Enhance Your Regular Income By Adding This 12% Yielder: Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (AMTG), New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYMT)

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Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG)Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG) reported its fourth quarter performance on March 6, 2013. The performance remained below analysts’ expectations. This article will review the company’s latest asset holdings. In addition, a comparison of Apollo Residential’s results with companies of similar business models is provided.

The company and its business model

Apollo Residential commenced its operations as a mortgage REIT in 2011. The externally managed company has around $113 billion of assets under its management. It primarily invests in residential Agency and non-Agency mortgage backed securities. Besides, it has investments in residential mortgage loans and other residential mortgage assets including non-Agency RMBS comprised of interest-only, principal-only, floating rate inverse interest-only securities. The company invests in these securities using short-term financing (repurchase agreements) and earns a spread over what is pay as cost of funds and what it earns as yield on its interest earning assets. By regulation, Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG)  is forced to payout 90% of its taxable REIT income as dividends to its shareholders.

The investment portfolio

The graphs above show the proportion of Agency residential mortgage backed securities to non-Agency RMBS Apollo Residential held as of December 31, 2012. It is evident from figure 1 that Apollo has a large concentration in Agency RMBS, which were 86% of the entire portfolio while the remainder was non-Agency RMBS. Figure 2 on left dissects the Agency holdings further. A large concentration in the 30-year fixed rate is visible. It comprises 87% of the Agency holdings, followed by 15-20 year fixed rate at 11% and 2% of Agency interest-only securities. Therefore, while Apollo Residential is a hybrid REIT, it has the largest concentration in the 30-year fixed rate RMBS.

In comparison, New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ:NYMT) Capital too has a large concentration in Agency RMBS. Around 61% of its recent quarter end portfolio is composed of Agency RMBS while 13% is commercial mortgage backed securities.

Recent quarter’ performance

During the fourth quarter of the prior year, Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG) reported $33.6 million in . The interest income grew 27% over the prior quarter and over two-fold compared to the prior year. During the fourth quarter, the weighted average  of 3.4% remained the same. Therefore, the increase in the interest yielding assets was attributed to be the reason for the sequential growth in interest income. It is worth noting that Apollo Residential was able to maintain its asset yields despite a flattening yield curve and compressing of spreads during the fourth quarter of 2012.

During the quarter, the company incurred  of $6.1 million, up 42% from a quarter ago. The increase in interest expense is attributed to a 3 bps sequential surge in the effective  to 1.03%, partially offset by 1.6% decline in the repurchase agreements.

As a result, the company earned a  of 2.7% compared to 2.8% during the linked quarter. Also, the  of $27.5 million plunged 24% over the linked quarter. Further, a 36% sequential decline in  and a 29% increase in the  compressed the  21% to $55.8 million. Other income remained behind the levels of the prior quarter on lower gain on sale of RMBS and lower unrealized gain on RMBS.

In conclusion, despite higher interest income, Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc (NYSE:AMTG) reported lower net income due to higher operating expenses, cost of funds and lower gain on sale of RMBS and lower unrealized gain on RMBS.

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