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Arbor Realty Trust Reports First Quarter 2020 Results and Declares Dividend of $0.30 per Share

Company Highlights:

  • GAAP net loss of $59.3 million, or $0.54 per diluted common share

  • Core earnings of $40.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted common share1

  • Declares a cash dividend on common stock of $0.30 per share

  • Issued $275.0 million of 4.50% senior unsecured notes due in 2027

Agency Business

  • Loan originations of $1.08 billion and a servicing portfolio of $20.20 billion

  • Segment income of $36.1 million, excluding a $47.7 million loss on derivative instruments and a $22.0 million CECL loss provision

Structured Business

  • Portfolio growth of 12% on $856.2 million of loan originations

  • Closed our largest collateralized securitization vehicle of $800.0 million

  • Segment income of $17.3 million, excluding a $53.9 million CECL loss provision

Recent Development:

  • Issued $40.5 million of 8.00% senior unsecured notes due in 2023

UNIONDALE, N.Y., May 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (ABR), today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. Arbor reported a net loss for the quarter of $59.3 million, or $0.54 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $22.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. Core earnings for the quarter was $40.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted common share, compared to $36.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.1

At March 31, 2020, GAAP book value per share was $8.68, as compared to $9.73 at December 31, 2019. The decrease in book value was primarily due to $104.5 million, or $0.80 per share, of estimated credit losses on our portfolios, including the adoption of the new accounting standard for current expected credit losses, or “CECL,” as well as $50.7 million, or $0.39 per share, of losses on derivative instruments associated with loans that have not yet been sold or securitized.

Agency Business

Loan Origination Platform

Agency Loan Volume (in thousands)

Quarter Ended

March 31,
2020

December 31,
2019

Originations:

Fannie Mae

$

581,973

$

764,314

Freddie Mac

199,711

96,993

FHA

17,944

78,428

Private Label

282,345

320,476

Total Originations

$

1,081,973

$

1,260,211

Total Loan Sales

$

957,060

$

887,868

Total Loan Commitments

$

1,267,219

$

1,203,194

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Agency Business generated revenues (excluding gains and losses on derivative instruments) of $59.6 million, compared to $64.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. Gain on sales, including fee-based services, net was $14.3 million for the quarter, reflecting a margin of 1.49% on loan sales, compared to $13.8 million and 1.55% for the fourth quarter of 2019. Income from mortgage servicing rights was $21.9 million for the quarter, reflecting a rate of 1.73% as a percentage of loan commitments, compared to $27.9 million and 2.32% for the fourth quarter of 2019.

At March 31, 2020, loans held-for-sale was $991.7 million which was primarily comprised of unpaid principal balances totaling $978.7 million, with financing associated with these loans totaling $790.7 million.

Fee-Based Servicing Portfolio

Our fee-based servicing portfolio totaled $20.20 billion at March 31, 2020, an increase of 0.7% from December 31, 2019, primarily a result of $799.6 million of new loan originations (excluding $282.3 million of private label loans that are yet to be sold), net of $661.6 million in portfolio runoff during the quarter. Servicing revenue, net was $13.3 million for the quarter and consisted of servicing revenue of $25.1 million, net of amortization of mortgage servicing rights totaling $11.8 million.

Fee-Based Servicing Portfolio ($ in thousands)

As of March 31, 2020

As of December 31, 2019

UPB

Wtd. Avg.
Fee

Wtd. Avg. Life
(in years)

UPB

Wtd. Avg.
Fee

Wtd. Avg. Life
(in years)

Fannie Mae

$

14,946,922

0.493

%

8.0

$

14,832,844

0.493

%

7.8

Freddie Mac

4,570,521

0.294

%

10.6

4,534,714

0.300

%

10.6

FHA

679,685

0.152

%

19.1

691,519

0.154

%

18.7

Total

$

20,197,128

0.436

%

8.9

$

20,059,077

0.438

%

8.8

Loans sold under the Fannie Mae program contain an obligation to partially guarantee the performance of the loan (“loss-sharing obligations”), and includes $32.4 million for the fair value of the guarantee obligation undertaken at March 31, 2020. The Company’s loss-sharing obligations associated with CECL were $38.4 million, including a $14.4 million January 1, 2020 adoption adjustment, representing 0.26% of the Fannie Mae servicing portfolio at March 31, 2020.

Structured Business

Portfolio and Investment Activity

  • Originated 47 loans totaling $856.2 million, of which $798.2 million was funded at March 31, 2020, and consisted primarily of 34 bridge loans totaling $785.1 million

  • Payoffs and pay downs on 21 loans totaling $275.3 million

  • Portfolio growth of $520.9 million, or 12%

  • No material loan modifications that resulted in interest rate concessions

  • Provision for loan losses of $54.4 million from CECL

At March 31, 2020, the loan and investment portfolio’s unpaid principal balance, excluding loan loss reserves, was $4.80 billion, with a weighted average current interest pay rate of 5.70%, compared to $4.29 billion and 5.98% at December 31, 2019. Including certain fees earned and costs associated with the loan and investment portfolio, the weighted average current interest pay rate was 6.35% at March 31, 2020, compared to 6.68% at December 31, 2019.

The average balance of the Company’s loan and investment portfolio during the first quarter of 2020, excluding loan loss reserves, was $4.58 billion with a weighted average yield of 6.77%, compared to $4.02 billion and 7.18% for the fourth quarter of 2019. The decrease in average yield was primarily due to lower rates on originations when compared to runoff and a decrease in LIBOR in the first quarter as compared to the fourth quarter.

During the first quarter of 2020, the Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $54.4 million as a result of its loan review process including the newly adopted CECL credit loss standard which included a January 1, 2020 CECL adoption adjustment of $17.3 million. At March 31, 2020, the Company’s total allowance for loan losses was $142.3 million. The Company had four non-performing loans with a carrying value of $8.3 million, before related loan loss reserves of $6.5 million, compared to three loans with a carrying value of $3.5 million, before related loan loss reserves of $1.7 million as of December 31, 2019.

Financing Activity

The Company completed a collateralized securitization vehicle (“CLO XIII”) totaling $800.0 million of real estate related assets and cash. Investment grade-rated notes totaling $668.0 million were issued, and the Company retained subordinate interests in the issuing vehicle of $132.0 million. The facility has a three-year asset replenishment period and an initial weighted average interest rate of 1.41% over LIBOR, excluding fees and transaction costs.

The Company completed the unwind of CLO VIII, redeeming $282.9 million of outstanding notes, which were repaid primarily from the refinancing of the remaining assets primarily within CLO XIII, as well as with cash held by CLO VIII, and expensed $1.5 million of deferred financing fees into loss on extinguishment of debt on the consolidated statements of operations.

The balance of debt that finances the Company’s loan and investment portfolio at March 31, 2020 was $4.70 billion with a weighted average interest rate including fees of 3.68% as compared to $3.93 billion and a rate of 4.35% at December 31, 2019. The average balance of debt that finances the Company’s loan and investment portfolio for the first quarter of 2020 was $4.25 billion, as compared to $3.76 billion for the fourth quarter of 2019. The average cost of borrowings for the first quarter of 2020 was 4.11%, compared to 4.46% for the fourth quarter of 2019. The decrease in average costs was primarily due to a decrease in LIBOR and the issuance of lower cost CLO debt.

The Company is subject to various financial covenants and restrictions under the terms of its collateralized securitization vehicles, financing facilities and unsecured debt. The Company believes it was in compliance with all financial covenants and restrictions as of March 31, 2020 and as of the most recent collateralized securitization vehicle determination dates in April 2020.

Capital Markets

The Company issued $275.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.50% senior unsecured notes due in 2027 in a private placement, generating net proceeds of $271.8 million after deducting offering expenses. The Company used a significant portion of the proceeds to repay secured indebtedness.

In April 2020, the Company issued $40.5 million in aggregate principal amount of 8.00% senior unsecured notes in a private placement, generating net proceeds of $39.8 million after deducting offering expenses. The notes are due in 2023 and the proceeds were used to repay secured indebtedness, make investments relating to its business and for general corporate purposes.

Dividends

The Company announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share of common stock for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. The dividend is payable on July 15, 2020 to common stockholders of record on June 30, 2020. The ex-dividend date is June 29, 2020.

As previously announced, the Board of Directors has declared cash dividends on the Company's Series A, Series B and Series C cumulative redeemable preferred stock reflecting accrued dividends from March 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020. The dividends are payable on June 1, 2020 to preferred stockholders of record on May 15, 2020. The Company will pay total dividends of $0.515625, $0.484375 and $0.53125 per share on the Series A, Series B and Series C preferred stock, respectively.

Earnings Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast and replay of the conference call will be available at http://www.arbor.com in the investor relations section of the Company’s website. Those without web access should access the call telephonically at least ten minutes prior to the conference call. The dial-in numbers are (866) 516-5034 for domestic callers and (678) 509-7613 for international callers. Please use participant passcode 6874348.

A telephonic replay of the call will be available until May 15, 2020. The replay dial-in numbers are (855) 859-2056 for domestic callers and (404) 537-3406 for international callers. Please use passcode 6874348.

About Arbor Realty Trust, Inc.

Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR) is a nationwide real estate investment trust and direct lender, providing loan origination and servicing for multifamily, seniors housing, healthcare and other diverse commercial real estate assets. Headquartered in New York, Arbor manages a multibillion-dollar servicing portfolio, specializing in government-sponsored enterprise products. Arbor is a Fannie Mae DUS® lender and Freddie Mac Optigo Seller/Servicer. Arbor’s product platform also includes CMBS, bridge, mezzanine and preferred equity lending. Rated by Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Ratings, Arbor is committed to building on its reputation for service, quality and customized solutions with an unparalleled dedication to providing our clients excellence over the entire life of a loan.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain items in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Arbor can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Arbor’s expectations include, but are not limited to, changes in economic conditions generally, and the real estate markets specifically, in particular, due to the uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic, continued ability to source new investments, changes in interest rates and/or credit spreads, and other risks detailed in Arbor’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and its other reports filed with the SEC. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Arbor expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Arbor’s expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

1. Non-GAAP Financial Measures

During the quarterly earnings conference call, the Company may discuss non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC Regulation G. In addition, the Company has used non-GAAP financial measures in this press release. A supplemental schedule of non-GAAP financial measures and the comparable GAAP financial measure can be found on page 11 of this release.

Contacts:
Arbor Realty Trust, Inc.
Paul Elenio, Chief Financial Officer
516-506-4422
pelenio@arbor.com

Investors:
The Ruth Group
Alexander Lobo
646-536-7037
alobo@theruthgroup.com

Media:
Bonnie Habyan
Chief Marketing Officer
516-506-4615
bhabyan@arbor.com


ARBOR REALTY TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations - (Unaudited)

($ in thousands—except share and per share data)

Quarter Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Interest income

$

88,526

$

71,277

Interest expense

49,982

41,865

Net interest income

38,544

29,412

Other revenue:

Gain on sales, including fee-based services, net

14,305

16,389

Mortgage servicing rights

21,934

14,232

Servicing revenue, net

13,302

13,552

Property operating income

2,192

2,803

Loss on derivative instruments, net

(50,731

)

(2,465

)

Other income, net

1,303

337

Total other revenue

2,305

44,848

Other expenses:

Employee compensation and benefits

34,252

31,764

Selling and administrative

11,052

9,761

Property operating expenses

2,443

2,396

Depreciation and amortization

1,947

1,912

Provision for loss sharing (net of recoveries)

21,537

454

Provision for credit losses (net of recoveries)

54,382

-

Total other expenses

125,613

46,287

(Loss) income before extinguishment of debt, income from

equity affiliates and income taxes

(84,764

)

27,973

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(1,954

)

(128

)

Income from equity affiliates

3,992

2,151

Benefit from income taxes

14,370

10

Net (loss) income

(68,356

)

30,006

Preferred stock dividends

1,888

1,888

Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interest

(10,934

)

5,468

Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders

$

(59,310

)

$

22,650

Basic (loss) earnings per common share

$

(0.54

)

$

0.27

Diluted (loss) earnings per common share

$

(0.54

)

$

0.26

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

110,792,412

85,151,878

Diluted

131,217,199

107,869,511

Dividends declared per common share

$

0.30

$

0.27



ARBOR REALTY TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets

($ in thousands—except share and per share data)

March 31,

December 31,

2020

2019

(Unaudited)

Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

222,330

$

299,687

Restricted cash

304,067

210,875

Loans and investments, net (allowance for credit losses of $142,252 and $71,069, respectively)

4,638,004

4,189,960

Loans held-for-sale, net

991,696

861,360

Capitalized mortgage servicing rights, net

288,954

286,420

Securities held-to-maturity, net (allowance for credit losses of $992 and $0, respectively)

84,406

88,699

Investments in equity affiliates

44,701

41,800

Real estate owned, net

13,270

13,220

Due from related party

13,821

10,651

Goodwill and other intangible assets

109,371

110,700

Other assets

224,030

125,788

Total assets

$

6,934,650

$

6,239,160

Liabilities and Equity:

Credit facilities and repurchase agreements

$

1,846,473

$

1,678,288

Collateralized loan obligations

2,513,096

2,130,121

Debt fund

68,717

68,629

Senior unsecured notes

591,854

319,799

Convertible senior unsecured notes, net

264,689

284,152

Junior subordinated notes to subsidiary trust issuing preferred securities

141,128

140,949

Due to related party

3,103

13,100

Due to borrowers

81,447

79,148

Allowance for loss-sharing obligations

70,752

34,648

Other liabilities

127,341

134,299

Total liabilities

5,708,600

4,883,133

Equity:

Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock, cumulative, redeemable, $0.01 par value: 100,000,000 shares authorized;

special voting preferred shares; 20,369,265 and 20,484,094 shares issued and

outstanding, respectively; 8.25% Series A, $38,788 aggregate liquidation preference;

1,551,500 shares issued and outstanding; 7.75% Series B, $31,500 aggregate

liquidation preference; 1,260,000 shares issued and outstanding; 8.50% Series C,

$22,500 aggregate liquidation preference; 900,000 shares issued and outstanding

89,500

89,501

Common stock, $0.01 par value: 500,000,000 shares authorized; 110,608,903

and 109,706,214 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

1,106

1,097

Additional paid-in capital

1,163,161

1,154,932

Accumulated deficit

(177,589

)

(60,920

)

Total Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. stockholders’ equity

1,076,178

1,184,610

Noncontrolling interest

149,872

171,417

Total equity

1,226,050

1,356,027

Total liabilities and equity

$

6,934,650

$

6,239,160

ARBOR REALTY TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Statement of Operations Segment Information - (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

Quarter Ended March 31, 2020

Structured
Business

Agency
Business

Other /
Eliminations (1)

Consolidated

Interest income

$

78,477

$

10,049

$

-

$

88,526

Interest expense

43,399

6,583

-

49,982

Net interest income

35,078

3,466

-

38,544

Other revenue:

Gain on sales, including fee-based services, net

-

14,305

-

14,305

Mortgage servicing rights

-

21,934

-

21,934

Servicing revenue

-

25,124

-

25,124

Amortization of MSRs

-

(11,822

)

-

(11,822

)

Property operating income

2,192

-

-

2,192

Loss on derivative instruments, net

(3,000

)

(47,731

)

-

(50,731

)

Other income, net

1,303

-

-

1,303

Total other revenue

495

1,810

-

2,305

Other expenses:

Employee compensation and benefits

10,846

23,406

-

34,252

Selling and administrative

4,450

6,602

-

11,052

Property operating expenses

2,443

-

-

2,443

Depreciation and amortization

620

1,327

-

1,947

Provision for loss sharing (net of recoveries)

-

21,537

-

21,537

Provision for credit losses (net of recoveries)

53,890

492

-

54,382

Total other expenses

72,249

53,364

-

125,613

Loss before extinguishment of debt, income

from equity affiliates and income taxes

(36,676

)

(48,088

)

-

(84,764

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(1,954

)

-

-

(1,954

)

Income from equity affiliates

3,992

-

-

3,992

(Provision for) benefit from income taxes

(83

)

14,453

-

14,370

Net loss

(34,721

)

(33,635

)

-

(68,356

)

Preferred stock dividends

1,888

-

-

1,888

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

-

-

(10,934

)

(10,934

)

Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders

$

(36,609

)

$

(33,635

)

$

10,934

$

(59,310

)


(1)

Includes certain income or expenses not allocated to the two reportable segments. Amount reflects income attributable to the noncontrolling interest holders.

ARBOR REALTY TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Balance Sheet Segment Information - (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

March 31, 2020

Structured
Business

Agency
Business

Consolidated

Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

106,879

$

115,451

$

222,330

Restricted cash

301,468

2,599

304,067

Loans and investments, net

4,638,004

-

4,638,004

Loans held-for-sale, net

-

991,696

991,696

Capitalized mortgage servicing rights, net

-

288,954

288,954

Securities held-to-maturity, net

20,000

64,406

84,406

Investments in equity affiliates

44,701

-

44,701

Goodwill and other intangible assets

12,500

96,871

109,371

Other assets

174,409

76,712

251,121

Total assets

$

5,297,961

$

1,636,689

$

6,934,650

Liabilities:

Debt obligations

$

4,635,218

$

790,739

$

5,425,957

Allowance for loss-sharing obligations

-

70,752

70,752

Other liabilities

155,383

56,508

211,891

Total liabilities

$

4,790,601

$

917,999

$

5,708,600


ARBOR REALTY TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Supplemental Schedule of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - (Unaudited)

Reconciliation of Core Earnings to GAAP Net (Loss) Income

($ in thousands—except share and per share data)

Quarter Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders

$

(59,310

)

$

22,650

Adjustments:

Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interest

(10,934

)

5,468

Income from mortgage servicing rights

(21,934

)

(14,232

)

Deferred tax benefit

(19,904

)

(4,168

)

Amortization and write-offs of MSRs

17,741

16,739

Depreciation and amortization

2,958

2,865

Loss on extinguishment of debt

1,954

128

Provision for credit losses

75,919

454

Loss on derivative instruments, net

50,731

2,465

Stock-based compensation

3,517

3,756

Core earnings (1)

$

40,738

$

36,125

Diluted core earnings per share (1)

$

0.31

$

0.33

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (1)

131,217,199

107,869,511

(1) Amounts are attributable to common stockholders and OP Unit holders. The OP Units are redeemable for cash, or at the Company's option for shares of the Company's common stock on a one-for-one basis.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2020, the Company is presenting core earnings as its non-GAAP financial measure in replacement of adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO"). Core earnings is comparable to our previous AFFO metric, revised to exclude provisions for credit losses (including CECL) related to our structured loan portfolio, securities held-to-maturity and loss-sharing obligations related to the Fannie Mae program. The Company is presenting core earnings because management believes it is important supplemental measure of the Company’s operating performance and is frequently used by peers, analysts, investors and other parties in the evaluation of REITs. Prior period amounts presented above have been conformed to reflect this change.

The Company defines core earnings as net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders (computed in accordance with GAAP) adjusted for accounting items such as depreciation and amortization (adjusted for unconsolidated joint ventures), non-cash stock-based compensation expense, income from mortgage servicing rights ("MSRs"), amortization and write-offs of MSRs, gains and losses on derivative instruments primarily associated with private label loans that have not yet been sold and securitized, the cumulative gains or losses on derivative instruments associated with private label loans that were sold during the periods presented, changes in fair value of GSE-related derivatives that temporarily flow through earnings, deferred tax (benefit) provision, provisions for credit losses (including CECL) and the amortization of the convertible senior notes conversion option. The Company also adds back one-time charges such as acquisition costs and one-time gains or losses on the early extinguishment of debt.

Core earnings is not intended to be an indication of the Company's cash flow from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) or a measure of its liquidity, nor is it entirely indicative of funding the Company's cash needs, including its ability to make cash distributions. The Company’s calculation of core earnings may be different from the calculations used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.