ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arlington Asset Investment Corp. (NYSE: AI) (the "Company") today reported non-GAAP core operating income of $16.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, or $0.97 per share (diluted). A reconciliation of non-GAAP core operating income to GAAP net income appears at the end of this press release. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported net income of $40.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, or $2.36 per share (diluted), compared to net income of $3.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, or $0.18 per share (diluted), and net income of $167.1 million, or $12.56 per share (diluted), for the quarter ended December 31, 2012(4).
"2013 was a strong year for Arlington. With the majority of our capital invested in floating rate private-label mortgage-backed securities, low leverage and substantial hedges, the Company distinguished itself by preserving book value per share through the year, recording $4.15 per share of core operating income for an 18% return on equity, and producing a 44% total shareholder return," said J. Rock Tonkel, Jr., the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer. "We believe that the Company is similarly well positioned for 2014. Our private-label mortgage-backed securities portfolio adjusts with increasing interest rates and has continued to appreciate with the recovery in the U.S. housing sector while we believe our agency mortgage-backed securities are well hedged. As an internally managed company, our expense ratio to capital is lower from a year ago and can decline further as we grow, boosting return on equity. The Company continues to generate attractive cash returns and produce dividends which will be protected by the Company's flexible and tax-advantaged C corporation structure for several more years."
Fourth Quarter Highlights
Net interest income for the fourth quarter was $20.2 million, including non-cash accretion on private-label mortgage-backed securities ("MBS") of $1.7 million required under GAAP. The three-month constant prepayment rate ("CPR") for the Company's agency-backed MBS as of December 31, 2013 was 6.27%. The Company's debt to equity ratio at December 31, 2013 was approximately 3 to 1.
As of December 31, 2013, the Company's agency-backed MBS portfolio consisted of $1.5 billion in face value with a cost basis of $1.6 billion and a fair value of $1.6 billion. As of December 31, 2013, all of the Company's agency-backed MBS were fixed-rate 30-year MBS specifically selected for their prepayment protections with a weighted average coupon of 4.08%, a weighted average cost of 107.53, a weighted average market price of 103.53, and had a weighted average cost of repo funding of 39 basis points. On a mark-to-market basis, the Company had an average of $1.0 billion in Eurodollar futures associated with the agency-backed MBS portfolio starting in March 2015 and ending in December 2018 with a rate of 2.26% and an equivalent funding cost over the next five years of approximately 1.74%. The Company also had $610 million in notional 10-year interest rate swap futures with a marked rate of approximately 3.19% resulting in a combined hedged notional amount of approximately $1.6 billion. The Company added approximately $130 million in face value to its agency-backed MBS portfolio in January 2014.
As of December 31, 2013, the Company's private-label MBS portfolio consisted of $485.9 million in face value with an amortized cost basis of $278.7 million and a fair value of $341.3 million. The following table presents certain statistics of our private-label MBS portfolio as of or for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 (dollars in millions):
Total Private-Label MBS
Fair market value
Fair market value (as a % of face value)
Quarterly cash yield (as a % of average fair market value, excluding GAAP non-cash accretion)
Quarterly unlevered yield (GAAP, as a % of amortized cost)
Quarterly unlevered cash yield (as a % of average amortized cost excluding GAAP non-cash accretion)
Average cost (as a % of face value)
Weighted average coupon
60+ days delinquent
Constant prepayment rate (3-month)
The Company's Board of Directors approved a $0.875 dividend for the fourth quarter of 2013. The dividend was paid on January 31, 2014 to shareholders of record as of December 31, 2013. This represented a 14% annualized dividend yield based on the Class A common stock closing price on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) of $25.01 on February 3, 2014.
(1) Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as consistently applied in the United States (GAAP), the Company has disclosed non-GAAP core operating income for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 in this press release. This non-GAAP measurement is used by management to analyze and assess the Company's operating results and dividends. Management believes that this non-GAAP measurement assists investors in understanding the impact of these non-core items and non-cash expenses on the performance of the Company and provides additional clarity around the Company's forward earnings capacity and trend.
A limitation of utilizing this non-GAAP measure is that the GAAP accounting effects of these events do in fact reflect the underlying financial results of the Company's business and these effects should not be ignored in evaluating and analyzing the Company's financial results. Therefore, management believes net income on a GAAP basis and core operating income on a non-GAAP basis should be considered together.
In determining core operating income, the Company excluded certain legacy litigation expenses and the following non-cash expenses: (i) compensation costs associated with stock-based awards, (ii) accretion of MBS purchase discounts adjusted for contractual interest and principal repayments in excess of proportionate invested capital, (iii) unrealized mark-to-market adjustments on the trading MBS and hedge instruments, (iv) other-than-temporary impairment charges recognized, (v) non-cash income tax provisions, and (vi) benefit from the reversal of previously accrued federal and state tax liability and accrued interest related to uncertain tax positions.
The following table presents a reconciliation of the GAAP financial results to non-GAAP measurements for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 (dollars in thousands):
GAAP net income
Legacy litigation expenses(a)
Non-cash interest income related to purchase discount accretion(b)
Net unrealized mark-to-market loss on trading MBS and
Other-than-temporary impairment charges
Release of valuation allowance on deferred tax assets and non-cash
income tax provisions and benefit, net
Benefit from the reversal of tax liability and accrued interest related to
uncertain tax position
Non-GAAP core operating income
Non-GAAP core operating income per share (diluted)
Legacy litigation expenses relate to legal matters pertaining to events related to business activities the Company completed or exited in or prior to 2009 — primarily debt extinguishment, sub-prime mortgage origination and securitization and broker/dealer operations.
Non-cash interest income related to purchase discount accretion represents interest income recognized in excess of cash receipts related to contractual interest income and principal repayments in excess of proportionate invested capital.
(2) Based on the annualized fourth quarter 2013 dividend and the Class A common stock closing price on the NYSE of $25.01 on February 3, 2014.
(3) The Company's dividends are eligible for the 23.8% federal income tax rate on qualified dividend income, whereas dividends paid by a REIT are generally subject to the higher 43.4% tax rate on ordinary income. To provide the same return after payment of federal income tax as the Company, a REIT would be required to pay dividends providing a 19% yield.
(4) Net income and earnings per share (diluted) for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 reflect revisions to the federal income tax rate for deferred tax assets. The revision decreased net income by $8.7 million from $175.8 million to $167.1 million and earnings per share (diluted) by $0.65 per share from $13.21 to $12.56.
About the Company
Arlington Asset Investment Corp. (NYSE: AI) is a principal investment firm that currently invests primarily in mortgage-related and other assets. The Company is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. For more information, please visit www.arlingtonasset.com.
Statements concerning future performance, portfolio hedging, market conditions, cash returns and earnings, dividends, book value, cost burden on capital expense ratio, and any other guidance on present or future periods, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of factors, risks and uncertainties that might cause actual results to differ materially from stated expectations or current circumstances. These factors include, but are not limited to, changes in interest rates, increased costs of borrowing, decreased interest spreads, changes in political and monetary policies, changes in default rates, changes in the constant prepayment rate for the Company's MBS, changes in our operating efficiency, changes in the Company's returns, changes in the use of the Company's tax benefits, maintenance of the Company's low leverage posture, changes in the agency-backed MBS asset yield, changes in the Company's monetization of net operating loss carry-forwards, changes in the Company's ability to generate consistent cash earnings and dividends, preservation and utilization of our net operating loss and net capital loss carry-forwards, impacts of changes to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury, availability of opportunities that meet or exceed our risk adjusted return expectations, ability and willingness to make future dividends, ability to generate sufficient cash through retained earnings to satisfy capital needs, changes in and the effects on the Company of mortgage prepayment speeds, ability to realize book value growth through reflation of private-label MBS, and general economic, political, regulatory and market conditions. These and other material risks are described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, and any other documents filed by the Company with the SEC from time to time, which are available from the Company and from the SEC, and you should read and understand these risks when evaluating any forward-looking statement.
Financial data follows
ARLINGTON ASSET INVESTMENT CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended
Interest on short-term debt
Interest on long-term debt
Total interest expense
Net interest income
OTHER (LOSS) GAIN, NET
Investment (loss) gain, net
Total other (loss) gain, net
Operating income before other expenses
Compensation and benefits
Occupancy and equipment
Other operating expenses
Total other expenses
Income before income taxes
Income tax benefit
Basic earnings per share
Diluted earnings per share
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic (in thousands)
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted (in thousands)
ARLINGTON ASSET INVESTMENT CORP.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
December 31, 2013
December 31, 2012
Cash and cash equivalents
Sold securities receivable
Mortgage-backed securities, at fair value
Derivative assets, at fair value
Deferred tax assets, net
Prepaid expenses and other assets
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Accrued compensation and benefits
Derivative liabilities, at fair value
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities
Additional paid-in capital
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of taxes
Total liabilities and equity
Book Value per Share
Shares Outstanding (in thousands)
Net income and earnings per share for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012 reflect revisions to the federal income tax rate for deferred tax assets. The revision decreased net income by $8.7 million for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. The earnings per share, basic and diluted, also decreased by $0.66 and $0.65 for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and $0.85 per share for the year ended December 31, 2012, respectively. The book value per share as of December 31, 2012 decreased by $0.59 per share.
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