LM Funding Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results

Tampa, Florida, UNITED STATES


TAMPA, Fla., March 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ:LMFA) (NASDAQ:LMFAW), a specialty finance company offering unique funding solutions to community associations, reported results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2015.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Revenue totaled $1.77 million versus $1.82 million in Q4 2014
  • Cash flow from operations was $523,000 versus $517,000 in Q4 2014
  • Average collection per delinquent unit increased to $4,677 from $4,558 in Q4 2014
  • Raised $9.7 million of net proceeds in October 2015 IPO

Full Year 2015 Highlights

  • Revenue totaled $6.96 million versus $7.65 million in 2014
  • Cash flow from operations was $2.25 million versus $2.42 million in 2014
  • Average collection per delinquent unit increased to $4,573 from $4,526 in 2014

Management Commentary
“The strong fourth quarter marked our second consecutive profitable quarter as a reporting company,” said Bruce Rodgers, founder and CEO of LM Funding, “and market demand for our unique association funding solutions continues to grow in the new year.

“The capital contributed by our October 2015 IPO provided the much-needed resources to fully capitalize on this major market opportunity. We also have behind us a number of large, one-time expenses that contributed to the capital constraints that challenged our growth in 2015. As such, we think a great indicator of our performance in our IPO year is our cash flow from operations.

“The additional capital resources have supported our recent expansion into Illinois as the fourth state where we operate. The head of our new Chicago office possesses long-standing relationships with the local association community, which presents a tremendous opportunity to provide these associations our easy, cost-effective way to collect their unpaid assessments.”

“Building out our sales teams in other states also represents a key growth driver, so we have added five additional commission-based sales reps in Florida. Our sales teams have set a collective goal to acquire 2,000 delinquent accounts over the next 12 months, which would compare to the 361 we acquired in all of 2015. We expect to maintain profitable growth in the first half of the year, but given our typical multi-month sales cycle, we expect to see more meaningful results from our expanded sales staff and new influx in capital during the second half of the year.”

Fourth Quarter 2015 - Financial Results
Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2015 were $1.77 million compared with $1.82 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease was due to the decline in collections of the company’s original product, offset by an increase in collections related to the New Neighbor Guaranty product and rental income from REO properties.

Operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $1.61 million compared with $1.03 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. The change was due to the increase in business activity and expenses related to the IPO and the recognition of estimated credit loss reserve, which was partially offset by a new favorable agreement with partner law firms that lowered expenses.

Interest expense in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $151,000 compared with $225,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease is attributable to the refinance of $7.4 million at 8% interest that occurred in December 2014.

Net income in the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $159,000 compared with $572,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease was driven by an increase in costs associated with settlement costs and a one-time provision for credit losses, offset by a decrease in collection costs.

Cash flow from operations, which management believes gives a more accurate representation of their performance as it excludes one-time charges, totaled $523,000 for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $517,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014.

At December 31, 2015, cash totaled $9.0 million compared with $2.0 million at December 31, 2014, the increase driven by $9.7 million of net proceeds from the October 2015 IPO.

Full Year 2015 - Financial Results
Revenues in 2015 totaled $6.96 million compared with $7.65 million in 2014. The decrease was due to the decline in collections of the company’s original product, offset by an increase in collections related to the New Neighbor Guaranty product and rental income from REO properties.

Operating expenses in 2015 totaled $4.52 million compared with $4.12 million in the prior year. The change was due to the increase in business activity and expenses related to the IPO and the recognition of estimated credit loss reserve, which was partially offset by a new, favorable agreement with partner law firms which lowered expenses.

Interest expense in 2015 totaled $717,000 compared with $985,000 in 2014. The decrease is attributable to the refinance of $7.4 million at 8% interest that occurred in December 2014.

Net income in 2015 totaled $1.87 million compared with $2.55 million in 2014.

Cash flow from operations totaled $2.25 million for 2015 compared with $2.42 million in 2014.

Conference Call
Management will hold a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss these results, followed by a question and answer period.

Interested parties can listen to the live presentation by dialing the listen-only number below or by clicking the webcast link available on the Investors section of the company's website at www.lmfunding.com.

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time
Listen-only toll-free number: (877) 546-2778
Listen-only international number: (281) 973-6268
Conference ID: 77042628
Webcast: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/9xb2u6st

Please call the conference telephone number 10 minutes before the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios at 949-574-3860.

A replay of the call will be available by telephone after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time today and via the Investors section of the LM Funding website at www.lmfunding.com through May 30, 2016.

Toll-free replay number: (855) 859-2056
International replay number: (404) 537-3406
Conference ID: 77042628

About LM Funding America
LM Funding America, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is a specialty finance company that provides funding to nonprofit community associations (Associations) primarily located in the state of Florida, as well as in the states of Washington, Colorado and Illinois. The company offers funding to Associations by purchasing a certain portion of the associations’ rights to delinquent accounts that are selected by the Associations arising from unpaid Association assessments. It is also involved in the business of purchasing delinquent accounts on various terms tailored to suit each Association’s financial needs, including under its New Neighbor Guaranty™ program. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Tampa, Florida. The company's common shares and warrants trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbols "LMFA" and "LMFAW”.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” and “project” and other similar words and expressions are intended to signify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various risks and uncertainties.  Some of these risks and uncertainties are identified in the company’s filings with the SEC.  The occurrence of any of these risks and uncertainties could have a material adverse effect on the company’s business, financial condition, and results of operations. 


LM Funding America, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheet 
     
  December 31, December 31,
   2015   2014 
Assets    
Cash $  8,997,798  $  2,027,694 
Finance receivables:     
Original product    1,537,101     2,430,456 
Special product - New Neighbor Guaranty program, net of allowance for credit losses of $125,000 and $0, respectively    715,534     1,042,805 
Due from related party    406,219     463,900 
Prepaid expenses and other assets    151,362     310,688 
Debt issue costs, net    197,959     290,688 
Fixed assets, net    158,692     162,396 
Real estate assets owned    285,341     42,731 
Deferred tax asset    2,162,380    —
Total assets $  14,612,386  $  6,771,358 
     
Liabilities and stockholders' equity/members' deficit    
Notes Payable  $  7,729,605  $  7,431,938 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses    466,783     344,721 
Deferred revenue - origination fees    51,740     61,966 
Deferred tax liability    41,803    —
Other liabilities and obligations    57,989     65,910 
Total liabilities    8,347,920     7,904,535 
     
Members' deficit (see note 9)   —    (1,144,212)
Stockholders' equity    
Common stock, par value $.001; 10,000,000 shares authorized; 3,300,000 shares issued and outstanding    3,300    —
Additional paid-in capital    6,281,322    —
Accumulated deficit    (20,156)   —
Noncontrolling interest   —    11,035 
Total stockholders' equity/(members' deficit)    6,264,466     (1,133,177)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity/(members' deficit) $  14,612,386  $  6,771,358 
     

 

LM Funding America, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
        
 Quarters ended December 31, Years ended December 31,
  2015   2014   2015   2014 
Revenues       
Interest on delinquent association fees$  1,397,373  $  1,472,107  $  5,588,697  $  6,432,878 
Administrative and late fees   129,541     147,272     544,067     709,846 
Recoveries in excess of cost - special product   122,899     61,072     345,686     136,655 
Underwriting and origination fees   67,736     111,296     302,154     243,366 
Rental revenue   54,785     31,289     180,157     126,644 
Total revenues   1,772,334     1,823,036     6,960,761     7,649,389 
        
Operating Expenses       
Staff Costs & Payroll   389,884     329,109     1,288,342     1,301,137 
Professional fees   319,935     124,948     819,343     565,537 
Settlement costs with associations   287,541     54,245     805,180     373,422 
Selling, general and administrative   193,695     182,207     686,721     716,503 
Real estate management and disposal   61,080     55,966     270,574     190,743 
Depreciation and amortization   111,501     73,580     247,646     152,668 
Collection costs   92,209     190,494     206,998     715,547 
Provision for credit losses   125,000     -      125,000    —
Other operating   27,437     16,359     68,565     102,476 
Operating expenses   1,608,282     1,026,908     4,518,369     4,118,033 
        
Operating Income   164,052     796,128     2,442,392     3,531,356 
        
Interest expense   151,118     224,523     717,305     985,023 
        
Income before income taxes   12,934     571,605     1,725,087     2,546,333 
        
Income tax benefit   (146,555)    -      146,555    —
        
Net income   159,489     571,605     1,871,642     2,546,333 
        
Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest   (16,172)    (36,015)    (139,865)    (163,869)
        
Net income (loss) attributable to predecessor members   163,473     535,590     (1,751,933)    (2,382,464)
        
Net income (loss) to common stockholders$  (20,156)  $  — $  (20,156)  $  —
        
Income (loss) per share attributable to the stockholders of LM Funding America, Inc.        
Basic    $  (0.01)   —
Diluted     $  (0.01)   —
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding        
Basic       3,300,000    —
Diluted        3,306,038    —


LM Funding America, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
(Unaudited)
        
 Quarters ended December 31, Years ended December 31,
  2015   2014   2015   2014 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:       
Interest on delinquent association fees$  1,397,374  $  1,540,108  $  5,588,697  $  6,432,878 
Administrative and late fees   129,541     147,272     544,067     709,846 
Recoveries in excess of cost - special product   122,902     (4,688)    345,686     136,655 
Underwriting and origination fees   42,876     24,880     291,928     183,621 
Rental revenue   56,475     (124,534)    180,157     126,644 
Staff costs and payroll   (389,885)    (329,109)    (1,288,342)    (1,301,137)
Other operating expenses   (685,084)    (361,783)    (2,694,649)    (2,785,306)
Interest paid   (151,117)    (374,611)    (717,305)    (1,080,631)
Net cash provided by operating activities   523,082     517,535     2,250,239     2,422,570 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:    —    
Net collections (funding) of finance receivables - original product   63,002     386,754     893,355     1,327,507 
Net collections (funding) of finance receivables - special product   224,099     (137,216)    327,271     (73,436)
Capital expenditures   (17,412)    (84,297)    (43,761)    (146,325)
Proceeds / (payments) for real estate assets owned   (244,209)    (22,500)    (242,610)    (22,500)
Net cash provided by investing activities   25,480     142,741     934,255     1,085,246 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:    —    
Proceeds from borrowings   112,600     7,431,938     2,172,626     7,431,938 
Principal repayments   (648,052)    (6,754,447)    (1,874,959)    (8,252,849)
Redemption of membership interest  —   —    (1,960,010)   —
Distributions   (2,351,000)    (429,688)    (3,904,459)    (979,163)
Return of capital to non-controlling interest  —    (51,892)    (36,015)    (154,550)
Advances (repayments) to related party   (206,872)    72,436     57,681     21,090 
Proceeds from initial public stock offering, net (See Note 9)   9,688,196    —    9,688,196    —
Purchase of non-controlling interest   (250,000)   —    (250,000)   —
Debt issue costs   (2,500)    (311,438)    (107,450)    (311,438)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   6,342,372     (43,091)    3,785,610     (2,244,972)
NET INCREASE IN CASH    6,890,934     617,185     6,970,104     1,262,844 
        
CASH - BEGINNING OF YEAR       2,027,694     764,850 
CASH - END OF YEAR    $  8,997,798  $  2,027,694 
        

 


        

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