This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Freddie Mac Reports Big Second Quarter Profit, Will Pay Treasury $7 Billion Dividend

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Freddie Mac (FMCC) on Wednesday posted a $4.6 billion profit for the first quarter of 2013, its second largest ever, on the back of a recovering housing market, improving delinquency rates and strong refinancing activity.

Mortgage loan delinquency rates continued to decline and remained well below the industry average, the company said. Single-family serious delinquency rates came in at 3.03%, while multifamily default rates were 0.16%.


The bailed-out housing giant said it will pay the Treasury $7 billion in dividends in the second quarter. In the first quarter, it paid the government $5.8 billion.

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (FNMA) were taken under government conservatorship in September 2008. Under revised terms of the bailout agreement, both mortgage giants are required to turn net worth in excess of $3 billion every quarter to the government in the form of a dividend.

Previously, the agencies were required to pay the Treasury a 10% dividend. This turned out to be a self-defeating arrangement, as the housing giants wound up drawing additional funds from the Treasury, just to meet their dividend obligations.

But with the housing giants reporting record profits, the new arrangement is a windfall for the government.

In total, Freddie Mac has paid $29.6 billion in dividends to the Treasury since it was taken into conservatorship in 2008. The dividends do not count as repayment of bailout money. The Treasury still holds $72.3 billion in senior preferred stock in the company.

Fannie Mae has yet to report its first quarter results. It earned $17.2 billion for 2012 and $7.6 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012, the largest quarterly and annual profits in the company's history. Fannie Mae has paid $35.6 billion in dividends, and the Treasury has $117.1 billion in senior preferred stock.


The future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac remains unresolved. Hedge funds are lobbying Washington to return the companies back to private hands and are betting on the junior preferred shares of the companies, which have had their dividends suspended since September 2008. Political observers, however, say this is total fantasy and ignores political reality.


The Federal Housing Finance Agency is taking steps to reduce the size of the agencies' share of the mortgage market. These include raising the guarantee fees charged by the mortgage giants, limiting their purchase of loans to only "qualified mortgages" and embarking on a strategy to eventually share credit risk with private players.

-- Written by Shanthi Bharatwaj in New York.

>Contact by Email.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors and reporters from holding positions in any individual stocks.

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,051.73 -48.45 -0.28%
S&P 500 1,973.63 -4.59 -0.23%
NASDAQ 4,424.7040 -7.4420 -0.17%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto
Advertising Partners

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs