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11/03/2020

Tremont Mortgage Trust Announces Third Quarter 2020 Results

Third Quarter Net Income Per Diluted Share of $0.32

Third Quarter Core Earnings Per Diluted Share of $0.33

Expect to Declare One-Time Year End Cash Distribution to Shareholders in December

NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tremont Mortgage Trust (Nasdaq: TRMT) today announced financial results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2020.

David Blackman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TRMT, made the following statement:

"We continued to closely manage our existing investments and actively engage with loan sponsors during the third quarter. While the pandemic-induced economic challenges present an ongoing risk to many borrowers, all of our investments remain current. The relationship with our repurchase facility lender remains strong, and in October we extended this facility with Citibank by one year to November 2022. At the same time, the proactive measures we have taken this year to preserve capital have resulted in increased liquidity. Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, in December we expect to declare a one-time cash distribution to shareholders in order to pay out sufficient taxable income to maintain our REIT tax status. At this time, we cannot comment on the amount of any distribution, but our Board of Trustees will determine this distribution based upon our forecasted full year financial performance as compared to our distributions paid through 2020 year-end."

Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2020:

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, net income was $2.6 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.1 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the same quarter last year. Core Earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 were $2.7 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to Core Earnings of $2.1 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the same quarter last year.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, TRMT generated interest income from investments of $4.6 million and incurred interest and related expenses of $1.2 million, which resulted in $3.4 million of income from investments, net. For the same quarter last year, TRMT generated interest income from investments of $5.0 million, including $0.9 million of deferred fees recognized by TRMT on two loans that were repaid during the quarter ended September 30, 2019, as well as a prepayment premium earned on one of these repaid loans. TRMT incurred interest and related expenses of $2.0 million for that 2019 period, which resulted in $3.0 million of income from investments, net.

Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020:

For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, net income was $6.7 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.5 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, for the same period last year. Core Earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 were $6.8 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, compared to Core Earnings of $3.8 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, TRMT generated interest income from investments of $13.4 million and incurred interest and related expenses of $4.4 million, which resulted in $9.0 million of income from investments, net. For the same period last year, TRMT generated interest income from investments of $11.9 million, including $0.9 million of deferred fees recognized by TRMT on two loans that were repaid during the quarter ended September 30, 2019, as well as a prepayment premium earned on one of these repaid loans. TRMT incurred interest and related expenses of $5.6 million for that 2019 period, which resulted in $6.3 million of income from investments, net.

Additional information and a reconciliation of net income determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, to Core Earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the quarters and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, appear later in this press release.

Recent Investment Activities:

As of September 30, 2020, TRMT had approximately $294.0 million in aggregate loan commitments, consisting of a diverse portfolio, geographically and by property type, of 14 first mortgage whole loans. As of November 2, 2020, all of TRMT's borrowers had paid their debt service obligations owed and due to TRMT and none of the loans included in TRMT's investment portfolio were in default.

In July 2020, the borrower under TRMT's loan related to a retail property located in Coppell, TX sold a parcel of land that was a part of the property securing the loan. The borrower used $2.1 million of the sale proceeds to repay part of the outstanding principal balance under the loan which also reduced the committed principal by the same amount and TRMT allowed the borrower to use the remaining $0.1 million of sale proceeds to increase the reserve for future debt service obligation payments owed to TRMT under the loan.

In October 2020, the borrower under TRMT's loan related to a retail property located in Paradise Valley, AZ exercised its right and satisfied the applicable conditions to extend the maturity date of the loan by one year to November 30, 2021 pursuant to the terms of the loan agreement.

In November 2020, TRMT expects to execute an amendment to its loan agreement with the borrower under TRMT's loan related to a multifamily property located in Houston, TX which will extend the maturity date of the loan by one year to November 10, 2021, subject to the borrower funding an interest reserve of $0.5 million and definitive documentation.

The impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively impacted some of TRMT's borrowers’ business operations or tenants, particularly in the cases of TRMT's retail and hospitality collateral, which are the types of properties that have been most negatively impacted by the pandemic. TRMT expects those negative impacts may continue and may apply to other borrowers and/or their tenants. Therefore, certain of TRMT’s borrowers’ business plans will likely take longer to execute than initially expected and certain of TRMT’s borrowers may be unable to pay their debt service obligations owed to TRMT as currently scheduled or at all. All of the loans in TRMT’s portfolio are structured with risk mitigation mechanisms, such as cash flow sweeps or interest reserves, to help protect TRMT against investment losses. In addition, TRMT continues to actively engage with its borrowers regarding their execution of the business plan for the underlying collateral, among other things.

Recent Financing Activities:

During the quarter ended September 30, 2020, Citibank, N.A., or Citibank, advanced approximately $1.3 million to TRMT under its master repurchase facility to fund advances made by TRMT to borrowers on its loan commitments. In July 2020, TRMT repaid $1.4 million of outstanding principal under its master repurchase facility using proceeds from the partial repayment of the Coppell, TX loan.

As of September 30, 2020, TRMT had a $201.1 million aggregate outstanding principal balance under its master repurchase facility. In light of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, TRMT continues to actively engage with Citibank regarding its liquidity position and the status of the loans in its portfolio that are financed under its master repurchase facility. The agreement that governs TRMT's master repurchase facility includes risk mitigation mechanisms, including a cash flow sweep, which would allow Citibank to control interest payments from TRMT's borrowers under its loans that are financed under its master repurchase facility, and the ability to accelerate dates of repurchase and institute margin calls which may require TRMT to pay down balances associated with one or more of its loans that are financed under its master repurchase facility. As of November 2, 2020, TRMT believes that it was in compliance with all covenants and other terms under its master repurchase facility and, to date, Citibank has not utilized any such risk mitigation mechanisms to date under the master repurchase agreement.

In October 2020, TRMT amended the master repurchase agreement to, among other things, extend the expiration date of its master repurchase facility by one year to November 6, 2022, subject to early termination as provided for in the master repurchase agreement.

Distributions:

Beginning with the first quarter of 2020, TRMT reduced its quarterly distribution rate on its common shares to $0.01 per share in order to preserve its near term capital due to the economic downturn and uncertainty as to future economic conditions from the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting impact on the U.S. economy.

On May 21, 2020 and August 20, 2020, TRMT paid a quarterly distribution to common shareholders of record as of April 10, 2020 and July 27, 2020, respectively, of $0.01 per common share, or $0.1 million.

On October 15, 2020, TRMT declared a quarterly distribution of $0.01 per common share, or approximately $0.1 million, payable to shareholders of record on October 26, 2020.

TRMT’s Board of Trustees will continue to monitor TRMT’s financial performance and economic outlook to determine a prudent level for any subsequent quarterly distributions. In addition, TRMT expects to declare in December 2020 and pay in January 2021 a one-time cash distribution required to maintain TRMT’s qualification for taxation as a real estate investment trust, or REIT. The year-end distribution will be an amount that allows TRMT to meet the requirement to pay out at least 90% of its REIT taxable income for 2020.

Conference Call:

At 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time this morning, President and Chief Executive Officer, David Blackman, and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Doug Lanois, will host a conference call to discuss TRMT’s third quarter 2020 financial results. They will be joined by Tom Lorenzini, who will assume his role as President of TRMT effective January 1, 2021. The conference call telephone number is (833) 366-1119. Participants calling from outside the United States and Canada should dial (412) 902-6771. No pass code is necessary to access the call from either number. Participants should dial in about 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. A replay of the conference call will be available through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. To access the replay, dial (412) 317-0088. The replay pass code is 10148189.

A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be available in a listen-only mode on TRMT’s website, which is located at www.trmtreit.com. Participants wanting to access the webcast should visit TRMT’s website about five minutes before the call. The archived webcast will be available for replay on TRMT’s website following the call for about one week. The transcription, recording and retransmission in any way of TRMT’s third quarter conference call are strictly prohibited without the prior written consent of TRMT.

Supplemental Data:

A copy of TRMT’s Third Quarter 2020 Supplemental Operating and Financial Data is available for download at TRMT’s website, www.trmtreit.com. TRMT’s website is not incorporated as part of this press release.

TRMT is a real estate finance company that focuses on originating and investing in floating rate first mortgage whole loans secured by middle market and transitional commercial real estate. TRMT is managed by Tremont Realty Advisors LLC, an SEC registered investment adviser and an indirect, majority owned subsidiary of The RMR Group Inc. (Nasdaq: RMR), an alternative asset management company that is headquartered in Newton, MA.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

TRMT presents Core Earnings, which is considered a “non-GAAP financial measure” within the meaning of the applicable SEC rules. Core Earnings does not represent net income or cash generated from operating activities and should not be considered as an alternative to net income determined in accordance with GAAP or an indication of TRMT’s cash flows from operations determined in accordance with GAAP, a measure of TRMT’s liquidity or operating performance or an indication of funds available for TRMT’s cash needs. In addition, TRMT’s methodology for calculating Core Earnings may differ from the methodologies employed by other companies to calculate the same or similar supplemental performance measures; therefore, TRMT’s reported Core Earnings may not be comparable to the core earnings as reported by other companies.

TRMT believes that Core Earnings provides meaningful information to consider in addition to net income and cash flows from operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP. This measure helps TRMT to evaluate its performance excluding the effects of certain transactions and GAAP adjustments that TRMT believes are not necessarily indicative of TRMT’s current loan portfolio and operations. In addition, Core Earnings is used in determining the amount of base management and incentive fees payable by TRMT to TRMT’s manager under TRMT’s management agreement.

Please see the pages attached hereto for a more detailed statement of TRMT’s operating results and financial condition and for an explanation of TRMT’s calculation of Core Earnings and a reconciliation of net income determined in accordance with GAAP to that amount.

TREMONT MORTGAGE TRUST

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

INCOME FROM INVESTMENTS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income from investments

 

$

4,632

 

 

$

4,959

 

 

$

13,412

 

 

$

11,872

 

Less: interest and related expenses

 

(1,242)

 

 

(1,992)

 

 

(4,367)

 

 

(5,572)

 

Income from investments, net

 

3,390

 

 

2,967

 

 

9,045

 

 

6,300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER EXPENSES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General and administrative expenses

 

576

 

 

541

 

 

1,640

 

 

1,662

 

Reimbursement of shared services expenses

 

189

 

 

370

 

 

752

 

 

1,110

 

Total expenses (1)

 

765

 

 

911

 

 

2,392

 

 

2,772

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

2,625

 

 

$

2,056

 

 

$

6,653

 

 

$

3,528

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted

 

8,190

 

 

8,156

 

 

8,179

 

 

5,583

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per common share - basic and diluted

 

$

0.32

 

 

$

0.25

 

 

$

0.81

 

 

$

0.63

 

(1)  

TRMT’s manager has waived any base management or incentive fees otherwise due and payable by TRMT under its management agreement for and through the periods ending December 31, 2020. If TRMT's manager had not waived these base management and incentive fees, TRMT would have recognized $332 and $322 of base management fees for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively, $975 and $812 of base management fees for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively, and $129 and $164 of incentive fees for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively. No incentive fees would have been paid or payable by TRMT for either of the three or nine months ended September 30, 2019.

TREMONT MORTGAGE TRUST

CALCULATION AND RECONCILIATION OF CORE EARNINGS

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Reconciliation of Net Income to Core Earnings (1):

Net income

 

$

2,625

 

 

$

2,056

 

 

$

6,653

 

 

$

3,528

 

Non-cash equity compensation expense

 

76

 

 

80

 

 

189

 

 

300

 

Core earnings

 

$

2,701

 

 

$

2,136

 

 

$

6,842

 

 

$

3,828

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted

 

8,190

 

 

8,156

 

8,179

 

 

5,583

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Core earnings per common share - basic and diluted

 

$

0.33

 

 

$

0.26

 

 

$

0.84

 

 

$

0.69

 

(1)

 

TRMT calculates Core Earnings as net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, including realized losses not otherwise included in net income determined in accordance with GAAP, and excluding: (a) the incentive fees earned by TRMT’s manager (if any); (b) depreciation and amortization (if any); (c) non-cash equity compensation expense; (d) unrealized gains, losses and other similar non-cash items that are included in net income for the period of the calculation (regardless of whether such items are included in or deducted from net income or in other comprehensive income under GAAP) (if any); and (e) one-time events pursuant to changes in GAAP and certain non-cash items (if any).

TREMONT MORTGAGE TRUST

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2020

 

2019

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

11,036

 

 

$

8,732

 

Restricted cash

 

 

 

143

 

Loans held for investment, net

 

280,219

 

 

242,078

 

Accrued interest receivable

 

946

 

 

755

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

40

 

 

221

 

Total assets

 

$

292,241

 

 

$

251,929

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and deposits

 

$

658

 

 

$

1,011

 

Master repurchase facility, net

 

200,501

 

 

164,694

 

Due to related persons

 

19

 

 

3

 

Total liabilities

 

201,178

 

 

165,708

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

Common shares of beneficial interest, $0.01 par value per share; 25,000,000 shares authorized; 8,303,254 and 8,239,610 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

83

 

 

82

 

Additional paid in capital

 

89,035

 

 

88,869

 

Cumulative net income

 

8,590

 

 

1,937

 

Cumulative distributions

 

(6,645)

 

 

(4,667)

 

Total shareholders’ equity

 

91,063

 

 

86,221

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

$

292,241

 

 

$

251,929

 

Warning Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other securities laws. Also, whenever TRMT uses words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “plan”, “estimate”, “will”, “may” and negatives or derivatives of these or similar expressions, TRMT is making forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon TRMT’s present intent, beliefs or expectations, but forward-looking statements are not guaranteed to occur and may not occur. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in or implied by TRMT’s forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond TRMT’s control. For example:

  • Mr. Blackman states that while the pandemic-induced economic challenges present an ongoing risk to many borrowers, all of TRMT's investments remain current. This statement may imply that TRMT's investments will continue to remain current. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic slowdown has negatively impacted TRMT's borrowers and those borrowers' tenants. If these conditions continue, worsen or do not sufficiently improve, TRMT's borrowers may not be able to remain current on their obligations owed and due to TRMT. TRMT's actions to actively manage its investments to minimize the impact of the economic challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic may not succeed or any success it may have may not help TRMT avoid realizing negative impacts resulting from economic challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, including with respect to its liquidity and financial results.
  • Mr. Blackman also states that the proactive measures TRMT has taken this year to preserve capital have resulted in increased liquidity. This statement may imply that TRMT's actions to preserve its capital will be sufficient to meet TRMT's future cash flow needs. However, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting all parts of the U.S. economy and may result in TRMT's borrowers being unable to pay their obligations owed and due to TRMT. Further, the underlying collateral that secures TRMT’s investments may decline or not increase, which may give rise to TRMT’s lender, Citibank, making margin calls on amounts outstanding under TRMT’s master repurchase facility. In addition, in order to comply with the applicable REIT tax requirements, TRMT expects to declare a one-time distribution in December 2020 that would be payable in January 2021. As a result, TRMT may not succeed in preserving sufficient capital or maintaining its current liquidity.
  • This press release states that TRMT expects to execute an amendment to its loan agreement with the borrower under TRMT's loan related to a multifamily property located in Houston, TX to extend the maturity date of the loan by one year to November 10, 2021. This may imply that the amendment will be executed. However, this amendment is subject to conditions. These conditions may not be satisfied and this amendment may not occur, may be delayed or the terms may change.
  • This press release references TRMT’s active engagement with Citibank and TRMT’s borrowers and that its relationship with Citibank remains strong. These statements may imply that those engagements will enable TRMT to maximize its receipt of interest and principal on its investments and minimize any actions that Citibank may take if TRMT’s borrowers default or the value of any of the collateral underlying TRMT’s loans declines below prescribed levels. However, these actions may not succeed, or any success they may have may not prevent TRMT from realizing negative impacts from the current business conditions, including with respect to its liquidity and financial results. Further, despite TRMT’s active engagement with Citibank, Citibank may ultimately determine to utilize one or more of the risk mitigation mechanisms available to it under the master repurchase agreement.
  • This press release states that all the loans in TRMT’s portfolio are structured with risk mitigation mechanisms, such as cash flow sweeps or interest reserves, to help protect TRMT against investment losses. However, these mechanisms may not adequately cover the debt service amount and will likely not be able to fully fund the debt service if the tenants’ businesses fail or they default on their debt service obligations owed to TRMT.
  • This press release states that beginning with the first quarter of 2020, TRMT reduced its quarterly distribution rate on its common shares to $0.01 per share in order to preserve its near term capital due to the economic downturn and uncertainty as to future economic conditions from the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting impact on the U.S. economy, and that TRMT’s Board of Trustees will continue to monitor TRMT’s financial performance and economic outlook to determine a prudent level for any subsequent quarterly distributions. An implication of these statements may be that TRMT will increase its quarterly distributions in a future period. However, TRMT may not resume paying quarterly distributions at historic levels or at amounts greater than the currently reduced rate at all in the near term, and the reduced rate may extend for an indefinite period and could be discontinued. Moreover, capital market conditions may not improve or TRMT’s own financial circumstances may change so that it becomes unable or unwilling to increase its quarterly distributions. Also, TRMT’s historical rate of distributions on its common shares may be changed because of changes in TRMT’s earnings, liquidity, financial leverage or other circumstances. Further, this press release states that TRMT expects to declare in December 2020 and pay in January 2021 a one-time cash distribution required to maintain TRMT’s qualification for taxation as a REIT and that the distribution will be an amount that allows TRMT to meet the requirement to pay out at least 90% of TRMT's REIT taxable income for 2020. TRMT’s distributions and distribution rate are set from time to time by its Board of Trustees. The timing, amount, and form of future distributions will be determined at the discretion of TRMT’s Board of Trustees and will depend upon various factors that its Board of Trustees deems relevant, including TRMT’s historical and projected income, its Core Earnings, the then-current and expected needs and availability of cash to pay its obligations and fund its investments, distributions which may be required to be paid to maintain TRMT’s qualification for taxation as a REIT, limitations on distributions contained in TRMT’s financing arrangements and other factors deemed relevant by TRMT’s Board of Trustees, in its discretion.

The information contained in TRMT’s filings with the SEC, including under “Risk Factors” in TRMT’s periodic reports, or incorporated therein, identifies other important factors that could cause TRMT’s actual results to differ materially from those stated in or implied by TRMT’s forward-looking statements. TRMT’s filings with the SEC are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

You should not place undue reliance upon forward-looking statements.

Except as required by law, TRMT does not intend to update or change any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

A Maryland Real Estate Investment Trust with transferable shares of beneficial interest listed on the Nasdaq.
No shareholder, Trustee or officer is personally liable for any act or obligation of the Trust.

Kevin Barry
Manager, Investor Relations
(617) 796-7651

Source: Tremont Mortgage Trust

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