SOURCE: Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.

August 12, 2011 10:20 ET

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance Announces $35 Million Share Repurchase Program

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 12, 2011) - Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (the "Company") (NYSE: ARI) announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $35 million of its outstanding common stock over a period of one year.

Stuart Rothstein, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Given the recent volatility in the capital markets, management of the Company, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, has determined that it is appropriate to put in place a share repurchase program in order to provide the Company with increased flexibility in managing its capital structure and analyzing all potential uses of capital. The Company continues to see attractive investment opportunities and regards investment in our target asset classes as our primary mission."

Mr. Rothstein commented further, "In determining how and when to use the repurchase program, we will consider and evaluate the best use of available cash and anticipated principal payments from our CMBS investments."

Purchases made pursuant to the share repurchase program will be made in either the open market or in privately negotiated transactions on a periodic basis as permitted by applicable securities laws. The timing, pricing and manner of any purchases will be determined by the Company in light of market conditions, available investment alternatives and capital availability.

About Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.
Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE: ARI) is a commercial real estate finance company that originates, invests in, acquires and manages senior performing commercial real estate mortgage loans, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments in the U.S. The Company is externally managed and advised by ACREFI Management, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, an indirect subsidiary of Apollo Global Management, LLC. Additional information can be found on the Company's website at www.apolloreit.com.

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