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Friday, October 05, 2007

WaMu Visits the Confessional

by Calculated Risk on 10/05/2007 09:08:00 AM

From Bloomberg: Washington Mutual Says Third-Quarter Profit Fell 75%

Washington Mutual Inc., the biggest U.S. savings and loan, said third-quarter net income fell about 75 percent because of "a weakening housing market and disruptions in the secondary market."

Loan loss provisions total about $975 million and losses and writedowns on mortgage loans and securities amount to $410 million, the Seattle-based company said in a statement today.
Added: Merrill Lynch Says Credit Market Conditions to Adversely Impact Third Quarter 2007 Results
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. today announced that challenging credit market conditions will have an adverse impact on its net earnings for the third quarter. The company expects to report a net loss per diluted share ... resulting from significant negative mark-to-market adjustments to its positions in two specific asset classes: collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and sub-prime mortgages; and leveraged finance commitments.
The primary drivers of the FICC net losses in the third quarter were as follows:

* Write-downs of an estimated $4.5 billion, net of hedges, related to incremental third quarter market impact on the value of CDOs and sub-prime mortgages. These valuation adjustments reflect in part significant dislocations in the highest-rated tranches of these securities which were affected by an unprecedented move in credit spreads and a lack of market liquidity in these securities, which intensified during the third quarter. During the quarter, the company significantly reduced its overall exposure to these asset classes.

* Write-downs of an estimated $967 million on a gross basis, and $463 million net of related underwriting fees, related to all corporate and financial sponsor, non-investment grade lending commitments, regardless of the expected timing of funding or closing. These commitments totaled $31 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2007, a net reduction of 42% from $53 billion at the end of the second quarter. The net losses related to these commitments were limited through aggressive and effective risk management, including disciplined and selective underwriting and exposure reductions through syndication, sales and transaction restructurings.
There appears to be a line at the confessional, also from Bloomberg: JPMorgan, Bank of America May Write Down Buyout Loans
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp., the biggest arrangers of U.S. leveraged loans, may have combined markdowns of $3 billion in the third quarter ...
These possible writedowns are because of LBO related pier loans.