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Ellington Financial LLC Announces Closing Of Public Offering Of Common Shares

OLD GREENWICH, Conn., Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ellington Financial LLC (NYSE: EFC) (the "Company") today announced that it has closed its previously-announced underwritten public offering of 3,500,000 common shares representing limited liability company interests for net proceeds of approximately $76.7 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated expenses.  The Company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 525,000 common shares.  Deutsche Bank Securities and BofA Merrill Lynch acted as joint book-running managers for the offering.  Stifel Nicolaus Weisel and JMP Securities acted as co-managers.

The Company expects to use the net proceeds of the offering to acquire certain of its targeted assets, including residential mortgage-backed securities backed by prime jumbo, Alt-A, manufactured housing and subprime residential mortgage loans and residential mortgage-backed securities for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by a U.S. government agency or a U.S. government-sponsored enterprise. The Company may also use the net proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes.

The offering of common shares was made pursuant to the Company's existing shelf registration statement on Form S-3, which was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The offering was made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus, which were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus related to the offering may be obtained from Deutsche Bank Securities, Attention: Prospectus Department, at 60 Wall Street, New York, New York 10005-2836, by e-mail at, or by telephone at (800) 503-4611; or BofA Merrill Lynch, 222 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10038, Attn: Prospectus Department or by e-mail at .

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

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