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Redwood Trust, Inc. Declares a $0.70 Per Share Dividend for the Second Quarter of 2005

Friday, May 06, 2005

MILL VALLEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 2005--Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE:RWT), a financial institution that invests in, credit-enhances, and securitizes residential and commercial real estate loans and securities, today announced that its Board of Directors authorized the declaration of a second quarter regular dividend of $0.70 per share. The second quarter 2005 dividend is payable on July 21, 2005 to stockholders of record on June 30, 2005.

"We are pleased to announce the continuation of our regular dividend rate of $0.70 per share," said George Bull, Redwood's Chairman and CEO. "We feel confident in our ability to sustain this regular dividend rate, given the strength of our business model.

"It is possible we may declare a special dividend in the future," Bull added. "Our Board of Directors reviews a variety of factors, including REIT taxable income for the full tax year, when considering the authorization of special dividends. Our current plan is to consider the possible declaration of a special dividend during the fourth quarter of 2005."

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    CONTACT: Redwood Trust, Inc.
             Harold Zagunis or Nicole Klock, 415-389-7373

    SOURCE: Redwood Trust, Inc.

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