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Front Yard Residential Corporation Reports First Quarter 2019 Results; Announces New Asset Management Agreement with AAMC

CHRISTIANSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands, May 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Front Yard Residential Corporation (“Front Yard” or the “Company”) (RESI) today announced its financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2019.

First Quarter 2019 Highlights and Recent Developments

  • Entered into a new asset management agreement with Altisource Asset Management Corporation (“AAMC”) on May 7, 2019, providing an improved fee structure that further aligns interests and incentivizes performance and growth.
  • Completed the transition of rental homes to the internal property management platform ahead of schedule.
  • Increased revenues by 32% to $52.6 million compared to the first quarter of 2018.
  • Core Funds from Operations per diluted share was $0.07 for the first quarter of 2019, up 47% compared to Q1 2018.1
  • Stabilized Rental Core Net Operating Income Margin was 62.7%.1
  • 95.7% of stabilized rentals were leased at March 31, 2019.
  • Sold 576 non-core assets for proceeds of $125.3 million and a $7.5 million gain over carrying value during the first quarter of 2019.
  • Amended Credit Suisse and Nomura warehouse lines, improving fee structures and reducing interest rate spreads from 3.00% to 2.30% on borrowings secured by rental properties.

“Today we announced a new asset management agreement with AAMC and the completion of our internalization of property management, well ahead of schedule,” stated George Ellison, Chief Executive Officer. “These are important developments that, along with continued improvement in our operating metrics, further position Front Yard to deliver long-term value to its stockholders.”
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1       Core Funds from Operations and Stabilized Rental Core Net Operating Income Margin are non-GAAP measures. Refer to the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures section for further information and reconciliation to GAAP net loss.

First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

GAAP net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $18.5 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $27.4 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will host a webcast and conference call on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the first quarter of 2019. The live audio webcast of the conference call and an accompanying supplemental investor presentation can be accessed on Front Yard’s website at www.frontyardresidential.com by clicking on the “Investors” link.

About Front Yard Residential Corporation

Front Yard is an industry leader in providing quality, affordable rental homes to America’s families. Our homes offer exceptional value in a variety of suburban communities that have easy accessibility to metropolitan areas. Front Yard's tenants enjoy the space and comfort that is unique to single-family housing, at reasonable prices. Our mission is to provide our tenants with houses they are proud to call home. Additional information is available at www.frontyardresidential.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding management’s beliefs, estimates, projections, anticipations and assumptions with respect to, among other things, the Company’s financial results, future operations, business plans and investment strategies as well as industry and market conditions. These statements may be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “estimate,” “target,” “seek,” “believe” and other expressions or words of similar meaning. We caution that forward-looking statements are qualified by the existence of certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from what is contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, our ability to implement our business strategy; our ability to make distributions to stockholders; our ability to complete potential transactions in accordance with anticipated terms and on a timely basis or at all; the Company's ability to integrate newly acquired rental assets into the portfolio; the ability to successfully perform property management services at the level and/or the cost that we anticipate; the failure to identify unforeseen expenses or material liabilities associated with acquisitions through the due diligence process prior to such acquisitions; difficulties in identifying single-family properties to acquire; the impact of changes to the supply of, value of and the returns on single-family rental properties; the Company’s ability to acquire single-family rental properties generating attractive returns; the Company’s ability to sell non-core assets on favorable terms or at all; the Company’s ability to predict costs; the Company’s ability to effectively compete with competitors; changes in interest rates; changes in the market value of single-family properties; the Company’s ability to obtain and access financing arrangements on favorable terms or at all; the Company’s ability to deploy the net proceeds from financings or asset sales to acquire target assets in a timely manner or at all; the Company's ability to maintain adequate liquidity and meet the requirements under its financing arrangements; the Company’s ability to retain the exclusive engagement of Altisource Asset Management Corporation; the failure of our third party vendors to effectively perform their obligations under their respective agreements with us; the Company's failure to qualify or maintain qualification as a REIT; the Company’s failure to maintain its exemption from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended; the impact of adverse real estate, mortgage or housing markets; the impact of adverse legislative, regulatory or tax changes and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the “Risk Factors” and other sections described from time to time in the Company's current and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, financial risks such as liquidity, interest rate and credit risks could influence future results. The foregoing list of factors should not be construed as exhaustive.

The statements made in this press release are current as of the date of this press release only. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or any other information contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Front Yard Residential Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

  Three months ended March 31,
  2019   2018
Revenues:      
Rental revenues $ 52,625     $ 39,765  
Total revenues 52,625     39,765  
Expenses:      
Residential property operating expenses 18,437     13,855  
Property management expenses 3,675     2,937  
Depreciation and amortization 22,385     19,190  
Acquisition and integration costs 2,211     33  
Impairment 1,020     7,575  
Mortgage loan servicing costs 387     355  
Interest expense 21,510     16,063  
Share-based compensation 1,119     (414 )
General and administrative 5,766     2,673  
Management fees to AAMC 3,575     3,790  
Total expenses 80,085     66,057  
Net gain (loss) on real estate and mortgage loans 8,777     (1,634 )
Operating loss (18,683 )   (27,926 )
Casualty losses (393 )    
Insurance recoveries 527      
Other income 49     576  
Loss before income taxes (18,500 )   (27,350 )
Income tax expense 8      
Net loss $ (18,508 )   $ (27,350 )
       
Loss per share of common stock - basic:      
Loss per basic share $ (0.35 )   $ (0.51 )
Weighted average common stock outstanding - basic 53,630,204     53,454,063  
Loss per share of common stock - diluted:      
Loss per diluted share $ (0.35 )   $ (0.51 )
Weighted average common stock outstanding - diluted 53,630,204     53,454,063  
       
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.15     $ 0.15  


Front Yard Residential Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
  (unaudited)    
Assets:      
Real estate held for use:      
Land $ 394,846     $ 395,532  
Rental residential properties 1,667,962     1,667,939  
Real estate owned 33,801     40,496  
Total real estate held for use 2,096,609     2,103,967  
Less: accumulated depreciation (154,245 )   (137,881 )
Total real estate held for use, net 1,942,364     1,966,086  
Real estate assets held for sale 42,406     146,921  
Mortgage loans at fair value 4,848     8,072  
Cash and cash equivalents 43,629     44,186  
Restricted cash 38,343     36,974  
Accounts receivable 15,428     11,591  
Goodwill 13,376     13,376  
Prepaid expenses and other assets 40,865     43,045  
Total assets $ 2,141,259     $ 2,270,251  
       
Liabilities:      
Repurchase and loan agreements $ 1,631,979     $ 1,722,219  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 66,250     72,672  
Payable to AAMC 3,711     3,968  
Total liabilities 1,701,940     1,798,859  
       
Commitments and contingencies      
       
Equity:      
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 authorized shares;
53,630,204 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2019 and
December 31, 2018
536     536  
Additional paid-in capital 1,185,251     1,184,132  
Accumulated deficit (727,193 )   (700,623 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (19,275 )   (12,653 )
Total equity 439,319     471,392  
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,141,259     $ 2,270,251  


Front Yard Residential Corporation

Regulation G Requirement: Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

In evaluating Front Yard’s financial performance, management reviews Funds from Operations (“FFO”), Core Funds from Operations (“Core FFO”), Stabilized Rental Net Operating Income (“Stabilized Rental NOI”), Stabilized Rental Net Operating Income Margin (“Stabilized Rental NOI Margin”) and Stabilized Rental Core Net Operating Income Margin (“Stabilized Rental Core NOI Margin”), which exclude certain items from Front Yard’s results under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). These metrics are non-GAAP performance measures that Front Yard believes are useful to assist investors in gaining an understanding of the trends and operating metrics for Front Yard’s core business. These non-GAAP measures should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, Front Yard’s reported results under U.S. GAAP.

The following provides related definitions of, and a reconciliation of Front Yard’s U.S. GAAP results to FFO, Core FFO, Stabilized Rental NOI, Stabilized Rental NOI Margin and Stabilized Rental Core NOI Margin for the periods presented:

FFO and Core FFO: FFO is a supplemental performance measure of an equity real estate investment trust (“REIT”) used by industry analysts and investors in order to facilitate meaningful comparisons between periods and among peer companies. FFO is defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) as GAAP net income or loss excluding gains or losses from sales of property, impairment charges on real estate and depreciation and amortization on real estate assets adjusted for unconsolidated partnerships and jointly owned investments.

We believe that FFO is a meaningful supplemental measure of our overall operating performance because historical cost accounting for real estate assets in accordance with GAAP assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time, as reflected through depreciation. Because real estate values have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, management considers FFO an appropriate supplemental performance measure as it excludes historical cost depreciation, impairment charges and gains or losses related to sales of previously depreciated homes from GAAP net income. By excluding depreciation, impairment and gains or losses on sales of real estate, FFO provides a measure of our returns on our investments in real estate assets. However, because FFO excludes depreciation and amortization and captures neither the changes in the value of the homes that result from use or market conditions nor the level of capital expenditures to maintain the operating performance of the homes, all of which have real economic effect and could materially affect our results from operations, the utility of FFO as a measure of our performance is limited.

Our Core FFO begins with FFO and is adjusted for share-based compensation; acquisition and integration costs; non-cash interest expense related to deferred debt issuance costs, amortization of loan discounts and mark-to-market adjustments on interest rate derivatives; and other non-comparable items, as applicable. We believe that Core FFO, when used in conjunction with the results of operations under GAAP, is a meaningful supplemental measure of our operating performance for the same reasons as FFO and is further helpful as it provides a consistent measurement of our performance across reporting periods by removing the impact of certain items that are not comparable from period to period. Because Core FFO, similar to FFO, captures neither the changes in the value of the homes nor the level of capital expenditures to maintain them, the utility of Core FFO as a measure of our performance is limited.

Although management believes that FFO and Core FFO increase our comparability with other companies, these measures may not be comparable to the FFO or Core FFO of other companies because other companies may adopt a definition of FFO other than the NAREIT definition, may apply a different method of determining Core FFO or may utilize metrics other than or in addition to Core FFO.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net loss as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP to FFO and Core FFO:

    Three months ended
March 31, 2019
GAAP net loss   $ (18,508 )
     
Adjustments to determine FFO:    
Depreciation and amortization   22,385  
Impairment   1,020  
Net gain on real estate and mortgage loans   (8,777 )
FFO   (3,880 )
     
Adjustments to determine Core FFO:    
Acquisition and integration costs   2,211  
Non-cash interest expense   2,229  
Share-based compensation   1,119  
Other adjustments   2,022  
Core FFO   $ 3,701  
     
Weighted average common stock outstanding - basic and diluted   53,630,204  
FFO per share - basic and diluted   $ (0.07 )
Core FFO per share - basic and diluted   $ 0.07  

Stabilized Rental: We define a property as stabilized once it has been renovated and then initially leased or available for rent for a period greater than 90 days. All other homes are considered non-stabilized. Homes are considered stabilized even after subsequent resident turnover. However, homes may be removed from the stabilized home portfolio and placed in the non-stabilized home portfolio due to renovation during the home lifecycle or because they are identified for sale.

Stabilized Rental NOI, Stabilized Rental NOI Margin and Stabilized Rental Core NOI Margin: Stabilized Rental NOI is a non-GAAP supplemental measure that we define as rental revenues less residential property operating expenses of the stabilized rental properties in our rental portfolio. We define Stabilized Rental NOI Margin as Stabilized Rental NOI divided by rental revenues. We define Stabilized Rental Core NOI Margin as Stabilized Rental NOI divided by core rental revenues from Stabilized Rentals, which are rental revenues less tenant charge-back revenues attributable to our Stabilized Rentals.

We consider Stabilized Rental NOI and Stabilized Rental NOI Margin to be meaningful supplemental measures of operating performance because they reflect the operating performance of our stabilized properties without allocation of corporate level overhead or general and administrative costs, acquisition fees and other similar costs and provide insight to the ongoing operations of our business. In addition, Stabilized Rental Core NOI Margin removes the impact of tenant charge-backs that are included in both revenues and expenses and therefore have a no impact to our net results of operations. These measures should be used only as supplements to and not substitutes for net income or loss or net cash flows from operating activities as determined in accordance with GAAP. These net operating income measures should not be used as indicators of funds available to fund cash needs, including distributions and dividends. Although we may use these non-GAAP measures to compare our performance to other REITs, not all REITs may calculate these non-GAAP measures in the same way, and there is no assurance that our calculation is comparable with that of other REITs. While management believes that our calculations are reasonable, there is no standard calculation methodology for Stabilized Rental NOI, Stabilized Rental NOI Margin or Stabilized Rental Core NOI Margin, and different methodologies could produce materially different results.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net loss as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP to Stabilized Rental NOI, Stabilized Rental NOI Margin and Stabilized Rental Core NOI Margin:

    Three months ended
March 31, 2019
GAAP net loss   $ (18,508 )
     
Adjustments:    
Revenues from non-stabilized properties   (657 )
Net gain on real estate and mortgage loans   (8,777 )
Operating expenses on non-stabilized properties   2,205  
Depreciation and amortization   22,385  
Acquisition and integration costs   2,211  
Impairment   1,020  
Mortgage loan servicing costs   387  
Interest expense   21,510  
Share-based compensation   1,119  
General and administrative   5,766  
Management fees to AAMC   3,575  
Income tax expense   8  
Other income   (183 )
Stabilized Rental NOI   $ 32,061  
     
Rental revenues   $ 52,625  
Less: rental revenues from non-stabilized properties   (657 )
Rental revenues from Stabilized Rentals   51,968  
Less: tenant charge-back revenues from Stabilized Rentals   (844 )
Core rental revenues from Stabilized Rentals   $ 51,124  
     
Stabilized Rental NOI Margin   61.7 %
Stabilized Rental Core NOI Margin   62.7 %


  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
  Robin N. Lowe
  Chief Financial Officer
  T: +1-345-815-9919
  E: Robin.Lowe@AltisourceAMC.com