Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

November 29, 2013 09:00 ET

CMHC Releases Third Quarter Results

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 29, 2013) - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released today its results for the third quarter of 2013. At the end of the third quarter, CMHC's total insurance-in-force was $560 billion; $6 billion lower than the insurance-in-force at year end 2012.

Net Income for the three and nine months ended 30 September 2013 was $452 million and $1,276 million respectively, an increase of 20% ($75 million) and 11% ($124 million) when compared to the same periods in 2012. The increase in net income is mainly attributable to lower net claims expense resulting from improving economic conditions.

Total insured volumes ($) for the three months ended 30 September 2013 increased 11% compared to the same period in 2012. The increase in the third quarter is the of result higher volumes of portfolio insurance and can be attributed to lenders changing the timing of their take-up of the portfolio insurance product in 2013. Given that the 2013 annual portfolio allocation is unchanged from 2012, the year over year variability is expected to be minimal

For the nine months ended 30 September 2013, total insured volumes ($) were 14% lower than the same period in 2012. The year-to-date decline is attributed to the reduced size of the high ratio homeowner mortgage loan insurance market as a result of the new mortgage insurance parameters that took effect in July 2012 and to lower portfolio insurance volumes compared to the same period in 2012.

The average credit score for high-ratio homeowner approved loans in the first nine months of 2013 was 741, up from 737 during the same period in 2012. The high average credit score demonstrates a strong ability among homebuyers with CMHC-insured mortgages to manage their debts.

The strength of CMHC's mortgage insurance portfolio is further demonstrated by the overall arrears rate of 0.33% at September 30, 2013. This is a .02 percentage point improvement compared to the year-end 2012 and a 0.01 percentage point increase compared to the 2nd quarter of 2013.

CMHC works closely with provinces, territories and housing providers, including First Nations, to help low income Canadians access affordable, better quality housing off and on reserve. For the nine months ended 30 September 2013, CMHC provided nearly $1.5 billion on Housing Programs on behalf of the Government of Canada.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable, and affordable housing solutions that will continue to create vibrant and healthy communities and cities across the country.

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Key Statistics - as of September 30, 2013.

  • CMHC continues to be the only mortgage loan insurer for large multi-unit residential properties including nursing and retirement homes. The Corporation's support for these forms of housing is important to the supply and maintenance of a range of housing options in Canada.

  • CMHC is the primary insurer for housing in rural areas and smaller Canadian markets. The share of CMHC's total homeowner and rental business to address less-served markets was 49% in the first nine months of 2013.

  • Based on updated property values, the majority (76%) of CMHC-insured mortgages currently have loan-to-value ratios of 80% or less. The average equity in CMHC's insured high and low ratio homeowner loan portfolio remained stable at 45%.

  • CMHC analysis shows that more than a third of CMHC-insured high ratio borrowers with fixed-rate mortgages are consistently ahead of their scheduled amortization by at least one mortgage payment per year. The figure rises to about three quarters for those who are ahead of their payment schedule by any amount.

  • The average outstanding loan amount in CMHC's portfolio is $141,175 which is a slight increase from the year end 2012 outstanding loan amount (140,587).

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