Colony Financial, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: CLNY) today announced it plans to commence a public offering of 6,000,000 shares of common stock. The Company also plans to grant to the underwriter an option to purchase up to an additional 900,000 shares. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the offering to repay amounts outstanding under the Company’s revolving credit facility and to fund additional investments, for working capital and for general corporate purposes. BofA Merrill Lynch will act as the sole book-running manager for the offering, and may offer the shares at prevailing market prices or otherwise from time to time through the New York Stock Exchange, in the over-the-counter market, through negotiated transactions or otherwise. The offering of the shares will be made under the Company’s shelf registration statement, which was filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and prospectus, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of the prospectus supplement and prospectus related to the offering can be obtained, when available, by contacting BofA Merrill Lynch, Attention: Prospectus Department, 222 Broadway, 7 th Floor, New York, New York 10038 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of any securities in any state or 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 jurisdiction. About Colony Financial, Inc. Colony Financial, Inc. is a real estate finance and investment company that is focused on acquiring, originating and managing a diversified portfolio of opportunistic real estate-related debt and equity investments at attractive risk-adjusted returns. Our investment portfolio and target assets are primarily composed of interests in: (i) secondary loans acquired at a discount to par; (ii) new originations; and (iii) equity in single family homes to be held for investment and rented to tenants. Secondary debt purchases may include performing, sub-performing or non-performing loans (including loan-to-own strategies). Colony Financial has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust, or REIT, for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Colony Financial is a component of the Russell 2000® and the Russell 3000® indices.