Home / Daily Dose / Why GSE Advisor Represents an ‘Important Milestone’
Print This Post Print This Post

Why GSE Advisor Represents an ‘Important Milestone’

The Federal Housing Finance announced Monday that it has selected Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc., as its financial advisor to assist in the development of a plan to conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

Tim Rood, Chairman and co-founder of the Collingwood Group, told DS News that this announcement is an “important milestone” in the process to end conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

“The FHFA still needs to produce a capital plan from which the advisor will work from to develop a capital restoration roadmap for the GSEs,” Rood said. 

He added that the capital plan is expected to be published by the FHFA within the next 30-90 days. 

The agreement between the FHFA and Houlihan Lokey has up to one year to produce a plan to end privatize the GSEs. 

The FHFA’s report states Houlihan Lokey will consider business and capital structures, market impacts, timing, and available capital raising alternatives among other items. 

“Hiring a financial advisor is a significant milestone toward ending the conservatorships of the Enterprises," said FHFA Director Dr. Mark Calabria. “The next major milestone for FHFA is the re-proposal of the capital rule, which will happen in the near future."

The contract between the FHFA and the firm is $9 million for the first year. The FHFA has options to extend for an additional four-and-a-half years. The total contract is not to exceed $45 million. 

Rood added that the two most common concerns about the end of conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are related to the access of credit and the cost of mortgage credit. He added that GSE’s are “essentially required” by their charters to ensure mortgage credit is available in every market on every day. 

Who the GSEs serve in those markets is in large part the discretion of the FHFA. Director Calabria appears to want to shrink the credit box that the GSEs work within today in an effort to reduce the credit risk that taxpayers are exposed to via the Treasuries current backing of the enterprises' debt and securities, and the future commitment to at least backstop their MBS,” Rood said. 

He added that if private capital or the FHA can’t or won’t fill the credit void left by the GSE’s retraction, home values may suffer. 

“There is a clear bias towards the GSEs being required to hold more credit then their statutory capital requirements and more than the regulatory capital plan proposed by the Obama administration,” Rood said. “Higher capital requirements will likely require higher GFees and loan level credit adjustments to counter the higher cost of capital. Higher costs for GSE guaranteed loans not only reduces the affordability of owning a home, it could impact the size of the MBS market and the appetite of banks to portfolio agency eligible mortgages.”

About Author: Mike Albanese

Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville.

Check Also


Study Shows Americans Ill-Prepared for Flooding

During a time of increased mortgage delinquencies, storm surges can have an even more devastating effect on those who are underinsured, experts say.


Featuring daily updates on foreclosure, REO, and the secondary market, DS News has the timely and relevant content you need to stay at the top of your game. Get each day’s most important default servicing news and market information delivered directly to your inbox, complimentary, when you subscribe.