Filed by Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.

Commission File No. 001-34452

Pursuant to Rule 425 Under the Securities Act of 1933

And Deemed Filed Pursuant to Rule 14a-12

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Subject Company: Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.

Commission File No. 001-34452

This filing relates to the proposed merger of Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc., a Maryland corporation (“AMTG”) and Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance Inc., a Maryland corporation (“ARI”) pursuant to the terms of that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of February 26, 2016 by and between AMTG, ARI and Arrow Merger Sub, Inc., a Maryland corporation.

The following is a slide that was distributed internally March 17, 2016 at meetings of Apollo Global Management, LLC .


Additional Information and Where You Can Find It

In connection with the proposed transaction, ARI intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 that will serve as a prospectus for the ARI shares to be issued as consideration in the proposed transaction and AMTG intends to file a proxy statement and other relevant materials with the SEC. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION, STOCKHOLDERS OF AMTG ARE URGED TO READ THE PROSPECTUS AND PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THESE MATERIALS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AMTG, ARI AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. These materials will be made available to the stockholders of AMTG at no expense to them and are expected to be mailed to stockholders. When available after filing, the prospectus and proxy statement and other relevant information may be obtained without charge from the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.SEC.gov. Copies of the documents filed by AMTG with the SEC are also available free of charge on AMTG’s website at www.apolloresidentialmortgage.com, and copies of the documents filed by ARI with the SEC are available free of charge on ARI’s website at www.apolloreit.com.

This document is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This document is not a substitute for the proxy statement or any other document that AMTG may file with the SEC or send to stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. No offering of securities shall be made, except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements as such term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and such statements are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provided by the same. Forward-looking statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond ARI’s or AMTG’s control. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of ARI’s or AMTG’s business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, plans and objectives. When used in this release, the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “continue,” “intend,” “should,” “may” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Statements regarding the following subjects, among others, may be forward-looking: the return on equity; the yield on investments; the ability to borrow to finance assets; and risks associated with investing in real estate assets, including changes in business conditions and the general economy. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports filed by ARI or AMTG with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements, and other risks, uncertainties and factors are based on ARI’s or AMTG’s beliefs, assumptions and expectations of its future performance, taking into account all information currently available to ARI or AMTG. Forward-looking statements are not predictions of future events. ARI and AMTG disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.