Organization and Operations
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2011
|Organization and Operations [Abstract]|
|Organization and Operations||
Organization and Operations
Two Harbors Investment Corp., or the Company, is a Maryland corporation focused on investing in, financing and managing residential mortgage-backed securities, or RMBS, residential mortgage loans and other financial assets. The Company is externally managed and advised by PRCM Advisers LLC, a subsidiary of Pine River Capital Management L.P., or Pine River, a global multi-strategy asset management firm. The Company's common stock is listed on the NYSE and its warrants are listed on the NYSE Amex under the symbols “TWO” and “TWO.WS,” respectively.
On May 18, 2011, the Company announced that it had taken the first step toward setting up a securitization issuance program by partnering with Barclays Bank PLC, or Barclays, to close on a $100 million mortgage loan warehouse facility, or Barclays facility, subject to future increase. The Barclays facility will be used to aggregate prime jumbo residential mortgage loans that the Company will acquire from select mortgage loan originators with whom the Company has chosen to build strategic relationships, including those with a nationwide presence. The Company is targeting a $250 million deal size for its initial securitization, with Barclays Capital acting as underwriter. As of September 30, 2011, the Company has neither purchased any mortgage loan assets nor established the securitization program as a distinct operational business segment. As anticipated, the Company's initiatives in the three months ended September 30, 2011 continued to focus on establishing underwriting guidelines and originator relationships, addressing regulatory requirements and building an infrastructure to support a sustainable program.
The Company has elected to be treated as a real estate investment trust, or REIT, for U.S. federal income tax purposes commencing with its initial taxable period ended December 31, 2009. As long as the Company continues to comply with a number of requirements under federal tax law and maintains its qualification as a REIT, the Company generally will not be subject to U.S. federal income tax to the extent that the Company distributes its taxable income to its stockholders on an annual basis and does not engage in prohibited transactions. Certain activities the Company performs may cause us to earn income which will not be qualifying income for REIT purposes. For these activities, the Company utilizes its taxable REIT subsidiaries, which are subject to U.S. federal income tax.
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