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MFA Financial Inc.: Another mREIT's Fixed-To-Floating Preferred Stock IPO

Mar. 06, 2020 1:27 PM ETMFA Financial, Inc. (MFA)3 Comments


  • MFA Financial's new preferred stock, MFA-C, is the fourth fixed-to-floater for the past month.
  • The new IPO is currently trading at 1.4% discount.
  • MFA is one of the relatively large mortgage REITs.
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  • Where in the context of all Fixed-to-Floating preferred stocks does MFA-C stand?
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While we are in a pretty volatile environment where the equity market and the fixed-income securities move a few percent up and down due to fear of the new coronavirus, companies continue to launch their new issues. For the last month, from a total of 10 fixed-income securities issues, 4 are fixed-to-floaters and except the newly issued MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA) Fixed-to-Floating Preferred Stock IPO, 3 more mREITs presented their new IPOs - NRZ-C, AGNCP, and DX-C. In this article, we want to shed light on the newest fixed-to-floating preferred stock. Our main goal is to acquaint market participants with every new fixed-income security that shows up on the exchange, to see how it holds up against its peer group, and to determine whether it will find its place in our portfolio or if there is a better alternative.

The New Issue

Before we submerge into our brief analysis, here is a link to the 424B5 Filing by MFA Financial Inc - the prospectus.

Source: SEC.gov

For a total of 11M shares issued, the total gross proceeds to the company are $275M. You can find some relevant information about the new preferred stock in the table below:

Source: Author's spreadsheet

MFA Financial, Inc 6.50% Series C Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (NYSE: MFA-C) pays a fixed dividend at a rate of 6.50% before 03/31/2025 and then switches to a floating rate dividend at a rate of three-month LIBOR plus a spread of 5.345%. The new issue bears no S&P rating, pays quarterly dividends, and is callable as of 03/31/2025. MFA-C began trading on the NYSE after it was previously trading on the Grey market under the temporary ticker symbol MFABO. The last reported market price of the new IPO is $24.65, meaning it has a 6.59% Current Yield and a YTC of 6.85%. The dividends paid by

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Comments (3)

Dollarman1971 profile picture
Thanks for the article. The debt concerns me. Debt is fine ... until it isn't.
MicroValue profile picture
Arbitrage trader. NRZ's preferreds seems safer but what about NRZ's MSR portfolio? With rates under 1%, this could easily be decimated by refinancing. MSRs are a huge % of NRZ's book value.
sc21 profile picture
that is why MN bought into the origination business. relax and enjoy.
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