AFN is a specialty finance company that invests in multiple asset classes with the objective of generating risk-adjusted returns and predictable cash distributions for its stockholders.
James McEntee, President and CEO of Alesco Financial, cautioned, "Our REIT taxable income to date supports the payment of a $0.25 dividend per share for the quarter. AFN is continuing to review strategic alternatives for the company, including whether to continue to maintain its REIT qualification. Any change in strategy or operating results could impact the level of future dividend payments."
With the Kleros CDOs moving closer and closer to liquidation, it is likely that Alesco will remain a REIT for 2008, but will convert to a publicly-traded partnership (PTP) for 2009 and beyond. Alesco's money-making bank and insurance TruPS portfolios are not qualifying REIT assets, and with the lowered spread available on RMBS (limited repo lines available makes it difficult to lever up RMBS to profitability), it makes sense that the Company will end its run as a REIT.