The Company has asked me to note that the content of this conference call contains time-sensitive information that is accurate only as of today, Thursday, July 19, 2012. The Company does not intend to and undertakes no duty to update the information to reflect future events or circumstances.
For opening remarks and introductions, I will now turn the call over to Rick Cleary, CYS’ Chief Operating Officer; and Mr. Cleary, you have the floor.
Thanks, Jeff. Good morning and welcome to CYS’ 2012 Second Quarter Earnings conference call. Today’s call is being recorded and access to the recording of today’s call will be available on the Company’s website at www.cysinv.com, commencing at 3 pm Eastern time this afternoon.To better understand our results, it would be helpful to have the press release that we issued last night. The release includes information regarding non-GAAP financial measures, including reconciliation of those measures to GAAP measures, which will be discussed on this call. I’d now like to turn the call over to our CEO, Kevin Grant. Kevin Grant Thanks Rick. Thanks Jeff, and good morning and welcome to our second quarter 2012 earnings conference call. As usual, joining Rick and me this morning is our CFO, Frances Spark, and Bill Sheehan from our investment team. We have a few opening comments, and I’ve also asked Bill Sheehan to spend a few minutes on the investing environment, given the historic low yield. We are pleased to report solid results for the second quarter of 2012. The Company delivered another $0.50 dividend plus $0.38 of NAV appreciation. We have been well positioned to benefit in this environment, and we’ve benefited from some very good asset choices over the past several quarters. Dollar prices are high in the MBS market, so getting the prepayment story right can really pay off. During the quarter, we were quite active, selling assets priced too high for their prepayment exposure and replacing them with assets with better prepayment protection. The consumer response to the low rates is here as measured by the refi index, and the prepayments will run through the system over the next few months. This activity generated about 61 million in realized capital gains for us, and we think the assets we sold were priced way too high relative to very attractive alternatives in the marketplace.