Discussion in 'Stocks' started by Mr Pain, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. Mr Pain

    Mr Pain

    "Note: At this point in time this story is RUMOR as is has not been made official by IndyMac or regulators. I am reporting it from what I have been personally told by people familiar with the matter. And I am not short this stock or trying to start rumors to drive down the price. How much further can it drop! Its at 67 cents. Just remember that when stories like this have come out in the past, there is a flury of positive spin and in the end, 99.9% are true.

    My sources put regulators at IndyMac this weekend doing the deed. I am being told an announcement will come tomorrow first thing, that IndyMac is no more and at least their wholesale operation is gone effective immediately. Apparently wholesale operations will get pink slips, no new loans will be locked and all existing loans in the pipe must be closed by the end of July."

    More at the site
  2. Why do you guys refuse to believe that a stock that has dropped from 40 to 50-60 cents will not go bankrupt? I am shocked at how IndyMac is still managing to tread water. This thing is like the Titanic and the deck is almost fully submerged. The only thing that will save it is Jesus himself...
  3. TMA and IMB should have gone under months ago. I am suprised they are still listed on the NYSE.
  4. Looks like we have an interesting turn of events in the last few minutes...
  5. Indymac Issues Stakeholder Letter
    July 7th, 2008
    Dear Indymac Stakeholders:

    In this very difficult and challenging environment, any of the actions that we take to keep Indymac safe and sound unfortunately have negative consequences to some important constituency. As we stated in our financial update on May 12, 2008, we have been working with our investment bankers to raise additional capital. To-date, we have not been successful with these efforts, and, while we will continue these efforts with our bankers and others, we don’t expect to be able to raise capital until there is more stability and less uncertainty in the housing and mortgage markets. While some shareholders may believe it is in their best interests that we not raise capital right now given the significant dilution that it would cause, there are consequences of not being able to raise more capital and, therefore, actions that we now must take.

    Given the continued downward trend in home prices and a resulting increase in our forecasted credit losses and the related downward trend in the pricing of all mortgage related assets in the capital markets, especially mortgage-backed securities where we have experienced significant rating agency downgrades this quarter, we expect our loss for the second quarter to be larger than Q108, but it is difficult at this time to be more precise given the significant uncertainty surrounding accounting estimates, fair value accounting and other accounting matters.

    In light of the current environment and related deterioration of our financial position since last quarter, we have been working closely with our federal banking regulators with respect to the actions that they and we must take to meet our mutual goal of keeping Indymac safe and sound through this crisis period. In that respect, based on information we have provided to our regulators, they have advised us that we are no longer “well capitalized”, which we stated on May 12 was a possible scenario. Our regulators have also asked us to submit to them a new business plan for their review and approval, something on which we have been working with them for some time. We have agreed on the basic elements of the plan, and the regulators have directed us to begin executing on it. An important element of our plan is to improve our capital ratios. Without an external capital raise, the traditional way to improve safety and soundness is to sell assets and shrink the balance sheet, which in normal times generally has the effect of improving capital ratios and bolstering liquidity. Yet in this environment, where either there are no bids for most of IMB’s mortgage loans and securities or the bid/ask spreads are abnormally wide, “fire-selling” assets would actually deplete capital further. As a result, the most realistic and cost-effective way to shrink both our balance sheet and our servicing rights asset (which, as discussed in previous communications, is up against the regulatory cap limit), is to curtail most new loan production.

    In addition to needing to shrink our assets to improve our capital ratios, we also need to do so to ensure that we maintain prudent operating liquidity. A consequence of falling below well-capitalized is that we are no longer permitted to accept new brokered deposits or renew or roll over existing ones, unless we get a waiver from the FDIC. While we have submitted a waiver application, it is uncertain as to whether such a waiver will be granted.

    As a result of the above, we have made the difficult decision, effective July 7, 2008, that we will no longer accept any new loan submissions or rate locks in our retail and wholesale forward mortgage lending channels, except for our servicing retention channel. We plan to honor all of our existing rate-locked loans and will continue to fund these loans in the coming weeks. While the managers and employees in these units have worked incredibly hard, these units are not currently profitable due to the continuing erosion of the housing and mortgage markets. At the same time, these operations take up significant balance sheet capacity and “feed” growth in the servicing asset, an asset we need to shrink given its size relative to our existing capital.

    In closing our forward mortgage business, we will refocus our lending efforts on supporting and building within regulatory constraints Financial Freedom, our reverse mortgage unit (FHA production only), and on continuing the retention activities associated with our servicing portfolio. Combined, we currently expect these units to produce roughly $5 billion to $10 billion per year of new FHA/GSE loans. Thus, our core business model will include (1) Financial Freedom, one of the largest reverse mortgage lenders in the Country; (2) a top ten mortgage loan servicing operation, with a solid retention production unit; and (3) a Southern California retail bank branch network, including 33 branches and roughly $18 billion in deposits, of which over 96% is fully covered by FDIC insurance. In addition, when this housing and mortgage crisis abates and we return to health, we would also hope to be an investor in mortgage loans and mortgage-backed securities and might re-enter the national forward mortgage production business with a low-cost, non-commissioned-based business model.

    Unfortunately, the above actions will necessitate the reduction in our present workforce from approximately 7,200 to roughly 3,400 or so over the next couple of months, which should reduce our operating expenses by roughly 60%. We will retain about 1,100 employees in loan servicing in Kalamazoo and Austin; 350 in our servicing retention group in Irvine and Kansas City; 800 at Financial Freedom, primarily in Irvine, Sacramento, and Atlanta; 400 in our Southern California retail and web bank; 500 in portfolio management and administration, largely in Pasadena; and 250 in discontinued businesses. In building Indymac up from 4 employees in 1993 to its present size, we have had to retrench and then rebuild several times over the past 15 years, but clearly these are the largest and most difficult staff reductions we have ever had to make. If we had another alternative, we clearly would have chosen it, as we understand how painful these workforce reductions can be for the affected employees and their families. Given Indymac’s current financial position and these significant layoffs, I strongly believe it is appropriate that I further materially reduce my own compensation. As a result, I have requested of Indymac’s Board of Directors that they reduce my base salary by 50%.

    With respect to severance, our policy has always been that the fair and right thing to do is to provide our departing employees with a generous severance program to ease their transition to the next stage of their career. Our severance program, which provided one month of pay and one month of Indymac-paid COBRA insurance coverage for each year of service, was clearly the most generous in the mortgage industry, if not among most of the Fortune 500. I very much regret that the reality today, however, is that we can no longer afford this program given our need to preserve capital and return to profitability. Therefore, we will be providing employees with a minimum 30-day notice of the termination of their employment (effectively, 30 days severance), with employees covered under the Federal WARN Act and similar state statutes (“WARN”) receiving 60 days of advance notice prior to the effective date of the their termination. Affected employees with five or more years of service will receive a minimum $20,000 severance, including any compensation payments made during the notice period.

    With all of the above said, in this environment plans can change often and quickly (e.g. ability to raise capital and/or liquidity, regulatory actions, etc.). All we can do is continue to work hard and do our very best to keep Indymac safe and sound, so that we can rebuild our workforce and shareholder value when the housing and mortgage markets stabilize. We will be providing more information on our plans and prospects when we release Q208 earnings.

    Very truly yours,

    Michael W. Perry
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  6. RIP IndyMac
  7. So what the hell. Do they declare bankruptcy or go into FDIC receivership? Why are they still around?
  8. IndyMac Cuts Half its Staff as Mortgage Losses Mount (Update3)

    By Ari Levy and Josh P. Hamilton

    July 7 (Bloomberg) -- IndyMac Bancorp Inc., the lender whose market value has plunged by almost 90 percent this year, will fire half its employees after regulators said the company is no longer ``well capitalized'' and the quarterly loss widened.

    IndyMac will slash its workforce by 53 percent to 3,400 employees and curtail lending, the Pasadena, California-based lender said today on its Web site. The company said it is working with regulators on a new business plan.

    ``We don't expect to be able to raise capital until there is more stability and less uncertainty in the housing and mortgage markets,'' Chief Executive Officer Michael Perry said in the statement.

    IndyMac, the second-biggest independent U.S. mortgage lender last year behind Countrywide Financial Corp., has lost almost $900 million in the nine months ended in March amid tumbling home prices. The company is focusing on mortgages that can be sold to government-sponsored enterprises like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Home values fell in 23 of 25 U.S. metropolitan areas in April, according to Radar Logic Inc., as sales of a record number of foreclosed homes pushed prices down. Last month, Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat from New York, asked U.S. regulators to scrutinize the financial health of IndyMac and suggested it may be on the brink of failure.

    IndyMac rose 4 cents to 71 cents at 4 p.m. New York time. The stock has lost 98 percent of its value in the past year.

    The second-quarter loss will exceed the $184 million reported in the prior period, IndyMac said. The company said it can't be more specific because of uncertainty surrounding accounting matters.

    `Too Much Risk'

    ``We don't expect, given the really rough state of the housing market, that IndyMac is going to be able to get out of this,'' said Jason Arnold, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets in San Francisco. ``The big problem is that no one will give them money. There's too much risk involved and not enough value in their franchise.''

    Founded 15 years ago, IndyMac saw net revenue more than double between 2002 and 2006 as it became the largest ``Alt-A'' home lender. The loans are an alternative for A-rated borrowers who fall short of standards for regular prime mortgages. The risk of default is lower than for subprime loans, which are made to people with the worst credit histories.

    IndyMac said it expects to receive about $5 billion to $10 billion a year on mortgages meeting the standards of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Retail Banking

    The company plans to keep its Southern California retail bank network with 33 branches and $18 billion in deposits and said it hopes to invest in mortgage loans and mortgage-backed securities when the housing market rebounds.

    The world's biggest financial firms have already announced more than 90,000 job cuts after posting $400 billion in writedowns and credit losses tied to the U.S. housing slump. Countrywide was bought last week by Charlotte, North Carolina- based Bank of America Corp., which said it would cut about 7,500 jobs from the combined operations.

    As severance, IndyMac employees with five or more years of service will receive at least $20,000, the statement said. Perry, who earned $1 million in salary last year plus option awards, said he's asking the board to reduce his base pay by 50 percent.
  9. The discount window has been jammed all day. IMB was forced to leave a voicemail.

    Seriously who the hell would keep deposits at this bank. FDIC payouts could take years although I'm not familiar with the actual process. The smart thing to do would be to withdraw all your money now!
    #10     Jul 7, 2008