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Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

November 8, 2019 GMT

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 8, 2019--

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (the “Company”) (NYSE:ACRE), a specialty finance company engaged in originating and investing in commercial real estate assets, reported generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) net income of $9.0 million or $0.31 per diluted common share and Core Earnings (1) of $9.7 million or $0.34 per diluted common share for the third quarter of 2019. In addition, the Company announced that its Board of Directors declared a fourth quarter 2019 dividend of $0.33 per common share payable on January 15, 2020 to common stockholders of record as of December 30, 2019.

Additionally, the Company announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Bryan Donohoe as Chief Executive Officer, effective December 5, 2019. Mr. Donohoe will join ACRE’s senior management team alongside its President, David Roth, Chief Financial Officer, Tae-Sik Yoon, and Head of Originations, John Gerber. Jamie Henderson will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer on December 5, 2019 and will continue as a Director of the Board of ACRE.

“We generated another quarter of strong earnings driven by healthy new investment activity and our well positioned balance sheet,” said Jamie Henderson, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of ACRE.

“Based on the timing of our investment activity early in the fourth quarter and the positioning of our balance sheet to benefit from declining interest rates and other attributes of our company, we currently expect our fourth quarter earnings to exceed that of the third quarter and we remain confident that we will more than cover our annual dividend from Core Earnings for the fourth consecutive year,” said Tae-Sik Yoon, Chief Financial Officer of ACRE.

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(1) Core Earnings is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to Schedule I for further details.

COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND

On November 8, 2019, the Company declared a cash dividend of $0.33 per common share for the fourth quarter of 2019. The third quarter 2019 dividend was paid on October 15, 2019 to common stockholders of record as of September 30, 2019.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Company issued a presentation of its third quarter 2019 results, which can be viewed at www.arescre.com on the Investor Resources section of our home page under Events and Presentations. The presentation is titled “Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Presentation.” The Company also filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on November 8, 2019.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST INFORMATION

On Friday, November 8, 2019, the Company invites all interested persons to attend its webcast/conference call at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss its third quarter 2019 financial results.

All interested parties are invited to participate via telephone or the live webcast, which will be hosted on a webcast link located on the Home page of the Investor Resources section of the Company’s website at http://www.arescre.com. Please visit the website to test your connection before the webcast. Domestic callers can access the conference call by dialing +1 (888) 317-6003. International callers can access the conference call by dialing +1 (412) 317-6061. All callers will need to enter the Participant Elite Entry Number 3706251 followed by the # sign and reference “Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation” once connected with the operator. All callers are asked to dial in 10-15 minutes prior to the call so that name and company information can be collected. For interested parties, an archived replay of the call will be available through November 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) to domestic callers by dialing +1 (877) 344-7529 and to international callers by dialing +1 (412) 317-0088. For all replays, please reference conference number 10134445. An archived replay will also be available through November 22, 2019 on a webcast link located on the Home page of the Investor Resources section of the Company’s website.

ABOUT ARES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation is a specialty finance company primarily engaged in originating and investing in commercial real estate loans and related investments. Through its national direct origination platform, the Company provides a broad offering of flexible and reliable financing solutions for commercial real estate owners and operators. The Company originates senior mortgage loans, as well as subordinate financings, mezzanine debt and preferred equity, with an emphasis on providing value added financing on a variety of properties located in liquid markets across the United States. Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation elected and qualified to be taxed as a real estate investment trust and is externally managed by a subsidiary of Ares Management Corporation. For more information, please visit www.arescre.com. The contents of such website are not, and should not be deemed to be, incorporated by reference herein.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements included herein or on the webcast / conference call may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which relate to future events or the Company’s future performance or financial condition. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, condition or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including the returns on current and future investments, rates of repayments and prepayments on the Company’s mortgage loans, availability of investment opportunities, the Company’s ability to originate additional investments and completion of pending investments, the availability of capital, the availability and cost of financing, market trends and conditions in the Company’s industry and the general economy, the level of lending and borrowing spreads and interest rates, commercial real estate loan volumes and the risks described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement, including any contained herein, speaks only as of the time of this press release and Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein or on the webcast/conference call. Projections and forward-looking statements are based on management’s good faith and reasonable assumptions, including the assumptions described herein.

ARES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

As of

 

September 30, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

 

(unaudited)

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

5,952

 

 

$

11,089

 

Restricted cash

379

 

 

379

 

Loans held for investment ($521,489 and $289,576 related to consolidated VIEs, respectively)

1,538,393

 

 

1,524,873

 

Real estate owned, net

38,020

 

 

 

Other assets ($1,269 and $843 of interest receivable related to consolidated VIEs,
respectively; $35,511 and $51,582 of other receivables related to consolidated VIEs, respectively)

91,953

 

 

66,983

 

Total assets

$

1,674,697

 

 

$

1,603,324

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Secured funding agreements

$

620,030

 

 

$

777,974

 

Notes payable

55,014

 

 

 

Secured term loan

108,940

 

 

108,345

 

Collateralized loan obligation securitization debt (consolidated VIE)

442,916

 

 

270,737

 

Due to affiliate

2,627

 

 

3,163

 

Dividends payable

9,526

 

 

8,914

 

Other liabilities ($753 and $541 of interest payable related to consolidated VIEs, respectively)

9,900

 

 

8,604

 

Total liabilities

1,248,953

 

 

1,177,737

 

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 450,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2019
and December 31, 2018 and 28,865,610 and 28,755,665 shares issued and
outstanding at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively

283

 

 

283

 

Additional paid-in capital

423,137

 

 

421,739

 

Accumulated earnings

2,324

 

 

3,565

 

Total stockholders' equity

425,744

 

 

425,587

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,674,697

 

 

$

1,603,324

 

ARES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

For the three months ended
September 30,

 

For the nine months ended
September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income from loans held for investment

$

28,269

 

 

$

30,362

 

 

$

86,248

 

 

$

87,401

 

Interest expense

(15,124

)

 

(16,378

)

 

(47,539

)

 

(46,645

)

Net interest margin

13,145

 

 

13,984

 

 

38,709

 

 

40,756

 

Revenue from real estate owned

6,702

 

 

 

 

16,970

 

 

 

Total revenue

19,847

 

 

13,984

 

 

55,679

 

 

40,756

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management and incentive fees to affiliate

1,578

 

 

1,571

 

 

5,405

 

 

5,302

 

Professional fees

542

 

 

498

 

 

1,553

 

 

1,435

 

General and administrative expenses

1,005

 

 

852

 

 

3,153

 

 

2,415

 

General and administrative expenses reimbursed to affiliate

831

 

 

870

 

 

2,261

 

 

2,624

 

Expenses from real estate owned

6,838

 

 

 

 

15,644

 

 

 

Total expenses

10,794

 

 

3,791

 

 

28,016

 

 

11,776

 

Income before income taxes

9,053

 

 

10,193

 

 

27,663

 

 

28,980

 

Income tax expense, including excise tax

19

 

 

236

 

 

332

 

 

403

 

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

9,034

 

 

$

9,957

 

 

$

27,331

 

 

$

28,577

 

Earnings per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.32

 

 

$

0.35

 

 

$

0.96

 

 

$

1.00

 

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.31

 

 

$

0.35

 

 

$

0.95

 

 

$

1.00

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic weighted average shares of common stock outstanding

28,634,514

 

 

28,542,828

 

 

28,598,807

 

 

28,521,317

 

Diluted weighted average shares of common stock outstanding

28,867,603

 

 

28,698,600

 

 

28,837,766

 

 

28,638,973

 

Dividends declared per share of common stock

$

0.33

 

 

$

0.29

 

 

$

0.99

 

 

$

0.85

 

SCHEDULE I

Reconciliation of Net Income to Non-GAAP Core Earnings

The Company believes the disclosure of Core Earnings provides useful information to investors regarding the calculation of incentive fees the Company pays to its manager, Ares Commercial Real Estate Management LLC, and the Company’s financial performance. Core Earnings is an adjusted non-GAAP measure that helps the Company evaluate its financial performance excluding the effects of certain transactions and GAAP adjustments that it believes are not necessarily indicative of its current loan origination portfolio and operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Core Earnings is a non-GAAP measure and is defined as net income (loss) computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding non-cash equity compensation expense, the incentive fee, depreciation and amortization (to the extent that any of the Company’s target investments are structured as debt and the Company forecloses on any properties underlying such debt), any unrealized gains, losses or other non-cash items recorded in net income (loss) for the period, regardless of whether such items are included in other comprehensive income or loss, or in net income (loss), one-time events pursuant to changes in GAAP and certain non-cash charges after discussions between the Company’s external manager and the Company’s independent directors and after approval by a majority of the Company’s independent directors.

Reconciliation of net income attributable to common stockholders, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, to Core Earnings is set forth in the table below for the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2019 ($ in thousands):

 

For the three months ended
September 30, 2019

For the twelve months ended
September 30, 2019

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

9,034

 

 

$

37,350

 

Stock-based compensation

479

 

 

1,721

 

Incentive fees to affiliate

 

 

1,215

 

Depreciation of real estate owned

207

 

 

448

 

Core Earnings

$

9,720

 

 

$

40,734

 

Basic Core Earnings per common share

$

0.34

 

 

$

1.42

 

Diluted Core Earnings per common share

$

0.34

 

 

$

1.41

 

 

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CONTACT: INVESTOR RELATIONS

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation

Carl Drake or Veronica Mendiola Mayer

(888) 818-5298

iracre@aresmgmt.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: COMMERCIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY REIT

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