Colony Financial, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: CLNY) today announced it has commenced an underwritten public offering of its shares of Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock. Barclays, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, J.P. Morgan and UBS Investment Bank are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel Company, is acting as co-manager. The Company expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the shares of Series B Preferred Stock initially sold to the public to cover overallotments. The Company intends to file an application to list the Series B Preferred Stock on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the offering to repay amounts outstanding under its secured revolving credit facility, and to use any remainder of the net proceeds from this offering to acquire its target assets in a manner consistent with its investment strategies and investment guidelines and for working capital and general corporate purposes. The offering of the Series B Preferred Stock will be made under the Company’s automatically effective shelf registration statement, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and prospectus, which will be filed with the SEC. Before you invest, you should read the applicable prospectus supplement and prospectus for more complete information about the Company and the offering. You may obtain these documents free of charge by visiting the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, you may obtain copies, when available, by contacting Barclays, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, telephone: (888) 603-5847 or by email at Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated at 222 Broadway, New York, NY 10038, Attention: Prospectus Department or by emailing email@example.com; J.P. Morgan, 383 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10179, Attention Investment Grade Syndicate Desk, telephone: (212) 834-4533; or UBS Investment Bank, 299 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10171, Attention Prospectus Department, telephone: (877) 827-6444, ext. 5613884. 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.