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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Bond Insurer Ratings Ladies and Gentlemen: Webarchive template wayback links. 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.

The bond insurers include these guarantees in calculating the weighted average ratings of their investment portfolios. Because Berkshire Hathaway already possesses a real Triple A rating, the bonds that are 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.

While Warburg has made affirmative statements about the transaction, both publicly as well as privately, to surplus note buyers and the media, we believe there continues to be transaction closure risk for both the initial stock purchase and future rights offering, with the rights offering having greater uncertainty. PurchaseNew York.

When MBIA did, in fact, crash as the financial crisis of came to a head, he sold the swaps for a large profit. While the rating agencies have not updated their credit ratings of Ram Re, the market appears to have already done so.


In that the losses are occurring primarily on structured finance obligations, these lines of credit should not be 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 valued on an unwrapped basis.

We believe a shareholder vote and approved registration statement will likely be required in such a circumstance, delaying the ability to consummate the transaction beyond the March 31st Warburg backstop drop dead date. Can this possibly make sense?

The liquidity risks of these programs and the underlying assets should be carefully examined. Captive reinsurers whose ratings are mbka regularly updated offer the potential for abuse.

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The company went public in The San Mbiaa Chronicle. Fitch Ratings 99 Church St. It is headquartered in Purchase, New Yorkand as of January 1, had approximately employees. Retrieved February 22, We believe that the bond insurers and the rating agencies do not adequately consider the facts that: For all of the above reasons, we believe that the present value of future premiums should not be included in CPR.

In these circumstances, we would expect companies to seek bankruptcy as a means to protect the allocation of value among various stakeholders. It was founded in as the Municipal Bond Insurance Association. We believe that both MBIA and Ambac have substantial collateral posting obligations in the event of a holding company downgrade.

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 reportedly attempted to warn regulators, rating agencies and investors about the bond insurers’ high risk business models. 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 in the event of corporate ownership changes caused by capital raising or stockholder turnover.


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.

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

This is best understood by example. Various MTM programs also create liquidity risk as assets may have to be sold to meet redeeming bondholders.

Retrieved February 26, The impact of the loss of these facilities is material to trople liquidity profile of the holding companies and their insurance subsidiaries and must be considered in your credit assessment.

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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The combination of volatility in each of these markets teiple the increased collateral demands required in holding company downgrade scenarios will put a severe strain on holding company liquidity.

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