NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. NYMT (the “Company”) announced today that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has approved a strategic repositioning of its business by opportunistically disposing of the Company’s joint venture equity interests in multi-family properties over time and reallocating its capital away from such assets to its targeted assets.
The Company held $265.0 million in joint venture equity interests in multi-family properties as of June 30, 2022, representing 5.7% of its total investment portfolio. As of September 22, 2022, the Company held $336.6 million in cash.
“Beginning in 2020, we saw an exciting opportunity within the multi-family property sector to utilize our sourcing network and add equity exposure to over 20 properties through joint ventures,” said Jason Serrano, the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. “Due to various factors, the multi-family property sector recorded historical increases in per unit rent in several targeted markets resulting in opportunities that we believe will unlock value for our stockholders on an accelerated timeline. Thus, we are considering various opportunities to monetize what we believe is appreciated value within our portfolio of multi-family joint venture equity investments. We believe that through a well-navigated disposition process and discontinuing capital allocations to multi-family joint venture equity, we can rotate the portfolio over time to investments in a higher rate environment. While we will continue to invest in multi-family mezzanine lending, we see these dispositions as an appropriate step in the evolution of our portfolio positioning. We are excited about the opportunity to simplify our business and take advantage of other market dynamics that provide compelling risk-adjusted returns.”
About New York Mortgage Trust
New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. is a Maryland corporation that has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) for federal income tax purposes. NYMT is an internally managed REIT in the business of acquiring, investing in, financing and managing primarily mortgage-related single-family and multi-family residential assets.
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These and other risks, uncertainties and factors, including the risk factors described in the Company’s reports filed with the SEC pursuant to the Exchange Act, could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements the Company makes. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. New risks and uncertainties arise over time and it is not possible to predict those events or how they may affect the Company. Except as required by law, the Company is not obligated to, and does not intend to, update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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