To Our Members:
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) has increased the dividend declared per share on both sub-classes of capital stock. Based on our preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2017, the Board of Directors declared a dividend of 3.30% (annualized) for Class B1 activity capital stock (an increase of 15 basis points) and a dividend of 1.25% (annualized) for Class B2 membership capital stock (an increase of 20 basis points). The Class B2 capital stock dividend enhances the value of your membership; the Class B1capital stock dividend reduces the effective cost of borrowing from the Bank and rewards our members who support the entire cooperative through their advances.
In addition, we expect to report net income of $79 million for the second quarter of 2017 when we file our Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission next month. Member demand at quarter-end for advances and letters of credit reached all-time highs in the second quarter. At June 30, 2017, advances were $46.8 billion, up 4% from December 31, 2016, and letters of credit were $13.2 billion, up 22% from December 31, 2016. As the Mortgage Partnership Finance® (MPF®) Program celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer (watch our video here), its volume continues to grow as more members enjoy the economic benefits of selling loans in the secondary market through their Federal Home Loan Bank.
Our preliminary and unaudited financial results and details on the dividend payments are included here.
Surveying Your Business Needs
As a member-focused cooperative, we strive to offer products and services that meet your business needs. This year, in addition to gathering feedback at individual meetings, regional member meetings, and various workshops and conferences, we’re taking a formalized approach and have hired a research firm to help us refine our products and services to meet your needs. Beall Research will conduct a two-part survey of members, beginning with telephone interviews and then following up later this fall with an online survey. We hope you will take the time to speak with Beall Research if you are contacted for a telephone interview or reached via email. Your responses will help guide our future decisions as we strive to enhance the value of your membership. We will share the results with you when they are finalized.
The Intersection of Now and Next
We have arranged an outstanding lineup of thought-provoking leaders at our annual management conference on August 3-4 in Chicago:
- Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, 2005-2009
- John Brennan, CIA Director, 2013-2017
- Austan Goolsbee, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
- Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab
We expect record attendance to hear these speakers discuss current events, opportunities, and challenges now and in the future. If you have not already registered, please click here. As always, thank you for your membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.
President and CEO
Second Quarter 2017 Dividend
On July 27, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) increased the dividend declared per share on both sub-classes of capital stock. Based on the FHLBC’s preliminary financial results for the second quarter of 2017, the Board of Directors declared a dividend of 3.30% (annualized) for Class B1 activity capital stock (an increase of 15 basis points) and a dividend of 1.25% (annualized) for Class B2 membership capital stock (an increase of 20 basis points). The dividend will be paid by crediting members’ accounts on August 15, 2017. The actual effective combined dividend rate on the total stock held by each member will depend on each member’s level of advance activity with the FHLBC during the second quarter and the relative average number of shares of Class B2 membership stock and Class B1 activity stock outstanding during the quarter. The higher dividend paid on Class B1 stock, in effect, lowers your all-in borrowing costs from the FHLBC.
Second Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights
The results discussed here are preliminary and unaudited. Please refer to the Condensed Statements of Income and Statements of Condition on the next page. We expect to file our second quarter 2017 Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) next month. You will be able to access it on our website, www.fhlbc.com, or through the SEC’s reporting website.
- We recorded net income of $79 million in the second quarter of 2017, down from $104 million in the second quarter of 2016; however, in the second quarter of 2016 we benefited from $38 million of litigation settlement awards related to our private-label mortgage-backed securities, compared to just $1 million during the second quarter of 2017.
- Net interest income for the second quarter of 2017 was $117 million, up from $111 million for the second quarter of 2016 as we benefited from the rising interest rate environment.
- Total investment securities decreased 11% to $18.8 billion at June 30, 2017, down from
$21.0 billion at December 31, 2016, as our investment portfolio continued to pay down.
- Advances outstanding increased $1.7 billion to $46.8 billion at June 30, 2017, up from $45.1 billion at December 31, 2016.
- Total assets increased to $81.8 billion as of June 30, 2017, compared to $78.7 billion as of December 31, 2016.
- We reached close to $3.2 billion in retained earnings at June 30, 2017.
- We remained in compliance with all of our regulatory capital requirements as of June 30, 2017.
This publication contains forward-looking statements which are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. These statements may use forward-looking terms, such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “could,” “plans,” “estimates,” “may,” “should,” “will,” or their negatives or other variations on these terms. We caution that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk or uncertainty, that actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements, and that actual events could affect the extent to which a particular objective, projection, estimate, or prediction is realized. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, instability in the credit and debt markets, economic conditions (including effects on, among other things, mortgage-backed securities), changes in mortgage interest rates and prepayment speeds on mortgage assets, our ability to successfully execute our business model and to pay future dividends (including enhanced dividends on activity stock), our ability to meet required conditions to repurchase or redeem excess capital stock from our members, including maintaining compliance with our minimum regulatory capital requirements and determining our financial condition is sound enough to support such repurchases and redemptions, our ability to continue to offer the Reduced Capitalization Advance Program, our ability to implement new or enhanced products or programs, the impacts to us from the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s final membership rule, and the risk factors set forth in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on our website at www.fhlbc.com. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made in this publication. The financial results discussed in this publication are preliminary and unaudited. “Community First,” “Mortgage Partnership Finance,” and “MPF” are registered trademarks of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.