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Starwood Property Trust Announces Tax Reporting Information

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Starwood Property Trust Announces Tax Reporting Information16:42 EST Wednesday, February 01, 2012GREENWICH, Conn., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: STWD) ("the Company") today announced the tax treatment for the Company's aggregate distributions of $1.5814 per share of common stock (CUSIP: 85571B105) paid with respect to the calendar year ended December 31, 2011:Form 1099 Reference:Boxes 1a + 2a + 3Box 1aBox 1bBox 2aBox 2bBox 3Record DatePayment DateTotal 2011 Distribution Per ShareOrdinary Taxable DividendsTaxable Qualified Dividends (1)  Capital Gain DistributionUnrecaptured 1250 Gain (2)Nondividend Distributions (3)12/31/20101/17/2011$0.2814$0.1962$0.0026$0.0195$ -$0.06573/31/20114/15/20110.42000.29290.00390.0291-0.09806/30/20117/15/20110.44000.30690.00410.0304-0.10279/30/201110/15/20110.44000.30690.00410.0304-0.1027  $1.5814$1.1029$0.0147$0.1094$ -$0.3691(1) Amounts in 1b are included in 1a.(2) Amounts in 2b are included in 2a.(3) Amounts in 3 are also known as Return of Capital.As the Company's aggregate distributions exceeded its earnings and profits, the January 2012 distribution declared in the fourth quarter of 2011 and payable to shareholders of record as of December 31, 2011 will be treated as a 2012 distribution for federal tax purposes. This distribution is not included on the 2011 Form 1099.About Starwood Property Trust, Inc.Starwood Property Trust, Inc. focuses primarily on originating, investing in, financing and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial and residential real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property Trust, Inc. is externally managed and advised by SPT Management, LLC, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, and has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes.  SOURCE Starwood Property Trust, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations, +1-203-422-7788, investorrelations@stwdreit.com