Title: WaMu: Skip customers; save the execs
Source: MSN Money
Date: March 19, 2007
From the article:
- Around the country, Washington Mutual regularly plays the tough guy with homeowners who fall behind on mortgages. This as foreclosure filings overall rose 60% nationwide in February.
And its involvement in the subprime mess has been tough on stockholders. Since last summer, the company's shares have lost nearly 80% of their value.
But the bank is a softy when it comes to bonus pay for top brass.
After CEO Kerry Killinger and other top executives missed all or a big part of their bonus pay last year, Washington Mutual wasted little time taking steps to apparently make sure it won't happen again -- even if the mortgage market and the company remain in the tank.
The board decided in February to use different performance yardsticks that could make it look like Killinger and other top executives were doing great jobs -- and all but ensure them millions of dollars in bonuses for 2008.
Those huge losses piling up because of subprime loans and foreclosures? At bonus time, the bank will ignore them.