NEW YORK,– MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE: MFA) (the “Company”) announced today that due to the turmoil in the financial markets resulting from the global COVID-19 virus pandemic and in order to preserve liquidity until it can more accurately assess the impact that current market conditions will have on the Company’s business, the Company will revoke its previously announced first quarter 2020 quarterly cash dividends on each of the Company’s common stock and 7.50% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock.
The quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on the Company’s common stock had been declared on March 11, 2020 and was to be paid on April 30, 2020 to all stockholders of record as of the close of business March 31, 2020. The Series B Preferred Stock dividend of $0.46875 per share had been declared on February 14, 2020 and was to be paid on March 31, 2020 to stockholders of record as of the close of business March 2, 2020.
Unpaid dividends on the Company’s Series B Preferred Stock shall accrue without interest. No dividends may be paid or set apart on shares of the Company’s common stock unless full cumulative dividends on the Series B Preferred Stock for all past dividend periods that have ended have been or contemporaneously are paid in cash, or a sum sufficient for such payment is set apart for payment.
The Company will continue to monitor market conditions and the potential impact the ongoing volatility and uncertainty may have on its business. Related thereto, the Company’s Board of Directors will continue to evaluate the payment of dividends as market conditions evolve.
About MFA Financial, Inc.
MFA Financial, Inc. is a real estate investment trust primarily engaged in the business of investing, on a leveraged basis, in residential mortgage assets, including residential mortgage-backed securities and residential whole loans.
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