Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR), today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020. Arbor reported net income for the quarter of $82.0 million, or $0.72 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $34.0 million, or $0.35 per diluted common share for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Core earnings for the quarter was $67.1 million, or $0.50 per diluted common share, compared to $43.1 million, or $0.37 per diluted common share for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.1

“These outstanding third quarter results reflect the successful execution of our business strategy and the versatile operating platform we have developed. Arbor continues to be very well positioned to succeed in the current economic climate. Our business model gives us diversified opportunities for growth and has allowed us to outperform in the commercial mortgage REIT space,” said Ivan Kaufman, founder, chairman and CEO of Arbor Realty Trust.

“Our continued momentum and excellent results have once again allowed us to increase our dividend to 32 cents a share – our second consecutive quarterly dividend increase. It is a true testament to the value of our franchise and the many diverse income streams we have created that we are able to succeed in any market cycle.”

Agency Business

Loan Origination Platform

Agency Loan Volume (in thousands)
    Quarter Ended
    September 30,2020   June 30,2020
Originations:      
Fannie Mae $ 1,117,679     $ 1,140,181  
Freddie Mac   252,014       135,720  
FHA     100,345       75,533  
Private Label   5,840       49,122  
Total Originations $ 1,475,878     $ 1,400,556  
         
Total Loan Sales $ 1,219,462     $ 1,992,889  
         
Total Loan Commitments   $ 1,528,551     $ 1,206,723  

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, the Agency Business generated revenues (excluding gains and losses on derivative instruments) of $81.8 million, compared to $81.1 million for the second quarter of 2020. Gain on sales, including fee-based services, net was $19.9 million for the quarter, reflecting a margin of 1.63% on loan sales, compared to $26.4 million and 1.32% for the second quarter of 2020. Income from mortgage servicing rights was $42.4 million for the quarter, reflecting a rate of 2.77% as a percentage of loan commitments, compared to $32.4 million and 2.69% for the second quarter of 2020.   

At September 30, 2020, loans held-for-sale was $631.1 million which was primarily comprised of unpaid principal balances totaling $617.9 million, with financing associated with these loans totaling $567.6 million.

Fee-Based Servicing Portfolio

Our fee-based servicing portfolio totaled $22.56 billion at September 30, 2020, an increase of 4.5% from June 30, 2020, primarily the result of $1.48 billion of new agency loan originations, net of $490.4 million in portfolio runoff during the quarter. Servicing revenue, net was $13.3 million for the quarter and consisted of servicing revenue of $25.7 million, net of amortization of mortgage servicing rights totaling $12.4 million.

    Fee-Based Servicing Portfolio ($ in thousands)
    As of September 30, 2020   As of June 30, 2020
    UPB Wtd. Avg.Fee Wtd. Avg. Life(in years)   UPB Wtd. Avg.Fee Wtd. Avg. Life(in years)
Fannie Mae   $ 16,462,041   0.516 % 8.4   $ 15,672,931   0.505 % 8.2
Freddie Mac     4,687,197   0.288 % 10.4     4,560,382   0.295 % 10.6
FHA     685,263   0.171 % 20.4     621,487   0.154 % 19.6
Private Label     727,063   0.200 % 9.4     727,132   0.200 % 9.5
Total   $ 22,561,564   0.448 % 9.2   $ 21,581,932   0.441 % 9.1

Loans sold under the Fannie Mae program contain an obligation to partially guarantee the performance of the loan (“loss-sharing obligations”), and includes $33.2 million for the fair value of the guarantee obligation undertaken at September 30, 2020. The Company recorded a $2.5 million reversal of provision for loss sharing associated with current expected credit losses, or “CECL,” for the third quarter of 2020. At September 30, 2020, the Company’s total CECL allowance for loss-sharing obligations was $38.0 million, representing 0.23% of the Fannie Mae servicing portfolio.

Structured Business

Portfolio and Investment Activity

  • Significant income generated by our residential mortgage banking joint venture
  • Originated 13 loans totaling $291.8 million, and consisted primarily of multifamily bridge loans totaling $235.1 million
  • Payoffs and pay downs on 15 loans totaling $206.0 million
  • Portfolio growth of $124.7 million, or 2.5%

The Company recorded pretax income of $32.3 million from its significant joint venture investment in a residential mortgage banking business as a result of the continued historically low interest rate environment. Pretax income from this investment for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 totaled $56.1 million.

At September 30, 2020, the loan and investment portfolio’s unpaid principal balance, excluding loan loss reserves, was $5.10 billion, with a weighted average current interest pay rate of 5.39%, compared to $4.97 billion and 5.57% at June 30, 2020. Including certain fees earned and costs associated with the loan and investment portfolio, the weighted average current interest pay rate was 5.93% at September 30, 2020, compared to 6.10% at June 30, 2020.

The average balance of the Company’s loan and investment portfolio during the third quarter of 2020, excluding loan loss reserves, was $4.98 billion with a weighted average yield of 5.98%, compared to $4.81 billion and 6.16% for the second quarter of 2020. The decrease in average yield was primarily due to several factors including an increase in non-performing and modified loans, lower accelerated fees on loan payoffs and lower rates on originations when compared to runoff in the third quarter as compared to the second quarter.

During the third quarter of 2020, the Company recorded a reversal of its provision for loan losses of $6.1 million as a result of its loan review process associated with CECL. At September 30, 2020, the Company’s total allowance for loan losses was $146.7 million. The Company had eight non-performing loans with a carrying value of $62.9 million, before related loan loss reserves of $9.1 million, compared to six loans with a carrying value of $60.5 million, before related loan loss reserves of $16.6 million as of June 30, 2020.

Financing Activity

The balance of debt that finances the Company’s loan and investment portfolio at September 30, 2020 was $4.52 billion with a weighted average interest rate including fees of 3.09% as compared to $4.54 billion and a rate of 3.14% at June 30, 2020. The average balance of debt that finances the Company’s loan and investment portfolio for the third quarter of 2020 was $4.59 billion, as compared to $4.53 billion for the second quarter of 2020. The average cost of borrowings for the third quarter of 2020 was 3.06%, compared to 3.26% for the second quarter of 2020. The decrease in average costs was primarily due to a decrease in LIBOR.

The Company is subject to various financial covenants and restrictions under the terms of its collateralized securitization vehicles, financing facilities and unsecured debt. The Company believes it was in compliance with all financial covenants and restrictions as of September 30, 2020 and as of the most recent collateralized securitization vehicle determination dates in October 2020.

Dividends

The Company announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per share of common stock for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, representing an increase of 6.7% year-to-date. The dividend is payable on November 30, 2020 to common stockholders of record on November 16, 2020. The ex-dividend date is November 13, 2020.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has declared cash dividends on the Company's Series A, Series B and Series C cumulative redeemable preferred stock reflecting accrued dividends from September 1, 2020 through November 30, 2020. The dividends are payable on November 30, 2020 to preferred stockholders of record on November 15, 2020. The Company will pay total dividends of $0.515625, $0.484375 and $0.53125 per share on the Series A, Series B and Series C preferred stock, respectively.

Earnings Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast and replay of the conference call will be available at http://www.arbor.com in the investor relations section of the Company’s website. Those without web access should access the call telephonically at least ten minutes prior to the conference call. The dial-in numbers are (877) 876-9176 for domestic callers and (785) 424-1670 for international callers. Please use participant passcode ABRQ320 when prompted by the operator.

A telephonic replay of the call will be available until November 6, 2020. The replay dial-in numbers are (800) 839-5679 for domestic callers and (402) 220-2566 for international callers.

About Arbor Realty Trust, Inc.

Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR) is a nationwide real estate investment trust and direct lender, providing loan origination and servicing for multifamily, seniors housing, healthcare and other diverse commercial real estate assets. Headquartered in New York, Arbor manages a multibillion-dollar servicing portfolio, specializing in government-sponsored enterprise products. Arbor is a Fannie Mae DUS® lender and Freddie Mac Optigo Seller/Servicer. Arbor’s product platform also includes CMBS, bridge, mezzanine and preferred equity lending. Rated by Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Ratings, Arbor is committed to building on its reputation for service, quality and customized solutions with an unparalleled dedication to providing our clients excellence over the entire life of a loan.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain items in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Arbor can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Arbor’s expectations include, but are not limited to, changes in economic conditions generally, and the real estate markets specifically, in particular, due to the uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic, continued ability to source new investments, changes in interest rates and/or credit spreads, and other risks detailed in Arbor’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and its other reports filed with the SEC. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Arbor expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Arbor’s expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

1. Non-GAAP Financial Measures

During the quarterly earnings conference call, the Company may discuss non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC Regulation G. In addition, the Company has used non-GAAP financial measures in this press release. A supplemental schedule of non-GAAP financial measures and the comparable GAAP financial measure can be found on page 11 of this release.

Contacts:Arbor Realty Trust, Inc.Paul Elenio, Chief Financial Officer 516-506-4422 pelenio@arbor.com Investors:The Ruth GroupDaniel Kontoh-Boateng/James Salierno646-536-7019/7028dboateng@theruthgroup.com jsalierno@theruthgroup.com Media:Bonnie HabyanChief Marketing Officer516-506-4615bhabyan@arbor.com

 
ARBOR REALTY TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                   
Consolidated Statements of Income - (Unaudited)
($ in thousands—except share and per share data)
                   
      Quarter EndedSeptember 30,   Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,
        2020       2019       2020       2019  
                   
Interest income   $ 81,701     $ 80,509     $ 253,307     $ 233,957  
Interest expense     37,888       48,064       129,172       138,213  
  Net interest income     43,813       32,445       124,135       95,744  
                   
Other revenue:                
Gain on sales, including fee-based services, net     19,895       21,298       60,566       51,897  
Mortgage servicing rights     42,357       29,911       96,708       62,852  
Servicing revenue, net     13,348       13,790       40,156       39,954  
Property operating income     1,033       2,237       3,976       8,187  
Loss on derivative instruments, net     (753 )     (5,003 )     (58,852 )     (6,726 )
Other income, net     1,050       325       3,404       1,314  
  Total other revenue     76,930       62,558       145,958       157,478  
                   
Other expenses:                
Employee compensation and benefits     32,962       32,861       101,652       93,647  
Selling and administrative     9,356       10,882       29,013       31,122  
Property operating expenses     1,300       2,563       4,778       7,649  
Depreciation and amortization     1,922       1,841       5,830       5,663  
Impairment loss on real estate owned     -       -       -       1,000  
Provision for loss sharing (net of recoveries)     (2,227 )     735       21,706       1,557  
Provision for credit losses (net of recoveries)     (7,586 )     -       59,510       -  
  Total other expenses     35,727       48,882       222,489       140,638  
                   
Income before extinguishment of debt, sale of real estate, equity affiliates, and income taxes                
    85,016       46,121       47,604       112,584  
                   
Loss on extinguishment of debt     -       -       (3,546 )     (128 )
Loss on sale of real estate     (1,868 )     -       (1,868 )     -  
Income from equity affiliates     32,358       3,718       56,758       9,133  
Provision for income taxes     (17,785 )     (6,623 )     (15,493 )     (10,963 )
                   
Net income     97,721       43,216       83,455       110,626  
                   
Preferred stock dividends     1,888       1,888       5,665       5,665  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest     13,836       7,363       11,012       19,429  
Net income attributable to common stockholders   $ 81,997     $ 33,965     $ 66,778     $ 85,532  
                   
Basic earnings per common share   $ 0.72     $ 0.36     $ 0.60     $ 0.95  
Diluted earnings per common share   $ 0.72     $ 0.35     $ 0.59     $ 0.93  
                   
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
  Basic     113,766,446       94,486,839       111,775,436       89,899,074  
  Diluted     133,997,087       117,468,044       132,401,315       113,033,968  
                   
Dividends declared per common share   $ 0.31     $ 0.29     $ 0.91     $ 0.84  
                   

 
ARBOR REALTY TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
         
Consolidated Balance Sheets
($ in thousands—except share and per share data)
         
    September 30,   December 31,
      2020       2019  
    (Unaudited)    
Assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 192,204     $ 299,687  
Restricted cash     110,263       210,875  
Loans and investments, net (allowance for credit losses: $146,745 and $71,069, respectively)     4,910,872       4,189,960  
Loans held-for-sale, net     631,138       861,360  
Capitalized mortgage servicing rights, net     335,235       286,420  
Securities held-to-maturity, net (allowance for credit losses: $1,628 and $0, respectively)     118,260       88,699  
Investments in equity affiliates     82,322       41,800  
Real estate owned, net     2,894       13,220  
Due from related party     23,814       10,651  
Goodwill and other intangible assets     106,716       110,700  
Other assets     175,500       125,788  
Total assets   $ 6,689,218     $ 6,239,160  
         
Liabilities and Equity:        
Credit facilities and repurchase agreements   $ 1,449,940     $ 1,678,288  
Collateralized loan obligations     2,516,032       2,130,121  
Debt fund     -       68,629  
Senior unsecured notes     662,289       319,799  
Convertible senior unsecured notes, net     266,706       284,152  
Junior subordinated notes to subsidiary trust issuing preferred securities     141,470       140,949  
Due to related party     802       13,100  
Due to borrowers     76,304       79,148  
Allowance for loss-sharing obligations     71,160       34,648  
Other liabilities     181,279       134,299  
Total liabilities     5,365,982       4,883,133  
         
Equity:        
Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. stockholders' equity:        
Preferred stock, cumulative, redeemable, $0.01 par value: 100,000,000 shares authorized; special voting preferred shares; 17,632,371 and 20,369,265 shares issued and outstanding, respectively; 8.25% Series A, $38,788 aggregate liquidation preference; 1,551,500 shares issued and outstanding; 7.75% Series B, $31,500 aggregate liquidation preference; 1,260,000 shares issued and outstanding; 8.50% Series C, $22,500 aggregate liquidation preference; 900,000 shares issued and outstanding     89,472       89,501  
Common stock, $0.01 par value: 500,000,000 shares authorized; 115,930,351 and 109,706,214 shares issued and outstanding, respectively     1,159       1,097  
Additional paid-in capital     1,222,945       1,154,932  
Accumulated deficit     (120,539 )     (60,920 )
Total Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. stockholders’ equity     1,193,037       1,184,610  
         
Noncontrolling interest     130,199       171,417  
Total equity     1,323,236       1,356,027  
         
Total liabilities and equity   $ 6,689,218     $ 6,239,160  
         

 
ARBOR REALTY TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
               
Statement of Income Segment Information - (Unaudited)
(in thousands)
                   
      Quarter Ended September 30, 2020
                   
      StructuredBusiness   AgencyBusiness   Other /Eliminations (1)   Consolidated
                   
Interest income   $ 75,471     $ 6,230     $ -     $ 81,701  
Interest expense     35,252       2,636       -       37,888  
  Net interest income     40,219       3,594       -       43,813  
                   
Other revenue:                
Gain on sales, including fee-based services, net     -       19,895       -       19,895  
Mortgage servicing rights     -       42,357       -       42,357  
Servicing revenue     -       25,764       -       25,764  
Amortization of MSRs     -       (12,416 )     -       (12,416 )
Servicing revenue, net     -       13,348       -       13,348  
Property operating income     1,033       -       -       1,033  
Gain (loss) on derivative instruments, net     118       (871 )     -       (753 )
Other income, net     1,052       -       -       1,052  
  Total other revenue     2,203       74,729       -       76,932  
                   
Other expenses:                
Employee compensation and benefits     8,874       24,089       -       32,963  
Selling and administrative     4,665       4,691       -       9,356  
Property operating expenses     1,300       -       -       1,300  
Depreciation and amortization     598       1,324       -       1,922  
Provision for loss sharing (net of recoveries)     -       (2,227 )     -       (2,227 )
Provision for credit losses (net of recoveries)     (6,065 )     (1,521 )     -       (7,586 )
  Total other expenses     9,372       26,356       -       35,728  
                   
Income before sale of real estate, equity affiliates, and income taxes     33,050       51,967       -       85,017  
                   
Loss on sale of real estate     (1,868 )     -       -       (1,868 )
Income from equity affiliates     32,358       -       -       32,358  
Provision for income taxes     (6,494 )     (11,292 )     -       (17,786 )
                   
Net income     57,046       40,675       -       97,721  
                   
Preferred stock dividends     1,888       -       -       1,888  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest     -       -       13,836       13,836  
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders   $ 55,158     $ 40,675     $ (13,836 )   $ 81,997  
                   
(1) Includes certain income or expenses not allocated to the two reportable segments. Amount reflects income attributable to the noncontrolling interest holders.
                   

 
ARBOR REALTY TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
           
Balance Sheet Segment Information - (Unaudited)
(in thousands)
             
    September 30, 2020
    StructuredBusiness   AgencyBusiness   Consolidated
Assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 103,655     $ 88,549     $ 192,204  
Restricted cash     103,412       6,851       110,263  
Loans and investments, net     4,910,872       -       4,910,872  
Loans held-for-sale, net     -       631,138       631,138  
Capitalized mortgage servicing rights, net     -       335,235       335,235  
Securities held-to-maturity, net     20,000       98,260       118,260  
Investments in equity affiliates     82,322       -       82,322  
Goodwill and other intangible assets     12,500       94,216       106,716  
Other assets     154,509       47,699       202,208  
Total assets   $ 5,387,270     $ 1,301,948     $ 6,689,218  
             
Liabilities:            
Debt obligations   $ 4,468,886     $ 567,551     $ 5,036,437  
Allowance for loss-sharing obligations   -       71,160       71,160  
Other liabilities     194,289       64,096       258,385  
Total liabilities   $ 4,663,175     $ 702,807     $ 5,365,982  
             

               
ARBOR REALTY TRUST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
               
Supplemental Schedule of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - (Unaudited)
Reconciliation of Core Earnings to GAAP Net Income (Loss)
($ in thousands—except share and per share data)
 
               
  Quarter EndedSeptember 30,   Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
                               
Net income attributable to common stockholders $ 81,997     $ 33,965     $ 66,778     $ 85,532  
               
Adjustments:              
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   13,836       7,363       11,012       19,429  
Income from mortgage servicing rights   (42,357 )     (29,911 )     (96,708 )     (62,852 )
Deferred tax provision (benefit)   3,853       2,223       (5,172 )     (1,026 )
Amortization and write-offs of MSRs   15,456       18,904       48,739       52,558  
Depreciation and amortization   2,867       2,789       8,731       8,504  
Loss on extinguishment of debt   -       -       3,546       128  
Provision for credit losses, net   (11,137 )     431       79,144       1,021  
Loss on derivative instruments, net   753       5,003       44,113       6,726  
Stock-based compensation   1,854       2,316       7,286       7,574  
               
Core earnings (1) $ 67,122     $ 43,083     $ 167,469     $ 117,594  
               
Diluted core earnings per share (1) $ 0.50     $ 0.37     $ 1.26     $ 1.04  
               
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (1)   133,997,087       117,468,044       132,401,315       113,033,968  
               
(1) Amounts are attributable to common stockholders and OP Unit holders. The OP Units are redeemable for cash, or at the Company's option for shares of the Company's common stock on a one-for-one basis.
 
Beginning in the first quarter of 2020, the Company is presenting core earnings as its non-GAAP financial measure in replacement of adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO"). Core earnings is comparable to our previous AFFO metric, revised to exclude provisions for credit losses (including CECL) related to our structured loan portfolio, securities held-to-maturity and loss-sharing obligations related to the Fannie Mae program. The Company is presenting core earnings because management believes it is important supplemental measure of the Company’s operating performance and is frequently used by peers, analysts, investors and other parties in the evaluation of REITs. Prior period amounts presented above have been conformed to reflect this change.
 
The Company defines core earnings as net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders (computed in accordance with GAAP) adjusted for accounting items such as depreciation and amortization (adjusted for unconsolidated joint ventures), non-cash stock-based compensation expense, income from mortgage servicing rights ("MSRs"), amortization and write-offs of MSRs, gains and losses on derivative instruments primarily associated with private label loans that have not yet been sold and securitized, the tax impact on cumulative gains or losses on derivative instruments associated with private label loans that were sold during the periods presented, changes in fair value of GSE-related derivatives that temporarily flow through earnings, deferred tax (benefit) provision, CECL provisions for credit losses (excluding specifically reserved provisions for loss-sharing) and the amortization of the convertible senior notes conversion option. The Company also adds back one-time charges such as acquisition costs and one-time gains or losses on the early extinguishment of debt.
 
Core earnings is not intended to be an indication of the Company's cash flow from operating activities (determined in accordance with GAAP) or a measure of its liquidity, nor is it entirely indicative of funding the Company's cash needs, including its ability to make cash distributions. The Company’s calculation of core earnings may be different from the calculations used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.