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the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Directory

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AG Mortgage Investment (MITT)

Formerly Alexander Mortgage REIT, AG Mortgage, externally managed by AG REIT Management, LP,  went public via a June 2011 IPO. AG invests in residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities not insured by government agencies. Externally managed.

American Capital Agency (AGNC)

Invests in single-family, adjustable-rate and fixed-rate mortgage-backed securities that are guaranteed by government agencies. A May 2008 IPO externally managed by American Capital Ltd.  Pays monthly dividends.

American Capital Mortgage Investment (MTGE)

An August 2011 IPO,  MTGE invests in a mixture of mortgage-backed securities that are guaranteed by government agencies, as well as those that are not agency guaranteed. Externally managed by American Capital Ltd. 

Annaly Capital Management (NLY) 

Invests in single-family, agency and non-agency adjustable-rate and fixed-rate residential mortgage-backed securities, as well as mortgages insured by commercial properties.

Anworth Mortgage Asset (ANH)

Invests in single-family, adjustable-rate and fixed-rate mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by government agencies, as well as non-agency mortgages rated investment grade.

Apollo Commercial R. E. Finance (ARI)

This September 2009 IPO, externally managed by Apollo Global Management, invests in senior performing commercial real estate mortgage loans, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt instruments.  

Apollo Residential Mortgage (AMTG

This July 2011 IPO, externally managed by Apollo Global Management, invests in agency and non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities.

Arbor Realty Trust (ABR)  High Risk

Provides specialty financing, such as mezzanine and bridge loans for multifamily and commercial real estate. Externally managed by Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC. Suspended dividend payouts in February 2009. but resumed in May 2012.

Blackstone Mortgage Trust (BXMT)

Effectively a new REIT formed in April 2013, Blackstone originates and/or invests in mostly "floating rate" loans secured by commercial properties. Managed by a unit of private equity giant Blackstone Group.

Capstead Mortgage (CMO) 

Invests in single-family residential adjustable-rate mortgages  that are guaranteed by government agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

Chimera  Investment Trust (CIM) 

An August 2007 IPO, Chimera invests in residential mortgage-backed securities including prime, jumbo, and Alt-A loans. Was externally managed by Annaly Capital Management, but converted to internal management in August 2015.

CIFC (CIFC) 

Formerly Deerfield Capital, invests in corporate loans, and commercial real estate loans. Merged with CIFC,  suspended dividend and did a 1-for-10 reverse stock split in October 2008. Resumed dividend payouts in August 2013.

Colony Capital(CLNY)

Originates, purchases, and manages commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate related debts.

CYS Cypress Investments (CYS)

A June 2009 IPO then known as Cypress Sharpridge Investments and externally managed by Sharpridge Advisors, Cypress invests in derivatives of single-family, adjustable-rate and fixed-rate mortgage-backed securities that are guaranteed by government agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Terminated its agreement with Sharpridge Advisors and changed its name to CYS Investments in September 2011.

Dynex Capital (DX)

Invests in agency and non-agency loans secured by single-family residential and commercial property mortgages.

Hatteras Financial (HTS)

Invests in single-family, adjustable-rate and fixed-rate mortgage-backed securities. Externally managed by Atlantic Capital Advisors.

Invesco Mortgage Capital (IVR)

A June 2009 IPO, Invesco invests in residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities. Externally managed by Invesco Ltd. 

iStar (STAR)

Offers financing secured by commercial real estate. Changed ticker from SFI to STAR in December 2013, and changed name from iStar Financial to iStar Inc. in August 2015. Suspended dividend payouts in September 2008.

Javelin Mortgage Investment (JMI) 

An October 2012 IPO, Javelin, externally managed by Armour Residential Management LLC, invests primarily in hybrid adjustable rate, adjustable rate and fixed rate agency and non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities. Pays monthly dividends.

Ladder Capital (LADR) 

A February 2014 IPO, Ladder, which originates real estate loans secured by commercial properties, is internally managed.

MFA Financial (MFA) 

Invests in single-family, adjustable-rate and fixed-rate agency and non-agency mortgage-backed securities. Changed name from MFA Mortgage Investments to MFA Financial in December 2008.

National Health Investors (NHI)

Finances senior housing and health care properties via first mortgages and purchase-leaseback transactions.

Newcastle Investment (NCT)

Invests in mortgages on residential, manufactured housing, and commercial properties. Also owns golf-related properties. Managed by a unit of Fortress Investment Group LLC.

New York Mortgage Trust (NYMT)

Invests in mortgages on multi-family [properties and single family residential properties. NYMT was previously engaged in loan origination, but, in 2007, sold that business to IndyMac Bancorp. Also in 2007, it sold its wholesale operations to Franklin Credit Management.

NorthStar Realty Finance (NRF)

Primarily originates and invests in debt and other securities secured by commercial real estate properties. Also takes ownership positions in commercial properties.

Orchid Island Capital (ORC)

A February 2013 IPO, Orchid invests in single-family, adjustable-rate and fixed-rate mortgage-backed securities that are guaranteed by government agencies.

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (PMT)

A July 2009 IPO, PennyMac, externally managed by Private National Mortgage Acceptance Company, invests primarily in residential mortgage loans and related assets. 

RAIT Financial Trust (RAS)

Invests in commercial mortgages, mezzanine loans and other loans, trust preferred securities, subordinated debentures and other real estate-related debt securities and investments. Suspended dividend in January 2009, but reinstated in May 2011. Did a 1-for-3 reverse stock split on June 30, 2011.

Redwood Trust (RWT)

Invests in residential and commercial real estate loans, and in asset-backed securities backed by real estate loans. It credit-enhances loans by acquiring and managing the first-loss and credit-sensitive securities that bear the credit risk of securitized loans.

Resource Capital (RSO)

Invests in commercial real estate-related assets such as whole loans, A-notes, B-notes, mezzanine loans and mortgage-related securities and commercial finance assets such as other asset-backed securities, senior secured corporate loans, equipment leases and notes, trust preferred securities, debt tranches of collateralized debt obligations and private equity investments principally issued by financial institutions.

Starwood Property Trust (STWD)

An August 2009 IPO, Starwood invests in commercial mortgage loans and related assets.

Two Harbors Investment (TWO)

Invests in residential mortgage-backed securities. Externally managed by a unit of Pine River Capital Management.  Started operations on 10/28/09 after merger with Capital Acquisition Corporation.

United Development Funding IV (UDF)

Formerly a non-traded REIT, UDF,  which listed it shares in June 2014. lends money via secured debt to real estate developers.

Vestin Realty Mortgage I (VRTA)  High Risk

Makes commercial real estate loans, primarily to real estate developers, in nine states. Suspended dividend payouts in September 2008. One for four stock split in December 2014.  

Vestin Realty Mortgage II (VRTB) High Risk

Makes commercial real estate loans, primarily to real estate developers, in nine states. Suspended dividend payouts in September 2008. One for four stock split in February 2014.   \

Western Asset Mortgage Capital (WMC)

A May 2012 IPO, Western mostly invests in single-family mortgage-backed securities that are guaranteed by government agencies. However, Western may also invest in residential mortgages not insured by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and/or in commercial mortgages. Externally managed by a unit of Legg Mason.

ZAIS Financial (ZFC)

A February 2013 IPO, ZAIS invests in single-family mortgage-backed securities that may or may not be guaranteed by government agencies. Externally managed by ZAIS Group, LLC. 

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