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Sachem Capital Reports Revenue Growth of 33% for Q1 2021

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Interest income increases 56% over the same period last year

Conference Call and Webcast to be held at 8:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, May 18, 2021

BRANFORD, Conn., May 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sachem Capital Corp. (NYSE American: SACH) announces its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. The company will host a conference call on May 18, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to discuss in greater detail its financial condition and operating results for the first quarter of 2021.

John Villano, CPA, the company’s Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer stated: “We continue to achieve solid financial performance and have maintained a robust loan pipeline, as evidenced by a 56% increase in interest income on our loan portfolio versus the same period last year. Even though last year’s first quarter included a significant gain on sale of investment securities, we still achieved total revenue growth of 33% versus the same period last year. Importantly, we are opportunistically expanding and diversifying the geographic footprint of our mortgage loan portfolio beyond Connecticut. Our net income decreased slightly over the same period last year, as we invested heavily in our organization to support the next phase of our growth. We also have higher interest expense due to the approximate $56 million of unsecured, unsubordinated five-year notes we raised in 2020; however, we expect to benefit from the liquidity and financial flexibility provided by these securities and our low-interest line of credit, as we prudently deploy capital, while maintaining disciplined underwriting with a conservative loan-to-value ratio. We are also targeting larger-value commercial loans with financially stable, experienced sponsors. At the same time, we continue to explore a variety of financing alternatives, which may provide us a lower cost of capital given the strength of our loan portfolio. In the first quarter of 2021, we had $30.5 million in loan repayments (compared to $55 million for all of 2020) versus $31.7 million of new funding. Both the loan repayments and new funding amounts were the highest for any quarter since Sachem started reporting quarterly financial results. Overall, we believe we are well capitalized with a solid balance sheet to take advantage of the market demand for our loan products and remain highly encouraged by the prospects for our continued growth in 2021 and beyond.”

Results of operations – three months ended March 31, 2021

Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2021, was approximately $5.7 million compared to approximately $4.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, an increase of approximately 32.5%. For the first quarter of 2021, interest income and net origination fees were approximately $4.5 million and $517,000, respectively. In comparison, for the three months ended March 31, 2020, interest income and net origination fees were approximately $2.9 million and $511,000, respectively.

Total operating costs and expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 were approximately $3.5 million compared to $2.1 million for the three months ended March 30, 2020. The increase in operating costs and expenses is primarily attributable to the increase in our unsecured bond debt. The company’s largest expenses were interest and amortization of deferred financing costs in the amount of $2.5 million. In comparison, for 2020, interest and amortization of deferred financing costs were approximately $1.1 million.

Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was approximately $2.2 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to $2.2 million, or $0.10 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Financial Condition

At March 31, 2021, total assets were $228.4 million compared to $226.7 million at December 31, 2020. Most of this increase was attributable to increases in the mortgage loan portfolio of $1.2 million and an increase in investment partnership of approximately $1.8 million, offset by a decrease in cash and cash equivalents and investment securities of approximately $2.1 million.

Total liabilities at March 31, 2021 were $143.8 million compared to $145.8 million at December 31, 2020. This decrease is principally due to a decrease in dividends payable of $2.7 million and mortgage payable of $768,000, offset by increases in advances from borrowers of $873,000.

Shareholders’ equity at March 31, 2021 was $84.6 million compared to $81.0 million at December 31, 2020. This increase was due primarily to net proceeds of $1.5 million from the sale of stock and net income of approximately $2.2 million.

On April 1, 2021, the Company authorized and declared a quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share to be paid to shareholders of record as of the close of trading on the NYSE American on April 12, 2021. The dividend was paid on April 16, 2021.

Investor Conference Call

The company will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, to discuss in greater detail its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2021, as well as its outlook for the balance of 2021. Interested parties can access the conference call by calling 844-369-8770 for U.S. callers, or 862-298-0840 for international callers. The call will be available via webcast at https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2304/41384 as well as on the company’s website at https://www.sachemcapitalcorp.com. John Villano, the company’s Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer will lead the conference call.

The webcast will also be archived on the company’s website and a telephone replay of the call will be available approximately one hour following the call, through Tuesday, June 1, 2021, and can be accessed by calling: 877-481-4010 for U.S. callers or 919-882-2331 for international callers and entering conference ID: 41384.

About Sachem Capital Corp.

Sachem Capital Corp. specializes in originating, underwriting, funding, servicing, and managing a portfolio of first mortgage loans. It offers short-term (i.e., three years or less) secured, non­banking loans (sometimes referred to as “hard money” loans) to real estate investors to fund their acquisition, renovation, development, rehabilitation or improvement of properties located primarily in Connecticut. The company does not lend to owner occupants. The company’s primary underwriting criteria is a conservative loan to value ratio. The properties securing the company’s loans are generally classified as residential or commercial real estate and, typically, are held for resale or investment. Each loan is secured by a first mortgage lien on real estate. Each loan is also personally guaranteed by the principal(s) of the borrower, which guaranty may be collaterally secured by a pledge of the guarantor’s interest in the borrower. The company also makes opportunistic real estate purchases apart from its lending activities. The company believes that it qualifies as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for federal income tax purposes and has elected to be taxed as a REIT beginning with its 2017 tax year.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release, including statements regarding our future results of operations and financial position, strategy and plans, and our expectations for future operations, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “plan,” “seek,” “intend,” “believe,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “likely,” “continue,” “design,” and the negative of such terms and other words and terms of similar expressions are intended to identify forward- looking statements.

We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, strategy, short-term and long-term business operations and objectives and financial needs. These forward-looking statements are subject to several risks, uncertainties and assumptions as described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2020 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.

You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance or achievements. In addition, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any of these forward-looking statements. We disclaim any duty to update any of these forward-looking statements.

All forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements as well as others made in this press release. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made by us in the context of these risks and uncertainties.

Investor & Media Contact:
Crescendo Communications, LLC
Email: sach@crescendo-ir.com
Tel: (212) 671-1021

SACHEM CAPITAL CORP.
BALANCE SHEETS

March 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Assets

Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

18,345,654

$

19,408,028

Investment securities

36,305,439

37,293,703

Investment in partnership

1,843,398

Mortgages receivable

156,771,704

155,616,300

Interest and fees receivable

1,882,611

1,820,067

Other receivables

413,212

67,307

Due from borrowers

2,525,039

2,025,663

Prepaid expenses

173,488

71,313

Property and equipment, net

1,449,653

1,433,388

Real estate owned

8,624,044

8,861,609

Other deposits

98,210

Deferred financing costs

72,806

Total assets

$

228,432,452

$

226,670,184

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Liabilities:

Notes payable (net of deferred financing costs of $4,641,953 and $4,886,058)

$

109,884,797

$

109,640,692

Mortgage payable

767,508

Line of credit

28,160,988

28,055,648

Accrued dividends payable

2,654,977

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

536,323

372,662

Other loans

257,845

257,845

Security deposits held

13,416

13,416

Advances from borrowers

2,703,999

1,830,539

Deferred revenue

2,184,315

2,099,331

Notes payable

49,050

54,682

Accrued interest

3,344

Total liabilities

$

143,790,733

$

145,750,644

Commitments and Contingencies

Shareholders’ equity:

Preferred shares - $.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued

Common stock - $.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 22,428,208 and 22,124,801 issued and outstanding

22,428

22,125

Paid-in capital

85,360,645

83,814,376

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(33,486

)

(25,992

)

Accumulated deficit

(707,868

)

(2,890,969

)

Total shareholders' equity

84,641,719

80,919,540

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

228,432,452

$

226,670,184


SACHEM CAPITAL CORP.
STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2021

2020

Revenue:

Interest income from loans

$

4,531,232

$

2,901,406

Investment income

242,691

97,516

Income from partnership investment

17,373

(Loss) gain on sale of investment securities

(129,440

)

446,083

Origination fees

517,428

511,056

Late and other fees

35,929

14,781

Processing fees

35,975

46,458

Rental income, net

4,184

10,728

Other income

456,809

284,274

Total revenue

5,712,181

4,312,302

Operating costs and expenses:

Interest and amortization of deferred financing costs

2,464,755

1,149,953

Professional fees

231,756

132,309

Compensation, fees and taxes

592,087

344,493

Exchange fees

12,329

7,273

Other expenses and taxes

21,809

28,703

Depreciation

19,602

16,283

General and administrative expenses

159,608

140,214

Loss on sale of real estate

2,134

4,460

Impairment loss

25,000

250,000

Total operating costs and expenses

3,529,080

2,073,688

Net income

2,183,101

2,238,614

Other comprehensive loss

Unrealized loss on investment securities

(7,494

)

(135,382

)

Comprehensive income

$

2,175,607

$

2,103,232

Basic and diluted net income per common share outstanding:

Basic

$

0.10

$

0.10

Diluted

$

0.10

$

0.10

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

22,138,006

22,117,301

Diluted

22,138,006

22,117,301


SACHEM CAPITAL CORP.
STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2021

2020

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net income

$

2,183,101

$

2,238,614

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Amortization of deferred financing costs and bond discount

244,105

116,764

Write off of deferred financing costs

72,806

Depreciation expense

19,602

16,283

Stock based compensation

4,107

4,107

Impairment loss

25,000

250,000

Loss on sale of real estate

2,134

4,460

Loss (gain) on sale of investment securities

129,440

(446,083

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

(Increase) decrease in:

Interest and fees receivable

(62,544

)

(200,167

)

Other receivables

(345,905

)

25,000

Due from borrowers

(499,376

)

(778,324

)

Prepaid expenses

(102,175

)

(8,555

)

Deposits on property and equipment

36,680

(Decrease) increase in:

Accrued interest

(3,344

)

(18

)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

163,661

8,136

Deferred revenue

84,984

75,005

Advances from borrowers

873,460

385,479

Total adjustments

605,955

(511,233

)

NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

2,789,056

1,727,381

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Purchase of investment securities

(22,755,450

)

(17,417,059

)

Proceeds from the sale of investment securities

23,606,780

17,428,603

Purchase of interest in investment partnership

(1,843,398

)

Proceeds from sale of real estate owned

370,792

1,090,236

Acquisitions of and improvements to real estate owned

(160,361

)

(377,289

)

Purchase of property and equipment

(35,867

)

(29,757

)

Principal disbursements for mortgages receivable

(31,661,577

)

(28,675,048

)

Principal collections on mortgages receivable

30,506,173

11,758,497

Costs in connection with investment activities

(98,210

)

NET CASH USED FOR INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(2,071,118

)

(16,221,817

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from line of credit

105,340

Repayment of mortgage payable

(767,508

)

(4,118

)

Principal payments on notes payable

(5,632

)

(4,932

)

Dividends paid

(2,654,977

)

(2,654,076

)

Costs in connection with issuance of common stock - ATM

(2,730

)

(58,353

)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock - ATM

1,545,195

NET CASH USED FOR FINANCING ACTIVITIES

(1,780,312

)

(2,721,479

)

NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(1,062,374

)

(17,215,915

)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS- BEGINNING OF YEAR

19,408,028

18,841,937

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD

$

18,345,654

$

1,626,022

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOWS INFORMATION

Interest paid

$

2,445,468

$

1,033,189



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