WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fannie Mae (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) announced today that it has completed two Credit Insurance Risk Transfer™ (CIRT™) transactions worth $14.4 billion, as part of an ongoing effort to reduce taxpayer risk by increasing the role of private capital in the mortgage market. To date, the company has transferred a portion of the credit risk on $759 billion in single-family mortgages measured at the time of the transactions closing through CIRT and other risk transfer programs.
The two deals, CIRT 2016-7 and CIRT 2016-8, shift a portion of the credit risk on pools of single-family loans with a combined unpaid principal balance of approximately $14.4 billion to a group of insurers and reinsurers. The covered loan pools for the two transactions consist of 30-year fixed rate loans with loan-to-value ratios greater than 60 percent and less than or equal to 80 percent. The loans were acquired by Fannie Mae from July 2015 through December 2015.
"We're pleased with the continued interest and growth in our Credit Insurance Risk Transfer program. These new deals attracted a record number of twelve reinsurers, including three new participants," said Rob Schaefer, vice president for credit enhancement strategy & management, Fannie Mae. "We remain committed to managing and distributing credit risk and building liquidity in this risk-sharing market."
In CIRT 2016-7, which became effective August 1, 2016, Fannie Mae retains risk for the first 50 basis points of loss on a $10.4 billion pool of loans. If this $52 million retention layer is exhausted, reinsurers will cover the next 250 basis points of loss on the pool, up to a maximum coverage of approximately $260 million. With CIRT 2016-8, which also became effective August 1, 2016, Fannie Mae retains risk for the first 50 basis points of loss on a $4 billion pool of loans. If this $20 million retention layer is exhausted, an insurer will cover the next 250 basis points of loss on the pool, up to a maximum coverage of approximately $100 million.
Coverage for these deals is provided based upon actual losses for a term of 10 years. Depending on the paydown of the insured pool and the principal amount of insured loans that become seriously delinquent, the aggregate coverage amount may be reduced at the three-year anniversary and each anniversary of the effective date thereafter. The coverage may be canceled by Fannie Mae at any time on or after the five-year anniversary of the effective date by paying a cancellation fee.
Since 2013, Fannie Mae has transferred a portion of the credit risk on $759 billion in single-family mortgages through its credit risk transfer efforts. Fannie Mae expects to continue coming to market with Credit Insurance Risk Transfer and Connecticut Avenue Securities™ ("CAS") deals that allow private capital to gain exposure to the U.S. housing market.
More information on Fannie Mae's credit risk transfer activities is available at http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/funding-the-market/credit-risk/index.html.
Statements in this release regarding Fannie Mae's future credit risk transfer activities are forward-looking, and future events could be materially different as a result of future legislative or regulatory requirements or changes and many other factors, including those discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of and elsewhere in Fannie Mae's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.
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