Ellington Financial Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results
OLD GREENWICH, Connecticut—August 5, 2019
Ellington Financial Inc. (NYSE: EFC) (the "Company") today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.
Net income of $12.6 million, or $0.43 per basic and diluted share.
Book value per share as of June 30, 2019 of $18.91, including the effect of dividends of $0.42 per share.
Credit strategy gross income of $16.3 million for the quarter, or $0.54 per share.
Agency strategy gross income of $2.2 million for the quarter, or $0.07 per share.
Core Earnings1 of $13.6 million, or $0.46 per share.
Dividend yield of 9.8% based on the August 2, 2019 closing stock price of $17.23 per share.
Debt-to-equity ratio of 4.0:12 and total recourse debt-to-equity ratio of 2.8:13 as of June 30, 2019.
Second Quarter 2019 Results
"In the second quarter, Ellington Financial grew Core Earnings and book value per share," said Laurence Penn, Chief Executive Officer and President. "Driven by broad-based contributions from our diversified credit and agency portfolios, Core Earnings again exceeded our dividend run rate, and we generated an annualized economic return of 9.4% for the quarter.
"During the quarter we had notably strong performance from our non-QM loan strategy, where we successfully completed our third securitization in June, as well as from our small-balance commercial mortgage loans, residential non-performing mortgage loans, residential transition mortgage loans, consumer loans, and our non-agency RMBS portfolio. We also took advantage of trading opportunities, generating excellent results in our CMBS and European RMBS strategies.
"I am very pleased with our performance so far in 2019. We delivered an economic return of 5.1% for the first half of the year, or 10.4% annualized, and grew Core Earnings nicely, providing both dividend coverage and stability to GAAP earnings. Meanwhile, we successfully completed our conversion to a REIT, which triggered our inclusion in two major stock indexes, improved the trading volume of our stock, and ultimately helped eliminate most of our price-to-book discount. We have continued to focus on our proprietary loan portfolios and pipelines, which we believe are critical in enabling us to manufacture and control our own sources of return, rather than merely relying on whatever the securities markets have to offer. At the same time, we continue to protect book value with our dynamic hedging strategies and prudent leverage. Given the strength and diversity of our portfolio, we believe that we are well positioned to grow Core Earnings from here.
"Finally, following quarter-end, we raised $70 million in our first equity offering since 2014. The new capital will allow us to capitalize on the attractive investment opportunities that we are seeing across our diversified portfolio. The capital raise has also enabled us to continue to diversify our investor base and add institutional shareholders, and we believe that it has improved the liquidity of our stock. While the recent offering was modestly dilutive to book value per share, we project that our larger equity base will result in significant operating expense savings on a per share basis, and given the high returns-on-equity we are seeing on our incremental investments, the resulting accretive effect on earnings should more than outweigh the moderate short-term dilutive effect on book value per share. Our capital management strategy is opportunistic, and since our last equity raise nearly five years ago, we have repurchased a substantial amount of our shares at deep discounts to book value per share."
1 Core Earnings is a non-GAAP financial measure. See "Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Core Earnings" below for an explanation regarding the calculation of Core Earnings.
2 Excludes repo borrowings on U.S. Treasury securities.
3 Includes borrowings at certain unconsolidated entities that are recourse to the Company.
The following information was filed by Ellington Financial Llc (EFC) on Monday, August 5, 2019 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.