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Thursday, March 08, 2007

New Century "has elected to cease accepting loan applications from prospective borrowers"

by Calculated Risk on 3/08/2007 04:32:00 PM

New Century filed an 8-K with the SEC (hat tip Brian):

One of the Company’s lenders has extended to the Company $265 million in financing secured by the Company’s REIT mortgage loan portfolio and certain residual assets. The net proceeds from the financing will be used to refinance and/or satisfy some of the Company’s existing obligations. This lender has also provided financing to the Company to refinance the remaining balance of approximately $710 million in mortgage loans currently financed through another lending facility. This refinancing was undertaken in response to that lender’s notice to the Company exercising its rights to effect a repurchase by the Company of the loans and other assets it had financed for the Company.

Furthermore, the Company is in discussions with lenders and other third parties regarding a refinancing and other alternatives to obtain additional liquidity. No assurance can be given that any of these discussions will be successful.

The Company has not yet obtained waivers of the net income covenant from its remaining five financing arrangements since filing the Form 12b-25 on March 2, 2007. In addition, the Company has received an aggregate of approximately $150 million of margin calls, approximately $80 million of which has been satisfied. The Company has approximately $70 million in outstanding margin calls from five lenders.

The Company has only been able to fund a portion of its loans this week. In addition, its capacity to fund new originations is substantially limited due to its lenders’ restrictions or refusals to allow the Company to access their financing arrangements. The Company has been in frequent discussions with its lenders to identify ways to address their concerns in order to allow a greater funding volume in the near term. However, there can be no assurance that these efforts will succeed.

As a result of the Company’s current constrained funding capacity, the Company has elected to cease accepting loan applications from prospective borrowers effective immediately while the Company seeks to obtain additional funding capacity. The Company expects to resume accepting applications as soon as practicable, however, there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to resume accepting applications.