NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE:NREF) Q2 2022 Earnings Conference Call July 29, 2022 1:00 PM ET
Jackie Graham – Investor Relations
Matt McGraner – Executive Vice President and CIO
David Willmore – Vice President, Finance
Matt Goetz – Senior Vice President, Investment and Asset Management
Paul Richards – Vice President, Originations and Investments
Conference Call Participants
Stephen Laws – Raymond James
Jade Rahmani – Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
Good day. And welcome to the NexPoint Real Estate Finance Q2 2022 Conference Call. As a reminder, today’s conference is being recorded.
At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Jackie Graham. Please go ahead, ma’am.
Thank you. Good day, everyone. And welcome to NexPoint Real Estate Finance’s conference call to review the company results for the second quarter ended March 31, 2022. On the call today are Matt McGraner, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer; David Willmore, Vice President of Finance; Matt Goetz, Senior Vice President, Investment and Asset Management; and Paul Richards, Vice President, Originations and Investments. As a reminder, this call is being webcast through the company’s website at www.nref.nexpoint.com.
Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone that this conference call contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on management’s current expectations, assumptions and beliefs.
Listeners should not take undue reliance on any forward-looking statements and are encouraged to review the company’s annual report on Form 10-K and the company’s other filings with the SEC for a more complete discussion of risks and other factors that could affect the forward-looking statements.
The statements made during this conference call speak only as of today’s date and as such as required by law, NREF does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.
This conference call also includes an analysis of non-GAAP financial measures. For a more complete discussion of these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the company’s presentation that was filed earlier today.
I would now like to turn the call over to Matt McGraner. Please go ahead, Matt.
Thank you, Jackie, and appreciate everyone joining us today. I’ll start by addressing second quarter highlights and then turn it over to Dave to review the financial results followed by Matt and Paul’s comments on the portfolio and new investments.
First, NREF’s credit investments primarily stabilized shorter term lease duration assets with lower CapEx have and should continue to maintain dynamic pricing power in today’s inflationary environment.
Underlying NOI is embedded in our stabilized SFR multi and storage collateral continue to outperform other property types providing a resilient base of earnings for distribution to provide stable yields to our investors.
We believe are two special situation investments, converted equity in NexPoint Storage Partners and our ground lease investment, roughly $80 million of notional value provide a differentiated total return profile compared to our commercial mortgage REIT peers, insulating and enhancing book value growth in the coming years, and when monetized and redeployed significant cap growth.
Though the capital markets were volatile during the quarter, we didn’t sit still. The team originated 11 new investments totaling $150 million, all of which were institutional and/or repeat sponsors in SFR multi- and self-storage, as Matt will detail in his prepared remarks.
Finally, it’s an exciting time for our business. We believe our portfolio’s credit profile is second to none and positioned in the most enviable property types, again, providing a stable and transparent earnings stream for the next five plus years.
NexPoint’s relationships across multi-SFR storage ground leases and life sciences continue to provide steady deal flow. Indeed today our pipeline consists of over $150 million of new investments across Freddie K and preferred and CGMP, multi and storage, all at attractive integrative yields.
Now I’d like to turn the call over to Dave to review NREF’s financial highlights for the quarter. Dave?
Thank you, Matt, I’m going to briefly discuss our results for the quarter and the year, provide guidance for the third quarter and then turn it over to the team for detailed commentary on our portfolio and the lending environment.
For the second quarter we reported net income of $0.34 per diluted share, compared to net income of $0.58 per diluted share for the second quarter 2021, a decrease the 41% on a per share basis.
Interest income increased 37% over Q2 in 2021, driven by a 41-basis-point increase in average yield on investments. Interest expense increased 20%, driven by $125.6 million of additional borrowings and a 49-basis-point increase in average rate. Overall, net interest income increased 61% over Q2 of 2021.
Earnings available for distribution was $0.56 per diluted share in Q2, compared to $0.41 per diluted share in the same period of 2021, an increase of 36.9% on a per share basis. Cash available for distribution was $0.63 per diluted share in Q2, compared to $0.47 per diluted share in the same period of 2021, an increase of 34.3% on a per share basis.
We paid a dividend of $0.50 per share in the second quarter and the Board has declared a dividend of $0.50 per share payable for the third quarter. Our dividend in the second quarter was 1.12 times covered by earnings available for distribution and 1.26 times covered by cash available for distribution.
Book value per share decreased 0.9% quarter-over-quarter to $21.59 per diluted share. During the quarter we originated or purchased eight investments with $82.7 million of outstanding principal with a combined current yield of 6.1%. Two investments were redeemed with $13 million of outstanding principal for a total gain of $1 million. One investment was converted from a note to equity at a 12.5% discount valued at $25 million.
For the six months ended June 30, 2022, we reported net income attributable to common shareholders of $1.14 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.83 per diluted share for the same period of 2021.
Earnings available for distribution was $1.78 per diluted share year-to-date, compared to $0.83 per diluted share in the same period of 2021, an increase of 113.8%. Cash available for distribution was $2.21 per diluted share year-to-date, compared to $0.94 per diluted share in the same period of 2021, an increase of 170.7%.
Our dividend in the year was 1.78 times covered by earnings available for distribution and 2.21 times covered by cash available for distribution. Book value per share increased 5.9% year-over-year to $21.59 per diluted share.
Moving to guidance for the third quarter, we are guiding the earnings available for distribution and cash available for distribution as follows. Earnings available for distribution of $0.44 per diluted share at the midpoint with a range of $0.39 on the low end and $0.49 at the high end and cash available for distribution of $0.51 per diluted share at the midpoint with the range of $0.46 on the low end and $0.56 at the high end. The decrease in cash available for distribution and earnings available for distribution from the second quarter is driven primarily by non-recurring prepayment penalties from SFR loan, a preferred investment and an interest-only share.
Now I’d like to turn it over to the team for a detailed discussion on originations and a portfolio.
Thanks, Dave. The first quarter continued to show strong performance across each of our investments and asset classes. As of today, the portfolio is currently comprised of 75 individual investments with approximately $1.6 billion in total outstanding principal. Loan portfolio is 98% residential, 44% invested in senior loans collateralized by single-family rental and 54% invested in multifamily primarily via agency CMBS. The remaining 2% of the loan book is life sciences and self-storage.
The portfolio’s average remaining term is 6.4 years is 94% stabilized, has a weighted average loan value of 68.5% and an average debt service coverage ratio of 1.63 times. The portfolio is geographically diverse with the bias towards the Southeast and Southwest markets. Texas, Georgia and Florida combined for approximately 47% of our exposure on a geographic basis. 100% of our investments are current.
Moving to opportunities, we are able to take advantage of, as Matt mentioned, through today, we were able to close 11 new investments totaling $152 million, with a weighted average unlevered yield of 7.75% and average levered yield of 11.3%.
During the quarter we originated an $8 million preferred equity investment collateralized by three stabilized self-storage properties located in Central and Coastal Texas with an unlevered yield of 10.5%.
We also originated $9 million or we purchased $9 million of MSCR notes with an average unlevered yield of 8.5% and levered yield of 13.6%. We originated or we purchased $26 million in single-family rental debt securitizations with an average unlevered yield of 8% and levered yield of 1.6%, originated a $4.5 million preferred equity investment collateralized by a stabilized Class A multifamily property in Rogers, Arkansas at one month [inaudible] plus 10.78. We also purchased or today we purchased Freddie Mac floating rate K-Series B-Piece at SOFR for 5.5 for a purchase price of $70 million.
In summary, we continue to find attractive investment opportunities throughout our target markets and asset classes and we will continue to evaluate these opportunities with the goal of delivering value to our shareholders.
I would now like to hand the call over to Paul Richards to discuss the bond market repo financing and SFR portfolio.
Thanks, Matt. During the second quarter company was active in the secondary bond market sourcing a $41 million Freddie Mac small balance loan B-Piece, which has an unlevered yield to maturity of approximately 8% and the levered yield in the low- to mid-teens, which was prudently levered the attractive — attractively priced repo financing.
As Matt discussed the company also closed on a new issue Freddie Mac floating rate B-Piece for approximately $70.5 million just this past afternoon. The bond yields a 30-day average over plus 5.25% and we were able to finance the bond via cash on balance sheet and attractive repo financing. The bond gives a great geographical presence, prudent balance, sorry, the bond gives a great geographical present, prudent underlying loan leverage and as always excellent sponsorship.
Lastly through syndication process, the company bid on Freddie Mac Risk Transfer Certificates, and were allocated roughly $9 million of the B1 and M2 bonds posting attractive yields of 30 days over plus 950 and 60, respectively.
As discussed in the previous quarter’s commentary, the market continues to experience inflation headwinds, along with the Fed continuous rate hiking cycle. Though as previously mentioned, there has been an insatiable demand for residential and therefore heightened demand for Freddie Mac B-Piece bonds. We continue to be sensibly levered on a repo facility at roughly 60% LTV at quarter end.
Lastly, I want to briefly touch on the continued performance of the SFR loan pool and then Q2 2022 loan pay downs. All SFR loans are currently performing and demonstrating strong metrics in terms of rent growth and occupancies, as demand for single-family rentals is still red hot. The portfolio has one — had one SFR loan payoff in the second quarter, which generated an IRR of 31.2% as compared to the original underwriting IRR only 9%. Due to the early prepayment penalty, the investment was able to generate outside net proceeds than the original underwriting and roughly one-third of the original investment time horizon.
That concludes our prepared remarks. I will now turn it back over to the Operator for Q&A.
Thank you. [Operator Instructions] We’ll take our first question from Stephen Laws with Raymond James.
Hi. Good afternoon. Matt or Brian, I guess, to start, can you talk about what type of returns you’re seeing on new investments versus three months or six months ago, given the dislocation in the markets and where spreads and rates have moved? And when you think about your pipeline, what pockets look most attractive on a relative basis that we should expect to see new investments during the second half?
Yeah. Hey, Stephen. Good afternoon. Returns on new investments during the quarter and then kind of what our pipeline is that Matt alluded to, we’re getting probably another 2% to 3% more in yield right now in the current environment.
In the pipeline, we have coming up and this goes to your second question, what kind of new opportunities. We’re having a lot of success sourcing CO preferred or preferred in CGMP facilities, the pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities where, we basically provide financing as certificate of occupancy for newbuilds with well heeled sponsors, that’s us is a great place to be. It’s two-year to three-year kind of money and it’s usually kind of 10 to 12% yields. And again, in life sciences and the reshoring of pharmaceutical manufacturing, we just liked that space a lot.
The second kind of area where we’re doing a lot of work and seeing a lot of work is on the storage sides, where we are originating kind of private preferred and then we’ll be probably in the market purchasing new issue storage B-Pieces as well that type of credit is SOFR+ kind of 600, 700 at the moment and so we — we’d like that space as well.
The team is also doing a great job of continuing to source the multifamily private preferred, obviously with negative leverage in the market, kind of second chance opportunities, re-trades, LTV test not hitting with the agencies or seeing a lot of GAAP financing opportunities and those are probably going to come fast and furious in the quarter third and fourth quarter, as well as transaction volumes pick up and the agencies aren’t quite there.
There’s still like, I said, negative leverage in most multifamily property types, so there’s got to be some GAAP financing the sponsors will seek. So it’s kind of a highly overview but kind of doing the same thing we’ve been doing but getting just like I said 2% to 3% more.
Great. Appreciate the color on that. One follow-up, when I think about the repayment or prepayment fees, certainly slowing around the asset bar. Can you talk about what your expectations are there and kind of how you saw that slowdown in the quarter?
Hey, Stephen. It’s Paul. Yeah. During the quarter, we saw the one loan pay down. I think what you’re still seeing though is, you still have higher rates on or highest rates on the SFR loan book and HPA build up from 2018, 2019 originations. So what you’re seeing or continue to see are kind of smaller loan balances, a lot of these operators are printing a realized gain on those and the prepayment penalty might not be as devastating for them to rack up the HPA realize those gains.
So I don’t think a question to — maybe see some of these smaller loans pay off and these operators do sizing up a good gain for them for the year. So that’s how we kind of see that’s in our loan book right now.
Great. Appreciate the color for that. Thank you.
Thank you, Stephen.
Thank you. And we’ll take our last question today from Jade Rahmani with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.
Thank you very much. Can you quantify the impact in multifamily, single-family rental and self-storage from higher rates to cap rates and overall valuations? Either currently, so far, I know it’s slow moving deals take time to close. But what’s your expectation for range moving cap rates?
Yeah. Good. Good question. Jade we feel that — feels the same on the NexPoint Q [ph] call few days ago. Roughly today’s spot cap rates in multifamily are for most property types, or excuse me, for Class B, Class A have risen about 40 basis points to 60 basis points, called 30 basis points, translating into a decrease in values on average from 10% to 15%. There’s some capitulation in the market from sellers around the 4% cap rate on multifamily, that we’ve seen or where you have starting to see some deals get done in the recent weeks.
So that’s multi. Storage is almost identical to multi. I’d say that, cap rates there moved at the same range. And then the SFR cap rates or at least the SFR cap rates that, that we see are moving roughly 25 basis points, a little bit less than multi and storage, but the 25 basis points, so a little bit less of a re-trade values kind of 7% to 10% in values, but those cap rates didn’t dipped or haven’t dipped as low as multi and they — it sometimes sub-3% in Q4 and Q1, but certainly low 3%. So, on average kind of 10% to 15% re-trade has been values on a spot basis as we sit here today.
And in terms of performance of the company and the recession, what do you think the impact would be? Would it be loans in forbearance, would be slightly lower, more moderate rent growth than expected, different occupancy, but since you’re primarily in the debt capital structure, what would be the impact and also maybe if you could touch on either the BDC exposure or preferred equity? Thanks a lot.
Yeah. You bet. Good question. I think the best kind of recent test of the credit profile and the performance of the portfolio during tough times is obviously COVID, during which the business did exactly what it was designed to do in these property types that we think continue to be resilient and outperform.
Like I said, in my prepared remarks, at present, although a recession — consumer led recession, perhaps, may be coming, our NOIs across our own portfolio in SFR, multifamily and self-storage are growing around 7% to 10 to 15%. So, at present, they’re performing well, but in a downturn, I think, we didn’t have any losses, we had a couple of deals go into forbearance in the Freddie K and those were — those ended up performing just fine.
One the preferred side, on the multifamily side, I think most — it’s almost kind of insulated by the mechanisms within our JV structures with our borrowers and our sponsors. To extent you had an issue, we have the ability to take over the asset and wipe the equity clean and own the asset at our bases kind of an extra built in risk mitigation tool in a dire situation, but again, that portfolio performed exceptionally well also during COVID. So, yeah, never say never, but our — again, I think, our credit portfolio or the credit profile of our portfolio is pretty resilient and stood up in recent history.
Anything further Jade?
Thank you very much.
Thank you. And we have no further questions.
We appreciate everyone dialing in today and look forward to discussing Q3 earnings with you here in a few months. Thanks and have a great day.
Thank you. And that does conclude today’s teleconference. We do appreciate your participation. You may now disconnect.
NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE:NREF) Q2 2022 Earnings Conference Call July 29, 2022 1:00 PM ET