Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation Announces Q3/2012 Results

TSX Symbol FC

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation (the "Corporation") (TSX FC), today released its financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012.

PROFIT & RETURN ON EQUITY
Comprehensive income and profit ("Profit") for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012 increased by +9% to $4,135,328 or $0.241 per share as compared to $3,807,725 or $0.257 per share for the same period last year. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, profit increased by +17% to $12,683,967 or $0.765 per share as compared to $10,816,059 or $0.740 per share. Profit for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 exceeded dividends to Shareholders by $103,886.

The third quarter Profit represents an annualized return on average Shareholders' equity of 9.45% per annum.  This return on Shareholders' equity equates to 837 basis points per annum over the average one year Government of Canada Treasury bill yield for the quarter and is well in excess of the Corporation's target yield objective of 400 basis points per annum over the one year Treasury bill yield.

DIVIDEND OVERVIEW
For the third quarter ended September 30, 2012, the Corporation distributed $4,031,442 or $0.234 per share versus $3,489,032 or $0.234 per share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Corporation distributed $11,747,406 versus $10,300,321 for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS
Details on the Corporation's investment portfolio as at September 30, 2012 are as follows:

  • Total gross investment portfolio equals $287,415,599, which is a +5% increase over December 31, 2011.
  • Conventional first mortgages, being those mortgages with loan to values less than 75%, comprise 67.1% of our total portfolio, and total conventional mortgages with loan to values under 75% comprise 81.2% of our total portfolio.
  • Non-conventional mortgages total 10.5% of the portfolio.
  • Related investments total 8.3% of the portfolio.
  • Approximately 67% of the portfolio matures by September 30, 2013. This results in a continuously revolving portfolio, allowing management to assess market conditions.
  • The average face interest rate on the portfolio is 9.14% per annum.
  • Regionally, the portfolio is diversified approximately as follows: Ontario (77.6%), Alberta (15.8%), British Columbia (3.0%), with the balance (3.6%) being in other provinces.
  • Investment portfolio breakdown by loan size is as follows:

                                   
Amount       Number of
Investments
      %         Total Amount       %
  $0-$2,500,000       101       70%       $ 80,970,823       28%
  $2,500,001-$5,000,000       27       19%         93,124,521       32%
  $5,000,001-$7,500,000       10       7%         59,831,073       21%
  $7,500,001 +       6       4%         53,489,182       19%
        144       100%       $ 287,415,599       100%
                         

IMPAIRMENT PROVISION UPDATE
Management has always taken a proactive approach to allowance provision reserves. This is a prudent approach to protecting our Shareholders' equity. The impairment provision remains unchanged at $3,180,000 which represents 1.1% of the gross loan portfolio.

UNRECOGNIZED INCOME COLLECTED
As at September 30, 2012, the Corporation has recorded as a receivable on its books, banked non-refundable fee income of $512,925, which will be recognized as income over the term of the corresponding investments.

DIVIDEND AND SHARE PURCHASE PLAN
The Corporation has in place a Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP) and Share Purchase Plan that is available to its Shareholders. The plans allows participants to have their monthly cash dividends reinvested in additional shares at a 2% discount to market and grants participants the right to purchase, without commission, additional shares, up to a maximum of $12,000 per annum.

ABOUT THE CORPORATION
The Corporation, through its Mortgage Banker, Firm Capital Corporation, is a non-bank lender providing residential and commercial short-term bridge and conventional real estate financing, including construction, mezzanine and equity investments. The Corporation's investment objective is the preservation of Shareholders' equity, while providing Shareholders with a stable stream of monthly dividends from investments. The Corporation achieves its investment objectives by pursuing a strategy of growth through investments in selected niche markets that are under-serviced by large lending institutions. Lending activities to date continue to develop a diversified mortgage portfolio, producing a stable return to Shareholders. Full reports of the financial results of the Corporation for the year are outlined in the audited financial statements and the related management discussion and analysis of Firm Capital, available on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. In addition, supplemental information is available on Firm Capital's website at www.firmcapital.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws including, among others, statements concerning our objectives, our strategies to achieve those objectives, our performance, our mortgage portfolio and our distributions, as well as statements with respect to management's beliefs, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts.  Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "outlook", "objective", "may", "will", "expect", "intent", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "should", "plans" or "continue" or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events.  Such forward-looking statements reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management.

These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are based on our estimates and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those described in our Annual Information Form under "Risk Factors" (a copy of which can be obtained at www.sedar.com), which could cause our actual results and performance to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this circular.  Those risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks associated with mortgage lending, dependence on the Corporation's manager and mortgage banker, competition for mortgage lending, real estate values, interest rate fluctuations, environmental matters, shareholder liability and the introduction of new tax rules.  Material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making an estimate set out in the forward-looking information include, among others, that the Corporation is able to invest in mortgages at rates consistent with rates historically achieved; adequate mortgage investment opportunities are presented to the Corporation; and adequate bank indebtedness and bank loans are available to the Corporation.  Although the forward-looking information continued in this new release is based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results and performance will be consistent with these forward-looking statements.

All forward-looking statements in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements.  Except as required by applicable law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Unaudited Condensed Interim Financial Statements of

FIRM CAPITAL MORTGAGE INVESTMENT CORPORATION

For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 (unaudited)

NOTICE UNDER NATIONAL INSTRUMENT 51-102

National Instrument 51-102: Continuous Disclosure Requirements requires that these interim financial statements be accompanied by this notice which indicates that these financial statements have not been reviewed by the auditors of Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation.

FIRM CAPITAL MORTGAGE INVESTMENT CORPORATION                  
Condensed Interim Balance Sheets                  
                   
(in Canadian dollars)                  
                   
          September 30, 2012       December 31, 2011
          (unaudited)        
                   
Assets                  
                   
Amounts receivable and prepaid expenses       $ 2,910,870     $ 3,478,338
Investment portfolio (note 4)         284,235,599       271,048,591
                   
Total assets       $ 287,146,469     $ 274,526,929
                   
                   
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity                  
                   
Bank indebtedness       $ 11,359,958     $ 37,763,021
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities         1,492,733       1,354,639
Unearned income         512,925       556,991
Shareholder dividend payable         1,347,423       2,008,118
Loans payable         13,113,871       15,649,081
Convertible debentures (note 5)         83,791,333       69,134,395
Total liabilities         111,618,243       126,466,245
                   
Shareholders' Equity         174,913,491       148,382,510
Retained earnings / (deficit)         614,735       (321,826)
Total shareholders' equity         175,528,226       148,060,684
                   
Commitments (note 4)                  
Contingent liabilities (note 11)                  
                   
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity       $ 287,146,469     $ 274,526,929
                   
                   
See accompanying notes to unaudited interim financial statements                  
                   
                   
FIRM CAPITAL MORTGAGE INVESTMENT CORPORATION                        
Unaudited Condensed Interim Statements of Comprehensive Income                        
                         
(in Canadian dollars)                        
                         
      Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
      Sep 30, 2012     Sep 30, 2011     Sep 30, 2012     Sep 30, 2011
                         
Interest and fees earned   $ 6,680,908   $ 6,015,202   $ 20,582,146   $ 16,321,016
      6,680,908     6,015,202     20,582,146     16,321,016
                         
Corporation manager interest allocation (note 9)     514,866     465,237     1,603,111     1,255,165
Interest expense (note 10)     1,817,676     1,512,029     5,444,541     3,697,121
General and administrative expenses     213,038     230,211     650,527     552,671
Impairment loss on investment portfolio (note 4)     -     -     200,000     -
      2,545,580     2,207,477     7,898,179     5,504,957
                         
                         
Total comprehensive income and profit for the period   $ 4,135,328   $ 3,807,725   $ 12,683,967   $ 10,816,059
                         
Profit per share (note 7):                        
     Basic      $ 0.241   $ 0.257   $ 0.765   $ 0.740
     Diluted   $ 0.241   $ 0.252   $ 0.747   $ 0.731
                         
                         
See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed interim financial statements                        
                         
                     
FIRM CAPITAL MORTGAGE INVESTMENT CORPORATION              
Unaudited Condensed Interim Statements of Changes in Shareholders' Equity              
               
(in Canadian dollars)              
               
      Nine Months Ended
      Sep 30, 2012       Sep 30, 2011
               
Shareholders' equity              
               
Shares (note 6):              
               
Balance, beginning of period   $ 147,200,878     $ 137,343,502
               
Proceeds from issuance of shares     21,989,048       549,599
               
Offering costs     (1,014,560)       -
               
Conversion of debentures to shares     4,977,000       5,798,000
               
Balance, end of period   $ 173,152,366     $ 143,691,101
               
               
Equity component of convertible debentures (note 6):              
               
Balance, beginning of period   $ 1,181,632     $ 774,000
               
Conversion of debentures to shares     (110,507)       (128,928)
               
Equity component of debentures issued during the period     690,000       276,000
               
Balance, end of period   $ 1,761,125     $ 921,072
               
Total shareholders' equity   $ 174,913,491     $ 144,612,173
               
Retained earnings/(Deficit)              
               
Deficit, beginning of period   $ (321,826)     $ (321,826)
               
Dividends to shareholders     (11,747,406)       (10,300,321)
               
Comprehensive income and profit for the period     12,683,967       10,816,059
               
Retained earnings/(deficit), end of period   $ 614,735     $ 193,912
               
Total Shareholders' Equity   $ 175,528,226     $ 144,806,085
               
Shares issued and outstanding (note 6)     17,274,653       14,915,341
               
               
See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed interim financial statements              
               
         
FIRM CAPITAL MORTGAGE INVESTMENT CORPORATION                
Unaudited Condensed Interim Statements of Cash Flow                
                 
(in Canadian dollars)                
                 
          Nine Months Ended
          Sep 30, 2012     Sep 30, 2011
                 
Cash provided by (used in):                
                 
Operating activities:                
  Comprehensive income and profit for the period     $ 12,683,967   $ 10,816,059
  Adjustments for:              
    Change in impairment loss on investment portfolio     200,000     -
    Implicit interest rate in excess of coupon rate - convertible debentures     185,890     66,253
    Deferred finance cost amortization - convertible debentures     488,811     307,899
  Net changes in non-cash operating items:              
    Decrease (increase) in amounts receivable and prepaid expenses     567,468     (1,421,662)
    Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities     138,094     465,078
    Increase (decrease) in unearned income     (44,066)     214,874
Net cash flows from operating activities         14,220,164     10,448,501
                 
Financing activities:                
  Proceeds from issuance of shares       21,989,048     549,699
  Proceeds from convertible debentures issued       20,485,000     25,738,000
  Debenture offering costs       (946,270)     (1,261,167)
  Offering Costs (equity)       (1,014,560)     -
  Funding/repayment of loans payable (net)       (2,535,210)     11,429,154
  Dividends to shareholders paid during the period       (12,408,101)     (11,264,770)
Net cash flows from (used in) financing activities         25,569,907     25,190,916
                 
Investing activities:                
  Funding of investments       (140,417,701)     (186,602,507)
  Discharge of investments       127,030,693     116,624,624
Net cash flows from (used in) investing activities         (13,387,008)     (69,977,883)
                 
Bank indebtedness, beginning of period         (37,763,021)     (5,005,825)
Net (increase)/decrease in bank indebtedness for the period         26,403,063     (34,338,466)
Bank indebtedness, end of period       $ (11,359,958)   $ (39,344,291)
                 
Cash flows from operating activities include:                
  Interest received     $ 18,973,343   $ 13,970,388
  Interest paid     $ 4,986,510   $ 2,488,066
                 
                 
See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed interim financial statements                
                 
               

FIRM CAPITAL MORTGAGE INVESTMENT CORPORATION

Unaudited Notes to Condensed Interim Financial Statements

Three and Nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011

(in Canadian dollars)


Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation (the "Corporation"), through its mortgage banker, Firm Capital Corporation, in a non-bank lender providing residential and commercial short-term bridge and conventional real estate financing, including construction, mezzanine and equity investments.  The shares of the Corporation are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "FC".  The Corporation is a Canadian mortgage investment corporation and the registered office of the Corporation is 1244 Caledonia Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2X5.  FC Treasury Management Inc. is the Corporation's manager.

1. Organization of the Corporation:

On November 30, 2010, Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Trust (the "Trust") entered into a plan of arrangement ("Reorganization"), whereby the Trust was converted from an income trust structure into the public corporation, Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation, effective January 1, 2011.  The Corporation was incorporated pursuant to the Laws of the Province of Ontario on October 22, 2010 for the purposes of participating in the Reorganization.

Pursuant to the Reorganization, units of the Trust were exchanged on a one-for-one basis for common shares of the Corporation.  Holders of units therefore became the sole shareholders of the Corporation effective January 1, 2011.

As part of the Reorganization, the Trust was wound up and its assets were distributed to the Corporation.  The Reorganization was treated as a change in business form rather than a change in control, and therefore, has been accounted for as a continuity of interest.  The carrying amounts of assets, liabilities, and shareholders' equity in the financial statements of the Trust immediately prior to the Reorganization were the same as the carrying values of the Corporation immediately following the Reorganization.

2. Basis of presentation:

The unaudited condensed interim financial statements of the Corporation have been prepared by management in accordance with International Accounting Standards ("IAS") 34, Interim Financial Reporting.  The preparation of these unaudited condensed interim financial statements is based on accounting policies and practices in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").  The accompanying unaudited condensed interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the notes to the Corporation's audited condensed financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011, since they do not contain all disclosures required by IFRS for annual financial statements.  These unaudited condensed interim financial statements reflect all normal and recurring  adjustments which are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair presentation of the respective interim periods presented.

These unaudited condensed interim financial statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis, except for financial instruments classified as fair value through profit or loss, which are measured at fair value.  These financial statements are presented in Canadian dollars, which is the Corporation's functional currency.

3. Significant accounting policies:

The accounting policies applied by the Corporation in these unaudited condensed interim financial statements are the same as those applied by the Corporation in its financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011 and accordingly should be read in conjunction with them.

4. Investment portfolio:

The following is a breakdown of the investment portfolio as at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011:

                                           
                  Sep. 30, 2012         Dec. 31, 2011
                                           
Conventional first mortgages                 $ 192,766,981       67.06%       $ 188,083,658       68.64%
Conventional non-first mortgages                 40,626,786       14.14%       41,927,607       15.30%
Related investments                 23,884,669       8.31%       19,958,571       7.28%
Non-conventional mortgages                 30,137,163       10.49%       24,058,755       8.78%
Total investments (at cost)                 $ 287,415,599       100.00%       $ 274,028,591       100.00%
                                           
Impairment provision                   (3,180,000)               (2,980,000)        
                                           
Investment portfolio                   $ 284,235,599               $ 271,048,591        
                                 

Conventional first mortgages are loans secured by a first priority mortgage charge with loan to values not exceeding 75%.  Conventional non-first mortgages are loans with mortgage charges not registered in first priority with loan to values not exceeding 75%.  Related investments are loans that may not necessarily be secured by mortgage charge security.  Non-conventional mortgages are loans that in some cases have loan to values that exceed or may exceed 75% and are the investments that are the source of all special profit participations earned by the Corporation.

Investment portfolio is stated at amortized cost.  The impairment loss in the amount of $3,180,000 as at September 30, 2012 represents the total amount of management's estimate of the shortfall between the investment principal balances and the estimated recoverable amount from the collateral securing the loans.

The loans comprising the Investment portfolio bear interest at the weighted average rate of 9.14% per annum (December 31, 2011 - 9.06% per annum) and mature between 2012 and 2016.

The un-advanced funds under the existing investment portfolio (which are commitments of the Corporation) amounted to $51,850,141 as at September 30, 2012 (December 31, 2011 - $30,845,331).

Principal repayments based on contractual maturity dates are as follows:

                           
                               
Balance of 2012                         $65,911,549
2013                         140,913,747
2014                         71,299,965
2015                         9,093,038
2016                         197,300
                          $287,415,599
                           

Borrowers who have open loans have the option to repay principal at any time prior to the maturity date.

5. Convertible debentures:

                           
                    Nine Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                    September 30, 2012     September 30, 2011
                    Total Debentures     Total Debentures
                              
Principal balance, beginning of period                   $69,134,395     $53,628,903
Issued                   18,848,730     24,200,834
Conversions of debentures to shares                   (4,977,000)     (5,798,000)
Adjustment to fair value of conversion option                   110,507     128,928
Implicit interest rate in excess of coupon rate                   185,890     66,253
Deferred finance cost amortization                   488,811     307,899
                              
Principal balance, end of period                   $83,791,333     $72,534,817
                           

The breakdown of the Total Debentures for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 presented in the above table is as follows: 

                                               
        6.00%         5.75%       5.40%         5.25%        
        Convertible         Convertible       Convertible         Convertible        
        Debenture         Debenture       Debenture         Debenture       TOTAL
                                                       
Principal balance, beginning of period       $15,225,091       $30,021,130       $23,888,174         $ -       $69,134,395
Issued       -       -       -       18,848,730       18,848,730
Conversions       (4,977,000)       -       -       -       (4,977,000)
Adjustment to fair value of conversion option       110,507       -       -       -       110,507
Implicit interest rate in excess of coupon rate       45,927       21,692       75,658       42,613       185,890
Deferred finance cost amortization       128,358       158,726       130,213       71,514       488,811
Principal balance, end of period       $10,532,883       $30,201,548       $24,094,045       $18,962,857       $83,791,333
Maturity Date       Jun 30, 2013       Oct 31, 2017       Feb 28, 2019       Mar 31, 2019              
                                         

The breakdown of the Total Debentures for the year ended December 31, 2011 is as follows: 

                                 
        6.00%       5.75%       5.40%        
        Convertible       Convertible       Convertible        
        Debenture       Debenture       Debenture         TOTAL
                                                   
Principal balance, beginning of year       $23,886,736       $29,742,067       $ -       $53,628,803
Issued       -       -       23,822,547       $23,822,547
Conversions       (9,093,000)       -       -       (9,093,000)
Adjustment to fair value of conversion option       202,368       -       -       202,368
Implicit interest rate in excess of coupon rate       57,998       30,117       3,372       91,487
Deferred finance cost amortization       170,989       248,946       62,255       482,190
Principal balance, end of year       $15,225,091       $30,021,130       $23,888,174       $69,134,395
                                 

In 2009, $536,000 of the 6.00% convertible debentures were converted by the debenture holders to 45,617 shares of the Corporation.  In 2010, $20,000 of the 6.00% convertible debentures were converted by the debenture holders to 1,702 shares of the Corporation.  In 2011, $9,093,000 of the 6.00% convertible debentures were converted by the debenture holders to 773,861 shares of the Corporation.  In 2012, $4,977,000 of the 6.00% convertible debentures were converted by the debenture holders to 423,561 shares of the Corporation.

In the first quarter of 2012, the Corporation completed a public offering of 20,485, 5.25% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures at a price of $1,000 per debenture for gross proceeds of $20,485,000.  The debentures mature on March 31, 2019 and interest is paid semi-annually on March 31 and September 30.  The debentures are convertible at the option of the holder at any time prior to the maturity date at a conversion price of $14.80.  The debentures may not be redeemed by the Corporation prior to March 31, 2015.  On or after March 31, 2015, but prior to March 31, 2016, the debentures are redeemable at a price equal to the principal, plus accrued interest, at the Corporation's option on not more than 60 days' and not less than 30 days' notice, provided that the weighted average trading price of the shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the 20 consecutive trading days ending five trading days preceding the date on which the notice of redemption is given is not less than 125% of the conversion price.  On or after March 31, 2016 and prior to the maturity date, the debentures are redeemable at a price equal to the principal amount plus accrued interest, at the Corporation's option on not more than 60 days' and not less than 30 days' prior notice.  On redemption or at maturity, the Corporation may, at its option, elect to satisfy its obligation to pay all or a portion of the principal of the debenture by issuing that number of shares of the Corporation obtained by dividing the principal amount being repaid by 95% of the weighted average trading price of the shares for the 20 consecutive trading days ending on the fifth trading day preceding the redemption or maturity date.

The convertible debentures were allocated into liability and equity components on the date of issuance as follows:

                                     
Liability                                   $19,795,000
Equity                                   690,000
Principal                                   $20,485,000
                                           

As at September 30, 2012, debentures payable bear interest at the weighted average effective rate of 5.56% per annum (December 31, 2011 - 5.68% per annum).

Notwithstanding the carrying value of the convertible debentures, the principal balance outstanding to the debenture holders is $88,040,000 as at September 30, 2012.

6. Shareholders' equity:

On January 1, 2011, all outstanding units were exchanged on a one-for-one basis for common shares of the Corporation, as described in Note 1.

The beneficial interests in the Corporation are represented by a single class of shares which are unlimited in number.  Each share carries a single vote at any meeting of shareholders and carries the right to participate pro-rata in any dividends.

(a) Shares issued and outstanding:

The following shares were issued and outstanding as at September 30, 2012:

                     
            # of shares       Amount
                     
Balance, beginning of period           15,213,018       $147,200,878
                     
New shares from conversion of debentures           423,561       4,977,000
                     
New shares from public offering           1,541,000       20,726,450
                       
New shares issued during the period under Dividend Reinvestment Plan           97,074       1,262,598
                       
Offering costs           -       (1,014,560)
Balance, end of period           17,274,653       $173,152,366
                     
The following shares were issued and outstanding as at December 31, 2011:                    
                     
            # of shares       Amount
                     
Balance, beginning of year           14,377,333       $137,343,502
                     
New shares from conversion of debentures           773,861       9,093,000
                       
New shares issued during the period under the Dividend Reinvestment Plan           61,824       764,376
Balance, end of year           15,213,018       $147,200,878
                     

In the first quarter of 2012, the Corporation completed a public offering of 1,541,000 shares at $13.45 per share.

(b) Incentive option plan:

As at September 30, 2012, no options are outstanding (December 31, 2011 - nil).

(c) Dividend reinvestment plan and direct share purchase plan:

The Corporation has a dividend reinvestment plan and direct share purchase plan for its shareholders which allows participants to reinvest their monthly cash dividends in additional Corporation shares at a share price equivalent to the weighted average price of shares for the preceding five-day period.

7. Per share amounts:

(a) Profit per share calculation:

The following table reconcile the numerators and denominators of the basic and diluted profit per share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011.

Basic profit per share calculation:                                  
            Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
              Sep 30, 2012       Sep 30, 2011       Sep 30, 2012       Sep 30, 2011
  Numerator for basic profit per share:                                  
    Profit         $4,135,328       $3,807,725       $12,683,967       $10,816,059
                                       
  Denominator for basic profit per share:                                  
    Weighted average shares         17,187,465       14,840,699       16,578,057       14,625,573
                                       
  Basic profit per share         $0.241       $0.257       $0.765       $0.740
                                   
Diluted profit per share calculation:                              
                                         
              Three months ended       Nine months ended
            Sep 30, 2012       Sep 30, 2011       Sep 30, 2012       Sep 30, 2011
  Numerator for diluted profit per share:                                  
    Profit:         $4,135,328       $3,807,725       $12,683,967       $10,816,059
    Interest on convertible debentures         1,484,778       1,027,681       4,208,940       2,848,172
                                     
  Net profit for diluted profit per share           $5,620,106       $4,835,406       $16,892,907       $13,664,231
                                     
  Denominator for diluted profit per share:                                  
  Weighted average shares           17,187,465       14,840,699       16,578,057       14,625,573
  Net shares that would be issued:                                  
    Assuming debentures are converted         6,038,151       4,355,606       6,038,151       4,056,279
  Diluted weighted average shares         23,225,616       19,196,305       22,616,208       18,681,852
                                     
  Diluted profit per share         $0.241       $0.252       $0.747       $0.731
                                   

8. Dividends:

The Corporation intends to make dividend payments to the shareholders on a monthly basis on or about the 15th day of each month.  The operating policies of the Corporation set out that the Corporation intends to distribute to shareholders within 90 days after the year end at least 100% of the net income of the Corporation determined in accordance with the Income Tax Act (Canada), subject to certain adjustments.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Corporation recorded dividends of $11,747,406 (2011 - $10,300,321) to its shareholders. Dividends were $0.702 per share (2011 - $0.702 per share).

9. Related party transactions and balances:

Transactions with related parties are in the normal course of business and are recorded at the exchange amount which is the amount of consideration established and agreed to by the related parties, and are measured at fair value.

The Corporation's Manager (a company controlled by some of the directors) receives an allocation of interest, referred to as Corporation Manager spread interest, calculated at 0.75% per annum of the Corporation's daily outstanding performing investment balances. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, this amount was $1,603,111 (2011 - $1,255,165), and for the three-month period ending September 30, 2012 this amount was $514,866 (2011 - $465,237). Included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities at September 30, 2012 are amounts payable to the Corporation's Manager of $149,727 (December 31, 2011 - $204,988).

The total directors' fee paid for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $137,250 (2011 - $137,250).  The listing of the members of the board of directors is shown in the annual report.  The key management personnel are also directors of the Corporation and receive compensation from the Corporation Manager.

The Mortgage Banker (a company controlled by a director) receives certain fees from the borrowers as follows:  loan servicing fees equal to 0.10% per annum on the principal amount of each of the Corporation's investments; 75% of all the commitment and renewal fees generated from the Corporation's investments; and 25% of all the special profit income generated from the non-conventional investments after the Corporation has yielded a 10% per annum return on its investments.  Interest and fee income is net of the loan servicing fees paid to the Mortgage Banker of approximately $206,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 (2011 - $167,000).  The Mortgage Banker also retains all overnight float interest and incidental fees and charges payable by borrowers on the Corporation's investments.  The Corporation's share of commitment and renewal fees is recorded in income and for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $761,519 (2011 - $691,579) and for the three month period ended September 30, 2012 was $268,285 (2011 - $295,867) and applicable special profit income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $940,849 (2011 - $218,307) and for the three month period ended September 30, 2012 was $259,488 (2011 - $67,932).

The Corporation's Management Agreement and Mortgage Banking Agreement contains provisions for the payment and termination fees to the Corporation Manager and Mortgage Banker in the event that the respective agreements are either terminated or not renewed.

Several of the Corporation's investments are shared with other investors of the Mortgage Banker, which may include members of management of the Mortgage Banker and/or Officers or directors of the Corporation.  The Corporation ranks equally with other members of the syndicate as to receipt of principal and income.

Mortgages totalling $13,800,000 (December 31, 2011 - $15,560,000) are outstanding to borrowers controlled by an independent director of the Corporation. Each investment is dealt with in accordance with the Corporation's existing investment and operating policies.

10. Interest expense:

                                       
              Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
              Sep 30, 2012       Sep 30, 2011       Sep 30, 2012       Sep 30, 2011
                                       
Bank interest expense             $176,750       $366,199       $741,838         $651,043
Loans payable interest expense             156,148       118,149       493,763         197,906
Debenture interest expense             1,484,778       1,027,681       4,208,940         2,848,172
Interest expense             $1,817,676       $1,512,029       $5,444,541         $3,697,121
Deferred finance cost amortization - convertible
debentures
            (170,834)       (115,632)       (488,811)         (307,899)
Implicit interest rate in excess of coupon rate -
convertible debentures
            (61,056)       (21,531)       (185,890)         (66,253)
Change in accrued interest             (25,555)       (927,447)       216,670         (834,903)
Cash interest paid             $1,560,231       $447,419       $4,986,510       $2,488,066
                             

11. Contingent liabilities:

The Corporation is involved in certain litigation arising out of the ordinary course of investing in loans.  Although such matters cannot be predicted with certainty, management believes the claims are without merit and does not consider the Corporation's exposure to such litigation to have an impact on these unaudited condensed interim financial statements.

12. Fair value of financial instruments:

The fair values of amounts receivable, bank indebtedness, accounts payable and accrued liabilities and shareholder dividend payable approximate their carrying values due to their short-term maturities.

The fair value of investment portfolio approximates its carrying value as the majority of the loans are repayable in full at any time without penalty.

The fair values of loans payable approximate their carrying values due to the fact that the majority of the loans are: (i) repayable in full, at any time upon the borrower under the underlying loan that secures the loan payable repaying their loan without penalty, and (ii) have floating interest rates linked to bank prime.

The fair value of convertible debentures, including their conversion option, has been determined based on the closing price of the debentures of the Corporation on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the respective date.  The fair value has been estimated at September 30, 2012 to be $89,780,955 (2011 - $73,655,835).  This is a level 1 input which is based on a quoted price in an active market.
 

SOURCE: Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation

For further information:

Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation
Eli Dadouch
President & Chief Executive Officer
(416) 635-0221