Roughly 50 different investors received confidential bid packages on IndyMac Bank, the insolvent thrift that is also the nation's ninth largest residential servicer.

A spokesman for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) also clarified that the investor group awarded IndyMac this past Friday is putting roughly $2.9 billion into the deal: $1.6 billion that represents the difference between the thrift's liabilities and the value of its assets (after the assets have been marked-to-market) and another $1.3 billion in cash that will be used to capitalize the re-constituted lender/servicer. "It's failed bank math," he said.

The spokesman said at least 80 different investors were invited to bid but declined to say how many were involved in the final bid process. Of the 80, 50 received bid packages. Late last week the FDIC agreed to sell the Pasadena, Calif.-based IndyMac to IMB Management Holdings, a consortium of hedge funds led by Dune Capital, J.C. Flowers, Paulson & Co., and others. IndyMac has $13.9 billion in assets and $12.3 billion in liabilities, said the spokesman.

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