CHICAGO ATLANTIC REAL ESTATE FINANCE, INC. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (Form 10-Q)

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS



Some of the statements contained in this quarterly report constitute
forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and we intend such statements to be
covered by the safe harbor provisions contained therein. Forward-looking
statements relate to future events or the future performance or financial
condition of Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. (the "Company," "we,"
"us," and "our"). The information contained in this section should be read in
conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and notes thereto
appearing elsewhere in this quarterly report on Form 10-Q. This description
contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual
results could differ significantly from the results discussed in the
forward-looking statements due to the factors set forth in this quarterly report
and in "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and in Part II, Item 1A of this
quarterly report on Form 10-Q, as such risks may by updated, amended, or
superseded from time to time by subsequent reports we file with the SEC. The
forward-looking statements contained in this report involve a number of risks
and uncertainties, including statements concerning:



  ? our future operating results and projected operating results;




       ?   the impact of COVID-19 on our business and the global economy,
           including disruptions to the supply chain;




       ?   the ability of our Manager to locate suitable loan opportunities for
           us, monitor and actively manage our loan portfolio, and

implement our

           investment strategy;




  ? the allocation of loan opportunities to us by our Manager;




  ? the impact of inflation on our operating results;




       ?   actions and initiatives of the federal or state governments and changes
           to government policies related to cannabis and the execution and impact
           of these actions, initiatives, and policies, including the fact that
           cannabis remains illegal under federal law;



? the estimated growth and changing dynamics of the cannabis market;



  ? the demand for cannabis cultivation and processing facilities;




  ? shifts in public opinion regarding cannabis;



? the state of the WE the economy in general or in specific geographic regions;



  ? economic trends and economic recoveries;




  ? the amount and timing of our cash flows, if any, from our loans;




  ? our ability to obtain and maintain financing arrangements;




  ? our expected leverage;




  ? changes in the value of our loans;




  ? our expected investment and underwriting process;




  ? rates of default or decreased recovery rates on our loans;



? the extent to which interest rate or other hedging strategies may

           or may not protect us from interest rate volatility;



? changes in interest rates and the impact of these changes on our results of

           operations, cash flows, and the market value of our loans;




       ?   interest rate mismatches between our loans and our borrowings used to
           fund such loans;




       ?   the departure of any of the executive officers or key personnel
           supporting and assisting us from our Manager or its affiliates;




       ?   impact of and changes in governmental regulations, tax law and rates,
           accounting guidance, and similar matters;




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? our ability to maintain our exclusion or exemption from registration

           under the Investment Company Act;




       ?   our ability to qualify and maintain our qualification as a real estate
           investment trust ("REIT") for U.S. federal income tax purposes;




       ?   estimates relating to our ability to make distributions to our
           stockholders in the future;




  ? our understanding of our competition;




? market trends in our industry, interest rates, real estate values,

           securities markets or the general economy; and



? all other risks, uncertainties and other factors that we identify in

           our annual report on Form 10-K or this quarterly report on Form 10-Q.




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Overview



We are a commercial real estate finance company. Our primary investment
objective is to provide attractive, risk-adjusted returns for stockholders over
time primarily through consistent current income dividends and other
distributions and secondarily through capital appreciation. We intend to achieve
this objective by originating, structuring and investing in first mortgage loans
and alternative structured financings secured by commercial real estate
properties. Our current portfolio is comprised primarily of senior loans to
state-licensed operators in the cannabis industry, secured by real estate,
equipment, receivables, licenses or other assets of the borrowers to the extent
permitted by applicable laws and regulations governing such borrowers. We intend
to grow the size of our portfolio by continuing the track record of our business
and the business conducted by our Manager and its affiliates by making loans to
leading operators and property owners in the cannabis industry. There is no
assurance that we will achieve our investment objective.



Our Manager and its affiliates seek to originate real estate loans between $5
million and $200 million, generally with one- to five-year terms and
amortization when terms exceed three years. We generally act as co-lenders in
such transactions and intend to hold up to $30 million of the aggregate loan
amount, with the remainder to be held by affiliates or third party co-investors.
We may revise such concentration limits from time to time as our loan portfolio
grows. Other investment vehicles managed by our Manager or affiliates of our
Manager may co-invest with us or hold positions in a loan where we have also
invested, including by means of splitting commitments, participating in loans or
other means of syndicating loans. We will not engage in a co-investment
transaction with an affiliate where the affiliate has a senior position to the
loan held by us. To the extent that an affiliate provides financing to one of
our borrowers, such loans will be working capital loans or loans that are
subordinate to our loans. We may also serve as co-lenders in loans originated by
third parties and, in the future, we may also acquire loans or loan
participations. Loans that have a one to two year maturities are generally
interest only loans.



As of September 30, 2022, our portfolio is comprised primarily of first
mortgages to established multi-state or single-state cannabis operators or
property owners. We consider cannabis operators to be established if they are
state-licensed and are deemed to be operational and in good standing by the
applicable state regulator. We do not own any stock, warrants to purchase stock
or other forms of equity in any of our portfolio companies that are involved in
the cannabis industry, and we will not take stock, warrants or equity in such
issuers until permitted by applicable laws and regulations, including U.S.
federal laws and regulations.



We are an externally managed Maryland corporation that elected to be taxed as a
REIT under Section 856 of the Code, commencing with our taxable year ended
December 31, 2021. We believe that our method of operation will enable us to
continue to qualify as a REIT. However, no assurances can be given that our
beliefs or expectations will be fulfilled, since qualification as a REIT depends
on us continuing to satisfy numerous asset, income, and distribution tests,
which in turn depend, in part, on our operating results. We also intend to
operate our business in a manner that will permit us and our subsidiaries to
maintain one or more exclusions or exemptions from registration under the
Investment Company Act.



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Revenues


We operate as one operating segment and are primarily focused on financing
senior secured loans and other types of loans for established state-licensed
operators in the cannabis industry. These loans are generally held for
investment and are substantially secured by real estate, equipment, licenses and
other assets of the borrowers to the extent permitted by the applicable laws and
the regulations governing such borrowers.



We generate revenue primarily in the form of interest income on loans. As of
September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, approximately 59.7% and 53.2%,
respectively, of our portfolio was comprised of floating rate loans, and 40.3%
and 46.8% of our portfolio was comprised of fixed rate loans, respectively. The
floating rate loans described above are variable based upon the prime rate plus
an applicable margin, and in many cases, a prime rate floor.



The prime rate was 3.25% for the period from January 1, 2022 through March 16,
2022, and increased to 3.50% effective March 17, 2022. It was increased to 4.00%
effective May 5, 2022, increased to 4.75% effective June 16, 2022, increased to
5.50% effective July 28, 2022, and increased again to 6.25% effective September
22, 2022.



The principal amount of our loans and any accrued but unpaid interest thereon
generally become due at the applicable maturity date. In some cases, our
interest income includes a paid-in-kind ("PIK") component for a portion of the
total interest. The PIK interest, computed at the contractual rate specified in
each applicable loan agreement, is accrued in accordance with the terms of such
loan agreement and capitalized to the principal balance of the loan and recorded
as interest income. The PIK interest added to the principal balance is typically
amortized and paid in accordance with the applicable loan agreement. In cases
where the loans do not amortize, the PIK interest is collected and recognized
upon repayment of the outstanding principal. We also generate revenue from
original issue discounts ("OID"), which is also recognized as interest income
through amortization over the initial term of the applicable loans. Delayed draw
loans may earn interest or unused fees on the undrawn portion of the loan, which
is recognized as interest income in the period earned. Other fees, including
prepayment fees and exit fees, are also recognized as interest income when
received. Any such fees will be generated in connection with our loans and
recognized as earned in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles
("GAAP").



Expenses


Our primary operating expenses are the payment of Base Management Fees and
Incentive Compensation under our Management Agreement with our Manager and the
allocable portion of overhead and other expenses paid or incurred on our behalf,
including reimbursing our Manager for a certain portion of the compensation of
certain personnel of our Manager who assist in the management of our affairs,
excepting only those expenses that are specifically the responsibility of our
Manager pursuant to our Management Agreement. We bear all other costs and
expenses of our operations and transactions, including (without limitation) fees
and expenses relating to:



  ? organizational and offering expenses;




  ? quarterly valuation expenses;




       ?   fees payable to third parties relating to, or associated with, making
           loans and valuing loans (including third-party valuation firms);




       ?   fees and expenses associated with investor relations and marketing
           efforts (including attendance at investment conferences and similar
           events);



? federal and state registration fees;

? stock exchange listing fees;

? federal, state and local taxes;

? independent directors’ fees and expenses;



  ? brokerage commissions;



? the costs of proxy statements, shareholder reports and notices; and

? the costs of preparing government documents, including

           reports with the SEC.




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Income Taxes



We are a Maryland corporation that elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Code,
commencing with our taxable year ended December 31, 2021. We believe that our
method of operation will enable us to continue to qualify as a REIT. However, no
assurances can be given that our beliefs or expectations will be fulfilled,
since qualification as a REIT depends on us satisfying numerous asset, income
and distribution tests which depend, in part, on our operating results.



To qualify as a REIT, we must meet a number of organizational and operational
requirements, including a requirement that we distribute annually to our
stockholders at least 90% of our REIT taxable income prior to the deduction for
dividends paid and our net capital gain. To the extent that we distribute less
than 100% of our REIT taxable income in any tax year (taking into account any
distributions made in a subsequent tax year under Sections 857(b)(9) or 858 of
the Code), we will pay tax at regular corporate rates on that undistributed
portion. Furthermore, if we distribute less than the sum of 1) 85% of our
ordinary income for the calendar year, 2) 95% of our capital gain net income for
the calendar year, and 3) any Required Distributions to our stockholders during
any calendar year (including any distributions declared by the last day of the
calendar year but paid in the subsequent year), then we are required to pay a
non-deductible excise tax equal to 4% of any shortfall between the Required
Distribution and the amount that was actually distributed. The 90% distribution
requirement does not require the distribution of net capital gains. However, if
we elect to retain any of our net capital gain for any tax year, we must notify
our stockholders and pay tax at regular corporate rates on the retained net
capital gain. The stockholders must include their proportionate share of the
retained net capital gain in their taxable income for the tax year, and they are
deemed to have paid the REIT's tax on their proportionate share of the retained
capital gain. Furthermore, such retained capital gain may be subject to the
nondeductible 4% excise tax. If it is determined that our estimated current year
taxable income will be in excess of estimated dividend distributions (including
capital gain dividend) for the current year from such income, we accrue excise
tax on estimated excess taxable income as such taxable income is earned. The
annual expense is calculated in accordance with applicable tax regulations.
Excise tax expense is included in the line item, income tax expense.



Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification
("ASC") Topic 740 - Income Taxes ("ASC 740"), prescribes a recognition threshold
and measurement attribute for the consolidated financial statement recognition
and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return.
ASC 740 also provides guidance on derecognition, classification, interest and
penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosure, and transition. We have
analyzed our various federal and state filing positions and believe that our
income tax filing positions and deductions are well documented and supported as
of September 30, 2022. Based on our evaluation, there is no reserve for any
uncertain income tax positions. Accrued interest and penalties, if any, are
included within other liabilities in the consolidated balance sheets.



Factors Affecting Our Results of Operations



The results of our operations are affected by a number of factors and primarily
depend on, among other things, the level of our net interest income, the market
value of our assets and the supply of, and demand for, commercial real estate
debt and other financial assets in the marketplace. Our net interest income,
which includes the accretion and amortization of OID, is recognized based on the
contractual rate and the outstanding principal balance of the loans we
originate. Interest rates will vary according to the type of loan, conditions in
the financial markets, creditworthiness of our borrowers, competition, and other
factors, some of which cannot be predicted with any certainty. Our operating
results may also be impacted by credit losses in excess of initial anticipations
or unanticipated credit events experienced by borrowers.



Developments during the third quarter of 2022

Updates to our loan portfolio during the third quarter of 2022



On July 1, 2022, we closed one credit facility with a new borrower, which has an
aggregate commitment of $9.0 million, $5.0 million of which was advanced at
closing. On July 8, 2022, we sold a senior secured loan to an affiliate under
common control. The selling price of approximately $6.7 million was approved by
the audit committee of the Board. The fair value approximated the carrying value
of the loan plus accrued and unpaid interest through July 8, 2022. On August 4,
2022, we assigned $10.0 million of unfunded commitment of a senior secured loan
to an affiliate. On September 2, 2022, we advanced approximately $680 thousand
in aggregate principal on an existing credit facility to one borrower.



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Further updates to our loan portfolio



On October 27, 2022, one borrower with $30.0 million of outstanding principal in
multiple tranches maturing in April and May of 2023 refinanced and consolidated
the multiple tranches of debt into one loan maturing in October 2026.



Dividends declared per share

For the period from July 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022, we declared an
ordinary cash dividend of $0.47 per share of our common stock, relating to the
third quarter of 2022, which was paid on October 14, 2022 to stockholders of
record as of the close of business on September 30, 2022. The total amount of
the cash dividend payment was approximately $8.3 million.



The payment of such dividends is not indicative of our ability to pay such dividends in the future.


Results of Operations


For the three months ended September 30, 2022 and June 30, 2022


                                                  For the            For the
                                                three months      three months
                                                   ended              ended
                                               September 30,        June 30,
                                                    2022              2022
Revenue
Interest income                                $   13,795,097     $  11,850,028
Interest expense                                     (861,348 )        (449,556 )
Net interest income                                12,933,749        11,400,472

Expenses
Management and incentive fees, net                  1,347,421         

1,247,561

General and administrative expense                  1,076,798           

777 212

Provision for current expected credit losses          306,885         1,045,665
Professional fees                                     348,785           743,670
Stock based compensation                               84,891           122,525
Total expenses                                      3,164,780         3,936,633

Net Income before income taxes                      9,768,969         7,463,839
Income tax expense                                          -                 -
Net Income                                     $    9,768,969     $   7,463,839



? Interest income increased by approximately $1.9 million or 16% during

           the quarter ended September 30, 2022 compared to the quarter 

end of June

           30, 2022. The increase was driven primarily by an increase in 

First

           rate from 4.75% as of June 30, 2022, to 6.25% as of September 

30, 2022,

           impacting approximately 60% of the Company's loans which bear a
           floating rate as well as new fundings of approximately $5.7 million in
           loan principal.




       ?   Net interest income increased approximately $1.5 million or 13% during
           the comparative period. The increase was primarily attributable to the
           increase in interest income described above, and was offset by a
           corresponding increase in interest expense. During the third

quarter of

           2022, we borrowed an additional $8.0 million on the revolving 

credit

           facility, which also bears interest at the prime rate plus an
           applicable margin and was subject to the prime rate increases during
           the quarter.



? We have incurred base management fees and incentive fees payable to our manager

           of approximately $1.3 million for the three months ended 

September 30,

           2022, as compared to approximately $1.2 million for the three 

month

           ended June 30, 2022. The increase was primarily attributable to 

less of

           origination fee offsets in the three months ended September 30, 

2022 from

           approximately $193,000, compared to approximately $365,000 for 

the

           three months ended June 30, 2022, as well as an increase in 

weighted

           average equity as defined by the Management Agreement for the
           comparable period.




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? General and administrative expenses and professional fees decreased by

           approximately $95,000, or 6%, for the three months ended 

September 30,

           2022 as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2022. The 

lessen

           was primarily due to a decrease in audit, legal, investor 

relationships and

           third-party consulting fees, offset in part by an increase in 

air

           reimbursements for costs incurred by the Manager on behalf of the
           Company.




       ?   Provision for current expected credit losses decreased in the three
           months ended September 30, 2022 as compared to the three months ended
           June 30, 2022 primarily due to the decrease in origination

Activities

           and fewer advances to our existing borrowers. The declines in risk
           ratings shown in the following table from December 31, 2021 to
           September 30, 2022, are not due to any borrower specific credit issues
           relating to the borrowers, but rather, are primarily due to our
           quarterly re-evaluation of overall current macroeconomic

conditions

           affecting our borrowers. The current expected credit loss reserve
           represents 44 basis points of our aggregate loan commitments held at
           carrying value of approximately $348.9 million and was

bifurcated

           between (i) the current expected credit loss reserve

(counter-trump)

           related to outstanding balances on loans held at carrying value of
           approximately $1.5 million and (ii) a liability for unfunded
           commitments of $53,908. The liability is based on the unfunded portion
           of loan commitments over the full contractual period over which we are
           exposed to credit risk through a current obligation to extend credit.
           Management considered the likelihood that funding will occur, and if
           funded, the expected credit loss on the funded portion. We

continuously

           evaluate the credit quality of each loan by assessing the risk factors
           of each loan.



For the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and period of March 30, 2021
(creation) to September 30, 2021


                                                                       Period
                                                                        from
                                                                      March 30,
                                                  For the               2021
                                                nine months          (inception)
                                                    ended                to
                                                September 30,       September 30,
                                                    2022                2021
Revenue
Interest income                                $    35,478,178     $     5,295,812
Interest expense                                    (1,383,172 )           (41,918 )
Net interest income                                 34,095,006           5,253,894

Expenses
Management and incentive fees, net                   3,266,487             

General and administrative expense                   2,410,151             

13,531

Organizational expense                                       -            

104,291

Provision for current expected credit losses         1,403,892             
     -
Professional fees                                    1,649,360                   -
Stock based compensation                               328,356                   -
Total expenses                                 $     9,058,246     $       117,822

Net Income before income taxes                      25,036,760           5,136,072
Income tax expense                                           -                   -
Net Income                                     $    25,036,760     $     5,136,072




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We commenced operations on March 30, 2021 and, therefore, the comparative period
for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 is from March 30, 2021
(inception) to September 30, 2021 (the "Prior Period" or "period ended September
30, 2021").


? Interest income increased as we deployed a significant amount of capital

after September 30, 2021 following our IPO and

   higher interest rates on our floating rate loans held for investment,
   reflecting an increasing trend in interest income.




       ?   We drew $53 million on the revolving credit facility during the nine
           months ended September 30, 2022 contributing to an increase in interest
           expense that previously included only amortization of deferred
           financing costs for the comparative prior year period.




       ?   We incurred base management fees payable to our Manager for the nine
           months ended September 30, 2022 of approximately $3.3 million and $0
           for the period ended September 30, 2021. Pursuant to a Fee Waiver
           Letter Agreements executed by our Manager, dated September 30, 2021,
           all base management fees that would have been payable to our Manager
           for the period from May 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021 were

voluntarily

           waived and are not subject to recoupment at a later date. Our Manager
           has incurred general administrative expenses on our behalf and was
           reimbursed approximately $2.1 million for the nine months ended
           September 30, 2022. For the period ended September 30, 2021, all
           reimbursements to our Manager for general and administrative expenses
           were waived.




       ?   Provision for current expected credit losses increased in the nine
           months ended September 30, 2022 as compared to the period ended
           September 30, 2021. The declines in risk ratings shown in the following
           table from December 31, 2021 to September 30, 2022, are not due to any
           borrower specific credit issues relating to the borrowers, but rather,
           are primarily due to our re-evaluation of overall current

macroeconomic

           conditions affecting our borrowers. The current expected credit 

loss

           reserve represents 44 basis points of our aggregate loan 

commitments

           held at held at carrying value of approximately $348.9 million and was
           bifurcated between (i) the current expected credit loss reserve
           (contra-asset) related to outstanding balances on loans held at
           carrying value of approximately $1.5 million and (ii) a

responsibility for

           unfunded commitments of $53,908.



? Professional fees have increased in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 as

compared to the period ended September 30, 2021 mainly due to the increase

   audit and consulting fees.




       ?   Stock based compensation was issued in December 2021 following the
           completion of our initial public offering resulting in $328,356 in
           stock compensation expense for the nine months ended September 30,
           2022.




Loan Portfolio



As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, our portfolio included 22 and 21
loans held for investment of approximately $331.1 million and $197.0 million of
loans receivable, respectively. The aggregate originated commitment under these
loans was approximately $348.9 million and $235.1 million and outstanding
principal was approximately $334.5 million and $200.6 million as of September
30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively. As of September 30, 2022 and
December 31, 2021, our loan portfolio had a weighted-average yield-to-maturity
internal rate of return ("YTM IRR") of 18.3% and 18.6%, respectively, and was
substantially secured by real estate and, with respect to certain of our loans,
substantially all assets of the borrowers and certain of their subsidiaries,
including equipment, receivables, and licenses. YTM IRR is calculated using
various inputs, including (i) cash and payment-in-kind ("PIK") interest, which
is capitalized and added to the outstanding principal balance of the applicable
loan, (ii) original issue discount ("OID"), (iii) amortization, (iv) unused
fees, and (v) exit fees. Certain of our loans have extension fees, which are not
included in our YTM IRR calculations, but may increase YTM IRR if such extension
options are exercised by borrowers.



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As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, approximately 59.7% and 53.2%,
respectively, of its portfolio was comprised of floating rate loans that pay
interest at the prime rate plus an applicable margin and were subject to a prime
rate floor. The prime rate was 3.25% for the period from January 1, 2022 through
March 16, 2022, increased to 3.5% effective March 17, 2022, increased to 4.0%
effective May 5, 2022, increased again to 4.75% effective June 16, 2022,
increased to 5.50% effective July 28, 2022, and increased again to 6.25%
effective September 22, 2022. The below summarizes our portfolio as of September
30, 2022:



             Funding      Maturity         Total             Principal         Carrying         Our Loan         Future                 Interest             Periodic        YTM
Loan         Date (1)     Date (2)     Commitment (3)         Balance            Value         Portfolio        Fundings                Rate (4)            Payment (5)    IRR (6)
1(8)         7/2/2020    5/30/2023          30,000,000        30,000,000   
    29,712,254            9.0 %              -               10.07%                 I/O            12.8 %
2            3/5/2021    12/31/2024                                                                                                 P + 6.65%(7)(13)
                                            35,891,667        36,646,551        36,464,426           11.0 %              -          Cash, 3.25% PIK             P&I            16.9 %
3           3/25/2021    11/29/2024                                                                                                   13.91 Cash,
                                            20,105,628        20,673,831        20,229,374            6.1 %              -           2.59% PIK(12)              P&I            20.8 %
4(9)        4/19/2021    12/31/2023         12,900,000        11,909,539        11,909,539            3.6 %        939,952               19.01%                 P&I            23.4 %
5           4/19/2021    4/30/2023           3,500,000         1,500,000         1,500,000            0.5 %      2,000,000           P + 12.25%(7)              P&I            24.3 %
6           5/28/2021    5/31/2025                                                                                                   P + 10.75%(7)
                                            12,900,000        13,263,665        13,263,665            4.0 %              -          Cash, 4% PIK(10)            P&I            22.3 %
7           8/20/2021    2/20/2024           6,000,000         4,443,750         4,438,192            1.3 %      1,500,000            P + 9.00%(7)              P&I            16.5 %
8           8/24/2021    6/30/2025                                                                                                     13% Cash,
                                            25,000,000        23,168,151        22,925,222            6.9 %      2,142,857              2.5% PIK                P&I            17.4 %
9            9/1/2021     9/1/2024                                                                                                    P + 9.25%(7)
                                             9,500,000         9,554,960         9,433,374            2.8 %              -            Cash, 2% PIK              P&I            19.9 %
10           9/3/2021    6/30/2024                                                                                                   P + 10.75%(7)
                                            15,000,000        15,536,102        15,536,102            4.7 %              -            Cash, 3% PIK              P&I            22.8 %
11          9/20/2021    9/30/2024             470,411           313,607           313,607            0.1 %              -               11.00%                 P&I            21.4 %
12          9/30/2021    9/30/2024                                                                                                    P + 8.75%(7)
                                            32,000,000        32,479,495        31,764,528            9.6 %              -            Cash, 2% PIK              I/O            19.4 %
13          11/8/2021    10/31/2024         20,000,000        20,000,000        19,789,890            6.0 %              -               13.00%                 P&I            15.9 %
14          11/22/2021   11/22/2022         10,600,000        10,600,000        10,577,513            3.2 %              -            P + 7.00%(7)              I/O            17.9 %
15          12/27/2021   12/27/2026                                                                                                    15% Cash,
                                             5,000,000         5,000,000         5,000,000            1.5 %              -              2.5% PIK                P&I            18.5 %
16          12/29/2021   12/29/2023                                                                                                   10.50% Cash,
                                             6,000,000         3,739,861         3,683,765            1.1 %      2,400,000          1% to 5% PIK(11)            I/O            20.6 %
17          12/30/2021   12/31/2024         13,000,000         7,500,000         7,443,733            2.2 %      5,500,000            P + 9.25%(7)              I/O            20.6 %
18          1/18/2022    1/31/2025          15,000,000        15,000,000        14,706,011            4.4 %              -               11.00%                 P&I            13.1 %
19           2/3/2022    2/28/2025                                                                                                    P + 8.25%(7)
                                            30,000,000        30,602,729        30,130,650            9.1 %              -            Cash, 3% PIK              P&I            23.4 %
20          3/11/2022    8/29/2025                                                                                                     11% Cash,
                                            20,000,000        20,327,703        20,243,185            6.1 %              -               3% PIK                 P&I            15.4 %
21           5/9/2022    5/30/2025                                                                                                     11% Cash,
                                            17,000,000        17,204,978        17,056,894            5.2 %              -               3% PIK                 P&I            15.5 %
22           7/1/2022    6/30/2026                                         
                                                          P + 8.50%(7)
                                             9,000,000         5,038,013         4,953,623            1.5 %      4,000,000            Cash, 3% PIK              P&I            25.1 %
                          Subtotal         348,867,706       334,502,935       331,075,547          100.0 %     18,482,809               15.8%              Wtd Average        18.3 %



(1) All loans were issued before April 1, 2021 were purchased from affiliates

entities at fair value plus accrued interest from First of April,

2021.

(2) Some loans have extension options from the original maturity date.



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(3) Total Commitment excludes future amounts to be advanced at sole discretion

     of the lender.
(4)  "P" = prime rate and depicts floating rate loans that pay interest at the

prime rate plus a specific percentage; “PIK” = interest paid in kind. (5) P&I = principal and interest. I/O = interest only. P&I loans can include

interest-only periods for part of the term of the loan. (6) Estimated YTM includes a variety of fees and features that affect the total

yield, which may include but is not limited to OID, exit fee, prepayment

fees, unused fees and conditional features. The OID is recognized as a discount

to the principal of the financed loan and is added to the income over the term of the

ready.

Estimated YTM calculations require management to make estimates and

assumptions, including but not limited to loan timing and amounts

drawing on deferred draw loans, the timing and collectability of exit fees, the

the likelihood and timing of prepayments and the likelihood of

features occurring. For example, some credit agreements contain

provisions under which certain interest rates and PIK charges levied by

us under such credit agreements shall decrease to the satisfaction of

certain specific criteria that we believe can improve the risk profile of

the borrower concerned. To be on the safe side, we have not assumed any

prepayment penalties or prepayments in our estimated YTM calculation.

The estimated YTM is based on management’s current estimates and assumptions,

which can change. Actual results could differ from these estimates and

hypotheses.

(7) This loan is subject to the prime rate floor. (8) The overall loan commitment for loan #1 includes a $4.005 million initial

advance which has an interest rate of 15.25%, a second advance of $15,995

million, which has an interest rate of 9.75%, and a third advance of $10.0

     million, which has an interest rate of 8.5%. The statistics presented
     reflect the weighted average of the terms under all three advances for the

total global loan commitment. (9) The global loan commitment for loan #4 includes a $10.0 million advance,

which has a base interest rate of 15.00%, and a second advance of $2.0

million, which has an interest rate of 39.00%. The statistics presented

reflect the weighted average of the terms of the two advances for the total

     aggregate loan commitment.
(10) Subject to adjustment not below 2% if borrower receives at least two

consecutive quarters of positive cash flow after the closing date. (11) The PIK is variable with an initial rate of five percent (5.00%) per year,

until the Borrower has provided audited financial statements for the year

year ended December 31, 2021when the PIK interest rate will be

adjusted at a rate of 1% to 5% depending on the financial results of

borrower.

(12) The global loan commitment for loan #3 includes a $15.9 million initial

advance, which has a base interest rate of 13.625%, 2.75% PIK and a second

advance of $4.2 millionwhich has an interest rate of 15.00%, 2.00% PIK.

The statistics presented reflect the weighted average of the terms under

both advances for the total global loan commitment. (13) This loan is subject to an interest rate ceiling.




The following tables summarize our loans held for investment as of September 30,
2022 and December 31, 2021:



                                                                As of September 30, 2022
                                                                                                   Weighted
                                                                                                    Average
                                                                Original                           Remaining
                                            Outstanding          Issue           Carrying            Life
                                           Principal (1)        Discount         Value (1)        (Years) (2)
Senior Term Loans                          $  334,502,935     $ (3,427,388 )   $ 331,075,547            2.1
Current expected credit loss reserve                    -                - 

(1,497,933 ) Total loans held at carrying amount, net $334,502,935 ($3,427,388) $329,577,614

(1) The difference between the book value and the outstanding capital

the amount of the loans consists of an initial non-increased issue discount and a loan

assembly costs.

(2) The weighted average remaining life is calculated based on the book value of the

    the loans as of September 30, 2022.




                                                                 As of December 31, 2021
                                                                                                    Weighted
                                                                                                     Average
                                                                Original                            Remaining
                                            Outstanding          Issue            Carrying            Life
                                           Principal (1)        Discount         Value (1)         (Years) (2)
Senior Term Loans                          $  200,632,056     $ (3,647,490 )   $  196,984,566            2.2
Current expected credit loss reserve                    -                - 

(134,542 ) Total loans held at carrying amount, net $200,632,056 ($3,647,490) $196,850,024

(1) The difference between the book value and the outstanding capital

the amount of the loans consists of an initial non-increased issue discount and a loan

assembly costs

(2) The weighted average remaining life is calculated based on the book value of the

    the loans as of December 31, 2021




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The following table shows the changes in loans held for investment at carrying value as at and for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 as well as the period of March 30, 2021 (creation) to September 30, 2021:


                                                                                 Current
                                                                Original         Expected
                                                                 Issue         Credit Loss        Carrying
                                           Principal (1)        Discount         Reserve          Value (1)
Balance at December 31, 2021               $  200,632,056     $ (3,647,490 )   $   (134,542 )   $ 196,850,024
Loans contributed                                       -                -                -                 -
New fundings                                  143,624,312       (2,180,593 )              -       141,443,719
Principal repayment of loans                   (6,892,654 )              -                -        (6,892,654 )
Accretion of original issue discount                    -        2,139,972 
              -         2,139,972
Sale of loans                                  (6,957,500 )        260,723                -        (6,696,777 )
PIK Interest                                    4,096,721                -                -         4,096,721
Current expected credit loss reserve                    -                -       (1,363,391 )      (1,363,391 )
Balance at September 30, 2022              $  334,502,935     $ (3,427,388
)   $ (1,497,933 )   $ 329,577,614



(1) The difference between the book value and the outstanding capital

the amount of the loans consists of the initial non-cumulative issue discount,

loan fees and loan origination fees. The outstanding principal balance includes

    capitalized PIK interest, if applicable.




                                                                                 Current
                                                                Original         Expected
                                                                 Issue         Credit Loss        Carrying
                                           Principal (1)        Discount         Reserve          Value (1)
Balance at March 30, 2021 (inception)      $            -     $          - 
   $          -     $           -
Loans contributed                              32,589,907         (613,391 )              -        31,976,516
New fundings                                  105,952,844       (1,778,500 )              -       104,174,344
Principal repayment of loans                   (9,582,613 )              -                -        (9,582,613 )
Accretion of original issue discount                    -          276,838 
              -           276,838
Sale of loans                                           -                -                -                 -
PIK Interest                                      278,079                -                -           278,079
Balance at September 30, 2021              $  129,238,217     $ (2,115,053
)   $          -     $ 127,123,164



(1) The difference between the book value and the outstanding capital

the amount of the loans consists of the initial non-cumulative issue discount,

loan fees and loan origination fees. The outstanding principal balance includes

    capitalized PIK interest, if applicable.




We may make modifications to loans, including loans that are in default. Loan
terms that may be modified include interest rates, required prepayments,
maturity dates, covenants, principal amounts and other loan terms. The terms and
conditions of each modification vary based on individual circumstances and will
be determined on a case by case basis. Our Manager monitors and evaluates each
of our loans held for investment and has maintained regular communications with
borrowers regarding the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our loans.



CECL Reserve



In accordance with ASC 326, we record allowances for our loans held for
investment. The allowances are deducted from the gross carrying amount of the
assets to present the net carrying value of the amounts expected to be collected
on such assets. The Company estimates its CECL Reserve using among other inputs,
third-party valuations, and a third-party probability-weighted model that
considers the likelihood of default and expected loss given default for each
individual loan based on the risk profile for approximately three years after
which we immediately revert to use of historical loss data.



ASC 326 requires an entity to consider historical loss experience, current
conditions, and a reasonable and supportable forecast of the macroeconomic
environment. We consider multiple datapoints and methodologies that may include
likelihood of default and expected loss given default for each individual loans,
valuations derived from discount cash flows ("DCF"), and other inputs including
the risk rating of the loan, how recently the loan was originated compared to
the measurement date, and expected prepayment, if applicable. The measurement of
expected credit losses under CECL is applicable to financial assets measured at
amortized cost, and off-balance sheet credit exposures such as unfunded loan
commitments.



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We evaluate our loans on a collective (pool) basis by aggregating on the basis
of similar risk characteristics as explained above. We make the judgment that
loans to cannabis-related borrowers that are fully collateralized by real estate
exhibit similar risk characteristics and are evaluated as a pool. Further, loans
that have no real estate collateral, but are secured by other forms of
collateral, including equity pledges of the borrower, and otherwise have similar
characteristics as those collateralized by real estate are evaluated as a pool.
All other loans are analyzed individually, either because they operate in a
different industry, may have a different risk profile, or have maturities that
extend beyond the forecast horizon for which we are able to derive reasonable
and supportable forecasts.


Estimating the CECL Reserve also requires significant judgment with respect to
various factors, including (i) the appropriate historical loan loss reference
data, (ii) the expected timing of loan repayments, (iii) calibration of the
likelihood of default to reflect the risk characteristics of our loan portfolio,
and (iv) our current and future view of the macroeconomic environment. From time
to time, we may consider loan-specific qualitative factors on certain loans to
estimate our CECL Reserve, which may include (i) whether cash from the
borrower's operations is sufficient to cover the debt service requirements
currently and into the future, (ii) the ability of the borrower to refinance the
loan and (iii) the liquidation value of collateral. For loans where we have
deemed the borrower/sponsor to be experiencing financial difficulty, we may
elect to apply a practical expedient, in which the fair value of the underlying
collateral is compared to the amortized cost of the loan in determining a CECL
Reserve.


To estimate the historic loan losses relevant to our portfolio, we evaluate our
historical loan performance, which includes zero realized loan losses since our
inception of operations. Additionally, we analyzed our repayment history, noting
we have limited "true" operating history, since the incorporation date of March
30, 2021. However, our Sponsor has had operations for the past two fiscal years
and has made investments in similar loans that have similar characteristics,
including interest rate, collateral coverage, guarantees, and prepayment/make
whole provisions, which fall into the pools identified above. Given the
similarity of the structuring of the credit agreements for the loans in our
portfolio, management considered it appropriate to consider the past repayment
history of loans originated by the Sponsor in determining the extent to which we
should record a CECL Reserve.



In addition, we review each loan on a quarterly basis and evaluate the
borrower's ability to pay the monthly interest and principal, if required, as
well as the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio. In considering the potential current
expected credit loss, the Manager primarily considers significant inputs to our
forecasting methods, which include (i) key loan-specific inputs such as the
value of the real estate collateral, liens on equity (including the equity in
the entity that holds the state-issued license to cultivate, process,
distribute, or retail cannabis), presence of personal or corporate guarantees,
among other credit enhancements, LTV ratio, ratio type (fixed or floating) and
IRR, loan-term, geographic location, and expected timing and amount of future
loan fundings, (ii) performance against the underwritten business plan and our
internal loan risk rating and (iii) a macro-economic forecast. Estimating the
enterprise value of our borrowers in order to calculate LTV ratios is often a
significant estimate. We rely primarily on comparable transactions to estimate
enterprise value of our portfolio companies and supplement such analysis with a
multiple-based approach to enterprise value to revenue multiples of
publicly-traded comparable companies obtained from S&P CapitalIQ as of the
quarter end, to which we apply a private company discount based on our current
borrower profile. These estimates may change in future periods based on
available future macro-economic data and might result in a material change in
our future estimates of expected credit losses for our loan portfolio.



Regarding real estate collateral, we generally cannot take the position of
mortgagee-in-possession as long as the property is used by a cannabis operator,
but we can request that the court appoint a receiver to manage and operate the
subject real property until the foreclosure proceedings are completed.
Additionally, while we cannot foreclose under state Uniform Commercial Code
("UCC") and take title or sell equity in a licensed cannabis business, a
potential purchaser of a delinquent or defaulted loan could.



In order to estimate the future expected loan losses relevant to our portfolio,
we utilize historical market loan loss data obtained from a third-party database
for commercial real estate loans, which we believe is a reasonably comparable
and available data set to use as an input for our type of loans. We expect this
dataset to be representative for future credit losses whilst considering that
the cannabis industry is maturing, and consumer adoption, demand for production,
and retail capacity are increasing akin to commercial real estate over time. For
periods beyond the reasonable and supportable forecast period, we revert back to
historical loss data.



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All of the above assumptions, although made with the most available information
at the time of the estimate, are subjective and actual activity may not follow
the estimated schedule. These assumptions impact the future balances that the
loss rate will be applied to and as such impact our CECL Reserve. As we acquire
new loans and our Manager monitors loan and borrower performance, these
estimates will be revised each period.



Risk Ratings


We assess the risk factors of each loan, and assign a risk rating based on a
variety of factors, including, without limitation, payment history, real estate
collateral coverage, property type, geographic and local market dynamics,
financial performance, enterprise value of the portfolio company, loan structure
and exit strategy, and project sponsorship. This review is performed quarterly.
Based on a 5-point scale, our loans are rated "1" through "5," from less risk to
greater risk, which ratings are defined as follows:



Rating                                  Definition
1        Very low risk
2        Low risk
3        Moderate/average risk
4        High risk/potential for loss: a loan that has a risk of realizing a

loss on principal 5 Impaired/probable loss: a loan that has a high risk of realization of principal

loss, has incurred a loss in principal or an impairment has been recognized




The risk ratings are primarily based on historical data and current conditions
specific to each portfolio company, as well as consideration of future economic
conditions and each borrower's estimated ability to meet debt service
requirements. The declines in risk ratings shown in the following table from
December 31, 2021 to September 30, 2022, are not due to any borrower specific
credit issues relating to the borrowers, but rather, are primarily due to our
quarterly re-evaluation of overall current macroeconomic conditions affecting
our borrowers. This decline in risk ratings did not have a significant effect on
the level of the current expected credit loss reserve because the loans
continued to perform as expected and the fair value of the underlying collateral
exceeded the amounts outstanding under the loans.



As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the carrying value, excluding
the CECL Reserve, of the Company's loans within each risk rating by year of
origination is as follows:



                                           As of September 30, 2022 (1)
Risk Rating         2022              2021              2020            2019             Total
1               $           -     $  20,542,981     $ 29,712,254     $         -     $  50,255,235
2                  93,424,139        79,819,303                -               -       173,243,442
3                  30,130,650        77,446,220                -               -       107,576,870
4                           -                 -                -               -                 -
5                           -                 -                -               -                 -
Total           $ 123,554,789     $ 177,808,504     $ 29,712,254     $         -     $ 331,075,547



(1) The amounts are presented by year of origin of the loan with subsequent advances indicated

    in the original year of origination.




                                 As of December 31, 2021 (1)
Risk Rating         2021              2020           2019            Total
1               $ 135,076,307     $ 32,242,114     $ 590,384     $ 167,908,805
2                  29,075,761                -             -        29,075,761
3                           -                -             -                 -
4                           -                -             -                 -
5                           -                -             -                 -
Total           $ 164,152,068     $ 32,242,114     $ 590,384     $ 196,984,566



(1) The amounts are presented by year of origin of the loan with subsequent advances indicated

    in the original year of origination.




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Non-GAAP Measures and Key Financial Measures and Indicators

As a commercial real estate finance company, we believe that the primary financial measures and indicators of our business are distributable income, adjusted distributable income, book value per share and dividends declared per share.

Distributable profit and Adjusted distributable profit

In addition to using certain financial metrics prepared in accordance with GAAP
to evaluate our performance, we also use Distributable Earnings and Adjusted
Distributable Earnings to evaluate our performance. Each of Distributable
Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings is a measure that is not prepared
in accordance with GAAP. We define Distributable Earnings as, for a specified
period, the net income (loss) computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding (i)
non-cash equity compensation expense, (ii) depreciation and amortization, (iii)
any unrealized gains, losses or other non-cash items recorded in net income
(loss) for the period; provided that Distributable Earnings does not exclude, in
the case of investments with a deferred interest feature (such as OID, debt
instruments with PIK interest and zero coupon securities), accrued income that
we have not yet received in cash, (iv) provision for current expected credit
losses and (v) one-time events pursuant to changes in GAAP and certain non-cash
charges, in each case after discussions between our Manager and our independent
directors and after approval by a majority of such independent directors. We
define Adjusted Distributable Earnings, for a specified period, as Distributable
Earnings excluding certain non-recurring organizational expenses (such as
one-time expenses related to our formation and start-up).



We believe providing Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings
on a supplemental basis to our net income as determined in accordance with GAAP
is helpful to stockholders in assessing the overall performance of our business.
As a REIT, we are required to distribute at least 90% of our annual REIT taxable
income and to pay tax at regular corporate rates to the extent that we annually
distribute less than 100% of such taxable income. Given these requirements and
our belief that dividends are generally one of the principal reasons that
stockholders invest in our common stock, we generally intend to attempt to pay
dividends to our stockholders in an amount equal to our net taxable income, if
and to the extent authorized by our Board. Distributable Earnings is one of many
factors considered by our Board in authorizing dividends and, while not a direct
measure of net taxable income, over time, the measure can be considered a useful
indicator of our dividends.



Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings should not be
considered as substitutes for GAAP net income. We caution readers that our
methodology for calculating Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable
Earnings may differ from the methodologies employed by other REITs to calculate
the same or similar supplemental performance measures, and as a result, our
reported Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings may not be
comparable to similar measures presented by other REITs.



The following table provides a reconciliation of GAAP net income to
Distributable Earnings and Adjusted Distributable Earnings (in thousands, except
per share data):



                                                                                                           Period from
                                                 For the             For the             For the            March 30,
                                              three months        three months         nine months             2021
                                                  ended               ended               ended           (inception) to
                                              September 30,       September 30,       September 30,       September 30,
                                                  2022                2021                2022                 2021
Net Income                                   $     9,768,969     $    

4,067,521 $25,036,760 $5,136,072
Net income adjustments Non-cash stock-related compensation expense

                  84,891                   -             328,356                    -
Depreciation and amortization                        138,549              25,206             379,644               41,918
Provision for current expected credit
losses                                               306,885                   -           1,403,892                    -
Distributable Earnings                       $    10,299,294     $     

4,092,727 $27,148,652 $5,177,990
Distributable Profits Adjustments

                      -                   -                   -                    -
Adjusted Distributable Earnings                   10,299,294           4,092,727          27,148,652            5,177,990
Basic weighted average shares of common
stock outstanding (in shares)                     17,657,913           4,895,694          17,652,367            3,658,310
Adjusted Distributable Earnings per
Weighted Average Share                       $          0.58     $          0.84     $          1.54     $           1.42
Diluted weighted average shares of common
stock outstanding (in shares)                     17,752,290           4,895,694          17,747,612            3,658,310
Adjusted Distributable Earnings per
Weighted Average Share                       $          0.58     $          0.84     $          1.53     $           1.42




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Book Value Per Share


The book value per share of our common stock as of September 30, 2022 and
December 31, 2021 was approximately $15.23 and $15.13respectively.

Cash and capital resources

Liquidity is a measure of our ability to meet potential cash requirements,
including ongoing commitments to repay borrowings, fund and maintain our assets
and operations, make distributions to our stockholders, and meet other general
business needs. We use significant cash to invest in loans, repay principal and
interest on our borrowings, make distributions to our stockholders, and fund our
operations.


Our primary sources of cash generally consist of unused borrowing capacity under
our financing sources, the net proceeds of future offerings of equity or debt
securities, payments of principal and interest we receive on our portfolio of
assets and cash generated from our operating results. We expect that our primary
sources of financing will be, to the extent available to us, through (a) credit
facilities and (b) public and private offerings of our equity and debt
securities. In the future, we may utilize other sources of financing to the
extent available to us. As the cannabis industry continues to evolve and to the
extent that additional states legalize cannabis, the demand for capital
continues to increase as operators seek to enter and build out new markets. We
expect the principal amount of the loans we originate to increase and that we
will need to raise additional equity and/or debt financing to increase our
liquidity in the near future.



As of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, all of our cash was unrestricted
and totaled approximately $9.3 million and $80.2 million, respectively. We
believe that our cash on hand, capacity available under our Revolving Loan, and
cash flows from operations for the next twelve months will be sufficient to
satisfy the operating requirements of our business through at least the next
twelve months. The sources of financing for our target investments are described
below.



Credit Facilities



In May 2021, in connection with our acquisition of our financing subsidiary,
CAL, we were assigned a secured revolving credit facility (the "Revolving
Loan"). The Revolving Loan had an aggregate borrowing base of up to $10,000,000
and bore interest, payable in cash in arrears, at a per annum rate equal to the
greater of (x) Prime Rate plus 1.00% and (y) 4.75%. We incurred debt issuance
costs of $100,000 related to the origination of the Revolving Loan, which were
capitalized and are subsequently being amortized through maturity. The maturity
date of the Revolving Loan was the earlier of (i) February 12, 2023 and (ii) the
date on which the Revolving Loan is terminated pursuant to terms in the
Revolving Loan agreement.



On December 16, 2021, we amended the Revolving Loan (the "First Amendment"). The
First Amendment increased the loan commitment from $10,000,000 to $45,000,000,
decreased the interest rate, from the greater of the (1) Prime Rate plus 1.00%
and (2) 4.75% to the greater of (1) the Prime Rate plus the applicable margin
and (2) 3.25%. The applicable margin depends on the ratio of debt to equity of
CAL and increases from 0% at a ratio of 0.25 to 1 to 1.25% at a ratio of 1.5 to
1. The First Amendment also extended the maturity date from February 12, 2023 to
the earlier of (i) December 16, 2023 and (ii) the date on which the Revolving
Loan is terminated pursuant to terms in the Revolving Loan agreement. We
incurred debt issuance costs of $859,500 related to the First Amendment, which
were capitalized and are subsequently being amortized through maturity.



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On May 12, 2022, we amended the Revolving Loan (the "Second Amendment") which
provides for an increase in the aggregate commitment from $45 million to $65
million. No other material terms of the Revolving Loan were modified as a result
of the execution of the Second Amendment. As of September 30, 2022 and December
31, 2021, unamortized debt issuance costs related to the Revolving Loan and
First and Second Amendments of $665,639 and $868,022, respectively, are recorded
in other receivables and assets, net on the consolidated balance sheets.



On November 7, 2022, we amended the Revolving Loan (the "Third Amendment"),
whereby we exercised the existing accordion feature of the Revolving Loan to
increase the aggregate commitment by $27.5 million, from $65 million to $92.5
million. No other material terms of the Revolving Loan were modified as a result
of the execution of the Third Amendment.



The Revolving Loan incurs unused fees at a rate of 0.25% per annum. During the
nine month period ended September 30, 2022, we incurred $11,833 in unused fees
in connection with the Second Amendment. For the period from January 1, 2022 to
September 30, 2022, we borrowed $53.0 million against the Revolving Loan and
incurred approximately $1.0 million in interest expense for the period then
ended. In the future, we may use certain sources of financing to fund the
origination or acquisition of our target investments, including credit
facilities and other secured and unsecured forms of borrowing. These financings
may be collateralized or non-collateralized and may involve one or more lenders.
We expect that these facilities will typically have maturities ranging from two
to five years and may accrue interest at either fixed or floating rates.



The First Amendment and the Second Amendment provide for certain affirmative
covenants, including requiring us to deliver financial information and any
notices of default, and conducting business in the normal course. Additionally,
the Company must comply with certain financial covenants including: (1) maximum
capital expenditures of $150,000, (2) maintaining a debt service coverage ratio
greater than 1.35 to 1, and (3) maintaining a leverage ratio less than 1.50 to
1. To the best of our knowledge, as of September 30, 2022, we were in compliance
in all material respects with the covenants with respect to the Revolving Loan.



During the period ended September 30, 2022, we borrowed $53.0 million against
the Revolving Loan and had $53.0 million outstanding at September 30, 2022. For
the period ended December 31, 2021 we did not borrow against the Revolving Loan
and therefore had $0 outstanding under the Revolving Loan as of such date.

Capital Markets


We may seek to raise additional equity and issue debt securities to fund our future investments in the form of loans.


Cash Flows



The following table sets forth changes in cash for the nine months ended
September 30, 2022 and the period March 30, 2021 (inception) to September 30,
2021, respectively:



                                                                                    Period from
                                                                  For the            March 30,
                                                                nine months             2021
                                                                   ended           (inception) to
                                                               September 30,       September 30,
                                                                    2022                2021
                                                                (unaudited)         (unaudited)
Net income                                                     $  

25,036,760 $5,136,072
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities and changes in operating assets and liabilities

                                            (12,658,931 )          7,105,497
Net cash provided by operating activities                          12,377,829           12,241,569
Net cash used in investing activities                            (120,724,572 )        (94,591,731 )
Net cash provided by financing activities                          37,429,747           90,992,068
Change in cash and cash equivalents                            $  (70,916,996 )   $      8,641,906




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Net cash from operating activities



For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, net cash provided by operating
activities totaled approximately $12.4 million. For the nine months ended
September 30, 2022, adjustments to net income related to operating activities
primarily included accretion of deferred loan original issue discount and other
discounts of approximately $2.1 million, PIK interest of approximately $4.1
million, provision for current expected credit losses of approximately $1.4
million, amortization of deferred financing costs relating to the revolving
credit facility of $379,644, and stock-based compensation expense of $328,356.
Additionally, other changes in operating assets and liabilities were
approximately $8.5 million, of which approximately $9.9 million is attributable
to interest reserves disbursed, a $529,544 increase in interest receivable, and
a $172,699 increase in other receivables offset by a $545,127 increase in
management fee payable and an approximately $1.6 million increase in accounts
payable and other accrued expenses.



During the period March 30, 2021 (inception) through September 30, 2021, net
cash provided by operating activities total approximately $12.2 million. For the
period March 30, 2021 (inception) through September 30, 2021, adjustments to net
income related to operating activities primarily included accretion of deferred
loan original issue discount and other discounts of approximately $277,000, PIK
interest of approximately $278,000, and amortization of deferred financing costs
relating to the revolving credit facility of approximately $42,000.
Additionally, other changes in operating assets and liabilities were
approximately $7.6 million, of which approximately $6.6 million is attributable
to new interest reserves, a $517,026 increase in interest receivable, a $84,384
increase in other assets, a $13,868 increase in other receivables, a $800,000
decrease in escrow payable, and an approximately $843,000 increase in accounts
payable and other accrued expenses.



Net cash used in investment activities



For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, net cash used in investing
activities totaled approximately $120.7 million. The net cash used in investing
activities was primarily a result of the cash used for the origination and
funding of loans held for investment of approximately $134.3 million, exceeding
the cash received from the principal repayment of loans held for investment of
approximately $6.9 million and approximately $6.7 million received from the
sales of loans for the nine months ended September 30, 2022.



During the period March 30, 2021 (inception) through September 30, 2021, net
cash used in investing activities totaled approximately $94.6 million. The cash
used in investing activities was primarily a result of the cash used for the
origination and funding of loans held for investment of approximately $104.2
million, exceeding the cash received from principal repayment of loans held for
investment of approximately $9.6 million for the period March 30, 2021
(inception) through September 30, 2021.



Net cash provided by financing activities



For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, net cash provided by financing
activities totaled approximately $37.4 million and related to drawdowns on the
revolving credit facility of $53.0 million, approximately $4.5 million in
proceeds received from the underwriters' partial exercise of their
over-allotment option, less approximately $19.9 million in dividends paid and
offering costs relating to our initial public offering of approximately $24,000
and $177,261 in debt issuances costs paid,



During the period from March 30, 2021 (inception) through September 30, 2021, we
received approximately $91.0 million in cash from financing activities related
to proceeds received from the issuance of shares of our common stock of
approximately $92.5 million offset by dividends paid of approximately $1.1
million and payment of deferred offering costs of approximately $485,000.



Leverage Policies


Although we are not required to maintain any particular leverage ratio, we
expect to employ prudent amounts of leverage and, when appropriate, to use debt
as a means of providing additional funds for the acquisition of loans, to
refinance existing debt or for general corporate purposes. Leverage is primarily
used to provide capital for forward commitments until additional equity is
raised or additional medium- to long-term financing is arranged. This policy is
subject to change by management and our Board.



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Dividends


We have elected to be taxed as a REIT for United States federal income tax
purposes and, as such, anticipate annually distributing to our stockholders at
least 90% of our REIT taxable income, prior to the deduction for dividends paid
and our net capital gain. If we distribute less than 100% of our REIT taxable
income in any tax year (taking into account any distributions made in a
subsequent tax year under Sections 857(b)(9) or 858 of the Code), we will pay
tax at regular corporate rates on that undistributed portion. Furthermore, if we
distribute less than the sum of (i) 85% of our ordinary income for the calendar
year, (ii) 95% of our capital gain net income for the calendar year and (iii)
any Required Distribution to our stockholders during any calendar year
(including any distributions declared by the last day of the calendar year but
paid in the subsequent year), then we are required to pay non-deductible excise
tax equal to 4% of any shortfall between the Required Distribution and the
amount that was actually distributed. Any of these taxes would decrease cash
available for distribution to our stockholders. The 90% distribution requirement
does not require the distribution of net capital gains. However, if we elect to
retain any of our net capital gain for any tax year, we must notify our
stockholders and pay tax at regular corporate rates on the retained net capital
gain. The stockholders must include their proportionate share of the retained
net capital gain in their taxable income for the tax year, and they are deemed
to have paid the REIT's tax on their proportionate share of the retained capital
gain. Furthermore, such retained capital gain may be subject to the
nondeductible 4% excise tax. If we determine that our estimated current year
taxable income (including net capital gain) will be in excess of estimated
dividend distributions (including capital gains dividends) for the current year
from such income, we accrue excise tax on a portion of the estimated excess
taxable income as such taxable income is earned.



To the extent that our cash available for distribution is less than the amount
required to be distributed under the REIT provisions of the Code, we may be
required to fund distributions from working capital or through equity,
equity-related or debt financings or, in certain circumstances, asset sales, as
to which our ability to consummate transactions in a timely manner on favorable
terms, or at all, cannot be assured, or we may make a portion of the Required
Distribution in the form of a taxable stock distribution or distribution of
debt
securities.


The following table summarizes the Company’s dividends declared during the nine months ended September 30, 2022.


                                                             Common Share           Taxable
                                                             Distribution          Ordinary         Return of        Section 199A
                            Record Date    Payment Date         Amount              Income           Capital          Dividends
Regular cash dividend        3/31/2022      4/14/2022     $             0.40     $        0.40     $          -     $         0.40
Regular cash dividend        6/30/2022      7/15/2022     $             0.47     $        0.47     $          -     $         0.47
Regular cash dividend        9/30/2022      10/14/2022    $             0.47     $        0.47     $          -     $         0.47
Total cash dividend                                       $             1.34     $        1.34     $          -     $         1.34



Accounting policies and estimates



As of September 30, 2022, there were no significant changes in the application
of our accounting policies or estimates from those presented in our annual
report on Form 10-K. Refer to Note 2 to our consolidated financial statements
for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, titled "Significant Accounting
Policies" for information on recent accounting pronouncements.

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