Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

Company Release - 11/3/2021

Third quarter GAAP net income of $10.0 million or $0.21 per diluted common share and Distributable Earnings(1) of $17.5 million or $0.37 per diluted common share

Closed $485 million of new loan commitments

- Subsequent to end of third quarter -

Declared fourth quarter 2021 dividend of $0.33 per diluted common share and a supplemental dividend of $0.02 per diluted common share

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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 $10.0 million or $0.21 per diluted common share and Distributable Earnings(1) of $17.5 million or $0.37 per diluted common share for the third quarter of 2021.

“ACRE delivered another quarter of strong and stable Distributable Earnings supported by robust new investment activity,” said Bryan Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation. “During the third quarter, we fully deployed the proceeds from our June equity offering, which enabled us to grow our loan portfolio by more than 30% versus the same period a year ago.”

“Based on our strong actual results year-to-date and continued confidence in our outlook, we expect to more than fully cover our regular and supplemental dividends from our Distributable Earnings for the year,” said Tae-Sik Yoon, Chief Financial Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation. “Looking forward, as most of our loans are floating rate combined with interest rate hedges on our liabilities, we believe that we are well-positioned to benefit should short-term interest rates materially increase.”

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(1) Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2020, the non-GAAP financial measure of Core Earnings was renamed to Distributable Earnings. Refer to Schedule I for the definition and reconciliation of Distributable Earnings.

COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND

On July 30, 2021, the Company declared a regular cash dividend of $0.33 per common share and a supplemental cash dividend of $0.02 per common share for the third quarter of 2021. The third quarter 2021 dividend and supplemental cash dividend were paid on October 15, 2021 to common stockholders of record as of September 30, 2021.

On November 3, 2021, the Company declared a regular cash dividend of $0.33 per common share and a supplemental cash dividend of $0.02 per common share for the fourth quarter of 2021. The fourth quarter 2021 dividend and supplemental cash dividend will be payable on January 19, 2022 to common stockholders of record as of December 31, 2021.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Company issued a presentation of its third quarter 2021 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 2021 Earnings Presentation.” The Company also filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on November 3, 2021.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST INFORMATION

On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the Company invites all interested persons to attend its webcast/conference call at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss its third quarter 2021 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 7647248 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 17, 2021 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 10159872. An archived replay will also be available through November 17, 2021 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, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the pandemic's impact on the U.S. and global economy, the Company’s ability to pay future dividends at historical levels or at all, and the risks described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including, but not limited to, the risk factors described in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on February 18, 2021 and the risk factors described in Part II, Item 1A. Risk Factors in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the SEC on November 3, 2021. 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, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

 

(unaudited)

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

15,787

 

 

$

74,776

 

Loans held for investment ($1,135,660 and $550,590 related to consolidated VIEs,
respectively)

2,363,499

 

 

1,815,219

 

Current expected credit loss reserve

(22,691)

 

 

(23,604)

 

Loans held for investment, net of current expected credit loss reserve

2,340,808

 

 

1,791,615

 

Real estate owned, net

36,695

 

 

37,283

 

Other assets ($2,524 and $1,079 of interest receivable related to consolidated VIEs,
respectively; $47,618 and $6,410 of other receivables related to consolidated VIEs,
respectively)

73,395

 

 

25,823

 

Total assets

$

2,466,685

 

 

$

1,929,497

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Secured funding agreements

$

656,014

 

 

$

755,552

 

Notes payable

47,381

 

 

61,837

 

Secured term loan

60,000

 

 

110,000

 

Collateralized loan obligation securitization debt (consolidated VIEs)

940,133

 

 

443,871

 

Secured borrowings

59,962

 

 

59,790

 

Due to affiliate

3,947

 

 

3,150

 

Dividends payable

16,523

 

 

11,124

 

Other liabilities ($549 and $391 of interest payable related to consolidated VIEs,
respectively)

9,982

 

 

11,158

 

Total liabilities

1,793,942

 

 

1,456,482

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 450,000,000 shares authorized at September 30,
2021 and December 31, 2020 and 47,001,821 and 33,442,332 shares issued and
outstanding at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

464

 

 

329

 

Additional paid-in capital

701,370

 

 

497,803

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income

19

 

 

 

Accumulated earnings (deficit)

(29,110)

 

 

(25,117)

 

Total stockholders' equity

672,743

 

 

473,015

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

2,466,685

 

 

$

1,929,497

 

 

 

 

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,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

$

34,023

 

 

$

30,626

 

 

$

95,587

 

 

$

91,908

 

Interest expense

 

(12,669)

 

 

(11,875)

 

 

(35,900)

 

 

(40,450)

 

Net interest margin

 

21,354

 

 

18,751

 

 

59,687

 

 

51,458

 

Revenue from real estate owned

 

5,850

 

 

3,623

 

 

12,271

 

 

10,032

 

Total revenue

 

27,204

 

 

22,374

 

 

71,958

 

 

61,490

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management and incentive fees to affiliate

 

3,175

 

 

1,847

 

 

8,693

 

 

5,771

 

Professional fees

 

480

 

 

639

 

 

1,880

 

 

2,202

 

General and administrative expenses

 

1,119

 

 

969

 

 

3,470

 

 

2,797

 

General and administrative expenses reimbursed to affiliate

 

773

 

 

802

 

 

2,313

 

 

2,890

 

Expenses from real estate owned

 

5,339

 

 

4,046

 

 

12,458

 

 

13,976

 

Total expenses

 

10,886

 

 

8,303

 

 

28,814

 

 

27,636

 

Provision for current expected credit losses

 

6,367

 

 

(1,048)

 

 

(756)

 

 

22,063

 

Realized losses on loans sold

 

 

 

4,008

 

 

 

 

4,008

 

Change in unrealized losses on loans held for sale

 

 

 

(3,998)

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

9,951

 

 

15,109

 

 

43,900

 

 

7,783

 

Income tax expense, including excise tax

 

 

 

181

 

 

593

 

 

350

 

Net income attributable to common stockholders

 

$

9,951

 

 

$

14,928

 

 

$

43,307

 

 

$

7,433

 

Earnings per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per common share

 

$

0.21

 

 

$

0.45

 

 

$

1.06

 

 

$

0.23

 

Diluted earnings per common share

 

$

0.21

 

 

$

0.44

 

 

$

1.05

 

 

$

0.22

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic weighted average shares of common stock outstanding

 

46,957,339

 

 

33,337,445

 

 

40,840,453

 

 

32,852,553

 

Diluted weighted average shares of common stock outstanding

 

47,209,469

 

 

33,550,444

 

 

41,120,751

 

 

33,072,085

 

Dividends declared per share of common stock(1)

 

$

0.35

 

 

$

0.33

 

 

$

1.05

 

 

$

0.99

 

(1) There is no assurance dividends will continue at these levels or at all.

SCHEDULE I

Reconciliation of Net Income to Non-GAAP Distributable Earnings

Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2020, the non-GAAP financial measure of Core Earnings was renamed to Distributable Earnings to more appropriately reflect the principal purpose of the measure. Distributable Earnings 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. To maintain the Company’s REIT status, the Company is generally required to annually distribute to its stockholders substantially all of its taxable income. The Company believes the disclosure of Distributable Earnings provides useful information to investors regarding the Company's ability to pay dividends, which is one of the principal reasons investors invest in the Company. 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. Distributable Earnings is defined as net income (loss) computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding non-cash equity compensation expense, the incentive fees the Company pays to its Manager (Ares Commercial Real Estate Management LLC), 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 manager and the Company’s independent directors and after approval by a majority of the Company’s independent directors. Loan balances that are deemed to be uncollectible are written off as a realized loss and are included in Distributable Earnings. Distributable Earnings is aligned with the calculation of “Core Earnings,” which is defined in the Management Agreement and is used to calculate the incentive fees the Company pays to its Manager.

 

Reconciliation of net income attributable to common stockholders, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, to
Distributable Earnings is set forth in the table below for the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2021 ($ in thousands):

 

For the three months ended
September 30, 2021

For the twelve months ended
September 30, 2021

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

9,951

 

 

$

57,713

 

Stock-based compensation

428

 

 

1,828

 

Incentive fees to affiliate

572

 

 

2,456

 

Depreciation of real estate owned

225

 

 

898

 

Provision for current expected credit losses

6,367

 

 

(2,633)

 

Distributable Earnings

$

17,543

 

 

$

60,262

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

0.21

 

 

$

1.48

 

Stock-based compensation

0.01

 

 

0.05

 

Incentive fees to affiliate

0.01

 

 

0.06

 

Depreciation of real estate owned

 

 

0.02

 

Provision for current expected credit losses

0.14

 

 

(0.07)

 

Basic Distributable Earnings per common share

$

0.37

 

 

$

1.55

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

0.21

 

 

$

1.47

 

Stock-based compensation

0.01

 

 

0.05

 

Incentive fees to affiliate

0.01

 

 

0.06

 

Depreciation of real estate owned

 

 

0.02

 

Provision for current expected credit losses

0.13

 

 

(0.07)

 

Diluted Distributable Earnings per common share

$

0.37

 

 

$

1.54

 

 

INVESTOR RELATIONS

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation
Carl Drake or Veronica Mendiola Mayer
(888) 818-5298
iracre@aresmgmt.com

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