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Two Harbors Investment Corp. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Strong Underlying Performance Combined with Exceptional Economic Return of $1.05 per Weighted Share

NEW YORK, May 2, 2012 – Two Harbors Investment Corp. (NYSE: TWO; NYSE Amex: TWO.WS), a real estate investment trust that invests in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, residential real properties and other financial assets, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

Highlights

  • The company reported Comprehensive Income of $195.7 million, or $1.05 per diluted weighted average common share.
  • Book value increased to $9.67 per common share at March 31, 2012 compared to $9.03 per common share at December 31, 2011 due primarily to appreciation in the company’s non-Agency holdings.
  • The company reported Core Earnings of $63.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted weighted average common share. The company’s two capital raises completed in the first quarter, as expected, had some impact on Core Earnings due to the timing of deployment of proceeds.
  • The company’s RMBS portfolio generated an aggregate yield of 4.9%, due to strong overall portfolio performance.
  • The company’s Agency RMBS portfolio maintained a low and stable three-month average Constant Prepayment Rate (CPR) of 5.2% during the first quarter.
  • The company declared a dividend of $0.40 per common share, or 15.8% annualized dividend yield, based upon March 30, 2012 closing price of $10.14.
  • The company raised net proceeds of $691.9 million through the issuance of 73.6 million shares of common stock during the first quarter in two discrete and accretive public offerings.

“We had truly exceptional performance in our portfolio this quarter delivering a record 11.5%1 total return to stockholders while at the same time raising capital and advancing our strategic priorities,” said Thomas Siering, Two Harbors’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Core Earnings during the period were muted by our capital raises and were consistent with our expectations as we set the quarterly dividend.”

(1) The term “total return” means (i) the change in Two Harbors’ book value per share at March 31, 2012 as compared to December 31, 2011, plus (ii) dividends declared by Two Harbors in the first quarter of 2012, divided by Two Harbors’ book value per share at December 31, 2011.

Operating Performance

The following table summarizes the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP earnings measurements and key metrics for the first quarter of 2012:

Earnings Summary
Two Harbors reported Core Earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 of $63.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted weighted average common share outstanding, as compared to Core Earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 of $55.6 million, or $0.40 per diluted weighted average common share outstanding.

During the quarter, the company sold residential mortgage-backed securities for $170.1 million with an amortized cost of $159.0 million for a net realized gain of $11.1 million, net of tax; recognized a change in unrealized fair value losses on U.S. Treasury trading securities of $0.8 million, net of tax; and recognized other-than-temporary credit impairment losses on its RMBS securities of $4.3 million, net of tax. During the quarter, the company had a net loss of $9.8 million, net of tax, related to swap terminations and swaption expirations. In addition, the company recognized in earnings an unrealized gain, net of tax, of $4.3 million associated with its interest rate swaps and swaptions economically hedging its repurchase agreements; an unrealized loss, net of tax, of $5.0 million associated with its interest rate swaps economically hedging its trading securities; and net losses on other derivative instruments of approximately $7.4 million, net of tax.

The company reported GAAP Net Income of $51.8 million, or $0.28 per diluted weighted average common share outstanding, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, as compared to $51.4 million, or $0.37 per diluted weighted average common share outstanding, for the quarter ended December 31, 2011. On a GAAP basis, the company earned an annualized return on average equity of 11.8% and 16.1% for the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

The company reported Comprehensive Income of $195.7 million, or $1.05 per diluted weighted average common share outstanding, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, as compared to $19.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted weighted average common share outstanding, for the quarter ended December 31, 2011. The company records unrealized fair value gains and losses for RMBS, classified as available-for-sale, as Other Comprehensive Income in the Statement of Stockholders’ Equity. The first quarter 2012 was positively impacted by an aggregate unrealized increase in fair value of $143.9 million on the company’s portfolio, driven primarily by its non-Agency holdings.

Conversely, the fourth quarter of 2011 was negatively impacted by a net unrealized decline in fair value of $65.6 million on the company’s non-Agency portfolio, partially offset by a net unrealized increase in fair value on its Agency portfolio. On a Comprehensive Income basis, the company recognized an annualized return on average equity of 44.5% and 6.0% for the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

Other Key Metrics
Two Harbors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.40 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The annualized dividend yield on the company’s common stock for the first quarter, based on the March 30, 2012 closing price of $10.14, was 15.8%.

The company’s book value per diluted share, after giving effect to the first quarter 2012 dividend of $0.40, was $9.67 as of March 31, 2012, compared to $9.03 as of December 31, 2011. The company’s book value for the first quarter 2012 was favorably impacted by fair value gains on its RMBS portfolio along with strong portfolio performance.

Other operating expenses for the first quarter 2012 were approximately $3.6 million, or 0.8% of average equity, compared to approximately $3.2 million, or 1.0%, for the fourth quarter 2011.

Public Stock Offerings

The company raised net proceeds of $691.9 million through the issuance of 73.6 million shares of common stock during the first quarter of 2012 in two discrete and accretive public offerings. The company completed an accretive offering on January 17, 2012, issuing 39.1 million shares for net proceeds of approximately $354.5 million. In early February, as previously announced, the company had substantially deployed the capital from its January 2012 offering. The company completed a second accretive offering on February 24, 2012, issuing 34.5 million shares for net proceeds of approximately $337.4 million. As of late April 2012, the company fully deployed the capital from
the February offering.

Portfolio Summary

“We had excellent portfolio performance this quarter and recently finished deploying the capital from our two 2012 stock offerings,” stated Bill Roth, Two Harbors’ Co-Chief Investment Officer. “Our focus remains on prepayment protected securities in our Agency book and sub-prime securities for our non-Agency portfolio. We continue to believe there is ample opportunity in the residential space to generate attractive returns for our stockholders over
time.”

For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, the annualized yield on average RMBS and Agency Derivatives was 4.9% and the annualized cost of funds on the average borrowings, which includes net interest rate spread expense on interest rate swaps, was 1.0%. This resulted in a net interest rate spread of 3.9%, which is a slight increase compared to 3.8% in the prior quarter. The company reported debt-to-equity, defined as total borrowings to fund RMBS, residential mortgage loans and Agency Derivatives divided by total equity, of 3.7:1.0 and 4.5:1.0 at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. The sequential decline in this ratio was primarily a function of timing of the capital deployment in connection with the company’s two 2012 common stock offerings. The company estimates its debt-to-equity ratio will be in the range of 4.0:1.0 to 4.5:1.0 post-deployment.

The company’s portfolio is principally composed of RMBS available-for-sale securities and Agency Derivatives. As of March 31, 2012, the total value of the portfolio was $9.4 billion, of which approximately $7.5 billion was Agency RMBS and Agency Derivatives and $1.9 billion was non-Agency RMBS. As of March 31, 2012, fixed-rate securities composed 77.1% of the company’s portfolio and adjustable-rate securities composed 22.9% of the company’s portfolio, which are comparable percentages to the prior quarter. In addition, the company held $1.0 billion of U.S. Treasuries classified on its balance sheet as trading securities as of March 31, 2012, comparable to
December 31, 2011.

Two Harbors was a party to interest rate swaps and swaptions as of March 31, 2012 with an aggregate notionalamount of $11.3 billion, of which $10.3 billion was utilized to economically hedge interest rate risk associated with the company’s short-term LIBOR-based repurchase agreements. During the first quarter, the company continued its interest rate hedging strategy and aligned its notional hedging positions with the capital deployed from its 2012 common stock offerings.

The following table summarizes the company’s portfolio:

The company experienced a three-month average CPR of 5.2% for Agency RMBS securities held as of March 31, 2012, as compared to 5.6% for securities held as of December 31, 2011. Including Agency Derivatives, the company experienced a three-month average CPR of 5.6% for securities held as of March 31, 2012, as compared to 5.9% for securities held as of December 31, 2011. The weighted average cost basis of the Agency portfolio was 107.5% of par as of March 31, 2012 and 106.5% of par as of December 31, 2011. The net premium amortization was $23.0 million and $22.0 million for the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.
The company experienced a three-month average CPR of 1.9% for non-Agency RMBS securities held as of March 31, 2012, as compared to 2.4% for securities held as of December 31, 2011. The weighted average cost basis of the non-Agency portfolio was 51.9% of par as of March 31, 2012 and 55.7% of par as of December 31, 2011.

The discount accretion was $28.9 million and $22.2 million for the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. The total net discount remaining was $2.3 billion and $1.3 billion as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively, with $1.3 billion designated as credit reserve as of March 31, 2012.

Single Family Residential Properties
The company made substantial progress in the first quarter related to establishing the necessary infrastructure and commencing the acquisition of single family residential properties in certain metropolitan areas across the United States. As of March 31, 2012, the company had purchased $6.1 million in properties which are classified as investment in real estate on the consolidated balance sheet. The company intends to hold these properties for investment and rent them for income. There was no material impact to operations from this new business in the first quarter.

Conference Call
Two Harbors Investment Corp. will host a conference call on May 3, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. EDT to discuss first quarter 2012 financial results and related information. To participate in the teleconference, please call toll-free 877-868-1835 (or 914-495-8581 for international callers) approximately 10 minutes prior to the above start time. You may also listen to the teleconference live via the Internet on the company’s website at www.twoharborsinvestment.com in the Investor Relations section under the Events and Presentations link. For those unable to attend, a telephone playback will be available beginning at 12 p.m. EDT on May 3, 2012 through 9 p.m. EDT on May 11, 2012. The playback can be accessed by calling (855) 859-2056 (or (404) 537-3406 for international callers) and providing Confirmation Code 71044052. The call will also be archived on the company’s website in the Investor Relations section under the Events and Presentations link.

Two Harbors Investment Corp.
Two Harbors Investment Corp., a Maryland corporation, is a real estate investment trust that invests in residential mortgage-backed securities, residential mortgage loans, residential real properties and other financial assets. Two Harbors is headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and is externally managed and advised by PRCM Advisers LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pine River Capital Management L.P. Additional information is available at www.twoharborsinvestment.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
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, readers should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as “expect,” “target,” “assume,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “believe,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forwardlooking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, higher than expected operating costs, changes in prepayment speeds of mortgages underlying our RMBS, the rates of default or decreased recovery on the mortgages underlying our non-Agency securities, failure to recover certain losses that are expected to be temporary, changes in interest rates or the availability of financing, the impact of new legislation or regulatory changes on our operations, the impact of any deficiencies in the servicing or foreclosure practices of third parties and related delays in the foreclosure process, the inability to acquire mortgage loans or securitize the mortgage loans we acquire, the inability to acquire residential real properties at attractive prices or lease such properties on a profitable basis, the impact of new or modified government mortgage refinance or principal reduction programs, and unanticipated changes in overall market and economic conditions.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Two Harbors does not undertake or accept any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in Two Harbors’ most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All subsequent written and oral forward looking statements concerning Two Harbors or matters attributable to Two Harbors or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release and the accompanying investor presentation present non-GAAP financial measures that exclude certain items. Two Harbors’ management believes that these non-GAAP measures enable it to perform meaningful comparisons of past, present and future results of the company’s core business operations, and uses these measures to gain a comparative understanding of the company’s operating performance and business trends. The non-GAAP financial measures presented by the company represent supplemental information to assist investors in analyzing the results of Two Harbors’ operations; however, as these measures are not in accordance with GAAP, they should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Our GAAP financial results and the reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated. See the GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliation table on page 9 of this release.

Additional Information
Stockholders and warrant holders of Two Harbors, and other interested persons, may find additional information regarding the company at the SEC’s Internet site at www.sec.gov or by directing requests to: Two Harbors Investment Corp., Attn: Investor Relations, 601 Carlson Parkway, Suite 150, Minnetonka, MN 55305, telephone 612-629-2500.

Contact
Christine Battist, Investor Relations, Two Harbors Investment Corp., (612) 629-2507,
Christine.Battist@twoharborsinvestment.com.

 

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