Annaly Capital Management, Inc. Announces Agreement to Sell Its Commercial Real Estate Business to Slate Asset Management for $2.33 Billion

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE) – Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE: NLY) (“Annaly” or the “Company”) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its commercial real estate business to Slate Asset Management LP (“Slate”) Has. ), a global investment and asset management firm focused on real estate.

The transaction is valued at $ 2.33 billion and represents essentially all of the assets of the company’s commercial real estate business, including equity investments, loan assets and commercial mortgage-backed securities. Certain Annaly employees who primarily support the commercial real estate business are expected to join Slate after the sale is complete, including Timothy Gallagher, Head of Commercial Real Estate and Michael Quinn, Head of Commercial Investments.

“The commercial real estate business has been an important part of Annaly’s differentiated investment model since 2013,” noted David Finkelstein, Annaly’s chief executive officer and chief investment officer. “This transaction provides our shareholders with compelling execution and provides additional capacity to further develop our leadership and operational skills in all aspects of the residential mortgage finance market. This has been the cornerstone of Annaly’s strategy since our inception. On behalf of our entire company and the Board of Directors, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported and built our commercial real estate business over the years. ”

Annaly believes the transaction will have a negligible impact on key financial metrics such as book value, core earnings and dividends for the company. Upon completion of the transaction, the Company intends to use the proceeds from the sale to repay its financing facilities related to the commercial real estate assets sold and to purchase target assets in accordance with its capital allocation policy, which may include investments in agency assets, residential and corporate loans. Annaly expects to maintain limited exposure to the commercial real estate sector through opportunistic and efficient strategies within the securities portfolio.

Subject to customary closing conditions, including applicable government approvals, the commercial real estate business transfer is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2021.

Evercore is acting as financial advisor and Ropes & Gray LLP is acting as legal advisor to Annaly. BMO Capital Markets is serving as financial advisor and Goodwin Procter LLP and McCarthy Tétrault LLP are serving as legal advisor to Slate.

About Annaly

Annaly is a leading diversified capital manager that invests in and finances residential and commercial real estate. Annaly’s main business objective is to generate a net profit for distribution to shareholders and to optimize returns through prudent management of diversified investment strategies. Annaly is managed in-house and has chosen to be taxed as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) for federal income tax purposes. More information about the company can be found at www.annaly.com.

Information on Slate Asset Management

Slate Asset Management is a leading real estate-focused alternative investment platform with approximately $ 6.5 billion in assets under management. Slate is a value manager and a major sponsor of all of its private and publicly traded investment vehicles that are tailored to meet the unique objectives of its investors. The company’s careful and selective investment approach creates long-term value with an emphasis on capital preservation and oversized returns. Slate is backed by an exceptional workforce, flexible capital, and a proven ability to develop and execute a wide range of compelling investment opportunities. Visit slateam.com to learn more.

Forward-Looking Statements

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