Knight loss Is $270 million after taxes, Joyce tells clients

Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Knight Capital Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Thomas Joyce estimated last week’s trading loss will be $270 million after taxes and told clients the firm is “in good standing” with clearinghouses.

The post-tax loss compares with a previously disclosed pretax loss of $440 million. The letter comes a week after Knight, one of the biggest market-making firms in the U.S., was driven to the brink of bankruptcy after a technology malfunction spewed orders into the market by mistake. Joyce told clients that the company is in talks with outside advisers as it works to prevent another error.

Knight’s relationships with the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. and the Options Clearing Corp. remain intact, according to the letter from Joyce. Knight Capital Americas LLC and Knight Capital Europe Ltd., the firm’s broker-dealer units, have held capital above the minimum requirements and consistent with historic levels, he wrote.

“Our review of the August 1st technology issue is ongoing and we take this matter very seriously,” Joyce wrote in a letter obtained by Bloomberg News and confirmed by Knight spokeswoman Kara Fitzsimmons. “We are in discussions with external advisors in an effort to effectively assess the situation, in addition to our internal review.”

Rescue Funding

Knight was saved from collapse on Aug. 6, when it received a $400 million cash infusion through the sale of convertible securities from a consortium of investors. Getco LLC, Blackstone Group LP, brokerages Stifel Nicolaus & Co. and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., as well as Stephens Inc. and Jefferies Group Inc. invested in the rescue funding, according to the Jersey City, New Jersey-based company. The investment will give the firms a 73 percent stake in Knight once the shares are converted into common stock.

Clearinghouses such as DTCC and OCC operate as central counterparties for all buy and sell orders executed or handled by their members, who post collateral to reduce the threat from a trader’s default. Their members are called clearing firms.

“DTCC has been in near-constant communication with Knight since last Wednesday and throughout much of the weekend to address the myriad of issues arising from this situation,” Michael C. Bodson, president and chief executive officer of the clearinghouse, wrote in an Aug. 6 letter to clients, a copy of which was attached to Joyce’s communication. “DTCC has been in close touch with our regulators and our board during this time to keep them fully apprised of our discussions with Knight and the actions we have undertaken to provide stability to the markets during this period of uncertainty.”

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