- Anworth reports EPS of 7 cents per share, total earnings of $8,618 to common shareholders.
- This earnings report confirmed our initial opinion about earnings power.
- The EPS of 7 cents per share came in slightly below our estimate.
Anworth's (NYSE:ANH) reported income statement is similar to what we projected. Net Income was lower than projected primarily because of a spike in "other expenses" and an increase in amortization expense. We projected $11,000 in amortization expense; they reported $11,700. We also stated that we believed $11,000 projected expense would be understating the actual expense.
Anworth's 7 cents of earnings is insufficient to match the 14 cent dividend paid for the quarter. The predictable result is an increase in "accumulated deficit" from ($269,789) to ($278,503). As long as Anworth's dividends exceed their earnings power, they will be unsustainable. The Weighted Average Coupon remained constant from Q1 2014 at 2.65%. The composition of the portfolio remained fairly consistent except for the addition of 15-year-fixed-rate TBA Agency securities which now account for 3% of the portfolio. The 3% came from reduction in other 15 year-fixed-rate securities and hybrid adjustable-rate securities.
The notional amount of hedges decreased slightly, but the decrease in hedges was offset by a decrease in assets. The weighted average rate on the hedges decreased from 1.79% to 1.78%. Because the weighted average rate has remained similar and the hedges represent a similar percentage of the total portfolio value, we are not projecting a significant improvement for third quarter. However, management should be strongly commended for the repurchase of shares. Book value per share increased from $6.12 to $6.28 due to management aggressively repurchasing shares that were (and still are) trading a steep discount to book value. If management had refused to repurchase shares, book value per share would have declined. Management's share repurchase has helped shareholders in two ways. It has directly increased book value per share, and it has decreased management fees. Shareholders should be grateful for the proxy challenge that got Anworth into action. The increase in book value per share could cause a slight bump in the share price, despite EPS missing estimates.
Our book value per share calculations:
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Our initial article can be seen here.
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