Two main business units that used to make up Friedman Billings Ramsey Group, Arlington, Va., are going for the full divorce.

Arlington Asset Investment Corp. (the name FBR is using and expects to adopt legally after its annual meeting in June) will sell 16.7 million shares of common stock it holds in FBR Capital Markets Corp. back to that company for $72.5 million.

FBR Capital became a separately traded public entity in 2007. The deal reduces Arlington's holdings in FBR Capital from 56% to 39% when it closes on June 2. Furthermore, the two sides will cooperate to facilitate the sale of Arlington's remaining holdings in FBR Capital.

They also are terminating intra-company service and governance agreements. Rock Tonkel Jr., president and chief operating officer of Arlington, said the deal gives his company substantial additional liquidity and the ability to utilize its net operating loss carry-forwards and capital loss carry-forwards on a timely basis.

The FBR Group was a major player in the subprime REIT IPO business, taking several firms public during the industry's boom.

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