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RAIT Financial Trust Announces Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

RAIT Financial Trust (“RAIT”) (RAS) today announced second quarter 2014 financial results.

Financial Performance

Cash Available for Distribution (“CAD”) per share increased 41.2% to $0.24 for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 from $0.17 for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Total revenues grew 25.1% to $73.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 from $58.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Dividends

On June 12, 2014, RAIT declared a second quarter 2014 common dividend of $0.18 per share, representing a 38% increase from the second quarter 2013 common dividend of $0.13 per common share. The second quarter common dividend record date was July 11, 2014 and was paid on July 31, 2014.

CRE Loan Portfolio

Investments in mortgages and loans increased 17.9% to $1.32 billion at June 30, 2014 from $1.12 billion at December 31, 2013. RAIT originated $246.3 million of loans during the quarter ended June 30, 2014 consisting of $112.8 million bridge loans, $119.7 million conduit loans and $13.8 million mezzanine loans. RAIT originated $470.8 million of loans for the six-month period ended June 30, 2014. RAIT sold $46.9 million of conduit loans during the quarter ended June 30, 2014 which generated $2.8 million of fee income.

CRE Property Portfolio

Based upon properties owned as of June 30, 2014, average effective rent per unit per month in RAIT’s multifamily portfolio increased 7.5% to $799 for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 from $743 for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. As of June 30, 2014, RAIT’s investments in real estate increased 30% to $1.3 billion from $1.0 billion at December 31, 2013. Rental income increased 41% to $39.2 million during the quarter ended June 30, 2014 from $27.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 driven largely by the acquisition of 16 properties subsequent to June 30, 2013 which generated $10.6 million of rental income during the quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Assets Under Management

Assets under management increased 47% to $5.3 billion at June 30, 2014 from $3.6 billion at December 31, 2013 due primarily to inclusion of third party retail properties managed by RAIT’s retail-focused property manager beginning in 2014.

Scott Schaeffer, RAIT’s Chairman and CEO, said, “We continue executing on our strategy of raising capital and investing it into our multi-strategy commercial real estate business. During the second quarter gross loan originations increased 44% to $246.3 million when compared to the second quarter of 2013. Our property portfolio grew through acquisitions and increasing rents which led to a 41% increase in rental income and a 51% increase in net operating income since June 30, 2013. The second quarter common dividend, which has increased 38% since the second quarter of 2013, represents a 75% payout ratio on our second quarter CAD per share.”

Financial Results

RAIT reported CAD, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2014 of $19.7 million, or $0.24 per share – diluted based on 81.8 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted, as compared to CAD for the three-month period ended June 30, 2013 of $11.9 million, or $0.17 per share – diluted based on 69.8 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted. RAIT reported a net loss allocable to common shares for the three-month period ended June 30, 2014 of $25.7 million, or $0.31 total loss per share – diluted based on 81.8 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted, as compared to net loss allocable to common shares for the three-month period ended June 30, 2013 of $65.9 million, or $0.94 total loss per share – diluted based on 69.8 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted. The second quarter 2014 net loss includes $25.1 million of unrealized losses relating primarily to non-cash mark-to-market adjustments in RAIT’s legacy Taberna portfolios and the associated hedges. Non-cash mark-to-market gains and losses are excluded from CAD.

RAIT reported CAD for the six-month period ended June 30, 2014 of $37.0 million, or $0.46 per share – diluted based on 80.6 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted, as compared to CAD for the six-month period ended June 30, 2013 of $22.8 million, or $0.35 per share – diluted based on 65.1 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted. RAIT reported a net loss allocable to common shares for the six-month period ended June 30, 2014 of $40.2 million, or $0.50 total loss per share – diluted based on 80.6 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted, as compared to net loss allocable to common shares for the six-month period ended June 30, 2013 of $156.4 million, or $2.40 total loss per share – diluted based on 65.1 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted. The six-month period ended June 30, 2014 net loss includes $49.2 million of unrealized losses relating primarily to non-cash mark-to-market adjustments in RAIT’s legacy Taberna portfolios and the associated hedges. Non-cash mark-to-market gains and losses are excluded from CAD.

A reconciliation of RAIT’s reported net income (loss) allocable to common shares to its CAD is included as Schedule I to this release. A reconciliation of RAIT’s total shareholders’ equity to its adjusted book value, a non-GAAP financial measure, is included as Schedule II to this release. A reconciliation of RAIT’s net income (loss) allocable to common shares to its funds from operations (“FFO)”, a non-GAAP financial measure, and adjusted funds from operations (“AFFO”), a non-GAAP financial measure, is included as Schedule III to this release. These Schedules also include management’s respective rationales for the usefulness of each of these non-GAAP financial measures.

Key Statistics
(Unaudited and dollars in thousands, except per share information)

As of or For the Three-Month Periods Ended

June 30,
2014

March 31,
2014

December
31, 2013

September
30, 2013

June 30,
2013

Financial Statistics: Total revenue $73,256 $67,308 $67,607 $62,395 $58,622 Earnings (loss) per share – diluted $(0.31) $(0.18) $(1.90) $(0.24) $(0.94) CAD per share, diluted $0.24 $0.22 $0.27 $0.23 $0.17 Common dividend declared per share $0.18 $0.17 $0.16 $0.15 $0.13 Assets under management $5,266,296 $5,119,805 $3,595,530 $3,567,675 $3,616,009 FFO per share, diluted $(0.20) $(0.07) $(1.74) $(0.12) $(0.81)

Commercial Real Estate (“CRE”) Loan Portfolio:

CRE loans– unpaid principal $1,325,748 $1,228,452 $1,115,949 $1,103,272 $1,154,306 Non-accrual loans — unpaid principal $30,269 $28,019 $37,073 $45,337 $65,597 Non-accrual loans as a % of reported loans 2.3% 2.3% 3.3% 4.1% 5.7% Reserve for losses $15,336 $14,279 $22,955 $23,317 $24,222 Reserves as a % of non-accrual loans 50.7% 51.0% 61.9% 51.4% 36.9% Provision for losses $1,000 $1,000 $1,500 $500 $500 CRE Property Portfolio: Reported investments in real estate(1) $1,268,769 $1,205,995 $1,004,186 $986,296 $949,649 Net operating income(1) $19,524 $17,093 $13,919 $13,712 $12,947 Number of properties owned(1) 74 71 62 61 60 Multifamily units owned(1) 12,388 12,014 9,372 8,940 8,535 Office square feet owned 2,248,321 2,097,022 2,009,852 2,015,524 2,015,576 Retail square feet owned 1,420,909 1,420,909 1,421,059 1,421,059 1,421,059 Land (acres owned) 21.92 21.92 21.92 21.92 21.92 Average occupancy data: Multifamily(1) 92.8% 93.3% 92.2% 92.5% 92.6% Office 74.3% 74.8% 75.6% 74.1% 74.3% Retail 67.5% 66.6% 69.0% 68.9% 68.7% Average Effective Rent per Unit/Square Foot (2): Multifamily (1)(3) $799 $767 $763 $761 $743 Office (4) $20.10 $18.70 $18.40 $19.45 $18.77 Retail (4) $12.50 $12.44 $12.11 $12.05 $11.78 (1) Includes 19 apartment properties owned by RAIT’s consolidated subsidiary, Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (“IRT”) (NYSE MKT: IRT), with 5,342 units and a book value of $343.5 million as of June 30, 2014. At July 30, 2014, RAIT owned 28% of IRT’s outstanding common stock. (2) Based on properties owned as of June 30, 2014. (3) Average effective rent is rent per unit per month. (4) Average effective rent is rent per square foot per year.

Conference Call

All interested parties can listen to the live conference call webcast at 9:00 AM ET on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from the home page of the RAIT Financial Trust website at www.rait.com or by dialing 800.299.9086, access code 20320568. For those who are not available to listen to the live call, the replay will be available shortly following the live call on RAIT’s website and telephonically until Thursday, August 7, 2014, by dialing 888.286.8010, access code 35898971.

About RAIT Financial Trust

RAIT Financial Trust is an internally-managed real estate investment trust that provides debt financing options to owners of commercial real estate and invests directly into commercial real estate properties located throughout the United States. In addition, RAIT is an asset and property manager of real estate-related assets. For more information, please visit www.rait.com or call Investor Relations at 215.243.9000.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements can generally be identified by our use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “trend”, “will,” “continue,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “look forward” or other similar words or terms. Because such statements include risks, uncertainties and contingencies, actual results may differ materially from the expectations, intentions, beliefs, plans or predictions of the future expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, those disclosed in RAIT’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. RAIT undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required by law.

RAIT Financial Trust
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share information)
(unaudited)

For the Three-Month
Periods Ended
June 30,

For the Six-Month
Periods Ended
June 30,

Revenues: 2014 2013 2014 2013 Net interest margin: Investment Interest income $ 34,646 $ 31,256 $ 69,609 $ 62,536 Investment Interest expense (7,523 ) (7,278 ) (14,706 ) (14,761 ) Net interest margin 27,123 23,978 54,903 47,775 Rental income 39,214 27,858 74,390 55,027 Fee and other income 6,919 6,786 11,271 14,071 Total revenue 73,256 58,622 140,564 116,873 Expenses: Interest expense 13,241 9,978 24,846 19,644 Real estate operating expense 19,690 14,911 37,773 29,321 Compensation expense 7,376 6,337 15,931 13,284 General and administrative expense 4,874 3,562 9,075 7,338 Provision for losses 1,000 500 2,000 1,000 Depreciation and amortization expense 13,441 8,618 25,483 17,188 Total expenses 59,622 43,906 115,108 87,775 Operating income 13,634 14,716 25,456 29,098 Other income (expense) 5 69 15 145 Gains (losses) on assets (7,599 ) 224 (5,375 ) 221 Gains (losses) on extinguishment of debt – – 2,421 – Change in fair value of financial instruments (25,071 ) (76,020 ) (49,210 ) (175,777 ) Income (loss) before taxes and discontinued operations (19,031 ) (61,011 ) (26,693 ) (146,313 ) Income tax benefit (provision) 21 673 260 634 Net income (loss) (19,010 ) (60,338 ) (26,433 ) (145,679 ) (Income) loss allocated to preferred shares (7,415 ) (5,589 ) (13,221 ) (10,807 ) (Income) loss allocated to noncontrolling interests 775 50 (583 ) 77 Net income (loss) allocable to common shares $ (25,650 ) $ (65,877 ) $ (40,237 ) $ (156,409 ) Earnings (loss) per share—Basic: Total earnings (loss) per share—Basic $ (0.31 ) $ (0.94 ) $ (0.50 ) $ (2.40 ) Weighted-average shares outstanding—Basic 81,778,947 69,757,807 80,636,895 65,086,432 Earnings (loss) per share—Diluted: Total earnings (loss) per share—Diluted $ (0.31 ) $ (0.94 ) $ (0.50 ) $ (2.40 ) Weighted-average shares outstanding—Diluted 81,778,947 69,757,807 80,636,895 65,086,432

RAIT Financial Trust
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share information)
(unaudited)

As of
June 30,
2014

As of
December 31,
2013

Assets Investments in mortgages and loans, at amortized cost: Commercial mortgages, mezzanine loans, other loans and preferred equity interests $ 1,323,677 $ 1,122,377 Allowance for losses (15,336 ) (22,955 ) Total investments in mortgages and loans 1,308,341 1,099,422 Investments in real estate, net of accumulated depreciation of $145,751 and $127,745, respectively 1,268,769 1,004,186 Investments in securities and security-related receivables, at fair value 574,178 567,302 Cash and cash equivalents 75,079 88,847 Restricted cash 102,189 121,589 Accrued interest receivable 52,857 48,324 Other assets 72,165 57,081 Deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization of $21,484 and $17,768, respectively 22,469 18,932 Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $8,960 and $4,564,

respectively

23,100 21,554 Total assets $ 3,499,147 $ 3,027,237 Liabilities and Equity Indebtedness: Recourse indebtedness $ 353,145 $ 235,011 Non-recourse indebtedness 2,064,025 1,851,390 Total indebtedness 2,417,170 2,086,401 Accrued interest payable 31,177 26,936 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 28,683 32,447 Derivative liabilities 95,974 113,331 Deferred taxes, borrowers’ escrows and other liabilities 128,665 79,462 Total liabilities 2,701,669 2,338,577

Series D Preferred Shares, 4,000,000 shares authorized, 4,000,000 and

2,600,000 shares issued and outstanding

74,723

52,970

Equity:

Preferred shares, $0.01 par value per share, 25,000,000 shares authorized:

7.75% Series A cumulative redeemable preferred shares, liquidation

preference $25.00 per share, 8,069,288 and 4,760,000 shares

authorized, 4,069,288 shares issued and outstanding

41

41

8.375% Series B cumulative redeemable preferred shares, liquidation

preference $25.00 per share, 4,300,000 shares authorized, 2,288,465

shares issued and outstanding

23

23

8.875% Series C cumulative redeemable preferred shares, liquidation

preference $25.00 per share, 3,600,000 shares authorized, 1,640,100

shares issued and outstanding

17

17

Series E cumulative redeemable preferred shares, liquidation preference

$25.00 per share, 4,000,000 shares authorized

Common shares, $0.03 par value per share, 200,000,000 shares authorized,

82,507,410 and 71,447,437 issued and outstanding, including 541,825

and 369,500 unvested restricted common share awards

2,474

2,143

Additional paid in capital 2,007,593 1,920,455 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (50,226 ) (63,810 ) Retained earnings (deficit) (1,326,186 ) (1,257,306 ) Total shareholders’ equity 633,736 601,563 Noncontrolling interests 89,019 34,127 Total equity 722,755 635,690 Total liabilities and equity $ 3,499,147 $ 3,027,237

Schedule I
RAIT Financial Trust
Reconciliation of Net income (loss) Allocable to Common Shares and
Cash Available for Distribution (1)
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(unaudited)

For the Three-Month Period
Ended June 30,

For the Six-Month Period Ended
June 30,

2014 2013 2014 2013

Amount

Per Share
(2)

Amount

Per Share
(3)

Amount

Per Share
(2)

Amount

Per Share
(3)

Cash Available for Distribution: Net income (loss) allocable to common shares $(25,650) $ (0.31) $(65,877) $(0.94) $(40,237) $ (0.50) $(156,409) $(2.40) Adjustments: Depreciation and amortization expense 13,441 0.16 8,618 0.12 25,483 0.32 17,188 0.26 Change in fair value of financial instruments 25,071 0.32 76,020 1.09 49,210 0.61 175,777 2.69 (Gains) losses on assets 7,599 0.09 (224) 0.00 5,375 0.07 (221) 0.00 (Gains) losses on extinguishment of debt – – – – (2,421) (0.03) – – Taberna VIII and Taberna IX securitizations, net effect (7,028) (0.09) (9,526) (0.14) (14,088) (0.18) (18,002) (0.28) Straight-line rental adjustments 24 0.00 (678) (0.01) (91) 0.00 (966) (0.01) Share-based compensation 1,180 0.01 743 0.01 2,629 0.03 1,466 0.02 Origination fees and other deferred items 5,181 0.06 2,300 0.03 9,732 0.12 2,978 0.05 Provision for losses 1,000 0.01 500 0.01 2,000 0.03 1,000 0.02 Noncontrolling interest effect from certain adjustments (1,095) (0.01) (9) 0.00 (635) (0.01) (9) 0.00 Cash Available for Distribution $19,723 $0.24 $11,867 $0.17 $36,957 $0.46 $22,802 $0.35 (1) Cash available for distribution, or CAD, is a non-GAAP financial measure. We believe that CAD provides investors and management with a meaningful indicator of operating performance. Management also uses CAD, among other measures, to evaluate profitability and our board of trustees considers CAD in determining our quarterly cash dividends. We also believe that CAD is useful because it adjusts for a variety of noncash items (such as depreciation and amortization, equity-based compensation, realized gain (loss) on assets, provision for loan losses and non-cash interest income and expense items). Furthermore, CAD removes the effect from our consolidation of the legacy Taberna securitizations. We calculate CAD by subtracting from or adding to net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders the following items: depreciation and amortization items including, depreciation and amortization, straight-line rental income or expense, amortization of in place leases, amortization of deferred financing costs, amortization of discount on financings and equity-based compensation; changes in the fair value of our financial instruments, including such changes reflected in our consolidated Taberna securitizations; net interest income from consolidated Taberna securitizations; realized gain (loss) on assets and other; provision for loan losses; impairment on depreciable property; acquisition gains or losses and transaction costs; certain fee income eliminated in consolidation that is attributable to third parties and one-time events pursuant to changes in U.S. GAAP and certain other non-recurring items. CAD should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance. In addition, our methodology for calculating CAD may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, including other REITs, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies. In these Schedules, references to “we”, “us”, and “our” refer to RAIT Financial Trust and its subsidiaries. (2) Based on 81,778,947 and 80,636,895 weighted-average shares outstanding-diluted for the three-month period and six-month period ended June 30, 2014. (3) Based on 69,757,807and 65,086,432 weighted-average shares outstanding-diluted for the three-month period and six-month period ended June 30, 2013.

Schedule II
RAIT Financial Trust
Reconciliation of Shareholders’ Equity to Adjusted Book Value (1)
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(unaudited)

As of June 30, 2014 Amount Per Share (2) Total shareholders’ equity $ 633,736 $ 7.68 Liquidation value of preferred shares characterized as equity(3) (199,946) (2.42) Book value 433,790 5.26 Adjustments: Taberna VIII and Taberna IX securitizations, net effect (187,864) (2.29) RAIT I and RAIT II derivative liabilities 31,102 0.38 Change in fair value for warrants and investor SARs 18,820 0.23 Accumulated depreciation and amortization 183,932 2.23 Valuation of recurring collateral and property management fees 57,479 0.70 Total adjustments $ 103,469 $ 1.25 Adjusted book value $ 537,259 $ 6.51 (1) Management views adjusted book value as a useful and appropriate supplement to shareholders’ equity and book value per share. The measure serves as an additional measure of our value because it facilitates evaluation of us without the effects of various items that we are required to record in accordance with GAAP but which have limited economic impact on our business. Those adjustments primarily reflect the effect of consolidated securitizations where we do not currently receive cash flows on our retained interests, accumulated depreciation and amortization, the valuation of long-term derivative instruments and a valuation of our recurring collateral and property management fees. Adjusted book value is a non-GAAP financial measurement, and does not purport to be an alternative to reported shareholders’ equity, determined in accordance with GAAP, as a measure of book value. Adjusted book value should be reviewed in connection with shareholders’ equity as set forth in our consolidated balance sheets, to help analyze our value to investors. Adjusted book value may be defined in various ways throughout the REIT industry. Investors should consider these differences when comparing our adjusted book value to that of other REITs. (2) Based on 82,507,410 common shares outstanding as of June 30, 2014. (3) Based on 4,069,288 Series A preferred shares, 2,288,465 Series B preferred shares, and 1,640,100 Series C preferred shares outstanding as of June 30, 2014, all of which have a liquidation preference of $25.00 per share.

Schedule III
RAIT Financial Trust
Reconciliation of Net income (loss) Allocable to Common Shares and
Funds From Operations (“FFO”) and
Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”) (1)
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(unaudited)

For the Three-Month Period Ended
June 30,

For the Sixth-Month Period Ended
June 30,

2014 2013 2014 2013

Amount

Per Share
(2)

Amount

Per Share
(3)

Amount

Per Share
(2)

Amount

Per Share
(3)

Funds From Operations: Net income (loss) allocable to common shares $(25,650) $ (0.31) $(65,877) $ (0.94) $(40,237) $ (0.50) $(156,409) $ (2.40) Adjustments: Real estate depreciation and amortization 9,315 0.11 8,050 0.11 18,134 0.23 16,023 0.24 (Gains) losses on the sale of real estate – – 1,326 0.02 321 0.00 1,326 0.02 Funds From Operations $(16,335) $(0.20) $(56,501) $(0.81) $(21,782) $(0.27) $(139,060) $(2.14) Adjusted Funds From Operations: Funds From Operations $(16,335) $(0.20) $(56,501) $(0.81) $(21,782) $(0.27) $(139,060) $(2.14) Adjustments: Change in fair value of financial instruments 25,071 0.32 76,020 1.09 49,210 0.61 175,777 2.69 (Gains) losses on debt extinguishment – – – – (2,421) (0.03) – – Capital expenditures, net of direct financing (1,295) (0.02) (797) (0.01) (1,942) (0.02) (969) (0.01) Straight-line rental adjustments 24 0.00 (678) (0.01) (91) 0.00 (966) (0.01) Amortization of deferred items and intangible assets 7,414 0.09 3,267 0.05 13,831 0.17 4,400 0.07 Share-based compensation 1,180 0.01 743 0.01 2,629 0.03 1,466 0.02 Adjusted Funds From Operations $16,059 $0.20 $22,054 $0.32 $39,434 $0.49 $40,648 $0.62 (1) We believe that funds from operations, or FFO, and adjusted funds from operations, or AFFO, each of which are non-GAAP measures, are additional appropriate measures of the operating performance of a REIT and us in particular. We compute FFO in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT, as net income or loss allocated to common shares (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding real estate-related depreciation and amortization expense, gains or losses on sales of real estate and the cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles. AFFO is a computation made by analysts and investors to measure a real estate company’s cash flow generated by operations. We calculate AFFO by adding to or subtracting from FFO: change in fair value of financial instruments; gains or losses on debt extinguishment; capital expenditures, net of any direct financing associated with those capital expenditures; straight-line rental effects; amortization of various deferred items and intangible assets; and share-based compensation. Our calculation of AFFO differs from the methodology used for calculating AFFO by certain other REITs and, accordingly, our AFFO may not be comparable to AFFO reported by other REITs. Our management utilizes FFO and AFFO as measures of our operating performance, and believes they are also useful to investors, because they facilitate an understanding of our operating performance after adjustment for certain non-cash items, such as real estate depreciation, share-based compensation and various other items required by GAAP that may not necessarily be indicative of current operating performance and that may not accurately compare our operating performance between periods. Furthermore, although FFO, AFFO and other supplemental performance measures are defined in various ways throughout the REIT industry, we also believe that FFO and AFFO may provide us and our investors with an additional useful measure to compare our financial performance to certain other REITs. Neither FFO nor AFFO is equivalent to net income or cash generated from operating activities determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Furthermore, FFO and AFFO do not represent amounts available for management’s discretionary use because of needed capital replacement or expansion, debt service obligations or other commitments or uncertainties. Neither FFO nor AFFO should be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of our operating performance or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. (2) Based on 81,778,947 and 80,636,895 weighted-average shares outstanding-diluted for the three-month period and six-month period ended June 30, 2014. (3) Based on 69,757,807 and 65,086,432 weighted-average shares outstanding-diluted for the three-month period and six-month period ended June 30, 2013. FinanceInvestment & Company Information Contact: RAIT Financial Trust

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RAIT Financial Trust Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

RAIT Financial Trust (“RAIT”) (RAS) today announced first quarter 2014 financial results.

Highlights:

Financial Performance

RAIT introduced a new non-GAAP financial measure – Cash Available for Distribution (“CAD”). CAD per share increased 22.2% to $0.22 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 from $0.18 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Total revenues grew 15.4% to $67.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 from $58.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Dividends

On March 18, 2014, RAIT declared a first quarter 2014 common dividend of $0.17 per share, representing a 42% increase from the first quarter 2013 common dividend of $0.12 per common share. The first quarter common dividend record date was April 4, 2014 and was paid on April 30, 2014.

CRE Loan Portfolio

Investments in mortgages and loans increased 11% to $1.24 billion at March 31, 2014 from $1.12 billion at December 31, 2013 RAIT originated $224.5 million of loans during the quarter ended March 31, 2014 consisting of $175.6 million bridge loans, $45.9 million conduit loans and $3.0 million mezzanine loans. RAIT increased bridge loan originations 35% to $175.6 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2014 as compared to $130.3 million of bridge loan production for the entire year ended December 31, 2013.

CRE Property Portfolio

Average effective rent per unit per month in RAIT’s multifamily portfolio increased 4.2% to $767 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 from $736 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. As of March 31 2014, RAIT’s investments in real estate increased 20% to $1.2 billion from $1.0 billion at December 31, 2013. Rental income increased 29% to $35.2 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2014 from $27.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 driven largely by the acquisition of 14 properties totaling $7.4 million over the period.

Property Management

RAIT expanded its third party property management platform and now owns a retail focused property manager named Urban Retail Properties (“Urban”). Urban managed 62 properties representing 16.7 million square feet in 26 states as of March 31, 2014.

Liquidity

In April 2014, RAIT completed a $196 million non-recourse, floating-rate CMBS transaction collateralized by first mortgage bridge loans and participations. A RAIT subsidiary sold $155.9 million of investment grade bonds representing an advance rate of approximately 79.5% and a weighted average coupon of LIBOR plus 1.79%. RAIT retained $40.2 million of the unrated bonds and equity. In January 2014, RAIT issued 10,000,000 common shares in an underwritten public offering. The public offering price was $8.52 per share and RAIT received $82.6 million of net proceeds. On April 14, 2014, RAIT issued $60 million aggregate principal amount of its 7.625% Senior Notes due 2024 (RFT) in an underwritten public offering. RAIT received approximately $57.5 million of net proceeds.

Scott Schaeffer, RAIT’s Chairman and CEO, said, “During the first quarter we made significant progress towards our goal of allocating capital to our on balance sheet, bridge lending business. We ended the quarter funding $175.6 million of bridge loans, exceeding our entire 2013 bridge loan production. We raised capital in January and April to support the anticipated growth of the bridge lending business. Also, we grew the property portfolio through acquisitions and increasing rents which led to a 29% increase in rental income since March 31, 2013 and net operating income increasing 34% over the same period.”

Financial Results

RAIT reported CAD, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 of $17.2 million, or $0.22 per share – diluted based on 80.0 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted, as compared to CAD for the three-month period ended March 31, 2013 of $10.9 million, or $0.18 per share – diluted based on 60.4 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted. RAIT reported a net loss allocable to common shares for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 of $14.6 million, or $0.18 total loss per share – diluted based on 80.0 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted, as compared to net loss allocable to common shares for the three-month period ended March 31, 2013 of $90.5 million, or $1.50 total loss per share – diluted based on 60.4 million weighted-average shares outstanding – diluted. The first quarter 2014 net loss includes $24.1 million of unrealized losses relating primarily to non-cash mark-to-market adjustments in RAIT’s legacy Taberna portfolios and the associated hedges. Non-cash mark-to-market gains and losses are excluded from CAD.

A reconciliation of RAIT’s reported net income (loss) allocable to common shares to its CAD is included as Schedule I to this release. A reconciliation of RAIT’s total shareholders’ equity to its adjusted book value, a non-GAAP financial measure, is included as Schedule II to this release. A reconciliation of RAIT’s net income (loss) allocable to common shares to its funds from operations, a non-GAAP financial measure, and adjusted funds from operations, a non-GAAP financial measure, is included as Schedule III to this release. These Schedules also include management’s respective rationales for the usefulness of each of these non-GAAP financial measures.

Key Statistics

(Unaudited and dollars in thousands, except per share information)

As of or For the Three-Month Periods Ended

March 31,
2014

December 31,
2013

September 30,
2013

June 30,
2013

March 31,
2013

Financial Statistics: Assets under management $5,119,805 $3,595,530 $3,567,675 $3,616,009 $3,626,523 Total revenue $67,308 $67,607 $62,395 $58,622 $58,251 Earnings (loss) per share – diluted $(0.18) $(1.90) $(0.24) $(0.94) $(1.50) Funds from Operations (“FFO”) per share $(0.07) $(1.74) $(0.12) $(0.81) $(1.37) AFFO per share, diluted $0.29 $0.34 $0.33 $0.32 $0.31 CAD per share, diluted $0.22 $0.27 $0.23 $0.20 $0.18 Common dividend declared per share $0.17 $0.16 $0.15 $0.13 $0.12

Commercial Real Estate (“CRE”) Loan Portfolio:

CRE loans– unpaid principal $1,228,451 $1,115,948 $1,103,272 $1,154,306 $1,118,519 Non-accrual loans — unpaid principal $28,019 $37,073 $45,337 $65,597 $68,257 Non-accrual loans as a % of reported loans 2.3% 3.3% 4.1% 5.7% 6.1% Reserve for losses $14,279 $22,955 $23,317 $24,222 $26,206 Reserves as a % of non-accrual loans 51.0% 61.9% 51.4% 36.9% 38.4% Provision for losses $1,000 $1,500 $500 $500 $500 CRE Property Portfolio: Reported investments in real estate(1) $1,205,995 $1,004,186 $986,296 $949,649 $914,919 Net operating income(1) $17,093 $13,919 $13,712 $12,947 $12,759 Number of properties owned(1) 71 62 61 60 59 Multifamily units owned(1) 12,014 9,372 8,940 8,535 8,206 Office square feet owned 2,097,022 2,009,852 2,015,524 2,015,576 2,015,524 Retail square feet owned 1,420,909 1,421,059 1,421,059 1,421,059 1,422,572 Land (acres owned) 21.92 21.92 21.92 21.92 21.92 Average occupancy data: Multifamily(1) 93.3% 92.2% 92.5% 92.6% 92.6% Office 74.8% 75.6% 74.1% 74.3% 70.3% Retail 66.6% 69.0% 68.9% 68.7% 68.9% Average Effective Rent per Unit/Square Foot (2): Multifamily (1)(3) $767 $763 $761 $743 $736 Office (4) $18.70 $18.40 $19.45 $18.77 $18.91 Retail (4) $12.44 $12.11 $12.05 $11.78 $11.95 (1) Includes 17 apartment properties owned by RAIT’s consolidated subsidiary, Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (“IRT”) (NYSE MKT: IRT), with 4,970 units and a book value of $303.4 million as of March 31, 2014. At March 31, 2014, RAIT owned 39.3% of IRT’s outstanding common stock. (2) Based on properties owned as of March 31, 2014. (3) Average effective rent is rent per unit per month. (4) Average effective rent is rent per square foot per year.

Conference Call

All interested parties can listen to the live conference call webcast at 9:00 AM ET on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from the home page of the RAIT Financial Trust website at www.raitft.com or by dialing 877.703.6103, access code 77803841. For those who are not available to listen to the live call, the replay will be available shortly following the live call on RAIT’s website and telephonically until Wednesday, May 14, 2014, by dialing 888.286.8010, access code 10523484.

About RAIT Financial Trust

RAIT Financial Trust is an internally-managed real estate investment trust that provides debt financing options to owners of commercial real estate and invests directly into commercial real estate properties located throughout the United States. In addition, RAIT is an asset and property manager of real estate-related assets. For more information, please visit www.raitft.com or call Investor Relations at 215.243.9000.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements can generally be identified by our use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “trend”, “will,” “continue,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “look forward” or other similar words or terms. Because such statements include risks, uncertainties and contingencies, actual results may differ materially from the expectations, intentions, beliefs, plans or predictions of the future expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, those disclosed in RAIT’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. RAIT undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required by law.

RAIT Financial Trust Consolidated Statements of Operations (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share information) (unaudited) For the Three-Month Periods Ended March 31, Revenues: 2014 2013 Net interest margin: Investment Interest income $ 34,963 $ 31,280 Investment Interest expense (7,183 ) (7,483 ) Net interest margin 27,780 23,797 Rental income 35,176 27,169 Fee and other income 4,352 7,285 Total revenue 67,308 58,251 Expenses: Interest expense 11,605 9,666 Real estate operating expense 18,083 14,410 Compensation expense 8,555 6,947 General and administrative expense 4,201 3,776 Provision for losses 1,000 500 Depreciation and amortization expense 12,042 8,570 Total expenses 55,486 43,869 Operating income 11,822 14,382 Other income (expense) 10 76 Gains (losses) on assets 2,224 (3 ) Gains (losses) on extinguishment of debt 2,421 – Change in fair value of financial instruments (24,139 ) (99,757 ) Income (loss) before taxes and discontinued operations (7,662 ) (85,302 ) Income tax benefit (provision) 239 (39 ) Net income (loss) (7,423 ) (85,341 ) (Income) loss allocated to preferred shares (5,806 ) (5,218 ) (Income) loss allocated to noncontrolling interests (1,358 ) 27 Net income (loss) allocable to common shares $ (14,587 ) $ (90,532 ) Earnings (loss) per share—Basic: Total earnings (loss) per share—Basic $ (0.18 ) $ (1.50 ) Weighted-average shares outstanding—Basic 79,970,599 60,363,153 Earnings (loss) per share—Diluted: Total earnings (loss) per share—Diluted $ (0.18 ) $ (1.50 ) Weighted-average shares outstanding—Diluted 79,970,599 60,363,153 RAIT Financial Trust Consolidated Balance Sheets (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share information) (unaudited) As of As of March 31, December 31, 2014 2013 Assets Investments in mortgages and loans, at amortized cost: Commercial mortgages, mezzanine loans, other loans and preferred equity interests $ 1,235,155 $ 1,122,377 Allowance for losses (14,279 ) (22,955 ) Total investments in mortgages and loans 1,220,876 1,099,422 Investments in real estate, net of accumulated depreciation of $135,876 and $127,745, respectively 1,205,995 1,004,186 Investments in securities and security-related receivables, at fair value 573,739 567,302 Cash and cash equivalents 110,072 88,847 Restricted cash 92,497 121,589 Accrued interest receivable 48,181 48,324 Other assets 70,469 57,081 Deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization of $19,389 and $17,768, respectively 19,193 18,932

Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $6,511 and $4,564, respectively

23,386 21,554 Total assets $ 3,364,408 $ 3,027,237 Liabilities and Equity Indebtedness: Recourse indebtedness $ 307,176 $ 235,011 Non-recourse indebtedness 1,950,062 1,851,390 Total indebtedness 2,257,238 2,086,401 Accrued interest payable 30,213 26,936 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 24,182 32,447 Derivative liabilities 102,796 113,331 Deferred taxes, borrowers’ escrows and other liabilities 121,766 79,462 Total liabilities 2,536,195 2,338,577 Series D Preferred Shares, 4,000,000 shares authorized, 4,000,000 and 2,600,000 shares issued and outstanding

73,301

52,970

Equity: Preferred shares, $0.01 par value per share, 25,000,000 shares authorized:

7.75% Series A cumulative redeemable preferred shares, liquidation preference $25.00 per share, 4,760,000 and 4,069,288 shares issued and outstanding

41 41 8.375% Series B cumulative redeemable preferred shares, liquidation preference $25.00 per share, 4,300,000 shares authorized, 2,288,465 shares issued and outstanding

23

23

8.875% Series C cumulative redeemable preferred shares, liquidation preference $25.00 per share, 3,600,000 shares authorized, 1,640,100 shares issued and outstanding

17

17

Series E cumulative redeemable preferred shares, liquidation preference $25.00 per share, 4,000,000 shares authorized

Common shares, $0.03 par value per share, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 82,289,029 and 71,447,437 issued and outstanding, including 541,825 and 369,500 unvested restricted common share awards

2,468

2,143

Additional paid in capital 2,005,102 1,920,455 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (56,825 ) (63,810 ) Retained earnings (deficit) (1,285,807 ) (1,257,306 ) Total shareholders’ equity 665,019 601,563 Noncontrolling interests 89,893 34,127 Total equity 754,912 635,690 Total liabilities and equity $ 3,364,408 $ 3,027,237 Schedule I RAIT Financial Trust Reconciliation of Net income (loss) Allocable to Common Shares and Cash Available for Distribution (1) (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited) For the Three-Month For the Three-Month Period Ended Period Ended March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013 Amount Per Share (2) Amount Per Share (3) Cash Available for Distribution: Net income (loss) allocable to common shares $ (14,587 ) $ (0.18 ) $ (90,532 ) $ (1.50 ) Adjustments: Depreciation and amortization expense 12,042 0.15 8,570 0.14 Change in fair value of financial instruments 24,139 0.30 99,757 1.65 (Gains) losses on assets (2,224 ) (0.03 ) 3 0.00 (Gains) losses on extinguishment of debt (2,421 ) (0.03 ) – – Taberna VIII and Taberna IX securitizations, net effect (7,060 ) (0.09 ) (8,476 ) (0.14 ) Straight-line rental adjustments (115 ) 0.00 (288 ) 0.00 Share-based compensation 1,449 0.02 723 0.01 Origination fees and other deferred items

4,551

0.06

678

0.02 Provision for losses 1,000 0.01 500 0.01 Noncontrolling interest effect from certain adjustments 460 0.01 – – Cash Available for Distribution $

17,234

$ 0.22 $

10,935

$ 0.18 (1) Cash available for distribution, or CAD, is a non-GAAP financial measure. We believe that CAD provides investors and management with a meaningful indicator of operating performance. Management also uses CAD, among other measures, to evaluate profitability and our board of trustees considers CAD in determining our quarterly cash dividends. We also believe that CAD is useful because it adjusts for a variety of noncash items (such as depreciation and amortization, equity-based compensation, realized gain (loss) on assets, provision for loan losses and non-cash interest income and expense items). Furthermore, CAD removes the effect from our consolidation of the legacy Taberna securitizations. We calculate CAD by subtracting from or adding to net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders the following items: depreciation and amortization items including, depreciation and amortization, straight-line rental income or expense, amortization of in place leases, amortization of deferred financing costs, amortization of discount on financings and equity-based compensation; changes in the fair value of our financial instruments, including such changes reflected in our consolidated Taberna securitizations; net interest income from consolidated Taberna securitizations; realized gain (loss) on assets and other; provision for loan losses; impairment on depreciable property; acquisition gains or losses and transaction costs; and one-time events pursuant to changes in U.S. GAAP and certain other non-recurring items. CAD should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance. In addition, our methodology for calculating CAD may differ from the methodologies used by other comparable companies, including other REITs, when calculating the same or similar supplemental financial measures and may not be comparable with these companies. In these Schedules, references to “we”, “us”, and “our” refer to RAIT Financial Trust and its subsidiaries. (2) Based on 79,970,599 weighted-average shares outstanding-diluted for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014. (3) Based on 60,363,153 weighted-average shares outstanding-diluted for the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. Schedule II RAIT Financial Trust Reconciliation of Shareholders’ Equity to Adjusted Book Value (1) (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited) As of March 31, 2014 Amount Per Share (2) Total shareholders’ equity $ 665,019 $ 8.08 Liquidation value of preferred shares characterized as equity(3) (199,946 ) (2.43 ) Book value 465,073 5.65 Adjustments: Taberna VIII and Taberna IX securitizations, net effect (203,644 ) (2.47 ) RAIT I and RAIT II derivative liabilities 36,490 0.44 Change in fair value for warrants and investor SARs 18,038 0.22 Accumulated depreciation and amortization 169,050 2.05 Valuation of recurring collateral and property management fees 50,335 0.61 Total adjustments $ 70,269 $ 0.85 Adjusted book value $ 535,342 $ 6.50 (1) Management views adjusted book value as a useful and appropriate supplement to shareholders’ equity and book value per share. The measure serves as an additional measure of our value because it facilitates evaluation of us without the effects of various items that we are required to record in accordance with GAAP but which have limited economic impact on our business. Those adjustments primarily reflect the effect of consolidated securitizations where we do not currently receive cash flows on our retained interests, accumulated depreciation and amortization, the valuation of long-term derivative instruments and a valuation of our recurring collateral and property management fees. Adjusted book value is a non-GAAP financial measurement, and does not purport to be an alternative to reported shareholders’ equity, determined in accordance with GAAP, as a measure of book value. Adjusted book value should be reviewed in connection with shareholders’ equity as set forth in our consolidated balance sheets, to help analyze our value to investors. Adjusted book value may be defined in various ways throughout the REIT industry. Investors should consider these differences when comparing our adjusted book value to that of other REITs. (2) Based on 82,289,029 common shares outstanding as of March 31, 2014. (3) Based on 4,069,288 Series A preferred shares, 2,288,465 Series B preferred shares, and 1,640,100 Series C preferred shares outstanding as of March 31, 2014, all of which have a liquidation preference of $25.00 per share. Schedule III RAIT Financial Trust Reconciliation of Net income (loss) Allocable to Common Shares and Funds From Operations (“FFO”) and Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”) (1) (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited) For the Three-Month For the Three-Month Period Ended Period Ended March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013 Amount Per Share (2) Amount Per Share (3) Funds From Operations: Net income (loss) allocable to common shares $ (14,587 ) $ (0.18 ) $ (90,532 ) $ (1.50 ) Adjustments: Real estate depreciation and amortization 8,819 0.11 7,973 0.13 (Gains) losses on the sale of real estate 321 0.00 – – Funds From Operations $ (5,447 ) $ (0.07 ) $ (82,559 ) $ (1.37 ) Adjusted Funds From Operations: Funds From Operations $ (5,447 ) $ (0.07 ) $ (82,559 ) $ (1.37 ) Adjustments: Change in fair value of financial instruments 24,139 0.30 99,757 1.65 (Gains) losses on debt extinguishment (2,421 ) (0.03 ) – – Capital expenditures, net of direct financing (647 ) (0.01 ) (172 ) 0.00 Straight-line rental adjustments (115 ) 0.00 (288 ) 0.00 Amortization of deferred items and intangible assets 6,417 0.08 1,133 0.02 Share-based compensation 1,449 0.02 723 0.01 Adjusted Funds From Operations $ 23,375 $ 0.29 $ 18,594 $ 0.31

(1)

We believe that funds from operations, or FFO, and adjusted funds from operations, or AFFO, each of which are non-GAAP measures, are additional appropriate measures of the operating performance of a REIT and us in particular. We compute FFO in accordance with the standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT, as net income or loss allocated to common shares (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding real estate-related depreciation and amortization expense, gains or losses on sales of real estate and the cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles. AFFO is a computation made by analysts and investors to measure a real estate company’s cash flow generated by operations. We calculate AFFO by adding to or subtracting from FFO: change in fair value of financial instruments; gains or losses on debt extinguishment; capital expenditures, net of any direct financing associated with those capital expenditures; straight-line rental effects; amortization of various deferred items and intangible assets; and share-based compensation. Our calculation of AFFO differs from the methodology used for calculating AFFO by certain other REITs and, accordingly, our AFFO may not be comparable to AFFO reported by other REITs. Our management utilizes FFO and AFFO as measures of our operating performance, and believes they are also useful to investors, because they facilitate an understanding of our operating performance after adjustment for certain non-cash items, such as real estate depreciation, share-based compensation and various other items required by GAAP that may not necessarily be indicative of current operating performance and that may not accurately compare our operating performance between periods. Furthermore, although FFO, AFFO and other supplemental performance measures are defined in various ways throughout the REIT industry, we also believe that FFO and AFFO may provide us and our investors with an additional useful measure to compare our financial performance to certain other REITs.

Neither FFO nor AFFO is equivalent to net income or cash generated from operating activities determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Furthermore, FFO and AFFO do not represent amounts available for management’s discretionary use because of needed capital replacement or expansion, debt service obligations or other commitments or uncertainties. Neither FFO nor AFFO should be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of our operating performance or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity.

(2)

Based on 79,970,599 weighted-average shares outstanding-diluted for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014.

(3)

Based on 60,363,153 weighted-average shares outstanding-diluted for the three-month period ended March 31, 2013.

Financials IndustryFinance Contact: RAIT Financial Trust

Andres Viroslav, 215-243-9000

aviroslav@raitft.com […]