The Treasury Department's Public Private Investment Plan (PPIP), unveiled in March, will allow large banks like Bank of America (BAC - Get Report), Citigroup (C - Get Report) and Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report) to sell billions in distressed assets clogging their balance sheets.
Ross talked with TheStreet.com on Monday. He declined to discuss BankUnited Financial (BKUNA), the troubled Florida bank he is reported to be bidding for along with the Blackstone Group (BX - Get Report) and The Carlyle Group.
TheStreet.com: What is your sense of how willing banks are going to be to sell into this plan? Ross: Nobody knows for sure. But I think there are two questions. One is, will they offer paper? The other is, at what price will they offer it? When will we know the answers? We won't know until the sales actually occur. Right now, where the process stands is on the securitization side. The applications had to be filed at the end of last week. So we filed as I'm sure did some others. Treasury has indicated there'll make some sort of a selection by the middle of May to be followed by transactions in June. On the whole loan side, that's being run by the