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Flagstar welcomes $300 million cash infusion and two key additions

Jan 28, 2010

Flagstar Bancorp Inc., the holding company of Flagstar Bank, has announced that the company has raised $300 million of capital  through a previously announced rights offering, which closes on Feb. 8, 2010. In addition, Flagstar has announced that Todd McGowan has joined as chief risk officer and that James A. Ovenden has been elected to the board of directors and appointed to its audit committee. The company also announced that it has entered into agreements with the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) to address certain banking issues identified by the OTS. MP Thrift Investments LP, Flagstar's controlling stockholder, purchased 422,535,212 shares of the company's common stock for approximately $300 million through the exercise of rights it received under the rights offering. MP Thrift still holds additional rights to purchase approximately 140,827,288 shares of the common stock. This investment was made under the Company's previously announced rights offering of up to 704,234,180 shares of its common stock. Pursuant to the rights offering, each shareholder of record as of Dec. 24, 2009 received, at no charge, 1.5023 non transferable subscription rights for each share of common stock owned on the record date. Each right entitles the holder to purchase one share of common stock at the subscription price of $0.71 per whole share. "We believe this investment by MP Thrift reflects continuing confidence in the Bank franchise as well as in our executive management team," said Joseph P. Campanelli, chairman and CEO of Flagstar Bank. "With a solid capital position, we will be better able to execute on our business plan." Todd McGowan joins the company as its chief risk officer after 22 years at Deloitte Touche, where he last served as its regional quality risk Management Partner and advised companies in areas including enterprise risk management, business process controls, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. James Ovenden has over 25 years of financial management and business advisory experience and is currently chief financial officer of AstenJohnson Holdings Ltd., a manufacturer of paper machine clothing, specialty fabrics, filaments and drainage equipment. "We are pleased to welcome Todd McGowan and Jim Ovenden to Flagstar. Jim brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to our board's already broad base of talent," said Campanelli. "The addition of Todd is another in a line of seasoned executive leaders that we have been able to recruit or retain. Collectively, the management team brings together many years of banking experience in operational efficiencies and business turnarounds and is well-positioned to execute on our overall strategy." The company and the bank said they have also each entered into a Supervisory Agreement with the OTS. Copies of the agreements and brief descriptions of each are contained in a Form 8-K being filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). "We have developed a sound business plan that should not only stabilize Flagstar, but maximize the value of its franchise and position the Bank for growth," said Campanelli. "The board has approved the business plan, which allows us to diversify our revenue streams, grow our market share and create long-term stakeholder value. We have reviewed the business plan with our regulators and we do not believe that the Supervisory Agreements will materially constrain our ability to execute. With the management team in place, we believe we are poised to move forward with the additional capital in an environment in which capital is king." For more information, visit  
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Jan 28, 2010
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