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AGM Federal Agricultural Mortgage

Participants
Aparna Ramesh Chief Financial Officer
Brad Nordholm President and Chief Executive Officer
Jackson Takach Chief Economist
Steve Mullery Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Zack Carpenter Chief Business Officer
Greg Pendy Sidoti
Harry Gorman Harry Gorman Investment
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Operator

Good day, and welcome to the Farmer Mac Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Earnings results. [Operator Instructions] Please note that this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Brad Nordholm. Please go ahead, sir.

Brad Nordholm

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Steve Mullery

Thanks, Brad.

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Brad Nordholm

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Zack Carpenter

Thanks, Brad.

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Brad Nordholm

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Brad Nordholm

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Aparna Ramesh

you, Brad. Thank

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Brad Nordholm

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Operator

our first question Please Sidoti. And come Instructions] [Operator today Greg ahead. will from with go Pendy

Greg Pendy

questions. for my guys. Hey, Thanks taking

of a questions Just had. I couple

that higher I guys color mentioned groups and don’t trend I all, general from talked – got you’ve not then want Is underlying oversimplify you fair about prices? the some relief storage the commodity gave groups there? of commodity to in commodity it is it’s First know XX-day to the release. say delinquency you press trend, the But when processing you and facility, the

Brad Nordholm

for our Brad much today. XX-day have and here, thanks Yes, trended on down. Greg, coming delinquencies very

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Greg Pendy

solar just solar. million that Great. I about year, will XXXX about had looks kind about we That’s thinking area? that? – You mentioned outlook should a is the how you and And be and majority earlier wind, just guess, should we the for the thinking helpful. in team of in – moving it in like in the how just be that of then How $XX over, outlook place

Brad Nordholm

solar. business. we line But was is close on the wind that emphasis Sure. going majority Biden Certainly, renewable energy transaction. in We our Yes, a the great expectation time, that did expect an is the forward it’s actually the administration, majority that one primarily that, and Over solar finance new the administration decarbonization of opportunities. will economy. putting be growing of of

tone yet that is the proposals very I policy – specific political think climate seen the makes bullish for haven’t of energy. that. general us But might renewable We drive

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Greg Pendy

does far too go? how – out long deal how it to... early the And Or is typical solar

Brad Nordholm

No, no, not at all.

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some nonprepayment So predictable of these from loans actually most a in portfolio. the performers the become standpoint

Greg Pendy

to one the helpful. And on expenses. more, more with just operating XX growth from just next in that correctly expense Did maybe standpoint? normalizing then expenses outsized then in That’s Great. expected an months sense revenue I for hear the are to XX line and be the

Brad Nordholm

Yes.

that Aparna’s comment that. think basically I on was

think, I ratio bit in for did push that gravitated we spend that think a of new your year. money of manage now, a part and efficiency towards, our some to ability of project we XXXX. understanding were investment better to it This the expenses, two IT was of in spending actual our getting we And we going of have money management. hiring about and be those I of in XX% a years and expectations people, our platform, frankly, tried lot technology. year, – we’re was And in particularly to bit. form start in them ahead more our expenditures, primarily investing a did And that up comments

is they would also under that mentioned, gradually said, XX% ratio she from should And – an on kick expect as should next standpoint. keep But then in the efficiency And on think, efficiency to making. the that for we’re these ratio start assets, were what I you investments XX%, going it we’re about expenses we’re maybe Aparna – standpoint, see. year. As is last XX% to XX%, that to trending even year, greater down efficiencies

Greg Pendy

Thanks a helpful. That’s lot.

Operator

will Our Gorman Instructions] Investment. from Harry next with question [Operator come Harry Gorman

Harry Gorman

spread, obviously, again interest out then your in widen and QX. saw QX in I

Looking portfolio. USDA at and from looked lot utilities business, a like of the portfolio came lines of the it it

those two spread. maybe on you widen a talk what little portfolios in to could was the going about So

Brad Nordholm

into you more – give Zack a Yes. jump on one give and turn so portfolios. he color I’ll Carpenter you to this the little bit to can

good of of also As Aparna funding. we particularly execution had some mentioned, our

we there pricing of execution a so capital debt portfolios maybe institutional small But is and in of what improved going it. part And in parts on are some the markets. shifts business a and market-based deemphasis some of our and from the more call that other of

please through how taking place? that And so Zack, can seeing you’re portfolio you take – shifting carry

Zack Carpenter

Yes, sure, Brad. Great Harry. question,

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of beneficial while came down, costs. market in So more lines rates business those had funding we

loans I’d initiatives. some So these new we to Those historically agribusiness-type And are, about had I’d we just prepared of that bills say, that shorter note in We’ve things say, able clip Those we then accretive of $XXX then about than million spreads. renewable continues. also and were a energy. in higher And NES are bit the a talked loans. we couple more larger of duration. booked commercial mentioned, remarks, in little to, lastly,

you some funding our at with it more Brad our helps from pricing, mentioned. market-based are secondary they of portfolio When we So pricing businesses, as generally look a wholesale and diversify a perspective, shop.

a executing a that taking These of deals that really part so at comes we’re at more wholesale be and market And were rate. rates.

to yields more get there. able been attractive we’ve So

lower of second of year. I that half some agribusiness larger the the over the and in really institutional yields higher funding, the have of and these favorable the helping think, that of So in NES transactions pursuit renewable credit our the attribute volumes are growth then combination,

Harry Gorman

Okay.

So reason back traditional? that, forward or there’s to the more a is something to that portfolio persists go shifts, that going

Zack Carpenter

our As we these I forward, mean, initiatives focus areas on of growth. think of look some new going I

we NES lot our about. rate existing Farm and we costs products, three area and I those another that’s initiatives can to continue our scale funding our manage then We’ve portfolios. And on price agribusiness renewable able execute but we amply side core one, of continue & is As businesses years, at talked Brad mentioned, think also a foundational an resources to over put if our focus tremendously the to from that energy, but and the shift a larger up initiative like a strong strategic The get growth. be two, to of next in also of improvements and will USDA. happen well, market-based Ranch have as portfolio lot

Harry Gorman

Sorry, they? collateral are These I’m one What loans, of with familiar really them, you not what last thing. agribusiness sort have?

Zack Carpenter

charter it’s terms is within broad a real agricultural estate. production. It’s of This – Yes. so in array agricultural first our of all lien on

of to pistachios So Farm loans in Ranch and almonds & exposure. or that have type just normal California, a there exposures maybe much large much are larger loan larger significantly parcels

value bit from so the in price really and the the a we those chain the And rancher. look commodity drive ag to at little differently. But new space, farmer also up initiatives

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more these instances with many done again, market-based that So are loans with institutions. numerous are are And financial structures pricing.

so institutions new financial And those been and looking support to initiatives. we’ve with those partner

Operator

And remarks. this closing will conclude over to conference question-and-answer for our like I’d the session. turn to any back Brad

Brad Nordholm

questions appreciate understand comments, more the that. as getting indicated, little and a bit We detail much. very We We it’s provided late. in – we

look any and in So speaking interest follow-up much. please call, do you Jalpa to to you happy additional And Thank forward your you. have appreciate questions another We quarter. that. we’re with or reach always to if very out with

Operator

for today’s presentation. now you is Thank attending conference The concluded.

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