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News in brief: Barclays adds US sub-prime originator

Euromoney Liquid real estate March 2007 

Barclays Capital has bought Equifirst, the US sub-prime mortgage originator, for $225 million. Equifirst originates nearly $10 billion of mortgages every year, and is the 12th largest sub-prime  mortgage originator in the US.

Barclays plans to integrate the origination skills of Equifirst with the servicing skills of HomEq, which it bought last year for $469 million.

The British bank expects an annual after-tax return of 20% on its investment after three years.

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