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Colony Financial Declares 2012 Special Dividend and Updates Record Date for Previously Announced Fourth Quarter Common Stock Dividend

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

The Board of Directors of Colony Financial, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) (the “Company”) has declared a special dividend for 2012 of $0.05 per common share that results from a distribution of the balance of the Company's estimated taxable income for 2012. The special dividend will be paid on January 15, 2013 to stockholders of record on December 27, 2012.

In addition, the Company also announced today that the record date of its previously announced quarterly dividend of $0.35 per common share for the fourth quarter of 2012 has been changed to December 27, 2012. However, the record date of December 31, 2012 remains unchanged for the fourth quarter dividend payable on January 15, 2013 for the Company's 8.50% Series A Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock with liquidation preference of $25 per share.

About Colony Financial, Inc.

Colony Financial, Inc. is a real estate investment and finance company that is focused on acquiring, originating and managing a diversified portfolio of opportunistic real estate-related debt and equity investments at attractive risk-adjusted returns. Our investment portfolio and target assets are primarily composed of interests in: (i) secondary loans acquired at a discount to par; (ii) new originations; and (iii) equity in single family homes to be held for investment and rented to tenants. Secondary debt purchases may include performing, sub-performing or non-performing loans (including loan-to-own strategies). Colony Financial has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust, or REIT, for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Colony Financial is a component of the Russell 2000® and the Russell 3000® indices. For more information, visit www.colonyfinancial.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," or "potential" or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases which are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and which do not relate solely to historical matters. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and contingencies, many of which are beyond the Company's control, that may cause actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Statements regarding the following subjects, among others, may be forward-looking: business and investment strategy; investment portfolio; projected operating results; ability to obtain financing arrangements; financing and advance rates for the Company's target assets; general volatility of the markets in which the Company invests; expected investments; expected co-investment allocations and related requirements; interest rate mismatches between the Company's target assets and its borrowings used to fund such investments; changes in interest rates and the market value of the Company's target assets; changes in prepayment rates on the Company's target assets; effects of hedging instruments on the Company's target assets; rates of default or decreased recovery rates on the Company's target assets; the degree to which the Company's hedging strategies may or may not protect the Company from interest and foreign exchange rate volatility; impact of changes in governmental regulations, tax law and rates, and similar matters; the Company's ability to maintain its qualification as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes; the Company's ability to maintain its exemption from registration under the 1940 Act; availability of investment opportunities in mortgage-related and real estate-related investments and other securities; availability of qualified personnel; the Company's understanding of its competition; and market trends in the Company's industry, interest rates, real estate values, the debt securities markets or the general economy.

All forward-looking statements reflect the Company's good faith beliefs, assumptions and expectations, but they are not guarantees of future performance. Furthermore, the Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, of new information, data or methods, future events or other changes. For a further discussion of these and other factors that could cause the Company's future results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 9, 2012, the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 filed with the SEC on May 8, 2012, the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 filed with the SEC on August 9, 2012, the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 filed with the SEC on November 9, 2012, and other risks described in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time with the SEC.

Investor Contact:
Colony Financial, Inc.
Darren Tangen
COO, CFO & Treasurer
(310) 552-7230
or
Addo Communications, Inc.
Lasse Glassen
(310) 829-5400
lasseg@addocommunications.com
or
Media Contact:
Owen Blicksilver P.R., Inc.
Caroline Luz
(203) 656-2829
caroline@blicksilverpr.com

 

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