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Federal Agricultural Mortgage (AGM)

Participants
Jalpa Nazareth Director, IR & Finance Strategy
Bradford Nordholm President & CEO
Aparna Ramesh EVP & CFO
Zachary Carpenter EVP & Chief Business Officer
Marla Backer Sidoti & Company
John Szabo Flint Ridge Capital
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Operator

Good day, and welcome to the Farmer Mac Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]. I'd now like to turn the conference over to Jalpa Nazareth, Director of Investor Relations and Finance Strategy. Please go ahead.

Jalpa Nazareth

Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us for our fourth quarter and full year 2021 earnings conference call. of and Director at Strategy Nazareth, Mac. Farmer Jalpa Investor Finance Relations here I'm

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Bradford Nordholm

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Aparna Ramesh

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Bradford Nordholm

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to our continue to and how we tremendous opportunity even and a of ahead bring to greater lenders provide ranch, and agribusiness the additional in infrastructure XXXX Looking operator, see coming we beyond, any on the for financing rural farm And their benefit strategic efficiencies looking questions on line quarters. have in customers. updates anyone We're that, to forward with I'd from the growth we if see to sharing like our initiatives to today.

Operator

Marla Today's from comes [Operator Backer question Instructions]. first Sidoti. with

Marla Backer

on continues us think you levels? business of kind any that from or changes these could Can inflationary you your in volume? impact if how How think give escalates pressure you color

Bradford Nordholm

call nice today. on Yes. have Good you it's the afternoon. to Marla, very

and to implications on what to CFO, as comment dimensions we there I'm we're liability book interest partner, and a neutral as the both Chief in Aparna Business management. about interest from a general, of on what comment well Officer, are the of out how been way for ask But talking position. us our we've this, likelihood a of almost in manage now our asset the actually seeing the pretty management for rising couple puts to think rates, Carpenter, Zack Ramesh, I going our countryside asset standpoint, a in an year rate-sensitive are liability

but are the the and on card let U.S. coming on dimensions speaking global ag what in on is which impact commodity natural just fairly But fuel me increases though, just the have will perspectives monitoring turn week now their also correlated recently in question. last that, from to probably We closely that Generally Aparna economy, especially favors the Zack pressures example. inputs, gas different fuel flows. farm, of the on to for agricultural have the we Ukraine also more not offer fertilizers, with and been wild of prices, the The situation diesel your think inflationary

Zachary Carpenter

Yes. Thanks, great That's Brad. a question.

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Aparna Ramesh

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substantial out a you curve or an implying as is year. inversion I flattening a look think the forward even

But our a market advantage of has standpoint. did We've implications a asset of We taking last lot obviously opportunities. from cushioned. advantage over securities we're think management pretty long-dated all from liability the issue of X taken I years, So standpoint, well an things. of debt that few

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So or the whichever if cushioned And on next or up obviously, to the there. [indiscernible], slight well really going be anticipating Fed we're I rates we'll pretty I inflationary think short do whether we end We're that. think the of be plays what the into even a well curve might flatten inversion impact positioned. go year, see over

Marla Backer

you comprehensive Thank bit. answer. that switching Okay. for Switching gears topics, a little

large related you areas, a that Can some think us into those some in part areas business? become moving about of energy. prepared bit could how renewable as of the total talked telecom, remarks You trends give your you sense little complementary

Bradford Nordholm

to, be I'd Yes, happy Marla.

finance. into we've all, moving of been First energy slowly renewable project

I you active more in know, think company the we And this third as year, finance. our now. have last been in telecommunication is year

We organization. are a mission-driven

And confines within our is very America of and needs focusing the of charter. purposeful We rural are America of the access. in big issues the broadband rural and other one telecommunication on

& the those underwriting in we've over to years, prioritization and credit But on say, They looking year, a into it's of agribusiness Renewable the I on been last project finance, for this area Farm origination forward, energy have And we've last solely need that the standards corporate of year would building within credit in Ranch of area, over and $X opportunities. attractive energy renewable is kind in reflected last look we market about moving and numbers. been couple project box. per we've our annual an that finance, to this expanding credit the So partially us. our the profile billion of as more growth placed team. slowly the X the policy, that's we years fit actively do

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Marla Backer

when about talking between X And spaces volume, you're in XX%, aggregate of said you the XX% Great. been the different about? we've talking

Bradford Nordholm

Versus the of annual and originations. that's the an rest portfolio,

because portfolio of terms longer composition, up. ramp take less In that would will be it to

Operator

from comes today question Gordon Private next our of Gary And Investor.

Unidentified Analyst

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of the couple a So year. things. One, charge-offs in fourth quarter the for

Bradford Nordholm

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were, anything. charged charge-offs collected we say you'd negative. They charge off more and off, guess, didn't So than we -- I we

Aparna Ramesh

of CapEx, million $X.X about just that on It's one.

Unidentified Analyst

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Bradford Nordholm

is business that. part servicing of The

some We elaborate in also do month the you the of almost last want to on IT that? had expenses hit year. Aparna, that

Aparna Ramesh

the systematic nail acquisition areas. as the X in of third servicing been hit there. doing head X you business. We've on think or No, Yes. was area, the Brad the then And the investment I noted, Gary,

over of of headcount or most so, we XX acquired most was about the that So that latter came the half. through that in

a end IT of the as towards consulting then And contributor. in some our of investments we've up platforms some So that noted, and made November. Brad wrapped fees the was

consulting uptick well fees So as in saw in an December. we

third So factors the just quarter. contributed. first to that year, of of would primarily I most some pushed plans say, the quarters, fourth those the but also had but hiring of and fourth the two the got And for half We then our hiring. out

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Unidentified Analyst

of the loans. securitization gain the sale related Okay. Is was actual to And that sale? that on or

Aparna Ramesh

was pretax we've $X amount in described detail. fourth episodic. fair in Yes, that is quarter the that and is that resulted to event little sale And it million. a a But really over the securitization. related of a And nutshell, of a in

happens right away. it So

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Unidentified Analyst

Right.

cash from earnings will be the So loans forward. earnings in operating those going

Aparna Ramesh

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over of will the years all X par. at the that pool, is about license loan So which go

Unidentified Analyst

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Aparna Ramesh

Yes.

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Unidentified Analyst

Okay.

quarter indicator what So this better the if ... ongoing better year, of looking XXXX third quarter fourth or indicator I'm at a an the a

Bradford Nordholm

margins XXXX want NES we'd know until business or of and would or into off tail I this third guidance up second, minus Gary, fourth reasons quarter. why say bit X go reflected of third to is thinking a that shift -- basis basis I with bit that higher always guidance at kind with some was and of quarter that we NES or that. we instead into XX line plus in points. in just got even tie in or provided and minus we've either prior our saw say, fourth expectations higher year would little Yes, then going to points plus basis is new What as least the reporting the expectation. around you least is the XX our saw What I possibly the provided you in don't quarter. points net X well at associated guidance the XXXX, plus X XXXX, for line about see points you strategy, being What and a And than X

Unidentified Analyst

last... One Okay.

Aparna Ramesh

Gary…

Unidentified Analyst

go sorry, I'm ahead.

Aparna Ramesh

we used think to XX Yes. but Gary, you anchor differently, to points. about No, previously basis I

So X that level. think shifted points basis as about having up of

Unidentified Analyst

Okay.

Okay. Last thing on the dividend.

up payout earnings earnings on So operating be would operating a X%. up XX%. year, dividend were the doing you say for dividend up was XX% ratio. And you're a based about still this year said X% XX% also The this would payout if

anything to it dividend figure like been should if seems I'm I'm behind trying more. the that. And So there's out, wondering have up

Bradford Nordholm

an Gary. not X it's year, strict absolute mean portfolio for Yes. I precisely

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Unidentified Analyst

Okay.

Aparna Ramesh

Yes. And just one more Gary, point. and

you and XXXX, rates. amount XXXX volatility nominal of when from now fair to a also at subject either think interest we're look I

got we've that. so guard against to And

the credit that. So as which on effects, well going to gain based are some natural as of some noncash the of result fluctuations as a there's be sale,

we're want opposed cash to we a business of about sure from other So come flow make to model. shift baselining some of the a that result in as this fluctuations that our perspective as

Operator

from John with Capital. Flint Ridge comes today Szabo question next Our

John Szabo

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Bradford Nordholm

Yes. John -- thanks for getting on with us today, John.

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Zachary Carpenter

last Ranch space. seen execute rate And the I the what in Thanks, And noting over a of in couple Ranch, in component ag big Farm very But growth our to Brad so right? tried base, we've what right the institutions of are is the you've & ultimately, I farmer of diversification customers financial is to so And we're a differs means strong And the the Brad. years Yes. a serving agricultural the it's our Corporate our the right? other it and in looking insurance a customer as instances the the and dominated be to by banks, also more commercial many our & needs Farm focus in you it's on space as of fully business and focus time taken community, farm which in industry more and lenders, we've on few AgFinance areas. energy. the a we support space, companies agricultural dedicated but credit telecom base, key concentrated to look there, grow lenders, in think a ranches context the question. way very system, started think renewable that in And secondary When great the conversation market. of

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Bradford Nordholm

increase see upper we necessarily we maybe pretty think strong John, see factors I forward, limit extremely volumes. specific volumes, of XX% and reduce provide but more XX% in X% an If we the don't think terms going X% would range would either. CAGR at is to we're can some that of terms to in that's typical, And don't necessarily that factors I for that us. outlier that,

this. putting in So terms kind around bands of of maybe that's helpful some

John Szabo

dividend. helpful. very -- that's least answered or to And you just follow the Gary's his question question about then way at Yes, on up maybe about the

year these you've acceleration perhaps a putting really mix than more bit initiatives? -- of maybe And in because where of what So past? a expecting the would whatever this new issue you're more is of an you somewhat capital or on intensive some in be maybe done of it growth

Bradford Nordholm

bigger really slow week certainty a that, that. a much new of that slightly there's the including generally, consumes of and the of would challenge see to be line maybe with greater these bit ago, Finance, might rate. in of But In bit more faster creating little rising Corporate a rates because told a growth the you interest business, to a have that and Yes. Rural week Ukraine prepays agriculture interesting the Well, we capital. it's with now, consumption business. situation for certainty And with Utilities Fed yes, capital until some supportive do more last less Agricultural the we were going lines

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John Szabo

more Right. assets capital-intensive have course, would presumably, would think. And higher of then, those yields, I

Bradford Nordholm

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John Szabo

just thing. then And last one

do a you of growth period able these if Do mid-single-digit ? leverage not So sort as some new be you've over off medium-term to get been some a of investing In you operating could being would of words, grow other horizon you a in assets sort fast the see still sort yourself time the in line. range. as of expenses you'd that? spending grow prolonged the quite of of initiatives in investment think that top Or

Bradford Nordholm

to there, can think that under year, XX%. to the we're We've We now years John. just we of hold going pretty keep XX% point. range. XX%, number specific ratio some last a And provide said I commentary, our in for operating we're that efficiency

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improvements Looking to out years, you seeing attributable to should X probably two years, X start both.

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Unidentified Analyst

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Bradford Nordholm

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Unidentified Analyst

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Bradford Nordholm

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Operator

remarks. back to the Nordholm for like question-and-answer and closing to Brad our ladies I'd over session. And gentlemen, this concludes turn any conference

Bradford Nordholm

today. us hope you joining Well, thank informative. it's I you, operator, for and been all thank

very earlier, about of we the proud team. are said I'm XXXX. As optimistic I incredibly And very,

you this, questions, with we'll you. you. Mac. to continuing be I with what upward trajectory will follow-up And So forward hope Thank call get in our Farmer and look next if have touch or

Operator

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