Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation Announces Year End Results and Special Dividend

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Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – February 9, 2021) –  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 year ended December 31, 2020.

Highlights

  • Mortgage portfolio of $745.3 million, 2.1% increase from prior year

  • High quality mortgage portfolio

    • 81.7% of portfolio in first mortgages

    • 91.4% of portfolio is less than 75% loan to value

    • average loan-to-value is 61.0%

  • Revenues of $65.0 million

  • Net income of $39.2 million

  • $0.93 basic and diluted earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2020

  • $0.02 per share special dividend to shareholders of record December 31, 2020

“We are very pleased with our 2020 results. Our mortgage portfolio grew by 6.5%, or $45.5 million, in Q4 on the strength of a record dollar volume of new loan originations. Our mortgage portfolio continues to show strong resilience to the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 and we continue to have very little exposure to the hardest hit sectors- retail, hospitality and long-term care/retirement homes. The mortgage portfolio ended the year with an average loan to value of 61.0%. Atrium earned net income of $39.2 million in 2020, a record for the company, and up 1.6% from the prior year. Earnings per share exceed our total dividends for the year, even after expensing a $3.8 million loan loss provision in 2020. Atrium increased its aggregate loan loss provision to 1.23% of our mortgage portfolio, which will help protect the balance sheet from the continuing impact of COVID-19 in 2021,” said Rob Goodall, CEO of Atrium. “Lastly, we are in the process of significantly increasing the size of our loan origination team and feel optimistic about our ability to grow our portfolio in 2021.”

Conference call

Interested parties are invited to participate in a conference call with management Wednesday, February 10, 2021 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 5157028. For a replay of the conference call (available until February 23, 2021) please call 1 (855) 859-2056, conference ID 5157028.

Results of operations

Atrium ended the year with assets of $755.3 million, up from $743.6 million at the end of 2019. Revenues were $65.0 million, a decrease of 1.7% from the prior year. Net income for 2020 was a record $39.2 million, an increase of 1.6% from the prior year. Revenues fell slightly as a result of a lower weighted average interest rate in 2020 due to the drop in the Prime Rate in March 2020, coupled with a lower mortgage portfolio balance in the second quarter of 2020 as we scaled back lending at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Net income increase as a result of lower interest expenses due to the repayment of convertible debentures and a lower weighted average cost of borrowing on our credit facility in 2020 compared to 2019. These lower interest expenses were offset largely by the higher provision for mortgage losses. Atrium’s allowance for mortgage losses at December 31, 2020 totaled $9.2 million, or 1.23% of the mortgage portfolio.

Basic and diluted earnings per common share were $0.93 for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared with $0.97 basic and $0.96 diluted earnings per common share for the prior year.

Mortgages receivable as at December 31, 2020 were $739.0 million, an increase of 1.6% from December 31, 2019. During the year ended December 31, 2020, $271.3 million of mortgage principal was advanced and $254.7 million was repaid. The weighted average interest rate on the mortgage portfolio at December 31, 2020 was 8.65%, compared to 8.81% at December 31, 2019.

Atrium collected 98% of the mortgage interest due in January, which is in line with historical collection rates.

Financial summary
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

Year
ended
December 31
2020
Year
ended
December 31
2019
Year
ended
December 31
2018
Revenue $ 65,019 $ 66,171 $ 58,316
Mortgage servicing and management fees (7,036 ) (6,996 ) (6,279 )
Other expenses (1,410 ) (1,086 ) (1,142 )
Impairment loss on investment property (806 )
Provision for mortgage losses (3,760 ) (1,490 ) (1,800 )
Income before financing costs 52,813 55,793 49,095
Financing costs (13,625 ) (17,225 ) (15,326 )
Net income and comprehensive income $ 39,188 $ 38,568 $ 33,769
     
Basic earnings per share $ 0.93 $ 0.97 $ 0.95
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.93 $ 0.96 $ 0.94
     
Dividends declared $ 38,970 $ 38,314 $ 33,658
     
Mortgages receivable, end of year $ 739,025 $ 727,325 $ 682,721
Total assets, end of year $ 755,315 $ 743,631 $ 699,750
Shareholders’ equity, end of year $ 462,887 $ 455,520 $ 387,306

 

Analysis of mortgage portfolio

December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
Property Type Number Outstanding amount % of Portfolio Number Outstanding
amount
% of
Portfolio
(outstanding amounts in 000s)            
Mid-rise residential 25 $ 199,525 26.8% 23 $ 177,242 24.3%
Low-rise residential 21 174,362 23.4% 32 216,144 29.6%
High-rise residential 16 170,074 22.8% 13 157,758 21.6%
House and apartment 63 45,522 6.1% 91 66,083 9.1%
Condominium corporation 13 2,165 0.3% 14 2,659 0.4%
Residential portfolio 138 591,648 79.4% 173 619,886 85.0%
Commercial 20 153,666 20.6% 19 109,859 15.0%
Mortgage portfolio 158 $ 745,314 100.0% 192 $ 729,745 100.0%

 

  December 31, 2020
Location of underlying property   Number of mortgages Outstanding amount Percentage outstanding Weighted average loan to value Weighted average interest rate
Greater Toronto Area 119 $ 548,447 73.6% 63.2% 8.68%
Non-GTA Ontario 21 21,706 2.9% 64.7% 8.32%
British Columbia 16 163,685 22.0% 51.0% 8.57%
Alberta   2 11,476 1.5% 98.5% 8.94%
  158 $ 745,314 100.0% 61.0% 8.65%

 

  December 31, 2019
Location of underlying property   Number of
mortgages
Outstanding
amount
Percentage
outstanding
Weighted
average
loan to value
Weighted average
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%
British Columbia 15 184,680 25.3% 46.9% 8.77%
Alberta 4 15,141 2.1% 64.0% 8.80%
  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 consolidated financial statements and its management’s discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2020, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and on the company’s website at www.atriummic.com.

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.

For additional information, please contact

Robert G. Goodall
President and Chief Executive Office
(416) 867-1053

Jennifer Scoffield

Chief Financial Officer

info@atriummic.com
www.atriummic.com

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