This document and its contents are proprietary information and may not be reproduced or otherwise disseminated in whole or in part either directly or indirectly without the prior written consent of each of The Westaim Corporation (“Westaim” or the “Corporation” or the “Company” or “we” or “our”), Skyward Specialty Insurance Group, Inc. (“Skyward Specialty”), Arena FINCOs (as defined in the Westaim’s March 31, 2023 Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”)) and Arena Investors Group Holdings, LLC (“AIGH”, “AI” or “Arena Investors”). AIGH is a private company, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries and subsidiaries which AIGH has a controlling interest, operates as an investment manager offering clients access to fundamentals-based, asset-oriented credit and other investments. AIGH is the sole limited partner of Arena Investors, LP, a limited partnership established to carry on the third-party investment management business. The Company’s investment in Arena Investors is accounted for using the equity method and consists of investments in corporations or limited partnerships where the Company has significant influence.
This document is not, and under no circumstances is it to be construed as, an advertisement or a solicitation for any investment or any investment product with respect to Westaim or any of the entities described herein. The information set forth herein does not purport to be complete and no obligation to update or otherwise revise such information is being assumed unless required by law. Where any opinion is expressed in this presentation, it is based on the assumptions and limitations mentioned herein and is an expression of present opinion only. No warranties or representations can be made as to the origin, validity, accuracy, completeness, currency or reliability of the information. In addition, certain of the information contained herein is preliminary and is subject to change. Unless otherwise stated, the information contained herein is current as of the date of this presentation. There is no guarantee that any of the goals, targets or objectives described herein will be achieved. This document is not intended to provide specific investment, financial, legal, accounting and/or tax advice.
This document contains certain historical results and performance data including, without limitation, relating to Skyward Specialty, Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors. Such historical results and performance data have been prepared and provided solely by the relevant party and have not been independently verified or audited. The historical results and performance data have been included in this document for illustrative purposes only. The historical results and performance data are in no way indicative of any future results, performance or returns by any of Westaim, Skyward Specialty, Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors.
Certain statements in this presentation are “forward-looking statements”. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, target yields and returns, internal rates of return, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, Arena Investors’ operating leverage and AUM (as defined herein) growth, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always using words or phrases such as “expects”, “does not expect”, “is expected”, “seeks”, “endeavours”, “anticipates”, “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “estimates”, “believes”, “does not believe” or “intends”, “does not intend” or stating that certain actions, events or results may, could, would, might or will occur or be taken, or achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be “forward-looking statements”. In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, this presentation contains forward-looking statements pertaining to: Opportunities available to Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors; Arena Investors’ pipeline, and opportunities for building value at Westaim, expected credit, new offerings, planned fundraising campaigns, demand for our services and the Company’s goals and expectations. Forward-looking statements are based on expectations, estimates and projections as well as other relevant factors at the time the statements are made that involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those presently anticipated. These include, but are not limited to, the risk factors discussed in Westaim’s Annual Information Form for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, available on www.sedar.com. Except as required by law, Westaim does not have any obligation to advise any person if it becomes aware of any inaccuracy in or omission from any forward-looking statement or to update such forward-looking statement.
Supplementary financial measures concerning Skyward Specialty contained in this presentation are unaudited and have been derived from the Skyward Specialty First Quarter 2023 Results and the Skyward Specialty Form 10-K Annual Report for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov/edgar. Such statements are the responsibility of the management of Skyward Specialty. The Skyward Specialty Supplementary Financial Measures, including any Skyward Specialty non-GAAP (as defined herein) measures contained therein, have not been reconciled to International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and so may not be comparable to the financial information of issuers that present their financial information in accordance with IFRS.
The Skyward Specialty Supplementary Financial Measures (the “Skyward Specialty Supplementary Financial Measures”) should be read in conjunction with the Company’s historical financial statements. For more information about Skyward Specialty, please see Skyward Specialty’s unaudited financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 available at www.sec.gov/edgar.
The Skyward Specialty Supplementary Financial Measures have been provided solely by Skyward Specialty. Although Westaim has no knowledge that would indicate that any of the Skyward Specialty Supplementary Financial Measures contained herein are untrue or otherwise misleading, neither Westaim nor any of its directors or officers assumes any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of such information, or for any failure by Skyward Specialty to disclose to Westaim events or facts which may have occurred or which may affect the significance or accuracy of any such financial information but which are unknown to Westaim.
Westaim disclaims and excludes all liability (to the extent permitted by law), for losses, claims, damages, demands, costs and expenses of whatever nature arising in any way out of or in connection with the Skyward Specialty Supplementary Financial Measures, their accuracy, completeness or by reason of reliance by any person on any of them.
Supplementary financial measures concerning the Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors (the “Arena Supplementary Financial Measures”) contained in this presentation are unaudited and have been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements of the Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors for the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, unaudited consolidated financial statements of Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors for the three months ended December 31, 2022 and 2021 and unaudited consolidated financial statements of Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, which have been prepared in accordance with either IFRS or US GAAP. Such statements are the responsibility of the management of the Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors. The Arena Supplementary Financial Measures, including any Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors non-GAAP measures contained therein, may not be reconciled to IFRS and so may not be comparable to the financial information of issuers that present their financial information in accordance with IFRS.
The Arena Supplementary Financial Measures should be read in conjunction with the Company’s historical financial statements including the notes thereto and the related MD&A as well as the Company’s other public filings.
The Arena Supplementary Financial Measures have been primarily provided by the management of the Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors. Although Westaim has no knowledge that would indicate that any of the Arena Supplementary Financial Measures contained herein are untrue or otherwise misleading, neither Westaim nor any of its directors or officers assumes any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of such information, or for any failure by the Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors to disclose to Westaim events or facts which may have occurred or which may affect the significance or accuracy of any such financial information but which are unknown to Westaim.
Westaim disclaims and excludes all liability (to the extent permitted by law), for losses, claims, damages, demands, costs and expenses of whatever nature arising in any way out of or in connection with the Arena Supplementary Financial Measures, their accuracy, completeness or by reason of reliance by any person on any of them.
The information contained herein is based on publicly available information, internally developed data and other sources. Although Westaim believes such information to be accurate and reliable, it has not independently verified any of the data from third party sources cited or used.
All amounts herein are in United States million dollars unless otherwise indicated. Certain comparative figures have been reclassified to conform to the presentation of the current period, and certain totals, subtotals and percentages may not reconcile due to rounding.
Westaim reports its consolidated financial statements using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) and accounting policies consistent with IFRS. Westaim uses both IFRS and non-generally accepted accounting principles (“non-GAAP”) measures to assess performance. Westaim cautions readers about non-GAAP measures that do not have a standardized meaning under IFRS and are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures used by other companies.
Book Value Per Share (“BVPS”) is a non-GAAP measure – see section 15 of Westaim’s MD&A for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 for a discussion of these non-GAAP measures including a reconciliation to Westaim’s financial results determined under IFRS.
Supplementary financial measures concerning Skyward Specialty contained in this presentation are unaudited and have been derived from the Skyward Specialty First Quarter 2023 Results and the Skyward Specialty Form 10-K Annual Report for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov/edgar.
Skyward Specialty uses US GAAP and non-GAAP measures to assess performance. Please refer to Appendix – Skyward Specialty Supplementary Financial Measures for Skyward Specialty’s non-GAAP measures.
Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors
Arena FINCOs and Arena Investors uses both US GAAP, IFRS and non-GAAP measures to assess performance.
Net Return (a non-GAAP measure) on the Arena FINCOs investment portfolios is the aggregate of investment income, net of gains (losses) on investments less interest expense, management, asset servicing and incentive fees, and other operating expenses of the Arena FINCOs divided by average carrying values for the Arena FINCOs, for the period.
Gross Return (a non-GAAP measure) on the Arena FINCOs investment portfolios is the aggregate of investment income, net of gains (losses) on investments less interest expense divided by average carrying values for the Arena FINCOs, for the period.
Realized Internal Rate of Return (“IRR”): Realized calculations are presented net of investment level expenses and gross of fund level fees (e.g. management and incentive fees), which can impact returns significantly.
Gross Underwritten IRR (a non-GAAP measure): Investment-level gross underwritten IRR represents the internal rate of return prior to or at the time of making the initial investment as reflected in and supported by loan agreements, including, but not limited to, note purchase agreements and origination agreements.
Current IRR reflects all investment activity, i.e, prior actual cash flows and future projected cash flows (which are discounted as of the reporting date), from the inception of each applicable investment. The current IRR may not be representative of the realized IRR upon exit of each investment, which may increase or decrease.
Underwritten IRRs: Investment-level gross underwritten IRR represents the internal rate of return prior to or at the time of making the initial investment as reflected in and supported by loan agreements, including, but not limited to, note purchase agreements and origination agreements. The underwritten IRR is one of many metrics considered by Arena prior to investment and is not typically updated after the initial funding date. The underwritten IRR may be presented as a single percentage or a range. Such gross IRRs are estimated and do not take into account any entity level management fees, incentive allocation and/or any other associated fees, all of which may significantly reduce the net return received attributable to any investment. These underwritten IRRs are not a proxy for investment performance for any strategy or fund. The underwritten IRRs disclosed herein are being presented for the purpose of providing insight into the investment objectives of Arena Investors, detailing anticipated risk and reward characteristics in order to facilitate comparisons with other investments and for establishing a benchmark for future evaluation of Arena Investors’ strategy. The IRRs are also being presented because financially sophisticated investors may find this information useful in determining where Arena Investors’ strategies may fit within their investment portfolios. The IRRs included in this presentation are not intended, and must not be regarded, as a representation, warranty or prediction that any Arena Investors vehicles will achieve any particular return with respect to any particular investment opportunity or for a particular time period, or that Arena Investors and its investors will not incur losses. In evaluating these IRRs, it should be noted that (a) there can be no assurance that Arena Investors will be able to source and consummate investments of the type it is seeking to make and (b) the assumptions underlying the IRRs may prove not to be accurate or not materialize. There can be no assurance that the objective of the investment shown can be met or that substantial losses will be avoided.
Fee Paying Assets Under Management (“FP AUM”) refers to the AUM on which Arena Investors earns management fees and/or incentive income.
Important Disclosures – Arena Investors
The following is being provided solely in relation to Arena Investors, LP, its funds, subsidiaries and affiliates:
Returns shown are unaudited. Past performance is not indicative or a reliable indicator of future performance. Actual results may vary.
The information set forth herein does not purport to be complete, is unaudited and subject to change. Arena Investors has no obligation to update or revise such information other than as may be required by applicable law. Unless otherwise stated, the information contained herein is current as of the date of the presentation.
This document does not constitute investment advice nor is it a recommendation or an offer of investment advisory services or products. No person in any jurisdiction may treat this document as a solicitation or offer of any advisory product or service. A prospective investor must rely solely on the terms and associated disclosures in any final offering memoranda, investment management agreement and associated subscription documents (if any), which would constitute the only basis upon which offerings of any product or service may be made.
Investments in Arena Investors vehicles are speculative in nature and involve risk. There can be no assurance that investment objectives will be achieved and investment results may vary substantially over time. These investments are not intended to be a complete investment program for any investor. There is no secondary market for an investor’s interest in Arena Investors funds and none is expected to develop. Arena Investors’ funds are not registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and accordingly are not extensively regulated. Opportunities for redemption and transferability of interests are restricted, so investors may not have access to capital when it is needed. Leverage may be employed in the funds, which can make investment performance volatile. Valuation of the investments may involve uncertainties and the exercise of judgment. An investor should not make an investment unless the investor is prepared to lose all or a substantial portion of its investment. The fees and expenses charged in connection with investments may be higher than the fees and expenses of other investment alternatives and may offset profits, and the performance-based compensation paid to Arena Investors may create an incentive for Arena Investors to make more speculative investments than would otherwise be the case. Arena Investors has total authority and control over its funds and the use of a single advisor applying generally similar investment programs could mean a lack of diversification and, consequently, higher risk. For a comprehensive list of risk factors, an investor must review the risk factors as specified in the related confidential information memorandum for a specific fund or investment management agreement, which will be made available upon request.
The information provided herein should not be considered a recommendation regarding a particular investment. The actual and potential investments discussed herein are meant to be examples of Arena Investors’ investment approach. It should not be assumed that any of the investments discussed herein will prove to be profitable, or that the investment recommendations or decisions made by Arena Investors in the future will be profitable. The particular investments discussed herein are those that most closely represent the current average-sized Arena Investors investment in a particular category (Corporate Private Investments, Real Estate Investments and Structured Finance and Assets).
In addition, performance of market indices is being provided for the purpose of making general market data available as a point of reference only. Arena Investors believe there are no known directly comparable indices for the Arena Special Opportunities Strategies composite which is comprised of the Arena Special Opportunities Fund, LP and Arena Special Opportunities (Offshore) Master, LP (collectively the “Fund”). The Fund’s investments are not limited to the investments listed by the market indices. The Fund may invest in different securities and engage in different trading strategies from the indices. In addition, it should be noted that the sector, industry, stock and country exposures, volatility, risk characteristics and holdings of the Fund differ materially from those of the indices. The indices do not reflect fees and expenses associated with the active management of portfolios. The performance returns of the indices were obtained from Bloomberg and other third-party sources and include the reinvestment of earnings. Although Arena Investors believes these sources to be reliable, it is not responsible for errors or omissions from these sources.
Market indices used: The Standard & Poor’s LSTA Leveraged Loan 100 Index is a capitalization-weighted syndicated loan index that seeks to mirror the performance of the 100 largest syndicated loans in the levered loan market. Leveraged loans are senior secured debt obligations rated below investment grade. The index information provided is for illustrative purposes only. The Fund’s strategy does not track the index and can significantly vary from the performance on the indexes provided.
The statements contained herein contain certain forward-looking statements that are based on Arena Investors beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to us. These forward-looking statements are, by their nature, subject to significant risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements relating to investments, business prospects, future developments, trends and conditions in the industry and geographical markets in which Arena Investors operate, Arena Investors strategies, plans, objectives and goals, as well as, Arena Investors ability to control costs, statements relating to prices, volumes, operations, margins, overall market trends, risk management and exchange rates.
Net annualized returns inceptions to date are net of fees as disclosed in the fee schedule and net of deal and operating expenses (including asset servicing expenses of 0.5% for drawdown, open-ended, FINCOs, SI-REC and 0.75% for NZ REC). All returns are based on the reinvestment of principal, interest, and dividends received. Fee schedules for returns shown include management fees with a range of 0.35%-2%, incentive fees with a range of 7.5% incentive to 18% and preferred returns or hurdles applicable on specific vehicles.