|FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION FANNIE MAE filed this Form 10-Q on 05/06/2011|
Our ability to access the capital markets and other sources of funding, as well as our cost of funds, are highly dependent on our credit ratings from the major ratings organizations. In addition, our credit ratings are important when we seek to engage in certain long-term transactions, such as derivative transactions.
While there have been no changes in our credit ratings from December 31, 2010 to May 2, 2011, on April 20, 2011, Standard & Poors revised its outlook on the debt issues of Fannie Mae to negative from stable. This action followed Standard & Poors revision to the outlook of the U.S. governments long-term credit rating to negative from stable. Standard & Poors noted that the ratings on Fannie Mae and other government-related entities are constrained by the long-term sovereign rating on the U.S. government and noted that it will not raise the outlooks or ratings on these entities above the U.S. government as long as the ratings and outlook on the U.S. remain unchanged. Standard & Poors also stated that if it were to lower its ratings on the U.S. government, it would likely lower the ratings on the debt of Fannie Mae and other government-related entities.
Table 32 presents the credit ratings issued by the three major credit rating agencies as of May 2, 2011.
Three Months Ended March 31, 2011. Cash and cash equivalents of $19.8 billion as of March 31, 2011 increased by $2.5 billion from December 31, 2010 driven by net cash inflows provided by operating activities of $2.6 billion. Net cash generated from investing activities totaled $123.8 billion, resulting primarily from proceeds received from repayments of loans held for investment. These net cash inflows were offset by net cash used in financing activities of $123.9 billion primarily attributable to a significant amount of debt redemptions in excess of proceeds received from the issuances of debt.
Three Months Ended March 31, 2010. Cash and cash equivalents of $30.5 billion as of March 31, 2010 increased by $23.7 billion from December 31, 2009. Net cash generated from investing activities totaled $108.7 billion, resulting primarily from proceeds received from repayments of loans held for investment. These net cash inflows were partially offset by net cash outflows used in operating activities of $30.9 billion resulting primarily from purchases of trading securities. The net cash used in financing activities of $54.2 billion was primarily attributable to a significant amount of debt redemptions in excess of proceeds received from the issuances of debt as well as proceeds received from Treasury under the senior preferred stock purchase agreement.
FHFA has announced that, during the conservatorship, our existing statutory and FHFA-directed regulatory capital requirements will not be binding and FHFA will not issue quarterly capital classifications. We submit capital reports to FHFA during the conservatorship and FHFA monitors our capital levels. We report our minimum capital requirement, core capital and GAAP net worth in our periodic reports on Form 10-Q and Form 10-K, and FHFA also reports them on its website. FHFA is not reporting on our critical capital, risk-