NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. (“MITT” or the “Company”) (NYSE:MITT) today reported financial results for the quarter-ended March 31, 2017. AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. is a hybrid mortgage REIT that opportunistically invests in a diversified risk-adjusted portfolio of Agency RMBS and Credit Investments, which includes our Residential Investments, Commercial Investments and ABS Investments.
FIRST QUARTER 2017 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
- $0.78 of Net Income/(Loss) per diluted common share(1)
$0.41 of Core Earnings per diluted common share(1)
- Includes de minimus retrospective adjustment
- Includes $0.01 of dollar roll income associated with our net TBA position
- 4.4% economic return on equity for the quarter, 17.6% annualized(7)
$18.17 book value per share(1) as of March 31, 2017,
inclusive of our current quarter common dividend
Book value increased $0.31 or 1.7% from last quarter, inclusive of:
$(0.01) or (0.1)% due to our investments in Agency RMBS and
associated derivative hedges
- Spreads to both the Treasury and swap curves were largely unchanged on the quarter allowing our hedged Agency RMBS portfolio to maintain book value stability
$0.38 or 2.1% due to our Credit Investments
- Mortgage and asset-backed markets rallied during the first quarter, driven by strong demand for yield and supported by the risk-on sentiment in the broader markets; credit spread tightening during the quarter drove an increase in book value
$(0.06) or (0.3)% due to core earnings below the $0.475
- We took a more defensive position at the end of the fourth quarter, increasing liquidity and reducing leverage
- $(0.01) or (0.1)% due to our investments in Agency RMBS and associated derivative hedges
- Book value increased $0.31 or 1.7% from last quarter, inclusive of:
|Q4 2016||Q1 2017|
|Summary of Operating Results:|
|GAAP Net Income/(Loss) Available to Common Stockholders||$||(4.4mm)||$||21.8mm|
|GAAP Net Income/(Loss) Available to Common Stockholders, per diluted common share (1)||$||(0.16)||$||0.78|
|Core Earnings, per diluted common share (1)||$||0.57||$||0.41|
|* For a reconciliation of GAAP Income to Core Earnings, refer to the Reconciliation of Core Earnings at the end of this press release.|
$2.6 billion investment portfolio as of March 31, 2017 as
compared to the $2.5 billion investment portfolio as of December 31,
- 54% of our Credit Investments are fixed rate coupon and 46% are floating rate coupon(13)
- 9.3% constant prepayment rate (“CPR”) on the Agency RMBS investment portfolio for the first quarter, excluding net TBA position(5)
- 3.0x “at risk” leverage position and 2.86% net interest margin as of March 31, 2017 (2)(3)(6)
FIRST QUARTER ACTIVITY
($ in millions)
|30-Year Fixed Rate||$||113.4||$||(89.4||)||$||24.0|
|Agency Interest Only and Excess MSRs||2.9||-||2.9|
|Fixed Rate 30 Year TBA||41.9||-||1.3|
|Total Agency RMBS||158.2||(89.4||)||28.2|
|Credit Risk Transfer||(0.2||)||(0.7||)||(0.9||)|
|Total Residential Investments||20.1||(10.2||)||9.9|
|Freddie Mac K-Series CMBS||(4.4||)||-||(4.4||)|
|Commercial Whole Loans||(1.8||)||-||(1.8||)|
|Total Commercial Investments||(32.0||)||25.9||(6.1||)|
|Total Q1 Activity||$||145.4||$||(72.9||)||$||31.9|
*Timing and size of repo added may differ from that of repo removed.
**Net equity in TBA represents initial margin on TBA purchases.
Deployed net equity of $31.9 mm during the quarter
- Increased allocation to Agency RMBS during the quarter
- $12.1 mm of commercial loan payoff offset by loan purchase of $10.3 mm
“Our outlook for the U.S. consumer, mortgage fundamentals, and the housing market in general remains positive. We remain engaged and focused on any new regulatory or fundamental developments that may impact our views,” said Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer David Roberts. “Economic growth appears sustainable and is likely to increase modestly, and we anticipate a gentle path of tightening monetary policy.”
“Mortgage and asset-backed markets rallied during the first quarter, driven by strong demand for yield and supported by the “risk-on” sentiment in the broader markets. The rally was broad-based and credit curves flattened,” said Co-Portfolio Manager TJ Durkin. “During the first quarter, we saw opportunities to deploy capital into both agency and credit, and we believe MITT is well positioned going forward to take advantage of a wide range of opportunities at favorable returns.”
|($ in millions)|
|March 31, 2017|
|"At Risk" Leverage(6)||3.0x|
|Yield on investment portfolio(8)||5.02||%|
|Cost of funds(9)||2.16||%|
|Net interest margin(3)||2.86||%|
|Other operating expenses(11)||
|Book value, per share(1)||$||18.17|
|Undistributed taxable income, per common share(1)(12)||$||1.84|
|Dividend, per share(1)||$||0.475|
The following summarizes the Company’s investment portfolio as of March 31, 2017 (2) (4):
|($ in millions)||
|Agency RMBS:||$ 1,226.2||$ 1,233.2||$ 231.0||3.2%||1.0%||2.2%||4.5x|
|Total||$ 2,589.0||$ 2,625.3||$ 664.6||5.0%||2.2%||2.9%||3.0x||
*Total funding cost and NIM includes cost of interest rate hedges.
**Leverage ratio is calculated based on allocated equity. Total leverage includes any net receivables on TBAs.
As of March 31, 2017, the weighted average yield on the Company's investment portfolio was 5.02% and its weighted average cost of funds was 2.16%. This resulted in a net interest margin of 2.86% as of March 31, 2017.(3)
We recognized net realized losses of $2.4 million during the quarter-ended March 31, 2017. We sold certain real estate securities and loans, realizing a net loss of $0.2 million and $0.1 million, respectively. In addition, we recognized a $0.1 million realized gain on loans transferred to Other assets and a $0.1 million realized loss on the sale of Other assets. We also recognized $0.2 million of realized losses due to the settlement of TBAs, $0.8 million of realized gain due to the settlement of certain derivatives and other instruments, and $2.7 million of realized loss due to other-than-temporary impairment (“OTTI”) charges on certain securities.
Premiums and discounts associated with purchases of the Company's securities are amortized or accreted into interest income over the estimated life of such securities, using the effective yield method. The Company recorded a $0.1 million, or $0.00 per share, retrospective adjustment due to the change in projected cash flows on its Agency RMBS, excluding interest-only securities and TBAs. Since the cost basis of the Company's Agency RMBS securities, excluding interest-only securities and TBAs, exceeds the underlying principal balance by 3.2% as of March 31, 2017, slower actual and projected prepayments can have a meaningful positive impact, while faster actual or projected prepayments can have a meaningful negative impact on the Company's asset yields.
FINANCING AND HEDGING ACTIVITIES
The Company, either directly or through its equity method investments in affiliates, had master repurchase agreements with 39 counterparties, under which it had debt outstanding with 24 counterparties as of March 31, 2017. The weighted average funding cost was 1.0% for Agency RMBS and 2.5% for Credit Investments. The investment portfolio is financed with repurchase agreements as of March 31, 2017 as summarized below:
|($ in millions)|
|WA Funding Cost||
|WA Funding Cost|
|30 Days or Less||$||
|Greater than 180 Days||100.0||1.4||%||71.4||3.4||%|
Total / Weighted Average**
|*Numbers in table above do not include securitized debt of $19.9 million.|
|**Our weighted average days to maturity is 57 days and our weighted average original days to maturity is 140 days.|
The Company’s hedge portfolio as of March 31, 2017 is summarized as follows:
|($ in millions)|
|Interest Rate Swaps||
|Treasury Futures, net||106.5|
The Company’s interest rate swaps as of March 31, 2017 are summarized as follows:
|($ in millions)||
|* 100% of our receive float interest rate swap notionals reset quarterly based on three-month LIBOR.|
The primary differences between taxable income and GAAP net income include (i) unrealized gains and losses associated with investment and derivative portfolios which are marked-to-market in current income for GAAP purposes, but excluded from taxable income until realized or settled, (ii) temporary differences related to amortization of premiums and discounts paid on investments, (iii) the timing and amount of deductions related to stock-based compensation, (iv) temporary differences related to the recognition of certain terminated derivatives and (v) taxes. As of March 31, 2017, the Company had estimated undistributed taxable income of approximately $1.84 per share.(1)(12)
On March 10, 2017, the Company’s board of directors declared the first quarter dividend of $0.475 per share of common stock that was paid on April 28, 2017 to stockholders of record as of March 21, 2017.
On February 16, 2017, the Company’s board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.51563 per share on its 8.25% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock and a quarterly dividend on its $0.50 per share of 8.00% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock. The preferred distributions were paid on March 17, 2017 to stockholders of record as of February 28, 2017.
“AT-THE-MARKET” EQUITY OFFERING PROGRAM
The Company plans to set up an “at-the-market” equity offering program, or ATM program, which will be discussed on the Company's first quarter earnings call described below.
The Company invites stockholders, prospective stockholders and analysts to participate in MITT’s first quarter earnings conference call on May 4, 2017 at 9:30 am Eastern Time. The stockholder call can be accessed by dialing (888) 424-8151 (U.S. domestic) or (847) 585-4422 (international). Please enter code number 6737698.
A presentation will accompany the conference call and will be available on the Company’s website at www.agmit.com. Select the Q1 2017 Earnings Presentation link to download and print the presentation in advance of the stockholder call.
An audio replay of the stockholder call combined with the presentation will be made available on our website after the call. The replay will be available until June 3, 2017. If you are interested in hearing the replay, please dial (888) 843-7419 (U.S. domestic) or (630) 652-3042 (international). The conference ID number is 6737698.
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ABOUT AG MORTGAGE INVESTMENT TRUST, INC.
AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust that invests in, acquires and manages a diversified portfolio of residential and commercial mortgage assets, other real estate-related securities and financial assets. AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. is externally managed and advised by AG REIT Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P., an SEC-registered investment adviser that specializes in alternative investment activities.
Additional information can be found on the Company's website at www.agmit.com.
ABOUT ANGELO, GORDON & CO.
Angelo, Gordon & Co. was founded in 1988 and has approximately $27 billion under management. The firm manages capital across eleven strategies: (i) convertible arbitrage, (ii) distressed debt, (iii) energy lending, (iv) merger arbitrage, (v) middle market direct lending, (vi) net lease real estate, (vii) non-investment grade corporate credit, (viii) private equity, (ix) real estate debt, (x) real estate equity, and (xi) residential and consumer debt. Angelo, Gordon & Co. has over 400 employees, including over 160 investment professionals. The firm is headquartered in New York with associated offices in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 related to dividends, our strategy related to our investments and portfolio, taxes, liquidity and financing, our assets, and equity offerings. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions of management of the Company at the time of such statements and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation, changes in interest rates, changes in the yield curve, changes in prepayment rates, the availability and terms of financing, changes in the market value of our assets, general economic conditions, conditions in the market for Agency RMBS, Non-Agency RMBS, ABS and CMBS securities and loans, and legislative and regulatory changes that could adversely affect the business of the Company. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors are contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Copies are available free of charge on the SEC's website, http://www.sec.gov/, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings. All information in this press release is as of May 3, 2017. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
|AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|March 31, 2017||December 31, 2016|
|Real estate securities, at fair value:|
|Agency - $985,926,267 and $972,232,174 pledged as collateral, respectively||$||1,139,152,159||$||1,057,663,726|
|Non-Agency - $969,704,864 and $990,985,143 pledged as collateral, respectively||1,027,984,430||1,043,017,308|
|ABS - $21,165,442 and $21,231,956 pledged as collateral, respectively||21,165,442||21,231,956|
|CMBS - $171,509,042 and $201,464,058 pledged as collateral, respectively||187,197,255||211,652,660|
|Residential mortgage loans, at fair value - $32,176,699 and $31,031,107 pledged as collateral, respectively||36,255,911||38,195,576|
|Commercial loans, at fair value - $32,800,000 pledged as collateral||58,274,488||60,068,800|
|Investments in debt and equity of affiliates||69,535,781||72,215,919|
|Excess mortgage servicing rights, at fair value||1,056,123||412,648|
|Cash and cash equivalents||29,647,529||52,469,891|
|Receivable on unsettled trades - $12,881,953 and $3,057,814 pledged as collateral, respectively||12,884,982||3,633,161|
|Receivable under reverse repurchase agreements||-||22,680,000|
|Derivative assets, at fair value||
|Due from broker||198,036||945,304|
|Securitized debt, at fair value||19,948,739||21,491,710|
|Loan participation payable, at fair value||-||1,800,000|
|Obligation to return securities borrowed under reverse repurchase agreements, at fair value||-||22,365,000|
|Payable on unsettled trades||31,829,741||-|
|Derivative liabilities, at fair value||
|Due to affiliates||4,349,723||3,967,622|
|Due to broker||1,013,801||1,211,694|
|Preferred stock - $0.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized:|
|8.25% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 2,070,000 shares issued and outstanding ($51,750,000 aggregate liquidation preference)||49,920,772||49,920,772|
|8.00% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 4,600,000 shares issued and outstanding ($115,000,000 aggregate liquidation preference)||111,293,233||111,293,233|
|Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 450,000,000 shares of common stock authorized and 27,701,902 and 27,700,154 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively||277,019||277,002|
|Additional paid-in capital||576,413,720||576,276,322|
|Total Stockholders' Equity||664,605,709||655,876,390|
|Total Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity||$||
|AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|Three Months Ended||Three Months Ended|
|March 31, 2017||March 31, 2016|
|Net Interest Income|
|Net realized gain/(loss)||(2,428,087||)||(12,986,658||)|
|Realized loss on periodic interest settlements of derivative instruments, net||(1,609,977||)||(2,377,775||)|
|Unrealized gain/(loss) on real estate securities and loans, net||12,750,564||8,840,770|
|Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivative and other instruments, net||(125,872||)||(11,956,002||)|
|Management fee to affiliate||2,475,816||2,450,143|
|Other operating expenses||2,793,234||3,046,812|
|Equity based compensation to affiliate||77,478||54,971|
|Income/(loss) before equity in earnings/(loss) from affiliates||22,615,616||(2,374,711||)|
|Equity in earnings/(loss) from affiliates||2,502,046||(69,716||)|
|Dividends on preferred stock||3,367,354||3,367,354|
|Net Income/(Loss) Available to Common Stockholders||$||21,750,308||$||(5,811,781||)|
|Earnings/(Loss) Per Share of Common Stock|
|Weighted Average Number of Shares of Common Stock Outstanding|
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE
This press release contains Core Earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure. AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc.’s management believes that this non-GAAP measure, when considered with the Company’s GAAP financials, provides supplemental information useful for investors in evaluating the results of the Company’s operations. The Company’s presentation of Core Earnings may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies, who may use different calculations. This non-GAAP measure should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Our GAAP financial results and the reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated.
We define Core Earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, as net income excluding both unrealized and realized gains/(losses) on the sale or termination of securities and the related tax expense/benefit or disposition expense, if any, on such sale or termination including (i) investments held in affiliated entities and (ii) derivatives. As defined, Core Earnings include the net interest and other income earned on our investments on a yield adjusted basis, including credit derivatives, investments in debt and equity of affiliates, inverse Agency Interest-Only securities, interest rate derivatives, TBA drop income or any other investment activity that may earn or pay net interest or its economic equivalent. One of our objectives is to generate net income from net interest margin on the portfolio, and management uses Core Earnings to measure this objective. Management believes that this non-GAAP measure, when considered with the Company’s GAAP financials, provides supplemental information useful for investors in evaluating our results of operations. This metric, in conjunction with related GAAP measures, provides greater transparency into the information used by our management in its financial and operational decision-making.
A reconciliation of GAAP net income to Core Earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and the three months ended March 31, 2016 is set forth below:
|($ in thousands)|
|Three Months Ended||Three Months Ended|
|March 31, 2017||March 31, 2016|
|Net Income/(loss) available to common stockholders||$||21,750||$||(5,812||)|
|Net realized (gain)/loss||2,428||12,987|
|Equity in (earnings)/loss from affiliates||(2,502||)||70|
|Net interest income and expenses from equity method investments||2,062||823|
|Unrealized (gain)/loss on real estate securities and loans, net||(12,751||)||(8,841||)|
|Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivative and other instruments, net||126||11,956|
|Core Earnings, per Diluted Share||$||0.41||$||0.40|
*For the three months ended March 31, 2017, we recognized $0.1 million or $0.00 per share of net income/(loss) attributed to our investment in AG Arc LLC. (14)
(1) Diluted per share figures are calculated using weighted average
outstanding shares in accordance with GAAP. Per share figures are
calculated using a denominator of all outstanding common shares
including all shares granted to our Manager and our independent
directors under our equity incentive plans as of quarter-end. Book value
uses stockholders’ equity less net proceeds of the Company’s 8.25%
Series A and 8.00% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock as the
(2) Generally when we purchase a security and employ leverage, the security is included in our assets and the leverage is reflected in our liabilities on the balance sheet as either Repurchase agreements or Securitized debt. Throughout this press release where we disclose our investment portfolio and the related repurchase agreements that finance it, we have presented this information inclusive of (i) unconsolidated ownership interests in affiliates that are accounted for under GAAP using the equity method and (ii) long positions in TBAs, which are accounted for as derivatives under GAAP. This press release excludes investments through AG Arc LLC unless otherwise noted. This presentation of our investment portfolio is consistent with how our management evaluates the business, and we believe this presentation, when considered with the GAAP presentation, provides supplemental information useful for investors in evaluating our investment portfolio and financial condition. See footnote (14) for further details on AG Arc LLC.
(3) Net interest margin is calculated by subtracting the weighted average cost of funds from the weighted average yield for the Company’s investment portfolio, which excludes cash held by the Company. See footnotes (8) and (9) for further detail. Net interest margin also excludes any net TBA position.
(4) The total investment portfolio at period end is calculated by summing the fair market value of our Agency RMBS, any net TBA position, Residential Investments, Commercial Investments, and ABS Investments, including securities and mortgage loans owned through investments in affiliates, exclusive of AG Arc LLC. Refer to footnote (2) for more information on the GAAP accounting for certain items included in our investment portfolio.
(5) This represents the weighted average monthly CPRs published during the quarter, for our in-place portfolio during the same period. Any net TBA position is excluded from the CPR calculation.
(6) “At Risk” Leverage was calculated by dividing total financing including any long positions in TBAs by our GAAP stockholders’ equity at quarter-end as of March 31, 2017. Total financing at quarter-end includes repurchase agreements inclusive of repurchase agreements through affiliated entities, exclusive of any financing utilized through AG Arc LLC, plus the payable on all unsettled buys less the financing on all unsettled sells, securitized debt and any long positions in TBAs (at cost). Total financing excludes repurchase agreements and unsettled trades on U.S. Treasuries.
(7) The economic return on equity for the quarter represents the change in book value per share from December 31, 2016 to March 31, 2017, plus the dividends declared over that period, divided by book value per share as of December 31, 2016. The annualized economic return on equity is the quarterly return on equity multiplied by four.
(8) The yield on our investment portfolio represents an effective interest rate, which utilizes all estimates of future cash flows and adjusts for actual prepayment and cash flow activity as of quarter-end. This calculation excludes cash held by the Company and excludes any net TBA position. The calculation of weighted average yield is weighted based on fair value.
(9) The cost of funds at quarter-end was calculated as the sum of the weighted average funding costs on total financing outstanding at quarter-end and the weighted average of the net pay rate on our interest rate swaps, the net receive/pay rate on our Treasury long and short positions, respectively, and the net receivable rate on our IO index derivatives, if any. Both elements of the cost of funds at quarter-end were weighted by the outstanding repurchase agreements and securitized debt outstanding at quarter-end, excluding repurchase agreements associated with U.S. Treasury positions. The cost of funds excludes any net TBA position.
(10) The management fee percentage at quarter-end was calculated by annualizing management fees recorded during the quarter and dividing by quarter-end stockholders’ equity.
(11) The other operating expenses percentage at quarter-end was calculated by annualizing other operating expenses recorded during the quarter and dividing by quarter-end stockholders’ equity.
(12) This estimate of undistributed taxable income per common share represents the total estimated undistributed taxable income as of quarter-end. Undistributed taxable income is based on current estimates and projections. As a result, the actual amount is not finalized until we file our annual tax return, typically in September of the following year.
(13) Equity residuals, excess MSRs and principal only securities with a zero coupon rate are excluded from this calculation.
(14) The Company invests in Arc Home LLC through AG Arc LLC, one of its indirect subsidiaries.
(15) The Company allocates its equity by investment using the fair market value of its investment portfolio, less any associated leverage, inclusive of any long TBA position (at cost). The Company allocates all non-investment portfolio related items based on their respective characteristics in order to sum to the Copmany's stockholders’ equity per the consolidated balance sheets. The Company's equity allocation method is a non-GAAP methodology and may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures or concepts of other companies, who may use different calculations.