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Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Post Quarter-End Update

Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (NYSE: GPMT) ("GPMT," "Granite Point" or the "Company") today announced its financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2023, and provided an update on its activities subsequent to quarter-end. A presentation containing first quarter 2023 financial results can be viewed at www.gpmtreit.com.

“Despite the difficult economic environment, our business delivered strong operating results in the first quarter, as our distributable earnings increased to $0.20 per basic share and covered our common dividend. Given the market uncertainties, we will continue to maintain our conservative approach, protecting our balance sheet and emphasizing liquidity, while diligently asset managing our well-diversified senior loan portfolio,” said Jack Taylor, President, CEO and Director of Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc.

First Quarter 2023 Activity

  • GAAP net (loss)(1) of $(37.5) million, or $(0.72) per basic share, inclusive of a $(46.4) million, or $(0.89) per basic share, provision for credit losses.
  • Distributable Earnings(2) of $10.7 million, or $0.20 per basic share, excluding the non-cash provision expense.
  • Book value of $14.08 per common share, inclusive of $(2.54) per common share total CECL reserve.
  • Declared and paid a cash dividend of $0.20 per common share and a cash dividend of $0.4375 per share of its Series A preferred stock.
  • Funded $17.3 million in prior loan commitments.
  • Realized $59.5 million of total UPB in loan repayments, principal paydowns and amortization.
  • Portfolio of $3.5 billion in total commitments comprised of over 99% senior loans and 98% floating rate with a weighted average stabilized LTV of 62.9%(3) and a realized portfolio yield of 8.0%(4).
  • Weighted average portfolio risk rating of 2.6 at March 31, 2023.
  • Total CECL reserve of approx. $133.0 million, or 3.8% of total portfolio commitments, inclusive of $67.5 million of specific CECL reserves allocated to five collateral-dependent loans.
  • Accretively repurchased 1.0 million common shares for a total of $5.1 million, resulting in book value accretion of approx. $0.19 per share.
  • Successfully refinanced GPMT 2019-FL2 CRE CLO, retiring inefficient liabilities and releasing approx. $85 million in net proceeds to the Company.
  • Increased borrowing capacity on the JPMorgan financing facility to $425 million.
  • Ended the quarter with over $220 million in cash on hand and a total leverage ratio of 2.5x.

Share Repurchase Authorization

  • Granite Point today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company to repurchase up to an additional 5,000,000 shares of its common stock, which increased the number of shares available for repurchase to 5,157,916, including the shares remaining under the prior authorization. The shares are expected to be repurchased from time to time through privately negotiated transactions or open market transactions, including pursuant to a trading plan in accordance with Rules 10b5-1 and 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or by any combination of such methods. The manner, price, number and timing of share repurchases will be subject to a variety of factors, including market conditions and applicable U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules. As of May 4, 2023, Granite Point had 51,526,039 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.

Post Quarter-End Update

  • So far in Q2 2023, funded $4.7 million on existing loan commitments and received $75.3 million in loan payoffs.
  • Extended the maturity of the Morgan Stanley financing facility to June 2024 and adjusted the borrowing capacity to $475 million.
  • As of May 9th, carried over $215 million in unrestricted cash.

(1)

Represents Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders. 

(2)

Please see page 5 for Distributable Earnings definition and a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial information. 

(3)

Stabilized loan-to-value ratio (LTV) is calculated as the fully funded loan amount (plus any financing that is pari passu with or senior to such loan), including all contractually provided for future fundings, divided by the as stabilized value (as determined in conformance with USPAP) set forth in the original appraisal. As stabilized value may be based on certain assumptions, such as future construction completion, projected re-tenanting, payment of tenant improvement or leasing commissions allowances or free or abated rent periods, or increased tenant occupancy. 

(4)

Yield includes net origination fees and exit fees, but does not include future fundings, and is expressed as a monthly equivalent yield. Portfolio yield includes nonaccrual loans. 

   

Conference Call

Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. will host a conference call on May 10, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss first quarter 2023 financial results and related information. To participate in the teleconference, please call toll-free (877) 407-8031, (or (201) 689-8031 for international callers), approximately 10 minutes prior to the above start time, and ask to be joined into the Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. call. You may also listen to the teleconference live via the Internet at www.gpmtreit.com, in the Investor Relations section under the News & Events link. For those unable to attend, a telephone playback will be available beginning May 10, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. ET through May 17, 2023, at 12:00 a.m. ET. The playback can be accessed by calling (877) 660-6853 (or (201) 612-7415 for international callers) and providing the Access Code 13738058. The call will also be archived on the Company’s website in the Investor Relations section under the News & Events link.

About Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc.

Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. is a Maryland corporation focused on directly originating, investing in and managing senior floating rate commercial mortgage loans and other debt and debt-like commercial real estate investments. Granite Point is headquartered in New York, NY. Additional information is available at www.gpmtreit.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains, or incorporates by reference, not only historical information, but also forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties. Our actual results may differ from our beliefs, expectations, estimates, projections and illustrations and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Forward-looking statements are not historical in nature and can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “target,” “believe,” “outlook,” “potential,” “continue,” “intend,” “seek,” “plan,” “goals,” “future,” “likely,” “may” and similar expressions or their negative forms, or by references to strategy, plans or intentions. The illustrative examples herein are forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, are not statements of historical facts or guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions or changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict or quantify. Our expectations, beliefs and estimates are expressed in good faith and we believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, there can be no assurance that management's expectations, beliefs and estimates will prove to be correct or be achieved, and actual results may vary materially from what is expressed in or indicated by the forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, those described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, under the caption “Risk Factors,” and any subsequent Form 10-Q or other filings made with the SEC. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This press release is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute, or form a part of, an offer to sell or buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release and the accompanying earnings presentation present non-GAAP financial measures, such as Distributable Earnings and Distributable Earnings per basic common share, that exclude certain items. Granite Point management believes that these non-GAAP measures enable it to perform meaningful comparisons of past, present and future results of the Company’s core business operations, and uses these measures to gain a comparative understanding of the Company’s operating performance and business trends. The non-GAAP financial measures presented by the Company represent supplemental information to assist investors in analyzing the results of its operations. However, because these measures are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, they should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company’s GAAP financial results and the reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated. See the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation table on page 6 of this release.

Additional Information

Stockholders of Granite Point and other interested persons may find additional information regarding the Company at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Internet site at www.sec.gov or by directing requests to: Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc., 3 Bryant Park, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10036, telephone (212) 364-5500.

 
 
 

GRANITE POINT MORTGAGE TRUST INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share data)
 

 

 

March 31,

2023

 

December 31,

2022

ASSETS

(unaudited)

 

 

Loans held-for-investment

$

3,310,830

 

 

$

3,350,150

 

Allowance for credit losses

 

(128,451

)

 

 

(82,335

)

Loans held-for-investment, net

 

3,182,379

 

 

 

3,267,815

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

223,432

 

 

 

133,132

 

Restricted cash

 

3,344

 

 

 

7,033

 

Accrued interest receivable

 

13,869

 

 

 

13,413

 

Other assets

 

52,317

 

 

 

32,708

 

Total Assets

$

3,475,341

 

 

$

3,454,101

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

Repurchase facilities

$

1,191,571

 

 

$

1,015,566

 

Securitized debt obligations

 

1,039,407

 

 

 

1,138,749

 

Asset-specific financings

 

45,823

 

 

 

44,913

 

Secured credit facility

 

100,000

 

 

 

100,000

 

Convertible senior notes

 

131,131

 

 

 

130,918

 

Dividends payable

 

14,307

 

 

 

14,318

 

Other liabilities

 

20,644

 

 

 

24,967

 

Total Liabilities

 

2,542,883

 

 

 

2,469,431

 

Commitments and Contingencies

 

 

 

10.00% cumulative redeemable preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share; 50,000,000 shares authorized, and 1,000 shares issued and outstanding ($1,000,000 liquidation preference)

 

1,000

 

 

 

1,000

 

Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

7.00% Series A cumulative redeemable preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share; 11,500,000 shares authorized, and 8,229,500 and 8,229,500 shares issued and outstanding, respectively; liquidation preference $25.00 per share

 

82

 

 

 

82

 

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 450,000,000 shares authorized, and 51,526,039 and 52,350,989 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

515

 

 

 

524

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,198,272

 

 

 

1,202,315

 

Cumulative earnings

 

96,864

 

 

 

130,693

 

Cumulative distributions to stockholders

 

(364,400

)

 

 

(350,069

)

Total Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. Stockholders’ Equity

 

931,333

 

 

 

983,545

 

Non-controlling interests

 

125

 

 

 

125

 

Total Equity

$

931,458

 

 

$

983,670

 

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

3,475,341

 

 

$

3,454,101

 

 
 
 
 

GRANITE POINT MORTGAGE TRUST INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(in thousands, except share data)
 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

Interest income:

 

(unaudited)

Loans held-for-investment

 

$

65,291

 

 

$

47,298

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

1,428

 

 

 

23

 

Total interest income

 

 

66,719

 

 

 

47,321

 

Interest expense:

 

 

 

 

Repurchase facilities

 

 

19,772

 

 

 

5,008

 

Secured credit facility

 

 

2,929

 

 

 

 

Securitized debt obligations

 

 

18,051

 

 

 

9,732

 

Convertible senior notes

 

 

2,311

 

 

 

4,546

 

Term financing facility

 

 

 

 

 

1,373

 

Asset-specific financings

 

 

743

 

 

 

282

 

Senior secured term loan facilities

 

 

 

 

 

2,868

 

Total interest expense

 

 

43,806

 

 

 

23,809

 

Net interest income

 

 

22,913

 

 

 

23,512

 

Other (loss) income:

 

 

 

 

Provision for credit losses

 

 

(46,410

)

 

 

(3,688

)

Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt

 

 

238

 

 

 

(5,791

)

Fee income

 

 

 

 

 

493

 

Total other (loss) income

 

 

(46,172

)

 

 

(8,986

)

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Compensation and benefits

 

 

5,912

 

 

 

5,816

 

Servicing expenses

 

 

1,378

 

 

 

1,461

 

Other operating expenses

 

 

3,271

 

 

 

2,614

 

Total expenses

 

 

10,561

 

 

 

9,891

 

(Loss) income before income taxes

 

 

(33,820

)

 

 

4,635

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

 

9

 

 

 

(1

)

Net (loss) income

 

 

(33,829

)

 

 

4,636

 

Dividends on preferred stock

 

 

3,625

 

 

 

3,625

 

Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders

 

$

(37,454

)

 

$

1,011

 

Basic (loss) earnings per weighted average common share

 

$

(0.72

)

 

$

0.02

 

Diluted (loss) earnings per weighted average common share

 

$

(0.72

)

 

$

0.02

 

Weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

52,308,380

 

 

 

53,857,051

 

Diluted

 

 

52,308,380

 

 

 

53,961,497

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders

 

$

(37,454

)

 

$

1,011

 

Comprehensive (loss) income

 

$

(37,454

)

 

$

1,011

 

 
 
 
 

GRANITE POINT MORTGAGE TRUST INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(dollars in thousands, except share data)
 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2023

 

(unaudited)

Reconciliation of GAAP net (loss) to Distributable Earnings(1):

 

 

 

GAAP net (loss)

$

(37,454

)

Adjustments for non-distributable earnings:

 

Provision for (benefit from) credit losses

 

46,410

 

(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt

 

(238

)

Non-cash equity compensation.

 

1,955

 

Distributable Earnings(1)

$

10,673

 

 

 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

 

52,308,380

 

Distributable Earnings(1) per basic common share

$

0.20

 

(1)

Beginning with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, and for all subsequent reporting periods ending on or after December 31, 2021, we have elected to present Distributable Earnings, a measure that is not prepared in accordance with GAAP, as a supplemental method of evaluating our operating performance. Distributable Earnings replaces our prior presentation of Core Earnings with no changes to the definition. In order to maintain our status as a REIT, we are required to distribute at least 90% of our taxable income as dividends. Distributable Earnings is intended to serve as a general proxy for our taxable income, though it is not a perfect substitute for it, and, as such, is considered a key indicator of our ability to generate sufficient income to pay our common dividends and in determining the amount of such dividends, which is the primary focus of income-oriented investors who comprise a meaningful segment of our stockholder base. We believe providing Distributable Earnings on a supplemental basis to our net income (loss) and cash flow from operating activities, as determined in accordance with GAAP, is helpful to stockholders in assessing the overall performance of our business.

 

We use Distributable Earnings to evaluate our performance, excluding the effects of certain transactions and GAAP adjustments we believe are not necessarily indicative of our current loan portfolio and operations. For reporting purposes, we define Distributable Earnings as net income attributable to our stockholders, computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding: (i) non-cash equity compensation expenses; (ii) depreciation and amortization; (iii) any unrealized gains (losses) or other similar non-cash items that are included in net income for the applicable reporting period (regardless of whether such items are included in other comprehensive income or in net income for such period); and (iv) certain non-cash items and one-time expenses. Distributable Earnings may also be adjusted from time to time for reporting purposes to exclude one-time events pursuant to changes in GAAP and certain other material non-cash income or expense items approved by a majority of our independent directors. The exclusion of depreciation and amortization from the calculation of Distributable Earnings only applies to debt investments related to real estate to the extent we foreclose upon the property or properties underlying such debt investments. 

 

 

While Distributable Earnings excludes the impact of the unrealized non-cash current provision for credit losses, we expect to only recognize such potential credit losses in Distributable Earnings if and when such amounts are deemed non-recoverable. This is generally at the time a loan is repaid, or in the case of foreclosure, when the underlying asset is sold, but non-recoverability may also be concluded if, in our determination, it is nearly certain that all amounts due will not be collected. The realized loss amount reflected in Distributable Earnings will equal the difference between the cash received, or expected to be received, and the carrying value of the asset, and is reflective of our economic experience as it relates to the ultimate realization of the loan. During the three months ended March 31, 2023, we recorded provision for credit losses of $(46.4) million, which has been excluded from Distributable Earnings consistent with other unrealized gains (losses) and other non-cash items pursuant to our existing policy for reporting Distributable Earnings referenced above. Pursuant to our existing policy for reporting Distributable Earnings referenced above. During the three months ended March 31, 2023, we recorded a $0.2 million gain on early extinguishment of debt, which has been excluded from Distributable Earnings consistent with certain one-time events pursuant to our existing policy for reporting Distributable Earnings as a helpful indicator in assessing the overall run-rate operating performance of our business. 

 

Distributable Earnings does not represent net income or cash flow from operating activities and should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP net income, or an indication of our GAAP cash flows from operations, a measure of our liquidity, or an indication of funds available for our cash needs. In addition, our methodology for calculating Distributable Earnings may differ from the methodologies employed by other companies to calculate the same or similar supplemental performance measures, and, accordingly, our reported Distributable Earnings may not be comparable to the Distributable Earnings reported by other companies. 

 

 

Contacts

Investors:

Chris Petta

Investor Relations

Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc.

(212) 364-5500

investors@gpmtreit.com

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