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Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation Generates Record Earnings and Record Bonus Dividend in 2015
Globe Newswire

TORONTO, Feb. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation (TSX:AI) (TSX:AI.DB) (TSX:AI.DB.A) (TSX:AI.DB.B) today released its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Highlights

  • $0.94 basic and $0.93 fully diluted earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2015, up over 3% from the previous year
  • $0.09 per share special dividend to shareholders of record December 31, 2015
  • $0.93 total dividends per share in 2015, representing a yield of 9.1% on book value
  • Regular monthly dividend increased to $0.0717, (annualized rate of $0.86) in 2016
  • Mortgage portfolio increased 4% year-over-year to $452 million at December 31, 2015
  • High quality mortgage portfolio
    • 77.8% of portfolio in first mortgages
    • 96.2% of loan portfolio is less than 75% loan to value
    • Continued focus on low risk real estate sectors
    • Alberta exposure reduced from 19.5% of portfolio at March 31, 2015 to 13.5% at year-end; 98% of remaining Alberta loans are first mortgages

“2015 was another great year for us,” said Robert Goodall, CEO of Atrium. He continued, “Our lending team continued to do an excellent job of originating high quality loan opportunities which allowed us to continue to grow the portfolio.  We were again able to generate higher earnings per share in 2015, despite the relatively weak performance of the Canadian economy. Our experienced team, working in our five offices across Canada, coupled with our controlled growth objectives and conservative risk parameters, have allowed us to continue to grow in these conditions.

“Once again we would like to thank our real estate clients for their continued loyalty, and our new and existing shareholders who allowed us to successfully complete another common share issuance in 2015.  We are proud to state that Atrium continues to be regarded as ‘Canada’s premier non-bank lender™’.”

Interested parties are invited to participate in a conference call with management on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Please refer to the call-in information at the end of this news release.

Results of operations

For the year ended December 31, 2015, mortgage interest and fees revenue aggregated $40.2 million, compared to $35.0 million in the prior year, an increase of 15.0%. The weighted average interest rate on the mortgage portfolio was 8.66% at December 31, 2015, compared with 8.81% at December 31, 2014. Earnings and total comprehensive income were up 10.9% from the previous year.

Condensed Statements of Earnings and Comprehensive Income         
($000s, except per share amounts)         
          
   Year  Year   Year
   ended  ended  ended
   December 31,  December 31,  December 31,
    2015    2014    2013 
Revenue $ 40,206  $ 34,956  $ 23,760 
Mortgage servicing and management fees   (4,173)   (3,553)   (2,468)
Other expenses   (1,187)   (1,014)   (845)
Provision for mortgage losses   (1,912)   (1,817)   (63)
Income before financing costs   32,934    28,572    20,384 
Financing costs   (9,597)   (7,535)   (2,384)
Earnings and total comprehensive income $ 23,337  $ 21,037  $ 18,000 
                
Basic earnings per share $ 0.94  $ 0.91  $ 0.85 
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.93  $ 0.91  $ 0.85 


For further information on the financial results, please refer to Atrium’s financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015, and its management’s discussion and analysis for the same period, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and on the company’s website at www.atriummic.com.

Mortgage portfolio
($000s)December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
   Outstanding % of   Outstanding % of
Mortgage categoryNumber amount Portfolio Number amount Portfolio
(outstanding amounts in 000s)                 
Low-rise residential23 $  110,034  24.3% 23 $  85,678  19.7%
House and apartment110  84,755  18.8% 90  93,070  21.4%
Construction9  44,701  9.9% 17  61,095  14.1%
High-rise residential9  42,245  9.4% 8  44,048  10.1%
Mid-rise residential7  14,662  3.2% 8  12,127  2.8%
Condominium corporation18  4,111  0.9% 13  3,260  0.8%
    Residential portfolio176  300,508  66.5% 159  299,278  68.9%
Commercial/mixed use31  151,083  33.5% 31  134,990  31.1%
    Mortgage portfolio207  451,591  100.0% 190  434,268  100.0%
Accrued interest receivable   1,960      2,177  
Mortgage discount   (440)     (465) 
Mortgage origination fees   (712)     (835) 
Provision for mortgage losses   (4,300)     (2,388) 
Mortgages receivable  $  448,099     $  432,757  
  
  
A summary of mortgages by size is presented below.
($000s)December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
   Outstanding % of   Outstanding % of
Mortgage amountNumber amount Portfolio Number amount Portfolio
(outstanding amounts in 000s)                 
$0 - $2,500,000154 $  118,170  26.2% 139 $  119,655  27.6%
$2,500,001 - $5,000,00028  99,800  22.1% 26  90,602  20.9%
$5,000,001 - $7,500,00013  83,259  18.4% 9  54,931  12.6%
$7,500,001 - $10,000,0004  32,538  7.2% 7  64,091  14.7%
$10,000,001 +8  117,824  26.1% 9  104,989  24.2%
 207 $  451,591  100.0% 190 $  434,268  100.0%

As of December 31, 2015, the average outstanding mortgage balance was $2.2 million (December 31, 2014 – $2.3 million), and the median outstanding mortgage balance was $1.0 million (December 31, 2014 – $1.1 million).

Conference call

Interested parties are invited to participate in a conference call with management on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

To participate or listen to the conference call live, please call 1 (888) 241-0551 or (647) 427-3415. 

For a replay of the conference call (available until February 23, 2016) please call 1 (855) 859-2056, Conference ID 95356785.

About Atrium

Canada’s Premier Non-Bank Lender™

Atrium is a non-bank provider of residential and commercial mortgages that lends in major urban centres in Canada where the stability and liquidity of real estate are high. Atrium’s objectives are to provide its shareholders with stable and secure dividends and preserve shareholders’ equity by lending within conservative risk parameters. 

Atrium is a Mortgage Investment Corporation (MIC) as defined in the Income Tax Act. Accordingly, Atrium is not taxed on income provided that its taxable income is paid to its shareholders in the form of dividends within 90 days after December 31 each year.  Such dividends are generally treated by shareholders as interest income, so that each shareholder is in the same position as if the mortgage investments made by the company had been made directly by the shareholder.  For further information, please refer to regulatory filings available at www.sedar.com or Atrium’s website at www.atriummic.com.


 

For additional information, please contact
Robert G. Goodall 
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey D. Sherman
Chief Financial Officer
(416) 607-4200
ir@atriummic.com 
www.atriummic.com

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