Wednesday, December 05, 2007

FNMA Sells $7 Billion in Stock

Fannie Mae, the country's largest buyer of mortgages on the secondary market decided the risks to continue with the housing market decline put too much pressure on their return for investors and sold its preferred stock to raise capital.

The news cannot be greated with a reflection of optimism for the state of affairs for Fannie Mae and their involvement in the secondary market.

Just another sign that even FNMA bit off more than it could chew and is trying to create stability for its investors in this turbulent market.

This from Inman News

Mortgage repurchaser Fannie Mae said Tuesday it would issue $7 billion in preferred stock to raise capital and reduce the company's quarterly common stock dividend beginning in the first quarter of 2008.

Fannie Mae on Nov. 9 reported $1.4 billion in third-quarter losses, but said it had $41.7 billion in core capital on hand, $2.3 billion above minimum requirements set by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO).

In a press release Tuesday, Fannie Mae officials said the preferred stock issue -- along with a smaller $500 million issue last month -- will help the company maintain a solid capital position through 2008.

The additional capital will "strengthen Fannie Mae's ability to manage the effects of ongoing volatility in the mortgage credit markets, continue to grow its securitization activities, and pursue attractive investment opportunities," the company said.

But Fannie Mae officials warned that worsening housing and credit markets, continued losses on guaranty contracts, substantial credit-related expenses, and losses on derivatives and securities “will adversely affect in a material way the company's fourth quarter 2007 results.”

In addition, the company said, conditions in the housing and credit markets, including expected further declines in home prices, “will negatively affect the company's financial condition, and results of operations in 2008.

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