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Velocity Financial, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Net income of $10.6 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.31, compared to $9.5 million and $0.28 per share, respectively, for 2Q21

  • Core net income(1) of $10.6 million and core diluted EPS(1) of $0.31, compared to $8.5 million and $0.25 per share, respectively, for 2Q21

  • Loan production volume of $445.4 million in unpaid principal balance (UPB), an increase of 73.6% from 2Q21

  • Loan production volume for the first half of 2022 was over $1.0 billion in UPB, more than twice the amount originated over the same period in 2021

  • Total loan portfolio UPB of $3.1 billion as of June 30, 2022, an increase of 49.3% from June 30, 2021

  • Nonaccrual loans as a percentage of Held for Investment (HFI) loans was 8.2% as of June 30, 2022, down from 15.3% as of June 30, 2021

  • Resolutions of nonperforming loans (NPL) totaled $50.5 million in UPB, realizing gains of $5.7 million or 111.4% of UPB resolved

  • Portfolio net interest margin (NIM) of 4.10%, compared to 4.83% in 2Q21

  • Completed three VCC securitizations in 2Q22 totaling $622.7 million

  • Total liquidity(2) of $134.0 million as of June 30, 2022

  • Book value per common share of $11.26 as of June 30, 2022

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., August 04, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Velocity Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VEL) (Velocity or the Company) reported net income and core net income of $10.6 million for 2Q22, compared to net income of $9.5 million and core net income of $8.5 million for 2Q21. Earnings and core earnings per diluted share were $0.31 for 2Q22, compared to $0.28 and $0.25 per share, respectively, for 2Q21.

"Velocity’s second quarter results reflect our unique portfolio model, solid market position and operational expertise," said Chris Farrar, President and CEO. "Our investment loan portfolio has grown more than 49% over the past twelve months, driven by robust origination volumes that contributed to solid earnings growth."

Mr. Farrar continued, "During the second quarter we issued three new securitizations totaling $622.7 million, demonstrating Velocity’s differentiation in today’s market resulting from our extensive securitization track record and reputation for high-quality loan collateral. These securitizations allowed us to further optimize non-recourse leverage and enhance our liquidity position. While financing costs have increased along with market volatility, we have been able to successfully increase rates on new production while maintaining solid volume levels."

Second Quarter Operating Results

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

($ in thousands)

2Q 2022

2Q 2021

$ Variance

% Variance

Pretax income(a)

$

14,664

$

12,885

$

1,779

14

%

Net income

$

10,645

$

9,453

$

1,192

13

%

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.31

$

0.28

$

0.0

11

%

Core net income(b)

$

10,645

$

8,453

$

2,192

25.9

%

Core diluted earnings per share(b)

$

0.31

$

0.25

$

0.1

26

%

Pretax return on equity

16.42

%

22.57

%

n.a.

(27

)%

Core pretax return on equity(b)

16.42

%

20.19

%

n.a.

(19

)%

Net interest margin - portfolio

4.10

%

4.83

%

n.a.

3

%

Net interest margin - total company

3.54

%

3.98

%

n.a.

(35

)%

Average common equity

$

357,218

$

228,314

$

128,903

59

%

(a) Prextax income less net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(b) Core income, core diluted earnings per share and core pretax return on equity are non-GAAP measures. Please see the reconciliation to GAAP net income at the end of this release.

Discussion of results:

  • Net income in 2Q22 was $10.6 million, compared to $9.5 million in 2Q21.

‒ 2Q22 net income was driven by an increase in interest income from our loan portfolio, in addition to default interest and fees realized from the resolution of nonperforming loans

  • Core net income(1) was $10.6 million, an increase of 25.9% from $8.5 million in 2Q21

  • Portfolio NIM in 2Q22 was 4.10%, compared to 4.83% from 2Q21, resulting from a decrease in the weighted average portfolio yield from lower interest rates on loan production in recent prior quarters, partially offset by a decrease in the weighted average cost of funds from lower securitization and warehouse financing rates

  • The GAAP pretax return on equity was 16.42% in 2Q22, compared to 22.57% in 2Q21

‒ Driven by higher equity balance in 2Q22

TOTAL LOAN PORTFOLIO

($ of UPB in millions)

2Q 2022

2Q 2021

$ Variance

% Variance

Held for Investment

Investor 1-4 Rental

$

1,517

$

1,019

$

499

49

%

Mixed Use

410

293

117

40

%

Multi-Family

289

184

105

57

%

Retail

298

183

115

63

%

Warehouse

217

131

86

65

%

All Other

359

253

106

42

%

Total

$

3,090

$

2,062

$

1,028

50

%

Held for Sale

Investor 1-4 Rental

$

-

$

8

$

(8

)

n.m.

Total Managed Loan Portfolio UPB

$

3,090

$

2,070

$

1,020

49

%

Key loan portfolio metrics:

Total loan count

7,779

6,125

Weighted average loan to value

68.16

%

66.70

%

Weighted average total portfolio yield

7.97

%

8.90

%

Weighted average portfolio debt cost

4.34

%

4.81

%

Discussion of results:

  • Velocity’s total loan portfolio was $3.1 billion in UPB as of June 30, 2022, an increase of 49.3% from $2.1 billion in UPB as of June 30, 2021

‒ Portfolio growth was driven by record loan production volume over the prior twelve months
‒ Payoff activity totaled $142.8 million in UPB in 2Q22, compared to $131.8 million in 2Q21

  • The weighted average loan-to-value of the portfolio was 68.2% as of June 30, 2022, largely consistent with the 66.7% as of June 30, 2021, and the five-quarter trailing average of 67.5%

  • The weighted average total portfolio yield was 7.97% in 2Q22, a 93 bps year-over-year decrease driven by lower interest rates on new loan production over the period and payoff of older, higher-rate loans

  • Portfolio-related debt cost in 2Q22 was 4.34%, a decrease of 47 bps from 2Q21, driven by the collapse of older, higher-cost securitizations and lower rates on the securitizations issued in the second half of 2021

LOAN PRODUCTION VOLUMES

($ in millions)

2Q 2022

2Q 2021

$ Variance

% Variance

Investor 1-4 Rental

$

254

$

147

$

106

72

%

Traditional Commercial

164

95

69

73

%

Short-term loans

28

15

13

90

%

Total loan production

$

445

$

257

$

189

74

%

Discussion of results:

  • Loan production in 2Q22 totaled $445.4 million in UPB, compared to $256.5 million in UPB in 2Q21

‒ The year-over-year increase of 73.6% resulted from balanced growth of Investor 1-4 and Traditional Commercial long-term loan production

  • Loan production volume for the first half of 2022 was over $1.0 billion in UPB, more than twice the amount originated over the same period in 2021

  • The weighted average note rate on 2Q22 loan production was 7.75%, an increase of 43 bps from 2Q21

HFI PORTFOLIO CREDIT PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

($ in thousands)

2Q 2022

2Q 2021

$ Variance

% Variance

Nonperforming loans(a)

$

252,253

$

315,542

$

(63,290

)

(20

)%

Average Nonperforming Loans

$

257,646

$

274,112

$

(16,466

)

(6

)%

Nonperforming loans % total HFI Loans

8.2

%

15.3

%

n.a.

(47

)%

Total Charge Offs

$

37

$

918

$

(881

)

(96

)%

Charge-offs as a % of Avg. Nonperforming loans(b)

0.06

%

1.34

%

n.m.

(96

)%

Loan Loss Reserve

$

4,905

$

3,963

$

942

24

%

(a)

Nonperforming/Nonaccrual loans include loans 90+ days past due, loans in foreclosure, bankruptcy and on nonaccrual.

(b)

Reflects the annualized quarter-to-date charge-offs to average nonperforming loans for the period.

n.m. - non meaningful

Discussion of results:

  • Nonperforming loans (NPL) totaled $252.3 million in UPB as of June 30, 2022, or 8.2% of loans HFI, compared to $315.5 million and 15.3%, respectively, as of June 30, 2021

‒ The year-over-year reduction in NPL loans was driven by the post-pandemic economic recovery and successful loss mitigation activities by Velocity’s in-house special servicing team

  • Charge-offs in 2Q22 totaled $37.0 thousand compared to $917.6 thousand in 2Q21

‒ 2Q22 charge-offs were significantly lower than the trailing five-quarter average of $350.7 thousand per quarter

  • The loan loss reserve totaled $4.9 million as of June 30, 2022, a 23.8% increase from $4.0 million as of June 30, 2021, driven mainly by portfolio growth

  • Capitalized interest recovered on COVID forbearance loans granted a deferral totaled $3.8 million since the program's inception in April 2020, with a remaining balance of $7.1 million as of June 30, 2022. None of the capitalized interest has been forgiven.

NET REVENUES

($ in thousands)

2Q 2022

2Q 2021

$ Variance

% Variance

Interest income

$

59,243

$

44,978

$

14,265

32

%

Interest expense - portfolio related

(28,752

)

(20,566

)

(8,186

)

40

%

Net Interest Income - portfolio related

30,491

24,412

6,079

25

%

Interest expense - corporate debt

(4,182

)

(4,309

)

127

(3

)%

Net Interest Income

$

26,310

$

20,103

$

6,207

31

%

Loan loss provision

(279

)

1,000

(1,279

)

(128

)%

Gain on disposition of loans

1,776

2,391

(615

)

(26

)%

Other operating income (expense)

1,263

41

1,222

n.m

Total Net Revenues

$

29,069

$

23,535

$

5,534

24

%

Discussion of results:

  • Total net interest income, including corporate debt interest expense, increased by $6.2 million, or 30.9% from 2Q21

‒ Portfolio-related net interest income (excluding corporate debt interest expense) totaled $30.5 million, an increase of 24.9% from 2Q21, driven by higher net interest income resulting from portfolio growth and the continued realization of default interest and fees from NPL resolutions

  • Gain on the disposition of loans totaled $1.8 million in 2Q22, compared to $2.4 million in 2Q21

  • Other operating income growth in 2Q22 was driven by valuation gains in our mortgage servicing right (MSR) asset, driven by the rise in interest rates during the quarter

OPERATING EXPENSES

($ in thousands)

2Q 2022

2Q 2021

$ Variance

% Variance

Compensation and employee benefits

$

6,553

$

4,546

$

2,007

44

%

Rent and occupancy

426

430

(4

)

(1

)%

Loan servicing

3,290

1,922

1,368

71

%

Professional fees

1,062

795

267

34

%

Real estate owned, net

(251

)

1,039

(1,290

)

(124

)%

Other expenses

3,199

1,918

1,281

67

%

Total operating expenses

$

14,279

$

10,650

$

3,629

34

%

Discussion of results:

  • Operating expenses totaled $14.3 million in 2Q22, an increase of 34.1% from 2Q21

‒ Higher compensation expense resulting from salesforce and production operations growth
‒ Servicing expense growth was driven by the increase in securitizations outstanding to 17 as of June 30, 2022, from 13 as of June 30, 2021

SECURITIZATIONS

($ in thousands)

Securities

Balance at

Balance at

Trusts

Issued

6/30/2022

W.A. Rate

6/30/2021

W.A. Rate

2014-1 Trust

$

161,076

-

-

$

19,973

7.86

%

2015-1 Trust

285,457

$

-

-

24,852

7.63

%

2016-1 Trust

319,809

28,021

8.24

%

43,925

8.12

%

2017-2 Trust

245,601

68,749

3.59

%

101,179

3.33

%

2018-1 Trust

176,816

52,281

3.95

%

79,377

4.02

%

2018-2 Trust

307,988

108,845

4.36

%

175,943

4.48

%

2019-1 Trust

235,580

103,860

3.92

%

159,345

4.06

%

2019-2 Trust

207,020

98,792

3.37

%

141,446

3.51

%

2019-3 Trust

154,419

81,996

3.10

%

112,848

3.28

%

2020-1 Trust

248,700

149,646

2.84

%

199,267

2.86

%

2020-2 Trust

96,352

67,446

4.59

%

97,601

4.44

%

2020-MC1 Trust

179,371

-

-

84,454

4.43

%

2021-1 Trust

251,301

214,835

1.74

%

250,109

1.73

%

2021-2 Trust

194,918

185,448

2.01

%

2021-3 Trust

204,205

195,308

2.46

%

2021-4 Trust

319,116

291,181

3.14

%

2022-1 Trust

273,594

264,936

3.91

%

2022-2 Trust

241,388

240,076

5.08

%

2022-MC1 Trust

84,967

80,931

6.94

%

2022-3 Trust

296,323

294,768

5.67

%

$

4,322,925

$

2,527,119

3.77

%

$

1,580,407

3.83

%

Discussion of results:

  • The outstanding balance of Velocity’s securitizations as of June 30, 2022, totaled $2.5 billion, up from $1.6 billion as of June 30, 2022

  • Completed three VCC securitizations in 2Q22, totaling $622.7 million

‒ The VCC 2022-2 securitization totaling $241.4 million in April
‒ The VCC 2022-MC1 securitization totaling $85.0 million in May
‒ The VCC 2022-3 securitization totaling $296.3 million in June

  • The weighted average rate on Velocity’s outstanding securitizations decreased 5bps from June 30, 2021, primarily driven by the collapse of older, higher-cost securitizations and the lower rates on securitizations issued in 2021, partially offset by the increased cost of securitizations issued in 2Q22

RESOLUTION ACTIVITIES

LONG-TERM LOANS

RESOLUTION ACTIVITY

SECOND QUARTER 2022

SECOND QUARTER 2021

($ in thousands)

UPB $

Gain / (Loss) $

UPB $

Gain / (Loss) $

Paid in full

$

16,934

$

3,303

$

21,925

$

1,446

Paid current

17,407

129

14,949

219

REO sold

2,107

816

947

(2

)

Total resolutions

$

36,448

$

4,248

$

37,821

$

1,663

Resolutions as a % of nonperforming UPB

111.7

%

104.4

%

SHORT-TERM AND FORBEARANCE LOANS

RESOLUTION ACTIVITY

SECOND QUARTER 2022

SECOND QUARTER 2021

($ in thousands)

UPB $

Gain / (Loss) $

UPB $

Gain / (Loss) $

Paid in full

$

9,913

$

976

$

13,517

$

682

Paid current

2,877

22

7,794

59

REO sold

1,262

500

164

(73

)

Total resolutions

$

14,052

$

1,498

$

21,475

$

668

Resolutions as a % of nonperforming UPB

110.7

%

103.1

%

Grand total resolutions

$

50,500

$

5,746

$

59,296

$

2,331

Grand total resolutions as a % of nonperforming UPB

111.4

%

103.9

%

Discussion of results:

  • Total NPL resolution activities in 2Q22 totaled $50.5 million in UPB and realized net gains of $5.7 million, or 111.4% of UPB resolved, compared to $59.3 million in UPB and net gains of $2.3 million, or 103.9% of UPB resolved in 2Q21

‒ Long-term loan resolutions in 2Q22 totaled $36.4 million in UPB and realized gains of $4.2 million, compared to $37.8 million in UPB and realized gains of $1.7 million in 2Q21
‒ Short-term loan resolutions in 2Q22 totaled $14.1 million in UPB and realized gains of $1.5 million, compared to $21.5 million in UPB and realized gains of $0.67 million in 2Q21

_____________________________________________

(1)

Core income and Core EPS are a non-GAAP measures that exclude nonrecurring and unusual activities from GAAP net income.

(2)

Available liquidity includes unrestricted cash reserves of $46.2 million and available liquidity in unfinanced loans of $87.8 million as of June 30, 2022.

Velocity’s executive management team will host a conference call and webcast to review 2Q22 financial results on August 4th, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Webcast Information

The conference call will be webcast live in listen-only mode and can be accessed through the Events and Presentations section of the Velocity Financial Investor Relations website https://www.velfinance.com/events-and-presentations. To listen to the webcast, please go to Velocity’s website at least 15 minutes before the call to register, download, and install any needed software. An audio replay of the call will also be available on Velocity’s website following the completion of the conference call.

Conference Call Information

To participate by phone, please dial-in 15 minutes before the start time to allow for wait times to access the conference call. The live conference call will be accessible by dialing 1-833-316-0544 in the U.S. and Canada and 1-412-317-5725 for international callers. Callers should ask to join the Velocity Financial, Inc. earnings call.

A replay of the call will be available through midnight on August 29, 2022, and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 in the U.S. and 855-669-9658 in Canada or 1-412-317-0088 internationally. The passcode for the replay is #9239674. The replay will also be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website under "Events and Presentations."

About Velocity Financial, Inc.

Based in Westlake Village, California, Velocity is a vertically integrated real estate finance company that primarily originates and manages investor loans secured by 1-4-unit residential rental and small commercial properties. Velocity originates loans nationwide across an extensive network of independent mortgage brokers built and refined over 18 years.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial statements presented in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company uses non-GAAP core net income and core diluted EPS, which are non-GAAP financial measures.

Non-GAAP core net income and non-GAAP core diluted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures that represent our net income (loss) and net income (loss) per diluted share, adjusted to eliminate the effect of certain costs incurred from activities that are not normal recurring operating expenses, such as COVID-stressed charges and recoveries of loan loss provision, nonrecurring debt amortization, the impact of operational measures taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic and workforce reduction costs, and costs associated with acquisitions. To calculate non-GAAP core diluted EPS, we use the weighted-average number of shares of common stock outstanding that is used to calculate net income per diluted share under GAAP.

We have included non-GAAP core net income and non-GAAP core diluted EPS because they are key measures used by our management to evaluate our operating performance, generate future operating plans, and make strategic decisions, including those relating to operating expenses and the allocation of internal resources. Accordingly, we believe that non-GAAP core net income and non-GAAP core diluted EPS provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and board of directors. In addition, they provide useful measures for period-to-period comparisons of our business, as they remove the effect of certain items that we expect to be nonrecurring.

These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by GAAP and are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

For more information on Core Income, please refer to the section of this press release below titled "Adjusted Financial Metric Reconciliation to GAAP Net Income" at the end of this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to anticipated results, expectations, projections, plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends, and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "goal," or "potential" or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases that are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and which do not relate solely to historical matters. You can also identify forward-looking statements by discussions of strategy, plans, or intentions.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect our current views about future events and are subject to numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and changes in circumstances that may cause actual results to differ significantly from those expressed or contemplated in any forward-looking statement. While forward-looking statements reflect our good faith projections, assumptions, and expectations, they are not guarantees of future results. Furthermore, we disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, data or methods, future events, or other changes, except as required by applicable law. Factors that could cause our results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, (1) the continued course and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and its direct and indirect impacts, (2) general economic and real estate market conditions, (3) regulatory and/or legislative changes, (4) our customers' continued interest in loans and doing business with us, (5) market conditions and investor interest in our contemplated securitization and (6) changes in federal government fiscal and monetary policies.

Additional information relating to these and other factors that could cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or contemplated in any forward-looking statements can be found in the section titled ‘‘Risk Factors" in our Form 10-K filed with the SEC on May 10, 2021, as well as other cautionary statements we make in our current and periodic filings with the SEC. Such filings are available publicly on our Investor Relations web page at www.velfinance.com.

Velocity Financial, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition

Quarter Ended

6/30/2022

3/31/2022

12/31/2021

9/30/2021

6/30/2021

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

(In thousands)

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

46,250

$

36,629

$

35,965

$

35,497

$

27,741

Restricted cash

9,217

10,837

11,639

9,586

7,921

Loans held for sale, net

0

77,503

87,908

0

7,916

Loans held for investment, at fair value

1,351

1,352

1,359

1,360

1,370

Loans held for investment

3,084,045

2,793,968

2,494,204

2,265,922

2,057,046

Net deferred loan costs

34,755

34,334