Farmer Mac To Enhance Capital Position Through the Issuance of $60 Million of
Tier 1 Capital
-Company To Redeem Outstanding Series C Preferred Stock-
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2013
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Federal Agricultural Mortgage
Corporation (Farmer Mac; NYSE: AGM and AGM.A) today reported that it will
raise $60 million of Tier 1 capital through the public offering of
5.875%non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock. The preferred stock offering
was priced today and is expected to settle on January 17, 2013. Farmer Mac
will use the proceeds from the sale of the new preferred stock to redeem and
retire all $57.6million of Farmer Mac's currently issued and outstanding
shares of Series C cumulative preferred stock. Farmer Mac expects to list the
new series of preferred stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
"AGM PR A."
Farmer Mac's President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy L. Buzby stated,
"The preferred stock issuance announced today will strengthen Farmer Mac's
overall capital position and lower Farmer Mac's projected long-term dividend
costs, as the proceeds will be used primarily to call a prior series of
cumulative preferred stock with a dividend rate that was scheduled to increase
to 7.0 percent in 2014 and 9.0 percent in 2019. Investor appetite for
preferred stock recently has been robust, and we thought the time was right to
lock in an attractive cost of Tier 1 equity for the future and to broaden
Farmer Mac's investor base by tapping the retail market for this transaction."
The dividend rate on the new preferred stock has no scheduled step-ups and
will remain at a fixed rate of 5.875% for so long as it remains outstanding.
The new issuance of preferred stock will have no maturity date, but Farmer Mac
will have the option to redeem the preferred stock at any time on and after
January 17, 2018. Bank of America Merrill Lynch served as Sole Book-Running
Manager for this transaction, and Compass Point Research & Trading, LLC and
Incapital LLC served as Co-Managers.
This release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an
offer to buy, any of the securities referred to in this release.
In addition to historical information, this release includes forward-looking
statements that reflect management's current expectations for Farmer Mac's
future financial results, business prospects and/or business developments.
Management's expectations for Farmer Mac's future necessarily involve a number
of assumptions and estimates and the evaluation of risks and uncertainties.
Various factors or events could cause Farmer Mac's actual results to differ
materially from the expectations as expressed or implied by the
forward-looking statements, including uncertainties regarding: (1)the
availability to Farmer Mac and Farmer Mac II LLC of debt financing and, if
available, the reasonableness of rates and terms; (2)legislative or
regulatory developments that could affect Farmer Mac, including but not
limited to developments in relation to agricultural policies and programs
contained in the 2008 Farm Bill; (3)fluctuations in the fair value of assets
held by Farmer Mac and Farmer MacII LLC; (4)the rate and direction of
development of the secondary market for agricultural mortgage and rural
utilities loans, including lender interest in Farmer Mac credit products and
the Farmer Mac secondary market; (5)the general rate of growth in
agricultural mortgage and rural utilities indebtedness; (6)the impact of
economic conditions, including the effects of drought and other
weather-related conditions and fluctuations in agricultural real estate
values, on agricultural mortgage lending and borrower repayment capacity;
(7)developments in the financial markets, including possible investor,
analyst and rating agency reactions to events involving GSEs, including Farmer
Mac; (8)financial market volatility, including the future level and direction
of interest rates; and (9) volatility in commodity prices and/or export demand
for U.S. agricultural products. Other risk factors are discussed in Farmer
Mac's Annual Report on Form10‑K for the year ended December31,2011, as
filed with the SEC on March 15, 2012, and in Farmer Mac's Quarterly Report on
Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September30, 2012, as filed with the SEC on
November 8, 2012. In light of these potential risks and uncertainties, no
undue reliance should be placed on any forward-looking statements expressed in
this release.The forward-looking statements contained in this release
represent management's expectations as of the date of this release. Farmer
Mac undertakes no obligation to release publicly the results of revisions to
any forward-looking statements included in this release to reflect new
information or any future events or circumstances, except as otherwise
mandated by the SEC.
Farmer Mac is a stockholder-owned instrumentality of the United States
chartered by Congress to help increase the availability of credit in rural
America through the operation of a secondary market for eligible loans to
agricultural and rural borrowers. Farmer Mac's Class C non-voting and Class A
voting common stocks are listed on the NewYork Stock Exchange under the
symbols "AGM" and "AGM.A," respectively. Additional information about Farmer
Mac is available on Farmer Mac's website at www.farmermac.com.
SOURCE Farmer Mac
Contact: Richard Eisenberg, (Investor Inquiries), or Chris Bohanon, (Media
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