1. Organization and Business Description
Hatteras Financial Corp. (the "Company") was incorporated in Maryland on September 19, 2007, and commenced its planned business activities on November 5, 2007, the date of the initial closing of a private issuance of common stock. The Company was formed to invest in residential mortgage-backed securities ("MBS"), issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government or U.S. Government sponsored agencies such as the Government National Mortgage Association ("Ginnie Mae"), the Federal National Mortgage Association ("Fannie Mae") and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ("Freddie Mac") ("agency MBS"). The Company is externally managed by Atlantic Capital Advisors LLC ("ACA").
The Company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust ("REIT"). As a result, the Company does not pay federal income taxes on taxable income distributed to shareholders if certain REIT qualification tests are met. It is the Company's policy to distribute 100% of its taxable income, after application of available tax attributes, within the time limits prescribed by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), which may extend into the subsequent taxable year.