ACC Capital Holdings

ACC Capital Holdings

ACC Capital Holdings (ACCCH) is a national mortgage lender based in Orange, California. The company is the largest privately held retail mortgage lender in the United States and the largest subprime lender by volume. ACCCH was owned by Roland Arnall prior to his death in March of 2008.

As well as Ameriquest Mortgage, the company also owns Argent Mortgage which makes wholesale loans through mortgage brokers, and AMC Mortgage Services which carries out customer services activities for all ACCCH mortgages.

Company reorganization

The risky nature of subprime loans, massive defaults of those loans, the softening of the real estate market, and ACC's own practices have led to a financial crisis:

*In early 2006, Ameriquest Mortgage settled a class action lawsuit for US$325 million with the attorneys general of 49 of the 50 states over allegations of predatory lending practices. Allegations included usury and bait-and-switch tactics.

*On May 2, 2006, ACC Capital Holdings announced the closure of all of its Ameriquest Mortgage branch offices as part of a plan to consolidate its retail mortgage lending operations into four regional call centers. [ [ Branch closure] ] Hundreds of employees were fired; Ameriquest would soon be joined by other companies in announcing massive layoffs.

On February 28, 2007 ACC Capital Holdings announced that Citigroup was providing working capital and access to credit. Citigroup also gained the option to purchase Argent and AMC, but this option does not extend to Ameriquest. [LA Times article on ACCCH and Citigroup, retrieved 3/11/2007] ]

On September 10, 2007, Ameriquest [ stopped accepting loan applications] .

On September 9, 2007, Argent Mortgage was sold to Citi for an undisclosed amount. Argent was renamed Citi Residential Lending. Citi Residential Lending operated for several months before it was shut down.


*In 2006, Ameriquest sponsored the "Ameriquest Dream Team" in the NASCAR Busch Series. Drivers Mark Martin (#6), Greg Biffle (#16), Matt Kenseth (#17), and Carl Edwards (#60) all drove Ameriquest racecars throughout the season. In 2007, Ameriquest transferred this sponsorship to NEXTEL Cup, sponsoring Biffle in the #16 car for most of the schedule. However, due to the continuing problems with the subprime loan industry, Ameriquest has announced that it will not sponsor the #16 past the 2007 season, and, judging by the end of the naming rights deal for the baseball park (see below), this deal could be terminated earlier. []
*In 2004, Argent commenced a sponsorship deal with IndyCar driver Danica Patrick, but it did not follow her when she switched to Andretti-Green Racing for the 2007 season.
*From 2004 to 2007, Ameriquest owned the naming rights to the home stadium of the Texas Rangers baseball team. During this time the park was called Ameriquest Field. In March 2007, in an undisclosed agreement between the two entities, Ameriquest relinquished those rights, and the stadium was renamed Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, just one word off from the ballpark's original name.

Political donations

In 2005, Ameriquest Capital and three of its subsidiaries comprised four of the 53 entities that each contributed the maximum of $250,000 to the second inauguration of President George W. Bush. [cite news |title=Financing the inauguration |url= |publisher=USA Today |date= |accessdate=2008-05-25 ] [cite news |title=Some question inaugural's multi-million price tag |url= |publisher=USA Today |date=2005-01-14 |accessdate=2008-05-25 ] Writes USA Today, "Inaugural fundraisers Dawn and Roland Arnall found a creative way to pump more than the $250,000 limit into the event. Their mortgage firm, Ameriquest Capital, contributed the maximum, as did three subsidiaries, for a total of $1 million. The company declined to comment on its political giving." [cite news |first=Jim |last=Drinkard |title=Donors get good seats, great access this week |url= |publisher=USA Today |date=2005-01-17 |accessdate=2008-05-25 ]

ee also

*2007 Subprime mortgage financial crisis
*United States housing bubble


External links

* [ Weekly Ameriquest Watch by Inner City Press]

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