HREMIC Issuance First Quarter 2017: Record Pace Continues

HREMIC issuance for 2017Q1 was $2.91 billion, surpassing 2016’s first quarter issuance total of $2.84 billion, and on pace to set a third consecutive annual record. First quarter volume was just $89 million shy of the record quarterly issuance of $3.0 billion set in 2015Q4.

There were 8 transactions underwritten by three sponsors, Nomura, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Citigroup. Nomura remains the #1 issuer, with $1.7 billion, Bank of America Merrill Lynch was second with $756 million, and Citigroup was third with $453 million. Life-to-date BAML has issued $18.5 billion of all HREMICs for a 39% market share, and Nomura has issued $11.9 billion for a 25% market share.

Approximately 85% of outstanding HMBS securities have been resecuritized into HREMICs, up from 80% at the end of 2016. A stronger and broader bid for the Interest-Only HREMIC classes emerged, and the seasoned HMBS pools we’ve referenced in past blogs are also contributing to increased HREMIC volume. The HREMIC structure, which allows issuers to create bond classes such as these “IO” securities, is increasingly the most profitable option.

HREMIC collateral consists of HMBS, which are Ginnie Mae guaranteed pass-through securities. HMBS are backed by pools of participations of HECMs, which are FHA-insured reverse mortgages. This double layer of government guarantee, combined with the relatively high coupon and favorable prepayment patterns of the underlying loans, results in very favorable execution, even when compared to other Ginnie Mae “forward mortgage” securities.

(Editor’s note: This article was published with permission by New View Advisors, which compiled these rankings from publicly available Ginnie Mae data.)