ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. Announces Q1 2012 Monthly Dividend of $0.11 Per Share

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VERO BEACH, Fla., Dec. 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR) (NYSE Amex:ARR.WS) ("ARMOUR" or the "Company") today announced its Board of Directors has declared a Q1 2012 monthly cash dividend rate for the Company's Common Stock of $0.11 per share.

Q1 2012 Dividend Information

Month   Dividend   Holder of Record Date   Payment Date
January 2012   $0.11   January 15, 2012   January 30, 2012
February 2012   $0.11   February 15, 2012   February 28, 2012
March 2012   $0.11   March 15, 2012   March 29, 2012

The Company expects Q4 2011 taxable REIT income will be equal to or will exceed dividends declared.

ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.

ARMOUR is a Maryland corporation that invests primarily in hybrid adjustable rate, adjustable rate and fixed rate residential mortgage-backed securities ("RMBS") issued or guaranteed by U.S. Government-chartered entities. ARMOUR is externally managed and advised by ARMOUR Residential Management LLC ("ARRM"). ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust ("REIT") for U.S. federal income tax purposes, commencing with ARMOUR's taxable year ended December 31, 2009.

Safe Harbor

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from expectations, estimates and projections and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as "expect," "estimate," "project," "budget," "forecast," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "may," "will," "could," "should," "believes," "predicts," "potential," "continue," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

Investors, security holders and other interested persons may find additional information regarding the Company at the SEC's Internet site at http://www.sec.gov/, or the Company website www.armourreit.com or by directing requests to: ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc., 3001 Ocean Drive, Suite 201, Vero Beach, Florida 32963, Attention: Investor Relations.

Investor Contact:

Jeffrey Zimmer
Co-Chief Executive Officer, President and Co-Vice Chairman
ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.
(772) 617-4340