Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae Report Losses; Seek More Aid

February 25, 2011 (Shirley Allen)
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Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae both released their financial results for the 4th quarter of 2010 with Freddie Mac reporting a loss of $113 million for the quarter and Fannie Mae reporting a loss of $2.1 billion. Freddie Mac reports that they would have actually earned $1.2 billion had it not been for a required payment of $1.6 billion to the Treasury.

For the full-year 2010, Freddie Mac’s total comprehensive income was $282 million, consisting of a full-year net loss of $14.0 billion which was more than offset by an increase in AOCI (net of taxes) of $14.3 billion. The company had a net worth deficit of $401 million at December 31, 2010 due to several contributing factors, including its quarterly dividend payment, which exceeded total comprehensive income for the fourth quarter.

Because of Freddie Mac’s net worth deficit, they reported that they will be asking its conservator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), to request a $500 million draw on the Treasury.

Fannie Mae reported a loss of $21.7 billion for 2010. They also asked for an additional $2.6 billion from FHFA, which was slightly more than their third quarter assistance of $2.5 billion.

The government rescued Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in September 2008 to cover their losses on soured mortgage loans. It estimates the bailouts will cost taxpayers as much as $259 billion.

An addition to its financial results, Freddie Mac also reported the following:

– New single-family business acquired in 2009 and 2010 continues to demonstrate strong credit quality based on borrower credit scores and loan-to-value ratios.

– Single-family serious delinquency rate of 3.84 percent at December 31, 2010 remains below industry benchmarks.

– Freddie Mac continues to lead efforts to allow borrowers to keep their homes, helping more than 275,000 borrowers avoid foreclosure during 2010, more than double the number of borrowers it helped in 2009.

And in addition to its financial results, Fannie Mae also reported:

– During 2010, Fannie Mae guaranteed or purchased an estimated $856 billion in loans, which includes approximately $217billion in delinquent loans purchased from its single-family mortgage-backed securities trusts.

– Continued to be the largest single issuer of mortgage-related securities in the secondary market in 2010, with anestimated market share of new single-family mortgage-related securities of 44.0 percent.

– Financed approximately 2,712,000 single-family conventional loans, excluding delinquent loans purchased from its MBStrusts, and approximately 306,000 units in multifamily properties in 2010.

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