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MFA Financial Inc MFA
Q4 2012 Earnings Call Transcript

Transcript Call Date 03/06/2013

Danielle Rosatelli - IR: Good morning. The information discussed on this conference call today may contain or refer to forward-looking statements regarding MFA Financial, Inc., which reflects management's beliefs, expectations and assumptions as to MFA's future performance and operations. When used, statements that are not historical in nature, including those containing words such as will, believe, expect, anticipate, estimate, plan, continue, intend, should, could, would, may, or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. These types of statements are subject to various known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors including, but not limited to, those relating to; changes in interest rates and the market value of MFA's investment securities; changes in the prepayment rates on the mortgage loans securing MFA's investment securities; changes in the default rate and management's assumptions regarding default rates on the mortgage loans securing MFA's MBS; MFA's ability to borrow to finance its assets; implementation of or changes in government regulations or programs affecting MFA's business; MFA's ability to maintain its qualification as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes; MFA's ability to maintain its exemption from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940; and MFA's estimates regarding taxable income and the timing and amount of distributions to stockholders; and risks associated with investing in real estate related assets, including changes in business conditions and the general economy.

These and other risks, uncertainties and factors, including those described in MFA's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, its quarterly reports on 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, June 30, and September 30, 2012 and other reports that it may file from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission could cause MFA's actual results to differ materially from those projected, expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements it makes. For additional information regarding MFA's use of forward-looking statements, please see the relevant disclosure in the press release announcing MFA's fourth quarter 2012 financial results.

Thank you for your time. I would now like to turn this call over to Stewart Zimmerman, MFA's Chief Executive Officer.

Stewart Zimmerman - CEO and Chairman: Good morning, and welcome to MFA's fourth quarter 2012 earnings call. Joining me this morning are Bill Gorin, President; Steven Yarad, Chief Financial Officer; Ron Freydberg, Executive Vice President; Craig Knutson, Executive Vice President; Harold Schwartz, Senior Vice President and General Counsel; Kathleen Hanrahan, Chief Accounting Officer; and (Goodmunder Christiansen), first Vice President.

What I'd like to do this morning is just go over some of the highlight of the press release that I hope all of you have had the opportunity to look at. I'm not going to go over the whole thing, but just a number of them that I think are important and then very quickly open the call for Q&A.

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