Bank of America Agrees to Settle With MBIA



Bank of America announced a settlement with MBIA to resolve all outstanding representations and warranties claims and all other claims between the parties. The agreement requires certain approvals of the New York State Department of Financial Services, which are expected to be received shortly, at which point the parties will execute the agreements and promptly close all contemplated transactions described below.

As part of the settlement, Bank of America will pay MBIA approximately $1.6 billion in cash and remit to MBIA all of the outstanding MBIA 5.70% Senior Notes due 2034 that Bank of America acquired through a tender offer in December 2012. In addition, Bank of America will terminate all of its outstanding credit default swap (CDS) protection agreements purchased from MBIA on commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), as well as terminate certain other trades in order to close out positions between the companies.

Bank of America said it will record $1.6 billion in additional pretax charges in the first quarter of 2013, of which $1.3 billion is related to the settlement and the remainder is related to other mono-lines. The after-tax effect of the additional charges will reduce the company’s first-quarter 2013 net income to $1.5 billion from the $2.6 billion reported on April 17, 2013.

MBIA will issue to Bank of America warrants to purchase 9.94 million shares of MBIA common stock, or approximately 4.9% of its currently outstanding shares, at an exercise price of $9.59 per share. The warrants may be exercised at any time prior to May 2018. Also, Bank of America will provide a senior secured $500 million credit facility to MBIA Insurance.

As the settlement occurred prior to filing the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2013, generally accepted accounting principles require Bank of America to apply the additional charges to the financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

To read the Bank of America news release click here.


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