Thursday, November 22, 2007

ResCap recovers

GMAC's mortgage unit ResCap bonds were trading as if a pending bankruptcy announcement was imminent. Today ResCap offered to buy back $750 million of bonds at a premium to where they were trading, but at 83 or 76 cents on the dollar.

ResCap, as of Sept 30, had a tangible net worth of $6.2 billion, but they are required by debt covenants to maintain a net worth of $5.4 billion, and by purchasing these bonds at a discount, it increases their tangible net worth. They've bought themselves time, and if they could acquire Northern Rock at a distressed price, ResCap would be in a position to profit when housing turns.

One of the bear's thesis for a mortgage meltdown has now been averted.


Anonymous said...

The beleaguered mortgage market has undermined ResCap's business, which has become unprofitable and is detracting from GMAC's income.

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