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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Soros-Backed OneWest Said to Plan $1 Billion Dividend Before IPO

OneWest Bank FSB, the lender formerly known as IndyMac Bancorp Inc., plans to pay a $1 billion dividend to backers including George Soros and John Paulson ahead of an initial public offering next year, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

The payout, which regulators still have to approve, would return most of the money a group invested in OneWest as it acquired IndyMac from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2009, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. The dividend could also improve the Pasadena, California-based return on equity by trimming excess capital, the people said.

OneWest Chief Executive Officer Steve Mnuchin raised $1.55 billion to acquire IndyMac after the FDIC seized the subprime-mortgage lender in July 2008. OneWest returned at least $500 million to the investor group in a dividend paid in the fourth quarter, according to a letter that Paulson sent in January to investors in his firm, Paulson & Co. Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell and private-equity fund manager J. Christopher Flowers also own stakes in OneWest.

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George Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1930. His father was taken prisoner during World War I and eventually fled from captivity in Russia to reunite with his family in Budapest. Soros was thirteen years old when Hitler's Wehrmacht seized Hungary and began deporting the country's Jews to extermination camps. In 1946, as the Soviet Union was taking control of the country, Soros attended a conference in the West and defected. He emigrated in 1947 to England, supported himself by working as a railroad porter and a restaurant waiter, graduated in 1952 from the London School of Economics, and obtained an entry-level position with an investment bank.

In 1956, Soros immigrated to the United States, working as a trader and analyst until 1963. During that time, he developed his own theory of markets called 'reflexivity', which he has laid out in his recent books THE ALCHEMY OF FINANCE and THE CREDIT CRISIS OF 2008 AND WHAT IT MEANS. In 1967 he helped establish an offshore investment fund; and in 1973 he set up a private investment firm that eventually evolved into the Quantum Fund, one of the first hedge funds, through which he accumulated a vast fortune.