Washington, D.C. – Today, with the publication of Multiclass Participants Memorandum (MPM) 23-01, Ginnie Mae announced it will transition all outstanding LIBOR Classes of Ginnie Mae Multiclass Securities after June 30, 2023, to CME Term SOFR plus tenor spread adjustment in accordance with the Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act (LIBOR Act) and the related regulations, and the recommendations of the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC).
In July 2017, the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that it would no longer persuade or compel contributing banks to submit rates used to calculate London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) after December 31, 2021. On March 5, 2021, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Benchmark Administration Limited (IBA) announced that it intended to cease publication of the overnight and one, three, six and twelve-month USD LIBOR immediately following the LIBOR publication on June 30, 2023.
Congress passed the LIBOR Act as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (Pub. L. 117-103), in part, to create a clear and uniform process for replacing LIBOR in existing contracts where the terms do not provide for the use of a clearly defined or practicable replacement benchmark date, without affecting the ability of parties to use any appropriate benchmark rate in a new contract. Generally, for existing LIBOR-based ARMs without language providing for a specific replacement index, the default replacement index will be a spread-adjusted term rate based on the SOFR, as provided under the LIBOR Act.
The ARRC, in its Best Practices last updated on May 4, 2022, recommended the use of Term SOFR rates published by the CME Group Benchmark Administration Limited (CBA) plus the applicable spread adjustment as a fallback for legacy LIBOR adjustable-rate mortgages and the use of SOFR averages for new originations. Ginnie Mae has chosen to follow ARRC’s best practices recommendation.
Ginnie Mae will publish additional Participant Memoranda relating to the LIBOR/SOFR transition in the coming weeks. https://www.ginniemae.gov/investors/multiclass_resources/pages/mpmslib.aspx.
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About Ginnie Mae
Ginnie Mae is an entirely government-owned corporation that attracts global capital into the housing finance system to support homeownership for veterans and millions of homeowners throughout the country, Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed security (MBS) programs directly support housing finance programs administered by the Federal Housing Administration, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Public and Indian Housing, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service, Ginnie Mae is the only MBS to carry the explicit full faith and credit of the United States Government.