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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On November 8, 2023, Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023. The text of the press release is included as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On November 8, 2023, the Company disseminated a presentation to be used in connection with its conference call to discuss its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, which will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. (eastern time). A copy of the presentation has been posted to the Company’s Investor Relations page of its website and is included herewith as Exhibit 99.2, and by this reference incorporated herein.
The information disclosed under this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.2 hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. The information provided herein shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing made under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Press release, dated November 8, 2023.|
|99.2||Third Quarter 2023 Earnings Supplemental Presentation, dated November 8, 2023.|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this Current Report on Form 8-K to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|CHICAGO ATLANTIC REAL ESTATE FINANCE, INC.|
|Date: November 8, 2023||By:||/s/ Anthony Cappell|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|
Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance Announces Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results
CHICAGO— (November 8, 2023) Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NASDAQ: REFI) (“Chicago Atlantic” or the “Company”), a commercial mortgage real estate investment trust, today announced its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.
John Mazarakis, Executive Chairman of Chicago Atlantic, noted, “We underwrite new opportunities with a two-fold purpose – to provide our investors with an attractive yield and protection of principal. The underlying performance of the loan portfolio during the quarter continues to demonstrate that our diligent underwriting and focus on the strongest operators in limited license states are accomplishing these two primary objectives for our investors. With the substantial improvement in the equities of the cannabis operators of late and a more positive indication of future regulatory relief, the creditworthiness of our borrowers has improved in the past quarter. This credit improvement and more positive outlook align well with our expectation of greater demand for capital from some of the larger operators over the next 12 to 18 months.”
Tony Cappell, Chief Executive Officer, added, “The sequential gross originations growth of $35 million and the ability to improve our weighted average yield to maturity to 19.3% this quarter demonstrate our success in continuing to capture a greater share of new loan demand in the cannabis industry. Credit quality remains paramount with real estate collateral coverage of 1.5x. While we remain under-levered at 23% and with $25 million of liquidity, we are re-initiating discussions to expand our credit facility to provide even more capacity to fund new opportunities from our active investment pipeline.”
|●||As of September 30, 2023, total loan commitments of approximately $355.9 million ($344.7 million funded, $11.2 million in future fundings) across 27 portfolio investments.|
|●||Weighted average yield to maturity was approximately 19.3% as of September 30, 2023 compared with approximately 19.2% as of June 30, 2023.|
|●||Real estate collateral coverage was 1.5x as of September 30, 2023 compared with 1.5x as of June 30, 2023.|
|●||Loan to enterprise value (calculated as outstanding principal balance divided by total value of collateral on a weighted average basis) was approximately 42.5% as of September 30, 2023 compared with approximately 41.0% as of June 30, 2023.|
|●||The percentage of loans which bear a variable interest rate was approximately 81% as of September 30, 2023 compared with approximately 88% as of June 30, 2023.|
|●||During the third quarter, Chicago Atlantic had total gross originations of $35.4 million, $32.8 million of which was funded to new borrowers. New originations were partially offset by principal repayments of $10.9 million, of which $8.8 million was attributable to unscheduled early repayments.|
|●||The Company had $63.0 million and $74.0 million outstanding on its $100.0 million revolving credit facility as of September 30, 2023 and November 7, 2023, respectively. The Company currently has total liquidity, net of estimated liabilities, of approximately $25 million.|
|●||On October 13, 2023, Chicago Atlantic paid a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.47 per share of common stock for the third quarter of 2023 to common stockholders of record on September 29, 2023.|
Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results
|●||Net interest income of approximately $13.7 million, which is consistent with the second quarter of 2023. Interest income included approximately $0.7 million of interest income from prepayment fees and acceleration of original issue discounts and the effect of the 25-basis-point prime rate increase in July 2023. These increases were offset by an increase in weighted average borrowings on the revolving credit facility contributing to an increase in interest expense of approximately $0.5 million.|
|●||Total expenses of approximately $3.9 million before provision for current expected credit losses, which is consistent with the second quarter of 2023; primarily attributable to the $0.2 million decrease in net management and incentive fees offset by a $0.3 million increase in stock-based compensation.|
|●||The total reserve for current expected credit losses of $5.1 million decreased sequentially by $0.1 million and amounts to approximately 1.5% of the portfolio principal balance of $341.8 million as of September 30, 2023.|
|●||Distributable Earnings of approximately $10.5 million, or $0.57 per weighted average diluted common share, representing a sequential increase of 3.6%.|
|●||Book value per common share increased sequentially by 0.7% to $15.17 as of September 30, 2023 compared with $15.06 as of June 30, 2023, primarily due to third quarter distributable earnings in excess of the regular quarterly dividend of $0.47.|
|●||As of September 30, 2023, the Company had $63.0 million outstanding on its $100.0 million secured credit facility, resulting in a leverage ratio (debt to book equity) of approximately 23%.|
Chicago Atlantic affirmed its 2023 outlook previously issued on March 9, 2023.
Conference Call and Quarterly Earnings Supplemental Details
The Company will host a conference later today at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Interested parties may access the conference call live via webcast on Chicago Atlantic’s investor relations website or may participate via telephone by registering using this online form. Upon registration, all telephone participants will receive the dial-in number along with a unique PIN number that can be used to access the call. A replay of the conference call webcast will be archived on the Company’s website for at least 30 days.
Chicago Atlantic posted its Third Quarter 2023 Earnings Supplemental on the Investor Relations page of its website. Chicago Atlantic routinely posts important information for investors on its website, www.refi.reit. The Company intends to use this website as a means of disclosing material information, for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD and to post and update investor presentations and similar materials on a regular basis. The Company encourages investors, analysts, the media and others interested in Chicago Atlantic to monitor the Investor Relations page of its website, in addition to following its press releases, SEC filings, publicly available earnings calls, presentations, webcasts and other information posted from time to time on the website. Please visit the IR Resources section of the website to sign up for email notifications.
About Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc.
Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NASDAQ: REFI) is a market-leading commercial mortgage REIT utilizing significant real estate, credit and cannabis expertise to originate senior secured loans primarily to state-licensed cannabis operators in limited-license states in the United States. REFI is part of the Chicago Atlantic platform, which has over 60 employees and has deployed over $2.0 billion across more than 60 loans.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect our current views and projections with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. Words such as “believes,” “expects,” “will,” “intends,” “plans,” “guidance,” “estimates,” “projects,” “anticipates,” and “future” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward- looking statements. These forward-looking statements, including statements about our future growth and strategies for such growth, are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions and are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results. More information on these risks and other potential factors that could affect our business and financial results is included in our filings with the SEC. New risks and uncertainties arise over time, and it is not possible to predict those events or how they may affect us. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
CHICAGO ATLANTIC REAL ESTATE FINANCE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|Loans held for investment||$||322,513,760||$||339,273,538|
|Loan held for investment – related party (Note 7)||16,278,729||-|
|Loans held for investment, at carrying value||338,792,489||339,273,538|
|Current expected credit loss reserve||(5,112,195||)||(3,940,939||)|
|Loans held for investment at carrying value, net||333,680,294||335,332,599|
|Cash and cash equivalents||8,702,157||5,715,827|
|Debt securities, at fair value||3,469,340||-|
|Other receivables and assets, net||946,077||1,018,212|
|Related party receivables||3,284,900||-|
|Management and incentive fees payable||1,601,387||3,295,600|
|Related party payables||1,668,783||1,397,515|
|Accounts payable and other liabilities||1,187,591||1,058,128|
|Commitments and contingencies (Note 8)|
|Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 100,000,000 shares authorized and 18,182,241 and 17,766,936 shares issued and outstanding, respectively||181,823||176,859|
|Accumulated earnings (deficit)||(1,342,541||)||(5,139,684||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||275,785,393||264,033,023|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||352,309,670||$||343,271,050|
CHICAGO ATLANTIC REAL ESTATE FINANCE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
|Net interest income||13,734,307||13,664,296||12,933,749|
|Management and incentive fees, net||1,601,387||1,799,667||1,347,421|
|General and administrative expense||1,251,307||1,280,401||1,076,798|
|Stock based compensation||540,426||263,844||84,891|
|(Reversal)/provision for current expected credit losses||(41,351||)||1,139,112||306,885|
|Change in unrealized gain on debt securities, at fair value||85,567||-||-|
|Net Income before income taxes||9,976,998||8,643,378||9,768,969|
|Income tax expense||-||-||-|
|Earnings per common share:|
|Basic earnings per common share (in dollars per share)||$||0.55||$||0.48||$||0.55|
|Diluted earnings per common share (in dollars per share)||$||0.54||$||0.47||$||0.55|
|Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:|
|Basic weighted average shares of common stock outstanding (in shares)||18,175,467||18,094,288||17,657,913|
|Diluted weighted average shares of common stock outstanding (in shares)||18,562,930||18,273,512||17,752,290|
Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings
In addition to using certain financial metrics prepared in accordance with GAAP to evaluate our performance, we also use Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings to evaluate our performance. Each of Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings is a measure that is not prepared in accordance with GAAP. We define Distributable Earnings as, for a specified period, the net income (loss) computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding (i) non-cash equity compensation expense, (ii) depreciation and amortization, (iii) any unrealized gains, losses or other non-cash items recorded in net income (loss) for the period, regardless of whether such items are included in other comprehensive income or loss, or in net income (loss); provided that Distributable Earnings does not exclude, in the case of investments with a deferred interest feature (such as OID, debt instruments with PIK interest and zero coupon securities), accrued income that we have not yet received in cash, (iv) provision for current expected credit losses and (v) one-time events pursuant to changes in GAAP and certain non-cash charges, in each case after discussions between our Manager and our independent directors and after approval by a majority of such independent directors. We define Adjusted Distributable Earnings, for a specified period, as Distributable Earnings excluding certain non-recurring organizational expenses (such as one-time expenses related to our formation and start-up).
We believe providing Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings on a supplemental basis to our net income as determined in accordance with GAAP is helpful to stockholders in assessing the overall performance of our business. As a REIT, we are required to distribute at least 90% of our annual REIT taxable income and to pay tax at regular corporate rates to the extent that we annually distribute less than 100% of such taxable income. Given these requirements and our belief that dividends are generally one of the principal reasons that stockholders invest in our common stock, we generally intend to attempt to pay dividends to our stockholders in an amount equal to our net taxable income, if and to the extent authorized by our Board. Distributable Earnings is one of many factors considered by our Board in authorizing dividends and, while not a direct measure of net taxable income, over time, the measure can be considered a useful indicator of our dividends.
In our Annual Report on Form 10-K, we defined Distributable Earnings so that, in addition to the exclusions noted above, the term also excluded from net income Incentive Compensation paid to our Manager. We believe that revising the term Distributable Earnings so that it is presented net of Incentive Compensation, while not a direct measure of net taxable income, over time, can be considered a more useful indicator of our ability to pay dividends. This adjustment to the calculation of Distributable Earnings has no impact on period-to-period comparisons.
Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings should not be considered as substitutes for GAAP net income. We caution readers that our methodology for calculating Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings may differ from the methodologies employed by other REITs to calculate the same or similar supplemental performance measures, and as a result, our reported Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other REITs.
|Adjustments to net income|
|Non-cash equity compensation expense||540,426||263,844||84,891|
|Depreciation and amortization||146,676||91,798||138,549|
|(Reversal)/provision for current expected credit losses||(41,351||)||1,139,112||306,885|
|Change in unrealized gain on debt securities, at fair value||(85,567||)||-||-|
|Adjustments to Distributable Earnings||-||-||-|
|Adjusted Distributable Earnings||10,537,182||10,138,132||10,299,294|
|Basic distributable earnings per common share (in dollars per share)||$||0.58||$||0.56||$||0.58|
|Diluted distributable earnings per common share (in dollars per share)||$||0.57||$||0.55||$||0.58|
|Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:|
|Basic weighted average shares of common stock outstanding (in shares)||18,175,467||18,094,288||17,657,913|
|Diluted weighted average shares of common stock outstanding (in shares)||18,562,930||18,273,512||17,752,290|
Third Quarter 2023 Earnings Supplemental November 8, 2023
This presentation contains forward - looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 , regarding future events and the future results of the Company that are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, projections about the industry in which the Company operates and the beliefs and assumptions of the management of the Company . Words such as “address,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “consider,” “continue,” “develop,” “estimate,” “expect,” “further,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” “will,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward - looking statements . Such statements reflect the current views of the Company and its management with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions . Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from the results expressed in, or implied by, these forward - looking statements . This presentation has been prepared by the Company based on information it has obtained from sources it believes to be reliable . Summaries of documents contained in this presentation may not be complete . The Company does not represent that the information herein is complete . The information in this presentation is current only as of September 30 , 2023 , or such other date noted in this presentation, and the Company’s business or financial condition and other information in this presentation may change after that date . The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward - looking statements in order to reflect any event or circumstance occurring after the date of this presentation or currently unknown facts or conditions . You are urged to review and carefully consider any cautionary statements and other disclosures, including the statements under the heading “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission . Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, among others : the Company’s business and investment strategy ; the impact of COVID - 19 on the Company’s business and the global economy ; the war between Russia and the Ukraine and market volatility resulting from such conflict ; the ability of Chicago Atlantic REIT Manager, LLC (the “Manager”) to locate suitable loan opportunities for the Company, monitor and actively manage the Company’s loan portfolio and implement the Company’s investment strategy ; allocation of loan opportunities to the Company by the Manager ; the Company’s projected operating results ; actions and initiatives of the U . S . or state governments and changes to government policies and the execution and impact of these actions, initiatives and policies, including the fact that cannabis remains illegal under federal law ; the estimated growth in and evolving market dynamics of the cannabis market ; the demand for cannabis cultivation and processing facilities ; shifts in public opinion regarding cannabis ; the state of the U . S . economy generally or in specific geographic regions ; economic trends and economic recoveries ; the amount and timing of the Company’s cash flows, if any, from the Company’s loans ; the Company’s ability to obtain and maintain financing arrangements ; the Company’s expected leverage ; changes in the value of the Company’s loans ; the Company’s expected portfolio of loans ; the Company’s expected investment and underwriting process ; rates of default or decreased recovery rates on the Company’s loans ; the degree to which any interest rate or other hedging strategies may or may not protect the Company from interest rate volatility ; changes in interest rates and impacts of such changes on the Company’s results of operations, cash flows and the market value of the Company’s loans ; interest rate mismatches between the Company’s loans and the Company’s borrowings used to fund such loans ; the departure of any of the executive officers or key personnel supporting and assisting the Company from the Manager or its affiliates ; impact of and changes in governmental regulations, tax law and rates, accounting guidance and similar matters ; the Company’s ability to maintain the Company’s exclusion or exemption from registration under the Investment Company Act ; the Company’s ability to qualify and maintain the Company’s qualification as a REIT for U . S . federal income tax purposes ; estimates relating to the Company’s ability to make distributions to its stockholders in the future ; the Company’s understanding of its competition ; and market trends in the Company’s industry, interest rates, real estate values, the securities markets or the general economy . Market and Industry Data In this presentation, the Company relies on and refers to certain information and statistics obtained from third - party sources which it believes to be reliable, including reports by market research firms . The Company has not independently verified the accuracy or completeness of any such third - party information . Because the cannabis industry is relatively new and rapidly evolving, such market and industry data may be subject to significant change in a relatively short time period . Important Disclosure Information Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 2
▪ Successful IPO in December 2021 (NASDAQ: REFI) ▪ Track record of identifying market inefficiencies, particularly where risk is fundamentally mispriced ▪ Ability to redeploy capital quickly ▪ Access to Sponsor’s leading cannabis lending platform as lead or co - lead ▪ Proprietary sourcing network and direct originations team ▪ Experienced and robust origination team responsible for sourcing and closing over $2.0B in credit facilities since 2019 ▪ Sizable and growing loan portfolio offering compelling risk - adjusted returns ▪ Diversified across operators, geographies and asset types with strong real estate collateral coverage as well as additional collateral Company Overview Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 3 $640mm near - term pipeline under evaluation (1) $2.0B+ in loans closed since platform inception (1) 60+ cannabis loans closed across platform (1) $355.9mm current commitments (2) with substantial pipeline 19.3% gross portfolio yield (2) 1.5x real estate collateral coverage in current portfolio (2) Note: (1) As of November 1, 2023, includes potential syndications. (2) As of September 30, 2023
Investment Highlights Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 4 Pioneer in cannabis lending with first - mover advantage Proprietary and extensive deal sourcing capabilities Differentiated investment approach Compelling opportunity in rapidly growing cannabis market Lender of choice to leading cannabis operators
Industry - Leading Management and Investment Team Deep Cannabis, Credit and Real Estate Expertise With Entrepreneurial Approach Note: (1) Denotes member of Investment Committee Peter Sack (1) Co - President ▪ Former Principal at BC Partners Credit, leading their cannabis practice ▪ Underwritten $138mm in cannabis credit transactions ▪ Former private equity investor, focusing on distressed industrial opportunities ▪ MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and BA from Yale University Phil Silverman Interim CFO ▪ Finance and accounting expert, with over 10 years of experience, focusing on financial reporting, operations, and internal controls within the asset management industry ▪ Previously served as CFO of Chicago Atlantic Group, LLC., the Company’s Sponsor, since January 2021 ▪ B.S in Finance from Indiana University and is CPA certified Andreas Bodmeier (1) Co - President and CIO ▪ Underwritten over $500mm in cannabis credit transactions ▪ Former Principal of consulting firm focused on FX and commodity risk management ▪ Former Senior Advisor, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services ▪ PhD in Finance and MBA from Chicago Booth and MSc from Humboldt University (Berlin) John Mazarakis (1) Executive Chairman ▪ Originated over $500mm in cannabis credit transactions ▪ Developed and owns over 1mm sf of real estate across 4 states ▪ Founded restaurant group with 30+ units and 1,200+ employees ▪ MBA from Chicago Booth and BA from University of Delaware Tony Cappell (1) CEO ▪ Debt investor with over 15 years of experience, beginning at Wells Fargo Foothill ▪ Completed over 150 deals, comprising over $5bn in total credit ▪ Former Managing Director and Head of Underwriting at Stonegate Capital ▪ MBA from Chicago Booth and BA from University of Wisconsin 100 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE AND OVER $8 BILLION IN REAL EST ATE AND COMMERCIAL CREDIT Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 5
Veteran Independent Directors Significant Public Board, REIT, Financial and Corporate Governance Expertise Michael Steiner ▪ Current investor in Chicago Atlantic ▪ Founder and President of Service Energy and Petroleum Equipment, which are engaged in distribution of petroleum products ▪ Expert in highly regulated industries ▪ BA in History from Wake Forest University and MBA from University of Delaware Donald Gulbrandsen ▪ Current investor in Chicago Atlantic ▪ Founder and CEO of Gulbrandsen Companies, a holding company for specialty chemical manufacturing companies ▪ Products sold in over 45 countries ▪ Over 900 employees in 7 facilities worldwide ▪ BS in Chemical Engineering and BA in History from Cornell University Brandon Konigsberg ▪ Former CFO at J.P. Morgan Securities and Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase ▪ Current member of board of directors of GTJ REIT, SEC - registered equity REIT ▪ Former auditor at Goldstein, Golub and Kessler ▪ CPA and BA in Accounting from University of Albany and MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business Jason Papastavrou ▪ Lead Independent Director ▪ Founder and CIO of ARIS Capital Management ▪ Current member of board of directors of GXO Logistics (NYSE:GXO); and, previous board member of XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) and United Rentals (NYSE:URI) ▪ BS in Mathematics and MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT Fredrick C. Herbst ▪ Audit Committee Chair ▪ Former CFO of Ready Capital (NYSE:RC) and Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE:ABR), two publicly traded, commercial mortgage REITs ▪ Former Managing Director of Waterfall Asset Management ▪ Former CFO of Clayton Holdings and The Hurst Companies ▪ CPA and BA in Accounting from Wittenberg University Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 6
Investment Portfolio Activity Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 7 $330.4 $336.3 $313.7 $315.6 $344.7 $18.5 $15.0 $14.2 $13.6 $11.2 Q3 2022 Q4 2022 Q1 2023 Q2 2023 Q3 2023 Drawn Future Funding COMMITMENTS (in millions) $ 348.9 $ 351.3 $ 327.9 $ 329.2 Weighted average yield to maturity of ~19.3% as of September 30, 2023 $355.9
Portfolio Diversity Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 8 Our portfolio is diversified across operators, geographies, and asset types PRINCIPAL OUTSTANDING (1) By Loan By Location 76.9% 2.9% 14.0% Retail/Industrial None Industrial By Real Estate Collateral Type $342M Note: (1) As of September 30, 2023 7% 2% 14% 7% 19% 3% 16% 5% 2% 2% 5% 6% 6% 5% 0% Arizona Connecticut Florida Illinois Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Missouri Nebraska Nevada New York Ohio Pennsylvania West Virginia Other $342M 44.8% 21.4% 33.8% Top 5 Loans Next 5 Loans Remaining Loans (17) Avg Loan Size = 3.7% Top 10 Loans = 67.5% of principal outstanding
Portfolio Diversity (Continued) Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 9 Our portfolio is diversified across operators, geographies, and asset types PRINCIPAL OUTSTANDING 1 By Operator Integration 1.8% 98.2% Construction No Construction By Construction Component 2 $342M Note: (1) As of September 30, 2023 (2) Represents principal committed to fund greenfield construction (3) SSO = single state operator, MSO = multi - state operator 57.6% 42.4% Vertical Non-Vertical $342M Percentage of Real Estate Collateral by State and Operator Type 3 0.0% 5.0% 10.0% 15.0% 20.0% 25.0% 30.0% AZ CT FL IL MA MD MI MO NE NY NV OH OR PA WV MSO SSO
Loan Collateral Coverage Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 10 42.5% loan to enterprise value and 1.5x real estate collateral coverage REAL ESTATE COLLATERAL COVERAGE (2) Portfolio Weighted Average (1.5x) PRINCIPAL BY LTEV RATIO (1) 29% 29% 8% (1) Our loans to owner operators in the state - licensed cannabis industry are secured by additional collateral, including personal an d corporate guarantee(s), where applicable subject to local laws and regulations. Loan to enterprise value ratio (LTEV) is calculated as total loan principal outstanding divided by total value of collateral on a weighted average bas is . (2) See page 18 for real estate collateral coverage by loan. Expressed as percentage of total carrying value, before reserve for cur rent expected credit losses of $338.8 million as of September 30, 2023. 29% 21% $- $20,000,000 $40,000,000 $60,000,000 $80,000,000 $100,000,000 $120,000,000 $140,000,000 $160,000,000 20%< 21-40% 41-60% 61-80% >80% Portfolio Weighted Average (42.5%) 8% 8% 18% 33% 22% 19% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% <.50x 0.51 - 1.00x 1.01 - 1.50x 1.51 - 2.00x > 2.0x
Total Commitment: $355.9M Portfolio Overview (as of September 30, 2023) Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 11 YTM IRR (5) All - In Rate PIK Rate (4) Cash Rate (4) Fixed/Floating Future Fundings Percent of Portfolio Carrying Value Principal Balance Remaining Commitment (3) Maturity Date (2) Initial Funding Date (1) Location(s) Loan 17.3% 15.00% - 15.00% (6) Floating - 8.7% $ 29,307,787 $ 30,000,000 $ 30,000,000 10/30/26 10/27/22 Various 1 18.0% 15.75% 3.25% 12.50% (7) Floating - 11.3% 38,299,178 38,400,627 35,891,667 12/31/24 3/5/21 Michigan 2 23.2% 21.63% 2.75% 18.88% (6) Floating - 6.0% 20,217,338 20,524,482 20,105,628 11/29/24 3/25/21 Various 3 (8) 18.1% 20.25% - 20.25% (6) Floating - 4.3% 14,722,749 14,722,749 14,120,000 12/31/23 4/19/21 Arizona 4 22.4% 20.75% - 20.75% (6) Floating 204,000 0.9% 3,197,102 3,197,120 3,500,000 4/30/25 4/19/21 Massachusetts 5 20.8% 17.50% - 17.50% (6) Floating 1,500,000 1.3% 4,262,922 4,264,421 6,000,000 2/20/24 8/20/21 Michigan 6 18.6% 16.50% 2.00% 14.50% (6) Floating - 6.1% 20,763,000 20,913,172 25,000,000 6/30/25 8/24/21 Illinois, Arizona 7 26.1% 19.75% 2.00% 17.75% (6) Floating - 3.3% 11,027,624 11,086,045 9,500,000 9/1/24 9/1/21 West Virginia 8 19.3% 22.25% 3.00% 19.25% (6) Floating - 4.8% 16,278,729 16,278,729 15,000,000 6/30/24 9/3/21 Pennsylvania 9 (9) 21.4% 11.00% - 11.00% Fixed - 0.1% 169,871 169,871 470,411 9/30/24 9/20/21 Michigan 10 22.0% 19.25% 2.00% 17.25% (6) Floating - 9.7% 32,784,450 33,142,423 32,000,000 9/30/24 9/30/21 Maryland 11 19.8% 17.50% - 17.50% (6) Floating - 2.6% 8,642,007 8,710,222 13,574,667 10/31/24 11/8/21 Various 12 18.9% 16.00% 1.50% 14.50% (6) Floating - 3.8% 12,930,060 13,004,225 13,100,000 11/1/24 11/22/21 Michigan 13 23.5% 22.25% 2.50% 19.75% (6) Floating - 1.5% 5,125,000 5,125,000 5,000,000 12/27/26 12/27/21 Various 14 33.6% 17.75% - 17.75% (6) Floating 5,500,000 1.4% 4,863,651 4,887,500 13,000,000 12/31/24 12/30/21 Florida 16 14.4% 13.25% - 13.25% (6) Floating - 4.4% 14,831,662 15,000,000 15,000,000 1/31/25 1/18/22 Florida 17 22.1% 15.25% 5.00% 10.25% (6) Floating - 3.8% 12,888,749 13,000,915 11,662,050 2/28/25 2/3/22 Ohio 18 15.5% 14.00% 3.00% 11.00% Fixed - 6.0% 20,481,500 20,537,025 20,000,000 8/29/25 3/11/22 Florida 19 14.7% 13.00% 2.00% 11.00% Fixed - 5.2% 17,509,901 17,602,435 17,000,000 5/30/25 5/9/22 Missouri 20 25.6% 20.00% 3.00% 17.00% (6) Floating 4,000,000 1.5% 5,130,537 5,192,975 9,000,000 6/30/26 7/1/22 Illinois 21 20.4% 15.65% 1.40% 14.25% (6) Floating - 3.0% 10,273,497 10,795,144 11,250,000 1/24/26 1/24/23 Maryland 22 18.9% 16.00% - 16.00% (6) Floating - 0.6% 1,878,500 1,920,000 2,000,000 3/31/26 3/27/23 Arizona 23 21.7% 19.00% - 19.00% (6) Floating - 0.3% 900,000 900,000 1,000,000 9/27/26 3/31/23 Oregon 24 16.7% 15.00% - 15.00% Fixed - 5.4% 18,417,846 18,417,846 18,746,662 6/29/36 8/1/23 New York 25 19.1% 14.00% - 14.00% Fixed - 1.6% 5,318,237 5,450,000 5,450,000 2/27/26 8/31/23 Connecticut 26 19.0% 17.25% - 17.25% (6) Floating - 1.8% 6,103,870 6,103,870 6,103,870 6/30/27 8/15/23 Nebraska 27 17.4% 15.00% - 15.00% Fixed - 0.7% 2,466,705 2,466,705 2,466,705 3/13/25 9/13/23 Ohio 28 19.3% 17.00% 1.7% 15.3% 11,204,000 100.0% 338,792,488 341,813,501 355,941,660 Subtotal
Portfolio Overview ( continued ) Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 12 Notes: (1) All loans originated prior to April 1, 2021 were purchased from affiliated entities at fair value plus accrued interest on or su bsequent to April 1, 2021 (2) Certain loans are subject to contractual extension options and may be subject to performance based or other conditions as sti pul ated in the loan agreement. Actual maturities may differ from contractual maturities stated herein as certain borrowers may have the right to prepay with or without paying a prepayment penalty. The Company may also ex ten d contractual maturities and amend other terms of the loans in connection with loan modifications. (3) Total Commitment excludes future amounts to be advanced at sole discretion of the lender and reflects receipt of scheduled am ort ization payments as of September 30, 2023. (4) "P" = prime rate and depicts floating rate loans that pay interest at the prime rate plus a specific percentage; "PIK" = paid in kind interest. Subtotals represent weighted average rates based on principal outstanding. (5) Estimated YTM includes a variety of fees and features that affect the total yield, which may include, but is not limited to, OID , exit fees, prepayment fees, unused fees and contingent features. OID is recognized as a discount to the funded loan principal and is accreted to income over the term of the loan. The estimated YTM calculations req uir e management to make estimates and assumptions, including, but not limited to, the timing and amounts of loan draws on delayed draw loans, the timing and collectability of exit fees, the probability and timing of pr epa yments and the probability of contingent features occurring. For example, certain credit agreements contain provisions pursuant to which certain PIK interest rates and fees earned by us under such credit agreements wi ll decrease upon the satisfaction of certain specified criteria which we believe may improve the risk profile of the applicable borrower. To be conservative, we have not assumed any prepayment penalties or earl y p ayoffs in our estimated YTM calculation. Estimated YTM is based on current management estimates and assumptions, which may change. Actual results could differ from those estimates and assumptions. (6) This Loan is subject to prime rate floor. Refer to Note 3 of the consolidated financial statements on Form 10 - Q as of September 30, 2023 for detailed listing of rate floor by loan. (7) This Loan is subject to an interest rate cap. Refer to Note 3 of the consolidated financial statements on Form 10 - Q as of Septem ber 30, 2023 for detailed listing of rate cap by loan. (8) The aggregate loan commitment to Loan #3 includes a $15.9 million initial commitment which has a base interest rate of 13.625 %, 2.75% PIK and a second commitment of $4.2 million which has an interest rate of 15.00%, 2.00% PIK. The statistics presented reflect the weighted average of the terms under all advances for the total aggreg ate loan commitment. (9) As of May 1, 2023, Loan #9 was placed on non - accrual status and continues to be on non - accrual as of September 30, 2023. Loan #9 is included on the consolidated balance sheet as a loan held for investment – related party .
Driven by proprietary deal sourcing Total current pipeline of $640mm 1 ▪ Continued legalization at the state level creates a new influx of opportunities ▪ Increase in M&A activity requires additional debt financing ▪ Robust set of profitable operators and refinancing opportunities Note: (1) As of November 1, 2023 Loan Origination Pipeline Over 7 00 Qualified Deals Sourced and Reviewed $48mm 1 in Potential Fundings $55mm 1 Terms Issued Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 13
$19.3 $22.5 $26.9 $32.0 $36.8 $40.0 $42.8 $10.7 $11.1 $11.6 $12.3 $12.9 $13.5 $14.1 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 Adult-Use Sales Medical Sales $30.0 $33.6 $38.4 $44.3 $49.7 $53.5 $56.9 Note: (1) Source: MJBiz Factbook 2023; ($ in billions) U.S. CANNABIS SALES (1) MARKET DRIVERS Compelling Market Opportunity ▪ Sales of the U.S. cannabis industry expected to rival beer ($100bn), spirits ($97bn) and wine ($62bn) by 2030 ▪ Continued legalization at state level expected to drive continued demand for capital ▪ Highly fragmented industry ripe for consolidation ▪ Wave of East Coast and Midwest Adult - Use Legalization appears imminent ($ in billions) Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 14
Note: (1) Per MJBiz Daily, as of May 2023 Compelling Market Opportunity LEGISLATIVE TAILWINDS CURRENT LEGALIZATION (1) : 40 STATES ▪ Continued state - level legalization, including transition from medical to adult - use cannabis. ▪ Adult - use sales began during the first quarter of 2023 in Missouri and Connecticut. ▪ Adult use cannabis sales began in Maryland on July 1, 2023. Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 15
Shorter loan durations Better diversification Lower LTVs Deal leads Ability to upsize Close relationships with management teams We negotiate the deal REIT shares 50% of the origination fee Underwrite enterprise value in the borrowers Competitive Landscape COMPETITORS: GROUPS Mortgage REITs BDCs Sale/ Leaseback REITs Cannabis - Focused Lenders Community Banks COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES Our borrower’s only source of debt Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 16
Market Performance | Total Net Returns vs. Selected Indexes Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 17 Sources: Bloomberg, S&P Global Data Repository
Market Performance | Total Net Returns vs. Selected Peers Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 18 Sources: Bloomberg, S&P Global Data Repository
Market Performance | Price to Book Value per Share vs. Selected Peers Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 19 Sources: Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Company Filings Note: Book value per share amounts are based on latest reported metrics at the time of stock trading; Book values represent c omm on equity. VWAP = Volume weighted average trading price
Q3 2023 Financial Overview Appendix Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 20
Collateral Overview (as of September 30, 2023) Our Real Estate Collateral Coverage as of 9/30/2023 (4) Implied Real Estate Collateral for REIT (2) Principal Balance as of 9/30/2023 Property Type Location Investment (1 ) Loan 0.2x 5,264,571 $ 30,000,000 $ Retail/Industrial Multi - State Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan (3) 1 1.4x 55,177,842 $ 38,400,627 $ Retail/Industrial Michigan Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 2 0.9x 19,356,702 $ 20,524,482 $ Retail/Industrial Multi - State Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan (3) 3 1.6x 23,900,000 $ 14,722,749 $ Industrial Arizona Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan (3) 4 0.3x 900,000 $ 3,197,120 $ Retail/Industrial Massachusetts Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 5 3.5x 14,800,000 $ 4,264,421 $ Retail/Industrial Michigan Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan (3) 6 2.0x 41,666,775 $ 20,913,172 $ Retail/Industrial Multi - State Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan (3) 7 1.3x 13,940,000 $ 11,086,045 $ Retail/Industrial West Virginia Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan (3) 8 1.0x 16,750,000 $ 16,278,729 $ Retail/Industrial Pennsylvania Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan (3) 9 31.8x 5,402,107 $ 169,871 $ Retail Michigan Senior Loan (3) 10 0.9x 30,400,000 $ 33,142,423 $ Industrial Maryland Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan (3) 11 0.9x 7,923,334 $ 8,710,222 $ Retail/Industrial Multi - State Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan (3) 12 3.1x 40,887,132 $ 13,004,225 $ Retail/Industrial Michigan Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 13 0.0x - $ 5,125,000 $ Retail/Industrial Multi - State Senior Loan 14 0.0x - $ 4,887,500 $ Retail/Industrial Multi - State Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan (3) 16 2.2x 32,840,000 $ 15,000,000 $ Retail/Industrial Florida Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 17 2.5x 32,730,000 $ 13,000,915 $ Retail/Industrial Ohio Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 18 1.3x 27,700,000 $ 20,537,025 $ Retail/Industrial Florida Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 19 1.6x 27,400,000 $ 17,602,435 $ Retail/Industrial Missouri Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan (3) 20 1.9x 9,770,000 $ 5,192,975 $ Retail/Industrial Illinois Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 21 2.6x 28,560,000 $ 10,795,144 $ Retail/Industrial Maryland Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 22 2.0x 3,887,500 $ 1,920,000 $ Retail/Industrial Arizona Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 23 4.0x 3,600,000 $ 900,000 $ Retail/Industrial Oregon Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 24 1.8x 33,400,000 $ 18,417,846 $ Retail New York Senior Delayed Draw Term Loan 25 1.4x 7,699,497 $ 5,450,000 $ Industrial Connecticut Senior Loan 26 4.6x 28,221,768 $ 6,103,870 $ Industrial Nebraska Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 27 0.8x 2,000,000 $ 2,466,705 $ Retail Ohio Senior Real Estate Corporate Loan 28 1.5x 514,177,228 $ 341,813,501 $ Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 21
Collateral Overview (continued) Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 22 Notes: (1) Senior Real Estate Corporate Loans are structured as loans to owner operators secured by real estate. Senior Loans are loans to a property owner and leased to third party tenant. (2) Real estate is based on appraised value as is, or on a comparable cost basis, as completed. The real estate values shown in t he collateral table are estimates by a third - party appraiser of the market value of the subject real property in its current physical condition, use, and zoning as of the appraisal date. The appraisals assume that the hig hes t and best use is use as a cannabis cultivator or dispensary, as applicable. The appraisals recognize that the current use is highly regulated by the state in which the property is located; however, there are sales of co mparable properties that demonstrate that there is a market for such properties. The appraisals utilize these comparable sales for the appraised property’s value in use. For properties used for cannabis cultiva tio n, the appraisals use similar sized warehouses in their conclusion of the subject’s “as - is” value without licenses to cultivate cannabis. However, the appraised value is assumed to be realized from a purchase by anoth er state - licensed cannabis operator or a third party purchaser that would lease the subject property to a state - licensed cannabis operator. The regulatory requirements related to real property used in cannabis - related op erations may cause significant delays or difficulties in transferring a property to another cannabis operator, as the state regulator may require inspection and approval of the new tenant/user. Further, the value is a lso determined using the income approach, based on market lease rates for comparable properties, whether dispensaries or cultivation facilities. It indicates the value to a third - party owner that leases to a dispe nsary or cultivation facility. Finally, the appraisal contains a value based on the cost for another operator to construct a similar facility, which we refer to as the “cost approach.” We believe the cost approach provides an ind ication of what another state - licensed operator would pay for a separate facility instead of constructing it itself. The appraisal’s opinion of value reflects current conditions and the likely actions of market partic ipa nts as of the date of appraisal. It is based on the available information gathered and provided to the appraiser, and does not predict future performance. Changing market or property conditions can and likely will have an ef fec t on the subject’s value. (3) Certain affiliated co - lenders subordinated their interest in the real estate collateral to the Company, thus increasing the coll ateral coverage for the applicable loan. (4) The real estate collateral coverage ratio represents a weighted portfolio average real estate collateral coverage ratio.
Balance Sheet Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 23 December 31, 2022 September 30, 2023 (unaudited) Assets 339,273,538 $ 322,513,760 $ Loans held for investment - 16,278,729 Loan held for investment – related party (Note 7) 339,273,538 338,792,489 Loans held for investment at carrying value (3,940,939) (5,112,195) Current expected credit loss reserve 335,332,599 333,680,294 Loans held for investment at carrying value, net 5,715,827 8,702,157 Cash and cash equivalents - 3,469,340 Debt securities, at fair value 1,204,412 2,226,902 Interest receivable 1,018,212 946,077 Other receivables and assets, net - 3,284,900 Related party receivables 343,271,050 $ 352,309,670 $ Total Assets Liabilities 58,000,000 $ 63,000,000 $ Revolving loan 13,618,591 8,568,252 Dividend payable 3,295,600 1,601,387 Management and incentive fees payable 1,397,515 1,668,783 Related party payables 1,058,128 1,187,591 Accounts payable and other liabilities 1,868,193 498,264 Interest reserve 79,238,027 76,524,277 Total Liabilities Commitments and contingencies (Note 8) Stockholders' equity 176,859 181,823 Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 100,000,000 shares authorized and 18,182,241 and 17,766,936 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 268,995,848 276,946,111 Additional paid - in - capital (5,139,684) (1,342,541) Accumulated earnings (deficit) 264,033,023 275,785,393 Total stockholders' equity 343,271,050 $ 352,309,670 $ Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
Statement of Operations Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 24 Nine months ended September 30, 2022 (unaudited) Nine months ended September 30, 2023 (unaudited) Three months ended June 30, 2023 (unaudited) Three months ended September 30, 2023 (unaudited) Revenues 35,478,178 46,369,976 14,659,222 $ 15,183,450 $ Interest income (1,383,172) (4,062,365) (994,926) (1,449,143) Interest expense 34,095,006 42,307,611 13,664,296 13,734,307 Net interest income Expenses 3,266,487 5,539,059 1,799,667 1,601,387 Management and incentive fees, net 2,410,151 3,833,733 1,280,401 1,251,307 General and administrative expense 1,649,360 1,598,376 537,894 491,107 Professional fees 328,356 942,605 263,844 540,426 Stock based compensation 1,403,892 1,193,880 1,139,112 (41,351) (Reversal)/provision for current expected credit losses 9,058,246 13,107,653 5,020,918 3,842,876 Total expenses - 112,767 - 85,567 Change in unrealized gain on debt securities, at fair value 25,036,760 29,312,725 8,643,378 9,976,998 Net Income before income taxes - - - - Income tax expense 25,036,760 29,312,725 8,643,378 $ 9,976,998 $ Net Income Earnings per common share: 1.42 $ 1.62 $ 0.48 $ 0.55 $ Basic earnings per common share (in dollars per share) 1.41 $ 1.60 $ 0.47 $ 0.54 $ Diluted earnings per common share (in dollars per share) Weighted average number of common shares outstanding: 17,652,367 18,052,293 18,094,288 18,175,467 Basic weighted average shares of common stock outstanding (in shares) 17,747,612 18,269,171 18,273,512 18,562,930 Diluted weighted average shares of common stock outstanding (in shares)
Reconciliation of Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings to GAAP Net Income Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 25 Three Months ended June 30, 2023 (unaudited) Three Months ended September 30, 2023 (unaudited) 8,643,378 $ 9,976,998 $ Net Income Adjustments to net income 263,844 540,426 Non - cash equity compensation expense 91,798 146,676 Depreciation and amortization 1,139,112 (41,351) (Reversal)/provision for current expected credit losses - x (85,567) Change in unrealized gain on debt securities, at fair value 10,138,132 10,537,182 Distributable Earnings - x - x Adjustments to Distributable Earnings 10,138,132 10,537,182 Adjusted Distributable Earnings 18,094,288 18,175,467 Basic weighted average shares of common stock outstanding (in shares) 0.56 $ 0.58 $ Adjusted Distributable Basic Earnings per Weighted Average Share 18,273,512 18,562,930 Diluted weighted average shares of common stock outstanding (in shares) 0.55 $ 0.57 $ Adjusted Distributable Diluted Earnings per Weighted Average Share
1.5% Annual Base Management Fee (on Equity) 50.0% Origination Fees (Rebated to REIT) Incentive Compensation Terms: 20.0% Incentive Fees (of Core Earnings) 8.0% Hurdle Amount (on Avg. Equity); No Catch - up Provision External Manager ▪ Externally - managed by Chicago Atlantic REIT Manager, LLC, a subsidiary of Chicago Atlantic Group, LLC ▪ John Mazarakis (Executive Chairman), Tony Cappell (CEO) and Andreas Bodmeier (Co - President & CIO) control and beneficially own the Manager ▪ The Manager is comprised of an experienced team of investment professionals, who currently manage several externally - managed vehicles with over $800mm in additional assets – Synergies from over 60 professionals, spanning real estate credit, asset - based lending and real estate private equity, as well as robust accounting and compliance functions Management Agreement Overview Management Agreement and Equity Incentive Plan ▪ Initial term of three years ▪ Following the initial term, the agreement automatically renews every year for an additional one - year period, unless Chicago Atlantic or the Manager elects not to renew ▪ Shareholder - friendly management agreement: ▪ 8.5% equity incentive plan: – 0.5 % granted at completion of IPO – 8% granted at discretion of Board based on Company performance after IPO MANAGEMENT FEES Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. | 26