Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Management Shovelin' Manure at Annaly Capital

Annaly Capital Management, Inc (NLY-$16.55) does not believe in providing its executives with excessive perquisites and other fringe benefits. Consistent with its pay-for-performance mandate, the m-REIT provides few executive fringe benefits, save for health and welfare benefits, such as group medical, group life and long-term disability coverage.

As stated in the company’s annual proxy: "We believe that our executives should be able to provide for their retirement needs from the total annual compensation they earn based on our performance. Accordingly, other than an employer matching contribution, which is the same that we provide all of our employees, we do not offer our executives any nonqualified pension plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, deferred compensation plans or other forms of compensation for retirement."

In fiscal 2007, Chairman and Chief Executive Michael A. J. Farrell received just $160 in "all other compensation."

Nonetheless, there is more than one way to milk the cash cow.

One thing's for sure,
I hate shovelin' manure,
It gets all over my overalls.
Them horses need shoein'
I hear Bessie mooin'.
So I thought maybe I'd ask you all.

Pursuant to their employment agreement, the bonus compensation of all Named Executive Officers is linked to percentage gains (Y/Y) in book value.

How do you milk a cow?
I think it's safe to say
A man could get arrested for this in LA
This heifer must be empty 'cause she ain't puttin out.
Oh E I E I O,
Tell me how do you milk a cow.
~ Cledus T. Judd

Farrell received $12.35 million in total compensation in 2007, including a salary of $2.43 million and a cash bonus of $9.62 million, according to the Company's proxy statement filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Book value for the year-ended December 31, 2007, increased 13.4% to $13.04 a share.

The 10Q Detective believes the Company used opportunistic capital raising to deliver sequential book value gains in the current challenging credit environment. Net proceeds from a preferred stock offering (and follow-ons) delivered $2.48 billion, or $6.38 a share, to additional-paid in capital in FY '07.

Yes, we are cognizant of the fact that net income increased 200 percent (Y/Y) to $1.32 a share. Mark Twain was right, however, when he said: "Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."

Net income of $414.4 million pales in comparison to proceeds of $2.48 billion!

Editor David J. Phillips does not hold a financial interest in any stocks mentioned in this article. The 10Q Detective has a Full Disclosure Policy.

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