Sachem Capital Corp.
John L. Villano, Co-CEO & CFO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sachem Capital Reports 23.2% Increase in Revenue for the First Quarter of 2019
Conference Call and Webcast to be Held at 8:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Branford, Connecticut, May 13, 2019 -- Sachem Capital Corp. (NYSE American: SACH) today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. In addition, the Company announced that it will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Financial highlights (Q1 2019 vs. Q1 2018):
|·||Revenue increased 23.2% to $3.3 million|
|·||Net income increased 4.2% to $2.1 million|
|·||Earnings per share of $0.13 (basic and diluted)|
Balance sheet highlights (as of March 31, 2019):
|·||Mortgages receivable increased to $80.9 million, compared to $78.0 million as of December 31, 2018|
|·||Total assets increased to $92.2 million, compared to $86.0 million as of December 31, 2018|
|·||Shareholders’ equity increased to $57.1 million, compared to $52.8 million as of December 31, 2018|
On April 1, 2019, the Company declared a dividend of $0.12 per common share, which was paid on April 18, 2019 to shareholders of record on April 11, 2019. The total amount of the dividend payment was approximately $2.1 million.
John Villano, CPA, co-chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Sachem Capital Corp., stated, “We are pleased with our results for the first quarter of 2019. Despite an uncertain economic environment and limited working capital to originate new loans, we recorded increases in revenue, net income, the size of our loan portfolio and shareholders’ equity. With the U.S. economy seeming to be back on sound footing, significant additional working capital as a result of sales of our common shares and continued strong demand for our mortgage loan products, we believe our prospects for continued growth for the balance of 2019 are good while maintaining our commitment to our strict underwriting criteria, extensive due diligence and conservative loan-to-value ratio. In addition, we continue to evaluate options that may provide us greater financial flexibility.”
Results of operations – three months ended March 31, 2019
Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was approximately $3.35 million compared to approximately $2.72 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, an increase of approximately $630,000, or 23.2%. Compared to the 2018 period, for the 2019 period interest income increased approximately $789,000, or 40.2%, to $2.75 million from $1.96 million and net origination fees increased approximately $16,000.
Total operating costs and expenses for three months ended March 31, 2019 were approximately $1.3 million compared to $744,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2018, an increase of approximately $547,000, reflecting an increase in lending operations and related increases in administrative expenses. Compared to the 2018 period, in the 2019 period interest expense and amortization of deferred financing costs expense increased approximately $398,000, compensation expenses increased approximately $139,000 and administrative expenses increased approximately $67,000.
Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was approximately $2.1 million, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share, compared to $2.0 million, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2018.
Investor Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, to discuss the Company’s financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2019 as well as the Company’s corporate progress and other meaningful developments.
Interested parties can access the conference call by calling 877-407-8033 for U.S. callers, or +201-689-8033 for international callers. The call will be available on the Company’s website via webcast at https://www.sachemcapitalcorp.com. John Villano, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer will lead the conference call and other Sachem Capital executives will also be available to answer questions.
A 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 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, and can be accessed by calling: 877-481-4010 for U.S. callers or +919-882-2331 for international callers and entering conference ID: 49099.
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 2018 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 29, 2019. 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:
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SACHEM CAPITAL CORP.
|March 31, 2019||December 31, 2018|
|Cash - restricted||1,069,393||59,549|
|Mortgages receivable, affiliate||869,627||879,457|
|Interest and fees receivable||1,691,605||1,397,038|
|Due from borrowers||787,264||695,218|
|Property and equipment, net||1,327,336||1,180,107|
|Deposits on property and equipment||49,881||12,000|
|Real estate owned||4,912,263||2,943,438|
|Deferred financing costs||518,635||553,597|
|Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity|
|Line of credit||30,382,546||27,219,123|
|Capital lease payable||12,808||-|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||128,593||316,413|
|Security deposits held||7,800||7,800|
|Advances from borrowers||267,284||317,324|
|Due to shareholder||2,217,000||1,200,000|
|Commitments and Contingencies|
|Preferred shares - $.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued||-||-|
|Common stock - $.001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 15,950,256 and 15,438,621 issued and outstanding, respectively||15,950||15,439|
|Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)||1,650,721||(405,483||)|
|Total shareholders' equity||57,090,838||52,802,815|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||92,319,647||$||86,014,050|
SACHEM CAPITAL CORP.
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Ended March 31,|
|Interest income from loans||$||2,751,080||$||1,962,373|
|Origination fees, net||364,717||348,548|
|Late and other fees||46,497||34,096|
|Rental income, net||25,649||43,756|
|Net gain on sale of real estate owned||7,149||-|
|Operating costs and expenses:|
|Interest and amortization of deferred financing costs||621,048||222,956|
|Compensation, fees and taxes||384,227||245,575|
|Other expenses and taxes||14,193||34,480|
|General and administrative expenses||165,451||98,033|
|Total operating costs and expenses||1,290,823||744,000|
|Basic and diluted net income per common share outstanding:|
|Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:|
SACHEM CAPITAL CORP.
STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
|Ended March 31,|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Amortization of deferred financing costs||47,076||14,558|
|Stock based compensation||4,103||-|
|Gain on sale of real estate owned||(7,149||)||-|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|(Increase) decrease in:|
|Interest and fees receivable||(649,157||)||(134,023||)|
|Due from borrowers||(92,045||)||-|
|(Decrease) increase in:|
|Due to note purchaser||-||(723,478||)|
|Due to shareholder||-||-|
|Advances from borrowers||69,438||213,522|
|NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES||1,166,064||1,303,146|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES|
|Proceeds from sale of real estate owned||124,808||-|
|Acquisitions of and improvements to real estate owned||(362,776||)||(11,000||)|
|Purchase of property and equipment||(141,924||)||(1,987||)|
|Principal disbursements for mortgages receivable||(12,827,043||)||(10,345,784||)|
|Principal collections on mortgages receivable||8,481,663||6,034,243|
|NET CASH USED FOR INVESTING ACTIVITIES||(4,725,272||)||(4,324,528||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES|
|Proceeds from notes sold to shareholder||1,017,000||-|
|Proceeds from line of credit||19,740,078||13,288,435|
|Proceeds from bank overdraft||117,781|
|Repayment of line of credit||(16,576,655||)||(8,982,583||)|
|Principal payments on mortgage payable||(290,984||)||(2,532||)|
|Proceeds from mortgage payable||795,000||-|
|Proceeds from notes payable||76,485||-|
|Issuance of common stock-ATM||2,227,716||-|
|Financing costs incurred||(12,113||)||(55,000||)|
|NET CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES||4,469,742||2,629,667|
|NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND RESTRICTED CASH||910,534||(391,715||)|
|CASH AND RESTRICTED CASH- BEGINNING OF YEAR||158,859||954,223|
|CASH AND RESTRICTED CASH - END OF PERIOD||$||1,069,393||$||562,508|
SACHEM CAPITAL CORP.
STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW (Continued)
|Ended March 31,|
|SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOWS INFORMATION|
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF NONCASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES
During the three months ended March 31, 2018 the Company incurred a mortgage funding payable in the amount of $2,000,000 in connection with the acquisition of mortgages receivable.
Real estate acquired in connection with the foreclosure of certain mortgages, inclusive of interest and other fees receivable, during the period ended March 31, 2019 amounted to $1,962,669.
During the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company purchased equipment for $13,005 subject to a capital lease.