NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York ("FHLBNY") is pleased to announce that, on February 21, 2013, its Board of Directors ("Board") approved a dividend rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 of 4.50% (annualized). The FHLBNY's dividend rate for each of the first three quarters of 2012 was also 4.50%. The dollar amount of the fourth quarter of 2012 dividend will be approximately $53.0 million. The cash dividend will be distributed to member financial institutions on February 22, 2013.
"The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York performed well in the fourth quarter, and throughout 2012, which has allowed us to continue to provide a consistent dividend to our members," said Alfred A. DelliBovi, president and CEO of the FHLBNY. "As a cooperative, the strength of our membership is a strength of the Home Loan Bank. Our steady and reliable performance reflects the stability of our region's responsible community lenders."
The dividend reflects the FHLBNY's low-risk profile and conservative business strategy, and is also reflective of the continuation of a low interest rate environment and potential future economic and market uncertainties. The payout represents approximately 79 percent of available GAAP net income for the quarter (after setting aside restricted retained earnings); the remainder of net income will be put towards unrestricted retained earnings. After payment of the fourth quarter of 2012 dividend, the FHLBNY's level of unrestricted retained earnings will be approximately $744.6 million as of December 31, 2012. At December 31, 2012, the FHLBNY's level of restricted retained earnings was $96.2 million. The FHLBNY will continue to maintain retained earnings at calibrated levels to help ensure future regulatory compliance and provide additional protection for the capital investment of its stockholders.
To allow sufficient time to finalize financial results each quarter, please note that the FHLBNY's Board intends to continue to vote on dividend declarations approximately six weeks after the close of the calendar quarter.
The FHLBNY will publish its 2012 audited financial results in its Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is expected to be filed by March 25, 2013.
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York is a Congressionally chartered, wholesale Bank. It is part of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, a national wholesale banking network of 12 regional, stockholder-owned banks. The FHLB of New York currently serves over 330 financial institutions in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The mission of the Federal Home Loan Banks is to support the efforts of local members to help provide financing for America's homebuyers.
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SOURCE Federal Home Loan Bank of New York