Orchid Island Capital: Likely Trading Above NAV Due To Collapse In Mortgage-Backed-Securities

Feb. 24, 2022 6:09 PM ETOrchid Island Capital, Inc. (ORC)26 Comments
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Harrison Schwartz


  • Lenders that borrow in the short-term market and lend at long-term maturities see their net-interest margins collapse with the yield curve.
  • Mortgage REIT stock prices are falling dramatically as their book values drop with higher mortgage spreads.
  • Orchid Island Capital has significant downside risk in the current situation due to its high leverage and lack of hedges against spiking mortgage spreads.
  • I estimate Orchid Island's book value has declined to around $3.1 per share, though an extensive range around this figure should be used since we do not know its specific sensitivity to spread risk.
  • Accounting for the impending impact of Fed rate hikes and potential continued climb in mortgage spreads, ORC's losses may extend dramatically.
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While the S&P 500 is just now officially in a correction, some stock market segments have been in one for months. Most notably, those sectors with high-interest rate exposure, such as lenders. As short-term rates have skyrocketed and the yield curve has flattened, many have

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