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Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation Announces Second Quarter Results

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Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – July 29, 2020) – Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation (TSX: AI) (TSX:AI.DB.B) (TSX: AI.DB.C) (TSX: AI.DB.D) (TSX: AI.DB.E) today released its financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2020.

Highlights

  • Quarterly revenues of $16.2 million, down 2.0% from the second quarter of the prior year

  • Quarterly net income of $9.8 million, up 1.6% from the second quarter of the prior year

  • $0.23 basic and diluted earnings per share for the quarter

  • $0.47 basic and diluted earnings per share year-to-date

  • Mortgage portfolio of $679.96 million, 6.8% decrease from December 31, 2019

  • High quality mortgage portfolio

    • 85.4% of portfolio in first mortgages

    • 93.9% of portfolio is less than 75% loan to value

    • average loan-to-value is 59.0%

“We are pleased with the second quarter results which exceeded our quarterly dividend, even after taking another $1.0 million loan loss provision. Atrium now has an aggregate loan loss provision exceeding 1.0% of our mortgage portfolio which will help protect our balance sheet from the impact of COVID 19. The increase in our loan loss provision is consistent with the actions of the major Canadian and US banks.

In Q2, we also executed on our strategy to scale back lending in order to increase our liquidity and be in a position to cautiously resume lending as the real estate market emerges from the downturn. As a result, we expect that Q3 will be a more active quarter for new mortgages,” said Rob Goodall, CEO of Atrium.

Interested parties are invited to participate in a conference call with management Friday, July 30, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET to discuss the results. To participate or listen to the conference call live, please call 1 (888) 241-0551 or (647) 427-3415, conference ID 7681038. For a replay of the conference call (available until August 12, 2020) please call 1 (855) 859-2056, conference ID 7681038.

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Results of operations

Atrium ended its second quarter of 2020 with assets of $691.7 million, and revenues of $16.2 million, a decrease of 2.0% from the second quarter of the prior year. Net income for the second quarter of 2020 was $9.8 million, an increase of 1.6% from the second quarter of the prior year.

Basic and diluted earnings per common share were $0.23, for the three month period ended June 30, 2020, compared with $0.25 basic and $0.24 diluted earnings per common share for the comparable quarter in the prior year.

Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was $33.3 million, an increase of 3.0% from the prior year. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was $19.7 million, an increase of 4.1% from the prior year. Basic and diluted earnings per common share were $0.47 for the six months ended June 30, 2020, compared with $0.49 basic and $0.48 diluted earnings per common share for the six months ended June 30, 2019.

Atrium had $675.3 million of mortgages receivable as at June 30, 2020, a decrease of 7.1% from December 31, 2019. During the six month period ended June 30, 2020, $97.1 million of mortgage principal was advanced, and $140.8 million was repaid.

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The weighted average interest rate on the mortgage portfolio at June 30, 2020 was 8.55%, compared to 8.81% at December 31, 2019.

As at July 28, 2020, the company had collected 96% of the mortgage interest due in July, which is in line with historical collection rates.

Financial summary

Interim Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
(Unaudited, 000s, except per share amounts)

Three months ended Six months ended
June 30 June 30
2020 2019 2020 2019
Revenue $ 16,241 $ 16,565 $ 33,298 $ 32,343
Mortgage servicing and management fees (1,700 ) (1,757 ) (3,477 ) (3,437 )
Other expenses (335 ) (265 ) (684 ) (534 )
Provision for mortgage losses (1,000 ) (400 ) (2,000 ) (800 )
Income before financing costs 13,206 14,143 27,137 27,572
Financing costs (3,385 ) (4,476 ) (7,452 ) (8,670 )
Net income and comprehensive income $ 9,821 $ 9,667 $ 19,685 $ 18,902
       
Basic earnings per share $ 0.23 $ 0.25 $ 0.47 $ 0.49
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.23 $ 0.24 $ 0.47 $ 0.48
       
Dividends declared $ 9,536 $ 8,870 $ 19,040 $ 17,518
       
Mortgages receivable, end of period $ 675,339 $ 733,852 $ 675,339 $ 733,852
Total assets, end of period $ 691,705 $ 751,060 $ 691,705 $ 751,060
Shareholders’ equity, end of period $ 463,068 $ 425,306 $ 463,068 $ 425,306

 

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Analysis of mortgage portfolio

June 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
Outstanding % of Outstanding % of
Property Type Number amount Portfolio Number amount Portfolio
(outstanding amounts in 000s)
Low-rise residential 28 $ 190,639 28.0% 32 $ 216,144 29.6%
High-rise residential 17 170,270 25.0% 15 174,544 23.9%
Mid-rise residential 20 142,668 21.0% 21 160,456 22.0%
House and apartment 74 49,618 7.3% 91 66,083 9.1%
Condominium corporation 14 2,461 0.4% 14 2,659 0.4%
   Residential portfolio 153 555,656 81.7% 173 619,886 85.0%
Commercial 20 124,299 18.3% 19 109,859 15.0%
   Mortgage portfolio 173 679,955 100.0% 192 729,745 100.0%

 

June 30, 2020
Weighted Weighted
Number of Outstanding Percentage average average
Location of underlying property mortgages amount outstanding loan to value interest rate
Greater Toronto Area 132 $ 473,288 69.6% 61.6% 8.52%
Non-GTA Ontario 23 23,475 3.4% 64.4% 8.30%
Alberta 3 15,437 2.3% 76.6% 8.81%
British Columbia 15 167,755 24.7% 49.2% 8.59%
173 $ 679,955 100.0% 59.0% 8.55%

 

December 31, 2019
Weighted Weighted
Number of Outstanding Percentage average average
Location of underlying property mortgages amount outstanding loan to value interest rate
Greater Toronto Area 153 $ 509,299 69.8% 64.1% 8.85%
Non-GTA Ontario 20 20,625 2.8% 57.6% 8.33%
Alberta 4 15,141 2.1% 64.0% 8.80%
British Columbia 15 184,680 25.3% 46.9% 8.77%
192 $ 729,745 100.0% 59.5% 8.81%

 

For further information on the financial results, and further analysis of the company’s mortgage portfolio, please refer to Atrium’s interim consolidated financial statements and its management’s discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and on the company’s website at www.atriummic.com.

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Conference call

Interested parties are invited to participate in a conference call with management Friday, July 30, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET to discuss the results. To participate or listen to the conference call live, please call 1 (888) 241-0551 or (647) 427-3415, conference ID 7681038. For a replay of the conference call (available until August 12, 2020) please call 1 (855) 859-2056, conference ID 7681038.

About Atrium

Canada’s Premier Non-Bank Lender™

Atrium is a non-bank provider of residential and commercial mortgages that lends in major urban centres in Canada where the stability and liquidity of real estate are high. Atrium’s objectives are to provide its shareholders with stable and secure dividends and preserve shareholders’ equity by lending within conservative risk parameters. Atrium is a Mortgage Investment Corporation (MIC) as defined in the Canada Income Tax Act, so is not taxed on income provided that its taxable income is paid to its shareholders in the form of dividends within 90 days after December 31 each year. Such dividends are generally treated by shareholders as interest income, so that each shareholder is in the same position as if the mortgage investments made by the company had been made directly by the shareholder. For further information about Atrium, please refer to regulatory filings available at www.sedar.com or investor information on Atrium’s website at www.atriummic.com.

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For additional information, please contact

Robert G. Goodall
President and Chief Executive Office
(416) 867-1053
[email protected]
www.atriummic.com

Jennifer Scoffield
Chief Financial Officer

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How to identify authenticity in crypto influencer channels

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Modern brands stake on influencer marketing, with 76% of users making a purchase after seeing a product on social media.The cryptocurrency industry is no exception to this trend. However, promoting crypto products through influencer marketing can be particularly challenging. Crypto influencers pose a significant risk to a brand’s reputation and ROI due to rampant scams. Approximately 80% of channels provide fake statistics, including followers counts and engagement metrics. Additionally, this niche is characterized by high CPMs, which can increase the risk of financial loss for brands.

In this article Nadia Bubennnikova, Head of agency Famesters, will explore the most important things to look for in crypto channels to find the perfect match for influencer marketing collaborations.

 

  1. Comments 

There are several levels related to this point.

 

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LEVEL 1

Analyze approximately 10 of the channel’s latest videos, looking through the comments to ensure they are not purchased from dubious sources. For example, such comments as “Yes sir, great video!”; “Thanks!”; “Love you man!”; “Quality content”, and others most certainly are bot-generated and should be avoided.

Just to compare: 

LEVEL 2

Don’t rush to conclude that you’ve discovered the perfect crypto channel just because you’ve come across some logical comments that align with the video’s topic. This may seem controversial, but it’s important to dive deeper. When you encounter a channel with logical comments, ensure that they are unique and not duplicated under the description box. Some creators are smarter than just buying comments from the first link that Google shows you when you search “buy YouTube comments”. They generate topics, provide multiple examples, or upload lists of examples, all produced by AI. You can either manually review the comments or use a script to parse all the YouTube comments into an Excel file. Then, add a formula to highlight any duplicates.

LEVEL 3

It is also a must to check the names of the profiles that leave the comments: most of the bot-generated comments are easy to track: they will all have the usernames made of random symbols and numbers, random first and last name combinations, “Habibi”, etc. No profile pictures on all comments is also a red flag.

 

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LEVEL 4

Another important factor to consider when assessing comment authenticity is the posting date. If all the comments were posted on the same day, it’s likely that the traffic was purchased.

 

2. Average views number per video

This is indeed one of the key metrics to consider when selecting an influencer for collaboration, regardless of the product type. What specific factors should we focus on?

First & foremost: the views dynamics on the channel. The most desirable type of YouTube channel in terms of views is one that maintains stable viewership across all of its videos. This stability serves as proof of an active and loyal audience genuinely interested in the creator’s content, unlike channels where views vary significantly from one video to another.

Many unauthentic crypto channels not only buy YouTube comments but also invest in increasing video views to create the impression of stability. So, what exactly should we look at in terms of views? Firstly, calculate the average number of views based on the ten latest videos. Then, compare this figure to the views of the most recent videos posted within the past week. If you notice that these new videos have nearly the same number of views as those posted a month or two ago, it’s a clear red flag. Typically, a YouTube channel experiences lower views on new videos, with the number increasing organically each day as the audience engages with the content. If you see a video posted just three days ago already garnering 30k views, matching the total views of older videos, it’s a sign of fraudulent traffic purchased to create the illusion of view stability.

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3. Influencer’s channel statistics

The primary statistics of interest are region and demographic split, and sometimes the device types of the viewers.

LEVEL 1

When reviewing the shared statistics, the first step is to request a video screencast instead of a simple screenshot. This is because it takes more time to organically edit a video than a screenshot, making it harder to manipulate the statistics. If the creator refuses, step two (if only screenshots are provided) is to download them and check the file’s properties on your computer. Look for details such as whether it was created with Adobe Photoshop or the color profile, typically Adobe RGB, to determine if the screenshot has been edited.

LEVEL 2

After confirming the authenticity of the stats screenshot, it’s crucial to analyze the data. For instance, if you’re examining a channel conducted in Spanish with all videos filmed in the same language, it would raise concerns to find a significant audience from countries like India or Turkey. This discrepancy, where the audience doesn’t align with regions known for speaking the language, is a red flag.

If we’re considering an English-language crypto channel, it typically suggests an international audience, as English’s global use for quality educational content on niche topics like crypto. However, certain considerations apply. For instance, if an English-speaking channel shows a significant percentage of Polish viewers (15% to 30%) without any mention of the Polish language, it could indicate fake followers and views. However, if the channel’s creator is Polish, occasionally posts videos in Polish alongside English, and receives Polish comments, it’s important not to rush to conclusions.

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Example of statistics

 

Wrapping up

These are the main factors to consider when selecting an influencer to promote your crypto product. Once you’ve launched the campaign, there are also some markers to show which creators did bring the authentic traffic and which used some tools to create the illusion of an active and engaged audience. While this may seem obvious, it’s still worth mentioning. After the video is posted, allow 5-7 days for it to accumulate a basic number of views, then check performance metrics such as views, clicks, click-through rate (CTR), signups, and conversion rate (CR) from clicks to signups.

If you overlooked some red flags when selecting crypto channels for your launch, you might find the following outcomes: channels with high views numbers and high CTRs, demonstrating the real interest of the audience, yet with remarkably low conversion rates. In the worst-case scenario, you might witness thousands of clicks resulting in zero to just a few signups. While this might suggest technical issues in other industries, in crypto campaigns it indicates that the creator engaged in the campaign not only bought fake views and comments but also link clicks. And this happens more often than you may realize.

Summing up, choosing the right crypto creator to promote your product is indeed a tricky job that requires a lot of resources to be put into the search process. 

Author Nadia Bubennikova, Head of agency  at Famesters

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Central banks and the FinTech sector unite to change global payments space

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The BIS, along with seven leading central banks and a cohort of private financial firms, has embarked on an ambitious venture known as Project Agorá.

Named after the Greek word for “marketplace,” this initiative stands at the forefront of exploring the potential of tokenisation to significantly enhance the operational efficiency of the monetary system worldwide.

Central to this pioneering project are the Bank of France (on behalf of the Eurosystem), the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Korea, the Bank of Mexico, the Swiss National Bank, the Bank of England, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. These institutions have joined forces under the banner of Project Agorá, in partnership with an extensive assembly of private financial entities convened by the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

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At the heart of Project Agorá is the pursuit of integrating tokenised commercial bank deposits with tokenised wholesale central bank money within a unified, public-private programmable financial platform. By harnessing the advanced capabilities of smart contracts and programmability, the project aspires to unlock new transactional possibilities that were previously infeasible or impractical, thereby fostering novel opportunities that could benefit businesses and consumers alike.

The collaborative effort seeks to address and surmount a variety of structural inefficiencies that currently plague cross-border payments. These challenges include disparate legal, regulatory, and technical standards; varying operating hours and time zones; and the heightened complexity associated with conducting financial integrity checks (such as anti-money laundering and customer verification procedures), which are often redundantly executed across multiple stages of a single transaction due to the involvement of several intermediaries.

As a beacon of experimental and exploratory projects, the BIS Innovation Hub is committed to delivering public goods to the global central banking community through initiatives like Project Agorá. In line with this mission, the BIS will soon issue a call for expressions of interest from private financial institutions eager to contribute to this ground-breaking project. The IIF will facilitate the involvement of private sector participants, extending an invitation to regulated financial institutions representing each of the seven aforementioned currencies to partake in this transformative endeavour.

Source: fintech.globa

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TD Bank inks multi-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud

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TD Bank has inked a multi-year deal with Google Cloud as it looks to streamline the development and deployment of new products and services.

The deal will see the Canadian banking group integrate the vendor’s cloud services into a wider portion of its technology solutions portfolio, a move which TD expects will enable it “to respond quickly to changing customer expectations by rolling out new features, updates, or entirely new financial products at an accelerated pace”.

This marks an expansion of the already established relationship between TD Bank and Google Cloud after the group previously adopted the vendor’s Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for TD Securities Automated Trading (TDSAT), the Chicago-based subsidiary of its investment banking unit, TD Securities.

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TDSAT uses GKE for process automation and quantitative modelling across fixed income markets, resulting in the development of a “data-driven research platform” capable of processing large research workloads in trading.

Dan Bosman, SVP and CIO of TD Securities, claims the infrastructure has so far supported TDSAT with “compute-intensive quantitative analysis” while expanding the subsidiary’s “trading volumes and portfolio size”.

TD’s new partnership with Google Cloud will see the group attempt to replicate the same level of success across its entire portfolio.

Source: fintechfutures.com

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