Toronto, Ontario – May 12, 2020. MCAN Mortgage Corporation (“MCAN”, the “Company” or “we”) (TSX: “MKP”) reported a net loss of $9.7 million ($0.40 loss per share) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, a decrease of 168% from net income of $14.3 million ($0.60 earnings per share) in the first quarter of 2019. In the first quarter of 2020, we recorded a $15.7 million net loss on securities compared to an $8.0 million net gain on securities in the first quarter of 2019, due primarily to fair value changes in our real estate investment trust (“REIT”) portfolio. The net loss on securities in Q1 2020 negatively impacted earnings per share by $0.65, while the net gain on securities in Q1 2019 positively impacted earnings per share by $0.34. The Board of Directors (the “Board”) declared a second quarter dividend of $0.34 per share on May 12, 2020 to be paid June 30, 2020 to shareholders of record as of June 15, 2020.
Business and Financial Update
“In the first quarter, MCAN’s business continued the strong momentum we achieved in 2019, successfully growing our assets while enhancing our risk profile and capital positions. During the quarter, we also continued to recycle capital with the disposition of our investment in the core units of the Crown Realty II Limited Partnership LP,” said Karen Weaver, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Since the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic began to be felt in mid-March, the Company has and is continuing to manage its business and invest in line with our long term strategy. We are also pursuing opportunities to invest in marketable and non marketable securities which may arise during the year as a result of market volatility and broader impacts to the economy as a result of COVID-19. We entered the COVID-19 crisis with a strong capital position and will remain vigilant in the execution of all business matters with heightened focus, given the nature and extent of the crisis and its impact on the economy and the Canadian consumer. We are grateful for the health of our workforce and their families and appreciate the continuing support of the Board as we continue to guide MCAN’s business through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
1 Considered to be a “Non-IFRS Measure”. For further details, refer to the “Non-IFRS Measures” section of this news release.
2 Effective March 31, 2020, the total capital ratio includes Tier 2 capital comprising Stage 1 and Stage 2 allowances on our mortgage portfolio.
Further, in accordance with OSFI’s transitional arrangements for capital treatment of expected loss provision, a portion of Stage 1 and Stage 2 allowances that would otherwise be included in Tier 2 capital are included in CET 1 capital. The adjustment to CET 1 capital will be measured each quarter as the increase in Stage 1 and Stage 2 allowances relative to December 31, 2019. The increase is subject to a scaling factor that will decrease over time and is currently set at 70% in fiscal 2020, 50% in fiscal 2021 and 25% in fiscal 2022. Prior period ratios have not been restated.
The Canadian economy, market and the world as we knew it in early March took a dramatic turn due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact on the Canadian economy has been further magnified by the recent collapse in oil prices. Leading up to this, the Canadian markets where we do business were strong, with an affordable housing shortage, strong employment and were experiencing a positive impact from growing immigration.
We do not know how COVID-19 will evolve and whether the gradual reopening of the economy will cause further waves of infections and subsequently, further retraction. A return to full operations across all economic sectors is not anticipated until there is a vaccine that is effective and widely disseminated globally. As a result, the return to normalization of economic activity is expected to be protracted over an extended period of time and will encompass continuing restrictions on the conduct of business and normal day to day life of Canadians.
We conduct our business activities in the context of the market, economic outlook, demand for housing, asset quality and financial health of the Canadian economy. Since mid-March, the Company has been focused on managing all of its business activities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new economic, business and daily living environment in Canada. We efficiently mobilized to remote operations within one week and have since then been executing our business effectively.
While we have observed reduced sales activity in the housing market, which may impact mortgage origination volumes, it remains early in the pandemic and assessment of the impact will depend on many factors including the effectiveness of government and regulatory action. We believe that our strategy will continue to serve us well in the crisis. We are a prudent and disciplined lender and investor and have strong relationships with our brokers, borrowers, servicers and strategic partners. We continue to see deal flow in all our product lines, as well as loan repayments from completed construction projects. Our business activities will continue, with enhanced focus on all key lending metrics given the heightened uncertainty.
The Canadian housing markets, particularly in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa, were very active leading up to the implementation of emergency government containment measures across Canada in mid-March. While social distancing protocols changed and slowed the real estate sale process immediately, these activities did not stop. Certainly, many buyers and sellers are sidelined due to employment and other uncertainties, but for many, these activities continue. We expect new mortgage volumes relating to purchases to decline across our targeted markets. However, given that the duration of uninsured single family mortgages is short, activity relating to refinances and renewals is expected to become the key driver of business activity.
In these unprecedented times, we are committed to working with our borrowers on a case-by-case basis to provide effective alternatives that help them manage the challenges they are facing due to COVID-19. This support includes payment deferrals of up to six months on existing mortgages for those who are eligible. We continue to be prudent in our approach to income confirmation and assessing creditworthiness over the long term. We are focused on keeping abreast of all changes in the market that could negatively impact our business or that could create opportunities in line with our risk appetite.
Construction and Commercial Business
While we expect some construction site delays and a slowdown in sales activity for a period of time, our construction project finance loans are progressing forward without major delays or credit issues in the markets where we do business. We have seen some slowdowns in interior unit finishing due to social distancing protocols and workplace safety rules. Furthermore, certain municipal staff inspections have been delayed. These delays may impact the timing of repayments; however, they have not changed the overall expected outcome of the project success or loan performance at this time.
We entered this pandemic with strong underlying demand for new residential units in Toronto and Vancouver. We expect to see some change in demand in 2020 that may continue forward and we will pivot our business accordingly. We will continue to apply our prudent approach to underwriting criteria in line with our risk appetite with a focus on well-located and affordable residential product with experienced borrowers where we have existing relationships.
The extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic impacts our business, results of operations and financial condition will depend on the scope and duration of the crisis and the overall effectiveness of actions that are taken by various governmental agencies. Together, they will impact the speed at which the economy rebounds and the timeline to recovery. Currently, all impacts are uncertain and are systemic to the country. MCAN’s management and Board are committed to proactively and effectively managing the Company’s strategy, business activities and team through the pandemic into the future. We remain optimistic and support the actions taken by the government and regulators as we believe that to date, they are positive for the economy, consumers and our business.
This Outlook contains forward-looking statements. For further information, please refer to the “A Caution About Forward-Looking Information and Statements” section of this news release.
Dividend Reinvestment Plan
The DRIP is a program that has historically provided MCAN with a reliable source of new capital and existing shareholders an opportunity to acquire additional shares at a discount to market value. Under the DRIP, dividends paid to shareholders are automatically reinvested in common shares issued out of treasury at the weighted average trading price for the five days preceding such issue less a discount of 2% until further notice from MCAN. For further information on how to enroll in the DRIP, please refer to the Management Information Circular dated March 13, 2020 or visit our website at www.mcanmortgage.com/investors/regulatory-filings/.
The following metrics are considered to be Non-IFRS measures and are defined in the “Non-IFRS Measures” section of the 2020 first quarter MD&A: Return on Average Shareholders’ Equity, Net Corporate Mortgage Spread Income, Spread of Corporate Mortgages over Term Deposit Interest, Average Corporate Mortgage Portfolio Balance, Impaired Mortgage Ratios, Mortgage Arrears, Common Equity Tier 1, Tier 1, Tier 2 and Total Capital Ratios, Leverage Ratio and Income Tax Assets to Capital Ratio.
Complete copies of the Company’s Q1 2020 Quarterly Report will be filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (“SEDAR”) at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at www.mcanmortgage.com.
MCAN is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol MKP and is a reporting issuer in all provinces and territories in Canada. MCAN also qualifies as a mortgage investment corporation (“MIC”) under the Tax Act.
The Company’s primary objective is to generate a reliable stream of income by investing in a diversified portfolio of Canadian mortgages, including single family residential, residential construction, non-residential construction and commercial loans, as well as other types of securities, loans and real estate investments. MCAN employs leverage by issuing term deposits that are eligible for Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation deposit insurance and are sourced through a network of independent financial agents. We manage our capital and asset balances based on the regulations and limits of both the Tax Act and OSFI.
As a MIC, we are entitled to deduct the dividends that we pay to shareholders from our taxable income. Regular dividends are treated as interest income to shareholders for income tax purposes. We are also able to pay capital gains dividends, which would be treated as capital gains to shareholders for income tax purposes. Dividends paid to foreign investors may be subject to withholding taxes. To meet the MIC criteria, 67% of our non-consolidated assets measured on a tax basis are required to be held in cash or cash equivalents and residential mortgages.
MCAN’s wholly-owned subsidiary, XMC Mortgage Corporation, is an originator of single family residential mortgage products across Canada.
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MCAN Mortgage Corporation
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A CAUTION ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND STATEMENTS
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