NEW YORK, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York ("FHLBNY") announced today that our Board of Directors approved a dividend rate for the fourth quarter of 2009 of 5.60% (annualized). The Home Loan Bank's dividend rate for the first, second and third quarters was 5.60 percent. The dollar amount of the fourth quarter dividend will be approximately $74 million. The dividend will be distributed to member financial institutions on January 29, 2010.
The average rate for dividends paid on the basis of stock ownership in 2009 was 5.60 percent, and the total cash dividend paid for these four quarters was approximately $302 million.
The dividend reflects the FHLBNY's low-risk profile and conservative investment strategy. The payout represents approximately 77% of GAAP net income for the quarter. Earnings for the quarter reflect credit charges related to other-than-temporary impairment for our private label MBS of $6.5 million, before assessments. The remaining 23 percent of net income will be put in the FHLBNY's retained earnings to help further ensure that our members' capital investment is protected and to help stabilize the dividend. The FHLBNY has seen increased earnings volatility across the economy, and believes that adding to our retained earnings to increase the cushion to absorb future earnings swings and stabilize future dividends is the prudent response to such volatility. After the dividend payment, unrestricted retained earnings as of December 31, 2009, will be approximately $615 million.
The FHLBNY plans to continue to build retained earnings at a measured pace. The FHLBNY will continue to work to keep our member lenders' investment in the cooperative safe as we promote an even stronger Home Loan Bank/community bank lending network.
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CONTACT: Eric Amig
SOURCE Federal Home Loan Bank of New York