Bank of America Announces Fourth-Quarter Actions With Respect to Its Home Loans and Insurance Business
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan 03, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Bank of America today announced agreements with the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) to resolve repurchase claims involving certain residential mortgage loans sold to them by entities related to Countrywide Financial Corporation (legacy Countrywide).
Bank of America also announced today that in the fourth quarter of 2010 it expects to take a provision of approximately $3 billion related to repurchase obligations for residential mortgage loans sold by Bank of America affiliates directly to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (collectively, the Government Sponsored Entities or GSEs). This provision results from both the GSE agreements referred to above and adjustments to the representations and warranties liability for other loans sold directly to the GSEs and not covered by these agreements. The loans not covered by the agreements include both legacy Countrywide loans and loans originated on other legacy platforms.
Through this provision, Bank of America believes that it has addressed its remaining exposure to repurchase obligations for residential mortgage loans sold directly to the GSEs. The calculation of the provision incorporates historical experience with the GSEs and certain assumptions regarding economic conditions, home prices and other matters, and future provisions for representations and warranties may be affected if the actual results are different.
"These actions resolve substantial legacy issues in the best interest of our shareholders," said Bank of America President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan. "Our goals remain the same: put these issues behind us; focus on serving customers and clients; and continue to help distressed homeowners facing difficult times."
The agreement with Freddie Mac extinguishes all outstanding and potential mortgage repurchase and make-whole claims arising out of any alleged breaches of selling representations and warranties related to loans sold by legacy Countrywide to Freddie Mac through 2008 (787,000 loans with a total unpaid principal balance of $127 billion), subject to certain exceptions, which Bank of America does not believe will be material. The agreement provides for a cash payment to Freddie Mac of $1.28 billion, which was made on December 31, 2010.
The agreement with Fannie Mae substantially resolves the existing pipeline of repurchase and make-whole claims outstanding as of September 20, 2010 arising out of alleged breaches of selling representations and warranties related to loans sold by legacy Countrywide to Fannie Mae. The agreement provides for a net cash payment to Fannie Mae of $1.34 billion, which was made on December 31, 2010, after applying certain credits to the agreed-upon amount of $1.52 billion.
The Fannie Mae agreement extinguishes all outstanding and potential selling representations and warranties claims on 12,045 legacy Countrywide loans (approximately $2.7 billion of unpaid principal balance). The agreement also resolves specific outstanding repurchase or make-whole claims, or extends the cure period for missing documentation-related claims, on an additional 5,760 legacy Countrywide loans (approximately $1.3 billion of unpaid principal balance).
The agreements with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae do not cover loan servicing obligations, other contractual obligations or loans contained in private label securitizations.
The agreements with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are the latest in a series of actions Bank of America has taken to respond to the housing crisis since 2008. These include discontinuing Countrywide subprime, pay-option ARM and prime-quality two-year hybrid ARM loans, launching one of the industry's first streamlined loan modification programs, introducing the Clarity Commitment to simplify and summarize loan terms and closing costs, and completing more than 750,000 loan modifications for distressed customers since the beginning of 2008.
Goodwill Impairment Charge
Bank of America expects to record a non-cash, non-tax deductible goodwill impairment charge of approximately $2.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010 in its Home Loans and Insurance business segment.
The impairment charge will have no impact to reported Tier 1 and tangible equity capital ratios.
Note: Chief Financial Officer Charles Noski will discuss the above matters in a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET today. Supporting materials and a live webcast can be accessed on the Bank of America Investor Relations Web site at http://investor.bankofamerica.com. For a listen-only connection to the conference call, dial 1.888.245.1801(U.S.) or 1.785.424.1733 (international) and the conference ID: 79795.
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Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to future events, expenses and charges, including the expected 2010 fourth-quarter representations and warranties provision related to the GSEs, the adequacy of the liability for the remaining representations and warranties exposure to the GSEs, the potential assertion and impact of additional claims not addressed by the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae agreements and the amount of goodwill impairment charge to be recorded in the Home Loans and Insurance business. These statements are not guarantees of future results or performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict and are often beyond Bank of America's control. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, any of these forward-looking statements, because of, among other things, certain obligations under and provisions contained in the agreements with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the adequacy of the liability for the remaining representations and warranties exposure to the GSEs, the potential assertion and impact of additional claims not addressed by the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae agreements, accounting interpretations and analysis regarding goodwill accounting as well as the risks and uncertainties set forth in Bank of America's SEC filings. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Bank of America undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
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