Capstead Mortgage Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

Capstead Mortgage Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

Fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights

  • Earnings of $35.1 million or $0.31 per diluted common share
  • Financing spreads on residential mortgage investments declined 17 basis points to 1.13%
  • Book value decreased $0.30 to $13.58 per common share
  • Repurchased $42 million in common shares through early January 2013
  • Portfolio leverage maintained at eight times long-term investment capital
  • Operating costs as a percentage of average long-term investment capital decreased 9 basis points to 0.79%

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYS: CMO) ("Capstead" or the "Company") today reported net income of $35,084,000 or $0.31 per diluted common share for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. This compares to net income of $40,037,000 or $0.35 per diluted common share for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The Company paid a fourth quarter 2012 dividend of $0.30 per common share on January 18, 2013.

Fourth Quarter Earnings and Related Discussion

Capstead is a self-managed real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes. The Company earns income from investing in a leveraged portfolio of residential adjustable-rate mortgage pass-through securities, referred to as ARM securities, issued and guaranteed by government-sponsored enterprises, either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, or by an agency of the federal government, Ginnie Mae. For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, the Company reported net interest margins of $38,307,000 compared to $43,556,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Financing spreads on residential mortgage investments averaged 1.13% during the fourth quarter of 2012, a decline of 17 basis points from financing spreads earned during the third quarter of 2012. Financing spreads on residential mortgage investments is a non-GAAP financial measure based solely on yields on residential mortgage investments, net of borrowing rates on repurchase arrangements and similar borrowings, adjusted for currently-paying interest rate swap agreements held for hedging purposes - see Financing Spread Analysis below for further information.

Yields on Capstead's residential mortgage investments averaged 1.76% during the fourth quarter of 2012, a decrease of 10 basis points from yields reported for the third quarter of 2012. Yields were negatively impacted by lower weighted average coupons on the Company's holdings of currently resetting ARM securities reflecting declines in underlying indices. Yields also reflect higher investment premium amortization due largely to higher levels of mortgage prepayments. Mortgage prepayments expressed as a constant prepayment rate, or CPR, averaged 19.6% during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to an average CPR of 18.7% during the third quarter of 2012. Acquisitions during the fourth quarter, most of which were longer-to-reset ARM securities, did not keep pace with portfolio runoff as a portion of the capital made available from runoff was primarily utilized for common share repurchases. The following table illustrates the progression of Capstead's portfolio of residential mortgage investments for the indicated periods (dollars in thousands):

  Quarter Ended

December 31, 2012

  Year Ended

December 31, 2012

Residential mortgage investments, beginning of period$14,313,208 $12,264,906
(Decrease) increase in unrealized gains on securities
classified as available-for-sale(42,833)91,750
Portfolio acquisitions (principal amount) at average lifetime
purchased yields of 1.93% and 2.17%428,4114,206,459
Investment premiums on acquisitions20,304178,407
Portfolio runoff (principal amount)(829,601)(2,784,687)
Investment premium amortization (29,331) (96,677)
Residential mortgage investments, end of period$13,860,158 $13,860,158 

Interest rates on repurchase arrangements and similar borrowings, adjusted for currently-paying interest rate swap agreements held as hedges against changes in short-term interest rates, averaged 0.63% during the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of seven basis points over borrowing rates incurred during the third quarter of 2012. This increase reflects higher market rates, particularly for repurchase arrangements extending past year-end, and the inclusion of $500 million in currently-paying swap agreements requiring payment of fixed rates averaging 58 basis points. At December 31, 2012 repurchase arrangements and similar borrowings totaled $12.78 billion, consisting primarily of 30-day borrowings with 23 counterparties and rates averaging 0.47%, before consideration of related swap agreements. As of December 31, 2012, the Company held currently-paying swap agreements requiring the payment of fixed rates of interest averaging 0.75% on notional amounts totaling $4.20 billion with average remaining interest-payment terms of nine months. Additionally, the Company had entered into forward-starting swap agreements with notional amounts totaling $2.40 billion as of year-end that will begin requiring fixed rate interest payments averaging 0.47% for two-year periods that commence on various dates between January 2013 and December 2013, with an average expiration of 29 months. Variable payments, typically based on one-month LIBOR, that are received by the Company under swap agreements tend to offset a significant portion of the interest owed on a like amount of the Company's borrowings under repurchase arrangements.

During the fourth quarter of 2012, Capstead's long-term investment capital, which consists of common and perpetual preferred stockholders' equity and long-term unsecured borrowings (net of related investments in statutory trusts), declined by $67 million to $1.60 billion at year-end, due primarily to lower portfolio pricing levels and $35 million in common stock repurchases. The portfolio was valued at 105.58 at December 31, 2012, a decline of 21 basis points during the quarter. Portfolio leverage (borrowings under repurchase arrangements divided by long-term investment capital) was 8.00 to one at December 31, 2012 compared to 7.96 to one at September 30, 2012.

Operating costs as a percentage of average long-term investment capital declined to 0.79% during the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 0.88% during the third quarter of 2012, due primarily to lower compensation-related expense, a significant portion of which is performance-based.

Common Share Repurchases

On October 30, 2012 the Company announced a common share repurchase program of up to $100 million of its outstanding common shares. As of December 31, 2012, the Company repurchased $35 million in common shares under this authorization representing 3.0 million shares at an average price of $11.80 per share. Another $7 million was repurchased in early January 2013 representing 638,000 shares at an average price of $11.43 per share. Common share repurchases may continue in future periods under this authorization, subject to market conditions and blackout periods associated with the dissemination of earnings and dividend announcements and other important Company-specific news.

Book Value per Common Share

Nearly all of Capstead's residential mortgage investments and all of its interest rate swap agreements are reflected at fair value on the Company's balance sheet and are therefore included in the calculation of book value per common share. The fair value of these investments is impacted by market conditions, including changes in interest rates, and the availability of financing at reasonable rates and leverage levels, among other factors. The Company's investment strategy attempts to mitigate these risks by focusing on investments in agency-guaranteed residential mortgage pass-through securities, which are considered to have little, if any, credit risk and are collateralized by ARM loans with interest rates that reset periodically to more current levels. Because of these characteristics, the fair value of Capstead's portfolio is considerably less vulnerable to significant pricing declines caused by credit concerns or rising interest rates compared to portfolios containing a significant amount of non-agency and/or fixed-rate mortgage securities.

The following table illustrates the progression of Capstead's book value per outstanding common share (calculated assuming liquidation preferences for the Series A and B preferred shares) for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012:

  Quarter Ended

December 31, 2012

  Year Ended

December 31, 2012

Book value per common share, beginning of period$13.88$12.52
Capital transactions:
Accretion from capital raises-0.12
Accretion from common share repurchases0.060.02
Decrease related to stock awards(0.02)-
Dividend distributions less than (in excess of) earnings0.01(0.01)
(Decrease) increase in fair value of mortgage securities
classified as available-for-sale(0.44)0.95
Increase (decrease) in fair value of interest rate swap
agreements designated as cash flow hedges of:
Repurchase arrangements and similar borrowings0.06(0.04)
Unsecured borrowings 0.03  0.02 
Book value per common share, end of period$13.58 $13.58 

Management Remarks

Commenting on current operating and market conditions, Andrew F. Jacobs, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "During the fourth quarter, yields on our portfolio were pressured by moderately higher mortgage prepayments as well as lower coupon resets reflecting declines in recent quarters in the six- and twelve-month LIBOR indexes. Meanwhile, our borrowing costs were higher, in part reflecting higher market rates over year-end as well as an increase in our currently-paying swap position. Together, these factors contributed to a 17 basis point decline in our financing spreads to 1.13%, and a $0.04 reduction in our earnings to $0.31 per diluted common share.

"Although results have trended lower in recent quarters, we expect 2013 results will be more stable. This belief reflects our confidence in our investment strategy of investing solely in short-duration ARM securities. Approximately 93% of the mortgages underlying our current-reset ARM securities were originated prior to 2008 and carry coupon interest rates at or below prevailing fixed mortgage rates diminishing the economic advantage, if any, of refinancing. Additionally, refinancing for many of these homeowners continues to be hampered by low housing prices and credit problems. Newer originations, primarily held in our longer-to-reset portfolio, remain more susceptible to refinancing because it is easier for many of these borrowers to qualify for new mortgages and it may be more attractive to do so from a rate perspective in the current low mortgage interest rate environment. On an overall basis, we expect mortgage prepayment levels to remain manageable in the coming quarters absent additional government intervention to lower mortgage interest rates beyond the Federal Reserve's current bond buying program. This should help contain investment premium amortization costs, which increased $2.2 million this quarter to $29.3 million. Also, further declines in weighted average coupons should be muted given that an increasing number of mortgage loans underlying our current-reset ARM securities are at or near fully-indexed levels, which now reflect six- and twelve-month indices that have largely returned to the lower levels prevailing in late 2010. With respect to our borrowing costs, we have experienced lower market rates subsequent to year-end. Additionally, $2.90 billion of our currently-paying interest rate swaps with average fixed rates of 0.85% will mature during 2013 and have already been largely replaced at significantly lower rates.

"We remain confident in and focused on our investment strategy of managing a conservatively leveraged portfolio of agency-guaranteed residential ARM securities that can produce attractive risk-adjusted returns over the long term while reducing, but not eliminating, sensitivity to changes in interest rates."

Earnings Conference Call Details

An earnings conference call and live audio webcast will be hosted Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET. The conference call may be accessed by dialing toll free (888) 317-6016 in the U.S., (855) 669-9657 for Canada, or (412) 317-6016 for international callers. A live audio webcast of the conference call can be accessed via the investor relations section of the Company's website at, and an audio archive of the webcast will be available for approximately 60 days. A replay of the call will be available through April 2, 2013 by dialing toll free (877) 344-7529 in the U.S. or (412) 317-0088 for international callers and entering conference number 10023639.

Annual Meeting Record Date

The date for the Company's annual meeting of stockholders has been set for April 24, 2013. The record date for determining stockholders entitled to notice of and vote at such meeting will be the close of business on February 25, 2013 and the proxy statement and annual report will be mailed to stockholders on or about March 15, 2013. The Company's 2013 common share dividend calendar has been set as follows:

Scheduled 2013 Common Share Dividend Dates

Quarter  Declaration Date  Record Date  Payable Date
FirstMarch 14March 29April 19
SecondJune 13June 28July 19
ThirdSeptember 12September 30October 18
FourthDecember 12December 31January 20, 2014

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-looking Statements

This document contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance or achievements, and may contain the words "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "estimate," "intend," "will be," "will likely continue," "will likely result," or words or phrases of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements are based largely on the expectations of management and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • changes in general economic conditions;
  • fluctuations in interest rates and levels of mortgage prepayments;
  • the effectiveness of risk management strategies;
  • the impact of differing levels of leverage employed;
  • liquidity of secondary markets and credit markets;
  • the availability of financing at reasonable levels and terms to support investing on a leveraged basis;
  • the availability of new investment capital;
  • the availability of suitable qualifying investments from both an investment return and regulatory perspective;
  • changes in legislation or regulation affecting Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and similar federal government agencies and related guarantees;
  • deterioration in credit quality and ratings of existing or future issuances of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae securities;
  • changes in legislation or regulation affecting exemptions for mortgage REITs from regulation under the Investment Company Act of 1940; and
  • increases in costs and other general competitive factors.

In addition to the above considerations, actual results and liquidity are affected by other risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to be significantly different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements included herein. It is not possible to identify all of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect future results. In light of these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed herein may not occur and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statement is made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Accordingly, readers of this document are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements included herein.




(in thousands, except ratios and per share amounts)

   December 31, 2012  December 31, 2011
Residential mortgage investments
($13.45 and $11.93 billion pledged under repurchase arrangements
at December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively)$13,860,158$12,264,906
Cash collateral receivable from interest rate swap counterparties49,97248,505
Interest rate swap agreements at fair value169617
Cash and cash equivalents425,445426,717
Receivables and other assets130,402100,760
Investments in unconsolidated affiliates 3,117  3,117 
$14,469,263 $12,844,622 
Repurchase arrangements and similar borrowings$12,784,238$11,352,444
Interest rate swap agreements at fair value32,86831,348
Unsecured borrowings103,095103,095
Common stock dividend payable29,51238,184
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 22,425  26,844 
 12,972,138  11,551,915 
Stockholders' equity
Preferred stock - $0.10 par value; 100,000 shares authorized:
$1.60 Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series A,
186 shares issued and outstanding ($3,054 and $3,056 aggregate

liquidation preference) at December 31, 2012 and

December 31, 2011, respectively

$1.26 Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock, Series B,
16,493 and 16,184 shares issued and outstanding

($187,692 and $184,175 aggregate liquidation preference) at

December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively186,388181,909
Common stock - $0.01 par value; 250,000 shares authorized:
96,229 and 88,287 shares issued and outstanding at

December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

Paid-in capital1,367,1991,257,653
Accumulated deficit(353,938)(354,883)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 293,910  204,540 
 1,497,125  1,292,707 
$14,469,263 $12,844,622 
Long-term investment capital(Stockholders' equity and unsecured borrowings net of investments in related unconsolidated affiliates) (unaudited)$1,597,103$1,392,685
Portfolio leverage(Repurchase arrangements and similar borrowings divided by long-term investment capital) (unaudited)8.00:18.15:1
Book value per common share(based on common shares outstanding and calculated assuming liquidation preferences for the Series A and B preferred stock) (unaudited)$13.58$12.52

(in thousands, except per share amounts)


  Quarter Ended

December 31

  Year Ended

December 31

    2012    2011    2012    2011 
Interest income:    
Residential mortgage investments$60,948$63,910$255,931$243,077
Other 218  71  698  301 
 61,166  63,981  256,629  243,378 
Interest expense:
Repurchase arrangements and similar borrowings(20,672)(15,556)(69,101)(57,328)
Unsecured borrowings(2,187)(2,187)(8,747)(8,747)
Other -  -  -  (5)
 (22,859) (17,743) (77,848) (66,080)
 38,307  46,238  
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