As your cooperative, FHLB Des Moines is committed to being a low-cost and steady funding source for your institution. Your continued support of the Bank through the use of its products is essential to its ability to remain a constant and ready source of funding in all market conditions.
The Board of Directors recently approved the following changes to its future dividend practices which will encourage and reward use of the Bank’s products by its members.
Differentiation of Dividend Payments
The Bank has two subclasses of capital stock outstanding – “membership stock” which is required based on asset size of institutions that join the cooperative, and “activity stock” which is required based on the amount of business (advances, sale of loans under the MPF program, etc.) each member is doing with the Bank. Beginning in 2012, the Bank will pay dividends at a higher rate on activity stock than on membership stock. This change will be reflected in the first quarter dividend of 2012, approved and payable during the second quarter of 2012.
The Bank believes that any excess returns on capital stock above an appropriate benchmark rate which are not used for capital growth through retained earnings should be returned to members that take advantage of the product and service offerings of their cooperative. The members that actively use their cooperative will receive a more favorable dividend payment through dividends paid on activity based capital stock.
Going forward, when earnings are sufficient to pay dividends, the following guidelines will be taken into consideration by the Board in establishing the dividend rate on each subclass of stock:
Repurchases of Excess Activity Based Capital Stock
To coincide with the differentiation of dividend payment changes beginning in 2012, FHLB Des Moines will repurchase excess activity based capital stock on January 4, 2012.
Additionally on January 4, 2012, the Bank will reduce its Operational Threshold for excess activity based capital stock from $50,000 to $0. The Bank will continue its practice of repurchasing all excess activity based capital stock on the 19th of each month but reserves the right to repurchase excess activity based capital stock more frequently throughout the month and members may continue to request to have their balance repurchased down to $0 at any time.
For questions or more information on any of these changes, please contact Terri Goetsch, accounting supervisor, 800.544.3452, ext. 1424 or your VP – Member Services.
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