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Starwood Property Trust, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2010 Results

Monday, May 10, 2010

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2010 Results17:21 EDT Monday, May 10, 2010- Declares a $0.25 per Share Second Quarter Dividend -GREENWICH, Conn., May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), a real estate investment trust focused primarily on the commercial mortgage loan market and other commercial real estate-related debt investments, today announced operating results for the first quarter 2010. �The Company's Core Earnings(1), a Non-GAAP financial measure, rose to $7.5 million or $0.15 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. �Net Income attributable to Starwood Property Trust, Inc. for the same period was $5.9 million or $0.12 per common share. Net interest margin in the first quarter generated from investments was approximately $12.4 million, versus $4.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, largely due to $563.2 million of investments completed late in the quarter. �Additional interest income earned from cash balances during the quarter was approximately $0.6 million. "We continue to aggressively pursue appropriate investments that fit our strict portfolio criteria which is to produce predictable growth and safety in our cash flow stream and therefore enable us to grow our dividend," said Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.� "Real estate transactions and therefore financing volumes remain depressed.� With short-term interest rates likely remaining low through the November elections, most borrowers can afford to pay their coupons and are not refinancing their existing mortgages.� Instead, borrowers are hoping that increasing asset values will close the substantial gap between current value, future value and asset value necessary to refinance their obligations.� We are being patient.� We have approached the market in a methodical manner, first deploying our cash (approximately 90% of the $921.1 million of net proceeds from our IPO is now invested), then leveraging portions of our portfolio (with the recently closed $280 million matched maturity term loan facility), and now seeking to finalize additional credit facilities (to lever the first mortgage loans in our existing portfolio).� We believe that spreads and investment opportunities may increase as the number of loan restructurings and maturities accelerate and transaction volumes increase.� In addition, we continue to consider corporate transactions and joint ventures which will help us achieve our objective of building long-term shareholder value."� (1) Core Earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, are used to compute the Company's incentive fees to the Manager and are an appropriate supplemental disclosure for a mortgage REIT. �For the Company's purposes, Core Earnings are defined as GAAP net income (loss) excluding non-cash equity compensation expense, the incentive fee, depreciation and amortization (to the extent that we foreclose on any properties underlying our target assets), any unrealized gains, losses or other non-cash items recorded in net income for the period, regardless of whether such items are included in other comprehensive income or loss, or in net income. The amount will be adjusted to exclude one-time events pursuant to changes in GAAP and certain other non-cash charges as determined by the Manager and approved by a majority of the Company's independent directors.Book ValueThe Company's GAAP book value per share at March 31, 2010 was $18.55. �On a fully diluted basis, the Company's GAAP book value at March 31, 2010 was $18.19 per share.Investment Portfolio As of March 31, 2010, the Company has invested approximately $828 million of the $921.1 million of net proceeds from its IPO in August 2009. �The Company invested approximately $563 million during the first quarter of 2010, the majority of which represented the previously announced acquisition of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) portfolio. �The portfolio has a weighted average debt yield of 17.7%. �In addition to the investment in the TIAA portfolio, the Company acquired a $12.5 million first mortgage on a retail property through a joint venture with an affiliated investment fund for $10.2 million. The Company's equity interest in the consolidated joint venture investment is roughly $7.7 million, or seventy-five percent. �The Company also invested approximately $39.7 million in a combination of RMBS, CMBS and other marketable securities as well as $6.0 million in an equity investment in a real estate related company. �On March 31, 2010, the Company closed on a $280 million term loan facility (the "Facility") which matures in May 2013 and provides match funding to the expected duration of the assets in the TIAA portfolio. �The Facility is secured by $400 million of the TIAA portfolio and excludes $103 million of loans in the portfolio that have a maturity within the next 12 months. �The Company has fixed the effective rate of interest on the Facility at 4.155% via an interest rate swap. � A table summarizing the Company's Investment Portfolio follows:Starwood Property Trust, Inc. Investments as of March 31, 2010 (amounts in thousands):InvestmentCarry ValueFace Amount% OwnedFinancingNet InvestmentWeighted Average LifeLoans, first mortgages$ � � 588,797$ � �614,06899%*$ 22,368$ 566,4292.7Loans, subordinated debt145,363154,543100%2,632142,7314.1Multi-Asset CMBS 202,676202,69975%171,35031,3261.9Single Borrower CMBS45,92356,081100%-45,9236.1RMBS and Other41,70343,918100%-41,7030.6$ �1,024,462$ 1,071,309$ 196,350$ 828,112* One $10.5 million carry value loan is owned through a consolidated 75% owned joint venture, the balance are owned 100%.DividendOn May 6, 2010, the Company declared a dividend of $0.25 per share for the quarter ending June 30, 2010, payable on July 15, 2010 to common shareholders of record as of June 30, 2010.On March 4, 2010, the Company declared a dividend of $0.22 per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2010, which was paid on April 15, 2010 to common shareholders of record as of March 31, 2010.Conference Call and Webcast Information Starwood Property Trust will host a webcast and conference call on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss first quarter 2010 results and recent events. �A webcast will be available on the Company's website at www.starwoodpropertytrust.com. To listen to a live broadcast, access the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register and download and install any necessary software. To Participate in the Telephone Conference Call:Dial in at least five minutes prior to start time.Domestic: �877-407-0784International: 201-689-8560Conference ID: 349126Conference Call Playback through May 25, 2010:Domestic: �877-660-6853International: �201-612-7415Account #: �3055Conference ID: 349126 �About Starwood Property Trust, Inc.Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: STWD) is a commercial real estate finance company that is focused primarily on originating, investing in, financing, and managing commercial mortgage loans, bridge loans, B-notes, mezzanine loans, CMBS, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. �Additionally, the company seeks to acquire distressed debt and mortgage backed securities to capitalize on current dislocation in the credit markets. �The company intends to provide tailored financing solutions to public and private real estate property owner and investors, mortgage brokers, commercial land investment banks and other financial institutions, while generating attractive risk-adjusted returns for its investors. �Starwood Property Trust has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S., federal income tax purposes. �It is externally managed by an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group. �The company was founded in August 2009 and is based in Greenwich, Connecticut with eight regional offices in six countries. � Forward Looking StatementsStatements in this press release which are not historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. �Although Starwood Property Trust, Inc. believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. �Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations include completion of pending investments, continued ability to acquire additional investments, competition within the finance and real estate industries, economic conditions, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the SEC.Additional information can be found on the Company's website at www.starwoodpropertytrust.com.Starwood Property Trust, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Statement of Operations(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)Three Months Ended March 31, 2010Three Months Ended December 31, 2009Net interest margin:Interest income from mortgage backed securities$ � � � � � � 4,331$ � � � � � � �3,603Interest income from loans9,6992,459Interest expense(1,632)(1,651)Net interest margin12,3984,411Expenses:Management fees (including $1,582 and �$1,582, respectively, of non-cash stock-based compensation)4,9705,006General and administrative (including $18 and $17, respectively, of non-cash stock-based compensation)1,7791,314Total operating expenses6,7496,320Interest income from cash balances6111,100Net income (loss)$ � � � � � � 6,260$ � � � � � � � �(809)Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests319289Net income (loss) �attributable to Starwood Property Trust, Inc.$ � � � � � � 5,941$ � � � � � � (1,098)Net income (loss) �per share of common stock:Basic$ � � � � � � � 0.12$ � � � � � � � (0.02)Diluted$ � � � � � � � 0.12$ � � � � � � � (0.02)Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:Basic47,662,84047,575,955Diluted48,626,30047,575,955Definition of Core EarningsCore Earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, are used to compute the Company's incentive fees to the Manager and are an appropriate supplemental disclosure for a mortgage REIT. �For the Company's purposes, Core Earnings are defined as GAAP net income (loss) excluding non-cash equity compensation expense, the incentive fee, depreciation and amortization (to the extent that we foreclose on any properties underlying our target assets), any unrealized gains, losses or other non-cash items recorded in net income for the period, regardless of whether such items are included in other comprehensive income or loss, or in net income. �The amount will be adjusted to exclude one-time events pursuant to changes in GAAP and certain other non-cash charges as determined by the Manager and approved by a majority of the Company's independent directors. Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Core EarningsAmounts in Thousands Except per Share Data1st Quarter4th Quarter20102009Net income (loss) attributable to Starwood Property Trust, Inc.$ � � � � �5,941$ � � (1,098)Add back for noncash Stock-Based Compensation1,5601,599Core Earnings$ � � � � �7,501$ � � � � 501Per Share$ � � � � � �0.15$ � � � �0.01SOURCE Starwood Property Trust, Inc.For further information: Barbara Anderson, +1-203-422-8100, investorrelations@stwdreit.com