Toronto, Ontario – February 23, 2021. MCAN Mortgage Corporation (“MCAN”, the “Company” or “we”) (TSX: “MKP”) reported higher net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020 of $22.1 million ($0.89 earnings per share) compared to $10.6 million ($0.44 earnings per share) for the same period in the prior year. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, MCAN reported net income of $42.9 million ($1.75 earnings per share), compared to net income of $48.3 million ($2.01 earnings per share) in the prior year.
The Board of Directors (the “Board”) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.34 per share and a special stock dividend of $0.85 per share both to be paid March 31, 2021 to shareholders of record as of March 15, 2021. The special stock dividend is being paid out as a result of taxable income exceeding regular dividends paid in 2020, driven by higher income from MCAP as a result of non-recurring new contracts, growth in its business and an increase in loan sale spreads.
“MCAN finished the year strong, despite the global pandemic, as we grew our mortgage portfolio in response to the housing and mortgage market dynamics which were fueled by reduced interest rates and COVID-19”, said Karen Weaver, President and Chief Executive Officer. “I have to thank the entire team at MCAN for their hard work in executing our day-to-day business, serving our customers and achieving our growth, all remotely. Within our single family operations, we gained significant market share in 2020 as well. We expect to continue profitable growth in our mortgage assets and in our marketable and non-marketable securities and remain focused on guiding the company through the continued impacts of COVID-19.”
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 reflects the inclusion of stage 1 and stage 2 allowances on the Company’s mortgage portfolio in Tier 2 capital. In accordance with OSFI’s transitional arrangements for capital treatment of ECL issued March 27, 2020, 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, if any, in stage 1 and stage 2 allowances compared to the corresponding allowances at December 31, 2019. The increase, if any, 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 following metrics are considered to be Non-IFRS measures and are defined in the “Non-IFRS Measures” section of the 2020 Annual Report: Return on Average Shareholders’ Equity, Net Corporate Mortgage Spread Income, Spread of Corporate Mortgages over Term Deposit Interest, Average Corporate Mortgage Portfolio Balance, Net Securitized Mortgage Spread Income, Average Securitized Mortgage Portfolio Balance, Spread of Securitized Mortgages Over Liabilities, Impaired Corporate Mortgage Ratio, Impaired Total Mortgage Ratio, Total Mortgage Arrears, Common Equity Tier 1 (“CET 1”) and Tier 1 Capital to Risk-Weighted Assets Ratios, Total Capital to Risk-Weighted Assets Ratio, Leverage Ratio and Income Tax Assets to Capital Ratio.
Complete copies of the Company’s 2020 Annual 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.
For our Outlook, refer to the “Outlook” section of the 2020 Annual Report.
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 Income Tax Act (Canada) (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.
For 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. 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.
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MCAN Mortgage Corporation
President and Chief Executive Officer
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The COVID-19 pandemic has cast particular uncertainty on the Company’s internal expectations, estimates, projections, assumptions and beliefs, including with respect to the Canadian economy, employment conditions, interest rates, levels of housing activity and household debt service levels. There can be no assurance that they will continue to be valid. Given the rapid pace of change with respect to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is premature to make further assumptions about these matters. The duration, extent and severity of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic, including measures to prevent its spread and related government actions adopted in response, will have on our business is highly uncertain and difficult to predict at this time.
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