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Two Harbors Investment Corp. Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Building Franchise Value through Expansion of Operational Businesses

NEW YORK, May 6, 2015 Two Harbors Investment Corp. (NYSE: TWO), a real estate investment trust that invests in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, mortgage servicing rights (MSR), commercial real estate and other financial assets, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.

Highlights

  • Book value was $11.08 per common share, representing a 2.2%(1)total return on book value, after accounting for a dividend of $0.26 per share.
  • Delivered Comprehensive Income of $88.9 million, a return on average equity of 8.7%, or $0.24 per weighted average common share.
  • Reported Core Earnings of $94.1 million, or $0.26 per weighted average common share.(2)
  • Generated an aggregate portfolio yield of 4.40% and a net interest margin of 3.07% for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.
  • Completed two securitizations, issuing securities backed by approximately $573.9 million unpaid principal balance (UPB) of prime jumbo residential mortgage loans.
  • Closed first commercial real estate loan of approximately $45.6 million.

“We are committed to building franchise value for our stockholders through our operational businesses,” stated Thomas Siering, Two Harbors’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “In the first quarter, we completed two securitizations, demonstrating our ability to be a regular issuer. We are also excited to announce that we closed on the first investment in our commercial real estate strategy.”

(1) Return on book value for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 is defined as the decrease in book value from December 31, 2014 to March 31, 2015 of $0.02, plus the dividend declared of $0.26 per share, divided by December 31, 2014 book value of $11.10 per share.

(2) Core Earnings is a non-GAAP measure that we define as GAAP net income, excluding impairment losses, realized and unrealized gains or losses on the aggregate portfolio, amortization of business combination intangible assets, reserve expense for representation and warranty obligations on MSR and certain upfront costs related to securitization transactions. As defined, Core Earnings includes interest income or expense and premium income or loss on derivative instruments and servicing income, net of estimated amortization on MSR. Core Earnings is provided for purposes of comparability to other peer issuers.

Operating Performance
The following table summarizes the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP earnings measurements and key metrics for the first quarter of 2015:

(1) Please see page 13 of this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial information.

Earnings Summary
Two Harbors reported Core Earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 of $94.1 million, or $0.26 per weighted average common share outstanding, as compared to Core Earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 of $83.1 million, or $0.23 per weighted average common share outstanding. On a Core Earnings basis, the company recognized an annualized return on average equity of 9.2% and 8.1% for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.

For the first quarter of 2015, the company recognized:

  • net realized gains on RMBS, trading securities and residential mortgage loans held-for-sale of $122.5 million, net of tax;
  • unrealized gains on trading securities and residential mortgage loans held-for-sale of $8.6 million, net of tax;
  • other-than-temporary impairment loss of $0.1 million, net of tax;
  • net gains of $7.3 million, net of tax, related to swap and swaption terminations and expirations;
  • net unrealized losses, net of tax, of $97.5 million associated with its interest rate swaps and swaptions economically hedging its investment portfolio, repurchase agreements and Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB) advances;
  • net realized and unrealized gains on other derivative instruments of approximately $0.8 million, net of tax;
  • net realized and unrealized losses on consolidated financing securitizations of $2.9 million, net of tax;
  • a net decrease in fair value of $46.9 million(2) on MSR, net of tax; and
  • securitization deal costs of $1.7 million, net of tax.

(2) Decrease in fair value on MSR, net of tax, of $46.9 million is comprised of a decrease in fair value of $36.3 million, net of tax, excluded from Core Earnings
and $10.6 million, net of tax, of estimated amortization included in Core Earnings.

The company reported GAAP Net Income of $94.8 million, or $0.26 per weighted average common share outstanding, for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, as compared to GAAP Net Loss of $37.0 million, or $0.10 per weighted average common share outstanding, for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. On a GAAP Net Income basis, the company recognized an annualized return on average equity of 9.3% and (3.6%) for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.

The company reported Comprehensive Income of $88.9 million, or $0.24 per weighted average common share outstanding, for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, as compared to Comprehensive Income of $42.2 million, or $0.12 per weighted average common share outstanding, for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The company records unrealized fair value gains and losses on RMBS securities, classified as available-for-sale, as Other Comprehensive Income. On a Comprehensive Income basis, the company recognized an annualized return on average equity of 8.7% and 4.1% for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.

Other Key Metrics
Two Harbors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. The annualized dividend yield on the company’s common stock for the quarter, based on the March 31, 2015 closing price of $10.62, was 9.8%.

The company’s book value per share, after taking into account the first quarter 2015 dividend of $0.26 per share, was $11.08 as of March 31, 2015, compared to $11.10 as of December 31, 2014, which represented a total return on book value for the quarter of 2.2%.(1)

Other operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 were approximately $16.1 million, or 1.6% of average equity, compared to approximately $15.0 million, or 1.5% of average equity, for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.

Portfolio Summary
The company’s aggregate portfolio is principally comprised of RMBS available-for-sale securities, inverse interestonly securities (Agency Derivatives), MSR, residential mortgage loans held-for-sale, net economic interests in consolidated securitization trusts and commercial real estate loans held-for-investment. As of March 31, 2015, the total value of the company’s portfolio was $16.3 billion.

The company’s portfolio includes rates, credit and commercial real estate strategies. The rates strategy consisted of $12.2 billion of Agency RMBS, Agency Derivatives and MSR as well as associated notional hedges as of March 31, 2015. The credit strategy consisted of $4.1 billion of non-Agency RMBS, net economic interests in consolidated securitization trusts, prime jumbo residential mortgage loans and credit sensitive residential mortgage loans, as well as their associated notional hedges as of March 31, 2015. The commercial real estate strategy consisted of a $45.6 million loan as of March 31, 2015.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2015, the annualized yield on the company’s average aggregate portfolio was 4.40% and the annualized cost of funds on the associated average borrowings, which includes net interest rate spread expense on interest rate swaps, was 1.33%. This resulted in a net interest rate spread of 3.07%.

(1) Return on book value for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 is defined as the decrease in book value from December 31, 2014 to March 31, 2015 of $0.02, plus the dividend declared of $0.26 per share, divided by December 31, 2014 book value of $11.10 per share.

RMBS and Agency Derivatives
For the quarter ended March 31, 2015, the annualized yield on average RMBS securities and Agency Derivatives was 4.2%, consisting of an annualized yield of 3.5% in Agency RMBS and Agency Derivatives and 7.9% in non-Agency RMBS.

The company experienced a three-month average constant prepayment rate (CPR) of 8.2% for Agency RMBS securities and Agency Derivatives held during the quarter ended March 31, 2015, compared to 7.5% for those securities held during the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The weighted average cost basis of the principal and interest Agency portfolio was 107.9% of par as of March 31, 2015, compared to 107.7% of par as of December 31, 2014. The net premium amortization was $35.4 million and $35.5 million as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.

The company experienced a three-month average CPR of 5.1% for non-Agency principal and interest RMBS securities held during the quarter ended March 31, 2015, as compared to 4.2% for those securities held during the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The weighted average cost basis of the non-Agency portfolio was 62.0% of par as of March 31, 2015, compared to 59.2% of par as of December 31, 2014. The discount accretion was $27.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, compared to $30.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The total net discount remaining was $1.6 billion as of March 31, 2015, compared to $1.9 billion as of December 31, 2014, with $0.7 billion designated as credit reserve as of March 31, 2015.

As of March 31, 2015, fixed-rate investments composed 81.7% and adjustable-rate investments composed 18.3% of the company’s RMBS and Agency Derivatives portfolio.

As of March 31, 2015, the company had residential mortgage loans held-for-investment with a carrying value of $2.2 billion and the company’s collateralized borrowings had a carrying value of $1.4 billion, resulting in net economic interests in consolidated securitization trusts of $769.6 million.

Mortgage Servicing Rights
The company held MSR on mortgage loans with UPB totaling $44.0 billion. The MSR had a fair market value of $410.2 million as of March 31, 2015, a $52.4 million decrease from December 31, 2014.

The company does not directly service mortgage loans, but instead contracts with fully licensed subservicers to handle substantially all servicing functions for the loans underlying the company’s MSR. The company recognized $32.1 million of servicing income and $6.7 million of servicing expenses during the quarter ended March 31, 2015.

Residential Mortgage Loans Held for Sale
As of March 31, 2015, the company held prime jumbo residential mortgage loans with a fair market value of $498.4 million and had outstanding purchase commitments to acquire an additional $707.3 million UPB of residential mortgage loans, subject to fallout if the loans do not close. For the quarter ended March 31, 2015, the annualized yield on the prime jumbo residential mortgage loan portfolio was 3.9%, compared to 4.0% for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.

During the quarter, the company completed two securitizations, Agate Bay Mortgage Trust 2015-1 and Agate Bay Mortgage Trust 2015-2. The trusts issued securities backed by approximately $573.9 million UPB of prime jumbo 30-year fixed residential mortgage loans.

Other Investments and Risk Management Derivatives
The company held $2.0 billion of U.S. Treasuries, classified on its balance sheet as trading securities, as of March 31, 2015. The company also held $2.5 billion notional of net short TBAs as of March 31, 2015, which are accounted for as derivative instruments in accordance with GAAP.

As of March 31, 2015, the company was a party to interest rate swaps and swaptions with a notional amount of $32.9 billion. Of this amount, $12.2 billion notional in swaps were utilized to economically hedge interest rate risk associated with the company’s LIBOR-based repurchase agreements and FHLB advances, $7.7 billion notional in swaps were utilized to economically hedge interest rate risk associated with the company’s investment portfolio, and $13.0 billion net notional in swaptions were utilized as macroeconomic hedges.

The following table summarizes the company’s investment portfolio:

(1) Net economic interest in securitization consists of residential mortgage loans held-for-investment, net of collateralized borrowings in consolidated securitization trusts.
(2) Legacy non-Agency RMBS includes non-Agency bonds issued up-to and including 2009. New issue non-Agency RMBS includes bonds issued after 2009.
(3) Cost of funds includes interest spread expense associated with the portfolio’s interest rate swaps.
(4) Defined as total borrowings to fund RMBS, residential mortgage loans held-for-sale and Agency Derivatives, divided by total equity.
(5) Weighted average cost basis includes RMBS principal and interest securities only. Average purchase price utilized carrying value for weighting purposes.
(6) Average purchase price utilized carrying value for weighting purposes. If current face were utilized for weighting purposes, total non-Agency RMBS excluding the company’s non-Agency interest-only portfolio would be $57.21 at March 31, 2015.

“Our Rates and Credit strategies performed well in the first quarter,” stated Bill Roth, Two Harbors’ Chief Investment Officer. “We are pleased with the strong growth of our conduit business and broadening investor interest in our securitizations, which we believe is a result of becoming a more consistent issuer and having developed brand recognition.”

Financing Summary
The company reported a debt-to-equity ratio, defined as total borrowings under repurchase agreements and FHLB advances to fund RMBS securities, Agency Derivatives and residential mortgage loans held-for-sale divided by total equity, of 3.4:1.0 and 3.3:1.0 as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively.

As of March 31, 2015, the company had outstanding $13.1 billion of repurchase agreements funding RMBS securities, Agency Derivatives, residential mortgage loans held-for-sale and U.S. Treasuries with 24 different counterparties.

Excluding the debt associated with the company’s U.S. Treasuries and the effect of the company’s interest rate swaps, the repurchase agreements had a weighted average borrowing rate of 0.70% and weighted average remaining maturity of 69 days as of March 31, 2015.

The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, TH Insurance Holdings Company LLC (TH Insurance), is a member of the FHLB. As a member of the FHLB, TH Insurance has access to a variety of products and services offered by the FHLB, including secured advances. As of March 31, 2015, TH Insurance had $2.6 billion in outstanding secured advances, with a weighted average borrowing rate of 0.4% and a weighted average of 10.4 years to maturity, and had an additional $1.4 billion of available uncommitted credit for borrowings.

As of March 31, 2015, the company’s aggregate repurchase agreements and FHLB advances funding RMBS securities, Agency Derivatives and residential mortgage loans held-for-sale had a weighted average of 2.2 years to maturity.

The following table summarizes the company’s borrowings by collateral type under repurchase agreements and FHLB advances, excluding borrowings on U.S. Treasuries, and related cost of funds:

(1) Includes the retained interests from on-balance sheet securitizations, which are eliminated in consolidation in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Conference Call
Two Harbors Investment Corp. will host a conference call on May 7, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. EDT to discuss first quarter 2015 financial results and related information. To participate in the teleconference, please call toll-free (877) 868-1835 (or (914) 495-8581 for international callers), Conference Code 20689000, 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 12:00 p.m. EDT on May 7, 2015, through 12:00 a.m. EDT on May 14, 2015. The playback can be accessed by calling (855) 859-2056 (or (404) 537-3406 for international callers), Conference Code 20689000. 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, mortgage servicing rights, commercial real estate and other financial assets. Two Harbors is headquartered in New York, New York, 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 presentation 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 forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results, including, among other things, those described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, and any subsequent Quarterly Reports on form 10-Q, under the caption “Risk Factors.” Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to: the state of credit markets and general economic conditions; changes in interest rates and the market value of our assets; changes in prepayment rates of mortgages underlying our target assets; the rates of default or decreased recovery on the mortgages underlying our target assets; the occurrence, extent and timing of credit losses within our portfolio; the concentration of credit risks we are exposed to; declines in home prices; our ability to establish, adjust and maintain appropriate hedges for the risks in our portfolio; the availability and cost of our target assets; the availability and cost of financing; changes in the competitive landscape within our industry; our ability to successfully implement new strategies and to diversify our business into new asset classes; our ability to manage various operational risks and costs associated with our business; interruptions in or impairments to our communications and information technology systems; our ability to acquire mortgage loans and successfully securitize the mortgage loans we acquire; our ability to acquire mortgage servicing rights (MSR) and successfully operate our seller-servicer subsidiary and oversee our subservicers; the impact of any deficiencies in the servicing or foreclosure practices of third parties and related delays in the foreclosure process; our exposure to legal and regulatory claims; legislative and regulatory actions affecting our business; the impact of new or modified government mortgage refinance or principal reduction programs; our ability to maintain our REIT qualification; and limitations imposed on our business due to our REIT status and our exempt status under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

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 (SEC). 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, such as Core Earnings and Core Earnings per common share, 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 its operations. However, because these measures are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, they should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The company’s GAAP financial results and the reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated. See the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation table on page 13 of this release.

Additional Information
Stockholders 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, 590 Madison Avenue, 36th Floor, New York, NY 10022, telephone (612) 629-2500.

Contact
July Hugen, Director of Investor and Media Relations, Two Harbors Investment Corp., (612) 629-2514 or July.Hugen@twoharborsinvestment.com.

 

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