Federated Vulturing Into Mortgages Via IPO (FII, PNT)

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Point Asset Management, Inc. has filed to sell up to $250 million in an initial public offering and it will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PNT.”  Deutsche Bank is listed as the sole underwriter as of now.

It will also be qualified as a REIT, so ownership of common stock by any person is generally limited to 9.8% in value or in number of shares.  It will also be externally managed by Federated Investment Counseling, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Federated Investors Inc. (NYSE:FII).   

Point Asset Management, Inc. is a Maryland corporation that will invest predominantly in agency mortgage-backed securities such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or Ginnie Mae. It will also be externally managed and advised by Federated Investment Counseling as noted above.

Simultaneously with the completion of this offering, FII Holdings will purchase $25 million of our common stock at the initial public offering price per share in a private placement.  So far, Federated is still down 2% at $41.31.  With a $4.1 Billion market cap, there may be only so much a $250 million IPO can add even it hits all its new investments in mortgages as home runs.

We are careful in calling all of these new mortgage funds "vulture funds" but we also like to call it like we see it.  We also don’t fault vulture funds, and in fact we even like them.  Here are some others:

Jon C. Ogg
February 29, 2008