Lehman payout tops $80 billion, creditors get another $17.9 billion

Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:38am EDT
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By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc plans next week to distribute about $17.9 billion to creditors, boosting its total payout to roughly $80.4 billion since it left its record bankruptcy, which helped trigger the global financial crisis.

The semi-annual distribution is Lehman's fifth, and will be the largest since an initial $22.5 billion payout that followed the company's emergence from Chapter 11 on March 6, 2012.

In a statement on Thursday, Lehman said the fifth distribution will occur on April 3. The payout will include $12.8 billion to third-party creditors and affiliates, plus $5.1 billion to other Lehman debtors and affiliates.

Following the payout, holders of senior unsecured claims against the parent company will have received about 26.9 cents on the dollar on their claims.

Slightly more than two-thirds of Lehman's distributions have gone to third party creditors.

Lehman's next distribution is expected around September 30.

Once Wall Street's fourth largest investment bank, Lehman filed for Chapter 11 on September 15, 2008.

Lehman had reported $639 billion of assets at the time, which makes its bankruptcy roughly six times larger than any other in U.S. history.   Continued...

People sit in the window at the Lehman Brothers building in New York September 15, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott