May 10, 2016

Stonegate Mortgage Corporation Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/10/16 --  Stonegate Mortgage Corporation ("Stonegate Mortgage" or the "Company") (SGM), a leading, non-bank mortgage company focused on originating, financing and servicing U.S. residential mortgage loans, today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. The Company operates as an intermediary between residential mortgage borrowers and the ultimate investors of mortgages through originating, financing, and servicing U.S. residential mortgages.

"Our first quarter results were significantly impacted by a $35.7 million decline in the fair market value of our MSR asset and a 15% decrease from the prior quarter in mortgage originations from continuing operations that, while disappointing, was consistent with the overall decline in the industry as a whole during the first quarter, based on preliminary data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. Even in these difficult conditions, we made additional progress in optimizing the expense structure of our business," said Jim Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Stonegate. "As we move forward, these cost structure improvements will enhance our competitive position and drive improved operating performance. We remain highly focused on increasing overall shareholder value, improving execution and maintaining a strong balance sheet."

The following information is reported in the Company's financial and operating results from continuing operations, unless otherwise noted, as the retail restructuring announced last year resulted in, and is presented as, discontinued operations.

Revenues decreased 89% to $5.0 million in the first quarter of 2016 from $46.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 due primarily to the $35.7 million decline in the value of our MSR asset. The 10-year Treasury note rate decreased from 2.27% on December 31st, 2015 to 1.78% on March 31st, 2016. Revenues were down 86% from $34.9 million in the first quarter of 2015 which was predominantly the result of decreases in gains on mortgage loans held for sale and a higher negative change in the fair value of our MSRs from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, partially offset by a decline in loan payoffs and principal amortization of MSRs.

Net loss for the first quarter 2016 was $37.5 million, or $1.45 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2015, and net loss of $9.6 million, or $0.37 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2015. Due to the significant decline in our MSR asset during the first quarter of 2016, the difference between our deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities increased, which led to the recording of an additional valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets in the amount of $13.1 million.

Adjusted net loss1 was $3.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted share1, for the first quarter of 2016, after excluding pre-tax mortgage servicing rights valuation adjustments of $35.7 million. Adjusted net income was $1.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2015 and adjusted net income was $5.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2015. The decrease was primarily attributable to a reduction in our gain on sale due to lower originations volume, reduced MSR capitalization rate and shift in the retail channel production. These decreases were partially offset with decreased amortization of MSRs expense related to payoffs and principal reductions experienced during the current period and reduced operating expense due to decreased headcount in revenue producing positions, discontinued branch operations and in segment and corporate support areas. Refer to page 6 for a reconciliation of adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share to the most directly comparable measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Mortgage loan origination volume decreased 15% to $1.94 billion during the first quarter of 2016 from $2.27 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015, and decreased 26% from $2.61 billion in originations during the first quarter of 2015. Lock volume was up 14% to $3.07 billion during the first quarter of 2016 from $2.69 billion in the fourth quarter 2015, and down 32% from lock volume of $4.50 billion from the first quarter of 2015.

1 Adjusted net income (loss) from continuing operations and adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations are considered non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are performance measures and are presented to provide additional information about our core operations. See page 6 of this release for a discussion of the use of these non-GAAP measures and a reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP measures to the most comparable measure prepared in accordance with GAAP.

The Company's servicing portfolio, as measured by unpaid principal balance ("UPB"), was $18.07 billion at March 31, 2016, an increase of 3% over December 31, 2015 UPB of $17.52 billion and up 7% from March 31, 2015 UPB of $16.96 billion.

Mortgage loan funded volume through the Company's warehouse lines of credit provided to its correspondent and other customers in the Company's Financing segment increased 4% to $881.6 million in the first quarter of 2016 from $844.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, and increased 38% from $638.1 million in the first quarter of 2015.

Recent Developments

April 2016 Key Operating Highlights

  • Average origination volume per business day increased to $36.8 million in April 2016, up 18% compared with average origination volume per business day of $31.3 million during the first quarter of 2016.
  • Average mortgage loans locked per business day in April 2016 decreased 1% to $49.2 million, compared with average locks per business day of $49.5 million during the first quarter of 2016.

Audio Presentation

Stonegate Mortgage's Chief Executive Officer, Jim Smith and Chief Financial Officer, Carrie Preston, will review the results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 in a recorded presentation. The audio recording and accompanying slide presentation will be available on the Company's Investor Relations Website at http://investors.stonegatemtg.com.

About Stonegate Mortgage Corporation

Founded in 2005, Stonegate Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: SGM) is a leading, publicly-traded, mortgage company that originates, finances and services agency and non-agency residential mortgages through its network of retail offices and approved third party originators. Stonegate Mortgage also provides financing through its fully integrated warehouse lending platform, NattyMac. Stonegate Mortgage's operational excellence, financial strength, dedication to customer service, and commitment to technology have positioned the firm as a leading provider in the emerging housing finance market.

For more information on Stonegate Mortgage Corporation, please visit www.stonegatemtg.com.

 
Stonegate Mortgage Corporation
Key Operating Statistics
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended
(In millions)   March 31, 2016   December 31, 2015   March 31, 2015
Origination volume by channel:                  
Retail   $ 215.3   $ 292.9   $ 362.9
Wholesale     428.1     545.9     806.7
Correspondent     1,298.1     1,433.2     1,437.6
Total origination volume   $ 1,941.5   $ 2,272.0   $ 2,607.2
                   
Average origination volume per business day   $ 31.3   $ 37.2   $ 42.7
                   
Mortgage loan locks volume:                  
Mortgage loans locked   $ 3,066.0   $ 2,690.2   $ 4,495.2
Average mortgage loans locked per business day   $ 49.5   $ 44.1   $ 73.7
                   
    As of
    March 31, 2016   December 31, 2015   March 31, 2015
Servicing portfolio   $ 18,067.8   $ 17,520.7     16,964.7
                   
                   
 
Stonegate Mortgage Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended  
(In thousands, except per share data)   March 31, 2016     December 31, 2015     March 31, 2015  
Revenues                        
Gains on mortgage loans held for sale, net   $ 23,122     $ 22,724     $ 45,001  
Changes in mortgage servicing rights valuation     (35,720 )     4,130       (24,190 )
Payoffs and principal amortization of mortgage servicing rights     (7,249 )     (7,226 )     (13,766 )
Loan origination and other loan fees     4,462       5,425       5,347  
Loan servicing fees     13,446       13,771       14,339  
Interest and other income     6,915       7,993       8,189  
Total revenues     4,976       46,817       34,920  
                         
Expenses                        
Salaries, commissions and benefits     23,226       22,473       29,438  
General and administrative expense     7,014       7,351       7,402  
Interest expense     7,249       7,705       8,024  
Occupancy, equipment and communication     4,247       4,430       4,225  
Depreciation and amortization expense     2,546       2,202       1,710  
Total expenses     44,282       44,161       50,799  
                         
(Loss) income before income tax (benefit) expense     (39,306 )     2,656       (15,879 )
Income tax (benefit) expense     (1,783 )     1,603       (6,326 )
(Loss) income from continuing operations, net of tax     (37,523 )     1,053       (9,553 )
(Loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax     -       (534 )     (1,566 )
Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders   $ (37,523 )   $ 519     $ (11,119 )
                         
                         
Basic (loss) income per share:                        
  From continuing operations   $ (1.45 )   $ 0.04     $ (0.37 )
  From discontinued operations   $ -     $ (0.03 )   $ (0.06 )
    Total basic (loss) income per share   $ (1.45 )   $ 0.01     $ (0.43 )
                         
Diluted (loss) income per share:                        
  From continuing operations   $ (1.45 )   $ 0.04     $ (0.37 )
  From discontinued operations   $ -     $ (0.03 )   $ (0.06 )
    Total diluted (loss) income per share   $ (1.45 )   $ 0.01     $ (0.43 )
                             
                             
 
Stonegate Mortgage Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
 
(In thousands, except share and per share data)   March 31, 2016     December 31, 2015  
                 
Assets                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 29,466     $ 32,463  
Restricted cash     5,027       4,045  
Mortgage loans held for sale, at fair value     697,694       645,696  
Servicing advances, net     17,745       19,374  
Derivative assets     17,681       12,160  
Mortgage servicing rights, at fair value     171,676       199,637  
Property and equipment, net     21,052       22,923  
Loans eligible for repurchase from GNMA     84,006       80,794  
Warehouse lending receivables     182,762       199,215  
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net     6,781       6,902  
Subordinated loan receivable     30,000       30,000  
Other assets     22,934       27,417  
Total assets   $ 1,286,824     $ 1,280,626  
                 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity                
Liabilities                
Secured borrowings - mortgage loans   $ 412,750     $ 492,799  
Secured borrowings - mortgage servicing rights     92,069       77,069  
Secured borrowings - eligible GNMA loan repurchases     36,227       37,615  
Mortgage repurchase borrowings     384,560       279,421  
Warehouse lines of credit     883       1,306  
Operating lines of credit     4,997       5,000  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     21,874       23,544  
Derivative liabilities     8,976       2,517  
Reserve for mortgage repurchases and indemnifications     5,798       5,536  
Liability for loans eligible for repurchase from GNMA     84,006       80,794  
Deferred income tax liabilities, net     758       2,364  
Other liabilities     9,515       11,033  
Total liabilities     1,062,413       1,018,998  
                 
Stockholders' equity                
Common stock, par value $0.01, shares authorized - 100,000,000; shares issued: 25,867,117 and outstanding: 25,817,744 at March 31, 2016; shares issued: 25,845,566 and outstanding: 25,796,193 at December 31, 2015     264       264  
Additional paid-in capital     271,212       270,906  
Retained earnings     (47,065 )     (9,542 )
Total stockholders' equity     224,411       261,628  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 1,286,824     $ 1,280,626  
                 
                 
 
Stonegate Mortgage Corporation
GAAP Reconciliation
(Unaudited)
 
We calculate adjusted net (loss) income from continuing operations and adjusted diluted (loss) earnings per share from continuing operations as performance measures, which are considered non-GAAP financial measures, to further aid our investors in understanding and analyzing our core operating results and comparing them among periods. Adjusted net (loss) income from continuing operations and adjusted diluted (loss) earnings per share from continuing operations exclude certain items that we do not consider part of our core operating results, including changes in valuation inputs and assumptions on our MSRs, stock-based compensation expenses, severance expenses and sale or disposal of long-lived assets. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for (loss) income before income taxes from continuing operations, net (loss) income from continuing operations or diluted (LPS) EPS from continuing operations prepared in accordance with GAAP.
 
    Three Months Ended  
(In thousands, except per share data)   March 31, 2016     December 31, 2015     March 31, 2015  
Net (loss) income from continuing operations   $ (37,523 )   $ 1,053     $ (9,553 )
Adjustments:                        
  Changes in valuation inputs and assumptions on MSRs     35,720       (4,130 )     24,190  
  Stock-based compensation expense     306       278       822  
  Severance expense     -       202       -  
  Results from discontinued retail branches     64       -       -  
  Tax effect of adjustments     (1,635 )     3,789       (9,780 )
Adjusted net (loss) income   $ (3,068 )   $ 1,192     $ 5,679  
                         
Diluted (loss) income per share   $ (1.45 )   $ 0.04       (0.37 )
Adjustments:                        
  Changes in valuation inputs and assumptions on MSRs     1.38       (0.16 )     0.94  
  Stock-based compensation expense     0.01       0.01       0.03  
  Severance expense     -       0.01       -  
  Results from discontinued retail branches     -       -       -  
  Tax effect of adjustments     (0.06 )     0.15       (0.38 )
Adjusted diluted (loss) earnings per share   $ (0.12 )   $ 0.05     $ 0.22  
                         
                         

Forward Looking Statements

Various statements contained in this earnings release, including those that express a belief, expectation or intention, as well as those that are not statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may include projections and estimates concerning the timing and success of specific projects and our future production, revenues, income and capital spending. Our forward- looking statements are generally accompanied by words such as "estimate," "project," "predict," "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "potential," "plan," "goal" or other words that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. The forward-looking statements in this earnings release speak only as of the date of this earnings release; we disclaim any obligation to update these statements unless required by law, and we caution you not to rely on them unduly. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and assumptions about future events. While our management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors, including those discussed in the "Risk Factors" section within our 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2016 and any revisions to those Risk Factors in subsequent filings, may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

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