MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA) - NYSE
  • Tue, Mar. 29, 2:56 PM
    • A fast series of rate hikes wouldn't be good news for mortgage REITs, whose carry-trade business model breaks down with a flat or, worse, inverted yield curve.
    • Any worries about hawkish Fed action were considerably diminished today after Janet Yellen said caution on rate hikes is "especially warranted," and suggested there's more slack in the labor market than what the trim 4.9% headline UE rate would suggest.
    • Mostly lower earlier, the mREIT sector (REM +1.2%) has turned sharply higher.
    • Annaly Capital (NLY +0.35), American Capital (AGNC +0.4%), Armour (ARR +1.2%), CYS Investments (CYS +2.3%), New York Mortgage (NYMT +3.2%), MFA Financial (MFA +1.4%), Western Asset (WMC +2.7%), Anworth (ANH +1.5%), Dynex (DX +2.1%), AG Mortgage (MITT +1.9%), Ellington Financial (EFC +1.2%).
    | Tue, Mar. 29, 2:56 PM | 15 Comments
  • Thu, Mar. 17, 1:31 PM
    • It's day two of advances for the mortgage REIT sector (REM +1.6%) after the Fed's dovish turn yesterday. The spread between two-year and ten-year U.S. Treasury yields is up to 102 basis points vs. an eight-year low of 95 bps just over a week ago. That spread, of course, is what mortgage REITs profit from, and bigger is better.
    • American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.8%), Two Harbors (TWO +2%), CYS Investments (CYS +1.8%), New York Mortgage (NYMT +5.3%), MFA Financial (MFA +1.2%), Dynex (DX +2.4%), Ellington (EARN +1.7%), Five Oaks (OAKS +2.9%)
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    • Previously: Mortgage REITs in the green after dovish Fed (March 16)
    | Thu, Mar. 17, 1:31 PM | 12 Comments
  • Fri, Feb. 26, 10:07 AM
    • The mREITs (REM +1.3%) are higher across the board after Apollo Residential Mortgage (AMTG +31.3%) agrees to a sale at a hefty premium to last night's close, but still at a discount to book value.
    • The entire sector is trading at sizable discounts to book value, with some names at massive discounts. For its part, Apollo Residential yesterday could be purchased for about 60% of its end-of-year book value. And the assets on the books of these companies tend to be highly liquid and easily valued.
    • Running an mREIT may not be a terribly efficient exercise at the small market caps most of the sector sports. The companies depend on being able to issue stock with which to fund growth, but can't do so (without being wildly dilutive) when the shares are trading at such wide discounts.
    • Sector giants Annaly Capital (NLY +0.6%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.2%) have market caps above $6B, and Two Harbors (TWO +0.8%), Chimera (CIM +1.1%), CYS Investments (CYS +1%), Invesco (IVR +3.5%), Hatteras (HTS +1.2%), MFA Financial (MFA +1%), and Capstead (CMO +1%) are all near or well over $1B.
    • Players in Apollo's league (sub-$500M market cap) include New York Mortgage (NYMT +1%), Western Asset (WMC +0.6%), Anworth (ANH +1.3%), Dynex (DX +1.4%), Arlington Asset (AI +4.6%), AG Mortgage (MITT +8.7%), The Ellingtons (EFC +1.9%), (EARN +1.1%), Javelin (JMI +2.8%), Orchid Island (ORC +1.5%), Five Oaks (OAKS +0.7%), ZAIS Financial (ZFC +1.3%)
    | Fri, Feb. 26, 10:07 AM | 32 Comments
  • Wed, Jan. 20, 10:44 AM
    • The discounts to book values across the sector have grown to such high levels that one wonders whether it just makes more sense for many of these players to liquidate the portfolios and return the money to the shareholders.
    • Sector giants Annaly Capital (NLY -4.9%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC -4.6%) are selling at 30% discounts to their most recent book value.
    • Armour Residential (ARR -8.3%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR -7%), Hatteras Financial (HTS -5%), New York Mortgage (NYMT -9.5%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -6.4%), AG Mortgage (MITT -7.2%), Anworth (ANH -6.3%), Arlington Asset (AI -8.7%), and Five Oaks (OAKS -8%) are selling at greater than 40% discounts. Two Harbors (TWO -7.5%), CYS Investments (CYS -6.2%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -6%), Capstead (CMO -5.9%), Dynex (DX -7.2%), Western Asset (WMC -8%), Ellington Residential (EARN -7.2%), and Orchid Island (ORC -9.6%) are all nearing 40% discounts.
    • MFA Financial (MFA -6.4%) and Chimera Investment (CIM -8.1%) are both nearing 30% discounts to book.
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | Wed, Jan. 20, 10:44 AM | 249 Comments
  • Fri, Jan. 15, 10:23 AM
    • In the midst of a market panic and with the sector trading at massive discounts to book value, it takes a pair to issue downgrades now, but that's what Wells Fargo has done, cutting Annaly Capital (NLY -2.9%), MFA Financial (MFA -4.1%), Hatteras Financial (HTS -4.5%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -5%), AG Mortgage (MITT -5.9%), and Two Harbors (TWO -3.4%) to Market Perform from Outperform.
    • At last check one month ago, these names were trading at discounts to NAV ranging from about 10-30%. Presumably those discounts have widened as the stock prices have crumbled further since then, and book values have likely remained stable or even risen.
    • For the last year, mREITs have had to contend with the possibility of higher interest rates across the board. Now they have to deal with a sharply flatter yield curve as the 10-year Treasury yield has fallen about 30 basis points since the Fed hiked last month.
    • Good news? FRBNY President Bill Dudley is on the tape this morning suggesting negative interest rates as a possibility if the economy sours. That should help mREIT funding costs.
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | Fri, Jan. 15, 10:23 AM | 58 Comments
  • Wed, Jan. 6, 3:28 PM
    • Trading at roughly a 25% discount to book value, there's plenty of value in the mortgage REIT sector, and now there's a catalyst with the broad-based averages and interest rates both in sharp decline to start the year.
    • The iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage REIT ETF (NYSEARCA:REM) is up 2.2% YTD after declining about 20% in 2015.
    • Annaly Capital (NYSE:NLY) and American Capital Agency are each up about 2.5%.
    • Others in the green: Two Harbors (NYSE:TWO), Chimera (NYSE:CIM), CYS Investments (NYSE:CYS), Invesco (NYSE:IVR), New York Mortgage Trust (NASDAQ:NYMT), Hatteras (NYSE:HTS), Capstead (NYSE:CMO), MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA), Western Asset (NYSE:WMC), Anworth (NYSE:ANH).
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | Wed, Jan. 6, 3:28 PM | 35 Comments
  • Dec. 16, 2015, 2:24 PM
    • The about left-for-dead mortgage REIT sector (REM +2.4%) has been enjoying a big Fed rate hike day, and has added to gains since the news officially came down at 2 ET.
    • Credit-exposed names are leading the way higher: Chimera Investment (CIM +5.7%), Invesco (IVR +2.4%), New York Mortgage (NYMT +2.1%), Western Asset (WMC +5.6%), Anworth (ANH +2.7%), Arlington Asset (AI +4.7%), AG Mortgage (MITT +4.2%), Orchid Island (ORC +5%). MFA Financial (MFA +3.4%)
    • Others: Annaly (NLY +2.1%), American Capital Agency (AGNC +0.8%), CYS Investments, Capstead (CMO +1.6%)
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    • Previously: Fed projections: 1.4% Fed Funds by the end of 2016 (Dec. 16)
    • Previously: Fed officially puts an end to ZIRP (Dec. 16)
    | Dec. 16, 2015, 2:24 PM | 35 Comments
  • Dec. 14, 2015, 11:32 AM
    • Before it was fears about interest rates - first, with long yields too low and thus slimming margins, and then the Fed's promise to hike short rates (and slimming margins even more). Now we can toss credit worries into the mix, and the action's plenty panicky there - junk bonds are off sharply again today and two more funds have been forced to gate withdrawals and/or liquidate.
    • Once pure-play agency REITs like Annaly Capital (NLY -2%) and American Capital Mortgage (AGNC -1.7%) now have some credit exposure.
    • Others are more credit-exposed: Chimera Investment (CIM -3.5%), Invesco (IVR -2.7%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -2.8%), MFA Financial (MFA -2.8%), New York Mortgage (NYMT -4.7%), Western Asset (WMC -3.6%), Anworth (ANH -2.9%), Arlington Asset (AI -3.6%), Javelin (JMI -4.8%), Orchid Island (ORC -7.4%), Five Oaks (OAKS -12.3%)
    • Just to pick a few out, Annaly Capital sells at a 24.4% discount to Sept. 30 book value; American Capital Agency sells at a 26.3% discount; Invesco at a 30% discount; MFA Fnancial at 15.4% discount; New York Mortgage at a 25% discount (this sold at a premium to book as recently as early fall).
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | Dec. 14, 2015, 11:32 AM | 65 Comments
  • Jun. 29, 2015, 11:24 AM
    • The smallest players are being hit hardest today, with Orchid Island Capital (ORC -8.9%), Five Oaks Investment (OAKS -3.4%), and Cherry Hill Mortgage <<CHM>I> leading the sector lower. Arlington Asset (AI -1.3%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -1.2%), and Javelin Mortgage (JMI -0.8%) belong in that group as well.
    • Sector bigwigs Annaly Capital (NLY -0.1%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -0.1%), Two Harbors (TWO -0.2%),and  MFA Financial (MFA -0.3%) are holding up better.
    • Previously: Rates plunge on Greece gets ready to default (June 29)
    • ETFs: MORL, REM, MORT, LMBS
    | Jun. 29, 2015, 11:24 AM | 46 Comments
  • Jun. 5, 2015, 3:57 PM
    | Jun. 5, 2015, 3:57 PM | 89 Comments
  • Mar. 18, 2015, 2:30 PM
    • Worries about a sharply flatter yield curve abate just a bit as the FOMC drops "patient" from its policy statement - putting rate hikes on the table at subsequent meetings - but Fed economic projections send a dovish signal, with outlooks for economic growth, inflation, and the pace of rate hikes all cut from previous estimates.
    • Outperforming the averages: Annaly Capital (NLY +1.1%), American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.5%), Two Harbors (TWO +1.5%), CYS Investments (CYS +2%), Invesco (IVR +1.7%), Hatteras (HTS +1.7%), Capstead (CMO +2.1%), MFA Financial (MFA +1.7%), Anworth (ANH +2.2%), Dynex (DX +1.5%), Five Oaks (OAKS +3.3%).
    • ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
    • Previously: FOMC drops "patient," but sends dovish signal (March 18)
    | Mar. 18, 2015, 2:30 PM | 9 Comments
  • Mar. 6, 2015, 10:21 AM
    • The 10-year Treasury yield has popped all the way to 2.24% (up 11 bps on the session) following the strong jobs report which saw 295K jobs added in February and the unemployment rate dropping to 5.5%.
    • Checking short-term interest rate futures, they're falling (meaning higher rates), but still not pricing in a rate hike until late summer.
    • Annaly Capital (NLY -1.3%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -0.6%), Two Harbors (TWO -1%), Armour (ARR -0.9%), Invesco (IVR -0.9%), CYS Investments (CYS -1.4%), Hatteras (HTS -1.1%), MFA Financial (MFA -1.1%), Western Asset (WMC -0.7%), Dynex (DX -1.2%), AG Mortgage (MITT -1.5%), Ellington Residential (EARN -1.1%).
    • ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
    • Previously: Dollar and Treasury yields spike after strong jobs print (March 6)
    | Mar. 6, 2015, 10:21 AM | 44 Comments
  • Feb. 3, 2015, 3:52 PM
    • Unable to put any sort of positive move together even as interest rates tumbled this year, mREITs (REM +0.9%) are uniformly higher this session as the 10-year yield jumps 11 basis points to 1.78%.
    • American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.3%) reported better-than-hoped Q4 results last night, but has altered its mix of portfolio holdings and hedges to brace for what it expects will be a wave of prepayments. If rates keep this up, those prepayments may not materialize.
    • Annaly (NLY +1.1%), Chimera (CIM +1.5%), CYS Investments (CYS +1.3%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +1.8%), Hatteras (HTS +1.1%), MFA Financial (MFA +1.3%), Western Asset (WMC +1.8%), Dynex (DX +1.1%), Ellington Financial (EFC +1.2%).
    | Feb. 3, 2015, 3:52 PM | 18 Comments
  • Nov. 19, 2014, 3:42 PM
    • A check of the mortgage REITs following FOMC minutes which shows the discussion moving a bit more seriously towards rate hikes finds the sector (REM -0.5%) modestly lower.
    • Individual names: Annaly (NLY -0.3%), American Capital Agency (AGNC), CYS Investments (CYS -0.3%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR -0.9%), New York Mortgage Trust (NYMT -0.4%), Hatteras Financial (HTS -0.8%), MFA Financial (MFA -1%), Capsteam Mortgage (CMO -0.6%), Ellington Residential (EARN -0.4%).
    | Nov. 19, 2014, 3:42 PM | 8 Comments
  • Nov. 5, 2014, 10:51 AM
    • On the earnings call (transcript), KBW's Mike Widner questioned the sustainability of MFA Financial's (MFA -2.3%) $0.20 dividend, noting taxable income has been running below GAAP income (and below $0.20 per share) for some time. Widner also says core income (stripping out gains on sales) has been running below GAAP.
    • Widner: "I don't expect you guys to give the answer that taxable is going to continue to run lower and, therefore, there is an implication that the dividend is going to get trimmed. But I mean just that it seems bit sooner or later that's the trend that we’re running on."
    • Also downgrading to Hold (Neutral), is Sterne Agee's Jason Weaver, though - judging by what he had to say on the earnings call - the move seems more valuation-related with the stock higher by nearly 20% YTD and trading at a premium to book value. Weaver: "My questions have actually been asked ... But I'll say congratulations and solid performance in what was a really wild quarter for the space"
    • Previously: MFA Financial beats by $0.01, beats on revenue
    • Previously: MFA Financial creeps higher after earnings
    | Nov. 5, 2014, 10:51 AM
  • Sep. 30, 2014, 3:05 PM
    | Sep. 30, 2014, 3:05 PM | 32 Comments
Company Description
MFA Financial, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. It engages in the business of investment, on a leveraged basis, in residential mortgage assets, including Agency MBS, Non-Agency MBS and residential whole loans. The company was founded by Stewart Zimmerman on July 24, 1997 and is... More
Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Diversified
Country: United States