Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation Declares First Quarter Dividend Of $0.95 Per Share; Announces Revisions To Annual And Quarterly Results; Filing Form 12b-25 With The Securities And Exchange Commission

PASADENA, Calif., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation (NYSE: WMC) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.95 per share for the first quarter of 2013. The dividend is payable on April 30, 2013 to common shareholders of record as of April 12, 2013, with an ex-dividend date of April 10, 2013.

In addition, during the process of preparing its 2012 financial statements, the Company discovered the methodology that was used to accrete interest income and to amortize the cost basis of certain of the Company's residential mortgage backed securities, which was based on a third party vendor's system, as well as the presentation with regard to certain items in its Statement of Cash Flows were not fully in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). The errors do not affect the Company's previously reported net income, shareholders' equity, total cash flow or book value. The resulting corrective measures resulted in a reclassification of a portion of the Company's previously reported net interest income to realized and unrealized gains, and a portion of operating cash flows to investing cash flows causing changes in certain line items on the Company's previously reported financial information. 

As a result of the reclassification of a portion of the Company's previously reported net interest income to realized and unrealized gains, the previously reported Core Earnings of the Company, a non-GAAP measure which includes net interest income but excludes realized and unrealized gains, have been reduced from approximately $2.50 to approximately $2.32 per fully diluted share for the period from May 15, 2012 through December 31, 2012 and from approximately $1.05 to approximately $0.96 per fully diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. The corrections also caused an increase in previously reported Core Earnings from approximately $0.47 to approximately $0.53 per fully diluted share for the period from May 15 to June 30, 2012; a decrease from approximately $0.89 to approximately $0.79 per fully diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2012; and a decrease from approximately $1.36 to approximately $1.33 per fully diluted share for the period from May 15, 2012 to September 30, 2012.

The revised results for the fourth quarter and period from May 15, 2012 through December 31, 2012 are set forth in detail in the tables below.

The discovery of the above-described errors and the steps the Company is taking to correct them have delayed the completion of the Company's 2012 financial statements. As a result, the Company has delayed the filing of its 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and reported such delay by filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") a Form 12b-25 Notification of Late Filing, which can be found on the SEC's website and which contains additional information regarding these matters. The Company expects to complete and file its Form 10-K prior to April 15, 2013, as permitted by Rule 12b-25.

ABOUT WESTERN ASSET MORTGAGE CAPITAL CORPORATION

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation is a REIT that invests primarily in Agency RMBS, which are residential mortgage-backed securities for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by a U.S. Government agency (such as GNMA) or a U.S. Government-sponsored entity (such as FNMA or FHLMC). The Company also invests opportunistically in its other target assets, which include residential mortgage-backed securities that are not guaranteed by a U.S. Government agency or sponsored entity, commercial mortgage-backed securities and other asset-backed securities. The Company is externally managed and advised by Western Asset Management Company, an investment advisor registered with the SEC and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements."  Operating results are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including, without limitation, changes in interest rates; changes in the yield curve; changes in prepayment rates; the availability and terms of financing; general economic conditions; market conditions; conditions in the market for mortgage related investments; legislative and regulatory changes that could adversely affect the business of the Company; and other factors, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2012 filed with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release, except as required by law.

 

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation

Balance Sheet (Unaudited)

(in thousands—except share and per share data)




December 31, 2012

Assets:



Cash and cash equivalents

$

56,292

Residential mortgage-backed securities, at fair value
($5,043,824 pledged as collateral, at fair value)


5,212,581

Accrued interest receivable


17,361

Due from counterparties


54,142

Derivative assets, at fair value


24,344

Other assets


244

Total Assets

$

5,364,964




Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:



Liabilities:



Borrowings under repurchase agreements

$

4,794,730

Accrued interest payable


6,561

Derivative liability, at fair value


4,771

Cash overdraft payable


5,666

Accounts payable and accrued expenses


988

Underwriting and offering costs payable


75

Payable to related party


1,924

Dividend payable


27,041

Total Liabilities


4,841,756







Stockholders' Equity:



Common stock, $0.01 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 24,143,944 issued and outstanding


241

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized and no shares outstanding


-

Additional paid-in capital


505,454

Retained earnings


17,513

Total Stockholders' Equity


523,208

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

5,364,964

 

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation

Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

(in thousands—except share and per share data)



For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2012


For the period
from
May 15, 2012
(commencement
of operations)
through
December 31, 2012







Net Interest Income:





Interest income

$

33,248


$

53,318


Interest expense

5,434


8,094


Net Interest Income

27,814


45,224







Other Income (Loss):





Interest income on cash balances

9


11


Realized gain on sale of Residential mortgage-backed securities and other securities, net

12,962


20,754


Other loss on Residential mortgage-backed securities

(1,767)


(3,206)


Unrealized gain (loss) on Residential mortgage-backed securities and other securities, net

(15,278)


13,930


Gain (loss) on derivative instruments

4,298


(13,106)


Other Income (Loss), net

224


18,383







Operating Expenses:





General and administrative (includes $156 and $367 non-cash stock based compensation, respectively)

1,292


3,197


Management fee – related party

1,924


3,133


Total Operating Expenses

3,216


6,330







Net income available to Common Stock and participating securities

$

24,822


$

57,277







Earnings per Common Share – Basic

$

1.04


$

3.64


Earnings per Common Share - Diluted

$

1.04


$

3.63







Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding

23,843,944


15,715,711







Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding

23,930,300


15,783,491







Dividends Declared per Share of Common Stock

$

1.12


$

2.35


 

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Core Earnings

(Unaudited)

(in thousands—except share and per share data)



For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2012


For the period from
May 15, 2012
(commencement of
operations) through
December 31, 2012












Net Income – GAAP

$

24,822


$

57,277


Adjustments:










RMBS and other securities:










Unrealized (gain) loss on RMBS

15,278


(13,929)


Other loss on Residential mortgage-backed securities

1,767


3,206


Realized gain on sale of RMBS, net

(12,962)


(20,754)







Derivative Instruments:










Realized loss on termination of interest rate swaps

10,932


10,928


Mark-to- market adjustments on interest rate swaps

(20,768)


(7,649)


Mark-to- market adjustments on interest rate swaptions

2,882


3,180


Mark-to- market adjustments on TBAs

(1,837)


(1,837)


Mark-to-market adjustments on derivative instruments

4,705


9,913


Basis amortization on Agency Interest-Only Strips – accounted for as derivatives

(2,839)


(4,849)


Realized loss on Agency Interest-Only Strips – accounted for as derivatives

820


820







Non-cash stock-based compensation expense

156


367


Total adjustments

(1,866)


(20,604)


Core Earnings – Non-GAAP Financial Measure

$

22,956


$

36,673







Basic Core Earnings per Share of Common Stock and Participating Securities - Non-GAAP Financial Measure

$

0.96


$

2.33


Diluted Core Earnings per Share of Common Stock and Participating Securities - Non-GAAP Financial Measure

$

0.96


$

2.32












Basic weighted average common shares and participating securities

23,843,944


15,718,711


Diluted weighted average common shares and participating securities

23,930,300


15,783,491







 

Reconciliation of Interest Income

(Unaudited, in thousands)



For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2012


For the period from
May 15, 2012
(commencement of
operations) through
December 31, 2012


Coupon Interest

$

50,644


$

80,103


Discount accretion and (premium amortization), net

(17,396)


(26,785)


Interest Income

33,248


53,318


Contractual Interest income, net of amortization of premiums or discounts, net, on Agency Interest-Only Strips, classified as derivatives(1):





Coupon Interest

4,998


8,570


Discount accretion and (premium amortization), net

(2,837)


(4,849)


Subtotal

2,161


3,721


Total interest income, including interest income on Agency Interest-Only Strips, classified as derivatives - Non-GAAP Financial Measure

$

35,409


$

57,039



(1) Reported in Loss on derivative instruments in the Statement of Operations.

 

SOURCE Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation




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