Offering Continues Support for Multifamily Affordable Housing Projects

Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) recently priced a new offering of credit risk transfer securities backed by Tax-Exempt Loans (TELs) made by state or local housing agencies and secured by affordable rental housing. This is the company’s eighth ML Certificate offering and its second under the sustainability bonds moniker.

The company expects to guarantee approximately $369 million in fixed- and floating rate ML Certificates (ML-08 Certificates) that are supported by pools of fixed- and floating rate TELs. Freddie Mac has divided the securities into California only, non-California classes, allowing California’s state tax exemption to pass through to investors in the California classes and SIFMA-based classes. The ML-08 Certificates are expected to settle on or about February 11, 2021.

The ML Certificates are designated as “sustainability bonds” within Freddie Mac’s Sustainability Bonds Framework. The proceeds will be used to finance multifamily properties that (a) finance affordable housing to low-to-moderate-income families, (b) may have features, or are located in areas, that further economic opportunity for residents and (c) may include certain environmental impact features.

Notional Amount (mm)
Weighted Average Life (Years)Spread (bps)CouponYieldDollar Price
A-US$174.93012.58S + 261.877%1.607%$102.9888
A-CA$130.96913.23S + 261.896%1.637%$102.9922
A-FL$64.03611.19S + 35SIFMA + 35SIFMA + 35$100.0000
X-US$174.93012.19T + 2001.846%3.272%$18.7904
X-CA$130.96912.06T + 2251.746%3.514%$17.2175


  • Lead Manager and Bookrunners: Jefferies LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
  • Co-Managers: AmeriVet Securities, Inc., CastleOak Securities, L.P., Piper Sandler & Co. and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
  • Rating Agency: S&P Global Ratings

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The ML-08 Certificates are issued by FRETE 2021-ML08 Trust (ML-08 Trust). The Class A-US, A-CA and A-FL Certificates are senior principal and interest certificates, which are rated as AA+(sf) by S&P Global Ratings and the Class X-US, X-CA and X-FL Certificates are interest-only certificates. The Class A-US, A-CA, A-FL and Class X-US, X-CA and X-FL Certificates are guaranteed by Freddie Mac. The ML-08 Trust will also issue Class B-US and B-CA Certificates, which will not be guaranteed by Freddie Mac.

Freddie Mac Multifamily is a leading issuer of agency-guaranteed structured multifamily securities. ML-Deals are part of the company’s business strategy to transfer a portion of the risk of losses away from taxpayers and to private investors who purchase the unguaranteed subordinate bonds. ML Certificates typically feature a wide range of investor options with stable cash flows and structured credit enhancement.

This announcement is not an offer to sell any Freddie Mac securities. Offers for any given security are made only through applicable offering circulars and related supplements, which incorporate Freddie Mac’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 13, 2020; all other reports Freddie Mac filed with the SEC pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) since December 31, 2019, excluding any information “furnished” to the SEC on Form 8-K; and all documents that Freddie Mac files with the SEC pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c) or 14 of the Exchange Act, excluding any information “furnished” to the SEC on Form 8-K.

Freddie Mac’s press releases sometimes contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond the company’s control. Management’s expectations for the company’s future necessarily involve a number of assumptions, judgments and estimates, and various factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in these and other forward-looking statements. These assumptions, judgments, estimates and factors are discussed in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and its reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, which are available on the Investor Relations page of the company’s Web site at and the SEC’s website at

The company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements it makes to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release. The multifamily investors section of the company’s Web site at will also be updated, from time to time, with any information on material developments or other events that may be important to investors, and we encourage investors to access this website on a regular basis for such updated information.

The financial and other information contained in the documents that may be accessed on this page speaks only as of the date of those documents. The information could be out of date and no longer accurate. Freddie Mac undertakes no obligation, and disclaims any duty, to update any of the information in those documents.

Freddie Mac makes home possible for millions of families and individuals by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Since our creation by Congress in 1970, we’ve made housing more accessible and affordable for homebuyers and renters in communities nationwide. We are building a better housing finance system for homebuyers, renters, lenders, and taxpayers. Learn more at, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac’s blog

Amanda Nunnink