|Capital One Closes Wholesale Mortgage Unit|
|Revises 2007 EPS guidance down by $2.15 per share; expects 2007 EPS of approximately $5.00 per shareMCLEAN, Va., Aug 20, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) today announced that it will cease residential mortgage origination operations at its wholesale mortgage banking unit, GreenPoint Mortgage, effective immediately. Current conditions in the secondary mortgage markets create significant near-term profitability challenges, given the company's "originate and sell" business model. Further, recent and continuing developments in the mortgage markets reduce the long- term outlook for profitability in the business, as the company expects markets for prime, non-conforming mortgage products are likely to remain challenged for the foreseeable future. GreenPoint Mortgage will cease making new loan commitments immediately, however, it will continue to meet its contractual obligations to customers for loan commitments that are in the pipeline with rates locked. |
The company estimated that the total after-tax charge associated with this closure will be approximately $860 million, or $2.15 per share, the vast majority of which is expected to be incurred in 2007. Approximately $650 million of these expenses result from the non-cash write-down of goodwill associated with the acquisition of GreenPoint Mortgage as part of the North Fork Bancorporation in December 2006. The remaining $210 million of after-tax charges includes approximately $100 million in after-tax restructuring charges associated with severance benefits and facilities closure, and approximately $110 million after-tax valuation adjustments related to ongoing operations in the third quarter.
As a result of the expected charges, the company is revising 2007 earnings guidance down by $2.15 per share (diluted). The company now expects 2007 earnings of approximately $5.00 per share (diluted). Without the charges related to the mortgage banking business, the company would have maintained its existing earnings guidance. Capital One's other businesses remain on a solid trajectory, with revenue growth and credit performance in line with expectations.
"The reductions in demand and pricing in the secondary mortgage markets make it difficult to operate our wholesale mortgage banking business profitably," said Gary Perlin, Capital One's Chief Financial Officer. "Beyond that, Capital One's other businesses are supported by ample liquidity and funding including deep access to deposits, a "stockpile" of subordinated credit card funding in place that allows approximately $9 billion of AAA credit card funding going forward, and a $25 billion portfolio of highly liquid securities."
GreenPoint Mortgage became a subsidiary of Capital One in December 2006, as part of the company's acquisition of North Fork Bancorporation. GreenPoint's focus had long been the prime non-conforming and near-prime markets, especially the Alt-A mortgage sector.
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