Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

News Feed Item

Freddie Mac Prices Two New STACR Credit Risk Sharing Transactions, Including a New Higher LTV Series

MCLEAN, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/06/14 -- Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) priced two Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR®) transactions today totaling $1.1 billion. The company priced a $672 million offering of STACR debt notes, Series 2014-DN3, and a $460 million offering of the new STACR-HQ1 series with a reference pool of loans with higher loan-to-value (LTV) ratios. These offerings represent the third and fourth STACR offerings this year where Freddie Mac transfers a portion of its credit risk on certain groups of loans to private investors.

When these transactions settle, the company will have issued $4.2 billion of STACR debt notes and obtained insurance coverage through ACIS (Agency Credit Insurance Structure) reinsurance transactions of $631 million since they were launched last year. Through these credit risk transfer transactions, the company will have laid off a substantial portion of the credit risk on $148 billion UPB in Single-Family mortgages.

Kevin Palmer, vice president of single-family strategic credit costing and structuring for Freddie Mac, said, "We are expanding our STACR product line with the HQ series of loans with LTVs of above 80% to 95%, and increasing the private market's participation in a segment of the housing market with lower down payment loans. The market is home purchase-oriented and the STACR HQ Series reflects this business volume which has higher LTV loans that adhere to our strong credit standards."

Palmer added, "We issued at a time of more market uncertainty than we've seen in recent months, and are now at overall levels closer to what we saw at the beginning of the year. We are working on expanding the investor base and are pleased to have over 80% of the bonds allocated to money managers, credit unions, insurance companies and pension funds."

STACR Debt Notes, Series 2014-DN3 and Series 2014-HQ1 were offered to the market by Barclays and RBS Securities as co-lead managers and joint bookrunners. Deutsche Bank Securities, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo Securities served as co-managers, and The Williams Capital Group, L.P. as a selling group member.

STACR 2014-DN3

Pricing for the STACR Series 2014-DN3, M-1 class was one-month LIBOR plus a spread of 135 basis points. Pricing for the M-2 class was one month LIBOR plus a spread of 240 basis points. Pricing for the M-3 class was one month LIBOR plus a spread of 400 basis points. The offering is scheduled to settle on or around August 11, 2014.

The Series 2014-DN3, M-1 class has 3.6% subordination and received an investment grade rating of A-(sf) from Fitch and A1(sf) from Moody's, subject to ongoing monitoring. The M-2 class has 2.4% subordination and received an investment grade rating of BBB-(sf) from Fitch and A3(sf) from Moody's, subject to ongoing monitoring. The M-3 class was not rated and has .40% subordination. The three classes have an exchangeable feature giving investors the option to either combine pro-rata portions of the cash flows from the M-1, M-2 and M-3 classes or strip off a portion of the interest from any class to create bonds with different margins.

For Series 2014-DN3, the amount of periodic principal and ultimate principal paid by Freddie Mac is determined by the performance of a very large and diversified reference pool of more than 87,000 residential loans, representing an unpaid principal balance of more than $19.7 billion. This pool consists of a subset of 30-year fixed-rate single-family mortgages acquired by Freddie Mac in the fourth quarter of 2013. Freddie Mac holds the senior risk and the first loss risk in the reference pool, and a portion of the risk in the M-1, M-2 and M-3 classes.

STACR, Series 2014-HQ1

Pricing for the STACR Series 2014-HQ1 M-1 class was one-month LIBOR plus a spread of 165 basis points. Pricing for the M-2 class was one month LIBOR plus a spread of 250 basis points. Pricing for the M-3 class was one month LIBOR plus a spread of 410 basis points. The offering is scheduled to settle on or around August 11, 2014.

The Series 2014-HQ1, M-1 class has 4.1% subordination and received investment grade ratings of and A-(sf) from Fitch and A2(sf) from Moody's, subject to ongoing monitoring. The M-2 class has 2.55% subordination and received investment grade ratings of BBB-(sf) from Fitch and Baa2(sf) from Moody's, subject to ongoing monitoring. The M-3 class was not rated and has .75% subordination. Similar to the Series 2014-DN3, the M-1, M-2 and M-3 Classes of the Series 2014-HQ1 have an exchangeable feature giving investors the option to either combine pro-rata portions of the cash flows from the M-1, M-2 and M-3 classes or strip off a portion of the interest from any class to create bonds with different margins.

For Series 2014-HQ1, the amount of periodic principal and ultimate principal paid by Freddie Mac is determined by the performance of a very large and diversified reference pool of more than 45,000 residential loans, representing an unpaid principal balance of approximately $10 billion. This pool consists of a subset of 30-year fixed-rate single-family mortgages acquired by Freddie Mac in the fourth quarter of 2013. Freddie Mac holds the senior risk and the first loss risk in the reference pool, and a portion of the risk in the M-1, M-2 and M-3 classes.

This announcement is not an offer to sell any Freddie Mac securities. Offers for any given security are made only through applicable offering circulars and related supplements, which incorporate Freddie Mac's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 27, 2014; all other reports Freddie Mac filed with the SEC pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) since December 31, 2013, excluding any information "furnished" to the SEC on Form 8-K; and all documents that Freddie Mac files with the SEC pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c) or 14 of the Exchange Act, excluding any information "furnished" to the SEC on Form 8-K.

Freddie Mac's press releases sometimes contain forward-looking statements. A description of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in these and other forward-looking statements can be found in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and its reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, filed with the SEC and available on the Investor Relations page of the company's Web site at www.FreddieMac.com/investors and the SEC's Web site at www.sec.gov.

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. Additional information is available at FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac's blog FreddieMac.com/blog.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
As more intelligent IoT applications shift into gear, they’re merging into the ever-increasing traffic flow of the Internet. It won’t be long before we experience bottlenecks, as IoT traffic peaks during rush hours. Organizations that are unprepared will find themselves by the side of the road unable to cross back into the fast lane. As billions of new devices begin to communicate and exchange data – will your infrastructure be scalable enough to handle this new interconnected world?
While many app developers are comfortable building apps for the smartphone, there is a whole new world out there. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Narayan Sainaney, Co-founder and CTO of Mojio, will discuss how the business case for connected car apps is growing and, with open platform companies having already done the heavy lifting, there really is no barrier to entry.
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn’t actually need them. However, the concept of skeuomorphism can be thought of as relating more broadly to applying existing patterns to new technologies that, in fact, cry out for new approaches. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gordon Haff, Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager at Red Hat, discussed why containers should be paired with new architectural practices such as microservices rathe...
SYS-CON Events announced today that G2G3 will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Based on a collective appreciation for user experience, design, and technology, G2G3 is uniquely qualified and motivated to redefine how organizations and people engage in an increasingly digital world.
Any Ops team trying to support a company in today’s cloud-connected world knows that a new way of thinking is required – one just as dramatic than the shift from Ops to DevOps. The diversity of modern operations requires teams to focus their impact on breadth vs. depth. In his session at DevOps Summit, Adam Serediuk, Director of Operations at xMatters, Inc., will discuss the strategic requirements of evolving from Ops to DevOps, and why modern Operations has begun leveraging the “NoOps” approa...
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
Organizations from small to large are increasingly adopting cloud solutions to deliver essential business services at a much lower cost. According to cyber security experts, the frequency and severity of cyber-attacks are on the rise, causing alarm to businesses and customers across a variety of industries. To defend against exploits like these, a company must adopt a comprehensive security defense strategy that is designed for their business. In 2015, organizations such as United Airlines, Sony...
The Internet of Things is in the early stages of mainstream deployment but it promises to unlock value and rapidly transform how organizations manage, operationalize, and monetize their assets. IoT is a complex structure of hardware, sensors, applications, analytics and devices that need to be able to communicate geographically and across all functions. Once the data is collected from numerous endpoints, the challenge then becomes converting it into actionable insight.
Puppet Labs has announced the next major update to its flagship product: Puppet Enterprise 2015.2. This release includes new features providing DevOps teams with clarity, simplicity and additional management capabilities, including an all-new user interface, an interactive graph for visualizing infrastructure code, a new unified agent and broader infrastructure support.
Consumer IoT applications provide data about the user that just doesn’t exist in traditional PC or mobile web applications. This rich data, or “context,” enables the highly personalized consumer experiences that characterize many consumer IoT apps. This same data is also providing brands with unprecedented insight into how their connected products are being used, while, at the same time, powering highly targeted engagement and marketing opportunities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nathan Trel...
Amazon and Google have built software-defined data centers (SDDCs) that deliver massively scalable services with great efficiency. Yet, building SDDCs has proven to be a near impossibility for ‘normal’ companies without hyper-scale resources. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, David Cauthron, founder and chief executive officer of Nimboxx, will discuss the evolution of virtualization (hardware, application, memory, storage) and how commodity / open source hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) so...
In their Live Hack” presentation at 17th Cloud Expo, Stephen Coty and Paul Fletcher, Chief Security Evangelists at Alert Logic, will provide the audience with a chance to see a live demonstration of the common tools cyber attackers use to attack cloud and traditional IT systems. This “Live Hack” uses open source attack tools that are free and available for download by anybody. Attendees will learn where to find and how to operate these tools for the purpose of testing their own IT infrastructu...
The web app is agile. The REST API is agile. The testing and planning are agile. But alas, data infrastructures certainly are not. Once an application matures, changing the shape or indexing scheme of data often forces at best a top down planning exercise and at worst includes schema changes that force downtime. The time has come for a new approach that fundamentally advances the agility of distributed data infrastructures. Come learn about a new solution to the problems faced by software organ...