Arlington Asset Investment Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Arlington Asset Investment Corp. (NYSE: AI) (the "Company" or "Arlington") today reported a net loss of $41.4 million, or $1.79 per diluted share, and non-GAAP core operating income of $14.9 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.  A reconciliation of non-GAAP core operating income to GAAP net income (loss) before income taxes appears at the end of this press release.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights

  • $1.79 per diluted share of GAAP net loss
  • $0.64 per diluted share of non-GAAP core operating income
  • $16.21 per share of book value
  • $13.11 per share of tangible book value
  • $0.625 per share dividend

Full Year 2016 Financial Highlights

  • $1.79 per diluted share of GAAP net loss
  • $2.75 per diluted share of non-GAAP core operating income
  • $2.50 per share dividend

"The results of the U.S. Presidential election and the new administration's anticipated fiscal policies raised expectations for faster economic growth and higher inflation.  This led to a repricing of financial assets with increased demand for equity assets and a sell-off in U.S. Treasuries, driving the 10-year U.S. Treasury rate up 100 basis points during the quarter," said J. Rock Tonkel, Jr., the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "The rapid rise in rates and volatility led to agency MBS spread widening during the quarter, which resulted in an underperformance of the Company's agency MBS portfolio relative to its interest rate hedges leading to a decline in tangible book value as of year-end.  Going forward, wider agency MBS spreads and lower expected prepayment speeds associated with higher rates should lead to more attractive investment opportunities benefiting future investment returns.  Overall, the Company has continued to generate a resilient stream of consistent spread income to support dividends in a tax advantaged manner to its shareholders." 

Other Fourth Quarter Highlights

As of December 31, 2016, the Company's agency MBS investment portfolio totaled $4,631 million in fair value, consisting of $3,911 million of specified agency mortgage-backed securities ("MBS") and $720 million of net long to-be-announced ("TBA") agency MBS.  As of December 31, 2016, the Company's $4,631 million agency MBS investment portfolio was comprised primarily of the following:

  • $720 million of 3.0% coupon 30-year agency TBA agency MBS
  • $2,142 million of 3.5% coupon 30-year specified agency MBS
  • $1,768 million of 4.0% coupon 30-year specified agency MBS

As of December 31, 2016, the Company's net long TBA agency MBS investment portfolio had a purchase price of $719 million and market value of $720 million, resulting in a net GAAP carrying fair value of $1 million.  Under GAAP, the gross fair value of the agency MBS underlying the Company's TBA commitments is not recognized on the balance sheet as the Company accounts for its TBA commitments as derivative instruments. 

As of December 31, 2016, the Company's $3,911 million specified agency MBS portfolio had a weighted average amortized cost basis of $105.55 and a weighted average market price of $104.14.  The Company's fixed-rate agency MBS are comprised of securities backed by specified pools of mortgage loans selected for their lower propensity for prepayment.  Weighted average pay-up premiums on the Company's agency MBS portfolio, which represent the estimated price premium of agency MBS backed by specified pools over a generic TBA agency MBS, were almost one-half a percentage point as of December 31, 2016, compared to a weighted average pay-up premium of approximately one percentage point as of September 30, 2016. 

As of December 31, 2016, the Company had $3,649 million of repurchase agreements outstanding with a weighted average rate of 96 basis points and remaining weighted average maturity of 19 days secured by an aggregate of $3,851 million of agency MBS at fair value. 

The Company enters into various hedging transactions to mitigate the interest rate sensitivity of its cost of borrowing and the value of its agency MBS portfolio including interest rate swap agreements and put and call options on 10-year U.S. Treasury note futures. 

Under the terms of the Company's interest rate swap agreements, the Company pays semiannual interest payments based on a fixed rate and receives quarterly variable interest payments based upon the prevailing three-month London Interbank Offered Rate ("LIBOR") on the date of reset. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had $1,375 million in notional amount of interest rate swap agreements maturing in less than 3 years with a weighted average pay fixed rate of 1.10% and a remaining weighted average maturity of 1.7 years, $350 million in notional amount of interest rate swap agreements maturing between 3 to 7 years with a weighted average pay fixed rate of 1.84% and weighted average maturity of 3.7 years, and $1,600 million in notional amount of interest rate swap agreements maturing between 7 to 10 years with a weighted average pay fixed rate of 1.93% and a remaining weighted average maturity of 9.2 years.  In addition, the Company had $375 million in notional amount of forward starting two-year interest rate swap agreements that become effective in September and October of 2017 with a weighted average pay fixed rate of 1.13%.  

In addition to interest rate swap agreements, the Company also had a series of contracts whereby the Company either purchased or sold put and call options on 10-year U.S. Treasury note futures to mitigate the interest rate sensitivity of the value of its agency MBS portfolio.  As of December 31, 2016, the Company purchased contracts that provide the Company with the option to put 10-year U.S. Treasury note futures to a counterparty with an equivalent notional amount of $1,650 million that were struck at a weighted average strike price per contract that equates to a 10-year U.S. Treasury rate of approximately 2.77%, and sold contracts that provide a counterparty the option to call 10-year U.S. Treasury note futures from the Company with an equivalent notional amount of $1,000 million that were struck at a weighted average strike price per contract that equates to a 10-year U.S. Treasury rate of approximately 2.24%.  In order to limit its exposure on the sold call options from a significant fall in long-term interest rates, the Company also purchased contracts that provide the Company with the option to call 10-year U.S. Treasury note futures from a counterparty with an equivalent notional amount of $1,000 million as of December 31, 2016 that were struck at a weighted average strike price per contract that equates to a 10-year U.S. Treasury rate of approximately 2.12%.

Interest income less interest expense on short-term financing on the Company's agency MBS portfolio for the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2015 was $16.8 million and $24.4 million, respectively.  For the quarters ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the amortization of the Company's net premium on its agency MBS was $9.4 million and $7.1 million, respectively, and its weighted average yield on its agency MBS was 2.55% and 2.97%, respectively. The actual weighted-average constant prepayment rate ("CPR") for the Company's agency MBS was 12.90% and 7.82% for the fourth quarters of 2016 and 2015, respectively.  

For the quarters ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company reported TBA dollar roll income of $6.4 million and $2.4 million, respectively.  TBA dollar roll income is considered the economic equivalent of investing in agency MBS financed with a repurchase agreement and is calculated as the price discount of a forward-settling purchase of a TBA agency MBS relative to the "spot" sale of the same security.   Under GAAP, the Company accounts for its TBA commitments as derivative instruments and recognizes income from TBA dollar rolls as a component of net investment gains and losses in the Company's financial statements. 

During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company recorded net investment losses on its agency MBS investment portfolio, inclusive of TBA derivative positions, of $162.0 million and net investment gains on its related interest rate derivative hedging instruments of $128.4 million for a net investment loss on its hedged agency portfolio of $33.6 million.  Excluding TBA dollar roll income and interest rate swap net interest expense included in non-GAAP core operating income, the Company had net investment losses on its agency MBS investment portfolio of $168.4 million and net investment gains on its related interest rate derivative hedging instruments of $132.7 million for a net investment loss on its hedged agency portfolio of $35.7 million, or $1.54 per share.

As of December 31, 2016, the Company's private-label MBS portfolio consisted of $1.3 million at fair value.  Interest income less interest expense on short-term financing on the Company's private-label MBS portfolio for the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2015 was $0.5 million and $2.7 million, respectively, including non-cash accretion of $0.2 million and $1.6 million, respectively.  During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company sold private-label MBS for sale proceeds of $18.9 million

Corporate Tax Structure

The Company is subject to taxation as a corporation under Subchapter C of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.  As of December 31, 2016, the Company's estimated net operating loss carry-forward was $95.7 million that begins to expire in 2027 and its estimated net capital loss carry-forward was $310.9 million that begins to expire in 2019.  The Company's estimated net operating and net capital loss carry-forwards as of December 31, 2016 are subject to potential adjustments up to the time of filing the Company's income tax returns.  For GAAP accounting purposes, as of December 31, 2016 the Company had a deferred tax asset of $73.4 million, or $3.10 per share, which reflects a substantial valuation allowance against its net capital loss carry-forwards.  During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company recorded an increase in the valuation allowance of $32.0 million, or $1.38 per diluted share, due primarily to unrealized losses on the Company's agency MBS portfolio.

Distributions to Shareholders

The Company has announced the tax characteristics of the distributions paid on its common stock in calendar year 2016. The Company has determined that all of its cash distributions paid to shareholders in calendar year 2016 were returns of capital.  Shareholders should receive a Form 1099-DIV containing this information from their brokers, transfer agents or other institutions.

The Company's Board of Directors approved a distribution to common shareholders of $0.625 per share for the fourth quarter of 2016.  The distribution was paid on January 31, 2017 to shareholders of record as of December 30, 2016.

The tax characterization of the Company's distributions to shareholders is determined annually and reported to shareholders on Form 1099-DIV after the end of the calendar year.  As a C-corporation, distributions to shareholders of current or accumulated earnings and profits are qualified dividends eligible for the 23.8% maximum federal income tax rate whereas similar distributions to shareholders by a REIT of current or accumulated earnings and profits are nonqualified dividends subject to the higher 43.4% maximum federal tax rate, inclusive of the 3.8% Medicare tax rate, on ordinary income.  Any distributions in excess of current or accumulated earnings and profits would be reported as returns of capital instead of qualified dividends.  Distributions that are classified as returns of capital are nontaxable to the extent they do not exceed a shareholder's adjusted tax basis in the Company's stock, or as a capital gain to the extent that the amount of the distribution exceeds a shareholder's adjusted tax basis in the Company's stock. The tax rates referenced above are with respect to fiscal year 2016. 

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call for investors at 9:00 A.M. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 to discuss the Company's fourth quarter and full year 2016 results.

Investors may listen to the earnings call via the internet at: http://www.arlingtonasset.com/index.php?s=19Replays of the earnings call will be available for 60 days via webcast at the Internet address provided above, beginning two hours after the call ends.

Additional Information

The Company will make available additional quarterly information for the benefit of its shareholders through a supplemental presentation that will be available at the Company's website, www.arlingtonasset.com.  The presentation will be available on the Webcasts and Presentations section located under the Updates & Events tab of the Company's website.

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 interest rates, portfolio allocation, financing costs, portfolio hedging, prepayments, dividends, book value, 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 prepayment rates, changes in the Company's returns, changes in the use of the Company's tax benefits, changes in the agency MBS asset yield, changes in the Company's monetization of net operating loss carry-forwards, changes in the Company's ability to generate cash earnings and dividends, preservation and utilization of the Company's net operating loss and net capital loss carry-forwards, impacts of changes to and changes by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the U.S. Treasury, availability of opportunities that meet or exceed the Company's risk adjusted return expectations, ability and willingness to make future dividends, ability to generate sufficient cash through retained earnings to satisfy capital needs, 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, 2015 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 to follow

 

 

ARLINGTON ASSET INVESTMENT CORP.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)




December 31, 2016



December 31, 2015


ASSETS









Cash and cash equivalents


$

54,794



$

36,987


Interest receivable



11,646




11,936


Mortgage-backed securities, at fair value









Agency



3,911,375




3,865,316


Private-label



1,266




130,553


Derivative assets, at fair value



74,889




12,991


Deferred tax assets, net



73,432




97,530


Deposits



11,149




29,429


Other assets



3,003




18,197


Total assets


$

4,141,554



$

4,202,939


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY









Liabilities:









Repurchase agreements


$

3,649,102



$

2,834,780


Federal Home Loan Bank advances






786,900


Interest payable



3,434




2,436


Accrued compensation and benefits



5,406




5,170


Dividend payable



15,739




14,504


Derivative liabilities, at fair value



9,554




553


Other liabilities



1,247




1,132


Long-term debt



73,656




73,433


Total liabilities



3,758,138




3,718,908


Equity:









Common stock



236




230


Additional paid-in capital



1,910,284




1,898,085


Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of taxes



-




12,371


Accumulated deficit



(1,527,104)




(1,426,655)


Total equity



383,416




484,031


Total liabilities and equity


$

4,141,554



$

4,202,939


Book value per share


$

16.21



$

21.05


Tangible book value per share (1)


$

13.11



$

16.81


Shares outstanding (in thousands) (2)



23,651




22,994











(1) Tangible book value represents total stockholders' equity less net deferred tax assets.











(2) Represents shares of Class A common stock and Class B common stock outstanding plus vested restricted stock units convertible into Class A common stock less unvested restricted Class A common stock.


 

 


 

ARLINGTON ASSET INVESTMENT CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



Fiscal Year 2016




Total Year



Fourth Quarter



Third Quarter



Second Quarter



First
Quarter


Interest income





















Agency mortgage-backed securities


$

97,053



$

24,073



$

23,917



$

23,408



$

25,655


Private-label mortgage-backed securities



7,910




473




1,655




2,808




2,974


Other



373




31




82




135




125


Total interest income



105,336




24,577




25,654




26,351




28,754


Interest expense





















Short-term debt



24,433




7,231




6,193




5,509




5,500


Long-term debt



4,789




1,205




1,197




1,194




1,193


Total interest expense



29,222




8,436




7,390




6,703




6,693


Net interest income



76,114




16,141




18,264




19,648




22,061


Investment (loss) gain, net





















Realized gain (loss) on sale of available-for-sale investments, net



4,777




2,931




2,439




(593)




-


Other-than-temporary impairment charges



(1,737)




-




-




(1,638)




(99)


(Loss) gain on trading investments, net



(41,249)




(122,332)




2,468




27,665




50,950


(Loss) gain from derivative instruments, net



(31,660)




88,285




15,196




(34,381)




(100,760)


Other, net



551




(87)




619




-




19


Total investment (loss) gain, net



(69,318)




(31,203)




20,722




(8,947)




(49,890)


General and administrative expenses





















Compensation and benefits



11,526




2,776




3,430




2,756




2,564


Other general and administrative expenses



9,230




1,343




1,200




4,916




1,771


Total general and administrative expenses



20,756




4,119




4,630




7,672




4,335


(Loss) income before income taxes



(13,960)




(19,181)




34,356




3,029




(32,164)


Income tax provision (benefit)



27,387




22,255




15,543




(9,865)




(546)


Net (loss) income


$

(41,347)



$

(41,436)



$

18,813



$

12,894



$

(31,618)


Basic (loss) earnings per share


$

(1.79)



$

(1.79)



$

0.82



$

0.56



$

(1.38)


Diluted (loss) earnings per share


$

(1.79)



$

(1.79)



$

0.81



$

0.56



$

(1.38)


Weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands)





















Basic



23,051




23,167




23,038




23,003




22,994


Diluted



23,051




23,167




23,349




23,070




22,994


Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes





















Unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities



(6,197)



$

-



$

(221)



$

(1,006)



$

(4,970)


Reclassification in investment gain (loss), net, related to   sales and other-than-temporary impairment charges on   available-for-sale securities



(6,174)




(4,685)




(2,324)




775




60


Comprehensive (loss) income


$

(53,718)



$

(46,121)



$

16,268



$

12,663



$

(36,528)


 

The following tables present information on the Company's investment and hedge portfolio as of December 31, 2016 (unaudited, dollars in thousands):

Agency MBS:




Fair Value


Specified agency MBS


$

3,909,452


Inverse interest-only agency MBS



1,923


Total agency MBS



3,911,375


Net long agency TBA position



720,027


Total


$

4,631,402


 

 

Specified Agency MBS:




Unpaid
Principal Balance



Net Unamortized Purchase Premiums



Amortized
Cost Basis



Net Unrealized Gain (Loss)



Fair Value



Market Price



Coupon



Weighted Average Remaining Life


30-year fixed rate:

































3.5%


$

2,082,197



$

107,193



$

2,189,390



$

(47,680)



$

2,141,710



$

102.86




3.50%




8.2


4.0%



1,671,822




101,201




1,773,023




(5,304)




1,767,719




105.74




4.00%




6.9


5.5%



21







21




2




23




112.19




5.50%




5.7


Total/weighted-average


$

3,754,040



$

208,394



$

3,962,434



$

(52,982)



$

3,909,452




104.14




3.72%




7.6


 

 

Net Long Agency TBA Dollar Roll Positions:




Notional Amount:
















Net Long (Short) Position



Implied Cost

Basis



Implied

Fair Value



Net Carrying

Amount


30-year 3.0% coupon purchase commitments


$

725,000



$

718,887



$

720,027



$

1,140


30-year 3.5% coupon purchase commitments



25,000




25,586




25,613




27


30-year 3.5% coupon sale commitments



(25,000)




(25,602)




(25,613)




(11)


Total dollar roll positions, net


$

725,000



$

718,871



$

720,027



$

1,156


 

 

Interest Rate Swaps Currently Effective:








Weighted-average:








Notional Amount



Fixed

Pay Rate



Variable

Receive Rate



Remaining

Life (Years)



Fair Value


Years to maturity:





















Less than 3 years


$

1,375,000




1.10%




0.97%




1.7



$

6,470


3 to less than 7 years



350,000




1.84%




1.00%




3.7




(769)


7 to 10 years



1,600,000




1.93%




0.96%




9.2




50,511


Total / weighted-average


$

3,325,000




1.58%




0.97%




5.5



$

56,212


 

 

Forward-Starting Interest Rate Swaps:







Weighted-average:








Notional Amount



Fixed

Pay Rate



Term After Effective

Date (Years)



Fair Value


Effective in September / October 2017


$

375,000




1.13%




2.0



$

5,154



















 

 

Options on 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Futures:




Notional Amount

Long/(Short)



Weighted-
average

Strike Price



Implied Strike

Rate (1)



Net Fair Value


Purchased put options:

















January 2017 expiration


$

950,000




120.8




2.87%



$

539


February 2017 expiration



700,000




122.6




2.64%




3,281


Total / weighted average for purchased put options


$

1,650,000




121.6




2.77%



$

3,820


Sold call options:

















January 2017 expiration


$

(100,000)




126.0




2.25%



$

(141)


February 2017 expiration



(900,000)




126.0




2.24%




(3,765)


Total / weighted average for sold call options


$

(1,000,000)




126.0




2.24%



$

(3,906)


Purchased call options:

















January 2017 expiration


$

1,000,000




127.1




2.12%



$

469
















$

383


(1)

The implied strike rate is estimated based upon the weighted average strike price per option contract and the price of an equivalent U.S. Treasury note futures contract.

 

Non-GAAP Core Operating Income

In addition to the Company's results of operations determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as consistently applied in the United States ("GAAP"), the Company also reports "non-GAAP core operating income".  The Company defines core operating income as "economic net interest income" less "core general and administrative expenses."

Economic Net Interest Income

Economic net interest income, a non-GAAP financial measure, represents the interest income earned net of interest expense incurred from all of our interest bearing financial instruments as well as agency MBS which underlie, and are implicitly financed through, our TBA dollar roll transactions.  Economic net interest income is comprised of the following:

  • net interest income determined in accordance with GAAP;
  • TBA agency MBS dollar roll income, which is calculated as the price discount of a forward-settling purchase of a TBA agency MBS relative to the "spot" sale of the same security, earned ratably over the period beginning on the settlement date of the sale and ending on the settlement date of the forward-settling purchase; and
  • net interest income or expense incurred from interest rate swap agreements.

In the Company's consolidated statements of comprehensive income prepared in accordance with GAAP, TBA agency MBS dollar roll income and the net interest income or expense incurred from interest rate swap agreements are reported as a component of the overall periodic change in the fair value of derivative instruments within the line item "gain (loss) from derivative instruments, net" of the "investment gain (loss), net" section. We believe that economic net interest income assists investors in understanding and evaluating the financial performance of the Company's long-term-focused, net interest spread-based investment strategy, prior to the deduction of core general and administrative expenses. 

Core General and Administrative Expenses

Core general and administrative expenses are non-interest expenses reported within the line item "total general and administrative expenses" of the consolidated statements of comprehensive income less stock-based compensation expense.  For the first and second quarters of 2016, core general and administrative expenses also exclude non-recurring expenses related to the 2016 proxy contest that are in excess of those normally incurred for an annual meeting of shareholders.

Non-GAAP Core Operating Income for Fiscal Year 2016

The following table presents the Company's computation of core operating income for fiscal year 2016 (unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share amounts):



Fiscal Year 2016




Total Year



Fourth Quarter



Third Quarter



Second Quarter



First Quarter


GAAP net interest income


$

76,114



$

16,141



$

18,264



$

19,648



$

22,061


TBA dollar roll income



19,261




6,426




5,321




3,719




3,795


Interest rate swap net interest expense



(17,825)




(4,326)




(5,126)




(4,376)




(3,997)


Economic net interest income



77,550




18,241




18,459




18,991




21,859


Core and general administrative expenses



(13,802)




(3,326)




(3,612)




(3,444)




(3,420)


Non-GAAP core operating income


$

63,748



$

14,915



$

14,847



$

15,547



$

18,439























Non-GAAP core operating income per

   diluted share


$

2.75



$

0.64



$

0.64



$

0.67



$

0.80


Weighted average diluted shares

   outstanding



23,202




23,343




23,349




23,070




23,040


 

The following table provides a reconciliation of GAAP pre-tax net (loss) income to non-GAAP core operating income for fiscal year 2016 (unaudited, amounts in thousands):



Fiscal Year 2016




Total Year



Fourth Quarter



Third Quarter



Second Quarter



First Quarter


GAAP (loss) income before income taxes


$

(13,960)



$

(19,181)



$

34,356



$

3,029



$

(32,164)


Less:





















Total investment loss (gain), net



69,318




31,203




(20,722)




8,947




49,890


Stock-based compensation expense



2,975




793




1,018




647




517


Non-recurring proxy contest related
  expenses



3,979




-




-




3,581




398


Add back:





















TBA dollar roll income



19,261




6,426




5,321




3,719




3,795


Interest rate swap net interest expense



(17,825)




(4,326)




(5,126)




(4,376)




(3,997)


Non-GAAP core operating income


$

63,748



$

14,915



$

14,847



$

15,547



$

18,439


 

Non-GAAP core operating income is used by management to evaluate the financial performance of the Company's long-term investment strategy and core business activities over periods of time as well as assist with the determination of the appropriate level of periodic dividends to stockholders.  The Company believes that non-GAAP core operating income assists investors in understanding and evaluating the financial performance of the Company's long-term investment strategy and core business activities over periods of time as well as its earnings capacity.  A limitation of utilizing this non-GAAP financial measure is that the effect of accounting for "non-core" events or transactions in accordance with GAAP does, in fact, reflect the financial results of our business and these effects should not be ignored when evaluating and analyzing our financial results.  For example, the economic cost or benefit of hedging instruments other than interest rate swap agreements, such as U.S. Treasury note futures or options on U.S. Treasury note futures, do not affect the computation of non-GAAP core operating income.  In addition, the Company's calculation of non-GAAP core operating income may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.  Therefore, the Company believes that net income and comprehensive income determined in accordance with GAAP should be considered in conjunction with non-GAAP core operating income.

Non-GAAP Core Operating Income for Fiscal Year 2015

Beginning in the first quarter of 2016, the Company retrospectively applied its revised definition of core operating income to the quarterly and annual periods of fiscal year 2015.  The Company notes, however, that the non-GAAP core operating income measures computed for prior year periods are not directly comparable to the results computed for fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 as the Company solely utilized hedging instruments other than interest rate swap agreements prior to November 2015.  The economic costs or benefits of hedging instruments other than interest rate swap agreements do not affect the computation of non-GAAP core operating income.  The results of the Company's retrospective application of its revised definition of core operating income to fiscal year 2015 are presented in the following table (unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share amounts):



Fiscal Year 2015




Total Year



Fourth Quarter



Third Quarter



Second Quarter



First Quarter


GAAP net interest income


$

102,374



$

25,807



$

26,074



$

23,711



$

26,782


TBA dollar roll income



6,743




2,353




1,896




2,235




259


Interest rate swap net interest expense



(1,282)




(1,282)











Economic net interest income



107,835




26,878




27,970




25,946




27,041


Core general and administrative expenses



(13,642)




(3,121)




(3,639)




(3,575)




(3,307)


Non-GAAP core operating income


$

94,193



$

23,757



$

24,331



$

22,371



$

23,734























Non-GAAP core operating income per diluted share


$

4.08



$

1.03



$

1.05



$

0.97



$

1.03


Weighted average diluted shares outstanding



23,088




23,066




23,065




23,098




23,096


 

The following table provides a reconciliation of GAAP pre-tax net income to non-GAAP core operating income for fiscal year 2015 (unaudited, amounts in thousands):



Fiscal Year 2015




Total Year



Fourth Quarter



Third Quarter



Second Quarter



First Quarter


GAAP income (loss) before income taxes


$

(30,842)



$

23,486



$

(37,133)



$

12,248



$

(29,443)


Less:





















Total investment (gain) loss, net



118,429




(1,653)




59,757




7,518




52,807


Stock-based compensation expense



1,145




853




(189)




370




111


Add back:





















TBA dollar roll income



6,743




2,353




1,896




2,235




259


Interest rate swap net interest expense



(1,282)




(1,282)











Non-GAAP core operating income


$

94,193



$

23,757



$

24,331



$

22,371



$

23,734


 

SOURCE Arlington Asset Investment Corp.

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