Anworth Announces 2018 Dividend Tax Information

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE: ANH), a real estate investment trust (REIT), announced today the following tax treatment regarding its dividend distributions for the Companys fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

The portion of Anworths dividends that are characterized as ordinary income generally will be taxed at full ordinary income rates. For stockholders that are corporations, Anworths dividends are not eligible for the corporate dividends-received deduction.

Stockholders should check the tax statements they receive from brokerage firms to ensure that the Anworth dividend information reported in those statements conforms to the information reported herein. Effective in 2018, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act generally allows for a 20% deduction of REIT dividends treated as ordinary income. However, this may not apply for all stockholders, as each stockholders tax situation may be different, and each dividend distribution may have its own separate tax status. Accordingly, stockholders are encouraged to consult their tax advisors to determine the taxes that should be paid on Anworths dividend distributions.

The tables below provide detailed tax information relating to the quarterly dividend distributions paid to Anworths stockholders with respect to the 2018 tax year:


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8.625% Series A Cumulative Preferred Stock (CUSIP 037347 20 0)

DeclarationRecordPayableDistributionOrdinaryReturn ofCapitalCarry-Over
DateDateDatePer ShareincomeCapitalGainsto 2019

6.25% Series B Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock (CUSIP 037347 30 9)

DeclarationRecordPayableDistributionOrdinaryReturn ofCapitalCarry-Over
DateDateDatePer Share(1)incomeCapitalGainsto 2019
(1)The Series B Preferred Stock is convertible into shares of our common stock. The conversion rate is adjusted per a stated formula when distributions are made to our common stockholders. The value of any conversion rate increase is a deemed distribution for tax purposes and is taxable to holders of our Series B Preferred Stock to the extent supported by earnings and profits and is included in the table above. See Forms 8937 on our Company website for additional details.

7.625% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (CUSIP 037347 40 8)

DeclarationRecordPayableDistributionOrdinaryReturn ofCapitalCarry-Over
DateDateDatePer ShareincomeCapitalGainsto 2019

Common Stock (CUSIP 037347 10 1)

DeclarationRecordPayableDistributionOrdinaryReturn ofCapitalCarry-Over
DateDateDatePer ShareincomeCapitalGainsto 2019

Because Anworth is a REIT, dividends declared in October, November, or December of a calendar year with a record date in that calendar year but which are payable in January of the following year are considered paid for Form 1099 reporting purposes on the record date, not on the payable date, to the extent the REIT has any remaining undistributed earnings and profits (as computed for income tax purposes) as of December 31 of that calendar year. The amounts shown above that were declared in the fourth quarter of 2018 but not paid until January 2019 represent the per share amount of the distributions paid which exceeded Anworths undistributed earnings and profits for income tax purposes as of December 31, 2018 and which were not included in the 2018 tax year but were carried over to 2019 as ordinary income for income tax purposes.

Dividends may be reinvested through Anworths Dividend Reinvestment Plan. Plan information may be obtained from the Plan Administrator, American Stock Transfer and Trust Company, at 877-248-6410, on Anworths web site at, or by contacting Anworth at 310-255-4493.

About Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation

Anworth is an externally-managed mortgage real estate investment trust. We invest primarily in mortgage-backed securities that are either rated investment grade or are guaranteed by federally sponsored enterprises, such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. We seek to generate income for distribution to our shareholders primarily based on the difference between the yield on our mortgage assets and the cost of our borrowings. We are managed by Anworth Management LLC, or the Manager, pursuant to a management agreement. The Manager is subject to the supervision and direction of our Board of Directors and is responsible for (i) the selection, purchase, and sale of our investment portfolio; (ii) our financing and hedging activities; and (iii) providing us with management services and other services and activities relating to our assets and operations as may be appropriate. Our common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ANH. Anworth is a component of the Russell 2000 Index.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. Forward-looking statements, which are based on various assumptions (some of which are beyond our control) may be identified by reference to a future period or periods or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as may, will, believe, expect, anticipate, assume, estimate, intend, continue, or other similar terms, or variations on those terms, or the negative of those terms. Our actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including but not limited to, changes in interest rates; changes in the market value of our mortgage-backed securities; changes in the yield curve; the availability of mortgage-backed securities for purchase; increases in the prepayment rates on the mortgage loans securing our mortgage-backed securities; our ability to use borrowings to finance our assets and, if available, the terms of any financing; risks associated with investing in mortgage-related assets; changes in business conditions and the general economy, including the consequences of actions by the U.S. government and other foreign governments to address the global financial crisis; implementation of or changes in government regulations affecting our business; our ability to maintain our qualification as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes; our ability to maintain an exemption from the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended; risks associated with our home rental business; and the Managers ability to manage our growth. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other SEC filings discuss the most significant risk factors that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation
John T. Hillman
1299 Ocean
Avenue, Second Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 255-4438 or
(310) 255-4493
Email: [email protected]