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Terra Firma Capital Corporation Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

All amounts are stated in United States dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Q1 2020 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenues increased 3.0% to $4.0 million
  • Adjusted net income and comprehensive income(1) increased 31% to $759,000
  • Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share(1) increased 40% to $0.14 (CAD$0.19(2))
  • Total Investments(3) of $130.0 million
  • Book Value(4) per share of $7.07 (CDN$9.94(2))
  • Paid CDN$0.05 in quarterly dividend

Update on COVID-19 Response:

  • Enacted measures to protect the health and well-being of Terra Firma's employees.
  • Ceased all employee travel and new funding commitments.
  • Preserving strong balance sheet and ample liquidity with $6.3 million of cash and $20.2 million of available line of credit.

TORONTO, May 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Terra Firma Capital Corporation (TII.V) ("Terra Firma" or the “Company”), a real estate finance company, today announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

For the three-month period ended March 31, 2020, revenues increased 3.0% to $4.0 million, compared to $3.9 million during the same period in 2019, primarily due to an increase in finance income from a $547,000 increase in finance lease investments, an increase in interest earned from existing loans of $186,000 and an increase in interest earned from new loans of $526,000 funded after March 31, 2019, which is in partially offset by a decrease in interest earned on $1,140,000 of loans repaid. Interest and fee income decreased by 11.3% to $3.4 million compared to $3.8 million in 2019. Finance income for the three-month period ended March 31, 2020 was $631,000 compared to $84,000 in the prior year.

Interest and financing expense for the three-month period ended March 31, 2020 remained relatively unchanged at $2.3 million compared to $2.3 million in the same period last year. During the three-month period ended March 31, 2020, the Company provided an allowance for loan and mortgage investment loss of $106,000.

The net loss and comprehensive loss for the three-month period ended March 31, 2020 was $126,000 or ($0.02) per basic and diluted share compared to net income and comprehensive income of $297,000 or $0.05 per basic and diluted share for the same period last year. Unrealized foreign exchange losses from the devaluation of the Canadian dollar was responsible for the largest variance both from an expense perspective and a tax perspective given the significant unrealized foreign exchange gains from the increase in the US dollar for the purposes of Canadian taxes.

“We started Q1 on a strong footing with a robust pipeline of originations and were on track to close transactions totaling $48 million of which we chose to not close $38 million. Given the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the equity and debt markets as well as overall consumer sentiment, we elected to postpone a number of transactions until the economy returns to a level of normalcy which provides us with an adequate level of comfort to deploy capital into these vetted quality projects,” said Glenn Watchorn, CEO of Terra Firma Capital Corporation. “The Company is well positioned to withstand the resulting difficulties presented by this crisis.  Our portfolio of assets is well secured primarily in first mortgages and wholly owned positions and is diversified across 10 major markets, most of which are located in the U.S. Our balance sheet and liquidity remain strong due to healthy cash reserves, low debt levels and significant room remaining on our corporate line of credit.  In addition, we have more than adequate capital available to satisfy our unfunded commitments.  The COVID-19 crisis will certainly lower the Company’s growth trajectory in the short term but with adversity often comes opportunity, and given our team’s wealth of experience operating successfully in distressed markets, we will be focused on identifying the most opportunistic investments once there is more clarity.”

As at March 31, 2020, the Company’s Total Investments(1) decreased by 8.8% to $130.0 million versus $142.4 million at the end of 2019. The weighted average effective interest rate of the Company’s loan and mortgage investments at March 31, 2020 was 13.1% compared to 13.2% at December 31, 2019.

The principal balance of the Company’s loan and mortgage syndications decreased from $88.2 million at December 31, 2019 to $78.1 million at March 31, 2020, a decrease of $10.2 million or 11.6%. The weighted average effective interest rate of the Company’s loan and mortgage syndications at March 31, 2020 was 9.6% compared to 9.6% at December 31, 2019.

The Company’s Management’s Discussion & Analysis and Financial Statements as at and for the three months ended March 31, 2020 have been filed and are available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

About Terra Firma

Terra Firma is a full service, publicly traded company that provides real estate financings secured by investment properties and real estate developments in Canada and throughout the United States. The Company focuses on arranging and providing financing with flexible terms to real estate developers and owners who require shorter-term loans to bridge a transitional period of one to five years where they require capital at various stages of development or redevelopment of a property. These loans are typically repaid with lower cost, longer-term debt obtained from other financial institutions once the applicable transitional period is over or the redevelopment is complete, or from proceeds generated from the sale of the real estate assets. Terra Firma offers a full spectrum of real estate financing under the guidance of strict corporate governance, clarity and transparency. For further information please visit Terra Firma’s website at www.tfcc.ca.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

This press release refers to certain financial measures, including adjusted net income and comprehensive income and Total Investments and book value per share, each as described below, which are not measures defined under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as prescribed by the International Accounting Standards Board, do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and should not be construed as alternatives to profit/loss or other measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with IFRS. These measures may differ from those made by other companies and accordingly may not be comparable to such measures as reported by other companies. These measures have been derived from the Company’s financial statements and disclosed herein because the Company believes they are of assistance in the understanding of the operational and financial performance of the Company.

  1. Adjusted net income and comprehensive income, (as well as adjusted net income and comprehensive income attributable to common shareholders, adjusted net diluted income and comprehensive income attributable to common shareholders which in the current periods are equal to adjusted net income and comprehensive income and adjusted earnings per share are calculated by adjusting the following (as applicable), irrespective of materiality:

    •  foreign exchange gains/losses related to the Company’s net U.S. dollar denominated net assets;
    •  impairment losses/reversals;
    •  net gains/losses on the disposal of equity accounted investments;
    •  share based compensation;
    •  other unusual one one-time items; and
    •  the income tax impact of the items listed above. investment property held in joint operations
  1. Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share was translated to CAD using the exchange rate of $1.3292 and Book value per share was translated to CAD using the exchange rate $1.4062.

  2. Total Investments (excluding cash) consists of the principal balance of loan and mortgage investments, investment in finance leases, portfolio investments, investments in associates, convertible note receivables and an investment property held in joint operations.

  3. The Company defines book value per share as total shareholders’ equity divided by outstanding common shares.

More information on the non-IFRS measures used by the Company can be found in the Company’s MD&A.

The TSX-V has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release. The TSX-V does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

Forward-Looking Information

This Press Release contains forwardlooking statements with respect matters concerning the business, operations, strategy and financial performance of Terra Firma, and Terra Firma’s expectations about the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the Company’s business. These statements generally can be identified by use of forward looking word such as “may”, “will”, “expects”, “estimates”, “indicates” “anticipates”, “intends”, “believe” or “could” or the negative thereof or similar variations. The future business, operations and performance of Terra Firma could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such forwardlooking statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including the matters covered by any non-binding letters of intent that are not completed, as well as risks relating to market factors, competition, and dependence on tenants’ financial conditions, environmental and tax related matters, and reliance on key personnel and those risks discussed in the Company’s MD&A under the heading “Risks and Uncertainties” and elsewhere in the Company’s MD&A and other disclosure documents filed with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time, including, without limitation, risks related to the Coronavirus. Forwardlooking statements are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including that the general economy, local real estate conditions and interest rates are stable, the absence of significant changes in government regulation, and the continued availability of equity and debt financing. There can be no assurances that forwardlooking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Given the unprecedented and pervasive impact of changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, there is inherently more uncertainty associated with the Company’s future operating assumptions and expectations as compared to prior periods. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forwardlooking statements. The cautionary statements qualify all forwardlooking statements attributable to Terra Firma and persons acting on its behalf. Unless otherwise stated, all forward looking statements speak only as of the date of this Press Release and Terra Firma does not assume any obligation to update such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable Canadian securities laws.

For further information, please contact:

Terra Firma Capital Corporation
Glenn Watchorn
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 416.792.4702


Terra Firma Capital Corporation
Y. Dov Meyer
Executive Chairman
Phone: 416.792.4709


Ali Mahdavi
Managing Director
Spinnaker Capital Markets Inc.
Phone: 416.962.3300

Terra Firma Capital Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
For the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019

  Three months ended
  March 31,
March 31,
Interest and fees $ 3,356,405   $ 3,784,016
Finance income   631,207     84,473
Rental   37,526     37,950
    4,025,138     3,906,439
Property operating costs   13,425     13,053
General and administrative   739,059     781,238
Share based compensation   (209,554 )   327,832
Interest and financing costs   2,278,430     2,306,753
Provision for loan and mortgage investment loss   105,737     -
Realized and unrealized foreign exchange gain   795,890     56,534
Share of income from investment in associates   (45,461 )   -
    3,677,526     3,485,410
Income from operations before income taxes   347,612     421,029
Income taxes   473,923     123,863
Net income and comprehensive income $ (126,311 ) $ 297,166
Earnings per share    
Basic $ (0.02 ) $ 0.05
Diluted   (0.02 )   0.05

Terra Firma Capital Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
As at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019

    March 31,
  December 31,
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,270,376   $ 1,931,451  
  Funds held in trust   1,784,150     1,805,229  
  Amounts receivable and prepaid expenses   996,785     1,520,698  
  Loan and mortgage investments   97,294,318     116,212,642  
  Investment in finance lease   24,560,760     17,959,374  
  Right of use asset   789,944     912,436  
  Investment property held in joint operations   1,570,683     1,700,303  
  Portfolio investments   1,949,565     2,042,937  
  Investment in associates   3,100,969     3,097,947  
  Convertible note receivable   769,327     800,531  
  Income taxes recoverable   -     247,719  
Total assets $ 139,086,877   $ 148,231,267  
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 4,698,293   $ 5,344,792  
  Lease obligations   794,635     913,129  
  Unearned income   487,781     692,264  
  Income taxes payable   853,083     -  
  Deferred income tax liabilities   655,046     450,017  
  Short-term unsecured notes payable   3,000,000     3,000,000  
  Credit facilities   10,241,730     8,878,839  
  Loan and mortgage syndications   78,055,014     88,249,414  
  Mortgages payable   978,395     1,067,440  
Total liabilities   99,763,977     108,595,895  
  Share capital $ 25,283,343   $ 25,283,343  
  Contributed surplus   3,453,952     3,440,695  
  Foreign currency translation reserve   (6,885,398 )   (6,885,398 )
  Retained earnings   17,471,003     17,796,732  
  Total equity   39,322,900     39,635,372  
Total liabilities and equity $ 139,086,877   $ 148,231,267