KeyCorp, Cleveland, has put its subprime residential lending division, Champion Mortgage, on the auction block.KeyCorp bought the subprime retail lender back in 1997, paying $289 million in stock for the company. A year later the subprime business began a severe correction that lasted about three years. In a statement, bank CEO Henry Meyer said Champion "no longer fits our longer-term strategic priorities." For years KeyCorp has refused to disclose production and servicing information on the Parsippany, N.J.-based company. In a statement it would only say that Champion has a $2.5 billion "loan portfolio." According to estimates made by the Quarterly Data Report, Champion/Key ranks 22nd among subprime servicers and 34th among funders. A few weeks back, another Cleveland bank, National City, disclosed that it might sell its subprime residential division, First Franklin.

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