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LM Funding Reports Net Income of $4.4 Million or $0.87 Per Basic Common Share for the First Quarter of 2021

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TAMPA, Fla., May 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ:LMFA) ("LM Funding" or "LMFA"), a technology-based specialty finance company, today announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Financial Highlights for the Three Month Period Ended March 31, 2021:

  • Revenues declined to $177 thousand in 2021 from $341 thousand in Q1 2020.

  • Operating loss was $1,728 thousand in 2021 compared to a loss of $561 thousand in Q1 2020.

  • Recognized a $5.7 million realized gain from a transaction with BORQS Technologies Inc. (‘Borqs’) initially projected to net $2 million.

  • Sponsor interest in LMF Acquisition Opportunities, Inc. (‘LMAO’) resulted in recognition of a net unrealized gain on securities of $0.6 million on the Company’s $5.7 million purchase of LMAO’s warrants and Class B common shares.

  • Net income during the quarter totaled $4.4 million, or $0.87 per basic common share.

  • Cash increased to $17.8 million on March 31, 2021 from $11.5 million on December 31, 2020.

“Thus far in 2021 we continue to expand our ‘We Buy Problems’ mission. In addition to $4.4 million in net income during the quarter, our cash position has increased to $17.8 million or $3.29 per basic common share as of March 31st,” said Bruce M. Rodgers, Chairman and CEO of LM Funding. “Revenues from our community association receivables business declined as we continue to develop a digital asset technology strategy to unlock the potential of this business. We expanded our core business of buying discounted debt and collecting it through court proceedings with the Borqs transaction. We entered the Borqs transaction projecting to net $2 million and we were pleased to realize a $5.7 million return. Going forward, we will continue to look for other technology enabled specialty finance business opportunities that can leverage our existing platform and expertise. We also expect our SPAC sponsorship and digital asset strategy to contribute to earnings in the foreseeable future as our core business navigates through the economy’s re-emergence from Covid restrictions.”

Operational Highlights for the First Quarter of 2021 to Date:

  • LM Funding is developing a digital asset technology strategy to grow its community association receivables business both organically and through acquisitions.

  • LMFA announced plans to purchase up to $2 million in digital assets including Bitcoin, Ether, and other digital assets.

  • LM Funding sponsored LMAO and its initial public offering, with LMAO closing a $103.5 million upsized IPO (NASDAQ: LMAOU). Net investment in LMAO totals $6.4 million or approximately $1.17 per share.

  • LMAO is targeting a business combination in the financial services or financial technology sectors.

  • LM Funding entered into a second transaction with Borqs with the purchase of a $5 million convertible debt and equity instrument and has funded $1.7 million as of March 31, 2021.

About LM Funding America:
LM Funding America, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is a technology-based specialty finance company that provides funding to nonprofit community associations (Associations) primarily located in the state of Florida, as well as in the states of Washington, Colorado and Illinois, by funding a certain portion of the associations' rights to delinquent accounts that are selected by the Associations arising from unpaid Association assessments.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” and “project” and other similar words and expressions are intended to signify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guaranties of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Some of these risks and uncertainties are identified in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other filings with the SEC, which are available at www.sec.gov. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to acquire new accounts in our specialty finance business at appropriate prices, the need for capital, our ability to hire and retain new employees, changes in governmental regulations that affect our ability to collected sufficient amounts on defaulted consumer receivables, changes in the credit or capital markets, changes in interest rates, and negative press regarding the debt collection industry. The occurrence of any of these risks and uncertainties could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Company Contact:
Bruce M. Rodgers, Chairman and CEO
LM Funding America, Inc.
Tel (813) 222-8996
investors@lmfunding.com


LM Funding America, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

March 31,
2021

December 31,
2020

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Cash

$

17,803,015

$

11,552,943

Finance receivables:

Original product - net (Note 2)

101,811

116,017

Special product - New Neighbor Guaranty program, net of
allowance for credit losses of (Note 3)

53,777

52,757

Prepaid expenses and other assets

212,132

399,124

Current assets

18,170,735

12,120,841

Fixed assets, net

5,617

6,171

Real estate assets owned

80,057

18,767

Operating lease - right of use assets (Note 7)

134,859

160,667

Long-term investments - debt securities (Note 9)

1,679,284

-

Long-term investments - equity securities (Note 9)

1,789,338

-

Investments in unconsolidated affiliates (Note 9)

4,569,054

-

Other assets

10,984

10,984

Long-term assets

8,269,193

196,589

Total assets

$

26,439,928

$

12,317,430

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Note payable (Note 5)

38,053

96,257

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

271,515

237,033

Due to related party (Note 4)

232,734

158,399

Current portion of lease liability (Note 7)

78,675

-

Total current liabilities

620,977

491,689

Lease liability - long-term (Note 7)

68,002

171,648

Deferred taxes (Note 6)

3,484

-

Note payable - long-term (Note 5)

186,235

185,785

Long-term liabilities

257,721

357,433

Total liabilities

878,698

849,122

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock, par value $0.001; 30,000,000 shares
authorized; 5,414,296 and 3,083,760 shares issued and
outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31,
2020, respectively

5,414

3,084

Additional paid-in capital

39,538,550

29,996,257

Accumulated deficit

(14,159,791

)

(18,536,224

)

Total stockholders’ equity

25,384,173

11,463,117

Non-controlling interest

177,057

5,191

Total stockholders’ equity

25,561,230

11,468,308

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

26,439,928

$

12,317,430


LM Funding America, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

For the Three Months
Ended March 31,

2021

2020

Revenues:

Interest on delinquent association fees

$

77,444

$

219,514

Administrative and late fees

15,071

23,045

Recoveries in excess of cost - special product

29,473

22,628

Underwriting and other revenues

22,703

27,929

Rental revenue

31,917

48,080

Total revenues

176,608

341,196

Operating Expenses:

Staff costs and payroll

1,301,981

316,059

Professional fees

482,943

506,995

Settlement costs with associations

-

11,920

Selling, general and administrative

99,769

80,223

Recovery of cost from related party receivable

(10,000

)

(100,000

)

Real estate management and disposal

18,290

85,342

Depreciation and amortization

1,696

5,812

Collection costs

2,048

(8,321

)

Other operating expenses

7,545

3,794

Total operating expenses

1,904,272

901,824

Operating loss from continuing operations

(1,727,664

)

(560,628

)

Realized gain on securities

5,671,464

-

Unrealized gain on securities

595,392

-

Interest income

13,055

-

Interest expense

(464

)

(6,894

)

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

4,551,783

(567,522

)

Income tax expense

(3,484

)

-

Net income (loss) from continuing operations

4,548,299

(567,522

)

Gain from operations of discontinued operations

-

16,428

Net gain from discontinued operations

-

16,428

Net income (loss)

4,548,299

(551,094

)

Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

(171,866

)

Net income (loss) attributable to LM Funding America Inc.

$

4,376,433

$

(551,094

)

Earnings/(loss) per share:

Basic income (loss) per common share - continuing
operations

$

0.87

$

(0.88

)

Basic income/(loss) per common share - discontinued
operations

$

-

$

0.03

Basic income (loss) per common share - net income (loss) -
attributable to LM Funding

$

0.87

$

(0.85

)

Diluted income (loss) per common share - continuing
operations

$

0.80

$

(0.88

)

Diluted earnings/(loss) per common share - discontinued
operations

$

-

$

0.03

Diluted income (loss) per common share - net income (loss) -
attributable to LM Funding

$

0.80

$

(0.85

)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

5,047,498

646,606

Diluted

5,439,398

646,606


LM Funding America, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

2021

2020

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net income (loss)

$

4,548,299

$

(551,094

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities

Depreciation and amortization

1,696

5,812

Right to use asset depreciation

25,808

25,093

Stock compensation

-

128,847

Recovery of uncollectible related party receivables

-

(100,000

)

Accrued investment income

(12,784

)

-

Gain on disposal of discontinued operations

-

(16,428

)

Deconsolidation of affiliate

(43,623

)

-

Unrealized gain on securities

(595,392

)

-

Realized gain on sale of securities

(5,671,464

)

-

Change in assets and liabilities

Prepaid expenses and other assets

710,163

20,436

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

157,514

(8,102

)

Advances (repayments) from related party

200,749

197,024

Lease liability payments

(24,971

)

(22,684

)

Deferred taxes

3,484

-

Net cash provided (used in) operating activities

(700,521

)

(321,096

)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Net collections of finance receivables - original product

14,206

28,035

Net collections of finance receivables - special product

(1,020

)

29,839

(Payments)/proceeds for real estate assets owned

(62,432

)

(3,026

)

Net cash payment for IIU disposal

-

(246,914

)

Investment in convertible note receivable

(1,666,500

)

-

Investment in unconsolidated affiliate

(5,738,000

)

-

Investment in securities

(15,547,454

)

-

Proceeds from securities, net

21,218,918

-

Loan to purchase securities

1,784,250

-

Repayment of loan to purchase securities

(1,784,250

)

-

Net cash used by investing activities

(1,782,282

)

(192,066

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Principal repayments

(343,687

)

(34,770

)

Insurance financing repayments

(468,061

)

-

Exercise of warrants

9,544,623

-

Proceeds from stock subscription

-

250,000

Net cash provided by financing activities

8,732,875

215,230

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH

6,250,072

(297,932

)

CASH - BEGINNING OF YEAR

11,552,943

1,069,823

CASH - END OF YEAR

$

17,803,015

$

771,891

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASHFLOW INFORMATION

Cash paid for taxes

$

-

$

-

Cash paid for interest

$

-

$

6,894