Exhibit 99.1








Sachem Capital Reports Revenue Increase of 29% to $4.3 Million
and $2.2 Million of Net Income for Q1 2020


Conference Call and Webcast to be held at 8:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, May 12th


Branford, Connecticut, May 8, 2020 -- Sachem Capital Corp. (NYSE American: SACH) announces its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. In addition, the company will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 12th at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to discuss in greater detail its financial condition and operating results for the first quarter of 2020.


Results of operations


Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was approximately $4.3 million compared to approximately $3.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, an increase of approximately $1 million, or 28.8%. The increase in revenue represents an increase in lending operations. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, interest income was approximately $2.9 million and net origination fees were approximately $511,000. In comparison, for the three months ended March 31, 2019, interest income was approximately $2.8 million and net origination fees were approximately $365,000. The balance of the increase was attributable to interest on investments and the gain from sale of investments of approximately $544,000 in the aggregate.


Total operating costs and expenses for three months ended March 31, 2020 were approximately $2.1 million compared to $1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase in operating costs and expenses is primarily attributable to the increase in lending operations. Compared to the 2019 period, in the 2020 period interest expense and amortization of deferred financing costs increased approximately $529,000 due to the increase in the company’s indebtedness from approximately $31.2 million at March 31, 2019 to $56.4 million at March 31, 2020.


Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was approximately $2.2 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to $2.1 million, or $0.13 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The decrease in net income per share was due to the increase in the weighted average number of shares.


Financial Condition


In terms of the company’s overall financial condition, little changed from December 31, 2019. Total assets remained unchanged, liabilities increased approximately $576,000 and shareholders’ equity declined approximately $600,000.




In January 2020, the company paid a dividend of $0.12 per share, or $2.65 million in the aggregate, which will be applied to 2020 taxable income. As previously announced, in light of the uncertain outlook for 2020 due to COVID-19, the company has deferred any decision regarding further 2020 dividends until after the end of the second quarter of 2020. The company currently operates and qualifies as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) for federal income taxes and intends to continue to qualify and operate as a REIT. Under federal income tax rules, a REIT is required to distribute a minimum of 90% of taxable income each year to its shareholders and the company intends to comply with this requirement for the current year.




John Villano, CPA, the company’s chief executive and chief financial officer stated: “Overall, I am quite pleased with our first quarter performance. We had a strong start, deploying our capital and increasing our mortgage loan portfolio by approximately $15 million in the first two months alone. However, in response to its impact on the overall business environment and the uncertainty created by COVID-19, in early March, we took immediate action, temporarily putting our growth strategy on hold and focusing on preservation of capital and careful maintenance of our existing portfolio. As a result of tightening our lending criteria, loan originations decreased. While this strategy, may have had an adverse impact on our performance in the short-term, we believe that in the long-term it will help mitigate the effects of the pandemic on our business.”


Investor Conference Call


The company will host a conference call on May 12, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, to discuss in greater detail its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2020, as well as its outlook for the balance of 2020 and strategy for dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Interested parties can access the conference call by calling 844-407-9500 for U.S. callers, or 862-298-0850 for international callers. The call will be available on the company’s website via webcast at https://www.sachemcapitalcorp.com. John Villano, the company’s Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer will lead the conference call.


The webcast will also be archived on the company’s website and a telephone replay of the call will be available approximately one hour following the call, through May 26, 2020, and can be accessed by calling: 877-481-4010 for U.S. callers or 919-882-2331 for international callers and entering conference ID: 34742.


About Sachem Capital Corp.


Sachem Capital Corp. specializes in originating, underwriting, funding, servicing and managing a portfolio of first mortgage loans. It offers short term (i.e., three years or less) secured, nonbanking loans (sometimes referred to as “hard money” loans) to real estate investors to fund their acquisition, renovation, development, rehabilitation or improvement of properties located primarily in Connecticut. The company does not lend to owner occupants. The company’s primary underwriting criteria is a conservative loan to value ratio. The properties securing the company’s loans are generally classified as residential or commercial real estate and, typically, are held for resale or investment. Each loan is secured by a first mortgage lien on real estate. Each loan is also personally guaranteed by the principal(s) of the borrower, which guaranty may be collaterally secured by a pledge of the guarantor’s interest in the borrower. The company also makes opportunistic real estate purchases apart from its lending activities. The company believes that it qualifies as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for federal income tax purposes and has elected to be taxed as a REIT beginning with its 2017 tax year.


Forward Looking Statements


This press release may contain forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release, including statements regarding our future results of operations and financial position, strategy and plans, and our expectations for future operations, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “plan,” “seek,” “intend,” “believe,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “likely,” “continue,” “design,” and the negative of such terms and other words and terms of similar expressions are intended to identify forward- looking statements.


We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, strategy, short-term and long-term business operations and objectives and financial needs. These forward-looking statements are subject to several risks, uncertainties and assumptions as described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2019 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2020. Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.


You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance or achievements. In addition, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any of these forward-looking statements. We disclaim any duty to update any of these forward-looking statements.


All forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements as well as others made in this press release. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made by us in the context of these risks and uncertainties.


Investor & Media Contact:

Crescendo Communications, LLC

Email: sach@crescendo-ir.com

Tel: (212) 671-1021






   March 31, 2020   December 31, 2019 
   (unaudited)   (audited) 
 Cash and cash equivalents  $1,626,022   $18,841,937 
 Investments   16,248,958    15,949,802 
 Mortgages receivable   111,791,663    94,348,689 
 Interest and fees receivable   1,571,165    1,370,998 
 Other receivables   116,397    141,397 
 Due from borrowers   1,092,831    840,930 
 Prepaid expenses   33,289    24,734 
 Property and equipment, net   1,359,870    1,346,396 
 Deposits on property and equipment   35,000    71,680 
 Real estate owned   7,290,676    8,258,082 
 Deferred financing costs   16,429    16,600 
 Total assets  $141,182,300   $141,211,245 
 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity          
 Notes payable (net of deferred financing costs of $2,570,597 and $2,687,190)  $55,592,403   $55,475,810 
 Mortgage payable   779,963    784,081 
 Accounts payable and accrued expenses   258,015    249,879 
 Security deposits held   7,800    7,800 
 Advances from borrowers   1,233,747    848,268 
 Deferred revenue   1,280,745    1,205,740 
 Notes payable   70,501    75,433 
 Accrued interest   3,398    3,416 
 Total liabilities   59,226,572    58,650,427 
 Commitments and Contingencies          
 Shareholders' equity:          
 Preferred shares - $.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued   -    - 
 Common stock - $.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 22,117,301          
      issued and outstanding   22,117    22,117 
 Paid-in capital   83,802,062    83,856,308 
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (186,260)   (50,878)
 Accumulated deficit   (1,682,191)   (1,266,729)
   Total shareholders' equity   81,955,728    82,560,818 
        Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $141,182,300   $141,211,245 






   Three Months Ended 
   March 31, 
   2020   2019 
Interest income from loans  $2,901,406   $2,751,080 
Interest income on investments   97,516    - 
Gain on sale of investment securities   446,083    - 
Origination fees   511,056    364,717 
Late and other fees   14,781    46,497 
Processing fees   46,458    34,795 
Rental income, net   10,728    25,649 
Other income   284,274    117,140 
Net gain on sale of real estate   -    7,149 
Total revenue   4,312,302    3,347,027 
Operating costs and expenses:          
Interest and amortization of deferred financing costs   1,149,953    621,048 
Professional fees   132,309    88,114 
Compensation, fees and taxes   344,493    384,227 
Exchange fees   7,273    10,287 
Other expenses and taxes   28,703    14,193 
Depreciation   16,283    7,503 
General and administrative expenses   140,214    165,451 
Net loss on sale of real estate   4,460    - 
Impairment loss   250,000    - 
Total operating costs and expenses   2,073,688    1,290,823 
         Net income   2,238,614    2,056,204 
Other comprehensive loss          
   Unrealized loss on investment securities   (135,382)   - 
Comprehensive income  $2,103,232   $2,056,204 
Basic and diluted net income per common share outstanding:          
        Basic  $0.10   $0.13 
        Diluted  $0.10   $0.13 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:          
        Basic   22,117,301    15,579,126 
        Diluted   22,117,301    15,579,126 






   Three Months 
   Ended March 31, 
   2020   2019 
Net income  $2,238,614   $2,056,204 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Amortization of deferred financing costs   116,764    47,076 
Depreciation expense   16,283    7,503 
Stock based compensation   4,107    4,103 
Impairment loss   250,000    - 
Loss(gain) on sale of real estate   4,460    (7,149)
Realized gain on short-term marketable securities   (446,083)   - 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
(Increase) decrease in:          
    Escrow deposits   -    12,817 
Interest and fees receivable   (200,167)   (649,157)
Other receivables   25,000    25,000 
Due from borrowers   (778,324)   (92,045)
Prepaid expenses   (8,555)   (70,512)
Deposits on property and equipment   36,680    (37,881)
(Decrease) increase in:          
Accrued interest   (18)   19,501 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   8,136    (187,820)
Deferred revenue   75,005    (31,014)
Advances from borrowers   385,479    69,438 
Total adjustments   (511,233)   (890,140)
Purchase of investments and marketable securities   (17,417,059)   - 
Proceeds from the sale of investments and marketable securities   17,428,603    - 
Proceeds from sale of real estate owned   1,090,236    124,808 
Acquisitions of and improvements to real estate owned   (377,289)   (362,776)
Purchase of property and equipment   (29,757)   (141,924)
Principal disbursements for mortgages receivable   (28,675,048)   (12,827,043)
Principal collections on mortgages receivable   11,758,497    8,481,663 
NET CASH USED FOR INVESTING ACTIVITIES   (16,221,817)   (4,725,272)
Proceeds from line of credit   -    19,740,078 
Repayment of line of credit   -    (16,576,655)
Proceeds from notes sold to shareholder   -    1,017,000 
Proceeds from bank overdraft   -    117,781 
Principal payments on mortgage payable   (4,118)   (290,984)
Principal payments on notes payable   (4,932)   - 
Dividends paid   (2,654,076)   (2,624,566)
Costs in connection with ATM   -    2,227,716 
Financing costs incurred   (58,353)   (12,113)
Proceeds from mortgage payable   -    76,485 
Prepayment of mortgage payable   -    795,000 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF YEAR  $1,626,022   $1,069,393 






   Three Months 
   Ended March 31, 
   2020   2019 
  Taxes paid  $-   $- 
Interest paid  $1,033,189   $573,670 
Dividends declared and payable  $-   $- 




Real estate acquired in connection with the foreclosure of certain mortgages, inclusive of interest and   and other fees receivable, during the period ended March 31, 2019 amounted to $1,962,669.