RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Genworth Financial, Inc. (GNW) today commented on the release of the revised private mortgage insurer eligibility requirements (PMIERs 2.0) by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on September 27, 2018. This is the set of requirements that private mortgage insurers must meet to be eligible to provide mortgage insurance on loans delivered to or purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs)—the financial aspects of which demand that a mortgage insurer's available assets equal or exceed its required assets. The effective date of PMIERs 2.0 is March 31, 2019.
As of June 30, 2018, Genworth's U.S. mortgage insurance business had available assets of approximately 129% of the required assets under the current set of PMIERs requirements, or more than $700 million above the required levels. If PMIERs 2.0 had been effective as of June 30, 2018, Genworth estimates that its sufficiency ratio would have been approximately 120%, or more than $500 million of available assets above the PMIERs 2.0 requirements. This difference is primarily due to the elimination of any credit for future premiums in PMIERs 2.0 that had previously been allowed on insurance policies written in 2008 or earlier.
Rohit Gupta, CEO of Genworth's U.S. mortgage insurance business said, "Genworth's continued capital sufficiency under PMIERs 2.0 reflects our ongoing balance sheet and counterparty strength in support of our customers and the GSEs. We are pleased to continue serving in an important role providing credit loss protection under these new, robust capital standards."
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Genworth Financial, Inc. (GNW) is a Fortune 500 insurance holding company committed to helping families achieve the dream of homeownership and address the financial challenges of aging through its leadership positions in mortgage insurance and long term care insurance. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Genworth traces its roots back to 1871 and became a public company in 2004. For more information, visit genworth.com.
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