updated 11/3/2010 12:15:29 AM ET 2010-11-03T04:15:29

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq:NYMT) ("NYMT" or the "Company") today reported results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Summary of Third Quarter 2010:

  • Third quarter 2010 earnings per common share of $0.17 as compared to $0.31 per common share for the third quarter of 2009.
  • Third quarter 2010 net income of $1.6 million as compared to net income of $2.9 million for the third quarter of 2009.
  • Paid a third quarter dividend of $0.18 per common share on October 25, 2010.
  • Book value per common share increased to $7.16 as of September 30, 2010, or $6.98 after giving effect to the dividend noted above, as compared to $6.69 per common share as of December 31, 2009 and $6.90 per common share as of June 30, 2010.
  • Third quarter 2010 portfolio margin was 363 basis points, a decrease of 7 basis points from the second quarter of 2010 and a decrease of 50 basis points from the third quarter of 2009.
  • Invested $10 million in a limited partnership that acquired a pool of residential mortgage loans.

Management Overview 

Jim Fowler, Chairman of the Board, commented, "During the third quarter, the Company continued to diversify its investment portfolio by investing capital in two alternative asset vehicles. These investments include the purchase, as previously announced, of senior notes of the holding company for Bridger Commercial Funding, a commercial mortgage loan originator, as well as a $10 million investment in a limited partnership that acquired a pool of residential mortgage loans that management believes will generate attractive risk-adjusted returns.

Steven R. Mumma, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The Company invested $10 million in a pool of residential mortgages at a significant discount to the loans' unpaid principal balance, which management believes will result in accretive returns to our overall portfolio. The purchase is part of our strategy of pursuing credit based investment opportunities in the residential and commercial mortgage markets. In addition, during the 2010 third quarter, the Company continued to benefit from trading strategies put into place in 2009, such as its investments in collateralized loan obligations and non-Agency RMBS, while it builds out its portfolio for the future."

Results from Operations

For the three months ended September 30, 2010, the Company reported consolidated net income of $1.6 million, or $0.17 per common share, as compared to consolidated net income for the three months ended September 30, 2009 of $2.9 million, or $0.31 per common share. The $1.3 million decrease in net income was driven by a $2.5 million decrease in net interest income, a $0.3 million increase in expenses, a $0.2 million increase in provision for loan losses, partially offset by an increase in realized gains of $1.5 million from the sale of certain Agency and non-Agency RMBS during the period. For the three months ended September 30, 2010, net interest margin was $2.2 million, as compared to $4.7 million for the same period in 2009. The decline in net interest margin was primarily a result of a reduction in the Company's average interest earning assets from $571.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 to $343.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. The decline in average interest earning assets during this time is a function of the Company's previously disclosed portfolio repositioning, which has focused on transitioning from a portfolio almost exclusively centered on leveraged Agency RMBS and prime ARM loans held in securitization trusts to a more diversified portfolio that includes elements of credit risk with reduced leverage. 

Book value per common share as of September 30, 2010 was $7.16, or $6.98 after giving effect for the $0.18 third quarter dividend paid on October 25, 2010. The book value included net unrealized gains of $1.53 per common share, which are presented as accumulated other comprehensive income, including $1.70 per common share of net unrealized gains related to available for sale securities and $0.17 per common share of unrealized derivative losses related to cash flow hedges. 

Portfolio Results

The following table summarizes the Company's investment securities portfolio and mortgage loans held in securitization trusts (net) at September 30, 2010, classified by relevant categories:

As of September 30, 2010, the Company had $99.2 million of investment securities available for sale, $51.3 million of which were Agency RMBS. As of September 30, 2010, the Agency RMBS portfolio was financed with $38.5 million of repurchase agreement borrowings with an average interest rate of 0.31% and an average haircut of 5.8%. In addition, the Company's investment securities portfolio included $23.9 million of non-Agency RMBS and $23.9 million of CLOs. 

As of September 30, 2010, the Company had $236.1 million of loans held in securitization trusts (net) permanently financed with $227.7 million of collateralized debt obligations. As of September 30, 2010, delinquencies greater than 60 days on loans held in securitization trusts represented 8.40% of the loan portfolio, as compared to 6.14% at December 31, 2009 and 7.50% at June 30, 2010.  The 226 basis points increase in delinquencies since December 31, 2009 was due to a $2.9 million increase in delinquent loan balances and a decrease of $39.6 million of mortgage loans held in securitization trusts at September 30, 2010, as compared to December 31, 2009. As of September 30, 2010, the Company had reserves totaling $2.8 million for loan losses on these loans. In addition, as of September 30, 2010, the Company's balance sheet included two real estate owned properties totaling $0.3 million.

Investment in Residential Mortgage Loan Limited Partnership

On August 10, 2010, the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Hypotheca Capital, LLC, invested $10 million in a limited partnership that was formed for the purpose of acquiring, servicing, selling or otherwise disposing of first-lien residential mortgage loans. During the third quarter of 2010, the partnership acquired for approximately $9.8 million a pool of mortgage loans that generally (a) were originated approximately five years ago, (b) are currently performing and (c) have a current loan-to value ratio in excess of 100%. The pool of mortgage loans was acquired by the partnership at a significant discount to the loans' unpaid principal balance. The Company expects the partnership to maximize the value of the mortgage loans acquired by it through loan modification, special servicing and other initiatives. Management believes the investment in the partnership will generate attractive risk-adjusted returns for the Company.

Conference Call

On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, New York Mortgage Trust's executive management is scheduled to host a conference call and audio webcast to discuss the Company's financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010. The conference call dial-in number is (877) 312-8806. The replay will be available until Wednesday, November 10, 2010 and can be accessed by dialing (800) 642-1687 and entering passcode 22131449. A live audio webcast of the conference call can be accessed via the Internet, on a listen-only basis, at the Company's website at http://www.nymtrust.com . Please allow extra time, prior to the call, to visit the site and download the necessary software to listen to the Internet broadcast.

Third quarter 2010 financial and operating data can be viewed on the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which is expected to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about November 5, 2010. A copy of the Form 10-Q will be posted at the Company's website as soon as reasonably practicable following its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About New York Mortgage Trust

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust ("REIT") that acquires and manages primarily real estate-related assets, including mortgage-backed securities ("RMBS") issued by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (each an "Agency"), high credit quality residential adjustable rate mortgage ("ARM") loans, non-Agency RMBS, and to a lesser extent, other real-estate-related and financial assets. As a REIT, the Company is not subject to federal income tax, provided that it distributes at least 90% of its REIT income to stockholders.

Certain statements contained in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements that predict or describe future events or trends. The matters described in these forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control. The Company faces many risks that could cause its actual performance to differ materially from the results predicted by its forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, changes in business conditions and the general economy, a rise in interest rates or an unfavorable change in prepayment rates, a change in the availability or terms of financing for our assets, the failure to identify and acquire suitable investment assets for the Company's portfolio, failure to maintain the Company's qualification as a REIT for federal tax purposes or its exemption from the Investment Company Act of 1940, failure to effectively manage the risks associated with investing in mortgage loans, including changes in loan delinquencies and prepayment rates, and a failure to effectively implement and manage the Company's hedging strategy. The reports that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission contain a more detailed description of these and many other risks to which the Company is subject. Because of those risks, the Company's actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from the results, performance or achievements contemplated by its forward-looking statements. The information set forth in this news release represents management's current expectations and intentions. The Company assumes no responsibility to issue updates to the forward-looking matters discussed in this press release.

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