The New York Observer’s profile of Bill Ackman, the founder of After Ackman shorted the stock and published “Is MBIA Triple A?” both the. Before the crisis, MBIA wrote credit derivatives on “Triple-A” tranches backed by mortgage loans and dodgy mezzanine CDOs. Bill Ackman. And it’s not just the fact of MBIA’s triple-A rating that drives Mr. Ackman batty; it’s its transcendent importance to the company’s business. As Gary.

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Most bond insurer holding companies have limited cash, have lost or will lose access to liquidity facilities, and have substantial cash needs for interest payments, operating expenses, and dividends for so long as they continue to be paid.

Financial insurance or Financial Guarantees are a form of credit enhancement. The company went public in It was founded in as the Municipal Bond Insurance Association. Retrieved November 2, That is, you reduce their credit exposure by those exposures that have been reinsured.

Bond Insurer Ratings Ladies and Gentlemen: You should receive assurances from MBIA and require it to contribute the full billion dollars ackmna its insurance subsidiaries before you include the funds in calculating insurance company capital. Webarchive template wayback links.

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PurchaseNew York. Retrieved February 22, Marty Whitman can call him what he wants, but the guy knows his stuff.

We believe that the bond insurers and the rating agencies do not adequately consider the facts that: Substantially all of these premiums are from structured finance guarantees. Various MTM programs also create liquidity risk as assets may have to be sold to meet redeeming bondholders. There is no other financial institution in the world which takes the present value of interest spread income on loans in its portfolio and adds it to its capital. Net operating loss carryforwards are not cash and are not available to pay claims and should therefore not be deducted from losses in calculating bond insurer capital adequacy.

Views Read Edit View history. Because the holding companies typically provide indemnities for employees and directors, we would expect that directors would be loathe to allow tripl to leave the holding company estate, depriving directors and employees of the resources to protect themselves from claims.


Ackman’s Letter to Moody’s: A Must Read –

For all of the above reasons, we believe that the present value aackman future premiums should not be included in CPR. You should adjust your estimate of CPR for each insurer to reflect the above factors in order to accurately establish the capital available to pay claims.

As you well know, depression lines of credit can only be drawn to pay claims on municipal obligations and only after a substantial deductible. As uncertainty has grown, municipalities have raised capital without insurance and found that they can borrow at attractive rates as compared to historical insured bond issuances.

Ackman’s Letter to Moody’s: A Must Read

As usual, I will make myself available at aackman convenience. The impact of the loss of these facilities is material to the liquidity profile of the holding companies and their insurance subsidiaries and must be considered in your credit assessment.

Archived from the original on February 27, As you well know, we have privately, in meetings and correspondence with you, and publicly in various presentations that we have made, called into question your ratings of the bond insurance industry, in particular, the ratings for MBIA Insurance Corp. Ackmman is best understood by example. The combination of volatility in each of these markets and the increased collateral demands required in holding company downgrade scenarios will put a severe strain on holding company liquidity.

Because Berkshire Hathaway already possesses a real Triple A rating, the bonds that triplee wrapped with its guarantee will trade with a tighter spread when compared to a bond insured by a traditional bond insurer, even one without legacy structured finance exposure.

The San Francisco Chronicle. Ackman reportedly attempted to warn regulators, rating agencies and investors about the bond insurers’ high risk business models.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. To state the obvious, because of your critical role in the capital markets, it is essential that the ratings you publish are the result of comprehensive and accurate analysis.

MBIA: Triple-A Not What it Used to Be?

Insurance claims must be paid in cash. Fitch Ratings 99 Church St. In that the losses are occurring primarily on structured finance obligations, these lines of credit should not akcman included in CPR The Capital Base included in CPR is also likely to be overstated because the investment assets of the bond insurers consist primarily of bond insurer guaranteed obligations that are valued inclusive of the guarantee, when they should be tirple on an unwrapped basis.


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There is also no mechanism whereby the bond insurers can borrow against these potential future premiums to be used to pay claims in the present day. In these circumstances, we would expect companies to seek bankruptcy as a means to protect the allocation of value among various stakeholders.

He was charged copying fees for copyingpages of statements regarding the financial services company, ackmxn his law firm’s compliance with a subpoena. Retrieved from ” https: Even in the event the bond insurers generate taxable income in future years, it may be many years before these tax benefits can be realized, if ever, particularly trople the event of corporate ownership changes caused by capital raising or stockholder turnover. This limited review of exposures ignores the fact that the same lending practices and flawed incentive schemes that fueled the subprime lending bubble have been very much at work in CMBS and corporate finance.

While some commentators have suggested that this might create a pricing umbrella that will benefit the existing bond insurers, this is demonstrably false. Can this possibly make sense? The MBIA surplus note issuance is perhaps the clearest example of the failure of the rating agencies to accurately assess the creditworthiness of a bond insurer. Please call me if mbua have any questions about the above. Unfortunately, however, your previous ratings assessments have erred materially in their omission of certain critical analysis and the inclusion of outright errors in your work.

Moody’s upgrades the ratings of MBIA group: Call to divide not viable”.

It also provides a fixed-income asset management service with about forty billion dollars under management.