first_imgSMILING ANGELO & COIL ME HOME PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $100,000 THOR’S ECHO STAKES AT SIX FURLONGS  RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES   ARCADIA, Calif. (June 12, 2019)–Phil D’Amato’s Smiling Angelo and the Richard Baltas-trained Coil Me Home both loom prominent in Saturday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes at Santa Anita.  Part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA, the Thor’s Echo is for California-bred or sired horses three and up.SMILING ANGELOOwner:  Ferro Family Trust & Victor FloresTrainer:  Phil D’AmatoLightly raced, this 4-year-old homebred ridgeling has been idle since late August at Del Mar and figures to show plenty of early zip off the bench.  Favored in three out of his four starts, he won his first two races, on April 29, 2018 and on May 24, 2018, by a combined seven lengths here at Santa Anita. Out of the Proud Citizen mare Citizen Bernstein, Smiling Angelo has a steady series of solid works at both San Luis Rey Downs Training Center and here at Santa Anita.COIL ME HOMEOwner:  GGG StablesTrainer:  Richard BaltasMost recently third, beaten two lengths in an open first condition allowance going 6 ½ furlongs here on May 4, this 4-year-old homebred gelding by Coil has a best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 91, but will have the rail to contend with in the Thor’s Echo, which will be his first stakes assignment. Out of the Came Home mare Goodtobehome, Coil Me Home will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke, who will have to try to work out a trip from his inside post.SMOKEY IMAGEOwner:  Irvin Racing StableTrainer:  Carla GainesUnbeaten in five starts as a juvenile (four of them stakes) in 2015, this 6-year-old Southern Image gelding has been idle since May 20, 2018 and is winless in his last 14 starts–dating back to a rousing 8 ½ length score in the California Cup Derby here on Jan. 30, 2016.  Easily the leading money earner in the field with $534,946, Smokey Image, who is out of the Free House mare Special Smoke, has six wins from 20 starts and will be ridden for the second time by leading man Flavien Prat.THE $100,000 THOR’S ECHO STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:35 p.m. PTCoil Me Home–Drayden Van Dyke–122Prodigal Son–Mario Gutierrez–120Tap the Wire–Evin Roman–124Smiling Angelo–Joe Talamo–122Smokey Image–Flavien Prat–124Desert Law–Rafael Bejarano–122Fire When Ready–Abel Cedillo–120First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

State Housing Finance Agencies Remain Stable Amid Market Challenges

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News Share State Housing Finance Agencies Remain Stable Amid Market Challenges September 4, 2015 496 Views center_img Fitch Ratings Mortgage Revenue Bond Issuance Origination Originations U.S. State Housing Finance Agencies 2015-09-04 Staff Writer Despite housing market challenges, U.S. state housing finance agencies (SHFAs) remain financially sound as mortgage revenue bond issuance, net interest, median ratios, and other factors trend upward.A recent peer study of the SHFAs from Fitch Ratings found that throughout fiscal year (FY) 2014, low conventional mortgage rates hindered SHFAs from originating new whole loan mortgages through their own debt. The report showed compared with FY 2013 results, balance sheet numbers decreased by 4.5 percent, aggregate debt declined 6.9 percent, and aggregate loan dropped 4.1 percent.”These decreases mark the fourth straight year of across-the-board declines, reflective of the economic environment during that time period and the shift in SHFAs’ business model in response to that lending environment,” Fitch said.Maura McGuigan, senior director of Fitch Ratings also added that balance sheet declines are “expected to continue in the short-term; however, some SHFAs are beginning a return to mortgage revenue bond issuance and this slow movement back may take time to appear on audited financial statement balance sheets.”The peer study provides a snapshot of 51 SHFA’s five-year financial position, a ranking chart that demonstrates how each SHFA performed in FY 2014 relative to the industry median, mortgage-backed securities held by the SHFAs, and variable debt rates.Although balance sheets fell in FY 2014, overall equity is still trending upward for the fifth year straight, with aggregate adjusted equity increasing 4.5 percent from FY 2013 and up 13 percent from FY 2010 levels. The rise in equity levels stemmed from up-front cash generated from the sale of loans.The report also revealed an uptick in the net interest spread (NIS) for the SHFAs from the agencies’ efforts to economically refund prior debt obligations, which lead to lower bond interest costs. The median net interest spread increased to 30.1 percent in FY 2014 from 24.5 percent in FY 2013 and has risen from 21.0 percent in FY 2010.The peer study also showed increasing net operating revenues (NOR) and variable-rate debt among the SHFAs, and leverage ratios continued to improve as debt to equity (DTE) ratios declined.”Rising net operating revenue for state housing finance agencies is likely attributed to rising profitability within housing bond programs and the up-front revenues generated from alternative financing methods in recent fiscal years,” McGuigan said.The FY 2014 report highlighted some of the ongoing issues that SHFAs have dealt with over the last five years as investment income was hindered by low rates and low conventional mortgage rates lowered the volume of SHFA-issued debt for originating new whole loan mortgages. In turn, the SHFAs found news ways to be profitable by originating loans through the to-be-announced (TBA) market, utilizing direct sales of MBS, and issuing MBS pass-through instruments.”Despite the challenging environment, FY 2014 results demonstrated that SHFAs are financially sound, as median ratios, such as NIS, NOR, and DTE, continue to trend positively,” the report said. “Given the recent uptick in new mortgage revenue bond issuance financing single-family whole loan mortgages to remain on SHFA balance sheets, Fitch expect FY 2015-2016 ratios may exhibit some changes. “Click here to view Fitch Ratings full FY 2014 peer study report. last_img read more