Monday, September 15, 2008

Wells Fargo takes Lehman Related Charge (LEH; WFC)

From Calculated Risk:

From the Wells Fargo 8-K filed with the SEC today:

In connection with the filing today by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (Lehman Brothers) of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition, Wells Fargo & Company (the Company) will record other-than-temporary impairment and take a non-cash charge to earnings in third quarter 2008 for investments in senior unsecured notes and perpetual preferred securities issued by Lehman Brothers....
CR comments:
...So the $90 million in notes is worth about $25 million, and the $109 million in preferred securities is essentially worthless. With the unsecured counterparty exposure, this loss could be close to $200 million. Just last week, Wells Fargo reported $450 million (or so) in losses associated with Fannie and Freddie.

The Lehman confessional is open!