MFA Financial, Inc. Elects Richard Byrne to Board of Directors

        MFA Financial, Inc. Elects Richard Byrne to Board of Directors

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 3, 2014

NEW YORK, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE: MFA)
announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Richard Byrne to its
Board. Mr. Byrne fills the vacancy left by the resignation of a former
director at the end of 2013.

Mr. Byrne, age 52, is the President of Benefit Street Partners LLC, the credit
investment arm of Providence Equity Partners, a leading global private equity
firm. Mr. Byrne joined Benefit Street Partners in April 2013 from Deutsche
Bank Securities, Inc., where he served as Chief Executive Officer.

"We are very pleased to welcome Rich to the MFA Board," said George H. Krauss,
MFA's Chairman of the Board. "Rich has a deep understanding of the capital
markets and his business expertise and leadership experience will be a
valuable asset to MFA and our Board."

Prior to serving as CEO of Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., Mr. Byrne was
Co-Head of Global Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank. Prior to Deutsche Bank,
Mr. Byrne was Co-Head of Global Leveraged Finance and Head of Global Credit
Research at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Byrne earned a Masters in Business
Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern
University and his B.A. from Binghamton University.

MFA is a real estate investment trust primarily engaged in the business of
investment, on a leveraged basis, in Agency and Non-Agency residential
mortgage-backed securities.

Investor Contact: MFA Investor Relations
Media Contact:      Abernathy MacGregor
                    Tom Johnson, Andrew Johnson

SOURCE MFA Financial, Inc.

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