BETHESDA, Md., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Capital Agency Corp. (Nasdaq: AGNC) ("AGNC" or the "Company") announced today that it plans to make a public offering of 32,000,000 shares of its common stock. In connection with the offering, the Company intends to grant the underwriters an option for 30 days to purchase up to an additional 4,800,000 shares of common stock. AGNC expects to use the net proceeds from this offering to acquire additional agency securities as market conditions warrant and for general corporate purposes. BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital Inc., Citigroup, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are joint book-running managers for the offering. JMP Securities LLC and Nomura are co-lead managers for the offering. The underwriters may offer the shares in transactions on the Nasdaq, in the over-the-counter market or through negotiated transactions at market prices or at negotiated prices. The offering will be made pursuant to AGNC's existing effective shelf registration statement, previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus and a related prospectus supplement, when available. Copies of the prospectus and prospectus supplement may be obtained from BofA Merrill Lynch, 222 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Attn: Prospectus Department or email email@example.com; Barclays Capital Inc. by mail c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, by email at Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com or by telephone at (888) 603-5847; Citigroup, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, New York 11220, telephone: 1-800-831-9146; Goldman, Sachs & Co., 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, Attn: Prospectus Department, telephone: 1-866-471-2526, facsimile: 212-902-9316, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Ave, Edgewood, NY 11717, telephone: 1-866-803-9204. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy shares of common stock, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.