MBIA (MBI) Q1 2012 Earnings Call May 11, 2012 8:00 am ET Executives Greg Diamond - Head of Equity Investor Relations Joseph W. Brown - Chief Executive Officer, Director and Member of Finance and Risk Committee
Now I will read our Safe Harbor disclosure statement. Our remarks on this conference call may contain forward-looking statements. Important factors, such as general market conditions and a competitive environment, could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in our forward-looking statements. Risk factors are detailed in our 10-K, which is available on our website at mbia.com. The company cautions not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. The company also undertakes no obligation to publicly correct or update any forward-looking statement if it later becomes aware that such statement is no longer accurate.And now, Jay will provide some introductory comments. Jay? Joseph W. Brown Thanks, Greg, and good morning, everyone. Chuck is going to take you through our first quarter results in more detail in a few minutes. But in short, our significant actions to bolster liquidity and mitigate volatility resulted in a disappointing adjusted pretax loss for the quarter. It was driven by realized investment losses, some additional losses on insured exposures and litigation costs and expenses, all items that have been impacting our results for the past few years. But looking forward, I firmly believe that potential future volatility has been substantially reduced by a combination of the massive reduction in our insured CDS exposures over the past few years, the near-term prospect for collections of putback recoverables, the continuing, albeit slow, burnout losses in our second-lien RMBS exposures and the impact of a gradually improving economy. We've continued to make substantial progress in our risk reduction efforts at MBIA Insurance Corporation. So far this year, we have commuted or agreed to commute $11.5 billion of CDS exposures. These agreements were primarily in our insured CMBS and CRE/CDO portfolio. And since 2008, we have commuted or agreed to commute over $67 billion of exposure, dramatically reducing potential future volatility and rating agency capital requirements. However, there's still some work to be done here on a handful of transactions with a few remaining counterparties.
At the same time, our efforts continue unabated to force a handful of mortgage originators to honor their contractual obligations to repurchase ineligible loans from insurance securitizations. Given the magnitude of losses MBIA has sustained as a result of their fraud, collecting these recoverables is among our highest priorities.On this front, we are pleased that our litigation against Bank of America continues to progress positively. In addition to the January loss causation ruling that was discussed in our last call, in February, we submitted our expert reports, which support in great detail the validity of our claims. And in April, the Appellate Division denied Bank of America's motion to again delay our successor liability claims, while the Supreme Court cleared the way for the discovery process to be completed. If the matter is not settled in the interim, we expect it will come to trial in early 2013. Our putback claims against Bank of America are by far the most significant work for MBIA, with the next largest claims against Ally Financial's subsidiaries, RFC and GMAC Mortgage. Those cases are proceeding also through the discovery process and expert reports were filed in the RFC case last month. We are well aware of the increasing likelihood that ResCap, which is owned by taxpayer-owned Ally Bank and which is the parent of RFC and GMAC, could file a bankruptcy petition. And we also know that ResCap did not make a debt service payment a few weeks ago. While this is not a good turn of events, we don't consider this to be new news. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com