8-K 1 g13257je8vk.htm WACHOVIA CORPORATION Wachovia Corporation

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported) May 6, 2008
Wachovia Corporation
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
North Carolina
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
1-10000   56-0898180
(Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)
One Wachovia Center    
Charlotte, North Carolina   28288-0013
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)
(704) 374-6565
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
     On April 14, 2008, Wachovia Corporation (“Wachovia”) announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, which reflected a net loss available to Wachovia’s common stockholders of $393 million, or $(0.20) per share of Wachovia common stock. Wachovia has subsequently reviewed information regarding stable value agreements (“SVA”) totaling $360 million provided by a third-party guarantor with respect to three related contracts within Wachovia’s bank-owned life insurance (“BOLI”) portfolio. Upon review of such information, Wachovia has concluded that the company will record valuation losses of $315 million on the related BOLI assets in its financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, which will increase the net loss available to common stockholders for such quarter to $708 million, or $(0.36) per share. Although no assurances can be given, Wachovia believes it is possible that certain circumstances may arise that would allow it to realize benefits from these SVAs which would be recognized as gains in future periods. The valuation losses will be reflected in Wachovia’s financial statements which will be included in its 2008 First Quarter Report on Form 10-Q.
     The information in the preceding paragraph shall be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and shall be incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
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This Current Report on Form 8-K (including information included or incorporated by reference herein) may contain, among other things, certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, (i) statements regarding certain of Wachovia’s goals and expectations with respect to earnings, earnings per share, revenue, expenses and the growth rate in such items, as well as other measures of economic performance, including statements relating to estimates of Wachovia’s credit quality trends, (ii) statements relating to the benefits of the merger between A.G. Edwards, Inc. (“A.G. Edwards”) and Wachovia completed on October 1, 2007 (the “A.G. Edwards Merger”), including future financial and operating results, cost savings, enhanced revenues and the accretion/dilution to reported earnings that may be realized from the A.G. Edwards Merger, (iii) statements relating to the benefits of the merger between Wachovia and Golden West completed on October 1, 2006 (the “Golden West Merger”), including future financial and operating results, cost savings, enhanced revenues and the accretion/dilution to reported earnings that may be realized from the Golden West Merger, and (iv) statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “may”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “plan”, “projects”, “outlook” or similar expressions. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Wachovia’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that are subject to change based on various factors (many of which are beyond Wachovia’s control). Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.



The following factors, among others, could cause Wachovia’s financial performance to differ materially from that expressed in such forward-looking statements: (1) the risk that the applicable businesses in connection with the A.G. Edwards Merger or the Golden West Merger will not be integrated successfully or such integrations may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; (2) the risk that expected revenue synergies and cost savings from the A.G. Edwards Merger or the Golden West Merger may not be fully realized or realized within the expected time frame; (3) the risk that revenues following the A.G. Edwards Merger or the Golden West Merger may be lower than expected; (4) deposit attrition, operating costs, customer loss and business disruption following the A.G. Edwards Merger or the Golden West Merger, including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, may be greater than expected; (5) the risk that the strength of the United States economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which Wachovia conducts operations may be different than expected resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in credit quality or a reduced demand for credit, including the resultant effect on Wachovia’s loan portfolio and allowance for loan losses; (6) the effects of, and changes in, trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including interest rate policies of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; (7) potential or actual litigation; (8) inflation, interest rate, market and monetary fluctuations; (9) adverse conditions in the stock market, the public debt market and other capital markets (including changes in interest rate conditions) and the impact of such conditions on Wachovia’s brokerage and capital markets activities; (10) the timely development of competitive new products and services by Wachovia and the acceptance of these products and services by new and existing customers; (11) the willingness of customers to accept third party products marketed by Wachovia; (12) the willingness of customers to substitute competitors’ products and services for Wachovia’s products and services and vice versa; (13) the impact of changes in financial services’ laws and regulations (including laws concerning taxes, banking, securities and insurance); (14) technological changes; (15) changes in consumer spending and saving habits; (16) the effect of corporate restructurings, acquisitions and/or dispositions, including, without limitation, the A.G. Edwards Merger and the Golden West Merger, and the actual restructuring and other expenses related thereto, and the failure to achieve the expected revenue growth and/or expense savings from such corporate restructurings, acquisitions and/or dispositions; (17) the growth and profitability of Wachovia’s noninterest or fee income being less than expected; (18) unanticipated regulatory or judicial proceedings or rulings; (19) the impact of changes in accounting principles; (20) adverse changes in financial performance and/or condition of Wachovia’s borrowers which could impact repayment of such borrowers’ outstanding loans; (21) the impact on Wachovia’s businesses, as well as on the risks set forth above, of various domestic or international military or terrorist activities or conflicts; and (22) Wachovia’s success at managing the risks involved in the foregoing.
Wachovia cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning Wachovia, the A.G. Edwards Merger, the Golden West Merger or other matters and attributable to Wachovia or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. Wachovia does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, relating to the matters discussed in this Current Report on Form 8-K.



     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: May 6, 2008
  /s/ Thomas J. Wurtz
Thomas J. Wurtz
Senior Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer