Doral Financial Corp., the troubled mortgage lender based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has reported a net loss of $33.8 million ($0.47 per share) for the first six months of 2006.Noting that it has filed its Form 10-Q for the period with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Doral said the loss reflects "significant" restatement- and re-engineering-related expenses; an $8.2 million charge related to the restructuring of certain prior transfers of mortgage loans to local financial institutions; and a $12.3 million charge related to the transfer of some mortgage loans held for sale to its loan receivables portfolio. In September, Doral announced an agreement with the SEC under which the mortgage lender will pay a $25 million civil penalty in connection with the SEC's probe of Doral's restatement of financial results for 2000-2004. Doral said it had agreed, without admitting or denying any wrongdoing, to be enjoined from future violations of certain provisions of the securities laws. Doral's restatement slashed $694.4 million from its retained earnings through the end of 2004 to correct the accounting for certain mortgage loan sales and the valuation of its interest-only strips. In March, the company signed consent orders with banking regulators that restrict its payment of dividends and require it to review its mortgage portfolio and submit plans on maintaining capital adequacy and liquidity. Doral can be found online at http://www.doralfinancial.com.

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