Banking & Finance

Accredited Home Lenders, Maybe Not So Accredited (LEND, AHM)

Accredited Home Lenders Holding Co. (NASDAQ:LEND) is in trouble this morning.  Shares were down 30% in pre-market activity after an SEC Filing from the company warned of solvency issues, although the trading has improved a bit since then.  The company even issued a ‘going concern’ note on itself.  Apparently the company is worried that after the debacle at American Home Mortgage (NYSE:AHM), creditors and lenders may place margin calls on it as values of the underlying mortgages come under more and more questions.  Unfortunately it can have these margin calls on a one-day notice.  This wouldn’t be the first margin call it ever received, but things have deteriorated further and finding firms that are willing to be white knights or that can come to aid is nearly impossible right now if you are a lender in the soup.

Lone Star Funds has a buyout offer for Accredited Home Lenders, but the obvious fear is that it will either back out entirely or that it will take the juice out of the buyout.  The company is also trying to renegotiate terms to avoid defaulting and avoid a liquidity crunch.  It is also now delinquent in SEC filings.  Accredited Home Lenders shares are down over 20% to just over $6.25.  Its 52-week trading range is $3.77 to $47.82.

How would you like to own that at $40+ and be wondering if the company can make it back up there?  You know that happened to some.  Ouch.

Jon C. Ogg
August 2, 2007

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