The Ginnie Mae guaranteed a record $418 billion in MBS in fiscal year 2009, but it turned out to be less profitable than in previous years.
Net income totaled $509.6 million in FY 2009, down from $1 billion in full-year 2008 when Ginnie MBS issuance totaled only $277 billion.
Low interest rates appear to be the culprit, according to an audit of Ginnie Mae's financial status and internal controls by the accounting firm Carmichael, Brasher, Tuvell & Co.
The annual audit shows that Ginnie's interest income fell to $109.5 million in full-year 2009 from $633.5 million in full-year 2008.
MBS program revenue totaled $547.8 million, up from $373 billion in the previous year. The audit also shows that defaulted Ginnie Mae issuers have left the agency with $26.2 billion in single-family loans, up from $400 million in FY 2008.
Ginnie Mae also could suffer losses due the recent bankruptcy filing of Capmark Financial, which has issued $7.5 billion in Ginnie Mae multifamily MBS.
"Estimated losses on this default are not readily determinable," the auditors said.
However, Ginnie Mae has $560 billion in a loan loss reserve that "management believes ... is adequate to cover any losses" related to Capmark's MBS.