March 4, 2019
At the Bank
A Year of Strong Performance
Later this month, we will file the FHLBNY’s 2018 Form 10-K with the SEC, closing the book on 2018 for our cooperative. As we reported last month, your cooperative posted strong performance throughout 2018, with $560.5 million in net income, our second-highest results on a GAAP basis. Our advances came down from record levels in 2017, but we still finished the year at a strong level, with $105 billion in liquidity flowing through communities across our District. At year-end, our total assets stood at $144.4 billion, and during the year we grew our retained earnings by $147.8 million, further bolstering our balance sheet.
Our performance positioned us as a leader within the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which also performed well in 2018, with Systemwide net income growing by six percent for the year to a record $3.6 billion, and all 11 Federal Home Loan Banks reporting positive earnings. We earned the highest Return on Equity among the 11 Federal Home Loan Banks in 2018, our ratio of advances-to-assets at year-end was the second-highest in the System, and we had the third-highest levels of both advances and assets. The Federal Home Loan Banks ended 2018 with nearly $730 billion in advances being put to use by members across the nation.
FHLBNY Announces Fourth Quarter 2018 Dividend
The strength of our performance and the reliability of our franchise is also reflected in our quarterly dividend. On February 13, we announced a 6.90 percent (annualized) dividend for the fourth quarter
of 2018. For the year, we returned $417.6 million in dividends paid from 2018 income to our members for a full-year dividend rate of 6.76 percent – a solid return on our members’ investment in the cooperative.
50th Round of Affordable Housing Program Opens
On February 25, we began accepting applications for our 2019 Round of AHP grant funding. This year marks the 50th round of AHP grants for the FHLBNY. Over the past three decades, we have supported 1,833 projects with more than $740 million in AHP grants, helping to create or preserve more than 87,000 units of affordable housing. The AHP is funded through our earnings, and the 2019 Round will consist of approximately $41 million in available grants. Our housing mission is central to our cooperative, and we are looking forward to celebrating this year’s AHP milestone with our members and housing partners throughout 2019.
José R. González
President and Chief Executive Officer
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