Essent Group comments on proposed PMI eligibility requirements

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Essent Group (ESNT) reported that the Federal Housing Finance Agency released for public input the proposed Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements. The PMIERs represent the standards by which private mortgage insurers are eligible to provide mortgage insurance on loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC). Assuming the PMIERs are enacted as proposed, Essent's mortgage insurance subsidiary, Essent Guaranty would be in compliance with the new capital adequacy requirements in the PMIERs based on financial information as of March 31. “We commend FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for all of their work in revising the PMIERs,” said Mark Casale, Chairman and CEO. “Updating the PMIERs is important to the health of the housing finance system in general, and the mortgage insurance industry in particular. We believe that the proposed risk-based capital adequacy framework in the PMIERs is fundamentally sound. The PMIERs will serve as an important set of national standards that give industry counterparties added confidence in the claims paying capacity of private mortgage insurance companies, including Essent.” “Based in part on Essent’s strong capital levels and the exceptional credit quality of our portfolio,” Casale added, “we believe that Essent is well positioned under the PMIERs to continue to serve the growing demand for private mortgage insurance.”

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