SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 9, 2001--Washington Mutual, Inc.
(NYSE:WM) today announced that it has completed its holding company
merger with Houston-based Bank United Corp. As a result, Bank United
Corp. is no longer listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ) under
its previous ticker symbol, BNKU.
It is expected that the two companies' banking subsidiaries will
be merged before the start of business on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001.
Former Bank United Corp. common stock will be converted into 1.3
shares of Washington Mutual common stock. Based on Washington Mutual's
closing price of $51.00 on Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, the transaction would
be valued at approximately $2.17 billion. Also, as part of the
transaction, each share of Bank United's 8 percent corporate premium
income equity securities will be converted into one share of a new
series of Washington Mutual's premium income equity securities (PIEs)
with substantially the same terms, which will begin trading Monday,
Feb. 12, 2001, on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol,
In addition, as a result of Bank United's reorganization prior to
the merger, Bank United shareholders will receive tradable contingent
payment right certificates (CPRs) representing the right to receive
certain distributions in the event Bank United's forbearance claim
against the U.S. government is upheld. Bank United has established a
trust to manage that litigation and distribute any amounts received.
These CPRs will be traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol BNKUZ.
With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual, Inc.
(NYSE:WM) is a national financial services company that provides a
diversified line of products and services to consumers and small- to
mid-sized businesses. At December 31, 2000, Washington Mutual and its
subsidiaries had assets of $194.72 billion. Washington Mutual
currently operates more than 2,000 consumer banking, mortgage lending,
commercial banking, consumer finance and financial services offices
throughout the nation. Washington Mutual's news releases are available
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