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. Following New York and U.S. probes of his trading and reports, Ackman persisted in challenging MBIA’s AAA credit rating for more than five. That AAA rating being essential to MBIA staying afloat as a bond insurer. Later on Thursday, Bill Ackman, of Pershing Square – the massively.

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It also provides a fixed-income asset management service with about forty billion dollars under management. Substantially all of these premiums are from structured finance guarantees. 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.

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. It is headquartered in Purchase, New Yorkand as of January 1, had approximately employees. Moody’s upgrades the ratings bmia MBIA group: National Public Finance Guarantee to A3″. He was charged copying fees for copyingpages of statements regarding the financial services company, in his law firm’s compliance with a subpoena.

As you well know, depression lines of credit can only be drawn to pay claims on municipal obligations and only after a substantial deductible. The MBIA surplus note issuance is perhaps the akcman example of the failure of the rating agencies to accurately assess the creditworthiness of a bond insurer. While some commentators have suggested that this might create a pricing umbrella that will benefit the existing bond insurers, this is demonstrably false. It was founded in as the Municipal Bond Insurance Association.

Lastly I encourage you to ask yourself the following question while looking at axkman image in the mirror: When MBIA did, in fact, crash as the financial crisis of came to a head, he sold the swaps for a large profit.

During the talks, Ackman, then 28, says he got a call from Donald Trump.

Ackman Devoured , Pages to Prove “MBIA was never AAA”

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.


Net operating loss carryforwards are not cash and are not available to pay claims and akcman therefore not be deducted from losses in calculating bond insurer capital adequacy. Ackman says he recently received notification that the SEC had ended its investigation of him without any finding of wrongdoing. Bond Insurer Ratings Ladies and Gentlemen: 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.

In these circumstances, we would expect companies to seek bankruptcy as a means to protect the allocation of value among various stakeholders.

The San Francisco Chronicle. MBI Russell Component. Fitch Ratings 99 Church St. In the mids, Gotham tried to buy Rockefeller Center. 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.

As usual, I will make myself available at your convenience. Ackman reportedly attempted to warn regulators, rating agencies and investors about the bond insurers’ high risk business models. The two never agreed to work together.

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

He says he plans to give his personal gains on the bond insurers to Pershing Square’s charitable foundation. Ackman earned undergraduate and business degrees from Harvard.

Please call me if you have any questions about the above. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The SEC later started its own probe. In a runoff scenario, we do not believe that the bond insurers will generate sufficient taxable income to offset the net operating losses generated by paid losses.

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. Captive reinsurers whose ratings are not regularly updated offer the potential for abuse. You should receive assurances from MBIA and require ackmaan to contribute the full billion dollars to its insurance subsidiaries before you include the funds in calculating insurance company capital.

To state the obvious, because of your critical role in the capital markets, it is essential that the ratings you publish akcman the result of comprehensive and accurate analysis. For all of the above reasons, we believe that the present value of future premiums should not be included in CPR.


The independent research firm CreditSights Inc. Chuck Chaplin, MBIA’s chief financial officer, says in an interview that Ackman’s criticism reflects misperceptions of the bond insurer’s business.

He disputes Ackman’s estimates of MBIA’s losses and says the trader is benefiting more from lucky timing than smart analysis. This limited review of exposures ignores the fact that the same lending ackkan and flawed incentive schemes that fueled the subprime lending bubble have been very much at work in Mbiaa and corporate finance.

His law firm charged him for copyingpages of financial statements and other documents,of them about MBIA, to comply with a subpoena. 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. People are obsessive about stupid things. A consortium of insurance companies AetnaFireman’s FundTravelersCignaand Continental formed the Municipal Bond Insurance Association in to diversify their holdings in municipal bonds.

Ackman learned in January from a Wall Street Journal reporter that Spitzer was investigating whether Gotham had engaged in manipulative trading on MBIA and other companies and that the acjman would publish an article the next day. We believe that the bond insurers and the rating agencies do not adequately consider the facts that: MBIA is a monoline insurer primarily of municipal bonds and ie asset-backed securities and mortgage-backed securities.

A bond insurer is only able to obtain tax benefits if the insurer is a going concern and is able to generate sufficient taxable income in the current or future years to offset the losses from paid insurance claims. 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.

Straight out of business school, Ackman started his first hedge fund, Gotham Partners, with fellow student David Berkowitz. Ackman also bought credit-default swaps, financial instruments based on bonds and loans that are used to speculate on a company’s ability to repay debt.

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