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Hatteras Financial Corp. Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hatteras Financial Corp. Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results16:01 EST Tuesday, February 12, 2013 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Business Wire) -- Hatteras Financial Corp. (NYSE: HTS) (“Hatteras” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. Fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights Net income of $1.02 per weighted average share Declared a $0.70 per share common dividend Book value $28.19 per share at year end Net return on average common equity of 14.07% Average net interest spread of 1.08% Annualized total expense ratio of 0.89% of average shareholders' equity Full Year 2012 Highlights Net income of $3.67 per weighted average share Declared $3.30 per share common dividends Book value increased $1.11 per share Net return on average common equity of 12.96% Undistributed taxable income of $0.45 per share at year end Fourth Quarter 2012 Results During the quarter ended December 31, 2012, the Company earned net income available to common shareholders of $101.3 million, or $1.02 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $82.0 million, or $0.83 per diluted common share during the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 was $74.7 million, compared to $79.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The Company's net interest margin decreased to 1.08% for the fourth quarter of 2012 from 1.22% in the third quarter of 2012 due to a portfolio yield drop that was not offset by a corresponding decrease in the Company's cost of funds. The Company's cost funds (including hedges) increased 0.02% to 0.96% for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. The Company's average repurchase agreement (repo) rate increased to 0.44% in the fourth quarter of 2012, from 0.41% in the third quarter of 2012, on all outstanding short-term repo positions. The Company realized gain on sale of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) of $39.1 million during the quarter compared to $10.5 million for the previous quarter. The annualized expense ratio for the quarter was 0.89% of average shareholders' equity for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 as compared to 0.84% for the prior quarter. “We achieved solid returns for our investors in 2012 despite uncertain market conditions that impacted the interest rate and mortgage markets,” said Michael R. Hough the Company's Chief Executive Officer. “Our take away from last year is that our clear long-term strategy enables us to continue to generate solid risk-adjusted returns while best positioning Hatteras for future volatility.” Mr. Hough added “We believe the ARM based, short-duration balance sheet we have carefully built over the past five years properly reflects where we should be positioned today in light of domestic and global economic uncertainty. We need to remain diligent in continuing to assess the risks in our portfolio and maintaining the appropriate balance of assets and liabilities that is imperative at this point of the economic cycle.” Dividend The Company declared a dividend of $0.70 per share of common stock with respect to the quarter ended December 31, 2012, which was a decrease from the $0.80 per share dividend for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Based on the closing share price of $24.81 on December 31, 2012, the fourth quarter dividend equates to an annualized yield of 11.3%. The Company also declared a dividend of $0.4765625 per share of the Company's 7.625% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock with respect to the quarter ended December 31, 2012. Portfolio The Company's weighted average earning assets, consisting of residential mortgage securities issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (“agency securities”), was $25.8 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared to $24.4 billion for the previous quarter. The portfolio's weighted average coupon was 2.93% for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 2.99% for the third quarter of 2012, reflecting lower rates on new security purchases. The annualized yield on average assets was 2.04% for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 2.16% for the third quarter of 2012. At December 31, 2012, the Company's portfolio of agency securities consisted of 93.7% of adjustable-rate agency securities and 6.3% of 15-year fixed-rate agency securities. At December 31, 2012, the Company owned $22.4 billion of adjustable-rate agency securities with a weighted average coupon of 2.95% and a weighted average cost basis of $102.79, and $1.5 billion of 15-year fixed-rate agency securities with a weighted average coupon of 2.62%, and a weighted average cost basis of $103.64. The Company's adjustable-rate agency securities portfolio at December 31, 2012 is summarized below. Hatteras Financial Corp ARM Portfolio       Weighted Avg.       (dollars in thousands) Current Weighted Avg. Amortized WeightedAvg. Months to Reset Face value Coupon Purchase Price Amortized Cost Market Price Market Value 0-12 $ 856,698 4.03 % $ 101.24 $ 867,348 $ 106.79 $ 914,832 13-24 911,412 3.88 % $ 102.28 932,202 $ 106.08 966,854 25-36 2,155,206 3.60 % $ 102.27 2,204,154 $ 105.55 2,274,763 37-48 3,059,130 3.06 % $ 102.38 3,132,043 $ 104.84 3,207,245 49-60 3,450,959 2.76 % $ 102.82 3,548,369 $ 104.81 3,616,891 61-72 2,868,337 3.26 % $ 102.55 2,941,356 $ 105.54 3,027,295 73-84 7,276,854 2.44 % $ 103.37 7,522,264 $ 104.54 7,607,359 85-96 126,924 3.08 % $ 103.47 131,327 $ 105.17 133,487 97-108 - - $ - - $ - - 109-120 610,509 2.81 % $ 103.53 632,087 $ 105.00 641,013 121-140   19,995 2.69 % $ 103.72   20,739 $ 104.65   20,923 Total ARMS $ 21,336,024 2.95 % $ 102.79 $ 21,931,889 $ 105.04 $ 22,410,662   During the fourth quarter of 2012, the expense of amortizing the premium on the Company's securities was $50.1 million, compared to $47.3 million during the third quarter of 2012. The weighted-average principal repayment rate (scheduled and unscheduled principal payments as a percentage of the weighted-average portfolio, on an annualized basis) during the fourth quarter of 2012 was 26.6%, compared to 27.6% during the third quarter of 2012. The Company's weighted-average one-month constant prepayment rate (CPR) for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 was 19.8, as compared to 20.5 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. CPR measures unscheduled repayment rate as a percentage of principal on an annualized basis. Portfolio Financing and Leverage At December 31, 2012, the Company financed its portfolio with approximately $22.9 billion of borrowings under repurchase agreements. The Company's repo debt-to-shareholders' equity ratio at December 31, 2012, was 7.4 to 1. The Company uses interest rate swap agreements to synthetically extend the fixed interest period of these liabilities and hedge against the interest rate risk associated with financing the Company's portfolio. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had entered into interest rate swaps with a notional amount of $10.7 billion. The swap agreements, which are indexed to 30-day LIBOR, have a weighted average remaining term of 31 months at a weighted average fixed rate of 1.47%. Book Value The Company's book value (shareholders' equity) per share on December 31, 2012 was $28.19, down $1.41 or 4.76%, from the per share book value of $29.60 on September 30, 2012. On a per share basis, the book value at December 31, 2012 consisted of $25.15 of common equity, $0.38 of retained earnings, $5.12 of unrealized gains on agency securities, and ($2.46) of unrealized losses on interest rate swaps. Full Year 2012 Results Although the Company experienced spread compression over the course of the year as long-term interest rates declined with little change in short-term rates, 2012 still offered a favorable earning environment. The Company generated net income of $341.7 million, for the 12 months ended December 31, 2012, which equaled $3.67 per weighted average share of common stock. Return on weighted average equity for the year was 12.96%. Book value per share increased $1.11, or 4.1%, from $27.08 on December 31, 2011 to $28.19 on December 31, 2012. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2012, the annualized yield on weighted average assets during the period was 2.28%, and the annualized cost of funds on the weighted average repurchase balance was 0.96%. This resulted in a weighted average interest rate spread of 1.32% for the year. Conference Call The Company will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday February 13, 2013, to discuss financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012. To participate in the event by telephone, please dial (888) 317-6016 five to 10 minutes prior to the start time (to allow time for registration) and ask to join the “Hatteras Financial” conference call. International callers should dial (412) 317-6016. Canada callers should dial (855) 669-9657. A digital replay of the call will be available on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at approximately 12:00 noon ET through Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Dial (877) 344-7529 and enter the conference ID number 10025029. International callers should dial (412) 317-0088 and enter the same conference ID number. The conference call will also be webcast live over the Internet and can be accessed at Hatteras' web site at www.hatfin.com. To monitor the live webcast, please visit the web site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. An audio replay of the event will be archived on Hatteras' web site. About Hatteras Financial Corp. Hatteras Financial is a real estate investment trust formed in 2007 to invest in single-family residential mortgage pass-through securities guaranteed or issued by U.S. Government agencies or U.S. Government-sponsored entities, such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., Hatteras is managed and advised by Atlantic Capital Advisors LLC. Hatteras is a component of the Russell 1000® index. Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by the Company, contains certain 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. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and includes this statement for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe the Company's future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by use of the words "believe," ”will,” "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," ”should,” "project" or similar expressions. You should not rely on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond the Company's control and which could materially affect actual results, performances or achievements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, among others, statements about the Company's MBS portfolio and repurchase agreements, future volatility in the domestic and global economies, risks in the portfolio and the Company's return profile.Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include the risk factors discussed in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Accordingly, there is no assurance that the Company's expectations will be realized. Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, the Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.   Hatteras Financial Corp. Balance Sheets   (Dollars in thousands, except share amounts)         December 31, 2012December 31, 2011Assets   Mortgage-backed securities, at fair value (including pledged assets of $22,591,973 and $17,012,472 at December 31, 2012 $ 23,919,251 $ 17,741,873 and December 31, 2011, respectively) Cash and cash equivalents 168,424 347,045 Restricted cash 281,021 237,014 Unsettled purchased mortgage-backed securities, at fair value 138,338 49,630 Receivable for securities sold 1,587,535 - Accrued interest receivable 77,113 63,025 Principal payments receivable 190,832 105,333 Debt security, held to maturity, at cost 15,000 15,000 Other assets   26,604   27,799 Total assets $ 26,404,118 $ 18,586,719       Liabilities and shareholders' equity Repurchase agreements $ 22,866,429 $ 16,162,375 Payable for unsettled securities 137,121 48,999 Accrued interest payable 7,592 4,596 Interest rate hedge liability 243,945 219,167 Dividend payable 73,804 69,141 Accounts payable and other liabilities   2,363   2,253 Total liabilities $ 23,331,254 $ 16,506,531   Shareholders' equity: 7.625% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized, 11,500,000 and 0 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively ($287,500 aggregate liquidation preference) 278,252 – Common stock, $.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 98,822,654 and 76,823,220 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively 99 77 Additional paid-in capital 2,494,303 1,904,748 Retained earnings 37,356 2,041 Accumulated other comprehensive income   262,854   173,322 Total shareholders' equity   3,072,864   2,080,188 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 26,404,118 $ 18,586,719   Hatteras Financial Corp. Statements of Income For the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010           (Dollars in thousands, except share amounts)     2012     2011     2010   Interest income: Interest income on mortgage-backed securities $ 504,800 $ 424,713 $ 263,751 Interest income on short-term cash investments   1,508       1,407       1,265 Interest income 506,308 426,120 265,016   Interest expense   197,064       144,662       95,923   Net interest income   309,244       281,458       169,093   Operating expenses: Management fee 17,420 13,787 9,205 Share based compensation 1,920 1,150 1,432 General and administrative   5,006       2,724       2,507 Total operating expenses   24,346       17,661       13,144   Other income/(expense): Net gain on sale of mortgage-backed securities 64,347 20,576 13,551   Net income 349,245 284,373 169,500 Dividends on preferred stock   7,551       0       0 Net income available to common shareholders $ 341,694     $ 284,373     $ 169,500   Earnings per share - common stock, basic $ 3.67     $ 3.97     $ 4.30   Earnings per share - common stock, diluted $ 3.67     $ 3.97     $ 4.30   Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic   93,185,520       71,708,058       39,454,362   Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted   93,185,520       71,708,058       39,454,362   Hatteras Financial Corp. Statements of Comprehensive Income For the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010           (Dollars in thousands)       2012     2011     2010 Net income $ 349,245 $ 284,373 $ 169,500   Other comprehensive income (loss):   Net unrealized gains (losses) on securities available for sale 115,008 223,333 (34,898 ) Net unrealized (losses) gains on derivative instruments   (25,476 )       (155,902 )       (11,934 ) Other comprehensive income (loss) 89,532 67,431 (46,832 )   Comprehensive income $ 438,777       $ 351,804       $ 122,668     Key Statistics(Amounts are unaudited and subject to change)   (in thousands, except per share amounts)                     Three months ended (unaudited)   December 31, 2012September 30, 2012June 30, 2012March 31, 2012December 31, 2011   Statement of Income Data Interest income $ 131,728 $ 132,327 $ 129,161 $ 113,092 $ 114,821 Interest Expense   (57,019 )       (52,767 )       (46,169 )       (41,109 )       (42,299 ) Net Interest Income 74,709 79,560 82,992 71,983 72,522   Gain on sale of mortgage-backed securities 39,103 10,534 12,205 2,505 2,841   Operating Expenses   (7,065 )       (6,044 )       (6,053 )       (5,184 )       (4,738 )   Net income 106,747 84,050 89,144 69,304 70,625 Dividends on preferred stock   (5,481 )       (2,070 )       –         –         –   Net income available to common shareholders $ 101,266       $ 81,980       $ 89,144       $ 69,304       $ 70,625     Earnings per share - common stock, basic $ 1.02 $ 0.83 $ 0.91 $ 0.89 $ 0.92   Earnings per share - common stock, diluted $ 1.02 $ 0.83 $ 0.91 $ 0.89 $ 0.92   Weighted average shares outstanding 98,812 98,233 97,969 77,610 76,607   Distributions per common share $ 0.70 $ 0.80 $ 0.90 $ 0.90 $ 0.90   Key Portfolio Statistics Average MBS $ 25,783,448 $ 24,414,506 $ 21,149,623 $ 17,259,040 $ 17,608,752 Average Repurchase Agreements $ 23,692,240 $ 22,541,260 $ 19,599,942 $ 15,981,764 $ 16,280,835 Average Equity $ 3,158,139 $ 2,889,126 $ 2,762,948 $ 2,113,079 $ 2,040,843 Average Portfolio Yield 2.04 % 2.16 % 2.43 % 2.61 % 2.60 % Average Cost of Funds 0.96 % 0.94 % 0.94 % 1.03 % 1.04 % Interest Rate Spread 1.08 % 1.22 % 1.49 % 1.58 % 1.56 % Return on Average Common Equity 14.07 % 11.78 % 12.91 % 13.12 % 13.84 % Average Annual Portfolio Repayment Rate 26.55 % 27.61 % 25.42 % 25.67 % 27.39 % Debt to Equity (at period end) 7.4:1 7.3:1 7.5:1 6.2:1 7.8:1 Debt to Capital (at period end) 8.2:1 8.5:1 8.1:1 6.7:1 8.5:1   Mortgage-backed Securities Portfolio as of December 31, 2012(Amounts are unaudited and subject to change)   (dollars in thousands)   Agency         Securities Gross Gross Amortized Unrealized Unrealized Estimated Cost Loss Gain Fair Value % of Total Agency Securities Fannie Mae Certificates ARMS $ 14,081,259 $ (100 ) $ 329,780 $ 14,410,939 60.3 % Fixed Rate   743,299         9,296     752,595 3.1 % Total Fannie Mae   14,824,558     (100 )     339,076     15,163,534   Freddie Mac Certificates ARMS 7,850,630 (21 ) 149,114 7,999,723 33.4 % Fixed Rate   744,720     -       11,274     755,994 3.2 % Total Freddie Mac   8,595,350     (21 )     160,388   $ 8,755,717           Total Agency Securities $ 23,419,908 $ (121 )   $ 499,464 $ 23,919,251   ARM Mortgage-backed Securities Portfolio as of December 31, 2012(Amounts are unaudited and subject to change)   (dollars in thousands)   % of ARM   Current     Weighted Avg.     Weighted Avg.     Months to Reset Portfolio Face value Coupon Market Price Market Value 0-12 4.10 % $ 856,698 4.03 % $ 106.79 $ 914,832 13-24 4.30 % 911,412 3.88 % $ 106.08 966,854 25-36 10.20 % 2,155,206 3.60 % $ 105.55 2,274,763 37-48 14.30 % 3,059,130 3.06 % $ 104.84 3,207,245 49-60 16.10 % 3,450,959 2.76 % $ 104.81 3,616,891 61-72 13.50 % 2,868,337 3.26 % $ 105.54 3,027,295 73-84 33.90 % 7,276,854 2.44 % $ 104.54 7,607,359 85-96 0.60 % 126,924 3.08 % $ 105.17 133,487 97-108 - - - - - 109-120 2.90 % 610,509 2.81 % $ 105.00 641,013 121-140 0.10 %   19,995 2.69 % $ 104.65   20,923 100.00 % $ 21,336,024 2.95 % $ 105.04 $ 22,410,662   Repo Borrowings December 31, 2012(Amounts are unaudited and subject to change)   (dollars in thousands)   December 31, 2012   Weighted Average Balance Contractual Rate Within 30 days $ 20,500,568 0.47 % 30 days to 3 months 2,365,861 0.48 % 3 months to 36 months   - -   $ 22,866,429 0.47 %   Hatteras Swap Portfolio as of December 31, 2012(Amounts are unaudited and subject to change)   (dollars in thousands)       Remaining     Weighted AverageNotionalTermFixed InterestMaturity   Amount     in Months     Rate in Contract   12 months or less $ 800,000 6 2.05 % Over 12 months to 24 months 2,400,000 20 1.76 % Over 24 months to 36 months 3,700,000 30 1.73 % Over 36 months to 48 months 2,400,000 42 0.92 % Over 48 months to 60 months 1,400,000 52 0.89 %   Total $10,700,000 31 1.47%   (dollars in thousands)       Forward Starting SwapsIncluded aboveAverageWeighted AverageNotionalTermFixed InterestCash flow beginning in   Amount   in Months   Rate in Contract   12 months or less $ 1,600,000 43 0.89 % Over 12 months to 24 months 400,000 37 0.99 %   Total $2,000,000 42 0.91% Hatteras Financial Corp.Kenneth A. Steele, Chief Financial Officer336- 760-9331orCCG Investor RelationsMark Collinson, Partner310-954-1343www.ccgir.com