BETHESDA, Md., Jan 12, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- American Capital Agency Corp. (Nasdaq: AGNC) ("AGNC") announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Gary Kain as the Company's Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer effective as of January 26, 2009. Mr. Kain will succeed Russell Jeffrey, who will be pursuing the full time management of Providence Investment Management, LLC. Mr. Jeffrey will continue to serve as a senior advisor to AGNC.
Mr. Kain most recently served as Senior Vice President of Investments and Capital Markets of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ("Freddie Mac"). He also served as Senior Vice President of Mortgage Investments & Structuring of Freddie Mac from February 2005 to April 2008. Mr. Kain's group was responsible for managing all of Freddie Mac's mortgage investment activities for the company's $700 billion retained portfolio.
Previously, Mr. Kain was also the head trader in Freddie Mac's Securities Sales & Trading Group where he was responsible for managing all trading decisions including REMIC structuring and underwriting, hedging all mortgage positions, income generation and risk management. Prior to his promotion to head trader in 1995, Mr. Kain served as a senior trader at Freddie Mac, responsible for managing the adjustable-rate mortgage and REMIC sectors. Mr. Kain joined Freddie Mac in 1988 as an analyst in the Financial Research Department.
Mr. Kain has also been appointed as a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of AGNC's affiliate, American Capital, Ltd., and will be based in American Capital's Bethesda, Maryland home office.
"We are very pleased to welcome Gary to our management team," stated Malon Wilkus, Chairman, President and CEO of AGNC. "The depth and breadth of Gary's experience managing all aspects of Freddie Mac's mortgage investment portfolio -- investment strategy, liability management, hedging and interest rate risk management -- highlights his extensive knowledge of the agency MBS market. We believe that his skills and experience will help AGNC navigate the evolving mortgage landscape while continuing to generate attractive risk adjusted returns for our shareholders. We appreciate Russ' contribution to the start-up of AGNC and look forward to his continued good advice, and wish him well in his future activities."
AGNC is a REIT formed in 2008 to invest exclusively in agency pass-through securities and collateralized mortgage obligations for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by a U.S. Government agency or a U.S. Government-sponsored entity. The Company is externally managed and advised by an affiliate of American Capital, Ltd. Since its IPO in May 2008, AGNC has paid or declared $37.7 million in total dividends or $2.51 in dividends per share. For further information, please refer to www.AGNC.com.
ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL
American Capital, with $17 billion in capital resources under management(1), is the only private equity fund and the largest alternative asset management company in the S&P 500. American Capital, both directly and through its global asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in private equity, leveraged finance, real estate and structured products. American Capital and its affiliates invest from $5 million to $400 million per company in North America and euro 5 million to euro 100 million per company in Europe. American Capital was founded in 1986 and currently has 11 offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For further information, please refer to www.AmericanCapital.com.
(1) As of September 30, 2008
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John Erickson, Chief Financial Officer
Tom McHale, Senior Vice President, Finance, American Capital
Justin Cressall, Vice President, Equity Capital Markets, American Capital
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SOURCE American Capital Agency Corp.