Franklin Raines, who was forced out as Fannie Mae's chief executive after five years, is slated to receive a monthly pension of more than $114,000 for life, according to documents...
WASHINGTON — Franklin Raines, who was forced out as Fannie Mae’s chief executive after five years, is slated to receive a monthly pension of more than $114,000 for life, according to documents the mortgage-lending giant filed yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The documents also reveal the Seattle native has deferred compensation of $8.7 million to be paid out through 2020, and owns more than $5.5 million in Fannie Mae stock.
Federal regulators have asked Fannie Mae to delay paying any compensation to Raines until they investigate the package and the appropriateness of Fannie Mae allowing Raines to retire early rather than be dismissed.
An additional point of contention is Raines’ retirement date. According to the filing, “Mr. Raines has asserted” his retirement is effective June 22, enabling him to receive an additional $600,000 in salary.
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Also under that scenario, Raines would receive more than $116,000 in his post-retirement monthly payment.
In the filing, Fannie Mae did not agree to those terms.
Either way, Raines is to take home more than $1.3 million annually, plus benefits such as life and health insurance.
The Fannie Mae board forced Raines out last Tuesday along with Chief Financial Officer Timothy Howard.
The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, or OFHEO — the company’s chief regulator — pressured the board to act after the SEC said Fannie Mae must make accounting corrections that could erase $9 billion of past profit dating to 2001.
On an interim basis, Raines is being replaced by Daniel Mudd, the company’s chief operating officer. Robert Levin will serve as interim chief financial officer as Fannie Mae works with an outside search firm to find permanent replacements.
According to the filing yesterday, Howard will be paid $84,000 in salary through Jan. 31 and receive a monthly pension of $36,071 for the rest of his life. He has more than 480,000 shares in stock options, ranging in value from about $27 to about $81 a share, and deferred compensation of $4 million.
The restatement of possibly $9 billion of past profits could force Fannie Mae to take action to deal with what OFHEO said last week was a “significantly undercapitalized” balance sheet, meaning regulators believe the company lacks the money to cover potential losses.
Fannie Mae and smaller rival Freddie Mac pump money into the home-mortgage market.
The firms buy and guarantee repayment of billions of dollars of home loans each year from banks and other lenders, then bundle them into securities that are resold to investors.
Their stock and debt are held by investors around the world.