Skip to comments.Freddie, Fannie seek a few billion (They need to raise billions to stay solvent)
Posted on 11/21/2007 5:12:52 AM PST by Hydroshock
Fortune) -- Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae can only make it through a prolonged credit crisis if they raise billions of dollars of new capital.
That, in a nutshell, is what the plunging stock prices of both mortgage buyers are saying Tuesday.
Freddie accounted for a sharply higher batch of bad loans in its third quarter earnings, a little more than a week after Fannie did the same thing. But Freddie said that it would move quickly to raise more capital through a large issue of preferred shares. It added that it was seriously considering cutting its dividend - another capital preserving action. When asked on a conference call if Freddie would have to raise as much as $4 billion by issuing shares, Chief Financial Officer Buddy Piszel declined to quantify the issue's size.
"It will be a large transaction," Piszel said.
Last week, Fannie raised capital in issuing $500 million of preferred shares, but the company will almost certainly have to raise more capital because its bad loan problem is at least as serious as Freddie's.
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Can you get 6 billion in new capital by shuffling bad paper?
It is getting worse quick.
Who knew a couple making 90K per year COULD’T afford a $500K home?
Let’s call a Harvard Math Wizard and ask!
They’re issuing new stock. Which will be hard to sell.
However...over time, IF they clean up their accounting standards (well Fannie anyway, I think Freddie’s accounting is a bit cleaner) then people may find it to be a good long-term investment.
Lending money to people you know can’t pay it back is never good business.
“Theyre issuing new stock. Which will be hard to sell.”