Dynex Capital, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Diluted EPS of $0.34 and Book Value Per Common Share

Dynex Capital, Inc.Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Diluted EPS of $0.34 and Book Value Per Common Share of $10.30

GLEN ALLEN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Dynex Capital, Inc. (NYS: DX) reported net income available to common shareholders of $18.3 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2012 versus $18.4 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2012 and $14.4 million, or $0.36 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company reported net income available to common shareholders of $72.0 million, or $1.35 per common share for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $39.8 million, or $1.03 per common share for the same period in 2011.

Management Remarks


Mr. Thomas Akin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are very pleased with the consistency of our results. We posted a return on average common equity of 13.0% for the fourth quarter and 13.8% for the full year 2012. We increased equity by $245.4 million during the year to $616.7 million at December 31, 2012 and executed our strategy of allocating more capital to CMBS. We grew book value per common share during the year by $1.10 to $10.30 at December 31, 2012. For the fourth quarter, our net interest spread was a solid 1.93%, a modest decline of 0.07% from the third quarter's 2.00%. Our total portfolio repayments for the quarter were $233.6 million, or less than 6% of our average assets. Our strategy of investing in short duration high quality assets has consistently performed and we remain well positioned for the uncertain investment environment that lies ahead."

Quarterly Highlights

($ in thousands, except per share amounts) 4Q2012 3Q2012 4Q2011
Net interest income$21,145$19,100$16,972
Gain on sale of investments, net$2,044$3,480$773
General and administrative expenses$(3,501)$(3,090)$(3,249)
Net income to common shareholders$18,330$18,353$14,406
Earnings per common share$0.34$0.34$0.36
Dividend per common share$0.29$0.29$0.28
Return on average common equity13.0%13.5%15.6%
Average interest earning assets$4,117,527$3,729,124$2,487,167
Average interest bearing liabilities$(3,655,229)$(3,296,830)$(2,182,788)
RMBS and single-family capital allocation$219,766$255,126$146,437
CMBS and commercial capital allocation$361,264$346,287$189,851
Book value per common share$10.30$10.31$9.20
Net interest spread1.93%2.00%2.56%
Portfolio CPR (excluding CMBS IOs)19.0%18.7%17.8%
Debt to equity ratio5.9x6.1x6.0x
 

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company's quarterly conference call to discuss the fourth quarter results is tomorrow, February 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Interested investors may access the call and the related slides by dialing 1-888-317-6016 or by webcast over the internet at www.dynexcapital.com through a link provided under "Investor Relations/IR Highlights."

Earnings Summary

Net interest income was $21.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 versus $19.0 million for the third quarter of 2012. Average interest earning investments increased to $4,117.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 versus $3,729.1 million for the third quarter of 2012. Our net interest spread for the fourth quarter of 2012 of 1.93% is the difference between the yield on the Company's interest-earning investment portfolio of 3.04% and the cost of funds of 1.11%. For the third quarter of 2012, net interest spread of 2.00% consisted of the yield on the Company's interest-earning investments of 3.12% less the cost of funds of 1.12%. For the fourth quarter of 2011, the net interest spread of 2.56% consisted of the yield on the Company's interest-earning investments of 3.76% less the cost of funds of 1.20%. The net interest spread declined in the fourth quarter due primarily to declining yields on the Company's Agency MBS portfolio from recent purchases of Hybrid ARMs and CMBS IOs and from interest rate resets on ARMs.

During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company sold $20.4 million in principal amount of non-Agency CMBS for a gain of $1.8 million and Agency CMBS IO with an amortized cost basis of $23.9 million (and a notional balance of $333.0 million) for a gain of $0.2 million, resulting in a total gain on sale of investments of $2.0 million. General and administrative expenses were $3.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, or 0.56% of average shareholders' equity, versus $3.1 million, or 0.54% of average shareholders' equity, in the third quarter of 2012. General and administrative expenses increased as a percentage of average shareholders' equity as a result of the accrual of an additional $0.5 million in incentive compensation expense during the fourth quarter of 2012.

Portfolio Summary

The Company's investment portfolio was $4,175.7 million at December 31, 2012 versus $4,316.2 million at September 30, 2012. The Company's Agency MBS investments were $3,492.7 million at December 31, 2012 versus $3,650.7 million at September 30, 2012. The Company's non-Agency MBS investments were $611.3 million at December 31, 2012 versus $586.9 million at September 30, 2012. Agency MBS as a percentage of the Company's investment portfolio was 84% at December 31, 2012 compared to 85% at September 30, 2012. During the fourth quarter of 2012 the Company purchased $168.8 million in CMBS and CMBS IO, while the Agency RMBS portfolio declined by a net $228.8 million, principally from prepayments and amortization of investment premium. Overall, RMBS and related investments totaled $2.6 billion and CMBS and related investments totaled $1.6 billion at December 31, 2012. At December 31, 2012, the Company had $137.2 million in investment premium on Agency RMBS versus $145.9 million at September 30, 2012, and $665.3 million in investment premium on CMBS and CMBS IO versus $605.3 million at September 30, 2012.

Agency MBS Investments

The Company's Agency RMBS investments consist of ARMs and Hybrid ARMs and have a weighted average months to coupon reset of 53 months. The Company's Agency CMBS and CMBS IO investments consist of fixed rate securities collateralized by multifamily loans and have a weighted average maturity of 125 months. Premium amortization on Agency RMBS during the fourth quarter of 2012 was $9.5 million, or 0.36% of the average amortized cost of Agency RMBS for the fourth quarter versus $9.5 million, or 0.39% of the average amortized cost for Agency RMBS for the third quarter of 2012. The following table presents the Company's Agency MBS portfolio by category and certain other information as of and for the three months ended December 31, 2012:

  
Quarter ended
As of December 31, 2012December 31, 2012
Principal Balance Net Premium   WAVG
($ in thousands) (notional for IOs) (Discount) Amortized Cost Fair Value CouponWAVG Yield ((2))
RMBS$2,425,826$137,168$2,562,994$2,571,3373.67%2.08%
CMBS306,52723,517330,044354,1425.19%3.67%
CMBS IO10,059,495  550,171  550,171  567,180 0.95%4.66%
Total (1)$2,732,353  $710,856  $3,443,209  $3,492,659 2.62%
 

(1)

Total principal balance excludes notional amount of IO securities.

(2)

Weighted average yield is based on weighted average amortized cost for the quarter.

 

The following table summarizes average yield and financing costs for the Company's Agency MBS investments for the periods presented:

   
Quarter endedQuarter endedQuarter ended
($ in thousands) December 31, 2012 September 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
Weighted average annualized yield for the period2.62%2.63%3.11%
Weighted average annualized cost of funds including interest rate swaps for the period(0.92)%(0.90)%(0.91)%
Net interest spread for the period1.70%1.73%2.20%
Average balance of investments for the period$3,492,814$3,109,770$1,963,313
Average balance of financing for the period$(3,167,800)$(2,815,949)$(1,769,923)
 

The following table presents the average constant prepayment rates ("CPRs") for the Company's Agency RMBS and CMBS for the periods presented (CMBS IOs are not presented as CPRs are not available for IOs):

        
Quarter endedQuarter endedQuarter endedQuarter ended
      December 31, 2012 September 30, 2012 June 30, 2012 March 31, 2012
RMBS24.3%23.4%20.8%21.4%
CMBS       
Total21.5% 20.9% 18.3% 18.4%
 

Non-Agency MBS Investments

The following table presents the Company's non-Agency MBS portfolio by category and certain other information as of and for the three months ended December 31, 2012:

  
Quarter ended
As of December 31, 2012December 31, 2012
Principal Balance Net Premium   WAVG
($ in thousands) (notional for IOs) (Discount) Amortized Cost Fair Value CouponWAVG Yield ((2))
RMBS$11,411$(781)$10,630$11,0384.28%5.55%
CMBS463,747(17,313)446,434486,3425.31%5.64%
CMBS IO2,393,614  108,928  108,928  113,942 0.86%4.75%
Total (1)$475,158  $90,834  $565,992  $611,322 5.47%
 

(1)

Total principal balance excludes notional amount of IO securities.

(2)

Weighted average yield is based on weighted average amortized cost for the quarter.

 

The following table summarizes average yield and financing costs for the Company's non-Agency MBS investments for the periods presented:

   
Quarter endedQuarter endedQuarter ended
($ in thousands) December 31, 2012 September 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
Weighted average annualized yield for the period5.47%5.67%6.36%
Weighted average annualized cost of funds including interest rate swaps for the period(2.52)%(2.58)%(2.73)%
Net interest spread for the period2.95%3.09%3.63%
Average balance of investments for the period$548,153$533,536$404,574
Average balance of financing for the period$(443,288)$(427,487)$(336,955)
 

The decline in net interest spread for non-Agency MBS for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2012 was primarily due to purchases during the fourth quarter. Approximately $44.8 million and $19.5 million of CMBS and CMBS IO were purchased during the fourth quarter of 2012 at an approximate weighted average yield of 3.19% and 3.33%, respectively, which are lower than the weighted average yields of 5.72% and 5.39%, respectively, earned on these portfolios during the third quarter of 2012.

Information related to the credit ratings for the Company's non-Agency MBS as of December 31, 2012 is as follows:

      
    RMBS CMBS IOs Weighted average
AAA$975$156,180$112,10744.0%
AA46,9671,8368.0%
A3,528275,31045.6%
Below A or not rated6,5357,8852.4%
 

Securitized Mortgage Loans

Securitized mortgage loans had an amortized cost basis, net of reserves, of $70.8 million and a principal balance of $71.8 million with $30.4 million principal in commercial mortgage loans and $41.3 million principal in single-family mortgage loans at December 31, 2012. Seriously delinquent loans (loans 60+ days past due) totaled $3.4 million as of December 31, 2012 versus $3.4 million at September 30, 2012 and $18.4 million as of December 31, 2011. As of December 31, 2012, the allowance for loan losses for the Company's securitized mortgage loan portfolio remained unchanged from September 30, 2012 at $0.4 million compared to $2.5 million at December 31, 2011.

Hedging Activities

As of December 31, 2012, the Company had a notional total of $1.5 billion in pay-fixed interest rate swaps with a weighted average rate of 1.53% and a weighted average remaining maturity of 41 months. Of this amount, $275.0 million with a weighted average pay-fixed rate of 1.62% are forward-starting swaps, $150.0 million of which became effective in January 2013 with the remaining $125 million to become effective in March and April 2013. Additionally, $27.0 million of the Company's $1.5 billion of interest rate swaps are considered trading instruments and have a weighted average rate of 2.88% and weighted average remaining maturity of 50 months and are intended to offset market value changes of Agency CMBS with a par value at December 31, 2012 of $25.9 million which are also designated as trading instruments.

Equity Summary

Shareholders' equity was $616.7 million at December 31, 2012, a decrease from $617.9 million at September 30, 2012 and an increase from $371.3 million at December 31, 2011. Book value per common share of $10.30 at December 31, 2012 was essentially unchanged from September 30, 2012. Book value per common share was $9.20 at December 31, 2011. Net income of $19.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 exceeded the $17.0 million in preferred and common stock dividends declared as the Company utilized a portion of its tax net operating loss carryforwards to offset its distribution requirement. Accumulated other comprehensive income declined during the fourth quarter of 2012 by $3.4 million due to the decreasing market value of our Agency RMBS. Also during the quarter the Company purchased 104,000 shares of common stock under its share repurchase program at a net cost of $0.9 million.

The following table summarizes the allocation of the Company's shareholders' equity as of December 31, 2012 and the net interest income contribution for the quarters indicated to each component of the Company's balance sheet:

      
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