Barclays Bank PLC, London, has announced an agreement to acquire the U.S. subprime mortgage servicing business of HomEq Servicing Corp. from Wachovia Corp., Charlotte, N.C., for a total consideration of $469 million.The consideration represents net book value for the mortgage servicing rights and fixed assets "and $209 million in respect of advances, the collection of which is fully indemnified by Wachovia," Barclays said. The consideration is subject to an adjustment mechanism based on the value of the MSRs and advances at the closing of the transaction. The company said the acquisition will expand the capabilities of the growing U.S. mortgage securitization franchise of Barclays Capital, the bank's investment banking division. Barclays Capital can be found on the Web at http://www.barclayscapital.com.

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