AGNC analysis of the income account> losses of subsidiaries

You should carefully examine the consolidated earnings statements of companies that own subsidiaries and significant interest in other companies.  Some companies in the past have under reported the losses of their subsidiaries and manipulated the surplus account in nefarious ways in order to make their earnings per share look less volatile.  You should adjust the earnings of the company you are analyzing accordingly to determine their true earning power.

American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) is a subsidiary of American Capital Ltd (ACAS).  I’m not analyzing the parent company, so I’m not going to go through the pains of investigating American Capital. 

American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) owns a single wholly-owned subsidiary called American Capital Agency TRS, LLC.  I learned this from Note 1 in its most recent 10-K filing.

Here is the hierarchy:

American Capital LTD owns American Capital LLC which owns American Capital Agency Corp.

Note 1. Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

The interim consolidated financial statements of American Capital Agency Corp. (together with its consolidated subsidiary, is referred throughout this report as the “Company”, “we”, “us” and “our”) are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and pursuant to the requirements for reporting on Form 10−Q and Article 10 of Regulation S−X. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of income and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Our unaudited consolidated financial statements include the accounts of our wholly−owned subsidiary, American Capital Agency TRS, LLC.  Significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated. In the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting solely of normal recurring accruals, necessary for the fair presentation of financial statements for the interim period have been included. The current period’s results of operations are not necessarily indicative of results that ultimately may be achieved for the year. There has been no activity in American Capital Agency TRS, LLC during the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009.


AGNC has consolidated the accounts of its subsidiary into its reported.  I don’t see any manipulation or hiding of losses by AGNC.  No adjustments to the earnings are necessary for the profits/losses of subsidiaries.

Here is the summary paragraph from the end of the section on losses of subsidiaries in the wonderful book Securities Analysis.


To avoid leaving this point in confusion, we shall summarize our treatment by suggesting:

1.       In the first instance, subsidiary losses are to be deducted in every analysis [of the income account]

2.       If the amount involved is significant, then the analyst should investigate whether or not the losses may be subject to early termination.

3.       If the result of this examination is favorable, the analyst may consider all or part of the subsidiary’s loss as the equivalent of a nonrecurring item.


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