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SOURCE Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation
ISS Rejects Every One of Activist Hedge Fund Western Investment LLC's Nominees
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE: ANH) today announced that Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS) one of the nation's leading proxy advisory firms, has rejected every one of Western Investment LLC's director nominees and recommends that Anworth stockholders vote for the election of all six of Anworth's director nominees on the WHITE proxy card at the Company's 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, to be held on May 22, 2014.
Commenting on the ISS report, Anworth issued the following statement:
We are extremely pleased that ISS has concluded that no change whatsoever to Anworth's Board of Directors is warranted and recognizes Anworth's highly qualified and experienced director nominees. Under the stewardship of Anworth's Board of Directors and management, Anworth is well-positioned to continue delivering positive results and creating long-term value for all stockholders.
With a proven track record and intense focus on building long-term stockholder value through strategic equity issuances and accretive buybacks, Anworth's Board and management are committed to positioning the Company for increased growth, dividend income and steady investment returns. Anworth's Board is active and engaged and our directors possess skills and experience across a wide range of disciplines and industries that are critical to Anworth's business. Our directors and management team have more than 80 years of combined experience in the mortgage REIT industry.
We are confident that Anworth has the right Board, the right management team and the right investment strategy to deliver sustainable long-term returns to all stockholders. We strongly urge all Anworth stockholders to follow the recommendation of ISS and vote "FOR" our director nominees on the WHITE proxy card today.
In its May 9, 2014 report, ISS stated*:
- "It is perhaps especially telling that the key parts of the dissidents plan appear to be actions the new board has already identified and begun implementing."
- "[I]t is both clear that the board has been responsive to shareholders, and unclear what else a new board and new management team would do. The dissidents have not articulated, nor does there appear to be, a clear course of action that should be taken instead of what the board is currently doing: an increased share buyback, formation of a strategic review committee, creating a new strategic plan, and engaging a credible investment bank to explore strategic alternatives."
- "As the dissident has not made a compelling case that change at the board level is warranted, votes on the WHITE card FOR all management nominees are warranted."
Anworth stockholders are reminded that their vote is extremely important, no matter how many or how few shares they own. We urge stockholders to vote for the Company's six director-nominees: Messrs. Lloyd McAdams, Lee A. Ault III, Joe E. Davis, Robert C. Davis, Joseph E. McAdams and Mark S. Maron – and reject Western Investment LLC's ("Western") nominees on the WHITE proxy card today.
The Anworth Board urges stockholders not to sign or return any gold proxy card they may receive from or on behalf of Western. Stockholders are urged not to return the gold card, even to vote against Western's nominees, as doing so will only cancel out any previous vote cast for the Board's director nominees.
* Permission to use quotations was neither sought nor obtained.
If you have questions or need assistance voting your WHITE proxy card, please contact:
MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
105 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10016
Call Collect: (212) 929-5500
Toll-Free (800) 322-2885
About Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation
Anworth is an externally-managed mortgage real estate investment trust. Our principal business is to invest primarily in securities guaranteed by the U.S. Government, such as Ginnie Mae, or guaranteed by federally sponsored enterprises, such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. A small part of our business also consists of home rentals, where we acquire single-family residential properties within our target markets and lease them to quality tenants. 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 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.
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