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MFA Financial, Inc. Announces 2010 Dividend Tax Information

Friday, March 18, 2011

MFA Financial, Inc. Announces 2010 Dividend Tax Information16:30 EDT Friday, March 18, 2011NEW YORK, March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MFA Financial, Inc. ("MFA"), a real estate investment trust ("REIT"), today announced tax information regarding its dividend distributions for the tax year ended December 31, 2010.Stockholders should review the 2010 tax statements that they receive from their brokerage firms in order to ensure that the MFA dividend distribution information reported on such statements conforms to the information set forth below. Stockholders should also consult with their tax advisors to determine their individual tax treatment of the dividend distributions paid by MFA.As a REIT, MFA's dividend distributions are generally not eligible for the tax rate reductions enacted for qualified dividend income under the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. Thus, the portion of MFA's dividend distributions that are characterized as ordinary income generally will be subject to full ordinary income tax rates. For stockholders that are corporations, MFA's dividend distributions are not eligible for the corporate dividend distributions received deduction on Form 1120. No portion of MFA's 2010 dividend distributions consisted of "excess inclusion" income subject to the specialized tax reporting rules applicable to such income.The following table provides detailed tax information relating to the quarterly dividend distributions paid to MFA's stockholders with respect to the 2010 tax year:MFA's Common Stock: (CUSIP 55272X102):TotalOrdinaryReturnCapitalCarryDividendDeclarationRecordPayableDistributionDividendofGainForwardQuarterTypeDateDateDateper ShareIncomeCapitalDistributionto 20111 Q Common    4/1/2010    4/12/2010    4/30/2010   $0.2400   $0.2400   $0.0000   $0.0000   $0.0000   2 QCommon    07/01/2010    07/12/2010    07/30/2010   $0.1900   $0.1900   $0.0000   $0.0000   $0.0000   3 QCommon    10/1/2010    10/12/2010    10/29/10   $0.2250   $0.2250   $0.0000   $0.0000   $0.0000   4 QCommon    12/16/2010    12/31/2010    01/31/2011   $0.2350   $0.2350   $0.0000   $0.0000   $0.0000   During the 2010 tax year, MFA declared total dividend distributions of $0.89 per share of common stock.MFA's Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (CUSIP: 55272X201):TotalOrdinaryReturnCapitalCarryDividendDeclarationRecordPayableDistributionDividendofGainForwardQuarterTypeDateDateDateper ShareIncomeCapitalDistributionto 20111 QPreferred02/19/201003/01/201003/31/2010$0.53125$0.53125$0.00000$0.00000$0.000002 QPreferred05/21/201006/01/201006/30/2010$0.53125$0.53125$0.00000$0.00000$0.000003 QPreferred08/20/201009/01/201009/30/2010$0.53125$0.53125$0.00000$0.00000$0.000004 QPreferred11/19/201012/01/201012/31/2010$0.53125$0.53125$0.00000$0.00000$0.00000During the 2010 tax year, MFA declared total dividend distributions of $2.125 per share of Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock.MFA is a real estate investment trust primarily engaged in the business of investment, on a leveraged basis, in Agency and Non-Agency residential mortgage-backed securities. In accordance with Internal Revenue Service Code Sections 856 through 860, and the regulations promulgated thereunder applicable to REITs, to the extent of distributable earnings and profits, dividends declared by a REIT in the last month of a calendar year with a record date in such calendar year, but which are payable in January of the following year, are considered paid for Form 1099-DIV reporting purposes on the record date, not on the payable date.Stockholders interested in participating in MFA's Discount Waiver, Direct Stock Purchase and Dividend Reinvestment Plan (the "Plan") or receiving a Plan prospectus may do so by contacting The Bank of New York Mellon, the Plan administrator, at 1-866-249-2610 (toll free). For more information about the Plan, interested stockholders may also go to the website established for the Plan at http://www.bnymellon.com/shareowner/equityaccess or visit MFA's website at www.mfa-reit.com.When used in this press release or other written or oral communications, statements which are not historical in nature, including those containing words such as "view," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "plan," "continue," "intend," "should," "may" or similar expressions, are intended to identify "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and, as such, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  Statements regarding the following subjects, among others, may be forward-looking: changes in interest rates and the market value of MFA's residential mortgage-backed securities (or MBS); changes in the prepayment rates on the mortgage loans securing MFA's MBS; MFA's ability to borrow to finance its assets; implementation of or changes in government regulations or programs affecting MFA's business; MFA's ability to maintain its qualification as a REIT for federal income tax purposes; MFA's ability to maintain its exemption from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940; and risks associated with investing in real estate assets, including changes in business conditions and the general economy. These and other risks, uncertainties and factors, including those described in the annual, quarterly and current reports that MFA files with the SEC, could cause MFA's actual results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements it makes. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. New risks and uncertainties arise over time and it is not possible to predict those events or how they may affect MFA. Except as required by law, MFA is not obligated to, and does not intend to, update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.CONTACT:Shira Finkel(800) 892-7547www.mfa-reit.comSOURCE MFA Financial, Inc.For further information: Shira Finkel, MFA, +1-800-892-7547