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Edited Transcript of GWGH earnings conference call or presentation 21-Nov-18 1:30pm GMT

Q3 2018 GWG Holdings Inc Earnings Call

MINNEAPOLIS Dec 27, 2018 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of GWG Holdings Inc earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1:30:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Dan Callahan

GWG Holdings, Inc. - Director of Communication

* Jon R. Sabes

GWG Holdings, Inc. - Chairman & CEO

* William B. Acheson

GWG Holdings, Inc. - Executive VP & CFO

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Presentation

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Dan Callahan, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Director of Communication [1]

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Good morning, everyone. My name is Dan Callahan, and I'm Director of Communication at GWG Holdings welcome to our Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Webcast. On the webcast with 2018 Earnings Webcast. On the webcast with me today are Jon Sabes, our Chairman and CEO; and Bill Acheson, our Chief Financial Officer.

Following our remarks, we'll be happy to take your questions. You can submit them online through the webcast dashboard. Look for the question text box and type a question in. Again, we'll be taking questions at the end of the presentation.

Some statements made on the webcast today, along with any projected financial results, including forward-looking statements, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Any forward-looking statements made on this webcast are based on assumptions as of today, and we undertake no obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events. A sample list of factors and risks that could cause actual results to be materially different from forward-looking statements could be found in our earnings release and in our most recent 10-K and 10-Q reports.

During the webcast, you'll hear references to various non-GAAP financial measures, which we believe enhance understanding of our performance. Reconciliation of the non-GAAP numbers to their respective GAAP numbers can be found in the press release available on our website. (Operator Instructions) Today's webcast is being recorded and will be available on our website at GWGH and through the Investor Relations tab.

With that, I will turn it over to Jon Sabes, Chief Executive Officer of GWG Holdings. Jon?

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Jon R. Sabes, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Chairman & CEO [2]

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Thank you, Dan, and thank you, everyone, who got up this morning to tune in. And thanks for everyone who listens to the replay at a more convenient hour, especially for those on the West Coast. So I'll start off again, as always, talking about the purpose here at GWG. Again, our purpose has been to be an industry innovator in the area of alternative assets, owning an alternative asset portfolio in the form of life insurance policies. We've been acquiring those policies in the secondary market, and there we've been seeking to innovate on how consumers can get liquidity for their otherwise illiquid life insurance policy and extract more value out of it. And then as we've kind of continued in our business, we've been working now on an insurtech aspect of predicting human longevity, and we think that insurance technology will have wide application for the primary life insurance industry. So our purpose is defined by what we do every day here at the company, and we're excited to talk to you about our progress in that regard.

I'll start off this morning by recapping the Beneficient Transaction. It's a transformational transaction for our company. And so it bears, again, talking about. BEN was structured as a 2-step closing. We closed the first transaction about a month ago, and we look to do the final closing here in Q4. This transaction will result in $695 million of assets, growing our balance sheet. We closed $453 million of assets on the initial close, and the balance will close here, we expect, by Q4. We're doing this to diversify our portfolio of alternative assets and increase our common equity, and we'll be issuing 29 million shares at $10 a share as part of the transaction and final close.

As part of the initial closing, we received a $50 million investment in GWG by BEN. That will convert at $10 a share at the final closing, and this enabled us to provide our common shareholders a common dividend, a special dividend, and gave us the capital to clear capital to commit to our insurance technology efforts.

And finally, with BEN, we're now beginning to work on a joint initiative to support and distribute BEN's liquidity products to the wider channel of independent broker-dealers and registered investment advisers. Again, BEN specializes in providing liquidity to illiquid alts in the same way that GWG provides liquidity to owners of life insurance policies. So a way to think of that alternative asset portfolio of GWG, right now, our balance sheet as of Q3 is $895 million, which consists primarily of an illiquid alternative asset in the form of life insurance policies and portfolio and cash. That portfolio of assets is growing to $1.3 billion with BEN, and that will be in the form of a limited partnership interest in BEN and a commercial loan backed by the assets of BEN. Again, we're partnering with BEN because of the experienced management team that's involved with the Beneficient Company. Their expertise in valuation, underwriting and servicing illiquid assets, the type of assets that they're experts in, much in the same way GWG's expert in the life insurance asset class. And the expected benefits we expect to receive are an increase in revenues, earnings and opportunities working together. We're well on our way with respect to this transaction in all material respects.

In terms of the life insurance secondary market, the highlights at Q3, the value proposition of owning life insurance policies remains intact, non-correlated yield backed by an investment-grade rated credit. We've acquired a large well-diversified portfolio of life insurance assets at this point. We've retained leadership and expertise to supervise that portfolio, our Chief Investment Officer, Brian Bailey. And so we see a really complete, if you will, in where we're at in the secondary market in our respective position there.

Things that are going on inside the market itself, we continue to see increased competition for originations. That's been leading to higher valuations of the policies that we're looking to buy in the marketplace and a yield compression. So that's been challenging for us as we've looked to continue to grow the portfolio. As well, we announced that 2 life expectancy underwriters that we use revised their models, and that's causing us to reconsider some aspects of our business.

In general, we're looking to get longer-term, lower-cost financing to continue growing aggressively in this space. And we have continued to refocus what we call a D100 origination. Again, that's the opportunity to source or originate life insurance policies directly to life insurance agents. That continues to be a challenge for us. We have not seen the traction that we would have otherwise expected, given the effort there, so we are rethinking and refocusing that effort as well.

Those are my remarks on the secondary market. Bill will speak specifically about the portfolio itself and some more detail on the life expectancy provider announcements.

In terms of the insurtech, just to kind of clarify for everyone, what is our primary goal with respect to what we call insurtech. It's really been to identify epigenetic tests for life insurance underwriting factors, and we're seeking to sell those tests to life insurance carriers that they can use in their underwriting. And if we can succeed in doing that, we would seek then to provide additional epigenetic tests to other vertical marketplaces. So that's been our primary goal with Life Epigenetics. What we've seen is that the insurance industry stands to be reinvented in many ways, and we're wary of the velocity and speed at which carriers will kind of take on that opportunity to fully embrace the technology that we're bringing into the marketplace. So we created YouSurance. And YouSurance is a way for us to capitalize on what we think is the step-change technology for the life insurance industry. We can do that on our own or we can create an opportunity for another existing carrier to participate with us to create YouSurance, the new brand and a new way of thinking about life insurance using epigenetic testing. So that's been well underway, and we're happy with the progress we've made in all regards.

In terms of progress, this is a picture, for those watching the recording, this is a picture of retail space that we took over during Q3. And in this space, what you see is individuals undergoing testing. We had 1,300 individuals come through a testing protocol, where they gave us blood, urine and saliva, and we tested using really ground truth assays to identify tobacco use, drug use, alcohol use and 52 clinical chemistries. And at the same time, we did what we call a deep epigenetic scan. We're looking at 850,000, what we call CpG islands by using an EPIC Illumina array. And we're looking, using supervised machine learning, for epigenetic signatures that both mirror these ground truth assays. So the use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs of abuse as well as the clinical chemistries, and so that's sort of a primary work of investigation. As well as we're actually underwriting these individuals for life insurance. This underwriting, so we take in sort of a traditional questionnaire, and the underwriting is being completed by one of the leading reinsurance companies, facultative underwriting group. And it's being supervised by one of the -- kind of a leader in the industry in terms of a senior leader in life insurance underwriting, and we'll be looking for signatures that actually mirror the life insurance underwriting risk classifications. So this is really exciting work for us. I think I reported or I know I reported in our last call that this is sort of a graphic that we're looking for. So signatures that correlate to the underwriting categories. We'll be looking for the strong relationship between the signatures and these underwriting risk classifications, but we'll be looking for that same relationship between epigenetic signatures and the individual blood chemistries, tobacco and alcohol. So this is a big piece, body of research work that we want to do, like I thought I would have those results to talk about today, but it took a little longer to get underway. And so we will have the results to talk about at our year-end web call. So we're expecting kind of a Q1 delivery of both the data and the results from it. So stay tuned. The results of this work will really determine the path we think of the commercialization of epigenetic technology. We've been talking to a number of carriers and they're highly interested in the technology itself, and we see other verticals application of the technology. So we're really excited where we're at, and we think we're going to have a strong basis for the next business decisions we make with this business, both in life insurance and other verticals.

That's the kind of the broad remarks that I'll make on the strategies and the updates. I'm going to turn it over to Bill, and he'll walk us through the financial metrics we use to manage the business and further updates on BEN. Bill?

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William B. Acheson, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Executive VP & CFO [3]

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Thanks, Jon. Good morning, everybody. Yes, we'll take a look through some of the metrics that we usually do with a few changes. And we'll talk about a couple of updates, and then touch on BEN before we turn it back over to Jon and then do some Q&A.

So for those of you who have been before, we typically go through our metrics. We've changed it up a little bit this quarter and that we'll look at our financial and portfolio metrics, both on a sequential and year-over-year basis. I think it just gives a little broader picture. We don't have a ton of seasonality in the business. And as we're growing, particularly with the portfolio, I think the -- sometimes, the year-over-year comparisons maybe aren't as meaningful as having them as well as sequentially. So let's kick that off.

Revenue, sequentially, was down based on lower maturities. That's really one of the themes for the quarter when you think about our GAAP. It's going to be our lower policy maturities of about $8 million this quarter. So that was -- we had a much larger quarter last quarter. We'll get into that a little bit further. But basically, you're looking at maturity events.

From the expense side, your expenses are up pretty much over the -- all the periods, mainly due to interest expense. Comp and benefits in insurtech costs. On our general admin, general and admin are a little higher. Just for perspective, for the quarter, we spent about $1 million, this is Q3 now, about $1 million, a little bit more on our insurtech initiatives. Year-to-date, that number is around $2.9 million. So you can kind of get into perspective of the dollars that we're starting to allocate towards those initiatives. Gives you a -- leads you to a pretax dollars number that you see here, I'm going to connect these to the maturities here in a minute, and you'll kind of see the correlation on our pretax. That'll probably lighten that up a little bit for you.

Total assets, growing these do not include the first closing of the BEN deal, which I'll get into a little bit further near the end of this presentation. We look at our liquidities, starting to come down a little bit. We're managing the liquidity down. Now this would be our cash and benefits receivable and restricted cash in our senior facility. We have been putting some of that money to work in paying down some of our higher cost net. So I'll get into that. We continue to see, I think in the next quarter or so, a few more opportunities to draw that down and to get that earning, which is a key thing that we need to do for the income statement side.

We look at our investment sales have been strong and steady. The L Bonds offer attractive yields and set a unique niche in a non-correlated fixed income portfolio if you're looking for securities with defined maturities. And with the return of market volatility that we've all been experiencing here for the last, I guess month or so, we expect that to continue going forward, talk a little bit more about that.

Looking at our kind of portfolio policy side, our purchases, this is face amount now in a benefit purchase, $120.4 million. That's a good quarter, but as Jon mentioned, the competition in that sector is getting continually more fierce. And so I think going forward, we're still going to be allocating capital here. We're still going to be growing the portfolio, but depending on conditions, that number may not be as large. And so I think we did a good -- although not on here, we did a good job of increasing our average yield in Q3. But broadly, if you look at year-to-date 2018 versus year-to-date 2017, our purchase yields are down in all of our purchase channels. So that's something that we're going to be watching very closely as we go forward and continue to update you. Portfolio face amount, nearly $2 billion, which is a great. Portfolio number of policy's almost 1,100. The average size has been steadily decreasing, which is a good thing. We think this portfolio has reached kind of actuarial diversity. And although it's going to continue to grow, we think we've accomplished an objective with the size and composition of this particular portfolio.

Now let's look at our -- one of our real big key drivers, which is the benefits realized. How much benefit did we realize face amount in the quarter? You can see it was $8 million, which is a relatively low number for us, particularly versus the quarter last quarter, which was $27.6, and even the year-ago period. Now as we've talked about in previous calls, these numbers can kind of move all over the place. But this was basically a low quarter, which really drives, when you look at kind of our pretax, there's a real strong correlation between 2 things. Number one is benefits realized, and number two is the yield that you're picking up on the new purchases in your portfolio. So really, if you want to think of the quarter from a GAAP perspective from a high level, you're thinking very low maturities relative to expectations and slightly higher expenses, a little bit lower yield on the purchase side. From a non-GAAP perspective, since they're driven really off the GAAP numbers, it's a smaller loss, by the way, that we look at the yield accreting in that portfolio, irrespective of the actual face amount of benefits trying to smooth that out. But it's still connected to GAAP, and so we showed a slight loss on the non-GAAP side.

So let's take a look at kind of -- quickly dive into some of these things here, the balance sheet growing, leverage is stable. Again, other than the $50 million of preferred that we sold for cash to Beneficient, the remaining assets are not on the balance sheet as of Q3, so you don't see them in the leverage or in the gross numbers here. We'll explain that a little bit further in a couple slides. And looking at our liquidity, you can see we're starting to draw down and put $20 million to work in the third quarter, paying down our senior facility and just over $50 million year-to-date. Our senior facility, the floating rate nature of it makes it our most expensive source of cash now. Although we're, as Jon mentioned, looking at opportunities post-Beneficient to lower our long-term cost of funds, which has really been the long-term plan. For those of you who've been following us for years, we've been talking about growing the balance sheet, diversifying it, getting longer term, low cost of funds and adding common equity. And so we think with the Beneficient deal, we're right out on the cusp of doing all those things. But in the meantime, we're going to be looking at drawing down that excess liquidity and get that into earning assets, and we're starting to see that happen. And I would expect that when we report to you hopefully in Q1, we'll see more progress in that regard.

Looking at our investment sales, pretty strong and steady. Rates are still low. I think the 10-year lease as of yesterday was around $305 million. These securities offer attractive yields from 5.5% on a 2-year all the way up to 8.5% on a 7-year. Non-correlated yield with defined maturity is hard to find, particularly when you look at -- I saw a Bloomberg article yesterday that basically said everything's getting caught up in the correction, let's call it, from technology stocks, to Bitcoin, to commodities, to high-yield bonds and everything else that typically does happen in down markets, is when you see correlation. It doesn't exist in life insurance. And so it's a good steady value proposition for our advisers and for the clients that invest.

And looking at our term, this table here is new. It just shows you simply the percentage of sales by term. So we have a 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 offering. A little bit of the 4-year is a carryover from our previous security. We don't offer that term anymore. But you can see the takeaway here is really you can see the 5 and the 7-year has kind of moved up over the past few quarters, and the 2 and the 3-years moved down commensurately, which we really think, for us, looks like a very nice mix with a good cost and stable cap rate. And we're very happy with that performance and have been and expect that to continue.

Looking into the selling group, it's increasing as we bring more people on, who listen to the GWG story. There's a lot of interest in -- around in kind of broker-dealers as we look at the Beneficient transaction and what our balance sheet will look like post-BEN and some of the things we think we can bring to this independent broker-dealer channel in terms of liquidity products that we don't offer that BEN does, but we known how to distribute into markets. So stay tuned for more on that. And looking at our renewal rates, we manage them very closely. And those have been really around our 60% to 65% target here in the past few quarters, which is what we expect. We still saw in -- earlier in those comp years on the left side of the graph, you can see the effects of our 6-month and 1-year securities that we discontinued in 2017. But once the effects of those roll through, you can see our redemption or our renewal rates between 50 -- between high 50s and low 60s, which is where we measure and model them to be. So that's good news as well.

Looking at the portfolio, around $2 billion, 1,100 policies. We now how $274 million of benefits on insurance age 90-plus. So we anticipate more and more cash flow coming from that, although we did not recognize that in quarter #3.

Looking at our benefits to premiums ratio, which just measures -- the blue bar is our benefits. The gold bar is our premiums. We look back on a trailing 12-month basis. And you can see -- comfortably covering the premiums, you can see the gold bar kind of flattening out there, which is really kind of the quarter performance on our Q3 were low, but steady as she goes over the long term. This is a long-term proposition. The weighted average life expectancy of this portfolio is somewhere around 7 years. So you'd roughly expect half of that in 7 years. And so we'll continue to monitor this going forward as we move through the quarter.

Switching gears a little bit to the life expectancy updates that Jon talked about. For a lot of you know this, but we use third-party medical underwriting firms to provide life expectancy reports for us. We typically get 2. We use these in pricing and cash flow modeling and portfolio valuation. Now these reports, these expectancies are coded at the 50% confidence interval. So they're not designed to be point estimates of a high level of accuracy. What they really meant to determine is for any given individual who gets an LE on, if you have an LE of, say, 5 years, all that means is for that individual's population -- for the population that's like that individual in terms of health impairments, age and sex, smoking status, et cetera, all that tells you is half of those people in that 5-year should be deceased by that time. So it's not meant to be highly accurate relative to any individual policy, which is why you want to grow a very large portfolio of life insurance to get the actuarial diversity, because on an individual basis, a life expectancy estimate is really not that meaningful. And so we use it, the 50% confidence, to project cash flows. But what you really do is aggregate those into a portfolio to kind of look at your modeling and your valuations and all that. And so we had, as we've had over in the past, AVS and TwentyFirst services, which are 2 firms that we use for our life expectancy providers amongst 5 or 6. And that was updated to their models. This has happened in the past. And each time it happens, it requires us and other users to spend a lot of dollars and a lot of time to get updates for those life expectancy reports. Now our approach to this is we have and we always update our life expectancies on a previously defined schedule. And for those of you who follow these reports, we've talked about the pretax charges we've taken over the past 6 or 7 quarters from that activity. We will -- as it relates to these impacts, we'll evaluate them on a policy-by-policy basis, which is really the way to do it in terms of -- because each health of the insured, and each situation's a bit different. And as we look forward, we're looking at other methods and other inputs and ways to bring in other data to really what we want to create our stable and supportable life expectancy estimates, ones that don't change every quarter, but also that recognize the nature of a life expectancy estimate at the 50%. So that's what we're going to be doing as we move forward. Look at our 10-Q and our earnings release for any individual information on these changes and we'll certainly keep you updated as we go forward.

Now switching gears to BEN before I turn it back over to Jon. He talked about this a little bit in his remarks, but we did execute our initial closing on August 10. We had a 10-Q -- or sorry, an 8-K that went out on August 14 that described the gory details of the transaction. But basically, it was the first transaction -- the first of 2 closings that we executed that included a $50 million preferred investment into GWG. It included us issuing L Bonds in exchange for assets coming back from Beneficient. And it also included us getting, via that exchange, our initial investment in Beneficient. So we do own a small amount of limited partnership common units in Beneficient that we will own much more on the second closing. So all that did happen on August 10. All of that is a condition precedent to the second closing that we anticipate in quarter -- here in quarter #4, and is a really big event in the history of GWG and our relationship with Beneficient as we're now working with them on multiple strategic fronts that we had identified in our press releases and in remarks over the past year leveraging our infrastructure, our knowledge of alternative assets, our experience in independent broker-dealer space. All those things are happening. We're working very closely with them, but you will not see the effects. Other than the $50 million cash investment in GWG series B preferred. You will not see the impacts of this initial transfer on our balance sheet sitting at 12 -- 9/30, the one that we just filed here on Monday afternoon. And that's really because the way we interpreted the accounting literature and working with our accounts on this transaction, we felt that, given the 2-step nature of the transaction, given there's some contingencies that have been built in, which are really risk management features for GWG, but given those contingencies, we felt the proper treatment was to have them off the balance sheet, while we're in between step 1 and step 2, and then have them fully reflected on the balance sheet when we close step #2, which we anticipate will be in -- here yet in Q4. And along those lines, we filed, on November 9, a couple Fridays ago, we filed our -- what's called a 14C, which is an information statement, and which is the public document that we use to communicate to our shareholders to describe to them what's going to happen with this transaction and what the material impacts we expect. So that was filed on November 9, 2018. And now we believe this is really the last hurdle to our closing -- our second closing. But let's go look at the pro forma balance sheet that was included in that filing because this kind of gives you a really good concrete look at what we think the balance sheet may look like post-closing. And then I'll talk to you about a couple quick things about what we think will happen with close 2, and then I'll turn it back over to Jon.

So what you have here in front of you is our GWG June 30 numbers balance sheet as filed in early August for June 30. Now these were the numbers that were live when we made this 14C filing a couple weeks ago. So your first column is really just your June 30 reported numbers, as you would have seen them in our last Q. The next column over, called pro forma adjustments initial transfer, that shows you the economic impacts of what actually happened on October 10. And so off of the top, you can see our $50 million of cash coming in. You can see the various assets that were exchanged, the investment in Beneficient and our commercial loan and exchange note. And then on the bottom, you can see our seller trust L Bonds and our stockholders' equity, which represents our Series B. So that column really shows you, although it's not on our balance sheet at 9/30, really shows you the effects of the economic effects of what happened on August 10.

Now rolling forward to the second closing, what will really happen then is we will execute the second closing, which will really result in us getting the lion's share of -- we'll get our investment in Beneficient, which will be our -- what's called our post-close investment in our common units of Beneficient and the commercial loan receivable that Jon referred to. So those are the 2 primary assets that are going to come o to the balance sheet here by the end of the quarter. And you're going to then see our assets are going to roughly double, which we've kind of talked about here over the past year as we've been working on this transaction. You're then going to see the seller, what we call the seller trust L Bond, these are 5-year L Bonds, are going to be on the balance sheet, which is part of the consideration that we are exchanging for the equity. And then finally, you're going to see a common equity, which is going to come onto the balance sheet, which is going to result in -- depending upon the stock price on the day we do the transaction, is going to result in about a 2 or a 2.3x increase in our total equity and a significant increase in our common equity, okay. So this kind of gives you a look at what we think what the balance sheet would look like June 30 adjusted for this transaction. And it shows you much larger, more diversified, shows you the investment in Beneficient and shows you really the impact on equity.

Now as it relates to the second closing and where we look kind of going forward, what we're going to be to be doing here in short order is we're going to be filing another 14C. It's going to look a lot like this, but it's really going to just show updated for our 9/30 numbers. So watch out for that. And we believe that, that is the final hurdle that we need to clear in order to go definitive with our information statement, which then after a 20-day mandatory waiting period, allows us to close the transaction, which we anticipate -- forward-looking statement, we anticipate would occur here yet in Q4. So very exciting, very important. And hopefully, here in the next week or so, you'll see the next 14C and then paving the way to the second close.

So with that, I'll turn it back over to Jon to wrap it up.

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Jon R. Sabes, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Chairman & CEO [4]

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Thanks, Bill. We do a terrific job explaining our business and the metrics we use to manage it. Again, as we sit here today reporting for Q3, and as we look into the year-end and certainly into 2019, again, I think we've never felt more confident in terms of how we're leveraging our infrastructure with the new balance sheet and experienced management team to distribute liquidity products to the distribution channels we serve for illiquid life insurance policies, illiquid alternative assets. And these products that we are distributing solve major problems in the market and they have large addressable markets. So we're highly focused on the execution. As Bill mentioned, we've been busy at work with our partners at BEN on further executions regard our insurance technology, we think is just absolutely a step-change. We'll expect to get those results and report them back to you at year-end. And through this, we do expect to deliver returns for our shareholders. I'll make a note as well, we did approve, at the board level, a stock buyback. We feel as though the shares are undervalued, specifically relative to the BEN transaction. And so we want to be there to support those shares going forward in that regard.

I think that's where we sit. We're really looking forward to reporting, I would say, at year-end to you and the progress -- I think significant progress we'll make in terms of the final closing with BEN. The results of the technology and the distribution of liquidity products, I think those will be 3 things to look for when we report back to you at year-end.

So with that, we're going to take some questions. If you have questions, you can type them in to the chat box. And otherwise, we wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving holiday. We apologize for the early time of this call on the West Coast, and we hope you have a great holiday season in total.

So Dan, I'll turn it over to you to augment a question.

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Dan Callahan, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Director of Communication [1]

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Sure. Thanks, Jon. We do have one question, which is why the earnings and the call this morning were rescheduled.

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William B. Acheson, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Executive VP & CFO [2]

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Boy, someone noticed that, huh? Okay. Well, yes. So good question, really simple answer. We just need a little more time working through the accounting on the first close of the Beneficient transaction with our auditors, a very complicated transaction, and it just took us a while to get through the accounting. And we wanted to be extra sure that we had good disclosure around it and that it was useful. And so we took the grace period that's available to us to take a little extra time to do that. Apologies for the impacts on the call. But I think if you read the document, particularly looking at footnote #1, we just really wanted to make sure we got that right and reflected the impacts through the document where we could, so the reader would understand the impacts of close #1. So that's really the answer, just a little extra time to get the document cranked through.

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Jon R. Sabes, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Chairman & CEO [3]

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Question here. Can we give some color, more color on the impact of the life expectancies, will the mortality multiplier changes? Again, Bill, do you want to take that? I mean I think we made some disclosure in our Q in that regard. I think -- and there's -- I think the best source of that information to qualify that is in that document. At this point, I don't know that we can add further color to that.

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William B. Acheson, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Executive VP & CFO [4]

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Yes, not too much.

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Jon R. Sabes, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Chairman & CEO [5]

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Will the bond sales be reduced or ended? No plans at this time.

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Dan Callahan, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Director of Communication [6]

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Will the price that BEN offers for liquidity products be greater than what's otherwise offered in the market? To be determined. We would expect it to be a much -- a highly valued product inside the distribution marketplace. Not a lot of questions here. You want to take one, Bill?

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William B. Acheson, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Executive VP & CFO [7]

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Sure. Yes, yes, sure. We have one here that says looks like we're getting all the life repurchasing. I think that's referring to my comments regarding secondary market purchase. I still think that's accurate. I mean we're still going to be involved in buying policies. And we -- like Jon said, we think the value proposition of the portfolio, particularly with lower financing, is really a good asset. I mean, if you think about what we are hoping to achieve with the Beneficient transaction and the equity, having a highly rated portfolio of life insurance that's throwing off cash is a really good thing to have. So I would say -- I wouldn't say we're getting out of that business. But we do need to be mindful of the yields in that business. And that's really more -- I think the flavor is if you see lower numbers going forward, it's going to be because we want -- we have a minimum yield portfolio really that we're looking for. So I think that's probably a better way to securitize it.

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Jon R. Sabes, GWG Holdings, Inc. - Chairman & CEO [8]

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We'll take one more question here. Are preferred shares available in the aftermarket? I'm not aware that they are trading in the aftermarkets, so I don't have any color to that.

So I think with that, we're going to wrap it up. If you have specific questions and you work with any of the wholesaling team, please forward that to us. We'll do our best to answer the questions. We appreciate, again, everyone's time and interest this morning, and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Cheers. Happy holidays.