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Freddie Mac CRT Produces Record First Half of Year

Freddie Mac’s Single-Family business announced that its Credit Risk Transfer (CRT) program reported Q2 2022 CRT issuance of approximately $6.5 billion, protecting approximately $151 billion in unpaid principal balance (UPB) of single-family mortgages. The final total was a record for a second quarter.

In addition, record first half 2022 issuances totaled nearly $15 billion, protecting $358 billion UPB of single-family mortgages. The issuances included our flagship STACR (Structured Agency Credit Risk), and ACIS (Agency Credit Insurance Structure) transactions, as well as other risk sharing transactions.

“Freddie Mac’s Single-Family CRT program delivered record performance, introduced a new ACIS structure and reduced our costs via two STACR tender offers in the first half,” said Freddie Mac’s Mike Reynolds, VP of Single-Family CRT. “We added 17 new investors/(re)insurers in the second quarter, demonstrating continued market demand for our offerings and establishing the largest average investor base in program history.”

Through its flagship offerings alone, Freddie Mac issued approximately $14.6 billion across 6 STACR and 8 ACIS transactions in the first half of 2022. Among the notable transactions in the first half was STACR 2022-DNA2. It was Freddie Mac’s largest-ever CRT securities transaction, at $1.9 billion.

The first half of 2022 was the largest in program history for ACIS transactions, and included a new ACIS structure. ACIS 2022-COR1, the first structure with collateral comprised solely of cash-out refinance loans. The program also launched the ACIS 2022-AFH1 in Q2, a structure that reduces Freddie Mac’s credit risk by protecting loans as they are purchased. Executed in June, ACIS 2022-AFH1 accelerated the placement of loans into an ACIS transaction by enabling underwriters to evaluate deal collateral via a proxy pool of previously securitized loans.

Additionally, in the first half, the company executed two tender offers for certain STACR Notes. More than $4.5 billion original principal balance of Notes were tendered and accepted. The tendered notes had substantially deleveraged and therefore no longer provided Freddie Mac with capital relief.

Since the first CRT transaction in 2013, Freddie Mac’s Single-Family CRT program has cumulatively transferred approximately $99.9 billion in credit risk on more than $3.0 trillion in mortgages through STACR and ACIS. As of June 30, 2022, approximately 59% of the Single-Family mortgage portfolio was covered by credit enhancement.

To read the full release, including more data and methodology, click here.

About Author: Demetria Lester

Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport magazines with more than eight years of writing experience. She has served as content coordinator and copy editor for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register, in addition to 11 other Southern California publications. A former editor-in-chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington, she has covered events such as the Byron Nelson and Pac-12 Conferences, progressing into her freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, Lester is an avid jazz lover and likes to read. She can be reached at [email protected].

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