SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Broadmark Realty Capital Inc. (NYSE: BRMK) (the “Company”) today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Pyatt has issued the following letter to shareholders:
To Our Shareholders:
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to escalate, creating a heightened level of fear and uncertainty among the general public and jeopardizing the health of citizens in the United States and around the world. We are closely monitoring the situation, and our thoughts are with all of those whose health has been impacted by the virus.
At Broadmark, we are focused on keeping our employees and their families safe, while continuing to provide a high level of attention and service to our valued customers. As part of our business continuity planning, we have invested in resources and worked with experts to establish protocols and procedures designed to mitigate risk and ensure our business is capable of functioning through disruptive events. This includes measures to enable our employees to work remotely, serve our customers and comply with applicable regulatory and public health requirements.
Importantly, our fortress balance sheet with zero debt is a differentiator for us. Currently, we have ample cash to deploy and we are not dependent on outside lenders to fund our loans or construction draws. Current market conditions illustrate the advantage to borrowers of financing with Broadmark over lending sources that rely on the ability to draw debt to fund their commitments. These attributes give us confidence that we are well-positioned for the long term. That said, we are very mindful of the evolving market conditions and will continue to closely scrutinize every origination opportunity and manage our portfolio.
We have a deep network of borrowers who have relied on us for years to meet their capital needs and, at this time, borrowers across our markets continue to reach out to us seeking financing because of the flexibility and high certainty of execution that we offer. These are coveted qualities during unprecedented times like these. However, while construction draws remain relatively stable to date, it would be natural to expect some slowing related to the timing and pace.
Broadmark continues to operate from a position of strength, even during the current situation. We are in regular communication with our borrowers and believe the overall quality of our loan portfolio remains strong. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic and steps taken to combat it could impact borrowers. In this regard, it is important to note that all of the loans in our portfolio are secured by first liens and all are underwritten with loan-to-value ratios at or below 65% at origination and are backed by personal guarantees. Our borrowers have real equity invested and are motivated, however, in the case of foreclosure, we are in a position to complete and exit projects on our terms at the most opportunistic time.
The world has changed considerably since we founded Broadmark ten years ago following the financial crisis, and the current global public health emergency is a stark reminder that developments in financial markets are almost impossible to predict. However, what has remained a constant over the past decade is our commitment to always function as responsible stewards of capital, practice fiscal conservatism, never stray from our strict underwriting criteria, and to communicate with our investors transparently. Our promise on these fronts remains unwavering.
We have an experienced team of dedicated professionals and advisors who will help us manage through the current environment, and internalized management structure aligns our interests with shareholders.
Thank you in advance for your confidence in our capabilities and the trust that you have placed with us. We will continue to work hard every day to protect and enhance the value of your investment over the long term.
Stay safe and healthy.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Forward Looking Statements
This document contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including, without limitation, statements concerning our operations, economic performance and financial condition. These forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to, among other things, capital resources, portfolio performance and results of operations. In some cases, you can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of terminology such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates” or the negative version of these words or other comparable words or phrases. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance, which may be materially different from that expressed in, or implied by, any such statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their respective dates.
These forward-looking statements are based largely on our current beliefs, assumptions and expectations of our future performance taking into account all information currently available to us. These beliefs, assumptions and expectations can change as a result of many possible events or factors, not all of which are known to us or within our control, and which could materially affect actual results, performance or achievements. Factors that may cause actual results to vary from our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:
- factors described in our prospectus filed with the SEC on December 17, 2019, including those set forth under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Business”;
- defaults by borrowers in paying debt service on outstanding indebtedness;
- impairment in the value of real estate property securing our loans;
- availability of origination and acquisition opportunities acceptable to us;
- potential mismatches in the timing of asset repayments and the maturity of the associated financing agreements;
- general economic uncertainty and the effect of general economic conditions on the real estate and real estate capital markets in particular;
- general and local commercial and residential real estate property conditions;
- changes in federal government policies;
- changes in federal, state and local governmental laws and regulations that impact our business, assets or classification as a real estate investment trust;
- increased competition from entities engaged in construction lending activities;
- potential disruptions in our business operations, construction lending activity and the potential impact on the financial condition of our borrowers relating to COVID-19, including as a result of actions that may be taken by governmental authorities to contain or address the COVID-19 outbreak;
- changes in interest rates;
- the availability of, and costs associated with, sources of liquidity;
- the ability to qualify as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes and maintain our status as a REIT;
- the ability to manage future growth; and
- changes in personnel and availability of qualified personnel.
About Broadmark Realty Capital
Broadmark Realty Capital Inc. (NYSE: BRMK) is an internally managed commercial mortgage real estate investment trust focused primarily on short-term real-estate-backed senior loans, including, first deed of trust loans secured by real estate to fund the acquisition, renovation, rehabilitation or development of residential or commercial properties. Broadmark Realty Capital manages and services its loan portfolio across a variety of market conditions and economic cycles.