AGNC announces pricing of public offering of common stock (again)

If you were wondering why AGNC’s stock price was down 3.87% when the DJIA was up almost 3%, then here is the reason why.

So, before the dust has even settled on AGNC’s 3rd quarter 2011 financials they offer to sell more stock to lever up over 7x.  They have to keep doing this to make their $1.40 per share dividend payments and to have some assets to pledge as collateral for more repurchase agreements.  This is a house of cards.  Leverage works both ways – just as Lehman Bros.

American Capital Agency Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — American Capital Agency Corp. (Nasdaq: AGNC) ("AGNC" or the "Company") announced today that it priced a public offering of 37,000,000 shares of common stock for total estimated gross proceeds of approximately $1.0 billion.

In connection with the offering, the Company has granted the underwriters an option for 30 days to purchase up to an additional 5,550,000 shares of common stock to cover overallotments, if any. The offering is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close on November 1, 2011.

AGNC expects to use the net proceeds from this offering to acquire additional agency securities as market conditions permit and for general corporate purposes.

Citigroup, Deutsche Bank Securities and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are joint book-running managers for the offering. Barclays Capital Inc., Mitsubishi UFJ Securities and Nomura Securities International, Inc. are co-lead managers for the offering. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. and Wunderlich Securities are the co-managers for the offering.

The offering will be made pursuant to AGNC’s existing effective shelf registration statement, previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus and a related prospectus supplement, when available. Copies of the prospectus and prospectus supplement may be obtained from Citigroup, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, New York 11220; telephone: (800) 831-9146; Deutsche Bank Securities, Prospectus Department, Harborside Financial Center, 100 Plaza One, Jersey City, New Jersey 07311-3988, telephone: 1-800-503-4611; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Ave, Edgewood, NY 11717, telephone: (866) 803-9204.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy shares of common stock, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Link to AGNC investor relations press release: http://ir.agnc.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=219916&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1622187&highlight=

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