Starwood Property Trust Announces Dividend Reinvestment And Direct Stock Purchase Plan

GREENWICH, Conn., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: STWD) (the "Company") today announced that it has adopted a Dividend Reinvestment and Direct Stock Purchase Plan (the "Plan"). The Plan has two components: a dividend reinvestment component and a direct stock purchase component. The dividend reinvestment component allows the Company's stockholders to designate all or a portion of the cash dividends on their shares of common stock for reinvestment in additional shares of common stock. The direct stock purchase component allows stockholders and new investors to purchase shares of common stock directly from the Company.

The Plan will be administered through the Company's transfer agent, American Stock Transfer and Trust Company, LLC ("AST"). AST will purchase shares for the Plan either in the open market or directly from the Company as newly issued shares of common stock, as described in the Plan. Stockholders and other persons may obtain a copy of the Plan prospectus and enrollment applications by contacting AST at (800) 278-4353 or visiting AST's website at www.amstock.com.  All stockholders and new investors considering enrollment in the Plan should carefully review the terms of the Plan and consult with their advisors as to the implications of enrollment in the Plan.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. The offer is being made solely through the Plan prospectus.

About Starwood Property Trust, Inc.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. is focused on originating, acquiring, financing and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. The Company through its 2013 acquisition of LNR Property, LLC ("LNR") now also operates as a special servicer in the United States and as a primary and special servicer in Europe and has expanded its product offering to include fixed rate conduit loans. The Company may also invest in residential mortgage-backed securities, residential mortgage loans, distressed or non-performing commercial loans, commercial properties subject to net leases and commercial real estate owned. The Company is externally managed and advised by SPT Management, LLC, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, and has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release which are not historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations include (i) factors described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, including those set forth under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Business"; (ii) defaults by borrowers in paying debt service on outstanding indebtedness; (iii) impairment in the value of real estate property securing the Company's loans; (iv) availability of mortgage origination and acquisition opportunities acceptable to the Company; (v) the Company's ability to fully integrate LNR which was acquired on April 19, 2013, into its business and achieve the benefits that the Company anticipates from this acquisition; (vi) potential mismatches in the timing of asset repayments and the maturity of the associated financing agreements; (vii) national and local economic and business conditions; (viii) general and local commercial and residential real estate property conditions; (ix) changes in federal government policies; (x) changes in federal, state and local governmental laws and regulations; (xi) increased competition from entities engaged in mortgage lending and securities investing activities; (xii) changes in interest rates; and (xiii) the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity.

Contact:

Zachary Tanenbaum
Starwood Property Trust
Phone: 203-422-7788
Email: investorrelations@stwdreit.com

SOURCE Starwood Property Trust, Inc.



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