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ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. Reports 20.1% Annualized ROE From Taxable REIT Income for Q1 2012

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. Reports 20.1% Annualized ROE From Taxable REIT Income for Q1 201213:17 EDT Wednesday, May 02, 2012VERO BEACH, Fla., May 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR) (NYSE Amex:ARR.WS) ("ARMOUR" or the "Company") today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.First Quarter 2012 Highlights and Current Financial Information Q1 2012 estimated taxable REIT income of approximately $47.6 million or $0.35 per weighted average share outstanding Q1 2012 estimated Core Income of approximately $41.3 million or $0.31 per weighted average share outstanding Q1 2012 GAAP income of approximately $65.2 million or $0.48 per weighted average share outstanding Q1 2012 estimated taxable REIT income results equal annualized yield on Q1 2012 weighted average additional paid-in capital of 20.1% Q1 2012 estimated Core Income results equal annualized yield on Q1 2012 weighted average additional paid-in capital of 17.5% Q1 2012 weighted average shares outstanding of 134,902,982 Q1 2012 weighted average additional paid-in capital of $946.8 million Book Value (shareholders' equity) as of March 31, 2012 was $1.20 billion or $6.79 per share outstanding Additional paid-in-capital as of March 31, 2012 was $1.23 billion or $6.95 per share outstanding Q1 2012 average yield on assets of 3.04% and average net interest margin of 2.23% Q1 2012 annualized average principal repayment rate (CPR) of 11.4% During Q1 2012 the Company sold approximately $218.9 million market value in Agency Fixed-Rate mortgages resulting in approximately $6.3 million in gains As of March 31, 2012, there were 177,635,830 common shares outstanding The ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. monthly "Company Update" can be found at www.armourreit.com. The Company issued 82,192,785 shares of common stock during Q1 2012, which increased the number of shares outstanding from the end of Q4 2011 by 86.1%. These changes were material to the Company and significantly affected reported results on a comparable quarter-over-quarter basis. Therefore, some quarterly comparisons will not be meaningful or may be misleading. Economies of scale are achieved as the Company's equity continues to grow. Q1 2012 ResultsTaxable REIT Income and Core Income Estimated taxable REIT income for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, was approximately $47.6 million. The weighted average additional paid-in capital for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, was $946.8 million.  The weighted average shares outstanding for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, were 134,902,982. The estimated taxable REIT income represents an annualized return on weighted average additional paid-in capital for the quarter of 20.1%. The Company distributes dividends based on its estimate of taxable earnings per common share, not based on earnings calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  Taxable REIT income and GAAP earnings will differ primarily because of the non-taxable unrealized changes in the value of the Company's derivatives, which the company uses as hedges.  These unrealized gains or losses are included in GAAP earnings, whereas unrealized valuation changes are not included in taxable income. Estimated Core Income for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, was approximately $41.3 million. During Q1 2012 the Company sold approximately $218.9 million market value in Agency Fixed-Rate mortgages resulting in approximately $6.3 million in gains.  The difference between estimated taxable REIT income and estimated Core Income is largely due to these gains. "Core Income" represents a non-GAAP measure and is defined as net income excluding impairment losses, gains or losses on sales of securities and early termination of derivatives, unrealized gains or losses on derivatives, and certain non-recurring expenses.  CORE Income may differ from GAAP earnings as GAAP earnings include the unrealized change in the value of the Company's derivative instruments.GAAP Earnings During the quarter ended March 31, 2012, the Company reported GAAP income of approximately $65.2 million.  This amount included the unrealized increase in the value of derivatives of approximately $17.6 million, which accounts for the majority of the difference between estimated taxable REIT income and GAAP earnings for the quarter.Dividends For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, the Company declared dividends of $0.11 per share outstanding for each month of the quarter.  The dividend payments for the first quarter of 2012 totaled $46.8 million (this amount included $0.006 per common share of taxable income related to the year ended December 31, 2011). The Company had estimated taxable REIT income available to pay dividends of $47.6 million in Q1 2012. Share Count and Equity Capital Raises in Q1 2012 The Company issued 82,187,570 shares of common stock in at-the-market and follow-on public offerings at a weighted average price of $6.79 per share during the first quarter of 2012. The Company issued 5,215 shares during the first quarter of 2012 under its dividend reinvestment plan at a weighted average price of $6.94 per share. As of March 31, 2012, there were 177,635,830 common shares outstanding.Portfolio The Company's portfolio consisted of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae mortgage securities and was valued at $12.1 billion as of March 31, 2012.  During the first quarter of 2012, the annualized yield on average assets was 3.04% and the annualized cost of funds on average liabilities (including realized cost of hedges) was 0.81% resulting in a net interest spread of 2.23% for the quarter. The $12.1 billion portfolio of Agency Securities at March 31, 2012, consisted of 78.2% fixed rate Agency Securities, 100.0% of which have 20-year final maturities or shorter.  The Company's portfolio also consisted of 21.8% ARMs and Hybrid ARMs.  The Company defines "Hybrid ARMs" as adjustable rate Agency Securities with longer than 18 months to rate reset and "ARMs" as adjustable Agency Securities with rate resets shorter than 19 months.Portfolio Financing, Leverage and Interest Rate Hedges As of March 31, 2012, the Company financed its portfolio with approximately $11.1 billion of borrowings under repurchase agreements.  The Company's debt to equity ratio, as measured to additional paid-in-capital, as of March 31, 2012, was 8.99 to 1.  The Company's debt-to-shareholder equity ratio as of March 31, 2012 was 9.20 to 1. As of March 31, 2012, the Company's repurchase agreements had a weighted-average maturity of approximately 13 days.  The Company also uses interest rate swap contracts and Eurodollar futures to hedge financing rate risk. As of March 31, 2012, the Company had a notional amount of $5.4 billion of various maturities of interest rate swaps with a weighted average swap rate of 1.1%.  As of March 31, 2012, the Company had a notional amount of $131.0 million of various maturities of Eurodollar futures contracts sold at a weighted average swap equivalent rate of 1.8%.Book Value The Company's book value (shareholders' equity) as of March 31, 2012, was $1.20 billion or $6.79 per each of the 177,635,830 common shares outstanding.  Additional paid-in-capital as of March 31, 2012, was $1.23 billion or $6.95 per share outstanding.Management Fee ARMOUR's management fee is 1.5% (per annum) of gross equity raised up to $1.0 billion and 0.75% (per annum) of gross equity raised above $1 billion.  As of March 31, 2012 ARMOUR's effective management fee is 1.35% based on gross equity raised.Regulation G Reconciliation Taxable REIT income is calculated according to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code rather than GAAP.  ARMOUR plans to distribute at least 90% of its taxable REIT income in order to maintain its tax qualification as a REIT.  The following table reconciles ARMOUR's consolidated results from operations to taxable REIT income for the quarter ended March 31, 2012:    Quarter EndedMarch 31, 2012     GAAP net income 65,224,110 Add: GAAP net loss of taxable REIT subsidiary included above 7,062 GAAP net income  from REIT operations 65,231,172     Less: Unrealized gain on derivatives (17,614,320) Less: Non-taxable Federal income tax benefit (31,527) Add: Other non-deductible items 57,855 Estimated taxable REIT income 47,643,180     ARMOUR believes that the foregoing reconciliation of taxable REIT income is useful to investors because taxable REIT income is directly related to the amount of dividends the Company is required to distribute in order to maintain its REIT tax qualification status.  However, because taxable REIT income is an incomplete measure of the Company's financial performance and involves differences from net income computed in accordance with GAAP, taxable REIT income should be considered as supplementary to, and not as a substitute for, ARMOUR's net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of the Company's financial performance.ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. ARMOUR is a Maryland corporation that invests primarily in hybrid adjustable rate, adjustable rate and fixed rate residential mortgage backed securities. These securities are issued or guaranteed by U.S. Government-chartered entities. ARMOUR is externally managed and advised by ARMOUR Residential Management LLC. ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. intends to qualify and has elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code for U.S. federal income tax purposes.Safe Harbor This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Actual results may differ from expectations, estimates and projections and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward looking statements as predictions of future events.  Words such as "expect," "estimate," "project," "budget," "forecast," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "may," "will," "could," "should," "believes," "predicts," "potential," "continue," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors are contained in the Company's most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").  All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the Company are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above.  The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.  The Company does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in their expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.Additional Information and Where to Find It Investors, security holders and other interested persons may find additional information regarding the Company at the SEC's Internet site at http://www.sec.gov/, or the Company website www.armourreit.com or by directing requests to: ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc., 3001 Ocean Drive, Suite 201, Vero Beach, Florida 32963, Attention: Investor Relations.  CONTACT: Investor Contact: investors@armourreit.com Jeffrey Zimmer Co-Chief Executive Officer, President and Vice Chairman ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (772) 617-4340