Friday, August 08, 2008

Fannie Mae: Q2 Ended in June, but July was Worse

by Bill McBride on 8/08/2008 11:04:00 AM

Opening comments from the conference call (hat tip Brian):

“You will recall, by way of background, that even though our second quarter books closed on June 30, subsequent events factor in, and in fact, heavily weight our outlook and our expectations going forward. And those events in July loom significantly in that calculus. That week of July 7 was one of the worst Fannie Mae has experienced in the debt and equity markets. The Treasury-fed backstop plan that was announced on July 13 calmed the market somewhat, and the passage of the Housing bill on the 26th of July added more certainty. But on the downside, July was a tough month for our credit performance. We experienced higher defaults and higher loan loss severities in the markets that were experiencing the steepest home price declines. And that gave us higher charge-offs than we had experienced in any month in the second quarter, and higher than we had expected. We also saw a higher proportion of foreclosures coming from states and products with higher loan balances, which increases the absolute dollar losses. In terms of severity, the loss that we experienced when a loan defaults also increased from 19 basis points in the first quarter to 23 basis points in the second quarter. And that rose again in July to 27 basis points. We are now seeing average initial charge off severities of 40% for loans in California. Home prices have cratered in certain markets since the peak -- Cape Coral, Florida, down 50%; Las Vegas, down 35%; northern Virginia, down 30%; and in California, Modesto, and Stockton, down 50%; Riverside, down 40%. The list goes on. Alt-A foreclosures have doubled in southern California. Our average serious delinquency rate in Florida increased in June to over 3% -- four times the average on our total book of business last year. Almost 2% of the loans in our Florida book are now referred to foreclosure. So, the housing market has returned to earth fast and hard. Some signs do offer rays of positive light. Foreclosures actually fell in Michigan . Same-period home sales were up in California . And as the GSEs provide most of the liquidity to the primary market, that market is functioning, and a safe center of credit risk pricing and product is being restored. All told however, that story all put together led us to again revise our credit loss estimate upward from the year, from 13 to 17 basis points to 23 to 26 basis points. And that, as you will note, commensurately drives our addition to loss reserves of almost $4 billion."
emphasis added
See the previous post from Tanta on Fannie Mae Push Backs. Alt-A lenders are probably pretty nervous.

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