $200 million from $100 million;
  • Completed an underwritten public offering of 9,706,000 shares of common stock at a price of $16.35 per share, raising net proceeds of $158.4 million; and
  • Subsequent to quarter end, closed two additional commercial real estate loans totaling $54.5 million and invested $6.4 million of equity into CMBS with an aggregate purchase price of $31.8 million, bringing year to date investments to $733 million.

"ARI has had a great start to 2014, with over $733 million of commercial real estate debt investments closed year-to-date," said Stuart Rothstein, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "Our Manager continues to invest in building out ARI's investment platform and we believe ARI has developed a reputation as a reliable, creative capital provider. The depth of ARI's platform was evidenced during the quarter, as the Company provided full financing solutions to commercial real estate developers and owners. We continue to see ample investment opportunities for the Company, both within the United States and internationally, and importantly, we believe the credit quality of the Company's investment portfolio remains stable."

Second Quarter 2014 Operating Results
The Company reported Operating Earnings of $18.0 million, or $0.42 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2014, representing a per share increase of 35.5% as compared to Operating Earnings of $11.7 million, or $0.31 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2013. Net income available to common stockholders for the three months ended June 30, 2014 was $22.1 million, or $0.51 per share, as compared to net income available to common stockholders of $9.9 million, or $0.27 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2013.

For the six months ended June 30, 2014, the Company reported Operating Earnings of $32.0 million, or $0.80 per share, representing a 14.3% per share increase as compared to Operating Earnings of $23.7 million, or $0.70 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Net income available to common stockholders for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $37.8 million, or $0.94 per share, as compared to net income available to common stockholders of $20.0 million, or $0.59 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2013.

Second Quarter 2014 Investment and Portfolio Activity
New Investments - During the second quarter, ARI committed to invest $576.0 million. 

Commenting on the investment activity, Scott Weiner, the Manager's Chief Investment Officer, said: "The second quarter of 2014 was ARI's most active in the Company's five-year history and our investments were diversified across our target asset classes, as well as across property types and geographies. In addition, as the Company expanded its capital base, during the quarter ARI was able to principal two larger loans and then syndicate portions of these loans to third parties."

ARI's second quarter investments included the following transactions:

  • $210.0 million fixed-rate, five-year first mortgage loan secured by a portfolio of 229 single-family and condominium homes located across North and Central America, the Caribbean and England. Simultaneously with closing, ARI syndicated $104.0 million of the loan to other funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC and retained $106.0 million of the first mortgage loan. The first mortgage loan has an appraised loan-to-value ("LTV") of approximately 49% and was underwritten to generate an IRR of approximately 8.2% on an unlevered basis. ARI anticipates financing the investment and on a levered basis, the investment was underwritten to generate an IRR of approximately 15%;
  • $54.0 million (£32.1 million) fixed rate, nine-month mezzanine loan in connection with the purchase of an existing commercial building that is expected to be re-developed into a 173,000 salable square foot residential condominium in Central London. The mezzanine loan is part of a $126.1 million (£75 million) pre-development loan comprised of a $72.1 million (£42.9 million) first mortgage and ARI's $54.0 million (£32.1 million) mezzanine loan. In order to mitigate foreign currency exchange risk, ARI entered into a forward contract to fix the exchange rate. ARI will have the option, but not the obligation, to participate in the development financing. ARI's loan basis represents a 78% appraised LTV. The mezzanine loan has been underwritten to generate an IRR of approximately 12%;
  • $155.0 million floating-rate whole loan secured by the first mortgage and equity interests in an entity that owns a resort hotel in Aruba. The property consists of 442 hotels rooms, 114 timeshare units, two casinos and approximately 131,500 square feet of retail space. In June, ARI syndicated a $90.0 million senior participation in the loan and retained a $65.0 million junior participation in the loan. The whole loan has a three-year term with two one-year extension options and an appraised LTV of 60%. The junior participation was underwritten to generate an IRR of approximately 14%;
  • $34.0 million floating-rate first mortgage loan for the acquisition of a newly renovated 301-key hotel located in downtown Philadelphia. The first mortgage has a three-year term with two one-year extension options and an underwritten loan-to-cost of 58%. The first mortgage loan was underwritten to generate an IRR of approximately 13% on a levered basis;
  • $65.1 million floating-rate first mortgage loan ($20.0 million of which was funded at closing) for the development of a 40-unit luxury residential condominium in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. ARI's loan has a 30-month term with a six-month extension option. On a fully funded basis, the first mortgage loan has a projected appraised loan-to-net sellout of approximately 67% and has been underwritten to generate an IRR of approximately 14%;
  • $28.3 million fixed-rate mezzanine loan secured by the equity interest in a 795-key full-service hotel and 226,000 square foot office and retail condominium in the Times Square neighborhood of New York City. The mezzanine loan has a remaining six month term and an underwritten LTV of 67%. The mezzanine loan was underwritten to generate an IRR of approximately 8%;
  • $50.0 million floating-rate mezzanine loan secured by the equity interest in a portfolio of 167 wholly owned skilled nursing facilities located across 19 states. The mezzanine loan was issued in connection with the refinancing of the portfolio and paid off the existing $47.0 million mezzanine loan ARI acquired in 2013. The new mezzanine loan has a two-year initial term with three one-year extension options and an underwritten LTV of 62%. The mezzanine loan was underwritten to generate an IRR of approximately 12%; and
  • $34.7 million of equity for the acquisition of CMBS with an aggregate purchase price of $173.6 million. ARI financed the CMBS utilizing $138.9 million of borrowings under the Deutsche Bank Facility. The CMBS have a weighted average life of 2.8 years and have been underwritten to generate an IRR of approximately 17%.

Second Quarter 2014 Capital Markets Activity
Amendment of JP Morgan Facility and Deutsche Bank Facility - ARI amended the Company's JPMorgan Facility to expand the total borrowing capacity to $175 million from $100 million. The facility expires in January 2015. In addition, ARI amended the Company's Deutsche Bank Facility to expand the total borrowing capacity to $200 million from $100 million. The Deutsche Bank Facility expires in April 2018 and is used to finance the acquisition of CMBS. At June 30, 2014, the JPMorgan Facility had an outstanding balance of $146.7 million and the Deutsche Bank Facility had an outstanding balance of $138.9 million.

Common Stock Offering - In May, the Company completed a public offering of 9,706,000 shares of common stock at a price of $16.35 per share, including a portion of the underwriters' option to purchase additional shares, raising net proceeds of $158.4 million.

Quarter End Portfolio Summary
The following table sets forth certain information regarding the Company's investments at June 30, 2014 ($ amounts in thousands):

                             
                             


Description
  Amortized Cost   Weighted Average Yield   Debt   Cost of Funds   Equity at Cost(1)   Current
Weighted Average
Underwritten IRR(2)
  Levered Weighted Average Underwritten IRR(3)
First mortgage loans   $ 343,810   8.4%   $ 146,698   2.7%   $ 197,112   15.0%   16.4%
Subordinate loans(4)     659,045   11.9     -   -     659,045   12.8   12.8
CMBS     339,724   6.3     299,526   3.1     70,325   15.4   15.5
Total/ Weighted Average   $ 1,342,579   9.6%   $ 446,224   2.9%   $ 926,482   13.6%   13.9%
                                   
                                   

(1) Includes $30,127 of restricted cash related to the Company's repurchase facility with UBS AG (the "UBS Facility").

(2) The underwritten IRR for the investments shown in the above table and elsewhere in this press release reflect the returns underwritten by ACREFI Management, LLC, the Company's external manager (the "Manager"), calculated on a weighted average basis assuming no dispositions, early prepayments or defaults but assuming that extension options are exercised and that the cost of borrowings under the Wells Facility remains constant over the remaining term. With respect to certain loans, the underwritten IRR calculation assumes certain estimates with respect to the timing and magnitude of future fundings for the remaining commitments and associated loan repayments, and assumes no defaults. IRR is the annualized effective compounded return rate that accounts for the time-value of money and represents the rate of return on an investment over a holding period expressed as a percentage of the investment. It is the discount rate that makes the net present value of all cash outflows (the costs of investment) equal to the net present value of cash inflows (returns on investment). It is derived from the negative and positive cash flows resulting from or produced by each transaction (or for a transaction involving more than one investment, cash flows resulting from or produced by each of the investments), whether positive, such as investment returns, or negative, such as transaction expenses or other costs of investment, taking into account the dates on which such cash flows occurred or are expected to occur, and compounding interest accordingly. There can be no assurance that the actual IRRs will equal the underwritten IRRs shown in the table. See "Item 1A--Risk Factors--The Company may not achieve its underwritten internal rate of return on its investments which may lead to future returns that may be significantly lower than anticipated" included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 for a discussion of some of the factors that could adversely impact the returns received by the Company from the investments shown in the table over time.

(3) The Company's ability to achieve its underwritten levered weighted average IRR with regard to its portfolio of first mortgage loans is additionally dependent upon the Company utilizing the JPMorgan Facility or any replacement facility with similar terms and re-borrowing approximately $28,302 in total. Without such re-borrowing, the levered weighted average underwritten IRRs will be as indicated in the current weighted average underwritten IRR column above.

(4) Subordinate loans are net of a participation sold during June 2014. ARI presents the participation sold as both assets and non-recourse liabilities because the participation does not qualify as a sale according to GAAP. At June 30, 2014, ARI had one such participation sold with a carrying amount of $89,182.

Loan-to-Value
At June 30, 2014, the Company's commercial real estate loan portfolio, not including CMBS, had a weighted average LTV of 58%. Within the commercial real estate loan portfolio, the first mortgage loans had a weighted average LTV of 48% and the subordinate loans had a weighted average LTV of 64%.

Book Value
The Company's book value per share at June 30, 2014 was $16.30, as compared to book value per share of $16.21 at March 31, 2014. For purposes of GAAP accounting, the Company carries loans at amortized cost and its CMBS are marked to market. Management has estimated that the fair value of the Company's net assets at June 30, 2014 was approximately $9.8 million greater than the carrying value as of the same date, assuming debt is valued at its par settlement amount. This difference represents a premium of $0.21 per share over the Company's book value as of June 30, 2014, and results in an estimated market value per share of approximately $16.51.

Subsequent Events
New Investments - Subsequent to quarter end, ARI closed two commercial real estate loan transactions totaling approximately $54.5 million and invested $6.4 million of equity into CMBS with an aggregate purchase price of $31.8 million. The loan transactions include the following:

  • $20.0 million floating-rate mezzanine loan secured by the equity interest in a 280-key hotel in the NoMad neighborhood of New York City. The mezzanine loan has a two-year initial term and three one-year extension options and an appraised LTV of 61%. The mezzanine loan was underwritten to generate an IRR of approximately 12%; and
  • $34.5 million ($30.0 million of which was funded at closing) floating-rate, first mortgage loan secured by a newly constructed, Class-A, 63-unit multifamily property located in Brooklyn, New York, which also includes approximately 7,300 square feet of retail space and 31 parking spaces. The first mortgage loan has a two-year initial term with three one-year extension options and an appraised LTV of 63% based upon the initial funding. The future funding is contingent upon the property achieving certain occupancy and cash flow hurdles. ARI anticipates financing the loan, and on a levered basis, the loan was underwritten to generate an IRR of approximately 12%.

Dividend - ARI's Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.40 per share of common stock, which is payable on October 15, 2014 to common stockholders of record on September 30, 2014. 

Definition of Operating Earnings
Operating Earnings is a non-GAAP financial measure that is used by the Company to approximate cash available for distribution and is defined by the Company as net income available to common stockholders, computed in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for (i) equity-based compensation expense (a portion of which may become cash-based upon final vesting and settlement of awards should the holder elect net share settlement to satisfy income tax withholding), (ii) any unrealized gains or losses or other non-cash items included in net income available to common stockholders and (iii) the non-cash amortization expense related to the reclassification of a portion of the senior convertible notes to stockholders' equity in accordance with GAAP. 

Reconciliation of Operating Earnings to Net Income Available to Common Stockholders
The tables below reconcile Operating Earnings and Operating Earnings per share with net income available to common stockholders and net income available to common stockholders per share for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2013 ($ amounts in thousands, except share and per share data):

                       
                       
    Three Months Ended
June 30, 2014
    Earnings Per Share (Diluted)     Three Months Ended
June 30, 2013
    Earnings Per Share (Diluted)
Operating Earnings:                              
Net income available to common stockholders   $ 22,098     $ 0.51     $ 9,929     $ 0.27
Adjustments:                              
  Unrealized (gain)/loss on securities     (4,749 )     (0.11 )     1,421       0.03
  Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivative instruments     1,093       0.03       (57 )     -
  Foreign currency gain     (959 )     (0.02 )     -       -
  Equity-based compensation expense     362       0.01       428       0.01
  Amortization of convertible notes related to equity reclassification     200       -       -       -
Total adjustments:     (4,053 )     (0.09 )     1,792       0.04
Operating Earnings   $ 18,045     $ 0.42     $ 11,721     $ 0.31
                               
Basic weighted average shares ofcommon stock outstanding:     42,888,747               36,880,410        
Diluted weighted average shares ofcommon stock outstanding:     43,099,354               37,373,885        
                               
                               
                       
                       
    Six Months
Ended
June 30, 2014
    Earnings Per Share (Diluted)     Six Months
Ended
June 30, 2013
    Earnings Per Share (Diluted)
Operating Earnings:                              
Net income available to common stockholders   $ 37,819     $ 0.94     $ 20,001     $ 0.59
Adjustments:                              
  Unrealized (gain)/loss on securities     (6,934 )     (0.17 )     2,500       0.07
  Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivative instruments     1,093       0.03       (130 )     -
  Foreign currency gain     (959 )     (0.02 )     -       -
  Equity-based compensation expense     788       0.02       1,311       0.04
  Amortization of convertible notes related to equity reclassification     229       -       -       -
Total adjustments:     (5,783 )     (0.14 )     3,681       0.11
Operating Earnings   $ 32,036     $ 0.80     $ 23,682     $ 0.70
                               
Basic weighted average shares ofcommon stock outstanding:     40,021,722               33,511,889        
Diluted weighted average shares ofcommon stock outstanding:     40,236,109               33,946,329        
                               
                               

Teleconference Details:
The Company will host a conference call to discuss its financial results on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Members of the public who are interested in participating in the Company's second quarter 2014 earnings teleconference call should dial from the U.S., (877) 331-6553, or from outside the U.S., (760) 666-3769, shortly before 10:00 a.m. and reference the Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. Teleconference Call (number 69283340). Please note the teleconference call will be available for replay beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, and ending at midnight on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. To access the replay, callers from the U.S. should dial (855) 859-2056 and callers from outside the U.S. should dial (404) 537-3406, and enter conference identification number 69283340.

Webcast:
The conference call will also be available on the Company's website at www.apolloreit.com. To listen to a live broadcast, please go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the call will also be available for 30 days on the Company's website.

Supplemental Information
The Company provides supplemental financial information to offer more transparency into its results and make its reporting more informative and easier to follow. The supplemental financial information is available in the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.apolloreit.com.

About Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.
Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE: ARI) is a real estate investment trust that primarily originates, invests in, acquires and manages performing commercial real estate mortgage loans, subordinate financings, CMBS and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. The Company is externally managed and advised by ACREFI Management, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and an indirect subsidiary of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading global alternative investment manager with approximately $159.3 billion of assets under management at March 31, 2014. 

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

Dividend Reinvestment Plan
The Company adopted a Direct Stock Purchase and Dividend Reinvestment Plan (the "Plan"). The Plan provides new investors and existing holders of the Company's common stock with a convenient and economical method to purchase shares of its common stock. By participating in the Plan, participants may purchase additional shares of the Company's common stock by reinvesting some or all of the cash dividends received on their shares of the Company's common stock. In addition, the Plan permits participants to make optional cash investments of up to $10,000 per month, and, with the Company's prior approval, optional cash investments in excess of $10,000 per month, for the purchase of additional shares of the Company's common stock. 

The Plan is administered by a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. ("Wells"). Stockholders and other persons may obtain a copy of the Plan prospectus and an enrollment form by contacting Wells at (800) 468-9716 or (651) 450-4064, if outside the United States, or visiting Wells' website at www.shareowneronline.com

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements as such term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and such statements are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provided by the same. Forward-looking statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the Company's control. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of the Company's business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, plans and objectives. When used in this release, the words believe, expect, anticipate, estimate, plan, continue, intend, should, may or similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Statements regarding the following subjects, among others, may be forward-looking: the return on equity; the yield on investments; the ability to borrow to finance assets; the Company's ability to deploy the proceeds of its capital raises or acquire its target assets; and risks associated with investing in real estate assets, including changes in business conditions and the general economy. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements, and other risks, uncertainties and factors are based on the Company's beliefs, assumptions and expectations of its future performance, taking into account all information currently available to the Company. Forward-looking statements are not predictions of future events. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

   
   
Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)  
(in thousands--except share and per share data)  
   
    June 30, 2014     December 31, 2013  
Assets:                
  Cash   $ 63,335     $ 20,096  
  Restricted cash     30,127       30,127  
  Securities available-for-sale, at estimated fair value     23,281       33,362  
  Securities, at estimated fair value     324,724       158,086  
  Commercial mortgage loans, held for investment     343,810       161,099  
  Subordinate loans, held for investment     748,227       497,484  
  Interest receivable     15,183       6,022  
  Deferred financing costs, net     5,088       628  
  Other assets     975       600  
Total Assets   $ 1,554,750     $ 907,504  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                
Liabilities:                
  Borrowings under repurchase agreements   $ 446,224     $ 202,033  
  Convertible senior notes, net     139,362       -  
  Participations sold     89,182       -  
  Derivative instrument     1,093       -  
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses     5,260       2,660  
  Payable to related party     2,966       2,628  
  Dividends payable     20,665       17,227  
Total Liabilities     704,752       224,548  
                 
Stockholders' Equity:                
  Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized and 3,450,000 shares issued and outstanding in 2014 and 2013     35       35  
  Common stock, $0.01 par value, 450,000,000 shares authorized, 46,848,675 and 36,888,467 shares issued and outstanding in 2014 and 2013, respectively     468       369  
  Additional paid-in-capital     860,421       697,610  
  Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)     (10,132 )     (14,188 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (794 )     (870 )
Total Stockholders' Equity     849,998       682,956  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 1,554,750     $ 907,504  
                 
                 
   
   
Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations (Unaudited)  
(in thousands--except share and per share data)  
   
    Three months ended
June 30,
    Six months ended
June 30,
 
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
Net interest income:                                
  Interest income from securities   $ 4,366     $ 3,014     $ 6,785     $ 6,101  
  Interest income from commercial mortgage loans     6,438       3,676       10,449       7,268  
  Interest income from subordinate loans     18,238       11,498       32,968       22,953  
  Interest income from repurchase agreements     -       -       -       2  
  Interest expense     (5,258 )     (955 )     (7,015 )     (2,024 )
Net interest income     23,784       17,233       43,187       34,300  
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
  General and administrative expenses (includes $362 and $788 of equity-based compensation in 2014 and $428 and $1,311 in 2013, respectively)     (1,479 )     (1,437 )     (2,921 )     (3,333 )
  Management fees to related party     (2,966 )     (2,600 )     (5,531 )     (4,759 )
Total operating expenses     (4,445 )     (4,037 )     (8,452 )     (8,092 )
  Interest income from cash balances     4       16       4       16  
  Unrealized gain/(loss) on securities     4,749       (1,421 )     6,934       (2,500 )
  Foreign currency gain     959       -       959       -  
  Loss on derivative instruments (includes $1,093 and $1,093 of unrealized losses in 2014 and $57 and $130 of unrealized gains in 2013, respectively)     (1,093 )     (2 )     (1,093 )     (3 )
Net income     23,958       11,798       41,539       23,721  
Preferred dividend     (1,860 )     (1,860 )     (3,720 )     (3,720 )
Net income available to common stockholders   $ 22,098     $ 9,929     $ 37,819     $ 20,001  
                                 
Basic and diluted net income per share of common stock   $ 0.51     $ 0.27     $ 0.94     $ 0.59  
                                 
Basic weighted average shares of common stock outstanding     42,888,747       36,880,410       40,021,722       33,511,889  
Diluted weighted average shares of common stock outstanding     43,099,354       37,373,885       40,236,109       33,946,329  
                                 
Dividend declared per share of common stock   $ 0.40     $ 0.40     $ 0.80     $ 0.80  
                                 
                                 
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Investor Relations
(212) 822-0767

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