National City Corp., Cleveland, took a $115 million hit in the second quarter due to hedging losses on its residential servicing portfolio.The company -- which is contemplating exiting the subprime business -- has taken $243 million in servicing-related hedging losses so far this year. The entire bank, overall, earned $473 million in the quarter, but its A-paper mortgage unit lost $52 million. Its residential subprime business, though, had a strong second quarter, posting a $148 million profit. (Its net mortgage profit for the quarter totaled $96 million.) NatCity has adopted a policy of selling into the secondary market all subprime loans funded by its First Franklin Financial affiliate. During a conference call on July 18, company officials blamed the hedging losses on the implementation of a new model to estimate mortgage loan prepayments. In a statement, it notes that prepayments "are a significant factor" in determining the asset value of mortgage servicing rights. Even though the bank may sell First Franklin, it called the company a "fabulous" business.

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