Investment group sues US Treasury over Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac bailouts
Hedge fund Perry Capital LLC are suing the US Treasury in federal court, claiming the state’s move in seizing all profits from the two government-owned mortgage companies has devastated stock shares.
Filed in the US District Court in Washington on Sunday, the
lawsuit alleges that the Treasury’s new amendment of the bailout
plan, which enforces a preferred stock purchase agreement, is in
violation of a 2008 conservatorship law meant to keep the company
afloat with government aid.
“This blatant overreach by the federal government to seize all of the companies’ profits at the expense of the companies and all of their private investors is unlawful and must be stopped,” the official statement claim made by Perry Capital said.
The two mortgage companies owe the US government $187.5 billion for assistance in the 2008 bailout, and have already paid about $132 billion. The US Treasury implemented a third amendment which allows the state to collect all the company profit. As a result, the companies cannot pay back their debt and therefore cannot restore financial health and attract more investors.
President Obama, along with a substantial bi-partisan block of lawmakers, have advocated both mortgage companies be liquidated in the Treasury’s favor, with an expected $200 billion profit transfer to the executive government department.
“[The] Treasury’s additional profits from the third amendment are enormous,” Perry Capital said at the court hearing, according to the documented records.
Perry Capital, along with other hedge funds, want Congress to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to become independent and free from government regulation.
“The third amendment fundamentally and unfairly alters the structure and nature of the securities Treasury purchased,” according to the statement claim.
The new third amendment puts the firms’ day-to-day operations in close watch of the government, which can conflict with shareholder interest.
The lawsuit follows a $41 billion shareholder damages claim made last month by Perry Capital, which alleged similar profit loss due to the US Treasury takeover.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paid the Treasury the biggest dividend in history of $66.3 billion on June 30, according to the claim. Without the third amendment, the Treasury would have collected $4.7 billion, the plaintiffs said.
The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in Washington, D.C. as Perry Capital LLC v. Jacob J. Lew. 13-cv-01025.