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Annaly Capital Management, Inc. Reports 2nd Quarter 2018 Results

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Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY) (the "Company" or "Annaly")
today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30,
2018.

Quarterly Financial Highlights

  • GAAP net income of $595.9 million, $0.49 per average common share
  • Core earnings (excluding PAA) were $382.8 million, $0.30 per average
    common share
  • GAAP return on average equity was 17.20% and core return on average
    equity (excluding PAA) was 11.05%
  • Book value per common share of $10.35
  • Economic leverage of 6.4x as compared to 6.5x at March 31, 2018
  • Net interest margin (excluding PAA) of 1.56%, up from 1.52% in the
    prior quarter
  • Increased hedge ratio to 95% as compared to 94% at March 31, 2018

Business Highlights

  • Increased credit capital allocation to 28%, up from 24% at the
    beginning of 2018, with $1.1 billion of new credit investments
  • Credit strategy further enhanced by previously announced MTGE
    acquisition; the $900 million transaction is accretive to earnings,
    continues consolidation strategy and is currently expected to close
    during the third quarter of 2018
  • Solidifying position as programmatic issuer with third quarter 2018
    residential whole loan securitization following successful first
    quarter 2018 debut offering
  • Continued to add efficient funding sources for Commercial Real Estate
    and Middle Market Lending, increasing capacity, improving terms and
    reducing cost of financing
  • Enhanced corporate governance disclosure in the 2018 proxy statement,
    resulting in a 95% favorable say-on-pay endorsement from shareholders
  • Declared 19th consecutive dividend of $0.30 per common share

"Amidst a challenging market environment, Annaly delivered another
strong quarter demonstrating the durability of our business model,"
commented Kevin Keyes, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.
"We continued to further expand our investments into lower levered,
floating rate credit cash flows while producing core earnings of $0.30
per share and core ROE at its highest return since our diversification
strategy began in 2014. The ongoing expansion of our proprietary
partnerships in Residential Credit, Commercial Real Estate and Middle
Market Lending enable us to source unique and complementary investment
opportunities at attractive risk adjusted returns.

"During the quarter we also successfully continued our acquisition
strategy with the announcement of the $900 million purchase of MTGE
Investment Corp. The transaction further enhances the scale and
diversification of our investment platform, is accretive to earnings,
provides immediate cost savings, increases our equity base for continued
growth and reinforces Annaly's stature as a market leading industry
consolidator."

Financial Performance

The following table summarizes certain key performance indicators as of
and for the quarters ended June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018 and June 30,
2017:

    June 30, 2018     March 31, 2018     June 30, 2017
Book value per common share $ 10.35     $ 10.53     $ 11.19
Economic leverage at period-end (1) 6.4:1 6.5:1 6.4:1
GAAP net income (loss) per average common share (2) $ 0.49 $ 1.12 $ (0.01 )
Annualized GAAP return (loss) on average equity 17.20 % 36.86 % 0.46 %
Net interest margin (3) 1.53 % 1.94 % 1.23 %
Average yield on interest earning assets (4) 3.04 % 3.45 % 2.58 %
Average cost of interest bearing liabilities (5) 1.89 % 1.90 % 1.74 %
Net interest spread 1.15 % 1.55 % 0.84 %

Core Earnings Metrics: *

Core earnings (excluding PAA) per average common share (2)(6) $ 0.30 $ 0.30 $ 0.30
Core earnings per average common share (2)(6) $ 0.30 $ 0.41 $ 0.23
PAA cost (benefit) per average common share $ $ (0.11 ) $ 0.07
Annualized core return on average equity (excluding PAA) 11.05 % 10.70 % 10.54 %
Net interest margin (excluding PAA) (3) 1.56 % 1.52 % 1.53 %
Average yield on interest earning assets (excluding PAA) (4) 3.07 % 2.99 % 2.93 %
Net interest spread (excluding PAA) 1.18 % 1.09 % 1.19 %
    *   Represents non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the
‘Non-GAAP Financial Measures' section for additional information.
(1) Computed as the sum of recourse debt, to-be-announced ("TBA")
derivative notional outstanding and net forward purchases of
investments divided by total equity. Recourse debt consists of
repurchase agreements and other secured financing. Securitized debt
and mortgages payable are non-recourse to the Company and are
excluded from this measure.
(2) Net of dividends on preferred stock.
(3) Net interest margin represents the sum of the Company's interest
income plus TBA dollar roll income less interest expense and the net
interest component of interest rate swaps divided by the sum of
average interest earning assets plus average TBA contract balances.
Net interest margin (excluding PAA) excludes the premium
amortization adjustment ("PAA") representing the cumulative impact
on prior periods, but not the current period, of
quarter-over-quarter changes in estimated long-term prepayment
speeds related to the Company's Agency mortgage-backed securities.
(4) Average yield on interest earning assets represents annualized
interest income divided by average interest earning assets. Average
interest earning assets reflects the average amortized cost of our
investments during the period. Average yield on interest earning
assets (excluding PAA) is calculated using annualized interest
income (excluding PAA).
(5) Includes GAAP interest expense and the net interest component of
interest rate swaps. Prior to the quarter ended March 31, 2018, this
metric included the net interest component of interest rate swaps
used to hedge cost of funds. Beginning with the quarter ended March
31, 2018, as a result of changes to the Company's hedging portfolio,
this metric reflects the net interest component of all interest rate
swaps.
(6) Core earnings is defined as net income (loss) excluding gains or
losses on disposals of investments and termination or maturity of
interest rate swaps, unrealized gains or losses on interest rate
swaps and instruments measured at fair value through earnings, net
gains and losses on other derivatives, impairment losses, net income
(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest, transaction expenses
and certain other non-recurring gains or losses, and inclusive of
TBA dollar roll income (a component of Net gains (losses) on other
derivatives) and realized amortization of mortgage servicing rights
("MSR") (a component of net unrealized gains (losses) on instruments
measured at fair value through earnings). Core earnings (excluding
PAA) excludes the premium amortization adjustment.
 

Other Information

This news release and our public documents to which we refer contain or
incorporate by reference certain forward-looking statements which are
based on various assumptions (some of which are beyond our control) and
may be identified by reference to a future period or periods or by the
use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "believe,"
"expect," "anticipate," "continue," or similar terms or variations on
those terms or the negative of those terms. Actual results could differ
materially from those set forth in forward-looking statements due to a
variety of factors, including, but not limited to, changes in interest
rates; changes in the yield curve; changes in prepayment rates; the
availability of mortgage-backed securities and other securities for
purchase; the availability of financing and, if available, the terms of
any financing; changes in the market value of our assets; changes in
business conditions and the general economy; our ability to grow our
commercial real estate business; our ability to grow our residential
mortgage credit business; our ability to grow our middle market lending
business; credit risks related to our investments in credit risk
transfer securities, residential mortgage-backed securities and related
residential mortgage credit assets, commercial real estate assets and
corporate debt; risks related to investments in mortgage servicing
rights; our ability to consummate any contemplated investment
opportunities; changes in government regulations and policy affecting
our business; our ability to maintain our qualification as a REIT for
U.S. federal income tax purposes; our ability to maintain our exemption
from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended;
and our ability to consummate the proposed MTGE Acquisition on a timely
basis or at all, and potential business disruption following the MTGE
Acquisition. For a discussion of the risks and uncertainties which could
cause actual results to differ from those contained in the
forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual
Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
We do not undertake, and specifically disclaim any obligation, to
publicly release the result of any revisions which may be made to any
forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or
unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements,
except as required by law.

Annaly is a leading diversified capital manager that invests in and
finances residential and commercial assets. Annaly's principal business
objective is to generate net income for distribution to its stockholders
and to preserve capital through prudent selection of investments and
continuous management of its portfolio. Annaly has elected to be taxed
as a real estate investment trust, or REIT, for federal income tax
purposes. Annaly is externally managed by Annaly Management Company LLC.
Additional information on the Company can be found at www.annaly.com.

Annaly routinely posts important information for investors on the
Company's website, www.annaly.com,
in the Investors section. Annaly intends to use this webpage as a means
of disclosing material, non-public information, for complying with the
Company's disclosure obligations under Regulation FD and to post and
update investor presentations and similar materials on a regular basis.
Annaly encourages investors, the media and others interested in Annaly
to monitor the Investors section of the Company's website, in addition
to following Annaly's press releases, SEC filings, public conference
calls, presentations, webcasts and other information it posts from time
to time on its website. The information contained on, or that may be
accessed through, the Company's webpage is not incorporated by reference
into, and is not a part of, this document.

The Company prepares a supplemental investor presentation and a
financial summary for the benefit of its shareholders. Both the Second
Quarter 2018 Investor Presentation and the Second Quarter 2018 Financial
Summary can be found at the Company's website (www.annaly.com)
in the Investors section under Investor Presentations.

Conference Call

The Company will hold the second quarter 2018 earnings conference call
on August 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The number to call is
888-317-6003 for domestic calls and 412-317-6061 for international
calls. The conference passcode is 1905089. There will also be an audio
webcast of the call on www.annaly.com.
The replay of the call will be available for one week following the
conference call. The replay number is 877-344-7529 for domestic calls
and 412-317-0088 for international calls and the conference passcode is
10121993. If you would like to be added to the e-mail distribution list,
please visit www.annaly.com,
click on Investors, then select Email Alerts and complete the email
notification form.

Financial Statements

ANNALY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

   

June 30,
2018

 

March 31,
2018

 

December 31,
2017 (1)

 

September 30,
2017

 

June 30,
2017

(Unaudited)   (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,135,329 $ 984,275 $ 706,589 $ 867,840 $ 700,692
Investments, at fair value:
Agency mortgage-backed securities 86,593,058 88,579,097 90,551,763 85,889,131 73,963,998
Credit risk transfer securities 563,796 628,942 651,764 582,938 605,826
Non-Agency mortgage-backed securities 1,006,785 1,066,343 1,097,294 1,227,235 1,234,053
Residential mortgage loans (2) 1,666,157 1,535,685 1,438,322 895,919 779,685
Mortgage servicing rights 599,014 596,378 580,860 570,218 605,653
Commercial real estate debt investments (3) 2,857,463 2,960,323 3,089,108 3,869,110 3,972,560
Commercial real estate debt and preferred equity, held for investment 1,251,138 1,081,295 1,029,327 981,748 928,181
Loans held for sale, net 42,458
Investments in commercial real estate 477,887 480,063 485,953 470,928 474,510
Corporate debt 1,256,276 1,152,745 1,011,275 856,110 773,957
Interest rate swaps, at fair value 82,458 69,109 30,272 12,250 10,472
Other derivatives, at fair value 129,680 161,193 283,613 266,249 154,004
Reverse repurchase agreements 259,762 200,459
Receivable for investments sold 21,728 45,126 1,232 340,033 9,784
Accrued interest and dividends receivable 323,769 326,989 323,526 293,207 263,217
Other assets 475,230 421,448 384,117 353,708 399,456
Goodwill 71,815 71,815 71,815 71,815 71,815
Intangible assets, net 19,194     20,948     23,220     25,742     28,715  
Total assets $ 98,832,997     $ 100,382,233     $ 101,760,050     $ 97,574,181     $ 84,976,578  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities:
Repurchase agreements $ 75,760,655 $ 78,015,431 $ 77,696,343 $ 69,430,268 $ 62,497,400
Other secured financing 3,760,487 3,830,075 3,837,528 3,713,256 3,785,543
Securitized debt of consolidated VIEs (4) 2,728,692 2,904,873 2,971,771 3,357,929 3,438,675
Mortgages payable 309,878 309,794 309,686 311,886 311,810
Interest rate swaps, at fair value 376,106 427,838 569,129 606,960 614,589
Other derivatives, at fair value 117,931 153,103 38,725 75,529 99,380
Dividends payable 349,300 347,897 347,876 326,425 305,709
Payable for investments purchased 1,108,834 91,327 656,581 5,243,868 1,043,379
Accrued interest payable 478,439 284,696 253,068 231,611 185,720
Accounts payable and other liabilities 68,819     74,264     207,770     121,231     84,948  
Total liabilities 85,059,141     86,439,298     86,888,477     83,418,963     72,367,153  
Stockholders' Equity:
7.875% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (5) 177,088
7.625% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (6) 169,466 169,466 290,514 290,514 290,514
7.50% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (7) 445,457 445,457 445,457 445,457 445,457
7.625% Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (8) 287,500 287,500 287,500
6.95% Series F Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable
Preferred Stock (9)
696,910 696,910 696,910 696,910
6.50% Series G Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable
Preferred Stock (10)
411,335 411,335
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share (11) 11,643 11,597 11,596 10,881 10,190
Additional paid-in capital 17,268,596 17,218,191 17,221,265 16,377,805 15,581,760
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (3,434,447 ) (3,000,080 ) (1,126,020 ) (640,149 ) (850,767 )
Accumulated deficit (1,800,370 )   (2,015,612 )   (2,961,749 )   (3,320,160 )   (3,339,228 )
Total stockholders' equity 13,768,590 13,937,264 14,865,473 14,148,758 12,602,514
Noncontrolling interest 5,266     5,671     6,100     6,460     6,911  
Total equity 13,773,856     13,942,935     14,871,573     14,155,218     12,609,425  
Total liabilities and equity $ 98,832,997     $ 100,382,233     $ 101,760,050     $ 97,574,181     $ 84,976,578  
    (1)   Derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at
December 31, 2017.
(2) Includes securitized residential mortgage loans transferred or
pledged to consolidated variable interest entities ("VIEs") carried
at fair value of $523.0 million, $560.2 million, $478.8 million,
$139.8 million and $150.9 million at June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018,
December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and June 30, 2017,
respectively.
(3) Includes senior securitized commercial mortgage loans of
consolidated VIEs with a carrying value of $2.5 billion, $2.7
billion, $2.8 billion, $3.6 billion and $3.7 billion at June 30,
2018, March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and June
30, 2017, respectively.
(4) Includes securitized debt of consolidated VIEs carried at fair value
of $2.7 billion, $2.9 billion, $3.0 billion, $3.4 billion and $3.4
billion at June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017,
September 30, 2017 and June 30, 2017, respectively.
(5) Includes 0 shares authorized, issued and outstanding at June 30,
2018, March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017. Includes 7,412,500
authorized shares and 0 shares issued and outstanding at September
30, 2017. Includes 7,412,500 shares authorized, issued and
outstanding at June 30, 2017.
(6) Includes 12,000,000 shares authorized and 7,000,000 shares issued
and outstanding at June 30, 2018 and March 31, 2018. Includes
12,000,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding at December 31,
2017. Includes 12,650,000 shares authorized and 12,000,000 shares
issued and outstanding at each of September 30, 2017 and June 30,
2017.
(7) Includes 18,400,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding.
(8) Includes 11,500,000 authorized, and 0 shares issued and outstanding
at June 30, 2018 and March 31, 2018. Includes 11,500,000 shares
authorized, issued and outstanding at each of December 31, 2017,
September 30, 2017 and June 30, 2017.
(9) Includes 28,800,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding at
June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017. Includes
32,200,000 shares authorized and 28,800,000 shares issued and
outstanding at September 30, 2017. Includes 0 shares authorized,
issued and outstanding at June 30, 2017.
(10) Includes 19,550,000 shares authorized and 17,000,000 issued and
outstanding at June 30, 2018 and March 31, 2018. Includes 0 shares
authorized, issued and outstanding at each of December 31, 2017,
September 30, 2017 and June 30, 2017.
(11) Includes 1,909,750,000 shares authorized and 1,164,333,831 issued
and outstanding at June 30, 2018. Includes 1,909,750,000 shares
authorized and 1,159,657,350 issued and outstanding at March 31,
2018. Includes 1,929,300,000 shares authorized and 1,159,585,078
issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017. Includes 1,917,837,500
shares authorized and 1,088,083,794 shares issued and outstanding at
September 30, 2017. Includes 1,945,437,500 shares authorized and
1,019,027,880 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2017.
 
 

ANNALY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

    For the quarters ended

June 30,
2018

 

March 31,
2018

 

December 31,
2017

 

September 30,
2017

 

June 30,
2017

Net interest income:        
Interest income $ 776,806 $ 879,487 $ 745,423 $ 622,550 $ 537,426
Interest expense 442,692     367,421     318,711     268,937     222,281  
Net interest income 334,114     512,066     426,712     353,613     315,145  
 
Realized and unrealized gains (losses):
Net interest component of interest rate swaps 31,475 (48,160 ) (82,271 ) (88,211 ) (96,470 )
Realized gains (losses) on termination or maturity of interest rate
swaps
834 (160,075 ) (58 )
Unrealized gains (losses) on interest rate swaps 343,475     977,285     484,447     56,854     (177,567 )
Subtotal 374,950     929,959     242,101     (31,357 )   (274,095 )
Net gains (losses) on disposal of investments (66,117 ) 13,468 7,895 (11,552 ) (5,516 )
Net gains (losses) on other derivatives 34,189 (47,145 ) 121,334 154,208 (14,423 )
Net unrealized gains (losses) on instruments measured at fair value
through earnings
(48,376 )   (51,593 )   (12,115 )   (67,492 )   16,240  
Subtotal (80,304 )   (85,270 )   117,114     75,164     (3,699 )
Total realized and unrealized gains (losses) 294,646     844,689     359,215     43,807     (277,794 )
Other income (loss) 34,170 34,023 25,064 28,282 30,865
General and administrative expenses:
Compensation and management fee 45,579 44,529 44,129 41,993 38,938
Other general and administrative expenses 18,202     17,981     15,128     15,023     15,085  
Total general and administrative expenses 63,781     62,510     59,257     57,016     54,023  
Income (loss) before income taxes 599,149 1,328,268 751,734 368,686 14,193
Income taxes 3,262     564     4,963     1,371     (329 )
Net income (loss) 595,887 1,327,704 746,771 367,315 14,522
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (32 )   (96 )   (151 )   (232 )   (102 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Annaly 595,919 1,327,800 746,922 367,547 14,624
Dividends on preferred stock (1) 31,377     33,766     32,334     30,355     23,473  
Net income (loss) available (related) to common stockholders $ 564,542     $ 1,294,034     $ 714,588     $ 337,192     $ (8,849 )
 
Net income (loss) per share available (related) to common
stockholders:
Basic $ 0.49     $ 1.12     $ 0.62     $ 0.31     $ (0.01 )
Diluted $ 0.49     $ 1.12     $ 0.62     $ 0.31     $ (0.01 )
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 1,160,436,777     1,159,617,848     1,151,653,296     1,072,566,395     1,019,000,817  
Diluted 1,160,979,451     1,160,103,185     1,152,138,887     1,073,040,637     1,019,000,817  
 
Net income (loss) $ 595,887     $ 1,327,704     $ 746,771     $ 367,315     $ 14,522  
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities (505,130 ) (1,879,479 ) (487,597 ) 195,251 261,964
Reclassification adjustment for net (gains) losses included in net
income (loss)
70,763     5,419     1,726     15,367     13,360  
Other comprehensive income (loss) (434,367 )   (1,874,060 )   (485,871 )   210,618     275,324  
Comprehensive income (loss) 161,520 (546,356 ) 260,900 577,933 289,846
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (32 )   (96 )   (151 )   (232 )   (102 )
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Annaly 161,552 (546,260 ) 261,051 578,165 289,948
Dividends on preferred stock (1) 31,377     33,766     32,334     30,355     23,473  
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to common stockholders $ 130,175     $ (580,026 )   $ 228,717     $ 547,810     $ 266,475  
    (1)   The quarter ended December 31, 2017 excludes, and the quarter ended
September 30, 2017 includes, cumulative and undeclared dividends of
$8.3 million on the Company's Series F Preferred Stock as of
September 30, 2017.
 
 

ANNALY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

    For the six months ended
June 30, 2018   June 30, 2017
Net interest income:  
Interest income $ 1,656,293 $ 1,125,153
Interest expense 810,113     420,706  
Net interest income 846,180     704,447  
 
Realized and unrealized gains (losses):
Net interest component of interest rate swaps (16,685 ) (200,626 )
Realized gains (losses) on termination or maturity of interest rate
swaps
834 (58 )
Unrealized gains (losses) on interest rate swaps 1,320,760     (28,383 )
Subtotal 1,304,909     (229,067 )
Net gains (losses) on disposal of investments (52,649 ) (281 )
Net gains (losses) on other derivatives (12,956 ) (14,104 )
Net unrealized gains (losses) on instruments measured at fair value
through earnings
(99,969 )   39,923  
Subtotal (165,574 )   25,538  
Total realized and unrealized gains (losses) 1,139,335     (203,529 )
Other income (loss) 68,193 62,511
General and administrative expenses:
Compensation and management fee 90,108 78,200
Other general and administrative expenses 36,183     29,651  
Total general and administrative expenses 126,291     107,851  
Income (loss) before income taxes 1,927,417 455,578
Income taxes 3,826     648  
Net income (loss) 1,923,591 454,930
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (128 )   (205 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Annaly 1,923,719 455,135
Dividends on preferred stock 65,143     46,946  
Net income (loss) available (related) to common stockholders $ 1,858,576     $ 408,189  
 
Net income (loss) per share available (related) to common
stockholders:
Basic $ 1.60     $ 0.40  
Diluted $ 1.60     $ 0.40  
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 1,160,029,575     1,018,971,942  
Diluted 1,160,543,580     1,019,357,697  
 
Net income (loss) $ 1,923,591     $ 454,930  
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities (2,384,609 ) 202,349
Reclassification adjustment for net (gains) losses included in net
income (loss)
76,182     32,777  
Other comprehensive income (loss) (2,308,427 )   235,126  
Comprehensive income (loss) (384,836 ) 690,056
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (128 )   (205 )
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Annaly (384,708 ) 690,261
Dividends on preferred stock 65,143     46,946  
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to common stockholders $ (449,851 )   $ 643,315  
 

Key Metrics

The following table presents key metrics of the Company's portfolio,
liabilities and hedging positions, and performance as of and for the
quarters ended June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018, and June 30, 2017:

    June 30,
2018
  March 31,
2018
  June 30,
2017

Portfolio Related Metrics:

   
Fixed-rate Residential Investment Securities as a percentage of
total Residential Investment Securities
91 % 91 % 86 %
Adjustable-rate and floating-rate Residential Investment Securities
as a percentage of total Residential Investment Securities
9 % 9 % 14 %
Weighted average experienced CPR for the period 10.1 % 8.9 % 10.9 %
Weighted average projected long-term CPR at period-end 9.1 %   9.2 %   10.6 %
 

Liabilities and Hedging Metrics:

Weighted average days to maturity on repurchase agreements
outstanding at period-end
71 72 88
Hedge ratio (1) 95 % 94 % 67 %
Weighted average pay rate on interest rate swaps at period-end (2) 2.08 % 2.00 % 2.26 %
Weighted average receive rate on interest rate swaps at period-end (2) 2.31 % 2.13 % 1.28 %
Weighted average net rate on interest rate swaps at period-end (2) (0.23 %) (0.13 %) 0.98 %
Leverage at period-end (3) 6.0:1 6.1:1 5.6:1
Economic leverage at period-end (4) 6.4:1 6.5:1 6.4:1
Capital ratio at period-end 13.2 %   13.1 %   13.2 %
 

Performance Related Metrics:

Book value per common share $ 10.35 $ 10.53 $ 11.19
GAAP net income (loss) per average common share (5) $ 0.49 $ 1.12 $ (0.01 )
Annualized GAAP return (loss) on average equity 17.20 % 36.86 % 0.46 %
Net interest margin 1.53 % 1.94 % 1.23 %
Average yield on interest earning assets (6) 3.04 % 3.45 % 2.58 %
Average cost of interest bearing liabilities (7) 1.89 % 1.90 % 1.74 %
Net interest spread 1.15 % 1.55 % 0.84 %
Dividend declared per common share $ 0.30 $ 0.30 $ 0.30
Annualized dividend yield (8) 11.66 % 11.51 % 9.96 %
Core Earnings Metrics *
Core earnings (excluding PAA) per average common share (5) $ 0.30 $ 0.30 $ 0.30
Core earnings per average common share (5) $ 0.30 $ 0.41 $ 0.23
PAA cost (benefit) per average common share $ $ (0.11 ) $ 0.07
Annualized core return on average equity (excluding PAA) 11.05 % 10.70 % 10.54 %
Net interest margin (excluding PAA) 1.56 % 1.52 % 1.53 %
Average yield on interest earning assets (excluding PAA) (6) 3.07 % 2.99 % 2.93 %
Net interest spread (excluding PAA) 1.18 %   1.09 %   1.19 %
    *   Represents non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the
‘Non-GAAP Financial Measures' section for additional information.
(1) Measures total notional balances of interest rate swaps, interest
rate swaptions and futures relative to repurchase agreements, other
secured financing and TBA notional outstanding; excludes MSRs and
the effects of term financing, both of which serve to reduce
interest rate risk. Additionally, the hedge ratio does not take into
consideration differences in duration between assets and liabilities.
(2) Excludes forward starting swaps.
(3) Debt consists of repurchase agreements, other secured financing,
securitized debt and mortgages payable. Securitized debt and
mortgages payable are non-recourse to the Company.
(4) Computed as the sum of recourse debt, TBA derivative notional
outstanding and net forward purchases of investments divided by
total equity.
(5) Net of dividends on preferred stock.
(6) Average yield on interest earning assets represents annualized
interest income divided by average interest earning assets. Average
interest earning assets reflects the average amortized cost of our
investments during the period. Average yield on interest earning
assets (excluding PAA) is calculated using annualized interest
income (excluding PAA).
(7) Includes GAAP interest expense and the net interest component of
interest rate swaps. Prior to the quarter ended March 31, 2018, this
metric included the net interest component of interest rate swaps
used to hedge cost of funds. Beginning with the quarter ended March
31, 2018, as a result of changes to the Company's hedging portfolio,
this metric reflects the net interest component of all interest rate
swaps.
(8) Based on the closing price of the Company's common stock of $10.29,
$10.43 and $12.05 at June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018 and June 30,
2017, respectively.
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are prepared
and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting
principles ("GAAP"), the Company provides the following non-GAAP
measures:

  • core earnings and core earnings (excluding PAA);
  • core earnings and core earnings (excluding PAA) per average common
    share;
  • annualized core return on average equity (excluding PAA);
  • interest income (excluding PAA);
  • economic interest expense;
  • economic net interest income (excluding PAA);
  • average yield on interest earning assets (excluding PAA);
  • net interest margin (excluding PAA); and
  • net interest spread (excluding PAA).

These measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior
to, financial measures computed in accordance with GAAP. While intended
to offer a fuller understanding of the Company's results and operations,
non-GAAP financial measures also have limitations. For example, the
Company may calculate its non-GAAP metrics, such as core earnings, or
the PAA, differently than its peers making comparative analysis
difficult. Additionally, in the case of non-GAAP measures that exclude
the PAA, the amount of amortization expense excluding the PAA is not
necessarily representative of the amount of future periodic amortization
nor is it indicative of the term over which the Company will amortize
the remaining unamortized premium. Changes to actual and estimated
prepayments will impact the timing and amount of premium amortization
and, as such, both GAAP and non-GAAP results.

These non-GAAP measures provide additional detail to enhance investor
understanding of the Company's period-over-period operating performance
and business trends, as well as for assessing the Company's performance
versus that of industry peers. Additional information pertaining to the
Company's use of these non-GAAP financial measures, including discussion
of how each such measure is useful to investors, and reconciliations to
their most directly comparable GAAP results are provided below.

Core earnings and core earnings (excluding PAA), core earnings and
core earnings (excluding PAA) per average common share and annualized
core return on average equity (excluding PAA)

The Company's principal business objective is to generate net income for
distribution to its stockholders and to preserve capital through prudent
selection of investments, and continuous management of its portfolio.
The Company generates net income by earning a net interest spread on its
investment portfolio, which is a function of interest income from its
investment portfolio less financing, hedging and operating costs. Core
earnings, which is comprised of interest income plus TBA dollar roll
incomei, less financing and hedging costs and general and
administrative expenses, and core earnings (excluding PAA), are used by
the Company's management and, the Company believes, used by analysts and
investors to measure its progress in achieving this objective.

The Company seeks to fulfill this objective through a variety of factors
including portfolio construction, the degree of market risk exposure and
related hedge profile, and the use and forms of leverage, all while
operating within the parameters of the Company's capital allocation
policy and risk governance framework.

The Company defines "core earnings", a non-GAAP measure, as net income
(loss) excluding gains or losses on disposals of investments and
termination or maturity of interest rate swaps, unrealized gains or
losses on interest rate swaps and instruments measured at fair value
through earnings, net gains and losses on other derivatives, impairment
losses, net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest,
transaction expenses and certain other non-recurring gains or losses,
and inclusive of TBA dollar roll income (a component of Net gains
(losses) on other derivatives) and realized amortization of MSRs (a
component of net unrealized gains (losses) on instruments measured at
fair value through earnings). Core earnings (excluding PAA) excludes the
premium amortization adjustment representing the cumulative impact on
prior periods, but not the current period, of quarter-over-quarter
changes in estimated long-term prepayment speeds related to the
Company's Agency mortgage-backed securities.

The Company believes these non-GAAP measures provide management and
investors with additional details regarding the Company's underlying
operating results and investment portfolio trends by (i) making
adjustments to account for the disparate reporting of changes in fair
value where certain instruments are reflected in GAAP net income (loss)
while others are reflected in other comprehensive income (loss), and
(ii) by excluding certain unrealized, non-cash or episodic components of
GAAP net income (loss) in order to provide additional transparency into
the operating performance of the Company's portfolio. Annualized core
return on average equity (excluding PAA), which is calculated by
dividing core earnings (excluding PAA) over average stockholders'
equity, provides investors with additional detail on the core earnings
generated by the Company's invested equity capital.

i TBA dollar roll transactions are accounted for as
derivatives, with gains and losses reflected as a component of Net gains
(losses) on other derivatives in the Company's Consolidated Statements
of Comprehensive Income (Loss). TBA dollar roll income represents the
economic equivalent of interest income on the underlying security less
the implied cost of financing.

The following table presents a reconciliation of GAAP financial results
to non-GAAP core earnings for the periods presented:

    For the quarters ended
June 30,
2018
  March 31,
2018
  June 30,
2017
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
GAAP net income (loss) $ 595,887   $ 1,327,704   $ 14,522
Less:
Realized (gains) losses on termination or maturity of interest rate
swaps
(834 ) 58
Unrealized (gains) losses on interest rate swaps (343,475 ) (977,285 ) 177,567
Net (gains) losses on disposal of investments 66,117 (13,468 ) 5,516
Net (gains) losses on other derivatives (34,189 ) 47,145 14,423
Net unrealized (gains) losses on instruments measured at fair value
through earnings
48,376 51,593 (16,240 )
Transaction expenses (1) 1,519
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 32 96 102
Plus:
TBA dollar roll income (2) 62,491 88,353 81,051
MSR amortization (3) (19,942 )   (21,156 )   (17,098 )
Core earnings * 375,297 503,667 259,901
Less:
Premium amortization adjustment cost (benefit) 7,516     (118,395 )   72,700  
Core earnings (excluding PAA) * $ 382,813     $ 385,272     $ 332,601  
GAAP net income (loss) per average common share $ 0.49     $ 1.12     $ (0.01 )
Core earnings per average common share * $ 0.30     $ 0.41     $ 0.23  
Core earnings (excluding PAA) per average common share * $ 0.30     $ 0.30     $ 0.30  
Annualized GAAP return (loss) on average equity 17.20 %   36.86 %   0.46 %
Annualized core return on average equity (excluding PAA) * 11.05 %   10.70 %   10.54 %
    *   Represents a non-GAAP financial measure.
(1) Represents costs incurred in connection with a securitization of
residential whole loans.
(2) Represents a component of Net gains (losses) on other derivatives.
(3) Represents the portion of changes in fair value that is attributable
to the realization of estimated cash flows on the Company's MSR
portfolio and is reported as a component of Net unrealized gains
(losses) on instruments measured at fair value.
 

From time to time, the Company enters into TBA forward contracts as an
alternate means of investing in and financing Agency mortgage-backed
securities. A TBA contract is an agreement to purchase or sell, for
future delivery, an Agency mortgage-backed security with a specified
issuer, term and coupon. A TBA dollar roll represents a transaction
where TBA contracts with the same terms but different settlement dates
are simultaneously bought and sold. The TBA contract settling in the
later month typically prices at a discount to the earlier month contract
with the difference in price commonly referred to as the "drop". The
drop is a reflection of the expected net interest income from an
investment in similar Agency mortgage-backed securities, net of an
implied financing cost, that would be foregone as a result of settling
the contract in the later month rather than in the earlier month. The
drop between the current settlement month price and the forward
settlement month price occurs because in the TBA dollar roll market, the
party providing the financing is the party that would retain all
principal and interest payments accrued during the financing period.
Accordingly, TBA dollar roll income generally represents the economic
equivalent of the net interest income earned on the underlying Agency
mortgage-backed security less an implied financing cost.

TBA dollar roll transactions are accounted for under GAAP as a series of
derivatives transactions. The fair value of TBA derivatives is based on
methods similar to those used to value Agency mortgage-backed
securities. The Company records TBA derivatives at fair value on its
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition and recognizes periodic
changes in fair value as Net gains (losses) on other derivatives in the
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss), which includes
both unrealized and realized gains and losses on derivatives (excluding
interest rate swaps).

TBA dollar roll income is calculated as the difference in price between
two TBA contracts with the same terms but different settlement dates
multiplied by the notional amount of the TBA contract. Although
accounted for as derivatives, TBA dollar rolls capture the economic
equivalent of net interest income, or carry, on the underlying Agency
mortgage-backed security (interest income less an implied cost of
financing). TBA dollar roll income is reported as a component of Net
gains (losses) on other derivatives in the Consolidated Statements of
Comprehensive Income (Loss).

Premium Amortization Expense ("PAA")

In accordance with GAAP, the Company amortizes or accretes premiums or
discounts into interest income for its Agency mortgage-backed
securities, excluding interest-only securities, multifamily and reverse
mortgages, taking into account estimates of future principal prepayments
in the calculation of the effective yield. The Company recalculates the
effective yield as differences between anticipated and actual
prepayments occur. Using third-party model and market information to
project future cash flows and expected remaining lives of securities,
the effective interest rate determined for each security is applied as
if it had been in place from the date of the security's acquisition. The
amortized cost of the security is then adjusted to the amount that would
have existed had the new effective yield been applied since the
acquisition date. The adjustment to amortized cost is offset with a
charge or credit to interest income. Changes in interest rates and other
market factors will impact prepayment speed projections and the amount
of premium amortization recognized in any given period.

The Company's GAAP metrics include the unadjusted impact of amortization
and accretion associated with this method. Certain of the Company's
non-GAAP metrics exclude the effect of the PAA, which quantifies the
component of premium amortization representing the cumulative impact on
prior periods, but not the current period, of quarter-over-quarter
changes in estimated long-term CPR.

The following table illustrates the impact of the PAA on premium
amortization expense for the Company's Residential Investment Securities
portfolio for the quarters ended June 30, 2018, March 31, 2018, and
June 30, 2017:

    For the quarters ended
June 30,
2018
  March 31,
2018
    June 30,
2017
(dollars in thousands)
Premium amortization expense (accretion) $ 202,426   $ 95,832   $ 251,084
Less: PAA cost (benefit) 7,516   (118,395 )   72,700
Premium amortization expense (excluding PAA) $ 194,910   $ 214,227     $ 178,384
 
For the quarters ended
June 30,
2018
  March 31,
2018
    June 30,
2017
(per average common share)
Premium amortization expense (accretion) $ 0.17 $ 0.08 $ 0.25
Less: PAA cost (benefit)   (0.11 )   0.07
Premium amortization expense (excluding PAA) $ 0.17   $ 0.19     $ 0.18
 

Interest income (excluding PAA), economic interest expense and
economic net interest income (excluding PAA)

Interest income (excluding PAA) represents interest income excluding the
effect of the PAA, and serves as the basis for deriving average yield on
interest earning assets (excluding PAA), net interest spread (excluding
PAA) and net interest margin (excluding PAA), which are discussed below.
The Company believes this measure provides management and investors with
additional detail to enhance their understanding of the Company's
operating results and trends by excluding the component of premium
amortization expense representing the cumulative impact on prior
periods, but not the current period, of quarter-over-quarter changes in
estimated long-term prepayment speeds related to the Company's Agency
mortgage-backed securities (other than interest-only securities), which
can obscure underlying trends in the performance of the portfolio.

Economic interest expense includes GAAP interest expense and the net
interest component of interest rate swaps. Prior to the quarter ended
March 31, 2018, economic interest expense included the net interest
component of interest rate swaps used to hedge cost of funds. Beginning
with the quarter ended March 31, 2018, as a result of changes to the
Company's hedging portfolio, this metric reflects the net interest
component of all interest rate swaps. The Company uses interest rate
swaps to manage its exposure to changing interest rates on its
repurchase agreements by economically hedging cash flows associated with
these borrowings. Accordingly, adding the net interest component of
interest rate swaps to interest expense, as computed in accordance with
GAAP, reflects the total contractual interest expense and thus, provides
investors with additional information about the cost of the Company's
financing strategy.

Similarly, economic net interest income (excluding PAA), as computed
below, provides investors with additional information to enhance their
understanding of the net economics of our primary business operations.

    For the quarters ended
June 30,
2018
  March 31,
2018
  June 30,
2017
(dollars in thousands)

Interest Income (Excluding PAA)
Reconciliation

   
GAAP interest income $ 776,806 $ 879,487 $ 537,426
Premium amortization adjustment 7,516     (118,395 )   72,700
Interest income (excluding PAA) * $ 784,322     $ 761,092     $ 610,126
 

Economic Interest Expense
Reconciliation

GAAP interest expense $ 442,692 $ 367,421 $ 222,281
Add:
Net interest component of interest rate swaps (31,475 )   48,160     84,252
Economic interest expense * $ 411,217     $ 415,581     $ 306,533
 

Economic Net Interest Income
(Excluding PAA) Reconciliation

Interest income (excluding PAA) * $ 784,322 $ 761,092 $ 610,126
Less:
Economic interest expense * 411,217     415,581     306,533
Economic net interest income (excluding PAA) * $ 373,105     $ 345,511     $ 303,593
    *   Represents a non-GAAP financial measure.
 

Average yield on interest earning assets (excluding PAA), net
interest spread (excluding PAA) and net interest margin (excluding PAA)

Net interest spread (excluding PAA), which is the difference between the
average yield on interest earning assets (excluding PAA) and the average
cost of interest bearing liabilities, and net interest margin (excluding
PAA), which is calculated as the sum of interest income (excluding PAA)
plus TBA dollar roll income less interest expense and the net interest
component of interest rate swaps divided by the sum of average interest
earning assets plus average TBA contract balances, provide management
with additional measures of the Company's profitability that management
relies upon in monitoring the performance of the business.

Disclosure of these measures, which are presented below, provides
investors with additional detail regarding how management evaluates the
Company's performance.

    For the quarters ended
June 30,
2018
  March 31,
2018
  June 30,
2017

Economic Metrics (Excluding PAA)

(dollars in thousands)
Average interest earning assets $ 102,193,435   $ 101,979,042   $ 83,427,268
Interest income (excluding PAA) * $ 784,322 $ 761,092 $ 610,126
Average yield on interest earning assets (excluding PAA) * 3.07 %   2.99 %   2.93 %
Average interest bearing liabilities $ 87,103,807 $ 87,376,452 $ 70,486,779
Economic interest expense * $ 411,217 $ 415,581 $ 306,533
Average cost of interest bearing liabilities 1.89 %   1.90 %   1.74 %
Economic net interest income (excluding PAA) * $ 373,105 $ 345,511 $ 303,593
Net interest spread (excluding PAA) * 1.18 %   1.09 %   1.19 %
 
Interest income (excluding PAA) * $ 784,322 $ 761,092 $ 610,126
TBA dollar roll income 62,491 88,353 81,051
Interest expense (442,692 ) (367,421 ) (222,281 )
Net interest component of interest rate swaps 31,475     (48,160 )   (96,470 )
Subtotal $ 435,596     $ 433,864     $ 372,426  
Average interest earnings assets $ 102,193,435 $ 101,979,042 $ 83,427,268
Average TBA contract balances 9,407,819     12,050,341     14,206,869  
Subtotal $ 111,601,254     $ 114,029,383     $ 97,634,137  
Net interest margin (excluding PAA) * 1.56 %   1.52 %   1.53 %
    *   Represents a non-GAAP financial measure.
 

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