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American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC)

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  • Jul. 28, 2014, 4:16 PM
    • Net spread and dollar roll income of $0.87 per share compares $0.71 in Q1, and to the $0.65 dividend.
    • Book value per share of $26.26 up 7.2% from June 30 book value of $24.49. Today's close of $23.69 is a 9.8% discount to book. Dividend plus boost in book value translates to 9.9% economic ROE for Q2.
    • CPR of 9% up 200 basis points from Q1.
    • Net interest spread of 1.84% up 25 basis points from Q1.
    • Average "at risk" leverage of 7.1x vs. 7.2x in Q1.
    • CIO Kain takes a victory lap: "Our results this quarter were bolstered by several important strategic decisions ... Most important was our decision to maintain our leverage as we believed the supply and demand outlook for agency MBS was very positive despite the tapering of Fed purchases."
    • Conference call tomorrow at 11 ET
    • AGNC +1.3% AH
    • Previously: American Capital Agency beats by $0.19
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  • Jul. 10, 2014, 10:17 AM
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  • Jul. 3, 2014, 9:56 AM
    • A few days ago, the 10-year Treasury yield stood at about 2.50%, but it's been on the rise all week and shot up to near 2.7% this morning following the strong jobs print and drop in unemployment to 6.1%. Checking the short end of the curve, Eurodollar futures are selling off as well, and now have baked in more than one rate hike between now and one year from now, and 75 basis points of hikes by the end of 2015.
    • Previously: Treasury yields jump, gold slumps after strong jobs print
    • Off 1.1% today, Annaly Capital (NLY) is down nearly 5% since this time last week, with a similar move having taken place in American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.2%).
    • Chimera (CIM -1.4%), CYS Investments (CYS -1%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR -1.8%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -1.6%), New York Mortgage Trust (NYMT -1.2%), AG Mortgage (MITT -1.8%), Ellington Residential (EARN -0.7%), Dynex (DX -0.8%), MFA Financial (MFA -0.9%).
    • ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
    | 45 Comments
  • Jun. 26, 2014, 3:54 PM
    • Enjoying the decline in interest rates even among some hawkish stomping of feet by St. Louis Fed boss Jim Bullard, the mortgage REIT sector (REM +0.9%) is broadly higher. Sector giants: Annaly Capital (NLY +0.6%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.1%).
    • Others: Two Harbors (TWO +1.9%), Chimera (CIM +1.8%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +1%), Cherry Hill Mortgage (CHMI +1.4%), New York Mortgage Trust (NYMT +1.1%).
    • Other ETFs: MORT, MORL
    | 11 Comments
  • Apr. 29, 2014, 11:33 AM
    • It's hard to get worked up about the taper upsetting the supply/demand picture in MBS this year, says American Capital Agency (AGNC -0.9%) CIO Gary Kain on the earnings call. Thanks to the slow pace of mortgage originations this year, 2014 will likely have the smallest pace of net MBS supply (gross supply minus Fed purchases) of any year this century (excepting the 2009 blowup). See presentation slides, page 12.
    • Given these dynamics, says Kain, it's hard to make the argument that mortgages are overpriced at the moment.
    • Previously: CYS Investment's Kevin Grant says mortgages are too pricey and awaits a pullback.
    • Next, Kain looks (page 13) at the changing investor base for MBS as the Fed has become the gorilla. Who's been selling? Everyone, but it's mostly money managers who have cut back while the Fed fattened up its holdings. As for mortgage REITs, they've not only cut back their holdings (account for less than 5% of the market), but they've reduced leverage too.
    • Previously: American Capital beats estimates; grows book value
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  • Apr. 25, 2014, 3:50 PM
    • The mREITs (REM +0.2%) aren't as green as one might imagine given the pattern of buying the names on broad market selloffs seen so far this year, but sector giants and leaders Annaly Capital (NLY +1%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC +0.7%) have moved their highest levels of the year late in the session.
    • The 10-year Treasury yield - off three basis points to 2.66% - is within a handful of ticks of its low point on the year. TLT +0.2%
    • Other mREIT ETFs: MORT, MORL
    • Previously: Sharp losses for small caps and tech; money flows into utilities
    | 13 Comments
  • Apr. 10, 2014, 11:49 AM
    • Lit up bright green as the market's momentum names again break down and lead the averages - and Treasury yields - lower are the mortgage REITs (REM +0.5%).
    • The 10-year yield is off six basis points to 2.63% and Eurodollar futures in the last few sessions have rallied strongly, pricing out at least one rate hike between now and the end of 2016.
    • CYS Investments (CYS +1.7%), Invesco Mortgage (IVR +1.3%), Hatteras Financial (HTS +1.3%), MFA Financial (MFA +1.4%), Two Harbors (TWO +0.8%), American Capital (AGNC +0.6%), (MTGE +0.5%).
    • One day after making a number of additions to its management team - including a couple of hires from the New York Fed - Annaly (NLY +0.5%) is also posting gains.
    • Related ETFs: MORT, MORL
    | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 9, 2014, 2:43 PM
    • Mixed earlier, a lot more green creeps into the mortgage REIT sector (REM +0.6%) after the FOMC minutes suggest members aren't in as quite of a rush as thought to hike rates. The 10-year note yield is back to flat on the session at 2.68% (was as high as 2.72% pre-release), and the short end is doing even better (steeper curve) with the Dec. 2015 Eurodollar contract higher by six basis points.
    • Leading the move higher are American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.1%), Chimera Investment (CIM +1.1%), and Hatteras Financial (HTS +1%). Also among those ahead are Annaly (NLY +0.7%), Anworth (ANH +0.6%), Ellington (EFC +1.3%), (EARN +0.1%), and Javelin (JMI +0.6%).
    • Related ETFs: MORT, MORL
    | 8 Comments
  • Apr. 4, 2014, 3:15 PM
    • What's working today? With the exception of Western Asset Mortgage which had a massive secondary offering, the mREIT sector is nearly universally higher as money rushes out of the previously perkier areas of the market.
    • Not hurting is a seven basis point decline in the 10-year Treasury yield to 2.73%.
    • Up the most are the two largest and also investor favorites Annaly (NLY +1.4%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.3%). Others: CYS Investments (CYS +1%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +0.5%), MFA Financial (MFA +0.5%), Dynex (DX +0.9%), Armour (ARR +0.5%).
    • Related ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
    | 16 Comments
  • Mar. 19, 2014, 3:13 PM
    • A check of sectors following the FOMC statement and updated projections suggesting a quickened pace of rate hikes in the future finds the banks and life insurers notably moving higher. Both groups have struggled earning a spread amid ZIRP and are positively levered to higher rates.
    • Lenders: Bank of America (BAC +1%), Citigroup (C +1%), JPMorgan (JPM), Regions (RF +1.7%), KeyCorp (KEY +0.9%), SunTrust (STI +0.7%).
    • Life insurers: MetLife (MET +1%), Prudential (PRU +0.7%), Lincoln National (LNC +1%).
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    • Not necessarily positively levered to higher rates are the mortgage REITs (REM -1.6%): Annaly (NLY -1.8%), American Capital (AGNC -1.7%), (MTGE -1.9%), Armour (ARR -1.3%), Two Harbors (TWO -2%) CYS Investments (CYS -3.3%), Capstead (CMO -1.3%), MFA (MFA -1.8%).
    • Related ETFs: MORT, MORL
    | 14 Comments
  • Mar. 13, 2014, 3:16 PM
    • Ports in a storm on a tough day for the major averages (S&P 500 -1.4%), the mREIT sector is mostly in the green, with sector giants Annaly (NLY +1.1%) and American Capital (AGNC +1.1%) leading the way.
    • The 10-year Treasury yield is off eight basis points to 2.65%.
    • Earlier: Dividend hikes at mREITs? Capstead (CMO +0.9%) and Ellington Residential (EARN +1.9%) boost payouts by 10%.
    • Others: Armour (ARR +0.9), CYS Investments (CYS +0.9%), Dynex (DX +0.8%).
    | 9 Comments
  • Mar. 7, 2014, 12:46 PM
    • The mortgage REITs are maybe the poorest performing sector amid a big move higher in interest rates, and formerly bullish Deutsche Bank ringing the register on New York Mortgage Trust, CYS Investments, and American Capital Mortgage after nice runs for all have pulled them close to (or above in NYMT's case) book value.
    • There's also an earnings miss this morning from one of the last of the players to report Q4, Western Asset Mortgage.
    • Annaly (NLY -2.1%), American Capital Agency (AGNC -2.3%), Armour (ARR -1.4%), Two Harbors (TWO -1.8%), Invesco (IVR -2.7%), Capstead (CMO -1.2%), MFA Financial (MFA -2%), Apollo Residential (AMTG -1.7%)
    | 21 Comments
  • Feb. 26, 2014, 10:20 AM
    • In sharp contrast to the views at American Capital (AGNC +0.5%), Annaly (NLY +3.2%) CEO Wellington Denehan-Norris - speaking on the earnings call - says it makes more sense to lever up and directly buy mortgage-related assets than repurchasing shares or buying the stock of other mREITs.
    • Why rely on the management of other companies, says Norris, reminding of the 1998-99 period - another time when mREITs traded well below book value. After the collapse in Russia, it was found one "darling" in the mortgage REIT industry (no longer in business today) owned the debt of that country.
    • Satisfied with hedges currently in place, Annaly doesn't plan to add any more as it buys more MBS. After taking down leverage to 5:1 over the past year, the company is looking to bring it back towards 7:1.
    • On the growing commercial side of the business, Annaly is in talks with an originator of commercial mortgages for direct access to its assets.
    • Noting the recent sluggish economic stats, particularly as they relate to housing, management doesn't feel like the Fed will soon be in any position to tighten policy.
    • Presentation slides
    • Previous earnings coverage
    • Related ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL
    | 11 Comments
  • Feb. 26, 2014, 9:58 AM
    • A check of the mREIT sector (REM +0.8%) following better-than-expected Q4 results from Annaly finds about all the individual names in the green.
    • Like many earlier reporters, Annaly experienced a pleasing drop in prepayments during Q4, leading to a widening net interest margin.
    • American Capital Agency (AGNC +0.8%), Armour Residential (ARR +0.9%), CYS Investments (CYS +0.6%), Hatteras Financial (HTS +0.9%), Dynex (DX +1.1%)
    • ETFs: MORT, MORL
    • Annaly's earnings call begins shortly. The stock is up 3.5% in early action.
    | 3 Comments
  • Feb. 5, 2014, 2:58 PM
    • American Capital's (AGNC +1.7%) book value has fallen about as far as it should, its net interest margin has "troughed,” and its book “remains well insulated against higher rates," J.P. Morgan analysts say in upgrading shares to Overweight and raising its price target to $22 from $20.
    • From peak book value of $32.49 at Q3 2012, JPM predicted a 32% decline in BV by Q4 2014; as of Q4 2013, book value had declined 26%, so the firm thinks most book value erosion is finished.
    • The firm raises its Q4 2014 book value estimate to $22.21 from $20.92 based on the YTD rally in MBS prices, and lifts its 2014 dividend forecast to $2.60 from $2.20, amounting to a total annualized return of ~15.3%.
    | 9 Comments
  • Feb. 4, 2014, 11:51 AM
    • Addressing an analyst cadre somewhat uncomfortable with American Capital's (AGNC +1.6%) new policy of purchasing the common stock of its agency mREIT competitors (Wells' Joel Houck: Do you know their hedging strategies? What happens when one blows up?), CIO Gary Kain says the discounts to asset value are so great as to mitigate much of the risk.
    • Kain does acknowledge some risks though, and reminds that the purchase program is but a small slice of AGNC's overall portfolio ($400M of others' stock bought so far vs. nearly $600M of AGNC buybacks just in Q4).
    • For now, there won't be any disclosure of which names American Capital is buying - a position also not sitting well with those on the call. Should the positions get large enough though, regulatory filings might be required.
    • Kain also reminds that AGNC isn't just boosting risk with these purchases - instead it's selling MBS at 100 cents on the dollar to buy them back (via other mREITs) at somewhere in the area of 80 cents on the dollar.
    • Most of the mREIT sector (REM +0.7%) is ahead again today - Armour (ARR +0.9%), CYS (CYS +2.8%), Hatteras (HTS +1.6%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +0.6%), PennyMac (PMT +1.2%) - but Annaly (NLY -0.6%) lags, perhaps as investors feel it was far more conservatively positioned going into 2014 than AGNC was.
    • Earnings call is still ongoing
    • Previous coverage
    | 28 Comments
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Company Description
American Capital Agency Corp is a real estate investment trust that invests exclusively in residential mortgage pass-through securities and collateralized mortgage obligations on a leveraged basis.
Sector: Financial
Country: United States