Ellington Financial Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results
OLD GREENWICH, Connecticut—November 6, 2019
Ellington Financial Inc. (NYSE: EFC) (the "Company") today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.
Net income of $17.3 million, or $0.53 per basic and diluted share.
Book value per share as of September 30, 2019 of $18.81, including the effect of dividends of $0.42 per share and a common equity offering completed during the quarter.
Credit strategy gross income of $18.6 million for the quarter, or $0.55 per share.
Agency strategy gross income of $4.1 million for the quarter, or $0.12 per share.
Core Earnings1 of $15.4 million, or $0.47 per share.
Dividend yield of 9.2% based on the November 5, 2019 closing stock price of $18.23 per share.
Debt-to-equity ratio of 4.0:1 and total recourse debt-to-equity ratio of 2.9:12 as of September 30, 2019.
Issued 4.025 million shares of common stock through a follow-on common equity offering, increasing our total equity by $69.8 million, or approximately 12%.
Third Quarter 2019 Results
"Ellington Financial had another strong quarter, led by our proprietary loan businesses, most notably non-QM loans, small-balance commercial mortgage loans, and residential transition mortgage loans," said Laurence Penn, Chief Executive Officer and President. "We deployed the capital from our July common equity raise opportunistically, without interrupting the growth of our net income or Core Earnings, both of which increased sequentially. Excluding the modest dilution from the equity raise, our annualized economic return for the quarter was right around 11%, keeping us on pace with our strong performance during the first half of the year.
"Our common equity raise in July was well timed, as it provided us with dry powder to capitalize on some great buying opportunities that emerged from the market volatility in August, in addition to providing capital for our ongoing high-yielding loan pipelines.
"In October, after we had fully deployed the capital from our July common equity raise, we raised additional capital through our inaugural preferred equity raise, which earned an investment-grade rating and saw strong participation from both institutional and retail investors. We were pleased with the execution and believe that it rightly reflected Ellington Financial's long track record of book value stability, disciplined and dynamic hedging, effective risk management, and prudent leverage. The preferred equity raise further diversified our funding sources, and we expect that it will be highly accretive to earnings, as it should enable us to continue to capitalize on the attractive investment opportunities that we are seeing across our diversified portfolio, with projected returns on equity well in excess of our preferred dividend rate.
"For the remainder of the year, we are focused on continuing to grow and diversify our portfolio, including through deployment of the capital that we just raised in our preferred equity offering, so as to continue to generate a consistent earnings stream for shareholders. As always, disciplined hedging and liquidity management will be essential in protecting and preserving book value should we encounter significant year-end-related volatility."
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 and borrowings at certain unconsolidated entities that are recourse to us. Including such borrowings, our debt-to-equity ratio based on total recourse borrowings is 3.0:1 as of September 30, 2019.
The following information was filed by Ellington Financial Llc (EFC) on Wednesday, November 6, 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.