Dec. 6, 2013, 11:42 AM
- There's a bit of green spreading across the mREIT sector this morning as Treasurys reverse an early plunge following the strong jobs report - the 10-year yield is now off 3 basis points to 2.85% after climbing to 2.93% just after the 8:30 ET release.
- However, there's no relief for sector leaders Annaly (NLY -1%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.5%), both of which continue to reel following Goldman's Sell recommendation yesterday - each have carved out new 52-week lows this morning. There may be plenty of players in the mREIT sector, but for the institutional big boys who have the Goldman report on their desks, there's just NLY and AGNC. Others in the red include: Armour (ARR -0.7%) and CYS Investments (CYS -1.1%).
- Posting gains: Chimera (CIM +0.8%), Invesco (IVR +0.2%), Hatteras (HTS +0.2%), Dynex (DX +0.7%), New York Mortgage (NYMT +0.3%), Apollo Residential (AMTG +0.7%), Javelin (JMI +1.1%), AG Mortgage Investment (MITT +2.3%).
- Related ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL.
Dec. 2, 2013, 3:48 PM
- There's no mercy for the mREIT sector (REM -1.6%) as this morning's strong economic data sends the 10-year Treasury yield five basis points higher to 2.80%. Among the new 52-week lows today are sector giants Annaly (NLY -1.6%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.8%).
- Also down sharply are Armour (ARR -2.4%), CYS Investments (CYS -2.4%), Dynex (DX -2.5%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE -2.8%), AG Mortgage (MITT -2.4%), and Arlington Asset (AI -3.1%).
- Management matters, and investors have clearly lost some faith in the leadership of Annaly and American Capital - both of which trade at more than 20% discounts to book value. The newest favorite is that of Ellington Financial (EFC), where management has mostly been able to preserve book value this year. Company structure may have helped too - Ellington is a partnership, not a REIT and has somewhat more flexibility with its portfolio. The stock trades at just a 6% discount to October 31 reported book.
- ETFs: MORT, MORL
Nov. 22, 2013, 3:11 PM
- A nice backup in rates (the 10-year Treasury yield is off 4 bps to 2.75%) is of no help to the mortgage REITs (REM -0.3%), with sector kingpins Annaly (NLY -1.4%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC -1.2%) both hunkered down (NLY earnings call, AGNC earnings call) for the Fed taper, and both hitting 52-week lows today.
- Earlier this week, AGNC and MTGE CIO Gary Kain took his case all the way to Asia at the Citi financial services conference in Hong Kong (transcript). Yes, book value has been hit by higher rates, but also by how much the market is willing to pay for it. Whereas AGNC traded at an average of 110%-120% of book over the past 4-5 years, it's now at sub-90%.
- Discounts can last for awhile, he admits, but also reminds this isn't some opaque bank balance sheet, but instead an easily valued, highly liquid portfolio of assets trading at $0.85-$0.90 on the dollar. As long as it persists, American Capital will continue selling MBS for $1 and buying back stock at a discount.
- Previous: Kain makes a similar case
- Related ETFs: MORT, MORL
- Other sector stocks: Armour (ARR), Two Harbors (TWO -0.8%), CYS (CYS +0.1%), AG Mortgage (MITT -0.5%)
Nov. 8, 2013, 9:51 AM
- Sharply higher interest rates has a number of mREITs (REM -2.4%) hitting new 52-week lows. Most of the stocks were already on the defensive over the past few sessions following near-universally disappointing Q3 results.
- Annaly (NLY -3.3%), American Capital (AGNC -2.9%), (MTGE -2.5%), Armour (ARR -3.7%), Invesco (IVR -3%), CYS Investments (CYS -5.3%), Hatteras (HTS -3%).
- Other related ETFs: MORT, MORL.
- Earlier: Big beat on jobs number sends Treasury prices south.
Oct. 29, 2013, 9:20 AM
- The first post-earnings downgrade for American Capital Agency (AGNC) comes from BAML, which removes its Buy rating. The quick take from the company's results (reported last night) shows CIO Gary Kain lightening up the portfolio and shortening duration just as the bond market was set to reverse course and move sharply higher. Today's 11 ET conference call should prove a worthy listen. AGNC -4.7% premarket.
- Armour Residential results show pretty much the same thing, with the book dropping to $16.7B from $22.6B a quarter earlier. ARR -4.1%.
- Other agency players premarket: Annaly (NLY) -1.9%, CYS Investments (CYS) -0.8%.
- Kain's non-agency vehicle: American Capital Mortgage (MTGE) -4.3%.
- ETFs: REM -0.6%. Also: MORT, MORL.
Oct. 28, 2013, 4:38 PM
- Core income - includes unrealized gains - of $0.11 per share compares to $0.18 in Q2. Q2 quarterly dividend was $0.21 per share.
- Book value per share of $5.26 off 3.1% from $5.43 at the end of Q2. Today's close of $4.38 puts the stock at a 16.7% discount.
- Company sold $6B of MBS during quarter and realized losses of $301M. Portfolio size of $16.7B at end of quarter compares to $22.6B at end of Q2. Leverage of 6.93x.
- Net interest margin of 1.24% is off 14 basis points from Q2.
- ARR -1.8% AH.
- Q3 results, press release.
Oct. 28, 2013, 4:36 PM
Sep. 24, 2013, 2:45 PM
- The mREIT (REM -0.5%) environment has turned favorable, says Maxim's Michael Diana, but non-agency players are his favorites due to less leverage and exposure to higher home prices. His favorite picks:
- Ellington Financial (EFC +1.2%) - a non-REIT which gives it "the ability to hedge and trade on an unrestricted basis [and profit from] volatility." His target price is $28 (Ellington Residential EARN is the REIT version).
- Two Harbors (TWO -0.3%) - “due to substantial non-Agency and hedging expertise, as well as diversification.” The price target is $11.50.
- American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +1.2%) - price target $25.
- Eleven mREITs have cut their dividends this quarter, but pricing below book value still leaves yields high - 13.9% average for agency REITs, and 13.1% for hybrids.
- Other buy-rated mREITs at Maxim: AMTG, DX, AGNC. Hold-rated: MITT, ARR, HTS, JMI.
- Related ETFs: MORT, MORL.
Sep. 19, 2013, 9:13 AM
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Sep. 18, 2013, 2:29 PM
- Most stocks are partying in wake of the Fed not commencing its QE taper today, but one sector of note is the beaten down mortgage REIT (REM +2.8%) group.
- Annaly (NLY +3.2%), American Capital (AGNC +3.5%), (MTGE +2.4%), Armour (ARR +3.4%), Two Harbors (TWO +3.4%), CYS Investments (CYS +3.7%), Anworth (ANH +2.8%), Western Asset (WMC +2.2%), Javelin (JMI +2%), AG Mortgage (MITT +2.1%), Arlington Asset (AI +1.6%).
- Yesterday, KBW called out CYS Investments as one of the more aggressive plays for those believing rates might head lower.
- ETFs of note: MORT, MORL.
Sep. 17, 2013, 12:53 PM
- MLV Capital initiates coverage on some names in the mREIT sector, starting Dynex (DX +1.9%), Armour Residential (ARR +0.6%), and Hatteras (HTS +1%) all with Buys.
- Dynex: The stock is still in the "penalty box" after the company reported a surprisingly high 15% decline in Q2 book value. Focused on rising long-term rates, investors are ignoring mitigating factors like slower prepayment speeds. Earlier: Dynex cuts its dividend in Q3.
- Armour: The stock trades at a 26% discount to book and yields nearly 21%. Even a 30% cut in the dividend only brings the yield down to 15%. The discount to book and massive yield seem to have priced in the company missing a margin call or two.
- Hatteras: "The company is being punished for doing all the right things," says MLV, though in the next sentence the team reminds book value plummeted 21% in Q2. Like with Dynex, the market is too focused on rates, and not slowing prepayment speeds.
Sep. 16, 2013, 1:32 PM
- "The stock prices do not fully reflect the risks to the agency mortgage REIT model," writes Sandler O'Neill in its downgrade of American Capital (AGNC -1.2%) and Armour Residential (ARR +0.4%). The risks:
- Price volatility in MBS, the overhang of what the Fed might do with $1.3T of MBS on its balance sheet, other MBS owners could become sellers - namely mutual funds and other mREITs, retail skittishness could widen discounts to book value even further, and the transition to a new Fed chairman.
- While not cutting earnings estimates, Sandler does cut AGNC's price target to $21 from $25, and ARR's to $3.50 from $4.50.
- The average book value/share of agency mREITs fell 4.5% in Q1, 14.7% in Q2, and "we don't think all the volatility is behind us." Book value could fall another 10-25% if some of the above risk factors play out. Additionally, Sandler expects the agency mREITs to trade at a 10-20% discount to book as long as the overhang of the Fed being a seller remains.
- Earlier: The downgrade and Compass One's differing opinion.
- Related ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL.
Sep. 16, 2013, 12:07 PM
- There's another Buy rating in the mREIT sector from Compass Point, with the firm upping Armour Residential (ARR +0.7%) to Buy with $5 price target. Earlier, the research firm raised Western Mortgage to Buy, and initiated a number of other non-agency players at Buy.
- Armour Residential is notable among this group for being the only pure-agency mREIT.
- Sandler O'Neill sees Armour differently, downgrading to Sell.
- The bond market continues to have a big day with the 10-year yield off 8 basis points to 2.82%.
Sep. 16, 2013, 8:48 AM
- Compass Point upgrades Western Asset Mortgage (WMC) to Buy with $17.50 price target.
- Shares +2.5% premarket, but it's likely more about Summers withdrawing from the Fed chairman's race. NLY, AGNC, ARR, IVR, and TWO are all up more than 2% in early action.
- Earlier: Compass point initiates coverage on several non-agency mREIT names, starting them all at Buy.
- Related ETFs: REM, MORT, MORL.
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