Press Release

NMI Holdings, Inc. Announces New Quota Share Reinsurance Agreement and Releases Monthly Operating Statistics for December 2020

Jan 04, 2021

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NMI Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMIH) today announced that National Mortgage Insurance Corporation (National MI), its wholly-owned insurance subsidiary, has entered into a new quota share reinsurance agreement, subject to customary approvals, with a broad panel of highly rated reinsurers.

Under the new agreement, National MI will cede, subject to certain limitations, exclusions and conditions, 22.5% of its primary new insurance written for the period from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. The company will receive a ceding commission equal to 20% of ceded premiums, as well as a profit commission of up to 57.5% of ceded premiums, reduced by any losses ceded under the agreement.

National MI also reported selected operating statistics for the month of December 2020. At December 31, 2020, the company reported 12,209 loans in default and a default rate of 3.06%.

Adam Pollitzer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of National MI, said, “We are pleased with our ability to secure additional reinsurance capacity on constructive terms from a high-quality panel of reinsurance partners. Our new quota share agreement builds upon the success we have achieved in the risk transfer markets to date and extends our comprehensive reinsurance coverage across our production in 2021. The treaty highlights the confidence that reinsurers have in our front-end pricing and credit risk management approach, and furthers our ability to pursue incremental, high-quality new business and support lenders and borrowers in the current market.” Pollitzer added, “We are also encouraged by the credit performance of our in-force portfolio and the continued decline in the size of our default population through year end.”  

Selected operating statistics

  Default Activity as of: 
Number of loans in default (1) 1,44910,81613,76513,10812,53212,209
Default rate (2) 0.38%2.90%3.60%3.41%3.23%3.06%

   New Insurance Written During: 
Weighted average composition       
FICO 757762764764762758
Loan-to-value (LTV) 91.3%90.7%90.7%90.6%90.9%91.0%
Debt-to-income (DTI) 34.4%33.3%32.8%32.7%33.2%33.6%
In-focus risk segments       
95.01-97.0% LTV 6.4%4.2%3.2%7.7%10.4%10.2%
<680 FICO 1.9%1.0%0.7%0.9%1.0%1.2%
>45% DTI 10.3%7.0%4.9%5.5%5.9%6.7%
Layered risk (3) 0.2%0.1%0.1%0.1%0.1%0.1%

(1) Loans are considered to be in default as of the payment date at which a borrower has missed the preceding two or more consecutive monthly payments
(2) Default rate is calculated as total loans in default divided by total policies in force
(3) Layered risk includes loans with more than one in-focus risk factor

The information concerning the Company's default inventory is compiled from reports received from loan servicers and can be influenced by, among other things, the date on which a servicer generates its report, the number of business days in a month, and transfers of servicing rights between loan servicers. While our total default population declined from November 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020, our default population may increase going forward if additional borrowers face challenges related to the COVID-19 outbreak and choose to access the forbearance program for federally backed loans codified under the CARES Act or other programs made available by private lenders.

About NMI Holdings
NMI Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NMIH), is the parent company of National Mortgage Insurance Corporation (National MI), a U.S.-based, private mortgage insurance company enabling low down payment borrowers to realize home ownership while protecting lenders and investors against losses related to a borrower's default. To learn more, please visit

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