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Fannie Mae to issue $7 billion in stock to raise capital

Freddie Mac announced similar step last month
Published on Dec 5, 2007

Mortgage repurchaser Fannie Mae said Tuesday it would issue $7 billion in preferred stock to raise capital and reduce the company's quarterly common stock dividend beginning in the first quarter of 2008. Fannie Mae on Nov. 9 reported $1.4 billion in third-quarter losses, but said it had $41.7 billion in core capital on hand, $2.3 billion above minimum requirements set by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO). In a press release Tuesday, Fannie Mae officials said the preferred stock issue -- along with a smaller $500 million issue last month -- will help the company maintain a solid capital position through 2008. The additional capital will "strengthen Fannie Mae's ability to manage the effects of ongoing volatility in the mortgage credit markets, continue to grow its securitization activities, and pursue attractive investment opportunities," the company said. But Fannie Mae officials warned that worsening housing and credit markets, continued losses on guaranty co...

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