July 29, 2007
FLASH: It all falls apart - Alt-A "Liar's Loan" lender American Home Mortgage one step closer to bankruptcy, pulls dividend at 10:19pm Friday night
Man, it's dot-com all over again. Now it's just dot-lenders. One by one these Alt-A "Liars Loan" and Subprime sweat shops are going tits up.
This one's a shocker though. The dividend was already awarded, declared on June 15 for all stockholders of record as of July 9. And then in the late into the night on Friday, they put out this release and say oops, our bad, all of you expecting your dividend are screwed. I bet it was the auditors who finally made them come to Jesus - note they admitted but didn't document that the credit meltdown "has caused major write-downs of its loan and security portfolios"
MARKET TO MARKET. MARKET TO MARKET. MARK TO MARKET.
The market will react furiously to this on Monday. Watch for AHM to trade to near $0, get delisted, see shareholder lawsuits, announce their layoffs, and then the march to bankruptcy.
Wow. Friday night. 10:19pm. Wow. Thanks Richard for the tip.
IndyMac - you're next (yes, I'm short IMB). Your Mark to Market is going to be a shocker.
American Home Mortgage Investment Corp. Delays Payment of Quarterly Common Stock and Series A and Series B Preferred Stock Dividends
American Home Mortgage Investment Corp. (NYSE: AHM - News) announced today that its Board of Directors has decided to delay payment of its quarterly cash dividend on the Company's common stock and anticipates delaying payment of its quarterly cash dividends on its Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock and Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock in order to preserve liquidity until it obtains a better understanding of the impact that current market conditions in the mortgage industry and the broader credit market will have on the Company's balance sheet and overall liquidity.
The disruption in the credit markets in the past few weeks has been unprecedented in the Company's experience and has caused major write-downs of its loan and security portfolios and consequently has caused significant margin calls with respect to its credit facilities.
The quarterly cash dividend of $0.70 per share on the Company's common stock had been declared on June 15, 2007 and was to be paid on July 27, 2007 to all shareholders of record as of July 9, 2007. The Series A Preferred Stock dividend and Series B Preferred Stock dividend had been declared on June 15, 2007 and are payable on July 31, 2007, to shareholders of record as of July 9, 2007.