February 29, 2016

Altisource Residential Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results; Announces Fourth Quarter Estimated Taxable Income of $37.8 Million or $0.68 Per Share; Declares Special Dividend of $0.15 Per Share of Common Stock

CHRISTIANSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands, Feb. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altisource Residential Corporation ("Residential" or the "Company") (NYSE:RESI) today announced financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Estimated taxable income increased to $37.8 million, or $0.68 per share, from $10.4 million, or $0.18 per share in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Rental revenue increased to $5.7 million, representing a 41% increase over the third quarter of 2015.
  • Increased rental portfolio to 2,732 homes, including 2,118 rented properties, 264 listed and ready for rent and 350 properties under leasehold renovation and unit turn.
  • Reduced non-performing mortgage loan ("NPL") portfolio to 5,739 loans.1
  • Completed the sale of 772 loans within approximately 1% of balance sheet carrying value; unpaid principal balance ("UPB") of the sold loans was $309.6 million, or approximately 15%  of the total UPB in Residential's loan portfolio.
  • Agreed to purchase a portfolio of 627 rental homes; expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.2
  • Expanded One-by-One purchase program with 156 homes acquired or under contract in the fourth quarter in 9 MSAs.
  • Completed repurchases of $5.0 million of stock, bringing total repurchases in 2015 to $25.0 million.

Full Year 2015 Highlights

  • Estimated taxable income of $107.6 million and dividends with respect to 2015 taxable income of $1.90 per share, including the $0.15 per share special dividend announced today.
  • Increased rental portfolio to 2,732 homes as of December 31, 2015, representing an increase of 247% over the 787 properties in the rental portfolio as of December 31, 2014.
  • Negotiated new Asset Management Agreement with Altisource Asset Management Corporation ("AAMC"), resulting in a reduction of asset management fees by approximately 68% to $23.7 million in 2015 from $74.0 million for 2014.
  • Transferred servicing of 6,818 loans with an aggregate UPB of $1.7 billion to Residential's two new mortgage servicers.
  • Following completed and pending NPL sales, substantially all of Residential's unsecuritized loans will have been moved to new servicers.
  • Added, amended and extended the Company's repurchase and lending facilities and completed a third NPL securitization, increasing the Company's financing capacity to $1.8 billion at December 31, 2015 versus $1.6 billion at December 31, 2014.

Recent Developments

  • Agreed to sell a portfolio of 1,266 NPLs within approximately 1% of balance sheet carrying value; UPB of the loans to be sold is $434.3 million, or approximately 24% of the year-end total UPB in Residential's loan portfolio; the sale is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.3

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special dividend of $0.15 per share of common stock, or an aggregate of $8.3 million based on shares outstanding. This dividend is intended to complete the distribution of 100% of Residential's taxable income for the year ended December 31, 2015. The Company will pay this dividend on March 17, 2016 to all stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 10, 2016.

"In 2015, we substantially diversified Residential's acquisition strategies in light of evolving economic conditions and higher pricing in the NPL marketplace," stated Chief Executive Officer George G. Ellison. "We believe that the flexibility afforded to us by our differentiated business model and our relationship with Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. ("Altisource") has provided us with the growth engine and nationwide property management infrastructure to support the acquisition of large numbers of single family rental properties at a high yield. I am confident our diversified acquisition approach and our continuing transition to a 100% single family rental REIT has positioned Residential to reward investors with long-term growth and attractive returns through enhanced scale and superior cost controls."
1 The 5,739 NPLs excludes 1,297 loans held for sale at December 31, 2015.
2 Definitive purchase agreement was executed in February 2016. Sale is subject to completion of due diligence and expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
3 Sale is subject to completion of due diligence and final negotiation of definitive purchase agreement. Final purchase price is subject to final confirmation.

Strategic Update

Since the commencement of operations in December 2012, Residential has been committed to becoming and maintaining its position as one of the top single family rental REITs. Our continuing strategy is to build long term shareholder value through the creation of a large portfolio of single family rental homes and target best in class operating yield.  In order to achieve this goal, Residential has shifted its focus to diversifying its acquisition strategies and substantially growing its single family rental portfolio. By opportunistically selling NPLs and non-rental REO properties that do not meet the Company's targeted rental criteria, Residential can capitalize on attractive single family rental economics and utilize proceeds from these asset sales to invest its resources in higher yielding markets. As part of its strategy to transition to a 100% single family rental REIT, Residential is:

  • Capitalizing on attractive single family rental economics. We expect that the tightening mortgage market and rising interest rates will lead to an increase in the number of U.S. households that are renters. By increasing its presence in this segment of the housing market and focusing on working class single family homes, Residential differentiates itself from its competitors.
  • Investing its resources in higher yielding markets to adapt to current market conditions. The Company is in its acquisition phase and is in the process of significantly increasing its total single family rental portfolio. Residential's focus on lower cost homes with a higher yield and building scale will ultimately lead to a strong stable dividend.
  • Utilizing its long-term service agreement with Altisource, a premier marketplace and transaction solutions provider. Altisource provides Residential with real estate portfolio management, asset recovery and customer relationship management services.  Altisource sets Residential apart, both economically and operationally, and allows the Company to grow in any market where Residential sees appropriate yield.
  • Sourcing homes through both NPLs and direct purchases. Together with Altisource, the Company believes it can achieve a stabilized NOI margin of 60-65% and a 6-7% net yield.

Residential has implemented this strategy in order to best position the Company to provide a consistent and robust return on equity for its investors.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $66.2 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, compared to net income of $41.5 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2015 totaled $46.0 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, compared to net income of $188.9 million, or $3.34 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Webcast and Conference Call

The Company expects to host a webcast and conference call on Monday, February 29, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015. The conference call will be webcast live over the internet from the Company's website at www.altisourceresi.com and can be accessed by clicking on the "Shareholders" link.

About Residential

Residential is focused on providing quality, affordable rental homes to families throughout the United States.  Additional information is available at www.altisourceresi.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding management's beliefs, estimates, projections, anticipations and assumptions with respect to, among other things, the Company's financial results, future operations, business plans and investment strategies as well as industry and market conditions. These statements may be identified by words such as "anticipate," "intend," "expect," "may," "could," "should," "would," "plan," "estimate," "seek," "believe" and other expressions or words of similar meaning. We caution that forward looking statements are qualified by the existence of certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from what is contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, our ability to implement our business strategy; our ability to make distributions to our stockholders; the impact of changes to the supply of, value of and the returns on sub-performing and non-performing loans and single family rental properties; our ability to successfully modify or otherwise resolve sub-performing and non-performing loans; our ability to convert loans to single family rental properties and acquire single family rental properties generating attractive returns; our ability to predict costs; difficulties in identifying sub-performing and non-performing loans and single family properties to acquire; our ability to effectively compete with competitors; our ability to apply the net proceeds from financings in target assets in a timely manner; changes in interest rates and the market value of the collateral underlying our sub-performing and nonperforming loan portfolios or acquired single family properties; our ability to obtain and access financing arrangements on favorable terms, or at all; our ability to retain the exclusive engagement of Altisource Asset Management Corporation; the failure of Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. to effectively perform its obligations under various agreements with us; the failure of our servicers to effectively perform their servicing obligations under their servicing agreements with us; our failure to qualify or maintain qualification as a REIT; our failure to maintain our exemption from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended; the impact of adverse real estate, mortgage or housing markets; the impact of adverse legislative or regulatory tax changes and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the "Risk Factors" and other sections described from time to time in the Company's current and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, financial risks such as liquidity and credit risks could influence future results. The foregoing list of factors should not be construed as exhaustive.

The statements made in this press release are current as of the date of this press release only. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or any other information contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Altisource Residential Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 Three months ended
December 31, 2015
 Three months ended
December 31, 2014
 Year ended
December 31, 2015
 Year ended
December 31, 2014
Rental revenues$5,672  $845  $13,233  $1,564 
Net unrealized (loss) gain on mortgage loans(42,013) 91,924  88,829  350,822 
Net realized gain on mortgage loans10,533  21,899  58,061  55,766 
Net realized gain on mortgage loans held for sale35,927  2,469  36,432  2,771 
Net realized gain on real estate14,006  4,938  50,932  9,482 
Interest income16  136  611  2,893 
Total revenues24,141  122,211  248,098  423,298 
Residential property operating expenses20,376  12,468  66,266  26,018 
Real estate depreciation and amortization3,080  603  7,472  1,067 
Acquisition fees and costs1,298  293  2,292  1,545 
Related party acquisition fees and costs  314    1,039 
Real estate and mortgage loan selling costs and impairment37,995  13,013  72,230  21,788 
Mortgage loan servicing costs14,357  18,593  62,346  68,181 
Interest expense14,217  11,460  53,694  35,812 
General and administrative1,036  1,089  9,539  5,502 
Related party general and administrative, net of reimbursements(2,073) 25,087  23,716  75,991 
Total expenses90,286  82,920  297,555  236,943 
Other income  2,160  3,518  2,543 
(Loss) income before income taxes(66,145) 41,451  (45,939) 188,898 
Income tax expense (benefit)13  (31) 66  45 
Net (loss) income$(66,158) $41,482  $(46,005) $188,853 
(Loss) earnings per share of common stock — basic:       
(Loss) earnings per basic share$(1.18) $0.73  $(0.81) $3.36 
Weighted average common stock outstanding — basic55,918,072  57,189,125  56,843,028  56,247,376 
(Loss) earnings per share of common stock — diluted:       
(Loss) earnings per diluted share$(1.18) $0.72  $(0.81) $3.34 
Weighted average common stock outstanding — diluted55,918,072  57,405,882  56,843,028  56,588,137 
Dividends declared per common share$0.10  $0.55  $1.83  $2.03 

Altisource Residential Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
Real estate held for use:   
Land$56,346  $14,424 
Rental residential properties (net of accumulated depreciation of $7,127 and $1,062, respectively)224,040  60,908 
Real estate owned455,483  457,045 
Total real estate held for use, net735,869  532,377 
Real estate assets held for sale250,557  92,230 
Mortgage loans at fair value960,534  1,959,044 
Mortgage loans held for sale317,336  12,535 
Cash and cash equivalents116,702  66,166 
Restricted cash20,566  13,282 
Accounts receivable, net45,903  10,313 
Related party receivables2,180  17,491 
Investment in affiliate  18,000 
Deferred leasing and financing costs, net7,886  4,251 
Prepaid expenses and other assets415  373 
Total assets$2,457,948  $2,726,062 
Repurchase agreements$767,513  $1,015,000 
Other secured borrowings (including $14,991 repurchase agreement with NewSource as of December 31, 2014)505,630  339,082 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities32,448  11,678 
Related party payables  33,391 
Total liabilities1,305,591  1,399,151 
Commitments and contingencies   
Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000,000 authorized shares; 57,226,080 and 55,581,005 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, as of December 31, 2015 and 57,192,212 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014572  572 
Additional paid-in capital1,227,385  1,227,091 
(Accumulated deficit) retained earnings(50,617) 99,248 
Treasury stock, at cost, 1,645,075 shares as of December 31, 2015 and 0 shares as of December 31, 2014(24,983)  
Total equity1,152,357  1,326,911 
Total liabilities and equity$2,457,948  $2,726,062 

Non-GAAP measures - Estimated REIT taxable income

Estimated REIT taxable income is a measure that the Company uses in connection with monitoring its compliance with certain REIT requirements. The Company believes that estimated REIT taxable income is useful to its investors because its dividends are determined directly by its REIT taxable income due to a REIT's requirement to distribute at least 90% of its taxable income in each fiscal year. Estimated REIT taxable income should not be considered as an alternative to net income or net income per share as indicators of the Company's operating performance.

The following table is a reconciliation of U.S. GAAP net income to estimated REIT taxable income ($ in thousands):

  Year ended
December 31, 2015
 Year ended
December 31, 2014
(Loss) income before income taxes $(45,939) $188,898 
Add net loss of taxable REIT subsidiaries 49,708  8,238 
Adjusted net income 3,769  197,136 
Book to tax differences:    
Net unrealized gain on mortgage loans 80,046  (134,963)
Net realized gain on mortgage loans (76,076) (16,892)
Net realized gain on mortgage loans held for sale 47,752  681 
Net realized gain on real estate sold (57,038) (9,012)
Interest income, advances and recoveries 21,279  12,858 
Depreciation and amortization 3,174  327 
Valuations and impairments 38,683  14,604 
Mortgage loan servicing cost 44,049  49,128 
Acquisition fees and due diligence 897  2,083 
Other book/tax differences, net 1,048  (187)
Estimated REIT taxable income $107,583  $115,763 


Robin N. Lowe
Chief Financial Officer
T: 1-345-815-9919
E: Robin.Lowe@AltisourceAMC.com

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