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Arlington Asset Investment Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Financial Results

Non-GAAP core operating income of $0.97 per share (diluted) for the fourth quarter 2013(1) or $4.15 per share (diluted) for the year ended December 31, 2013

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

$341.3

Fair market value (as a % of face value)

70.2%

Quarterly cash yield (as a % of average fair market value, excluding GAAP non-cash accretion)

6.4%



Quarterly unlevered yield (GAAP, as a % of amortized cost)

10.2%

Quarterly unlevered cash yield (as a % of average amortized cost excluding GAAP non-cash accretion)

7.9%

Average cost (as a % of face value)

53.8%

Weighted average coupon

3.3%



Face value

$485.9

Amortized cost

$278.7

Purchase discount

$207.2



60+ days delinquent

15.8%

Credit enhancement

0.3%

Severity (3-month)

37.3%

Constant prepayment rate (3-month)

14.2%

 

Dividend

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

$39,997

Adjustments


    Legacy litigation expenses(a)

510

    Stock compensation

879

    Non-cash interest income related to purchase discount accretion(b)

(1,651)

    Net unrealized mark-to-market loss on trading MBS and

       hedge instruments                                                                        

13,591

    Other-than-temporary impairment charges

84

    Release of valuation allowance on deferred tax assets and non-cash

       income tax provisions and benefit, net

(24,520)

    Benefit from the reversal of tax liability and accrued interest related to

      uncertain tax position

(12,467)

       Non-GAAP core operating income

$16,423

Non-GAAP core operating income per share (diluted)

$0.97



(a) 

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.

(b) 

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

(Unaudited)

December 31,


December 31,



2013


2012


2013


2012

INTEREST INCOME

$                    22,551


$                    19,241


$                    87,019


$                    64,154










INTEREST EXPENSE








  Interest on short-term debt

1,838


1,664


6,899


4,475

  Interest on long-term debt

553


119


1,630


490

    Total interest expense

2,391


1,783


8,529


4,965

    Net interest income

20,160


17,458


78,490


59,189










OTHER (LOSS) GAIN, NET








  Investment (loss) gain, net

(11,863)


809


(47,745)


(10,723)

  Other loss

(4)


(4)


(15)


(15)

    Total other (loss) gain, net

(11,867)


805


(47,760)


(10,738)

    Operating income before other expenses

8,293


18,263


30,730


48,451










OTHER EXPENSES








  Compensation and benefits

3,161


2,759


11,195


10,339

  Professional services

588


781


2,561


4,118

  Business development 

38


25


145


136

  Occupancy and equipment 

99


112


427


467

  Communications 

49


48


191


202

  Other operating expenses 

930


833


2,072


2,184

    Total other expenses

4,865


4,558


16,591


17,446










Income before income taxes

3,428


13,705


14,139


31,005










Income tax benefit

(36,569)


(153,402)


(35,322)


(152,131)










Net income

$                    39,997


$                  167,107(1)


$                    49,461


$                  183,136(1)



















Basic earnings per share

$                        2.40


$                      12.64(1)


$                        3.09


$                      17.95(1)










Diluted earnings per share

$                        2.36


$                      12.56(1)


$                        3.06


$                      17.88(1)










Weighted average shares outstanding - basic (in thousands)

16,671


13,220


15,990


10,205

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted (in thousands)

16,949


13,304


16,189


10,242

 


ARLINGTON ASSET INVESTMENT CORP.





CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS





(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)





(Unaudited)

















 ASSETS 



December 31, 2013


December 31, 2012







 Cash and cash equivalents 


$                             48,628


$                             35,837

 Receivables 





   Interest 



5,173


4,869

   Sold securities receivable 


-


26,773

   Other  



212


644

 Mortgage-backed securities, at fair value 





   Available-for-sale 


341,346


199,156

   Trading 



1,576,452


1,556,440

 Other investments 


2,065


2,347

 Derivative assets, at fair value 


8,424


-

 Deferred tax assets, net 


165,851


154,418

 Deposits 



45,504


85,652

 Prepaid expenses and other assets 


1,311


159

   Total assets 


$                        2,194,966


$                        2,066,295













 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 











 Liabilities: 





 Repurchase agreements 


$                        1,547,630


$                        1,497,191

 Interest payable 


774


582

 Accrued compensation and benefits 


5,584


1,542

 Dividend payable 


14,630


-

 Derivative liabilities, at fair value 


33,129


76,850

 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities 


1,391


17,837

 Long-term debt 


40,000


15,000

   Total liabilities 


1,643,138


1,609,002













 Equity: 






 Common stock 


166


132

 Additional paid-in capital 


1,727,398


1,638,061

 Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of taxes 


53,996


39,812

 Accumulated deficit 


(1,229,732)


(1,220,712)

   Total equity    


551,828


457,293







   Total liabilities and equity 


$                        2,194,966


$                        2,066,295













 Book Value per Share 


$                                33.10


$                             34.65(1)







 Shares Outstanding (in thousands) 


16,671


13,198


(1)

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.

 

SOURCE Arlington Asset Investment Corp.

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