Toronto, Ontario – May 7, 2019. MCAN Mortgage Corporation (“MCAN”, the “Company” or “we”) (TSX: “MKP”) announced net income of $14.3 million ($0.60 per share) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, an increase of 35% from $10.6 million ($0.45 per share) in the first quarter of 2018. Q1 2019 income included an $8.0 million unrealized gain on securities, which impacted earnings per share by $0.34.
1 Considered to be a “Non-IFRS Measure”. For further details, refer to the “Non-IFRS Measures” section of this press release.
“We are very pleased with the strong performance in our single family business this quarter,” said Karen Weaver, Chief Executive Officer, Interim. “Management, along with the entire MCAN team, is focused on building our business and delivering sustainable returns to shareholders.”
2 Considered to be a “Non-IFRS Measure”. For further details, refer to the “Non-IFRS Measures” section of this press release.
3 Considered to be a “Non-IFRS Measure”. For further details, refer to the “Non-IFRS Measures” section of this press release.
The Bank of Canada now forecasts 2019 Gross Domestic Product to grow by 1.2%, down from the annual growth rate previously expected for 2019. Canadian job growth and unemployment continue to be steady, with some regions lower than the average. Stable employment and corporate earnings suggest that the slow growth trend will continue through the end of 2019. Canadian real estate markets continue to be challenged with the impacts of the revised OSFI Guideline B-20, Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures, specifically the stress test. The Canadian housing market appears to have cooled somewhat in all regional housing markets, except for Ottawa and Montreal. Home sales, both new and resale, are down, while home prices have been sustained thus far in 2019 in the face of mounting downward pressure. Housing shortages will continue to drive growth in residential construction over the long term. Forecasts at the start of the year generally included two or three potential interest rate increases, while the current outlook is for no increases or even a potential interest rate decrease. These changes in interest rate forecasts continue to provide for a mixed housing market outlook.
Housing affordability also continues to contribute to market uncertainty as Canadian household indebtedness remains high. Gains in the labour market, population growth in major markets and continued demand for housing at lower price points have all somewhat moderated the impact of the factors restraining the housing market, as discussed above. If an interruption is experienced in relation to current population growth trends, employment or actual economic conditions outside of current expectations, we would expect market conditions to deteriorate.
Although the 2019 Federal Budget released on March 9, 2019 included initiatives to support first-time homebuyers through increased support from the government in the form of Registered Retirement Savings Plan withdrawal limits, amongst other support, we do not feel that these initiatives will have a material impact on Canadian housing affordability.
We will continue to ensure that our mortgage portfolio remains well positioned amidst a mixed market outlook. Profitable long-term success in growing our uninsured single family mortgage portfolio is driven by the continued development of our sales and marketing programs, strengthening our relationships with the mortgage broker community and improving our internal underwriting platform efficiency. Collectively, these initiatives will allow us to target originations toward our desired markets and borrowers, as defined by our risk appetite, and will further improve efficiencies and our ability to grow profitability. We believe that our current pipeline will continue to support growth in our uninsured originations during 2019, although at spreads lower than our historical levels. We are currently observing some positive signs of widening spreads in our single family pipeline; however, we expect that this will have a marginal earnings impact in 2019 if spreads compress again due to the Bank of Canada outlook and ongoing competitive pressures. We also expect some compression in our spreads on new originations in our construction and commercial portfolios as competition from other lenders increases.
We will continue to focus on increasing our originations and securitizations of insured single family mortgages. We also continue to seek alternatives to increase our participation in securitization markets, including commercial multi family loans.
Volatility in the REIT market has impacted portfolio values resulting in material unrealized gains and losses being recorded through net income in Q4 2018 and Q1 2019. We expect continuing volatility in the valuation of our marketable securities portfolio.
Our primary funding source, term deposits eligible for Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (“CDIC”) insurance that are sourced through the deposit broker network, remains stable. Given our growth outlook, we believe that this funding source will be sufficient to meet our expected portfolio growth in 2019.
Continuous improvement in our operating platform will be implemented throughout 2019 to help ensure that our business model meets all strategic, operational and compliance objectives over the long term.
We believe that our pragmatic approach to lending, articulated risk appetite and expertise in loan management will allow us to effectively grow our business and optimize opportunities through varying market conditions. We will continue to manage and monitor market trends, make adjustments to the composition of our balance sheet and utilize our chosen business model as we adapt to changing market dynamics and execute our business plan. Our targeted annual growth in corporate assets over the long term is 10%, within our risk appetite. Our current 2019 corporate asset growth outlook is in the range of 5-8%, which has increased from 4-6% at Q4 2018.
This Outlook contains forward-looking statements. For further information, please refer to the “A Caution About Forward-Looking Information and Statements” section of this press release.
Dividend Reinvestment Plan
The Dividend Reinvestment Plan (“DRIP”) is a program that provides 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 5 days preceding such issue less a discount of 2%. For further information on how to enrol in the DRIP, please refer to the Management Information Circular dated March 15, 2019 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 2019 first quarter MD&A: Return on Average Shareholders’ Equity, Taxable Income, Taxable Income Per Share, Average Interest Rate, Net Interest Income, Impaired Mortgage Ratios, Mortgage Arrears, Common Equity Tier 1, Tier 1 and Total Capital Ratios, Total Exposures, Regulatory Assets, Leverage Ratio, Risk Weighted Assets Ratios, Income Tax Assets, Income Tax Liabilities, Income Tax Capital, Income Tax Assets to Capital Ratio, Income Tax Liabilities to Capital Ratio, Market Capitalization, Book Value per Common Share and Limited Partner’s At-Risk Amount.
Effective January 1, 2019, we revised the impaired mortgage ratios to include insured mortgages in the numerator such that the ratios are equal to impaired mortgages divided by portfolio balance. Prior period ratios have been restated.
Complete copies of the Company’s Q1 2019 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 its corporate funds 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 eligible for Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation deposit insurance. We manage our capital and asset balances based on the regulations and limits of both the Tax Act and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. The term deposits are sourced through a network of independent financial agents.
As a MIC, MCAN is entitled to deduct from income for tax purposes 50% of capital gains dividends and 100% of non-capital gains dividends that we pay to shareholders. Such dividends are taxed in the hands of our shareholders as capital gains dividends and interest income, respectively, to the extent that they are held in a non-registered plan. Dividends paid to foreign investors may be subject to withholding taxes.
MCAN’s wholly-owned subsidiary, XMC Mortgage Corporation, is an originator of single family residential mortgage products across Canada.
For further information, please contact:
MCAN Mortgage Corporation
Chief Executive Officer, Interim
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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