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News Release

May 06, 2008

Fannie Mae Announces Plan to Raise Capital

Janis Smith

202-752-6673

Jason Lobo

202-752-1692

WASHINGTON, DC -- Fannie Mae (FNM/NYSE) announced its plan to raise $6 billion in new capital through public offerings of common stock, non-cumulative mandatory convertible preferred stock, and non-cumulative, non-convertible preferred stock.

Fannie Mae is raising $6 billion in new capital through underwritten public offerings of new securities. The company commences today two offerings totaling $4 billion of common stock and non-cumulative mandatory convertible preferred stock. These offerings will be followed in the very near future by an offering of non-cumulative, non-convertible preferred stock.

Net proceeds of the offerings will be used for general corporate purposes, including to enable the company to maintain a strong, conservative balance sheet, enhance long-term shareholder value, and provide stability to the secondary mortgage market.

All of the common stock is being newly issued by the company. Fannie Mae has granted the underwriters 30-day options to purchase from the company up to an additional 15 percent each of the common stock and non-cumulative mandatory convertible preferred stock.

The common stock and mandatory convertible preferred stock offerings will be managed by Lehman Brothers Inc., and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., as joint book-running managers. Copies of the preliminary Offering Circulars are available on Fannie Mae's Web site and can be obtained from both underwriters at the following addresses:

  • Lehman Brothers Inc., c/o Broadridge, Integrated Distribution Services, 1144 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717; fax 631-254-7140, or email: qiana.smith@broadridge.com.
  • J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., 4 Chase Metrotech Center, CS Level, Brooklyn, NY 11245, Attention: Chase Distribution & Support Service Northeast Statement Processing Phone: (718) 242-8002.

  • Fannie Mae is a shareholder-owned company with a public mission. We exist to expand affordable housing and bring global capital to local communities in order to serve the U.S. housing market. Fannie Mae has a federal charter and operates in America's secondary mortgage market to ensure that mortgage bankers and other lenders have enough funds to lend to home buyers at low rates. In 2008, we mark our 70th year of service to America's housing market. Our job is to help those who house America.

    This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities of Fannie Mae. Nothing in this press release constitutes advice on the merits of buying or selling a particular investment. Any investment decision as to any purchase of securities referred to herein must be made solely on the basis of information contained in Fannie Mae's applicable offering documents, and that no reliance may be placed on the completeness or accuracy of the information contained in this press release.

    You should not deal in securities unless you understand their nature and the extent of your exposure to risk. You should be satisfied that they are suitable for you in the light of your circumstances and financial position. If you are in any doubt you should consult an appropriately qualified financial advisor.