JAVELIN Mortgage Investment Corp. Reports 13.33% Annualized ROE From Core Income for Q1 2014

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VERO BEACH, Fla., May 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JAVELIN Mortgage Investment Corp. (NYSE:JMI) ("JAVELIN" or the "Company") today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Q1 2014 Highlights and Financial Information

  • Core Income of approximately $5.7 million or $0.48 per Common share represents 13.33% annualized yield on stockholders' equity as of December 31, 2013
  • Estimated taxable Real Estate Investment Trust ("REIT") income of approximately $5.2 million or $0.43 per Common Share
  • Q1 2014 Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") net loss of approximately $(1.9) million or $(0.16) per Common share
  • Stockholders' equity as of March 31, 2014 was approximately $160.6 million or $13.38 per Common share outstanding
  • Ratio of debt to stockholders' equity ("leverage") of 7.95 to 1 as of March 31, 2014
  • Sales of Agency Securities in Q1 2014 were approximately $743.6 million, resulting in realized GAAP gains of approximately $8.8 million and realized tax capital losses of approximately $(34.8) million
  • Q1 2014 average yield on assets of 3.71% and average net interest margin of 2.04%
  • Q1 2014 annualized average principal repayment rate (CPR) on Agency Securities of 3.13%
  • Q1 2014 weighted average Common shares were 11,992,779
  • Additional updated information on the Company's investment, financing and hedge positions can be found in JAVELIN Mortgage Investment Corp.'s most recent "Company Update." JAVELIN posts unaudited and unreviewed Company updates each month on www.javelinreit.com

Q1 2014 Results

Core Income and REIT Income

Core Income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was approximately $5.7 million. "Core Income" represents a non-GAAP measure and is defined as net income excluding impairment losses, gains or losses on sales of securities and early termination of derivatives, unrealized gains or losses on derivatives and U.S. Treasury Securities and certain non-recurring expenses. Core Income may differ from GAAP net income, which includes the unrealized gains or losses of the Company's derivative instruments and the gains or losses on Agency and Non-Agency Securities and U.S. Treasury Securities.

Estimated ordinary taxable REIT income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was approximately $5.2 million. Estimated taxable REIT income reflects $0.5 million of non-recurring charges associated with certain stockholder value matters and initial set-up costs for the "at-the-market" stock program (the "ATM Program") and the 2014 Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan (the "DRIP Plan"), which are not reflected in Core Income. The Company distributes dividends based on its estimate of ordinary taxable income per Common share, not based on earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP. Ordinary taxable REIT income and GAAP earnings will differ primarily because of the non-taxable unrealized changes in the value of the Company's Non-Agency Securities portfolio and the Company's derivatives, which the Company uses as economic hedges. These unrealized gains/losses on Non-Agency Securities and derivatives are included in GAAP earnings, whereas unrealized valuation changes are not included in taxable income. Realized capital losses also do not affect the amount of the Company's ordinary taxable income but are carried forward to potentially offset future capital gains.

GAAP Net (Loss)

For the purposes of computing GAAP net loss, the change in fair value of the Company's derivatives is reflected in current period net income, while the change in fair value of its Agency Securities is reflected in its statement of comprehensive income (loss). GAAP net loss for Q1 2014 was approximately $(1.9) million including gains on the sales of Agency Securities of approximately $8.8 million. These gains represent a partial recovery of write-downs recognized in Q4 2013.

Dividends

The Company paid dividends of $0.15 per Common share of record for each month of Q1 2014, resulting in payments of approximately $5.4 million. The Company had estimated ordinary taxable REIT income available to pay dividends of approximately $5.2 million in Q1 2014. The Company's taxable REIT income and dividend requirements to maintain REIT status are determined on an annual basis. Dividends in excess of taxable REIT income for the year (including amounts carried forward from prior years) will generally not be taxable to common stockholders. Our REIT dividend requirements are based on the amount of our ordinary taxable income. Realized capital losses do not affect the amount of the Company's ordinary taxable income, but will generally be available to offset capital gains realized primarily through 2018.

Portfolio

During Q1 2014, the Company sold approximately $743.6 million of Agency Securities, resulting in GAAP gains of approximately $8.8 million and realized capital losses of approximately $(34.8) million for tax purposes. The securities sold consisted of all of our 30-year and 25-year fixed rate Agency Securities, which totaled approximately $691.6 million and $52.0 million, respectively. Our purchases consisted primarily of 15-year fixed rate Agency Securities. As of March 31, 2014, the Company's Agency Securities portfolio consisted of fixed rate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage securities valued at approximately $1.2 billion. The Company's Non-Agency Securities portfolio was valued at approximately $284.6 million at quarter end, including securities underlying linked transactions. During Q1 2014, the annualized yield on average assets was 3.71%, and the annualized cost of funds on average liabilities (including realized cost of hedges) was 1.67%, resulting in a net interest margin of 2.04%.

Portfolio Financing, Leverage and Interest Rate Hedges

As of March 31, 2014, the Company financed its portfolio with approximately $1.3 billion of borrowings under repurchase agreements, plus an additional $122.0 million of repurchase agreements underlying linked transactions. The Company's leverage ratio as of March 31, 2014, was 7.95 to 1 (or 8.71 to 1 on an unlinked basis). As of March 31, 2014, the Company's repurchase agreements had a weighted average maturity of approximately 32 days and liquidity totaled approximately $42.9 million, consisting of approximately $32.5 million of cash plus approximately $10.4 million of unpledged Securities (including Securities received as collateral).

As of March 31, 2014, the following information was available related to the Company's interest rate risk and hedging activities: The Company had a notional amount of approximately $801.3 million of various maturities of interest rate swap contracts with a weighted average swap rate of 1.67%. The Company had a notional amount of $750.0 million of various maturities of swaptions with a weighted average swap rate of 2.73%.

Clearing regulations adopted under the Dodd-Frank Act have increased the initial margin requirements for most types of interest rate swap contracts. The portfolio repositioning currently underway will allow the Company to manage the interest rate risk created by the differing maturity profiles of our assets and the liabilities with shorter tenor interest rate swap contracts and futures contracts that have smaller initial margin requirements.

Management Fee

The Company pays a management fee is 1.5% (per annum) of gross equity raised up to $1.0 billion and 1.0% (per annum) of gross equity raised above $1.0 billion.

Regulation G Reconciliation

Ordinary taxable REIT income is calculated according to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") rather than GAAP. The Company plans to timely distribute at least 90% of its ordinary taxable REIT income in order to maintain its tax qualification as a REIT under the Code. The Company believes that ordinary taxable REIT income is useful to investors because it is directly related to the amount of dividends the Company is required to distribute in order to maintain its REIT tax qualification status. However, because ordinary taxable REIT income is an incomplete measure of the Company's financial performance and involves differences from net income computed in accordance with GAAP, ordinary taxable REIT income should be considered as supplementary to, and not as a substitute for, the Company's net income computed in accordance with GAAP as a measure of the Company's financial performance.

The following table reconciles the Company's results from operations to estimated ordinary taxable REIT income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014: 

  Quarter Ended
March 31, 2014
  (in thousands)
GAAP net loss $(1,863)
Book to tax differences:  
Net book to tax differences on Non-Agency Securities and Linked Transactions (3,696)
Gain on sale of Agency Securities (8,810)
Amortization of deferred hedging gains 145
Net premium amortization differences (628)
Unrealized loss on derivatives 20,029
Other 1
Estimated taxable income $5,178
   
Non-recurring stockholder value advisory expenses 226
ATM Program and DRIP Plan set-up costs 303
Core income $5,707

Common Stock

As of March 31, 2014, there were 11,995,983 common shares outstanding and there were 1,492,693 remaining shares authorized for repurchase under our Repurchase Program. The Company also recognized in Q1 2014 legal and investment advisory fees totaling $226 thousand related to the previously announced non-recurring activist investor and other stockholder value matters.

In February 2014, the Company filed a prospectus supplement under its existing shelf registration to establish the ATM Program that permits the Company to sell up to a total of 3 million shares of common stock at market prices from time to time. In February 2014, the Company also filed a prospectus supplement to establish its DRIP Plan covering a total of 1 million shares of common stock. The DRIP Plan allows stockholders to automatically reinvest all or a portion of the dividends on their shares of the Company's common stock, as well as to purchase additional shares. The Company incurred fees totaling $303 thousand, which fees were recognized as expenses in Q1 2014 because the ATM Program and DRIP Plan were not expected to have significant immediate activity. No shares have been issued under either the ATM Program or DRIP Plan as of March 31, 2014. 

JAVELIN Mortgage Investment Corp.

JAVELIN is a Maryland corporation that invests primarily in fixed rate Agency and fixed rate and hybrid adjustable rate non-Agency residential mortgage-backed securities. JAVELIN is externally managed and advised by ARMOUR Residential Management LLC, an investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). JAVELIN Mortgage Investment Corp. has elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Code for U.S. Federal income tax purposes.

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 concerning these and other risk factors are contained in the Company's most recent filings with the SEC. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the Company are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in their expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.

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 website at www.sec.gov, or the Company website www.javelinreit.com, or by directing requests to: JAVELIN Mortgage Investment Corp., 3001 Ocean Drive, Suite 201, Vero Beach, Florida 32963, Attention: Investor Relations.

James R. Mountain
Chief Financial Officer
JAVELIN Mortgage Investment Corp.
(772) 617-4340