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09/15/2009 Update
September 15th, 2009 4:30 AM



FDIC Launching Nearly $5B of Asset Sales

Sep 4, 2009 - CRE News

The FDIC is expected to shortly bring to market a whopping $4.7 billion of mixed quality residential and commercial real estate loans that it assumed from some 20 failed banks.

The assets will be offered through what the agency and its contractors call structured offerings, in that investors will buy only an interest in each portfolio sold, while FDIC will keep the remainder. And the agency is expected to include elements of federal government's proposed public-private investment partnership, or PPIP program, in that it might offer seller financing.

The largest of the offerings will involve $2.7 billion of residential acquisition and development loans that will be marketed through Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, which has handled a number of previous FDIC loan sales.

The other portfolios will each involve roughly $1 billion. Deutsche Bank will offer a package of commercial mortgages, while a venture of Midland Loan Services and Pentalpha Capital Group will handle the sale of a portfolio of commercial acquisition and development loans.

Each of the advisers is said to be close to formally distributing sales announcements, with bid dates expected to be in mid- to late-October.

The agency has so far sold $4.9 billion of assets through six similar structured sales. But it did not offer seller financing for those. It sold stakes of 20 percent and 40 percent in each portfolio, with the interests having a face value of $1 billion. Their sale has generated total proceeds of $209.8 million, or 20.7 percent of the interest's face value.

Those proceeds compare with the 47.7 percent sales price for the $2.9 billion of loans the agency has sold through whole-loan offerings, or what it terms cash sales. Those offerings have been conducted by DebtX and First Financial Network.

Click here for a listing of FDIC's completed loan sales.

But the agency's proceeds in the structured offerings could increase over time.

It's clear that the agency is selling assets at or near the bottom of the market. And investors understand that the agency must sell, especially since banks continue to fail, swelling the FDIC's workload. So the prices at which assets from failed banks sell could be artificially deflated. By keeping a stake, it could theoretically benefit when market conditions and values improve.

Meanwhile, the agency earlier this week took offers for a stake in a $1.4 billion portfolio of residential mortgages taken from Franklin Bank of Houston. The offering, handled by RBS, was the first that adopted the government's Legacy Loan Program, through which the FDIC would provide generous financing to buyers.

Investors competing for the portfolio were asked to bid a price for a 20 percent stake, if they didn't require financing, or 50 percent, if they needed financing. Like in all of FDIC's structured offerings, the investors' stake would grow to 40 percent if certain performance thresholds were met.

The buzz is that the RBS portfolio attracted a high bid of 60 percent of face value. But that could be explained by the fact that 70 percent of the portfolio was comprised of performing mortgages.

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