WASHINGTON, March 8, 2018— The Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac; NYSE: AGM and AGM.A) today announced its results for the fiscal quarter and year ended December 31, 2017, which included $1.6 billion in net new business volume growth that brought total outstanding business volume to $19.0 billion as of December 31, 2017. Farmer Mac's net income attributable to common stockholders for 2017 was $71.3 million ($6.60 per diluted common share), compared to $64.2 million ($5.97 per diluted common share) for 2016. Farmer Mac's 2017 core earnings, a non-GAAP measure, were $65.6 million ($6.08 per diluted common share), compared to $53.5 million ($4.98 per diluted common share) in 2016.
"2017 was a remarkable year for Farmer Mac," said Chairman of the Board and Acting President and Chief Executive Officer Lowell Junkins. "Our success was driven by our team’s disciplined execution on our strategy, successful business development efforts, and industry conditions that continue to play to our strengths. Outstanding business volume grew $1.6 billion in 2017 and earnings grew double digits. Our strong capital position and earnings potential has allowed us to increase our first quarter common stock dividend by 61 percent and remain on track with our targeted 30 percent core earnings payout for 2018. The business opportunities in front of Farmer Mac are robust, and we continue to make significant investments in our people, technology, and infrastructure to maintain our leadership position in financing rural America."