NEW YORK (

TheStreet

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Annaly Capital Management

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said it expects gross proceeds of about $2.1 billion from a secondary offering of 120 million shares.

Annaly Capital said late Monday it planned to offer the common shares at $17.70 a share.

The

real estate investment trust

also granted underwriters a 30y-day option to purchase up to an additional 18 million shares to cover over-allotments.

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Annaly said it will use the capital it raises to fund the purchase of mortgage-backed securities for its investment portfolio and for general corporate purposes, which may include additional investments and repayment of short-term debt.

Credit Suisse Securities

will act as the lead book-running manager for the offering.

BofA Merrill Lynch

,

Morgan Stanley

,

UBS Investment Bank

and

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will act as joint book-running managers.

Shares of Annaly were 1.8% lower in premarket trading Tuesday after finishing 1.1% lower at $18.32 on Monday.

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