Arbor Realty Trust Announces Tax Treatment of 2012 Dividend Distributions

Arbor Realty Trust Announces Tax Treatment of 2012 Dividend Distributions

UNIONDALE, N.Y., Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arbor Realty Trust, Inc.
(NYSE:ABR), a real estate investment trust focused on the business of
investing in real estate related bridge and mezzanine loans, preferred and
direct equity investments, mortgage-related securities and other real estate
related assets, announced today the tax treatment of its 2012 dividend
distributions for the Company's common shares of beneficial interest.

During 2012, the total per share distributions paid on Arbor Realty Trust,
Inc. common stock was $.285. For tax reporting purposes 100% or $.285 will be
classified as dividend income (of which 100% are non-qualified dividends). The
2012 distributions paid with respect to Arbor Realty Trust's common stock
(CUSIP #038923108 and traded under ticker symbol ABR) are summarized on a
quarterly basis, as follows:

                    Total         Non-                 Capital
Record    Payment   Distribution Qualified Qualified Gain
Date    Date    per share   Dividend  Dividend  Distribution
                                                     
05/22/2012 05/29/2012 $.075         $.075      $.000      $.000
08/21/2012 08/28/2012 .10           .10        .00        .00
11/20/2012 11/28/2012 .11          .11        .00        .00
                    $.285         $.285      $.000      $.000

Note: Shareholders are encouraged to consult with their tax advisors as to
their specific tax treatment of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. dividend
distributions.

About Arbor Realty Trust, Inc.

The Company is a real estate investment trust, which invests in a diversified
portfolio of multi-family and commercial real estate related bridge and
mezzanine loans, preferred equity investments, mortgage related securities and
other real estate related assets. The Company commenced operations in July
2003 and conducts substantially all of its operations through its operating
partnership, Arbor Realty Limited Partnership and its subsidiaries. Arbor is
externally managed and advised by Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC, a national
commercial real estate finance company operating through 14 offices in the US
that specializes in debt and equity financing for multi-family and commercial
real estate.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements in this press release, including with regard to the
Company's securities offering and contemplated use of proceeds, may constitute
forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are
based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a
number of trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.The Company
can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained.Factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's
expectations include, but are not limited to, continued ability to source new
investments, changes in interest rates and/or credit spreads, changes in the
real estate and capital markets, and other risks detailed in the prospectus
relating to the offering and the documents incorporated by reference therein,
including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December
31, 2011 and its other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission.Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this
press release.The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking
to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements
contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with
regard thereto or change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any
such statement is based.

CONTACT: Arbor Realty Trust, Inc.
         Paul Elenio, Chief Financial Officer
         516-506-4422
         pelenio@arbor.com
        
         Media:
         Bonnie Habyan, SVP of Marketing
         516-506-4615
         bhabyan@arbor.com
        
         Investors:
         Stephanie Carrington / Amy Glynn
         The Ruth Group
         646-536-7023
         scarrington@theruthgroup.com
         aglynn@theruthgroup.com