Snow Park Outlines Serious Long-Term Issues That Front Yard Has Failed to Address

Sends Letter to Fellow Stockholders Detailing the Systemic Performance, Strategy and Governance Shortcomings That Have Led to Long-Term Value Erosion

Lays Out Why Front Yard’s Intended Acquisition of Another 35,000 Homes – After Years of Declining NAV – Would Represent Yet Another Costly Strategic Misstep That Harms Stockholders

Reiterates That No Credible Plan Exists to Close the Company’s Staggering Valuation Gap and Unlock the Roughly 85% of Upside Value Trapped in its Shares

Launches Campaign Website at

Urges Stockholders to Support Necessary Change in the Boardroom by Voting on the BLUE Proxy Card to Elect Snow Park’s Highly-Qualified, Independent Nominees

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NEW YORK--()--Snow Park Capital Partners, LP (together with its affiliates, “Snow Park” or “we”), a significant long-term stockholder of Front Yard Residential Corporation (NYSE: RESI) (“Front Yard” or the “Company”), which together with the other participants in its solicitation beneficially owns approximately 2.1% of the Company’s outstanding shares, today issued a public letter to stockholders in connection with its nomination of three highly-qualified, independent candidates for election to the Company’s Board of Directors at the upcoming annual meeting of stockholders.

Please note that upon taking into account thoughtful feedback from our fellow stockholders and evaluating Front Yard’s most pressing needs, Snow Park today narrowed its slate to three members with respective expertise in the single-family residential market, real estate investment and transactions, and Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) sector corporate governance and portfolio management.

Snow Park urges all stockholders to vote the BLUE proxy card today. Our nominees – stockholders Leland Abrams, Lazar Nikolic and Jeffrey Pierce – possess strong real estate pedigrees, robust mortgage and financial services experience, and deep knowledge of effective corporate governance practices in the REIT sector. We believe a reconstituted Board that includes our nominees will have the necessary expertise and ownership perspectives to support a full and fair strategic review and help the incumbent directors identify paths to value creation at Front Yard. Please visit today for more information and resources.

Below is the full text of the letter.


April 29, 2019

Dear Fellow Stockholders:

Snow Park Capital Partners, LP (together with its affiliates, “Snow Park” or “we”) believes that the long-term underperformance endured by stockholders of Front Yard Residential Corporation (NYSE: RESI) (“Front Yard” or the “Company”) is the result of strategic missteps, poor balance sheet management, inadequate corporate governance and a weak non-independent Board. This stockholder suffering is underscored by the fact that since the beginning of 2015, Front Yard’s stock is down nearly 50%, and in 2018 alone, its stock was down approximately 30%.

Unfortunately, we feel the incumbent Board is presently either ill-equipped and/or unwilling to address Front Yard’s significant challenges, including one of the Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) sector’s most staggering valuation gaps. This is why we have nominated a slate of highly-qualified, independent director nominees with deep experience when it comes to the portfolio management, operations, and governance of publicly traded REITs. Our slate stands for enhanced accountability for management, improved strategic thinking across all facets of the business and stockholder-friendly governance policies – all of which can help us maximize value for stockholders. Our nominees are also committed to ensuring that stockholders have a true voice in the boardroom and that Front Yard objectively assesses all avenues to unlocking the value currently trapped within its shares.

Snow Park would also like to call your attention to the fact that upon taking into account thoughtful feedback from fellow stockholders and evaluating Front Yard’s most pressing needs, we decided to narrow our slate to three members with respective expertise that aligns to the Company’s most urgent challenges. We – in contrast to the incumbent Board – believe that soliciting and embracing the input of stockholders in this manner is essential to strategic decision-making.

We urge all stockholders to vote the enclosed BLUE proxy card or BLUE voting instruction form to elect our slate of three highly-qualified individuals – Leland Abrams, Lazar Nikolic and Jeffrey Pierce – to Front Yard’s seven-person Board. If you have already voted using the Company’s voting form, or if your vote was taken over the telephone by a representative of the Company, you have every right to change your vote by simply returning a later dated BLUE voting form in the enclosed pre-paid envelope. Alternatively, you can quickly send the Company a strong message that the status quo is unacceptable by voting over the Internet or by telephone, as well.

For years, Snow Park has been troubled by what we consider to be Front Yard’s reluctance to acknowledge and address the issues plaguing the Company. Moreover, we believe the consequences associated with the Board’s years of inaction have created an indefensible record for the incumbent directors. This is a critical juncture in Front Yard’s lifecycle as a public company, which is why we feel it is important to remind stockholders about the Company’s track record and why it is so vital for the status quo to change. Consider the following:

Miserable Financial Performance

Despite operating during a bull market in the single-family residential space and a period of tremendous economic growth, Front Yard has delivered negative returns while dramatically underperforming relative to its peers and the broader marketplace. We believe the Company’s total shareholder returns are unacceptably poor over the past one, three and five-year periods.

1 Year   3 Year   5 Year
Front Yard Residential (0.5%) (7%) (57%)
Invitation Homes* 9% - -
American Homes for Rent 15% 48% 44%
MSCI US REIT Index 21% 20% 54%
S&P 500 11% 47% 68%

RESI Relative Returns vs:

Invitation Homes (9%) - -
American Homes for Rent (15%) (55%) (101%)
MSCI US REIT Index (21%) (26%) (111%)
S&P 500 (11%) (54%) (126%)
*Invitation Homes went public on 1/31/2017

Source: Bloomberg; performance calculated as of close on April 1, 2019 (day immediately
prior to Snow Park’s public letter on April 2, 2019 disclosing its nomination of nominees).


Despite this poor track record, we find it confounding that the incumbent Board has shown such little interest in adding ownership perspectives or even learning about what has been troubling stockholders. This is yet another reason why we no longer feel the status quo is acceptable.

Costly and Concerning Strategic Lapses Punctuated by a Leverage-Fueled Acquisition Spree

We believe Front Yard’s prolonged underperformance is largely the byproduct of what we consider to be easily avoidable strategic missteps. In particular, the Company has been built up in recent years through unsustainable and leverage-fueled acquisitions, leaving stockholders burdened with more risk while at the same time offering no solutions to fix what has become one of the most leveraged balance sheets in the sector.

As many studies have shown, REITs with excess leverage persistently trade at a discount1 to their Net Asset Value (“NAV”) calculations. Since Front Yard has not shown any ability to even access the capital markets, we believe this pattern of poor balance sheet management has been a primary factor that has led to stockholder losses.

Complicating this issue is Front Yard’s contract with its external advisor.2 Specifically, the contract states that all equity raised will generate a 2% fee for the external advisor. With acquisition cap rates at sub-6% levels, this makes it infeasible to raise common equity to lower leverage (even if the stock traded at the Company’s stated NAV) – as any deals would be dilutive and the General & Administrative expense burden would continue to worsen. We question, as all stockholders should, why the Board allowed the balance sheet to deteriorate without any reasonable path to de-leveraging. This sort of balance sheet management underscores that the incumbent Board lacks the accountability, checks and balances, and necessary expertise that all modern publicly-traded REIT boards should have. We find it indefensible that Front Yard has placed its balance sheet in such a precarious position.

Moreover, perhaps the most troubling fact pattern is that by Front Yard’s own admissions, its leveraged-fueled acquisition spree has had consequences beyond just failing to increase the Company’s NAV. Its own NAV estimate, which in 2016 was $21 per share, has actually declined to $17.50 per share this year.3

And yet after all this, the message to stockholders on Front Yard’s most recent earnings call was that the Company plans to position the business to buy another 35,000 homes.4 We firmly believe that the Company’s track record in no way supports such an endeavor. To the contrary, we feel this message only further underscores the lack of accountability in the boardroom given that the incumbent directors sat by idly as NAV inexplicably declined at the 15,000-home level.

Simply put, Front Yard finally needs to articulate a coherent strategy with a timeline that will enable stockholders to be able to realize the tremendous value that remains trapped in its shares before blindly buying another 35,000 homes without any identifiable capital sources. Snow Park’s nominees will be laser-focused on preventing further strategic missteps in this area and ensuring NAV realization for stockholders at last. We feel no strategy can be implemented or executed without prioritizing this realization.

Limited Stockholder Alignment and Poor Governance

We have long held that not having an ownership mentality in the boardroom has led to poor corporate governance and unproductive stockholder relations. While Snow Park’s nominees collectively beneficially own approximately 2.1% of Front Yard’s outstanding shares, the incumbent independent directors collectively beneficially own approximately 0.07%5 of the Company’s outstanding shares. In our view, the incumbents’ lack of a vested financial interest in the Company’s performance causes a misalignment of interests between stockholders and Front Yard’s Board.

But rather than seeking to add relevant expertise and ownership perspectives to the Board, Front Yard in recent years has added former long-term colleagues of its chief executive, George Ellison, who himself is an employee of the Company’s external manager. We question whether it was in the best interests of stockholders to place these allegedly “independent” individuals – Rochelle Dobbs and George McDowell – into Board leadership positions overseeing Mr. Ellison. Further, former Chairman David Reiner, who only recently stepped down from the chairmanship last year, is still on the Board despite presiding over the Company’s catastrophic declines since its initial public offering. This does not appear to be a board designed with true checks and balances, but one designed to be friendly to management.

We also believe the Company has defied best practices in corporate governance and severely limited the ability of stockholders to spur necessary changes and have their voices heard. Front Yard is a Maryland-incorporated entity that has not opted out of the Maryland Unsolicited Takeovers Act, which allows the Board to take various stockholder-unfriendly actions, such as classifying the Board without stockholder approval. Moreover, unlike the numerous boards of Maryland corporations that have sought to provide their stockholders with the right to amend company bylaws, Front Yard has not.

On top of all the protections from its stockholders the Company is afforded in Maryland, Front Yard also does not allow its stockholders to effectively act by written consent – it must be unanimous – and they can only call special meetings upon the request of a majority of outstanding shares. In addition, directors may only be removed by a prohibitively high two-thirds vote. These positions represent an affront to stockholder rights that is emblematic of the Board’s unwillingness or inability to take the right actions to improve stockholder value.

In sum, the only effective recourse stockholders have to take action is through annual elections. This is why after many years of suffering, Snow Park decided to nominate a slate with the ability and pedigree to change the status quo and allow for owners to have a say in the boardroom.

There Is an Alternative to the Dismal Status Quo: Empower the Snow Park Slate to Renew RESI

It is clear to Snow Park that urgent change is needed at Front Yard in order to rectify all of these challenges and put the Company on a path to value creation. We once again encourage you to support the election of our three highly-qualified director nominees – stockholders Leland Abrams, Lazar Nikolic and Jeffrey Pierce – who will be laser-focused on supporting an expert-led strategic review, reforming poor corporate governance practices, and helping Front Yard take actions that can close its valuation gap and unlock the significant upside in its shares.

We urge Front Yard stockholders to vote FOR all three of Snow Park’s highly-qualified, independent nominees on the BLUE Proxy Card and to return it in your postage-paid envelope provided. If you have already voted Front Yard’s proxy card, you can change your vote by providing a later dated BLUE proxy.

Should you have any questions or need assistance with voting, please contact Saratoga Proxy Consulting LLC at (888) 368-0379 or (212) 257-1311 or by email at


Jeffrey Pierce


About Snow Park

Snow Park Capital Partners, LP is a privately-held investment manager that specializes in investing in publicly-traded real estate securities across the capital structure. Based in New York City and founded by Jeffrey Pierce, the firm focuses on producing strong risk-adjusted returns for a diverse investor base of public institutions, private entities and qualified individual clients.


1 Green Street Advisors, LLC’s Heard on the Beach (link).

2 Specifically, the flawed external advisory agreement with Altisource Asset Management Corp.

3 A NAV of $21 was set forth in Front Yard Residential Corp.’s May 2016 earnings call transcript (link), and a NAV of $17.50 was set forth in Front Yard Residential Corp.’s February 2019 earnings call transcript (link).

4 Front Yard Residential Corp.’s February 2019 earnings call transcript (link).

5 Front Yard Residential Corp.’s preliminary proxy statement filed on March 29, 2019.


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