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There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY) lately, especially on this site. This brings up one simple matter; should we buy, sell, or hold this stock? I have taken the time these past couple of days to see what the buzz is all about and whether we should get in, get out, or sit tight. There is no doubt this stock had a rock solid run all the way up to $18 and is reaching a price point where an investors need to make a decision. Is it still a good choice or is the stock rising on momentum that could turn around just as quickly?

 

 

Index-P/E34.22EPS0.50Insider Own0.51%Shs Outstand974.61MPerf Week1.00%
Market Cap16.68BForward P/E8.35EPS next Y2.05Insider Trans8.51%Shs Float968.66MPerf Month2.46%
Income529.85MPEG11.41EPS next Q0.49Inst Own42.11%Short Float3.49%Perf Quarter9.05%
Sales3.59BP/S4.64EPS this Y-81.61%Inst Trans-5.51%Short Ratio3.48Perf Half Y8.15%
Book/sh16.36P/B1.05EPS next Y3.54%ROA0.50%Target Price16.94Perf Year5.36%
Cash/sh0.96P/C17.88EPS next 5Y3.00%ROE3.73%52W Range12.66 - 17.19Perf YTD10.96%
Dividend2.20P/FCF62.11EPS past 5Y-3.28%ROI3.03%52W High-0.47%Beta0.28
Dividend %12.86%Quick Ratio-Sales past 5Y23.98%Gross Margin86.12%52W Low35.15%ATR0.17
Employees147Current Ratio-Sales Q/Q1.29%Oper. Margin16.94%RSI (14)65.28Volatility0.77% 0.98%
OptionableYesDebt/Eq5.84EPS Q/Q0.74%Profit Margin15.22%Rel Volume1.15Prev Close17.12
ShortableYesLT Debt/Eq0.03EarningsFeb 21Payout416.90%Avg Volume9.71MPrice17.11
Recom2.70SMA202.01%SMA503.66%SMA2008.15%Volume11,173,574Change-0.06%

The Competition:

 

Price

Market Cap

Revenue

Net Income

NLY

17.12

16.69B

861.73M

529.85M

CMO

13.97

1.31B

187.18M

149.60M

IMH

2.01

15.74M

68.17M

3.42M

RWT

12.12

958.15M

100.25M

35.95M

Industry

N/A

766.44M

79.56M

N/A

CMO - Capstead Mortgage Corp.

IMH - Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc.

RWT - Redwood Trust Inc.

Industry - REIT, Diversified

The Good

Of the 42 firms within the Specialty Financials Industry, Annaly is among the 21 companies that pay a dividend. The stock's dividend yield is currently 12.8% or $0.55 quarterly. This stock has a history of above average dividends with above average payout ratio. I believe this is a good sign that the company is financially stable, especially since its Long Term Debt / Equity ratio is 0.03. Also, NLY took advantage of improved capital markets to complete three equity offerings in 2011: a $1.3 billion offering in early January, a $1.3 billion offering in February, and a $2.1 billion offering in July. Each of these offerings was made at a share price that was a premium to book value. Following each of these offerings the company has been quick to use this capital to its advantage, and I expect this to have a positive impact on earnings in the coming quarters given the spreads on new investments should be higher than the recent portfolio average.

The Bad

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael A.J. Farrell has been battling cancer, and anytime there is a shift in management the stock price is shaky. Also, some of its executives are being investigated for excessive bonuses and breaches of their responsibilities by paying certain top officials excessive compensation. This company also looks overvalued based on PEG of 11.4 and dismal earnings for the past five years. The company's net margin is at its five-year low and based on forward PEG, NLY currently trades at an 88% premium to its Specialty Financials Industry peers.

Conclusion

I believe this stock was poised for greatness at one point, but do believe it is time to sell. I feel that its time is finally up and the momentum will turn around. Now this is not to say I do not think the future may have something else in store, but at this point I would recommend getting out while you are still ahead.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments, including mortgage pass-through certificates, collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs), Agency callable debentures, and other securities representing interests in or obligations backed by pools of mortgage loans. NLY finances its purchases of mortgage-backed securities with the proceeds from equity offerings and borrowings under repurchase agreements with interest rates that adjust based on changes in the short-term benchmark. At December 31, 2011, about 90% of the company's investments were fixed rate pass-through certificates, approximately 9% were adjustable rate pass-through certificates, and 1% were LIBOR CMO floaters. At that date, 41% of the trust's portfolio was hedged with interest rate swaps, which is consistent with the historical composition of its portfolio. Annaly has a market cap of $16.69B and an enterprise value of $ 107.61B.

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Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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