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November 1, 2012
09:16 EDTFMCC, MTGMGIC reaches preliminary settlement of dispute with Freddie Mac
MGIC Investment Corporation (MTG) announced that Freddie Mac (FMCC) has confirmed that its condition that agreement be reached on substantially all terms of a settlement of the pool insurance dispute between MTG's Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation subsidiary and Freddie Mac has been met for purposes of continuing toward resolution. The principal economic terms concerning the amount of payments in settlement of MGIC's obligations under the policies at issue have been agreed upon. The majority of these payments to Freddie Mac will be made over a period of four years after the signing of the definitive agreement, with the remainder to be paid at signing. However, MGIC and Freddie Mac still must agree to certain issues that are significant to final resolution. All terms of the settlement will be included in a definitive settlement agreement, which MGIC, Freddie Mac and FHFA are negotiating. This agreement will be subject to approval by the Boards of Directors of MGIC and Freddie Mac and by FHFA. The communications of the parties to third persons about the pool insurance dispute remain subject to a confidentiality agreement with Freddie Mac. As a result, MTG can make no further comment about the terms of the proposed settlement. If MGIC's and Freddie Mac's Boards of Directors and FHFA approve a final settlement agreement, any definitive settlement agreement would only be signed concurrently with the satisfaction of the other conditions in the Freddie Mac Letter. These are: by December 1, 2012, MTG must contribute $100M to MGIC, and by December 31, 2012, the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance of Wisconsin must provide confirmation to Freddie Mac of the availability of the capital of MGIC Indemnity Corporation, a subsidiary of MGIC, to pay claims on MGIC policies.
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April 17, 2015
17:08 EDTMTGMGIC Investment expects MGIC to be in compliance with PMIERs
We expect that Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Company, which is the principal subsidiary of MGIC Investment Corporation, will be in compliance with the PMIERs, including their revised financial requirements, when they become effective. We estimate that as of March 31, MGIC's Available Assets are approximately $5.12B and its Minimum Required Assets are approximately $5.35B, resulting in a shortfall of approximately $230M. Our shortfall estimates are based on our interpretation of the PMIERS and assume that the risk in force and assets of MGIC's MIC subsidiary will be repatriated to MGIC. Our shortfall estimates do not include any benefits from MGIC's existing reinsurance transaction or the anticipated restructure of the existing reinsurance transaction, capital contributions from MTG to MGIC, or the transfer of other assets from regulated insurance affiliates of MGIC that subject to regulatory approval could increase the Available Assets of MGIC. As we have previously disclosed, we would not have received full credit under the PMIERs for our existing reinsurance transaction. Therefore, we have reached agreement to restructure that transaction in a way that we believe will result in MGIC receiving the maximum benefit under the PMIERs. The effectiveness of this restructured transaction will be subject to approval by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and the GSEs. In addition, in April, we received regulatory approval to transfer $45M of assets from regulated insurance affiliates of MGIC that will increase the Available Assets of MGIC. Furthermore, we believe a portion of MTG's $491M of cash and investments at December 31, 2014, may be available for future contribution to MGIC.
16:40 EDTFMCCEssent Group says well positioned under PMIERs
Essent Group (ESNT) reported that the Federal Housing Finance Agency publicly released the final Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements. The PMIERs represent the standards by which private mortgage insurers are eligible to provide mortgage insurance on loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC), and are designed to ensure that approved mortgage insurers maintain sufficient, high-quality assets to pay claims in a stressful environment. As of March 31, Essent had sufficient assets in its insurance companies to meet the total risk-based required asset amount of the final PMIERs as published. “We have been very supportive of the risk-based capital framework underlying the PMIERs and strongly believe that sound standards which are transparent and consistently enforced strengthen our industry,” said Mark Casale, Chairman and CEO. “Now that they are final, the PMIERs will serve as an important set of national standards that give industry counterparties more transparency into the claims paying capacity of private mortgage insurance companies, including Essent.” “Based in part on Essent’s strong capital levels and the exceptional credit quality of our portfolio,” Casale added, “we believe that Essent is well positioned under the PMIERs to continue to serve the growing demand for private mortgage insurance.”
16:16 EDTFMCCFreddie Mac says revised eligibility standards to promote counterparty strength
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April 7, 2015
07:21 EDTFMCCThe Cato Institute holds a discussion
Peter J. Wallison, author of "Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again", and John C. Weicher, Center for Housing & Financial Markets, examine and debate causes and consequences of what caused the 2008 financial crisis in a discussion being held in Washington, D.C. on April 7 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
April 6, 2015
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07:41 EDTFMCCBrookings Institute to hold a discussion
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