8-K 1 d8k.htm FORM 8-K Form 8-K



Washington, D.C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): September 15, 2008


(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)


Delaware    001-02979    No. 41-0449260

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)


(Commission File



IRS Employer

Identification No.)

420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California 94104

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)


(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


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Item 8.01. Other Events.

In connection with the filing today by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (Lehman Brothers) of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition, Wells Fargo & Company (the Company) will record other-than-temporary impairment and take a non-cash charge to earnings in third quarter 2008 for investments in senior unsecured notes and perpetual preferred securities issued by Lehman Brothers. The Company’s investments in the notes and preferred securities are included in securities available for sale at a cost of approximately $90 million and $109 million, respectively. The notes currently trade at 25-30 cents on the dollar. The preferred securities currently trade at less than one percent of par value. The Company estimates that as of September 12, 2008, it had approximately $50 million of unsecured counterparty exposure to Lehman Brothers. The Company has no direct lending exposure to Lehman Brothers, and the Wells Fargo Advantage Money Market Funds do not have any direct exposure to Lehman Brothers.


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.


Dated: September 15, 2008       WELLS FARGO & COMPANY
    By:   /s/ Richard D. Levy
      Richard D. Levy
      Executive Vice President