PASADENA, Calif., June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation (NYSE: WMC) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.90 per share for the second quarter of 2013. This dividend is payable on July 29, 2013 to common shareholders of record as of July 1, 2013, with an ex-dividend date of June 27, 2013.
The Company also announced that, commencing with today's second quarter dividend announcement, it has adopted a practice of normally providing estimated book value as of the end of the second month of a quarter in connection with the dividend announcement for that quarter.
In accordance with this practice the Company announced its estimated book value per share, as of May 31, 2013, was approximately $19.25. The May 31, 2013 book value is only an estimate, has not been verified or reviewed by any third party and is subject to normal quarterly reconciliation and other procedures. Further, the estimated book value is as of May 31, 2013. Book value will fluctuate with market conditions, the results of the Company's operations and other factors. The Company's current book value may be materially different from the May 31, 2013 estimated book value.ABOUT WESTERN ASSET MORTGAGE CAPITAL CORPORATION Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation is a REIT that invests primarily in Agency RMBS, which are residential mortgage-backed securities for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by a U.S. Government agency (such as GNMA) or a U.S. Government-sponsored entity (such as FNMA or FHLMC). The Company also invests opportunistically in its other target assets, which include residential mortgage-backed securities that are not guaranteed by a U.S. Government agency or sponsored entity, commercial mortgage-backed securities and other asset-backed securities. The Company is externally managed and advised by Western Asset Management Company, an investment advisor registered with the SEC and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc.