April 3, 2008
At the Bank
FHLBNY Files 2007 Form 10-K
I am pleased to report that the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York filed our 2007 Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 28, 2008. This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of the FHLBNY’s business and financial condition.
The Home Loan Bank’s 2007 Form 10-K is available at the "EDGAR" portion of the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.
We achieved solid financial results for our 291 community member lenders in a time of challenge. The average rate for dividends paid on the basis of stock ownership in 2007 was 7.86 percent, and the total cash dividend paid for these four quarters was approximately $309 million, compared with approximately $230 million for 2006. For the year, the Bank earned $323.1 million, up from the $285.2 million of earnings for 2006.
Retained earnings at year-end 2007 were $418.3 million compared to $368.7 million at the end of 2006. As of December 31, 2007, management determined that the amount of retained earnings necessary to meet the requirements of the Home Loan Bank’s Retained Earnings and Dividend Policy based on the risk profile of the balance sheet was $159.2 million.
Total assets increased 34.3 percent to $109.7 billion at December 31, 2007, from $81.7 billion at year-end 2006. Advances, at carrying value, were up to $82.1 billion, compared with $59 billion at year-end 2006, and represented 74.8 percent of total assets. Investments and short-term money-market instruments increased 23.8 percent to $25.4 billion, compared with $20.5 billion at year-end 2006. Mortgages acquired through our Mortgage Partnership Finance® Program were approximately the same at the end of 2007 -- $1.5 billion -- as compared to year-end 2006.
As a percent of total assets, capital decreased to 4.33 percent on December 31, 2007, as compared with 4.79 percent at year-end 2006.
For the month of February 2008, average advances, at par, were $79.9 billion. We ended February at $79.7 billion compared to $80.4 billion at the end of January 2008.
FHLB to Host Connections Forum with Lewis Ranieri
If you haven’t already, you will shortly receive an invitation to attend an April 22, 2008, Federal Home Loan Bank Connection Forum: "Making Profitable Connections for Asset Growth." The featured speaker will be Lewis Ranieri, Chairman of the Board of Root Markets, Inc., and a founder of the securitized mortgage market. Mr. Ranieri is an expert and innovator in both the mortgage and capital markets. The Forum will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will be held at Club 101, 101 Park Avenue, New York.
Please mark your calendar for this event. If you have any questions, please call Candice Soldano at 212-441-6773.
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Board of Directors Selects Thomas M. O’Brien to Fill Vacant New York Seat
The Home Loan Bank Board of Directors has selected Thomas M. O’Brien, President and Chief Executive Officer of State Bank of Long Island, Jericho, New York (FHFB ID #12856) to fill the unexpired term of former Director Carl A. Florio ending December 31, 2008. We welcome Mr. O’Brien to the Board and look forward to benefiting from his many years of expertise and experience in the financial services sector.
FHFB Authorizes Temporary Increase on
Purchase of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MBS
On March 23, 2008, the Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB) authorized the FHLBanks to increase the purchase of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities. The limit on the FHLBanks’ investment authority would increase from 300% of capital to 600% of capital for two years (until March 31, 2010). This FHFB action requires an FHLBank to notify the FHFB prior to the first acquisition under the expanded authority. This notification must include a description of the risk management principles underlying the proposed purchase. We have not been able to reach 3 times capital as a result of market conditions. I do not anticipate that we will be applying for an increase in the very near future.
The Home Loan Bank of New York has a portfolio that was at 2 times capital as of
December 31, 2007. We are, and have been, in the market purchasing agency MBS that meet our risk/reward profile. And I would like to underscore that we are an "advances bank" and that we will not take on so many investments that we are unable to provide advances to our members or control the attendant risks.
The Home Loan Bank team wants to thank our members for your use of our products and services to expand the availability of mortgage credit, to compete effectively in your market, and to promote strong communities.
Alfred A. DelliBovi
President & CEO
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