Sachem Capital Revenue Increases 80.3% to $10.3 Million for

Achieves $3.4 Million of Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders
and $4.5 Million of Non-GAAP Adjusted Earnings

Conference Call and Webcast to be held at 8:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, May 4, 2022

BRANFORD, Conn., May 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sachem Capital Corp. (NYSE American: SACH) announces its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. The company will host a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to discuss in greater detail its financial condition and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, as well as its outlook for the balance of the year.

John Villano, CPA, the company’s Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer stated: “Revenue for the first quarter of 2022 increased 80.3% to $10.3 million, reflecting our continued execution and the growing demand for our loan products. We attribute this success to our ability to close quickly and our flexibility in structuring loans to suit the needs of borrowers. We are also diversifying our loan portfolio, both geographically and within new asset classes. Overall, we have built a highly scalable business model, as illustrated by the fact we achieved $3.4 million of net income attributable to common shareholders and $4.5 million of non-GAAP adjusted earnings, which is described below, for the first quarter of 2022.”

Results of operations

Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was approximately $10.3 million compared to approximately $5.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, an increase of approximately $4.6 million, or 80.3%. The increase in revenue is primarily attributable to an increase in our lending operations. For the 2022 period, interest income was approximately $8.5 million compared to approximately $4.5 million for the 2021 period, representing an increase of approximately $4.0 million or 87.8%. Origination fees were approximately $1.6 million compared to approximately $517,000 for the 2021 period, representing an increase of approximately $1.1 million or 216.5%. Other income and fee income, including late fees and processing fees, all of which we relate to our lending operations, were approximately $805,000 for the 2022 period compared to approximately $529,000 for the 2021 period, an increase of approximately $276,000 or 52.2%. Income unrelated to our lending operations, including investment income, income from partnership investments and net rental income, for the 2022 period was approximately $554,000 compared to $264,000 for the comparable 2021 period. On the other hand, loss on sale of investment securities and unrealized losses on investment securities for the 2022 period were approximately $1.2 million. The unrealized losses on investment securities were reflected by a 1.4% loss in our investment portfolio during the three months ended March 31, 2022.

Total operating costs and expenses for three months ended March 31, 2022 were approximately $5.9 million compared to approximately $3.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, an increase of approximately 68.6%. The increase in operating costs and expenses is primarily attributable to the increase in our unsecured indebtedness, particularly our unsecured unsubordinated five-year notes, which helped finance the growth of our loan portfolio. In the 2022 period, interest and amortization of deferred financing costs was approximately $3.9 million compared to approximately $2.5 million in the same 2021 period, an increase of $1.4 million or 58.2%. The balance of the increase in operating expenses was primarily attributable to (i) impairment loss, which increased approximately $236,000, (ii) compensation, fees and taxes, which increased approximately $402,000, and (iii) general and administrative expenses, which increased approximately $242,000.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2022, we reported an unrealized gain on investment securities of approximately $243,000 reflecting the decrease in prior unrealized losses since December 31, 2021. For the quarter ended March 31, 2021, we reported an unrealized loss on investment securities of approximately $7,500 reflecting the decrease in the market value of such securities since December 31, 2020.

Net income attributable to common shareholders for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was approximately $3.4 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to approximately $2.2 million, or $0.10 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Adjusted earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was approximately $4.5 million, or $0.13 per share, compared to approximately $2.2 million, or $0.10 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2021. Adjusted earnings is calculated as net income attributable to common shareholders, prior to the effect of unrealized gains (losses) on securities available-for-sale. Adjusted earnings should be examined in conjunction with net income (loss) as shown in our statements of comprehensive income. Adjusted earnings is a non-GAAP (i.e., generally accepted accounting principles) metric that is sometimes used to evaluate the operations and/or financial condition of a company. However, it should not be considered as an alternative to the typical GAAP metrics such as net income or loss or cash flows from operating activities, as a measure of our financial condition or liquidity, nor is adjusted earnings indicative of funds available to fund our cash needs or cash available for distribution to shareholders. Rather, adjusted earnings may be helpful to investors when analyzing Sachem’s business performance because it excludes the effects of certain non-cash charges that the company believes are not necessarily indicative of its operating performance. It should be noted that Sachem’s manner of calculating adjusted earnings may differ from the calculations of similar metrics used by other companies.

        For the Period Ended March 31,
        2022       2021
Adjusted earnings:              
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 3,429,700   $ 2,183,101
Add: Unrealized losses on investment securities     1,052,230      
Adjusted earnings attributable to common shareholders   $ 4,481,930   $ 2,183,101

Financial Condition

Total assets at March 31, 2022 were approximately $481.8 million compared to approximately $418.0 million at December 31, 2021, an increase of approximately $63.8 million, or 15.3%. The increase was due primarily to the increase of our mortgage loan portfolio of approximately $61.3 million, an increase in investments in partnerships of approximately $11.4 million, offset in part by a decrease in cash and cash equivalents and investment securities of approximately $9.2 million.

Total liabilities at March 31, 2022 were approximately $282.4 million compared to approximately $237.9 million at December 31, 2021, an increase of approximately $44.5 million, or approximately 18.7%. This increase is principally due to an increase in the repurchase facility of approximately $7.9 million and the notes payable, net of deferred financing costs, of approximately $48.5 million, offset by decreases in the accrued dividends payable of approximately $3.9 million and line of credit of approximately $9.9 million.

Total shareholders’ equity at March 31, 2022 was approximately $199.4 million compared to approximately $180.1 million at December 31, 2021, an increase of approximately $19.3 million. This increase was due primarily to net proceeds of $15.5 million from the sale of common shares and our net income attributable to common shareholders of approximately $4.5 million.

The company currently operates and qualifies as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) for federal income taxes and intends to continue to qualify and operate as a REIT. Under federal income tax rules, a REIT is required to distribute a minimum of 90% of taxable income each year to its shareholders and the company intends to comply with this requirement for the current year.

Investor Conference Call

The company will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, to discuss in greater detail its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, as well as its outlook for the balance of 2022.

Interested parties can access the conference call via telephone by dialing toll free 1- 877-545-0523 for U.S. callers or +1 973-528-0016 for international callers and entering the entry code: 615395. A webcast of the call may be accessed at https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2304/45474 or on Sachem’s website at https://ir.sachemcapitalcorp.com/ir-calendar.

The webcast will also be archived on the company’s website and a telephone replay of the call will be available approximately one hour following the call through Wednesday, May 18, 2022 and can be accessed by dialing 877-481-4010 for U.S. callers or +1 919-882-2331 for international callers and by entering replay passcode: 45474.

About Sachem Capital Corp.

Sachem Capital Corp. specializes in originating, underwriting, funding, servicing, and managing a portfolio of first mortgage loans. It offers short-term (i.e., three years or less) secured, non­banking loans (sometimes referred to as “hard money” loans) to real estate investors to fund their acquisition, renovation, development, rehabilitation or improvement of properties located primarily in Connecticut. The company does not lend to owner occupants. The company’s primary underwriting criteria is a conservative loan to value ratio. The properties securing the company’s loans are generally classified as residential or commercial real estate and, typically, are held for resale or investment.   Each loan is secured by a first mortgage lien on real estate. Each loan is also personally guaranteed by the principal(s) of the borrower, which guaranty may be collaterally secured by a pledge of the guarantor’s interest in the borrower. The company also makes opportunistic real estate purchases apart from its lending activities. The company believes that it qualifies as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for federal income tax purposes and has elected to be taxed as a REIT beginning with its 2017 tax year.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements.   All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release, including statements regarding our future results of operations and financial position, strategy and plans, and our expectations for future operations, are forward-looking statements.   The words “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “plan,” “seek,” “intend,” “believe,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “likely,” “continue,” “design,” and the negative of such terms and other words and terms of similar expressions are intended to identify forward- looking statements.

We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, strategy, short-term and long-term business operations and objectives and financial needs.   These forward-looking statements are subject to several risks, uncertainties and assumptions as described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2021 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2022. Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.

You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance or achievements. In addition, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any of these forward-looking statements. We disclaim any duty to update any of these forward-looking statements.

All forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements as well as others made in this press release. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made by us in the context of these risks and uncertainties.

Investor & Media Contact:
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Email: sach@crescendo-ir.com
Tel: (212) 671-1021

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SACHEM CAPITAL CORP.
BALANCE SHEETS

               
    March 31, 2022   December 31, 2021
    (unaudited)   (audited)
Assets            
Assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 57,863,469     $ 41,938,897  
Investment securities     35,510,232       60,633,661  
Mortgages receivable     353,627,221       292,301,209  
Interest and fees receivable     3,988,127       3,693,645  
Other receivables     304,796       94,108  
Due from borrowers     3,841,663       3,671,016  
Prepaid expenses     229,071       271,291  
Property and equipment, net     2,153,604       2,172,185  
Real estate owned     6,312,818       6,559,010  
Investments in partnerships     17,413,855       6,055,838  
Other assets     364,208       306,440  
Deferred financing costs, net     155,542       264,451  
Total assets   $ 481,764,606     $ 417,961,751  
             
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity            
Liabilities:            
Notes payable (net of deferred financing costs of $7,226,079 and $5,747,387)   $ 209,050,671     $ 160,529,363  
Repurchase facility     26,945,149       19,087,189  
Mortgage payable     750,000       750,000  
Line of credit     23,279,364       33,178,031  
Accrued dividends payable           3,927,600  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     512,473       501,753  
Advances from borrowers     16,629,966       15,066,114  
Deferred revenue     4,876,284       4,643,490  
Other notes     24,294       30,921  
Accrued interest     286,642       164,729  
Total liabilities     282,354,843       237,879,190  
             
Commitments and Contingencies            
             
Shareholders’ equity:            
Preferred shares – $.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; 1,903,000 shares of Series A Preferred Stock issued and outstanding     1,903       1,903  
Common stock – $.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 35,513,887 and 32,730,004 issued and outstanding     35,514       32,730  
Paid-in capital     201,168,304       185,516,394  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (233,208 )     (476,016 )
Accumulated deficit     (1,562,750 )     (4,992,450 )
Total shareholders’ equity     199,409,763       180,182,561  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 481,764,606     $ 417,961,751  

SACHEM CAPITAL CORP.
STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(unaudited)

             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31, 
       2022     2021  
Revenue:            
Interest income from loans   $ 8,511,375     $ 4,531,232  
Investment income     271,472       242,691  
Income from partnership investments     272,488       17,373  
Loss on sale of investment securities     (154,135 )     (129,440 )
Origination fees, net     1,637,627       517,428  
Late and other fees     128,864       35,929  
Processing fees     65,855       35,975  
Rental income, net     10,042       4,184  
Unrealized losses on investment securities     (1,052,230 )      
Other income     610,017       456,809  
Total revenue     10,301,375       5,712,181  
             
Operating costs and expenses:            
Interest and amortization of deferred financing costs     3,898,389       2,464,755  
Professional fees     230,715       231,756  
Compensation, fees and payroll taxes     993,962       592,087  
Exchange fees     12,329       12,329  
Other expenses and other taxes     64,704       21,809  
Depreciation     22,239       19,602  
General and administrative expenses     401,233       159,608  
Loss on sale of real estate     65,838       2,134  
Impairment loss     260,500       25,000  
Total operating costs and expenses     5,949,909       3,529,080  
Net income     4,351,466       2,183,101  
Preferred stock dividend     (921,766 )      
Net income attributable to common shareholders     3,429,700       2,183,101  
             
Other comprehensive loss            
Unrealized gain (loss) on investment securities     242,808       (7,494 )
Comprehensive income   $ 3,672,508     $ 2,175,607  
Basic and diluted net income per common share outstanding:            
Basic   $ 0.10     $ 0.10  
Diluted   $ 0.10     $ 0.10  
             
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:            
Basic     34,892,883       22,138,006  
Diluted     34,898,666       22,138,006  

SACHEM CAPITAL CORP.
STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
(unaudited)

             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31, 
    2022     2021  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES            
Net income   $ 4,351,466     $ 2,183,101  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:            
Amortization of deferred financing costs and bond discount     469,251       244,105  
Write-off of deferred financing costs           72,806  
Depreciation expense     22,239       19,602  
Stock based compensation     106,879       4,107  
Impairment loss     260,500       25,000  
Loss on sale of real estate     65,838       2,134  
Unrealized loss on investment securities     1,052,230        
Loss on sale of investment securities     154,135       129,440  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:            
(Increase) decrease in:            
Interest and fees receivable     (395,924 )     (62,544 )
Other receivables     (210,688 )     (345,905 )
Due from borrowers     (292,302 )     (499,376 )
Prepaid expenses     42,220       (102,175 )
(Decrease) increase in:            
Accrued interest     121,913       (3,344 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     10,720       163,661  
Deferred revenue     232,794       84,984  
Advances from borrowers     1,563,852       873,460  
Total adjustments     3,203,657       605,955  
             
NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES     7,555,123       2,789,056  
             
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES            
Purchase of investment securities     (27,545,183 )     (22,755,450 )
Proceeds from the sale of investment securities     51,705,055       23,606,780  
Purchase of interests in investment partnerships, net     (11,358,017 )     (1,843,398 )
Proceeds from sale of real estate owned     622,737       370,792  
Acquisitions of and improvements to real estate owned     (177,336 )     (160,361 )
Purchase of property and equipment     (3,658 )     (35,867 )
Principal disbursements for mortgages receivable     (88,735,230 )     (31,661,577 )
Principal collections on mortgages receivable     27,106,768       30,506,173  
Costs in connection with investment activities     (57,768 )     (98,210 )
NET CASH USED FOR INVESTING ACTIVITIES     (48,442,632 )     (2,071,118 )
             
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES            
Net proceeds from line of credit           105,340  
Net proceeds from repurchase facility     7,857,960        
Repayment of mortgage payable           (767,508 )
Repayment of line of credit     (9,898,667 )      
Principal payments on notes payable     (6,627 )     (5,632 )
Dividends paid on Common Stock     (3,927,600 )     (2,654,977 )
Dividends paid on Preferred Stock     (921,766 )      
Proceeds from issuance of common shares, net of expenses     15,547,815       1,542,465  
Gross proceeds from issuance of fixed rate notes     50,000,000        
Financings costs incurred in connection with fixed rate notes     (1,839,034 )      
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED FOR) FINANCING ACTIVITIES     56,812,081       (1,780,312 )
             
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     15,924,572       (1,062,374 )
             
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS- BEGINNING OF YEAR     41,938,897       19,408,028  
             
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS – END OF PERIOD   $ 57,863,469     $ 18,345,654  

SACHEM CAPITAL CORP.
STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW (Continued)
(unaudited)

               
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,   
    2022   2021  
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOWS INFORMATION              
Interest paid   $ 3,307,225   $ 2,445,468  

SCHEDULE OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Real estate acquired in connection with the foreclosure of certain mortgages, inclusive of interest and other fees receivable, during the period ended March 31, 2022 amounted to $420,547.

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