Issuer Free Writing Prospectus
Filed pursuant to Rule 433
Registration No. 333-170097
MFA Financial, Inc.
Pricing Term Sheet
Date: April 3, 2012


Issuer: MFA Financial, Inc.
Security Description: 8.00% Senior Notes due 2042 (the “Notes”)
Principal Amount: $100,000,000
Overallotment Option: $15,000,000
Trade Date: April 3, 2012
Settlement Date: T+5; April 11, 2012
Maturity Date: April 15, 2042
Interest Payment Dates: January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15 of each year, beginning July 15, 2012
Coupon (Interest Rate): The Notes will bear interest from April 11, 2012 at the rate of 8.00% per year, payable quarterly in arrears.
Public Offering Price: $25 per Note
Optional Redemption: The Issuer may redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at any time on or after April 15, 2017 at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount redeemed plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the redemption date.
Listing: The Issuer intends to apply to list the Notes on the New York Stock Exchange and, if the application is approved, expects trading in the Notes to begin within 30 days after the Notes are first issued.
Use of Proceeds: The net proceeds from the sale of the Notes are estimated to be approximately $96.5 million (or approximately $111.0 million if the underwriters exercise their overallotment option in full) after deducting the underwriters’ discount and estimated offering expenses. The Company intends to use the net proceeds to acquire additional residential mortgage-backed securities, consistent with its investment policy, and for working capital, which may include, among other things, the repayment of outstanding repurchase agreements.

CUSIP/ISIN: 55272X 300 / US55272X3008
Joint Book-Running Managers: Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
  UBS Securities LLC
  Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Co-Managers: RBC Capital Markets, LLC
  Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
  Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
  J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
  Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.
  JMP Securities LLC


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