Monday, October 26, 2009

Capmark Files For Chapter 11

Capmark Financial, one of the nation's largest property lenders with $20 billion in assets, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Capmark used to be the commercial lending unit of GMAC, the residential mortgage lending arm of GM that has since received excessive amounts of government aid. Seems like everything that GMAC ever touched was bound to be a lousy investment. At least GMAC had a bit of foresight in spinning off Capmark in 2006 to KKR, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and Five Mile Capital Partners, who paid $1.5 billion in cash to acquire the doomed commercial lender. I'll let you guess what that investment is worth today.

Capmark has a bank in Utah with $10 billion in assets that is not part of the bankruptcy filing. However, the bank has been warned by the FDIC that it needs to boost its capital levels. The bank makes and holds commercial mortgages making it a likely candidate for seizure by our friends at the FDIC. Speaking of the FDIC, it closed seven banks on Friday bringing the YTD total to 106. Now if that isn't bullish news for the stock market, I don't know what is. Otherwise, I have no explanation for this morning's rally.

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