Arlington Asset Investment Corp. Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results
Core Operating Income of $2.41 per share for the first quarter of 2011(1)
(Compared to $0.99 per share in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $0.77 per share in the first quarter of 2010)(1)
Dividend of $0.75 per share for the first quarter of 2011, payable on April 29, 2011
Annualized dividend yield of 10%(2), 13%(3) on a tax adjusted basis
Book value of $28.52 per share at March 31, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Arlington Asset Investment Corp. (NYSE: AI) (the "Company") today reported core operating income of $18.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, or $2.41 per share (diluted).  On a GAAP basis, the Company reported net income of $19.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, or $2.58 per share (diluted), compared to net income of $8.0 million, or $1.03 per share (diluted), for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, and $4.6 million, or $0.59 per share (diluted), for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.  As of March 31, 2011, the Company's book value per share was $28.52.  

"The Company made solid progress during the first quarter, achieving strong overall results, a 23% increase in net interest income from the prior quarter, $11 million in net realized gains and a 25% dividend increase from the prior quarter primarily driven by the partial reallocation of its capital from reflated private-label MBS to hedged agency MBS.  We expect earnings in future periods to benefit from MBS investments made late in the first quarter of 2011 and to date in the second quarter," said J. Rock Tonkel, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer.  "Finally, as Arlington's core operating income substantially exceeded the dividend again this quarter, the Company has considerable flexibility in the use of that capital for reinvestment and/or dividend growth going forward."

Subsequent to March 31, 2011, the Company sold private-label MBS with a current face value of approximately $14.9 million generating $8.1 million in proceeds and $1.2 million in net gains.  As of April 27, 2011, the Company's private-label MBS portfolio had a face value of $300.5 million comprised of $14.2 million senior securities and $286.3 million re-REMIC securities.  Agency MBS as of April 27, 2011 had a cost basis of $654.7 million and a face value of $639.9 million, including agency MBS purchases that have not yet settled.  

Going forward the Company expects to migrate additional capital from reflated private-label MBS to higher return alternatives with the potential to realize gains from current embedded appreciation as well as potential future reflation in that portfolio.  With attractive investment opportunities available today in both agency MBS and private-label MBS, the Company continues to be optimistic about its potential to realize future growth in earnings and book value from internal capital.  

First Quarter Highlights

Prices for certain of the Company's private-label MBS reflated significantly during 2010 and loss-adjusted yields in those assets declined accordingly.  As a result, in the first quarter of 2011 the Company sold private-label MBS with a face value of $88.8 million realizing net gains on sales of private-label MBS of $10.7 million.  Private-label MBS sales during the quarter generated $62.0 million of capital and were comprised primarily of lower yielding senior securities.  Proceeds were redeployed primarily into hedged agency MBS on a leveraged basis that we expect will generate increased returns on the redeployed capital.  

As of March 31, 2011, our private-label MBS portfolio consisted of $306.6 million in face value with an amortized cost basis of $148.0 million and fair value of $201.3 million.  During the three months ended March 31, 2011, we recognized net interest income of $8.6 million, representing a 20.1% annualized net yield, including coupon payments and accretion of purchase discount, from our private-label MBS portfolio.  

The following table represents certain statistics of the Company's private-label MBS portfolio as of and for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 (dollars in millions):



Senior

Securities

Re-REMIC /

Mezzanine

Securities

Total Private-

Label MBS





Fair market value

$16

$185

$201

Fair market value (as a % of face value)

78.7%

64.7%

65.7%





1st Qtr. yield (as a % of amortized cost)

15.9%

21.1%

20.3%

Average cost (as a % of face value)

65.3%

46.8%

48.0%

Weighted average coupon

5.4%

5.6%

5.6%





Face value

$20

$287

$307

Amortized cost

$13

$135

$148

Purchase discount

$7

$145

$152





60+ delinquent

33.9%

20.6%

21.5%

Credit enhancement

11.7%

8.6%

8.8%

Severity (3 month)

71.3%

46.5%

48.1%

CPR (3 month)

14.8%

18.9%

18.7%








As of March 31, 2011, our agency MBS consisted of $545.9 million in face value with a cost basis of $557.6 million and was fair valued at $559.0 million.  Our agency MBS had a weighted average coupon of 4.54%, and a weighted average cost of funding of 29 basis points at March 31, 2011.  We have hedged against the market value movements of our agency MBS using Eurodollar and U.S. Treasury futures and MBS put options.  These Eurodollar futures mature through March 31, 2016 and have a lifetime weighted average rate of 2.79% as of March 31, 2011.  

The Company's Board of Directors approved a $0.75 dividend for the first quarter of 2011.  The dividend will be paid on April 29, 2011 to shareholders of record on April 4, 2011.  This represented a 10% annualized dividend yield based on the Class A common stock closing price on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) of $30.74 on April 27, 2011.  

During the quarter ended March 31, 2011, the Company repurchased 8,910 shares of its Class A common stock at an average price of $25.70 pursuant to its share repurchase program.  As of March 31, 2011, 247,275 shares remain available for repurchase under the repurchase program.

(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 March 31, 2011 in this press release. This non-GAAP measurement is used by management to analyze and assess the 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 Arlington Asset Investment Corp.'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 has excluded certain costs and the following non-cash expenses: (1) compensation costs associated with stock-based awards, (2) accretion of mortgage-backed securities ("MBS") purchase discounts adjusted for principal repayments in excess of proportionate invested capital, and (3) unrealized mark-to-market adjustments on the trading MBS and hedge instruments.

The following table presents a reconciliation of the GAAP financial results to non-GAAP measurements for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 (dollars in thousands):


GAAP net income

$19,785

Adjustments


   Adjusted expenses(a)

23

   Stock compensation

479

Net unrealized mark-to-market gain on trading MBS and hedge instruments

(1,263)

   Adjusted interest related to purchase discount accretion

(548)

      Non-GAAP core operating income

$18,476

Non-GAAP core operating income per share (diluted)

$2.41


(a) Adjusted expenses represents certain professional fees and income taxes that are not

considered representative of routine activities of the Company.



(2) Based on the annualized first quarter 2011 dividend and a Class A common stock closing price on the NYSE of $30.74 on April 27, 2011.

(3) The Company's dividends are eligible for the 15% federal income tax rate on qualified dividend income, whereas dividends paid by a REIT are generally subject to the higher 35% 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 13% yield.

About the Company

Arlington Asset Investment Corp. (NYSE: AI) is a principal investment firm that invests 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, returns, leverage, portfolio allocation, plans and steps to position the Company to realize 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 default rates, preservation of our net operating loss and net capital loss carry-forwards, impacts of regulatory changes and changes to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, availability of opportunities that meet or exceed our risk adjusted return expectations, ability to effectively migrate private-label MBS into agency MBS, ability to realize a higher return on capital migrated to agency MBS, ability and willingness to make future dividends, ability to generate sufficient cash through retained earnings to satisfy capital needs, changes in mortgage pre-payment speeds, ability to realize book value growth through reflation of private-label MBS, the realization of gains and losses on principal investments, available technologies, competition for business and personnel, and general economic, political, regulatory and market conditions.  These and other risks are described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q that 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

(Unaudited)

March 31,






2011


2010

INTEREST INCOME

$ 12,495


$ 9,202





INTEREST EXPENSE




 Interest on short-term debt

317


90

 Interest on long-term debt

115


138

   Total interest expense

432


228

   Net interest income

12,063


8,974





OTHER INCOME, NET




 Investment gain, net

11,224


353

 Other loss

(3)


(4)

   Total other income, net

11,221


349

   Operating income before other expenses

23,284


9,323





OTHER EXPENSES




 Compensation and benefits

2,436


2,920

 Professional services

123


670

 Business development

32


20

 Occupancy and equipment

96


116

 Communications

46


54

 Other operating expenses

295


805

   Total other expenses

3,028


4,585

Income before income taxes

20,256


4,738

Income tax provision

471


112

Net income

$ 19,785


$ 4,626









Basic earnings per share

$     2.58


$   0.60





Diluted earnings per share

$     2.58


$   0.59





Weighted average shares outstanding - basic (in thousands)

7,661


7,733

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted (in thousands)

7,681


7,879



ARLINGTON ASSET INVESTMENT CORP.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)









ASSETS

March 31, 2011


December 31, 2010





Cash and cash equivalents

$            20,319


$                    12,412

Receivables




 Interest

3,488


2,345

 Other

557


219

Mortgage-backed securities, at fair value




 Available-for-sale

201,489


252,909

 Trading

558,874


174,055

Other investments

3,280


8,287

Derivative assets, at fair value

1,270


-

Deposits

13,658


4,748

Prepaid expenses and other assets

373


358

 Total assets

$          803,308


$                  455,333









LIABILITIES AND EQUITY








Liabilities:




Repurchase agreements

$          538,049


$                  190,220

Interest payable

241


187

Accrued compensation and benefits

4,310


7,201

Dividend payable

5,808


4,655

Derivative liabilities, at fair value

4,345


2,398

Purchased securities payable

-


2,555

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

15,667


16,373

Long-term debt

15,000


15,000

 Total liabilities

583,420


238,589









Equity:




Common stock

77


77

Additional paid-in capital

1,505,378


1,505,971

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of taxes

53,251


63,495

Accumulated deficit

(1,338,818)


(1,352,799)

 Total equity  

219,888


216,744





 Total liabilities and equity

$          803,308


$                  455,333









Book Value per Share

$              28.52


$                      28.46





Shares Outstanding (in thousands)

7,711


7,617



SOURCE Arlington Asset Investment Corp.

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