Losing $6.3 billion in the last three quarters and getting cut to "junk" status didn't give WM many options to choose from. $19 billion in losses is projected through 2011, but some say the number could be as high as $30 billion.
Currently, WM has approximately $309.7 billion in assets, $227 billion in real estate loans and $181.9 billion in customer deposits. Additionally, there are 2,239 branches and 43,198 employees who work at WM. This acquisition now makes JP Morgan nearly similar in size with Citigroup (C).
10 largest bank failures in U.S. History:
1. Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust, Chicago (1984)
Total assets: $40.0 billion
2. First Republic Bank, Dallas (1988)
Total assets: $32.5 billion
3. IndyMac Bank, Pasadena,
Total assets: $32 billion
4. American S&LA, Stockton,
Total assets: $30.2 billion
5. Bank of New England, Boston (1991)
Total assets: $21.7 billion
6. MCorp, Dallas (1989)
Total assets: $18.5 billion
7. Gibraltar Savings, Simi Valley,
Total assets: $15.1 billion
8. First City Bancorporation, Houston (1988)
Total assets: $13.0 billion
9. Homefed Bank, San Diego (1992)
Total assets: $12.2 billion
10. Southeast Bank, Miami (1991)
Total assets: $11.0 billion
This makes Washington Mutual’s failure 8X larger than the largest bank failure in U.S. history and larger than all top 10 banks combined!
Did Killinger Lie?
In a January 30 article titled, “Future bright, says
(That’s not going to happen)
He also expected to “add more than 1 million net checking accounts this year, and that all the company’s business divisions will focus on selling products through the branches and the retail Web site “like never before”.
(I’m sure this never happened before!)
“Killinger also emphasized that WaMu has plenty of cash and access to funding to get through the fiscal year.”
(Notice a pattern from all the failed CEOs this year?)
Killinger’s compensation from 2004-2007:
Year, CEO, Cash Salary Stock, Other Pay, Total Pay
2007 Kerry K. Killinger $1,000,000, $3,468,625, $4,468,625
2006 Kerry K. Killinger $5,100,000, $17,153,715, $22,253,715
2005 Kerry K. Killinger $4,600,000, $8,876,608, $13,476,608
2004 Kerry K. Killinger $2,900,000, $12,335,416, $15,235,416
Great job Killinger…way to KILL Washington Mutual.
We should see an Indymac-related type of run today at Washington Mutual retail banking centers. If I had money at WaMu, that's what I would do, , just to get in line first. I wouldn’t take any chances with what I’ve seen so far this year.