AGNC Investment Corp.’s AGNC first-quarter 2023 net spread and dollar roll income per common share (excluding estimated “catch-up” premium amortization costs) of 70 cents per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 61 cents. The bottom line declined from 72 cents in the prior-year quarter. Our estimate for the same was pegged at 55 cents.
Adjusted net interest and dollar roll income (excluding catch-up premium amortization) was $493 million, rising from the quarter-ago number of $423 million.
The company reported a first-quarter comprehensive loss per common share of 7 cents compared with the prior-year quarter’s loss of $2.23.
Inside the Headlines
Net interest income (NII) was negative $98 million against $448 million in the year-ago quarter. NII also missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $299.3 million.
AGNC Investment’s average asset yield on its portfolio was 2.93 % in the first quarter, down from 3.55% in the prior-year quarter.
In the reported quarter, the combined weighted average cost of funds, inclusive of the interest rate swap, was 1.02 % compared with 0.09% in the prior-year quarter.
The average net interest spread (excluding catch-up premium amortization) was 2.88%, up from 2.19% reported in the prior-year quarter.
AGNC Investment’s tangible net book value “at risk” leverage ratio was 7.7 as of Mar 31, 2023, compared with 7.8 in the prior-year quarter.
In the first quarter, the company’s investment portfolio bore a weighted average actual constant prepayment rate of 5.2%, down from 14.5% in the prior-year quarter.
As of Mar 31, 2023, tangible net book value per share (BVPS) was $9.41, down from $13.12 as of Mar 31, 2022.
The economic loss on tangible common equity for the company in the reported quarter was 0.7%. This included a dividend per share of 36 cents and a decrease of 43 cents in tangible net BVPS.
As of Mar 31, 2023, the company’s investment portfolio aggregated $56.8 billion. This included $45.1 billion of Agency mortgage-backed securities, $10.4 million of net to-be-announced mortgage position, and $1.3 billion of credit risk transfer and non-Agency securities.
As of Mar 31, 2023, AGNC Investment’s cash and cash equivalents totaled $975 million, down from $1.01 billion as of Dec 31, 2022.
In the first quarter, AGNC Investment announced a dividend of 12 cents per share each for January, February and March. Notably, the company declared $12.2 billion in common stock dividends or $46.12 per common share since its initial public offering in May 2008 through first-quarter 2023.
In the first quarter, declining asset yields hindered the results. In a bid to navigate the monetary policy transition, the company has defensively positioned itself with prudent asset-selection efforts and timely portfolio adjustment. Going forward, investments in agency MBS will drive attractive risk-adjusted returns.
AGNC Investment Corp. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
AGNC Investment currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Earnings Release Dates of Other REITs
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