First Quarter 2014 Results Announced by Anworth

  First Quarter 2014 Results Announced by Anworth  Business Wire  SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- April 29, 2014  Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE: ANH) today reported core earnings available to common stockholders of $11.9 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Core earnings consisted of approximately $13.4 million of net income less $1.4 million of dividends paid to our preferred stockholders. This compares to core earnings of $9.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.  “Core earnings” represents a non-GAAP financial measure, which we define as GAAP net income excluding impairment losses on mortgage-backed securities, or MBS. For the three months ended March 31, 2014, there were no impairment losses on MBS.  On March 20, 2014, we declared a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.14 per share, which is payable on April 29, 2014 to holders of our common stock as of the close of business on March 31, 2014. During the quarter, the Company elected to discontinue hedge accounting for certain of its interest rate swaps. In determining the current quarterly common stock dividend, the Company decided to declare a dividend relative to its current earnings excluding the cost of these discontinued hedges and intends to continue to do so in the future. The net payments accrued on discontinued hedges were approximately $8.0 million, or $0.06 per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.  Lloyd McAdams, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Despite a volatile interest rate environment, we continue to execute our strategy and, during the first quarter 2014, we took significant steps to generate long-term value and increase stockholder returns. During the first quarter, we increased Anworth’s on-going share repurchase program by 10,000,000 shares and increased the quarterly cash dividend on Anworth’s common stock to $0.14 per share, constituting an annualized dividend yield of 10.2%. We also announced an expanded investment strategy to position Anworth for future growth. We also formed an independent Strategic Review Committee to assist with the execution of our investment strategy and  explore long-term value enhancement opportunities. Moving forward, we remain committed to creating long-term value and generating significant stockholder returns.”  PORTFOLIO  At March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, our total assets, the fair value of our Agency MBS portfolio and its allocation were approximately as follows:                                                  March 31,      December 31,                                                   2014          2013                                                                         Total Assets                                     $ 8,642,946    $ 8,619,491  Fair value of Agency MBS                         $ 8,584,670    $ 8,556,446  Adjustable-rate Agency MBS (less than 1 year       20        %     19        % reset) Hybrid adjustable-rate Agency MBS (1-2 year        10        %     9         % reset) Hybrid adjustable-rate Agency MBS (2-3 year        14        %     15        % reset) Hybrid adjustable-rate Agency MBS (3-4 year        6         %     10        % reset) Hybrid adjustable-rate Agency MBS (4-5 year        4         %     3         % reset) Hybrid adjustable-rate Agency MBS (5-7 year        16        %     15        % reset) Hybrid adjustable-rate Agency MBS (>7 year         8         %     8         % reset) 15-year fixed-rate Agency MBS                      20        %     20        % 20-year and 30-year fixed-rate Agency MBS         2         %    1         %                                                   100       %    100       %                                             March 31,         December 31,                                            2014               2013 Weighted Average Coupon: Adjustable-rate Agency MBS                 2.57           %   2.52           % Hybrid adjustable-rate Agency MBS          2.59               2.62 15-year fixed-rate Agency MBS              2.68               2.66 20-year and 30-year fixed-rate Agency      5.04              5.71            MBS Total Agency MBS:                          2.65           %   2.65           % Average Amortized Cost: Adjustable-rate Agency MBS                 102.56         %   102.46         % Hybrid adjustable-rate Agency MBS          103.55             103.45 15-year fixed-rate Agency MBS              103.10             103.39 20-year and 30-year fixed-rate Agency      102.91            101.31          MBS Total Agency MBS:                          103.24         %   103.23         % Current yield (weighted average coupon     2.57           %   2.57           % divided by average amortized cost) Unamortized premium                        $270.2 million     $268.1 million Unamortized premium as a percentage of     3.24           %   3.23           % par value Premium amortization expense on Agency     $9.9 million       $11.6 million MBS                                                        March 31,  December 31,                                                       2014        2013                                                                    Constant prepayment rate (CPR) of Agency MBS          12%         15% Constant prepayment rate (CPR) of adjustable-rate     13%         17% and hybrid adjustable-rate Agency MBS Weighted average term to next interest rate reset     41 months   42 months on Agency MBS                                              March 31,        December 31,                                             2014              2013 Repurchase Agreements: Outstanding repurchase agreement balance    $7.51 billion     $7.58 billion Average interest rate                       0.35          %   0.39           % Average maturity                            37 days           38 days Average interest rate after adjusting for   1.05          %   1.50           % interest rate swap hedges Average maturity after adjusting for        892 days          1,010 days interest rate swap hedges Average interest rate after adjusting for   1.48          %   1.50           % all interest rate swaps Average maturity after adjusting for all    1,008 days        1,010 days interest rate swaps Fair value of Agency MBS pledged to         $7.98 billion     $8.06 billion counterparties Interest Rate Swap Agreements: Notional amount                             $5.44 billion     $5.375 billion Percentage of outstanding repurchase        72            %   71             % agreement balance  During the quarter, the Company elected to discontinue hedge accounting for certain of its interest rate swaps after it determined that these swaps were no longer effective components of the Company’s asset/liability management strategy. In particular, the assets which these swaps were intended to hedge now have substantially lower principal balances and lessened sensitivity to unexpected rises in short-term interest rates. These interest rate swaps remain in effect and have not been terminated. The interest rate swaps for which hedge accounting has been discontinued carry a notional balance of approximately $1.7 billion, an average fixed rate of 2.13% and an average maturity of September 2015. At March 31, 2014, these swaps had a negative fair value of approximately $40 million, which was reflected in the Company’s book value.  At March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, our swaps (including both hedges and discontinued hedges) had the following notional amounts (in thousands), weighted average fixed rates and remaining terms (in months):          March 31,                           December 31,          2014                                 2013                       Weighted                           Weighted                         Average    Remaining                 Average    Remaining          Notional      Fixed      Term in     Notional      Fixed      Term in          Amount        Rate       Months      Amount        Rate       Months                                                                         Less than     $ 410,000     2.00  %    5           $ 410,000     2.07  %    4 12 months 1 year to 2       730,000     2.06       18            680,000     2.07       18 years 2 years      1,145,000   1.66       28            1,145,000   1.82       29 to 3 years 3 years      1,655,000   1.21       47            1,715,000   1.18       48 to 5 years 5 years      1,000,000   2.12       73            925,000     2.11       76 to 7 years 7 years     500,000     2.84      104          500,000     2.84      107 to 10 years          $ 5,440,000   1.79  %    46          $ 5,375,000   1.81  %    48  The following table shows the notional amount (in thousands), weighted average fixed rate and remaining term (in months) of our swaps that are accounted for as hedges at March 31, 2014:  March 31, 2014              Weighted                Average    Remaining Notional      Fixed      Term in Amount        Rate       Months                           $ 3,755,000   1.64  %    59  At March 31, 2014, our leverage multiple was 8.1x, which remained the same from our leverage multiple at December 31, 2013. The leverage multiple is calculated by dividing our repurchase agreements outstanding by the aggregate of common stockholders’ equity plus preferred stock and junior subordinated notes.                                                       March 31,  December 31,                                                       2014        2013 Relative to Average Earning Assets During the Quarter: Interest income earned                                2.57   %    2.57    % Amortization of premium                               0.47        0.52 Average cost of funds on repurchase agreements and    1.48       1.48     derivative instruments Net interest rate spread                              0.62   %    0.57    %  At March 31, 2014, our book value was $6.10 per share versus $5.98 per share at December 31, 2013. During the first quarter, the change in AOCI was a positive $20.5 million. This change was due primarily to an increase in the value of our MBS of approximately $29.7 million and a decrease in the value of our interest rate swaps of approximately $9.2 million.  SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM  On December 13, 2013, we announced that our board of directors, or our Board, had authorized the Company to acquire up to an additional 5,000,000 shares of our common stock through our share repurchase program. On March 14, 2014, we announced that our Board had authorized the Company to acquire up to an additional 10,000,000 shares of our common stock. Since our common stock has been trading below its book value, the objective of the share repurchase program is to increase the book value per share and the income per share. During the quarter ended March 31, 2014, we repurchased an aggregate of 5,634,414 shares of common stock at a weighted average price of $5.01 per share under our share repurchase program.  During the current quarter through April 28, 2014, we repurchased an aggregate of 4,783,990 shares at a weighted average price of $5.24 per share under our share repurchase program.  RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE  In February of 2014, we incorporated Anworth Properties, Inc., a Qualified REIT Subsidiary (“QRS”) that is wholly-owned by the Company. As of March 31, 2014 and April 24, 2014, our QRS had acquired and committed to acquire 9 and 58 single-family (up to 4 units) residential properties, respectively, primarily through the foreclosure auction process, that will be held for lease to quality tenants. These properties will be held in our residential real estate portfolio to generate rental income and have the potential for price appreciation. These properties are either currently rented, are in the rental process or are being renovated to enhance potential rental income.  In March of 2014, we incorporated Anworth Property Services, Inc., a Taxable REIT Subsidiary (“TRS”) through which we may participate in various real estate-related activities that would earn profits that the Internal Revenue Service considers to be taxable income. Examples of these other activities include: the securitization of mortgage loans; mortgage origination; leasing and managing rental properties; and owning properties acquired through the foreclosure process.  CONFERENCE CALL  We will host a conference call on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time, 10:00 AM Pacific Time, to discuss first quarter 2014 results. The dial-in number for the conference call is 888-317-6016 for U.S. callers (international callers should dial 412-317-6016 and Canadian callers should dial 855-669-9657). When dialing in, participants should ask to be connected to the Anworth Mortgage earnings call. Replays of the call will be available for a 7-day period commencing at 3:00 PM Eastern Time on April 30, 2014. The dial-in number for the replay is 877-344-7529 for U.S. callers (Canadian callers should dial 855-669-9658 and international callers should dial 412-317-0088) and the conference number is 10045204. The conference call will also be webcast live over the Internet, which can be accessed on our website at http://www.anworth.com through the corresponding link located on the home page.  Investors interested in participating in our Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan, or the Plan, or receiving a copy of the Plan’s prospectus, may do so by contacting the Plan Administrator, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, at 877-248-6410. For more information about the Plan, interested investors may also visit the Plan Administrator’s website at http://www.investpower.com or our website at http://www.anworth.com.  About Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation  Anworth is an externally-managed mortgage real estate investment trust. Our principal business is to invest primarily in securities guaranteed by the U.S. Government, such as Ginnie Mae, or guaranteed by federally sponsored enterprises, such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. We seek to generate income for distribution to our shareholders primarily based on the difference between the yield on our mortgage assets and the cost of our borrowings. We are managed by Anworth Management, LLC, or the Manager, pursuant a management agreement. The Manager is subject to the supervision and direction of our Board of Directors and is responsible for (i) the selection, purchase and sale of our investment portfolio; (ii) our financing and hedging activities; and (iii) providing us with management services and other services and activities relating to our assets and operations as may be appropriate. Our common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ANH.” Anworth is a component of the Russell 2000® Index.  Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995  This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. Forward-looking statements, which are based on various assumptions (some of which are beyond our control) may be identified by reference to a future period or periods or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as “may,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “assume,” “estimate,” “intend,” “continue,” or other similar terms or variations on those terms or the negative of those terms. Our actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including but not limited to, changes in interest rates; changes in the market value of our mortgage-backed securities; changes in the yield curve; the availability of mortgage-backed securities for purchase; increases in the prepayment rates on the mortgage loans securing our mortgage-backed securities; our ability to use borrowings to finance our assets and, if available, the terms of any financing; risks associated with investing in mortgage-related assets; changes in business conditions and the general economy, including the consequences of actions by the U.S. government and other foreign governments to address the global financial crisis; implementation of or changes in government regulations affecting our business; our ability to maintain our qualification as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes; our ability to maintain an exemption from the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended; risks associated with our home rental business; and the Manager’s ability to manage our growth. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other SEC filings discuss the most significant risk factors that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.  ANWORTH MORTGAGE ASSET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands, except per share amounts)                                                  March 31,      December 31,                                                   2014          2013                                                        (unaudited) ASSETS Agency MBS: Agency MBS pledged to counterparties at fair     $ 7,976,934     $ 8,060,567 value Agency MBS at fair value                           587,335         462,478 Paydowns receivable                               20,401        33,401                                                      $ 8,584,670     $ 8,556,446 Residential properties                             694             - Cash and cash equivalents                          2,274           7,368 Interest and dividends receivable                  23,086          23,310 Derivative instruments at fair value               17,253          22,551 Prepaid expenses and other                        14,969        9,816      Total Assets:                                    $ 8,642,946    $ 8,619,491  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Liabilities: Accrued interest payable                         $ 25,738        $ 30,117 Repurchase agreements                              7,510,000       7,580,000 Junior subordinated notes                          37,380          37,380 Derivative instruments at fair value               18,894          55,914 Interest rate swaps at fair value                  40,048          - Dividends payable on Series A Preferred Stock      1,035           1,035 Dividends payable on Series B Preferred Stock      394             394 Dividends payable on common stock                  18,689          11,097 Payable for securities purchased                   100,064         - Accrued expenses and other                        2,803         1,368      Total Liabilities:                               $ 7,755,045    $ 7,717,305  Series B Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock: par value $0.01 per share; liquidating preference $25.00 per share ($25,241 and         $ 23,924       $ 23,924     $25,241, respectively); 1,066 and 1,066 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively Stockholders' Equity: Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock: par value $0.01 per share; liquidating preference $25.00 per share ($47,984 and $47,984, respectively);   $ 46,537        $ 46,537 1,919 and 1,919 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively Common Stock: par value $0.01 per share; authorized 200,000 shares, 133,492 and 138,717     1,335           1,387 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively Additional paid-in capital                         1,157,380       1,185,369 Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)             (71,486   )     (92,008   ) consisting of unrealized gains and losses Accumulated deficit                               (269,789  )    (263,023  ) Total Stockholders' Equity:                      $ 863,977      $ 878,262    Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:      $ 8,642,946    $ 8,619,491    ANWORTH MORTGAGE ASSET CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (in thousands, except for per share amounts) (unaudited)                                                      Three Months Ended                                                      March 31,                                                       2014       2013     Interest income: Interest on Agency MBS                               $ 44,395      $ 43,450 Other income                                          11          17                                                             44,406      43,467   Interest expense: Interest expense on repurchase agreements              27,406        20,902 Interest expense on junior subordinated notes         314         320                                                            27,720      21,222   Net interest income                                   16,686      22,245   Gain on sales of Agency MBS                            -             5,170 Gain on interest rate swaps, net                       628           - Recovery on Non-Agency MBS                             37            129 Expenses: Management fee to related party                        (2,916  )     (2,998  ) Other expenses                                        (1,064  )    (922    ) Total expenses                                        (3,980  )    (3,920  ) Net income                                           $ 13,371     $ 23,624   Dividend on Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock        (1,035  )     (1,034  ) Dividend on Series B Cumulative Convertible           (394    )    (412    ) Preferred Stock Net income to common stockholders                    $ 11,942     $ 22,178   Basic earnings per common share                      $ 0.09        $ 0.16 Diluted earnings per common share                    $ 0.09        $ 0.15 Basic weighted average number of shares                136,848       142,903 outstanding Diluted weighted average number of shares              140,875       146,945 outstanding  Contact:  Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation John T. Hillman 310-255-4438 or 310-255-4493 jhillman@anworth.com http://www.anworth.com