J.P. Morgan Securities LLC383 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor New York, New York 10179Attention: Syndicate Deskor by calling 1-212-834-4533The shares will be issued pursuant to the shelf registration statement that was previously filed with the SEC. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the shares. An offering of the shares will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus. The prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information When used in this filing, statements which are not historical in nature, including those containing words such as "will," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "plan," "continue," "intend," "should," "may" or similar expressions, are intended to identify "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and, as such, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These statements regarding the following subjects, among others, may be forward-looking: the Company's expected financial results; the timing of the completion of the Company's review the Company's REIT taxable income calculations; the impact of such review, including on the Company's previously issued financial statements and REIT status; the timing and amount of distributions made to the Company's stockholders; and the timing of the filing of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012. These and other risks, uncertainties and factors, including those described in the annual, quarterly and current reports that MFA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause MFA's actual results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements it makes. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. New risks and uncertainties arise over time and it is not possible to predict those events or how they may affect MFA. Except as required by law, MFA is not obligated to, and does not intend to, update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.