Bank of America to pay $1.84B to settle crisis-era Countrywide case

Bank of America has actually accepted pay $1.84 billion to the insurance company Ambac to settle a long-running disagreement over home loan-backed securities from Countrywide, the mortgage giant that BofA purchased in 2008.

The arrangement will “resolve all pending Ambac lawsuits” and declares on the concern versus Bank of America, the bank stated in a securities filing on Friday, keeping in mind that Ambac was looking for more than $3 billion in damages. 

Ambac, which supplied insurance coverage for Countrywide’s securities, declared the home loan lending institution misrepresented the quality of the loans it was making in the runup to the crisis. The insurance company looked for to put Bank of America on the hook for payments it needed to produce mortgage that went under.

A guard stands outside the Countrywide Financial head office in Calabasas, Calif., in 2004.


The 2 sides took on in a New York state court last month as a trial got underway, with Bank of America’s legal representative arguing that Ambac had actually been comfy handling riskier loans throughout the real estate boom.

The settlement closes another chapter on what rapidly showed to be an inexpedient acquisition from previous CEO Ken Lewis. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank purchased Countrywide in July 2008 and right after begun paying 10s of billions of dollars in settlements with federal and state regulators.

In its filing, Bank of America stated it had actually formerly accumulated for much of what it’s paying as part of the settlement. The bank will, nevertheless, record a pre-tax cost of $354 million in the 3rd quarter, or 3 cents per share. 

The news brings some advantages to Bank of America regardless of the incomes hit, RBC Capital Markets expert Gerard Cassidy composed in a note to customers.

“We view this news in a neutral-to-positive light as these lawsuits are now behind the company, and company resources needed to address these suits can be put to better use, moving forward,” Cassidy composed.

The bank decreased to comment even more.

Ambac Financial Group stated in a press release that the settlement “materially exceeds” the healing quantity it had actually tape-recorded in its incomes throughout the 2nd quarter The insurance company stated it will tape a gain of about $390 million over the next 2 quarters.

Ambac’s stock was up about 14% to $14.55 a share since the late early morning on Friday.


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