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Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

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Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. (NYSE:CLNC) ("Colony Credit Real Estate" or the "Company") today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020 and certain updates. The Company reported third quarter 2020 total Company GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders of $5.0 million, or $0.04 per share, and total Core/LNS Earnings of $39.7 million, or $0.30 per share. Excluding realized gains and mark to market losses on CRE debt securities, provisions for loan losses and fair value adjustments, and a one-time tax benefit, total Adjusted Core/LNS Earnings were $31.0 million, or $0.24 per share. From June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020, total Company GAAP net book value increased from $13.06 to $13.25 per share and undepreciated book value increased from $14.43 to $14.53 per share.

Michael J. Mazzei commented, "After considerable efforts, we have succeeded in solidifying CLNC's balance sheet. I am pleased to report, that as of today, we have an unrestricted cash balance of approximately $438 million, or $3.33 per share. We continue to focus on asset and liability management and we have begun to pivot the organization toward offense."

Michael J. Mazzei commented, "We have started executing our plan to build earnings and redeploy cash on hand into newly originated first mortgage loans. Finally, while continuing to monitor market conditions and performance, we realize the importance of a dividend to shareholders and we plan to reinstitute a quarterly dividend in 2021."

Supplemental Financial Report

A Third Quarter 2020 Supplemental Financial Report will be available on the Shareholders – Events and Presentations section of the Company's website at www.clncredit.com. This information will be furnished to the SEC in a Current Report on Form 8-K.

Third Quarter 2020 Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call to discuss the financial results on November 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET. To participate in the event by telephone, please dial (855) 327-6837 ten minutes prior to the start time (to allow time for registration). International callers should dial (631) 891-4304. The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed on the Shareholders section of the Company's website at www.clncredit.com. A webcast of the call will be available for 90 days on the Company's website.

For those unable to participate during the live call, a replay will be available starting November 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET, through November 12, 2020, at 8:59 p.m. PT / 11:59 p.m. ET. To access the replay, dial (844) 512-2921 (U.S.), and use conference ID code 10011375. International callers should dial (412) 317-6671 and enter the same conference ID number.

Internalization Discussions with Colony Capital, Inc.

As previously disclosed, the Company's Board of Directors formed a special committee consisting exclusively of independent and disinterested directors (the "Special Committee") to explore an internalization proposal made by Colony Capital as well as other strategic alternatives. Subsequently, due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding the duration and magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy, on April 1, 2020, Colony Capital reported in Amendment No. 3 to Schedule 13D (filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) that it has postponed any decision regarding a disposition of its management agreement with the Company until market conditions improve. During the third quarter, the Special Committee explored alternatives but was unable to negotiate mutually acceptable terms with Colony Capital. The Special Committee will continue to consider value-enhancing alternatives for the Company as opportunities arise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Definitions

Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings

We present Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic ("LNS") Earnings, which are non-GAAP supplemental financial measures of our performance. Our Core Earnings are generated by the Core Portfolio and Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings are generated by the Legacy, Non-Strategic Portfolio. We believe that Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings provides meaningful information to consider in addition to our net income and cash flow from operating activities determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("U.S. GAAP" or "GAAP"). These supplemental financial measures help us to evaluate our performance excluding the effects of certain transactions and U.S. GAAP adjustments that we believe are not necessarily indicative of our current portfolio and operations. For information on the fees we pay our Manager, see Note 10, "Related Party Arrangements" to our consolidated financial statements included in Form 10-Q to be filed with the SEC. In addition, we believe that our investors also use Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings or a comparable supplemental performance measure to evaluate and compare the performance of us and our peers, and as such, we believe that the disclosure of Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings is useful to our investors.

We define Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings as U.S. GAAP net income (loss) attributable to our common stockholders (or, without duplication, the owners of the common equity of our direct subsidiaries, such as our operating partnership or "OP") and excluding (i) non-cash equity compensation expense, (ii) the expenses incurred in connection with our formation or other strategic transactions, (iii) the incentive fee, (iv) acquisition costs from successful acquisitions, (v) gains or losses from sales of real estate property and impairment write-downs of depreciable real estate, including unconsolidated joint ventures and preferred equity investments, (vi) CECL reserves determined by probability of default / loss given default (or "PD/LGD") model, (vii) depreciation and amortization, (viii) any unrealized gains or losses or other similar non-cash items that are included in net income for the current quarter, regardless of whether such items are included in other comprehensive income or loss, or in net income, (ix) one-time events pursuant to changes in U.S. GAAP and (x) certain material non-cash income or expense items that in the judgment of management should not be included in Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings. For clauses (ix) and (x), such exclusions shall only be applied after discussions between our Manager and our independent directors and after approval by a majority of our independent directors. U.S. GAAP net income (loss) attributable to our common stockholders and Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings include provisions for loan losses.

Prior to the third quarter of 2019, Core Earnings reflected adjustments to U.S. GAAP net income to exclude impairment of real estate and provision for loan losses. During the third quarter of 2019, we revised our definition of Core Earnings to include the provision for loan losses while excluding realized losses of sales of real estate property and impairment write-downs of preferred equity investments. This was approved by a majority of our independent directors.

Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings does not represent net income or cash generated from operating activities and should not be considered as an alternative to U.S. GAAP net income or an indication of our cash flows from operating activities determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, a measure of our liquidity, or an indication of funds available to fund our cash needs, including our ability to make cash distributions. In addition, our methodology for calculating Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings may differ from methodologies employed by other companies to calculate the same or similar non-GAAP supplemental financial measures, and accordingly, our reported Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings may not be comparable to the Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings reported by other companies.

The Company calculates Core Earnings/Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings per share, which are non-GAAP supplemental financial measures, based on a weighted average number of common shares and operating partnership units (held by members other than the Company or its subsidiaries).

Core Portfolio

We present the Core Portfolio, which consists of four business and reportable segments including senior and mezzanine loans and preferred equity, CRE debt securities, net leased real estate and corporate. Senior and mezzanine loans and preferred equity consists of CRE debt investments including senior mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, and preferred equity interests as well as participations in such loans. The segment also includes acquisition, development and construction loan arrangements accounted for as equity method investments as well as loans and preferred equity interests held through joint ventures with an affiliate of Colony Capital which were deconsolidated as a result of our formation transaction and subsequently treated as equity method investments. CRE debt securities include both investment grade and non-investment grade rated CMBS bonds (including "B-pieces" of CMBS securitization pools or "B-Piece" investments). Net leased real estate includes direct investments in commercial real estate principally composed of long-term leases to tenants on a net lease basis, where such tenants are generally responsible for property operating expenses such as insurance, utilities, maintenance capital expenditures and real estate taxes. Corporate includes corporate-level asset management and other fees, related party and general and administrative expenses related to the Core Portfolio only.

Legacy, Non-Strategic Portfolio

We present the Legacy, Non-Strategic Portfolio, which is a business and reportable segment that consists of direct investments in operating real estate such as multi-tenant office and multifamily residential assets, real estate acquired in settlement of loans, real estate private equity interests and certain retail and other legacy loans originated prior to the combination that created the Company. This segment includes corporate-level asset management and other fees, related party and general and administrative expenses related to the Legacy, Non-strategic Portfolio only.

About Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc.

Colony Credit Real Estate (NYSE:CLNC) is one of the largest publicly traded commercial real estate (CRE) credit REITs, focused on originating, acquiring, financing and managing a diversified portfolio consisting primarily of CRE debt investments and net leased properties predominantly in the United States. CRE debt investments primarily consist of first mortgage loans, which we expect to be the primary investment strategy. Colony Credit Real Estate is externally managed by a subsidiary of leading global real estate and investment management firm, Colony Capital, Inc. Colony Credit Real Estate is organized as a Maryland corporation and taxed as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes. For additional information regarding the Company and its management and business, please refer to www.clncredit.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," or "potential" or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases which are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and which do not relate solely to historical matters. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, and may cause actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Among others, the following uncertainties and other factors could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: operating costs and business disruption may be greater than expected; uncertainties regarding the ongoing impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the severity of the disease, the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, actions that may be taken by governmental authorities to contain the COVID-19 outbreak or to treat its impact, the potential negative impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy and its adverse impact on the real estate market, the economy and the Company's investments (including, but not limited to, the Los Angeles mixed-use development loan and other hospitality loans), financial condition and business operation; defaults by borrowers in paying debt service on outstanding indebtedness and borrowers' abilities to manage and stabilize properties; deterioration in the performance of the properties securing our investments (including depletion of interest and other reserves or payment-in-kind concessions in lieu of current interest payment obligations) that may cause deterioration in the performance of our investments and, potentially, principal losses to us; the Company's operating results may differ materially from the information presented in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, as well as in Colony Credit Real Estate's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission; the fair value of the Company's investments may be subject to uncertainties; the Company's use of leverage could hinder its ability to make distributions and may significantly impact its liquidity position; given the Company's dependence on its external manager, an affiliate of Colony Capital, Inc., any adverse changes in the financial health or otherwise of its manager or Colony Capital, Inc. could hinder the Company's operating performance and return on stockholder's investment; the ability to realize substantial efficiencies as well as anticipated strategic and financial benefits, including, but not limited to expected returns on equity and/or yields on investments; adverse impacts on the Company's corporate revolver, including covenant compliance and borrowing base capacity; adverse impacts on the Company's liquidity, including margin calls on master repurchase facilities, debt service or lease payment defaults or deferrals, demands for protective advances and capital expenditures, or its ability to continue to generate liquidity from sales of Legacy, Non-Strategic assets; the Company's ability to liquidate its Legacy, Non-Strategic assets within the projected timeframe or at the projected values; the timing of and ability to deploy available capital; the Company's ability to pay, maintain or grow the dividend at all in the future; the timing of and ability to complete repurchases of the Company's stock; the ability of the Company to refinance certain mortgage debt on similar terms to those currently existing or at all; whether Colony Capital will continue to serve as our external manager or whether we will pursue another strategic transaction; and the impact of legislative, regulatory and competitive changes, and the actions of government authorities, including the current U.S. presidential administration, and in particular those affecting the commercial real estate finance and mortgage industry or our business. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information about these and other factors can be found in Part I, Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and Part II, Item 1A of the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, as well as in Colony Credit Real Estate's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Moreover, each of the factors referenced above are likely to also be impacted directly or indirectly by the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and investors are cautioned to interpret substantially all of such statements and risks as being heightened as a result of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19.

We caution investors not to unduly rely on any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Colony Credit Real Estate is under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this press release, nor to conform prior statements to actual results or revised expectations, and Colony Credit Real Estate does not intend to do so. We caution investors not to unduly rely on any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Colony Credit Real Estate is under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this press release, nor to conform prior statements to actual results or revised expectations, and Colony Credit Real Estate does not intend to do so.

COLONY CREDIT REAL ESTATE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

September 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

December 31, 2019

Assets
Cash and cash equivalents

$

461,990

 

$

69,619

 

Restricted cash

 

73,059

 

 

126,065

 

Loans and preferred equity held for investment

 

2,143,938

 

 

2,848,956

 

Allowance for loan losses

 

(40,524

)

 

(272,624

)

Loans and preferred equity held for investment, net

 

2,103,414

 

 

2,576,332

 

Real estate securities, available for sale, at fair value

 

36,250

 

 

252,824

 

Real estate, net

 

1,133,318

 

 

1,484,796

 

Investments in unconsolidated ventures ($7,093 and $10,283 at fair value, respectively)

 

424,557

 

 

595,305

 

Receivables, net

 

80,674

 

 

46,456

 

Deferred leasing costs and intangible assets, net

 

85,881

 

 

112,762

 

Assets held for sale

 

203,466

 

 

189,470

 

Other assets

 

69,658

 

 

87,707

 

Mortgage loans held in securitization trusts, at fair value

 

1,839,390

 

 

1,872,970

 

Total assets

$

6,511,657

 

$

7,414,306

 

Liabilities
Securitization bonds payable, net

$

834,621

 

$

833,153

 

Mortgage and other notes payable, net

 

1,102,999

 

 

1,256,112

 

Credit facilities

 

608,632

 

 

1,099,233

 

Due to related party

 

9,192

 

 

11,016

 

Accrued and other liabilities

 

111,525

 

 

140,424

 

Intangible liabilities, net

 

8,443

 

 

22,149

 

Liabilities related to assets held for sale

 

10,787

 

 

294

 

Escrow deposits payable

 

37,642

 

 

74,497

 

Dividends payable

 

-

 

 

13,164

 

Mortgage obligations issued by securitization trusts, at fair value

 

1,770,924

 

 

1,762,914

 

Total liabilities

 

4,494,765

 

 

5,212,956

 

Commitments and contingencies
Equity
Stockholders' equity
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

 

-

 

 

-

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value per share
Class A, 950,000,000 shares authorized, 128,582,965 and 128,538,703 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

 

1,286

 

 

1,285

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

2,842,892

 

 

2,909,181

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(1,181,747

)

 

(819,738

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

40,954

 

 

28,294

 

Total stockholders' equity

 

1,703,385

 

 

2,119,022

 

Noncontrolling interests in investment entities

 

272,803

 

 

31,631

 

Noncontrolling interests in the Operating Partnership

 

40,704

 

 

50,697

 

Total equity

 

2,016,892

 

 

2,201,350

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

6,511,657

 

$

7,414,306

 

 

COLONY CREDIT REAL ESTATE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

Net interest income
Interest income

$

36,391

 

$

46,991

 

Interest expense

 

(13,426

)

 

(23,167

)

Interest income on mortgage loans held in securitization trusts

 

20,462

 

 

22,586

 

Interest expense on mortgage obligations issued by securitization trusts

 

(18,204

)

 

(20,299

)

Net interest income

 

25,223

 

 

26,111

 

 
Property and other income
Property operating income

 

41,678

 

 

63,492

 

Other income

 

30

 

 

820

 

Total property and other income

 

41,708

 

 

64,312

 

 
Expenses
Management fee expense

 

7,083

 

 

11,355

 

Property operating expense

 

15,277

 

 

29,756

 

Transaction, investment and servicing expense

 

1,627

 

 

1,433

 

Interest expense on real estate

 

12,205

 

 

14,281

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

14,770

 

 

25,934

 

Provision for loan losses

 

10,404

 

 

110,314

 

Impairment of operating real estate

 

3,451

 

 

272,722

 

Administrative expense (including $1,376 and $2,910 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively)

 

5,780

 

 

7,732

 

Total expenses

 

70,597

 

 

473,527

 

 
Other income (loss)
Unrealized loss on mortgage loans and obligations held in securitization trusts, net

 

(13,162

)

 

(1,976

)

Realized gain on mortgage loans and obligations held in securitization trusts, net

 

-

 

 

2,724

 

Other gain (loss), net

 

9,680

 

 

(2,688

)

Loss before equity in earnings of unconsolidated ventures and income taxes

 

(7,148

)

 

(385,044

)

Equity in earnings (loss) of unconsolidated ventures

 

(1,779

)

 

(15,905

)

Income tax benefit (expense)

 

15,357

 

 

(1,046

)

Net income (loss)

 

6,430

 

 

(401,995

)

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests:
Investment entities

 

(1,222

)

 

37,445

 

Operating Partnership

 

(201

)

 

8,519

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. common stockholders

$

5,007

 

$

(356,031

)

 
Net income (loss) per common share – basic and diluted

$

0.04

 

$

(2.77

)

 
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding – basic and diluted

 

128,583

 

 

128,541

 

 

COLONY CREDIT REAL ESTATE, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)

GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Core Earnings / LNS Earnings

Three Months Ended September 30, 2020

 

Core Portfolio

Legacy, Non-Strategic Portfolio

Total

Net income (loss) attributable to Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. common stockholders

$

(2,710

)

$

7,717

 

$

5,007

 

Adjustments:
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest of the Operating Partnership

 

16

 

 

185

 

 

201

 

Non-cash equity compensation expense

 

1,046

 

 

330

 

 

1,376

 

Transaction costs

 

319

 

 

101

 

 

420

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

11,246

 

 

3,854

 

 

15,100

 

Net unrealized loss (gain) on investments:
Impairment of operating real estate and preferred equity

 

-

 

 

3,452

 

 

3,452

 

Other unrealized loss (gain) on investments

 

13,650

 

 

(7

)

 

13,643

 

CECL reserves

 

8,892

 

 

-

 

 

8,892

 

Losses (gains) on sales of real estate and preferred equity

 

(8,341

)

 

183

 

 

(8,158

)

Adjustments related to noncontrolling interests in investment entities

 

-

 

 

(186

)

 

(186

)

Core Earnings / Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings attributable to Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. common stockholders and noncontrolling interest of the Operating Partnership

$

24,118

 

$

15,629

 

$

39,747

 

Core Earnings / Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings per share(1)

$

0.18

 

$

0.12

 

$

0.30

 

Weighted average number of common shares and OP units(1)

 

131,659

 

 

131,659

 

 

131,659

 

________________

(1)

The Company calculates Core Earnings / LNS Earnings per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures, based on a weighted average number of common shares and OP units (held by members other than the Company or its subsidiaries). For the three months ended September 30, 2020, the weighted average number of common shares and OP units was approximately 131.7 million; includes 3.1 million of OP units

 

Core Earnings / LNS Earnings to Adjusted Core Earnings / LNS Earnings(1)

Three Months Ended September 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Core Portfolio

 

Legacy, Non-Strategic Portfolio

 

Total

Core Earnings / Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings attributable to Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. common stockholders and noncontrolling interest of the Operating Partnership

$

24,118

 

$

15,629

 

$

39,747

 

Adjustments:
Realized gain on CRE debt securities sales

 

(5,156

)

 

-

 

 

(5,156

)

Realization of CRE debt securities mark-to-market loss

 

3,366

 

 

-

 

 

3,366

 

Provision for loan losses

 

4,066

 

 

-

 

 

4,066

 

Reversal of provision for loan losses on note sales

 

(272

)

 

-

 

 

(272

)

Fair value adjustments on investments in unconsolidated ventures

 

2,200

 

 

-

 

 

2,200

 

Income tax benefit

 

-

 

 

(12,926

)

 

(12,926

)

Adjusted Core Earnings / Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings attributable to Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. common stockholders and noncontrolling interest of the Operating Partnership(1)

$

28,322

 

$

2,703

 

$

31,025

 

Adjusted Core Earnings / Legacy, Non-Strategic Earnings per share(1)(2)

$

0.22

 

$

0.02

 

$

0.24

 

Weighted average number of common shares and OP units(2)

 

131,659

 

 

131,659

 

 

131,659

 

________________

(1)

Adjusted Core Earnings / LNS Earnings excludes all gains/losses and a significant one-time tax benefit that occurred during the third quarter 2020

(2)

The Company calculates Adjusted Core Earnings / LNS Earnings per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures, based on a weighted average number of common shares and OP units (held by members other than the Company or its subsidiaries). For the three months ended September 30, 2020, the weighted average number of common shares and OP units was approximately 131.7 million; includes 3.1 million of OP units

 

GAAP Net Book Value to Undepreciated Book Value

As of September 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Core Portfolio

 

Legacy, Non-Strategic Portfolio

 

Total

GAAP net book value (excl. noncontrolling interests in investment entities)

$

1,645,569

$

98,520

$

1,744,089

Accumulated depreciation and amortization(1)

 

83,573

 

84,958

 

168,531

Undepreciated book value

$

1,729,142

$

183,478

$

1,912,620

 
GAAP net book value per share (excl. noncontrolling interests in investment entities)

$

12.50

$

0.75

$

13.25

Accumulated depreciation and amortization per share(1)

 

0.63

 

0.65

 

1.28

Undepreciated book value per share

$

13.13

$

1.40

$

14.53

Total common shares and OP units outstanding(2)

 

131,659

 

131,659

 

131,659

________________

(1)

Represents at-share net accumulated depreciation and amortization on real estate investments, including related intangible assets and liabilities

(2)

The Company calculates GAAP net book value (excluding noncontrolling interests in investment entities) per share and undepreciated book value per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures, based on the total number of common shares and OP units (held by members other than the Company or its subsidiaries) outstanding at the end of the reporting period. As of September 30, 2020, the total number of common shares and OP units outstanding was approximately 131.7 million

 

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