Freddie Mac reported a profit of $768 million in the second quarter and positive net worth of $8.2 billion so it will not have seek additional capital from the Treasury Department this quarter.
It is a remarkable turnaround for a company that posted a $9.9 billion loss in the first quarter. But after the paying the Treasury $1.1 billion in dividends for previous capital infusions, Freddie had a net loss per common share of $0.11 for the second quarter. "We are pleased that our financial results allow us to finish the quarter with a positive net worth," Freddie interim chief executive John Koskinen said.
But he said the company remains cautious due to the recession and rising foreclosures. Freddie absorbed $5.2 billion in credit-related expenses in the second quarter, compared to $9.1 billion in the first quarter. The serious delinquency rate on its $172 billion Alt-A portfolio hit 9.44% in the second quarter.
Overall, 2.9% of the GSE's single-family mortgages are 90 days or more past due. "Second quarter results were driven primarily by $4.3 billion in net interest income mainly due to lower funding costs, as well as $4.2 billion in gains on the company's derivative portfolio," Freddie said.