APR 30, 2012

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Ally Comes Clean: ResCap/GMAC May Go Bust

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For a year now the government owned Ally Financial has kept mum on the idea of throwing ResCap into bankruptcy protection but the self imposed gag order came off late Friday night, squirreled away in the folds of a new 148-page SEC filing. Of course, anyone familiar with the Ally/ResCap saga knows that Ally CEO Michael Carpenter has never liked the mortgage business and for good reason: the housing crisis has turned ResCap into a money pit. Then again, it’s very possible that ResCap/GMAC has turned the corner. The mortgage firm’s problem isn’t its loan production of the past three years – it’s the legacy business and mortgage buybacks. It can be argued that a “clean bank” version of ResCap might be a great company, but will we ever know? The answer could come in about two weeks. If ResCap doesn’t make good on that missed bond payment it’s BK time. But I have a feeling that it will. I mean, why not? It has the cash flow. As for Tom Marano

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