To Our Members:
We are pleased to announce that, based on our preliminary financial results for the third quarter of 2021, the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBank Chicago) declared a dividend of 5.00% (annualized) for Class B1 activity stock and a dividend of 2.00% (annualized) for Class B2 membership stock, maintaining the levels declared for the first half of 2021. FHLBank Chicago pays a higher dividend per share on your Class B1 activity stock to recognize members that support the entire cooperative through the use of our products.
We expect to maintain a 5.00% (annualized) dividend for Class B1 activity stock through fourth quarter 2021 and first quarter 2022, based on current projections and assumptions regarding our financial condition. We are providing this information to assist you in planning your advance, letters of credit, and Mortgage Partnership Finance® (MPF®) Program on-balance sheet product activity with us.
We expect to report net income of $77 million for the third quarter of 2021 when we file our Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) next month. Our preliminary and unaudited financial results, details on the dividend payments, and our third quarter financial highlights are provided at the end of this letter.
Market-Driven Solutions for Our Members
We continue to converse with our members and analyze the market to find new ways to help grow your bottom line. As the markets have begun to rebound, we provided recent specials and strategies to best serve your institutions:
- Over the past quarter, we extended our most popular pricing specials until the end of the year, provided insight into balance sheet trends across Illinois and Wisconsin, and shared updated guidance of the ongoing LIBOR transition. We understand the challenges of navigating the uncertainty of the interest rate environment and want to provide you with opportunities to manage your balance sheet strategies more effectively. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Sales Director about current specials and offerings.
- Improved market conditions have enabled us to provide better pricing on Mortgage Partnership Finance® (MPF®) Traditional products in the MPF program. In addition, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and U.S. Department of Treasury recently announced a one year suspension of certain restrictions contained in the Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement enabling the MPF program to resume the purchase of MPF Xtra® loans secured by investment property and second homes.
- We’ve enjoyed seeing many of you over the past quarter at our August Management Conference, Credit Union Conference, and ALM golf outings. As local health and safety protocols allow, we encourage you to continue to connect with us through both in-person and virtual events. These are an added benefit to your membership, as we strive to provide timely insight from industry experts, offer networking opportunities with your peers, and fully leverage our FHLBank Chicago products and services. If there are topics or types of events your institution would find valuable in the future, we invite you to share those ideas with us.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is woven into all that we do to support the diverse communities you serve. Over the past year, our Sales Directors have reached out to ask some exploratory questions about your institution’s DEI business goals. Your feedback helps us identify business opportunities to partner and connect with members whose DEI goals align with ours. We are looking forward to continuing these conversations with you in an effort to address the challenges in our society and seek new business and economic solutions that can increase equitable opportunities across our District, while enhancing your bottom line.
Providing Support for Your Communities
While our communities continue to weather the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to creating and promoting equitable opportunities for underserved people and communities. In partnership with our members, we invest in programs and organizations advancing affordable housing and economic development in all parts of our District.
- AHP Awards: On October 25, we will announce our 2021 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) General Fund awards. Since 1989, we have awarded $508 million in subsidies to support the construction, acquisition and/or rehabilitation of more than 86,000 affordable housing units. AHP continues to be a valuable source of gap financing for affordable housing development within our District.
- Downpayment Plus Program: The 2021 Downpayment Plus (DPP®) and Downpayment Plus Advantage® (DPP Advantage®) programs continue to provide members easy-to-access downpayment and closing cost assistance to help their income-eligible borrowers achieve homeownership. As of the third quarter of 2021, we have awarded $15.4 million in DPP grants to over 2,600 households. We expect to open the 2022 DPP programs on January 18, 2022.
- Deadline for Community Support Statements Approaching: Most FHLBank Chicago members are required to submit a Community Support Statement (CSS) to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) every two years. For 2021, members participating in the Community Support Program (CSP) subject to review must submit their CSS by October 29 using the FHFA Online CSP System. If you have any questions about completing and submitting your 2021 CSS, please contact Community Investment staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thank you for your membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.
President and CEO
Third Quarter 2021 Dividend and Financial Highlights
On October 21 2021, the Board of Directors of FHLBank Chicago declared a dividend of 5.00% (annualized) for Class B1 activity stock and a dividend of 2.00% (annualized) for Class B2 membership stock based on preliminary financial results for the third quarter of 2021. The dividend for the third quarter of 2021 will be paid by crediting your DID account on November 15, 2021. Any future dividend payments remain subject to determination and declaration by our Board of Directors and may be impacted by further changes in financial or economic conditions, regulatory and statutory limitations, and any other relevant factors.
Selected financial data is below. For more details, please refer to the Condensed Statements of Income and Statements of Condition here. The financial results discussed are preliminary and unaudited. We expect to file our Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) next month. After it is filed, you will be able to access it on fhlbc.com or through the SEC’s reporting website.
- Advances outstanding declined slightly to $46.0 billion at September 30, 2021, from $46.7 billion at December 31, 2020. We believe many of our depository members experienced an inflow of deposits on their balance sheets along with reduced loan demand, while also having access to other liquidity sources as a result of certain government actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which limited their need for advances. Although these factors continued to impact our advance balances, increased advance borrowing by insurance company members has mostly offset the decline.
- MPF loans held in portfolio continued to remain steady at $9.8 billion at September 30, 2021, compared to $10.0 billion at December 31, 2020.
- Total investment securities decreased 10% to $22.0 billion at September 30, 2021, down from $24.5 billion at December 31, 2020, primarily due to a reduction in investment in Treasury securities that matured and were not replaced.
- Total assets decreased to $98.6 billion as of September 30, 2021, compared to $100.4 billion as of December 31, 2020, primarily due to a decrease in investment securities.
- Letters of credit commitments decreased to $13.1 billion at September 30, 2021, down from $16.4 billion at December 31, 2020, primarily due to one of our former captive insurance company members reducing its letters of credit usage in connection with its membership termination in the first quarter of 2021.
- We recorded net income of $77 million in the third quarter of 2021, down from $85 million in the third quarter of 2020, primarily due to a decrease in net interest income attributable to the lower interest rate environment. Advance prepayment fees also decreased $20 million from $27 million in the third quarter of 2020 to $7 million for the same period in 2021. Additionally, advance prepayments throughout 2020 resulted in a decline in our portfolio of high interest earning advances, which reduced the yield earned and balance outstanding on our advance portfolio in the third quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. The decline in interest income was offset in part by lower operating expenses as information technology and employee compensation and benefits expenses decreased and by the absence of COVID-19 relief program expenses relative to the same period in the prior year.
- In the third quarter of 2021, noninterest income (loss) was ($2) million, up $6 million from ($8) million for the third quarter of 2020, primarily due to a decrease in losses on our trading securities.
- We remained in compliance with all of our regulatory capital requirements as of September 30, 2021.