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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):
 

December 31, 2020 (December 21, 2020)

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Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation
(EXACT NAME OF REGISTRANT AS SPECIFIED IN ITS CHARTER)
 
 Delaware
(STATE OF INCORPORATION) 
001-35543 27-0298092
(COMMISSION FILE NUMBER) (IRS EMPLOYER ID. NUMBER)
 
385 East Colorado Boulevard 
Pasadena California91101
(ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES) (ZIP CODE)
                         (626) 844-9400
(REGISTRANT’S TELEPHONE NUMBER, INCLUDING AREA CODE)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each ClassTrading Symbol(s) Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par valueWMC New York Stock Exchange



Item 5.02.       Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers.

On December 29, 2020, Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation (the “Company”) appointed each of Sean Johnson and Greg Handler as Interim Co-Chief Investment Officer to replace Harris Trifon, the Company’s current Chief Investment Officer, effective as of January 8, 2021. Mr. Johnson currently serves as the Company’s Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Mr. Handler currently serves as the Co-Head of the Mortgage and Consumer Credit team at Western Asset Management Company, LLC, the Company’s external manager (the “Manager”) alongside Mr. Trifon. Following Mr. Trifon’s departure, Mr. Handler will continue as the Manager’s Head of Mortgage and Consumer Credit team.

A press release announcing Messrs. Johnson and Handler’s appointments is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated into this Item 5.02 by reference.

Item 8.01.       Other Events.

On December 21, 2020, the Company entered into separate, privately negotiated transactions with certain holders of its existing 6.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2022 (the “2022 Notes”) to repurchase $10 million aggregate principal amount of the 2022 Notes at an approximate 13% discount to par value, plus accrued and unpaid interest (the “Repurchase”). The Repurchase closed on December 23, 2020. Following the Repurchase, the Company has repurchased a total of $25 million in aggregate principal amount of the 2022 Notes in the fourth quarter of 2020.

As of December 31, 2020, the Company has approximately $175 million aggregate principal amount of the 2022 Notes outstanding.

A press release announcing the foregoing is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated into Items 5.02 and 8.01 by reference, as applicable.
 
Item 9.01.       Financial Statements and Exhibits
 
(d)  Exhibits
 
Exhibit No.Description
99.1




SIGNATURE
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 WESTERN ASSET MORTGAGE CAPITAL CORPORATION
   
   
 By:/s/ Lisa Meyer 
  Name:Lisa Meyer 
  Title:Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer 
 
 
 
Date:  December 31, 2020