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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sallie Mae Deal in Trouble

by Calculated Risk on 9/26/2007 04:58:00 PM

From MarketWatch: Sallie Mae says deal to buy lender threatened

The group of investors that agreed to buy SLM Corp. has said that it can't close the deal under the agreed-upon terms, the giant student lender announced Wednesday.

SLM, commonly known as Sallie Mae said that the group "has no contractual basis to repudiate its obligations" under the agreement, and pledged to pursue "all remedies available" to get the deal done.
The NY Times had an article on the Sallie Mae deal last week: Deal to Buy Sallie Mae in Jeopardy
While the group is hoping to renegotiate the price of Sallie Mae, these people said, it may also be willing to walk away and pay the $900 million breakup fee.
The $900 million breakup fee is a little higher than the reported percentage writedowns at Lehman and Morgan Stanley. The total deal value is $25 Billion.