Friday, March 6, 2009
Correction: $2.25 credit reports/$100 site inspections
######## surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release”
Correction: $2.25 credit reports/$100 site inspections
While the CBA Credit Bureau has many features, it is not the one utilized by the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers. The company CBA was sold and new name is:
First American CREDCO
They do not sell credit report inquiries that create “Trigger Data:”
“Pricing to NAELB members is:
Note they also provide site inspections, $100 the first year:
“No annual membership fee from CBA
Jim Blumberg of MIJ ASSOCIATES LLC (MIJLeasing@Charter.net) is NAELB's benefit's committee chair, and instrumental in putting the program in place. He sent this for Leasing News’ Readers:
“The information in the ‘Trigger Leads’ section this morning’s letter regarding the CBA program offered through the NAELB had referred to an incorrect web site. This should clear up the issues.
“The NAELB originally had an agreement with CBA Information Solutions located in Cherry Hill NJ. Last year, this service company was purchased by First American Credco, from California. After the acquisition, we re-worked our agreement with them and continue to have a great discount program, in place. All of our active members have the ability to sign up for the services at a discounted price.
“The general information web site for CBA Information Solutions is www.cbainfo.com It will provide some basic information about the service provider. Since the acquisition by First American Credco, the site is under going changes and should be receiving additional updates during the months ahead.
“I hope this helps clarify the program offered by CBA Information Solutions and the NAELB. If anyone wishes to become a member of the Association, so they can participate in our benefit programs, they can contact the membership team at the NAELB office at 1-800-996-2352.
“If you have any questions on the above, you may contact me at 864-228-9400.
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Pioneer--IFC Credit-DZ Bank
by Christopher Menkin
Headquartered here, DZ maintains branches, subsidiaries and representative offices in key financial centers and most key economic regions, worldwide.
No official news from IFC Credit, Morton Grove, Illinois or Pioneer Capital Corporation, Addison, Texas. The last was from responses received on January 14th that funding was being held up and hoped to resume on January 26th, according to a Pioneer Capital memo printed in Leasing News, but in reality started on January 30th, as a portfolio was sold by IFC Credit, some funding was completed, with the rest after the 2nd portfolio was sold, which a IFC Credit "insider" told me was LEAF (who reportedly paid a pretty penny for their warehouse line at Wells Fargo-Foothill.) There reportedly is a third IFC Credit portfolio to be sold. How they are meeting cash flow may be a feat of magic or in business terms, “living on the float.”
Readers say their leases to be funded in December were funded the beginning of February at Pioneer. It does not appear Pioneer has been approving many leases since January, as well as IFC Credit, according to insiders. Several readers have told Leasing News they have received signed lease contracts with the advance rental and other fees returned in full, advising them to go elsewhere. Reportedly vendors who were to be paid are accepting "terms."
It would seem to me that brokers and vendors who were doing business with the companies of IFC Credit would be shying away from submitting new business, especially with the slowness of payment or payments not received. There are brokers and vendors being paid, but slowly, and perhaps the prevailing attitude is "at least it is going to get funded,” "at least I am going to get paid," "if I go somewhere else, it could be worse."
The difficulty is the securitization marketplace that made up 70% of the financing, compared to banks, who also would syndicate portfolios. One of the serious players, run by Dan Marino out of New York as agent, is DZ Bank AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank.
Bloomberg on March 4 reported, "The lender reported a 2008 net loss of 1.1 billion euros after a year-earlier profit because of debt-related write downs.
"DZ Bank also pledged to modify its business model by scaling back its capital markets and structured finance business, including closing its Milan office and shrinking in New York, and well as reducing its asset-backed securities holdings."
Yesterday, Eurozone interest rates were cut to an all-time low in response to the worst recession in continental Europe since World War II, European newspapers reported. The European Central Bank cut its main interest rate from 2 percent to 1.5 percent. European newspapers have observed “2009 is off to a weak start, with a 20.2 percent year-to-year drop in industrial production reported in Spain and German engineering companies reporting foreign orders for January were down 50 percent from January 2008.”
Marlin Business Services Closes Two Office/28 let go
by Christopher Menkin
Many emails on Wednesday and Thursday that Marlin Business Services, Mount Laurel, NJ (NASDAQ:MRLN) closed two offices, let 28 people go, such as first insider: “28 laid off today...2 branch offices closed...funding capped at 10MM this month,” another writing “Word on the street is that they just didn’t have the cash anymore to pay all the employees and they had to cut costs prior to their earnings announcement.”
A well-known “insider” to Leasing News stated: “Not not funding at all, but being VERY selective with funding. App volume is down considerably as credit tightens. It's probably the same everywhere. We have to be careful to cover our own hides.”
Another: “Things have really changed. Broker dept is totally gone, the last of the reps were transferred to other sales positions.”
Final, highly reliable insider: “Yes. 2 offices closing. 28 is about right. Maybe a couple less while things are finished up in the branches that are closing. Chicago and Utah sales office shutting down, bank in Utah staying open.
Without communication from Marlin Business Services, it is difficult to substantiate about the cut in fundings, the sales revenue down due to no more broker referrals. This may not be known until May or even June about the first quarter of 2009.
Other readers question Leasing News reporting about the Marlin Business Service memo printed Friday. No comments were made. It was left up to readers to interpret. It appears many jumped to the wrong conclusion. The way I read the official memo is: it does not say Marlin is getting out of the vendor leasing business, because if they were, they would be out of business.
There are 27 leasing companies out of business since the start of last year. No one is immune. Those that survive have all cut back on employees, programs, many exiting the broker business, and all have tightened up their criteria. Even the hard lenders like Dakota Financial have done so (Leasing News reported their memo to brokers with Dakota’s permission.**) How can we expect GE, CIT, even Key,
This Marlin memo was sent as an extra last Friday and added to the Leasing News Friday edition on our web site. If Marlin had communicated more on its meaning to Leasing News, it may have been better received by readers.
In running it today, due to the many inquiries and readers seeming to jump to wrong conclusions, I specifically point out the “Mission Statement” at the end:
Due to the continued disruption of the financial markets, Marlin will be implementing changes which affect our application acceptance policies effective March 1, 2009.
Marlin will only process applications from existing Marlin customers (lessees) using modified rate sheets for dealers meeting acceptable portfolio performance as determined by Marlin.
We believe that this change is temporary but we will be relying on the stabilization of the credit markets before reverting back to our standard policies. Any future change to our policy will be communicated to you when appropriate.
"Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please contact me directly at 888-479-9111 with any questions.
Marlin Leasing Corporation
Marlin will be announcing their fourth quarter and year end 2008 at 9am, Tuesday, March 10.
Compensation: Summer of 2006
In the summer of 2006 Leasing News published several compensation charts, showing what direct sales were receiving in compensation, vendors being paid from 2% to 8% referral with some as high as 12% (some had a finance manager like the auto dealership have placing business.) This was what brokers could earn in the good old days:
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Mortgage Applications fall 12.6%
The Mortgage Bankers Association reported their The weekly mortgage application survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association fell 12.6% last week, February 27 ending. It is also more telling on a seasonally adjusted basis to 649.7 from 743.5 one week earlier, which was only a four day week due to Monday being President's Day.
The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose to 5.14% from 5.07%, with points decreasing to 1.05 from 1.25, including the origination fee, for 80% loan-to-value ratio loans.
The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages inched up to 4.73% from 4.71%, with points increasing to 1.13 from 1.12, including the origination fee, for 80% LTV loans.
In Theaters: Watchmen/Fados
By Fernando F. Croce
Watchmen (Warner Bros. Pictures): One of the decade’s most highly anticipated projects, the movie version of Alan Moore’s massive, highly acclaimed graphic novel series brings plenty of action and visual extravagance to the screen. Following a group of superheroes in an alternate America in 1985, the dense plot portrays a world in which superhuman powers play a large role in everyday life, as well as in shadowy conspiracies. When one of his former colleagues is killed, the masked avenger Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) begins an investigation that involves superheroes such as Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman) and Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson). It’s up to the fans to decide if director Zack Snyder (“300”) has faithfully captured the spirit of the series, though audiences just looking for a thrilling yarn will surely be satisfied.
Fados (New Yorker Films): Over the years, Spanish director Carlos Saura has become a specialist in movies that capture the passion and fervent drive of musicians without ever becoming static. Having already documented operas, tangos, and flamencos, Saura here focuses on the many varieties of fados, Portugal’s tradition of unique song and dance. There are superb performances by celebrated artists like Chico Buarque, Lila Downs and Caetano Veloso, all of them staged with Saura’s customary mastery of color and camera movement. In addition, there’s invaluable information about the fado’s place within Portuguese culture, from its colonial origins to its use in the upheavals of recent decades. Ravishing to look at and listen to, “Fados” is both a history lesson and a feast for the senses.
New on DVD:
In the Electric Mist (Image): This sturdy drama from a celebrated director and with an A-list cast somehow never got a theatrical release. Then again, DVD may be a better place to appreciate its leisurely pace and rich, flavorful atmosphere. In any case, Bertrand Tavernier’s Deep South-set film is one to seek out. Tommy Lee Jones stars as Dave Robicheaux, a grizzled detective whose inquiry into the death of a prostitute unearths a web of corruption and secrets in his Louisiana town. The French-born Tavernier displays an endless fascination for the alternately seductive and dangerous Southern locations, enhancing the mood with a roster of first-rate performances from John Goodman, Kelly Macdonald, Mary Steenburgen and Ned Beatty. Keep an eye out for appearances by director John Sayles and former The Band guitarist Levon Helm.
Straw Dogs (Criterion): As potent now as when it was first released in 1971, this controversial film from Sam Peckinpah (“The Wild Bunch”) remains a chilling look into the bestial side of human nature. The story follows the harrowing struggles of a young couple, American mathematician David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) and his British wife Amy (Susan George), as they rent a house in a small village in rural England. Many locals are brutal bullies, and as their provocations become progressively more violent and insidious, David finds his own potential for brutality tested. Acclaimed and condemned with equal zeal, Peckinpah’s film is as troubling as it is complex. The Criterion DVD includes documentaries and intriguing behind-the-scenes footage.
Dear Zachary (Oscilloscope Pictures): Documentaries don’t come more intense or affecting than Kurt Kuenne’s emotional, personal essay about outrage, loss, and hope. When the filmmaker’s longtime friend, Andrew Bagby, was killed in 2001, the main suspect—his pregnant ex-fiancée Shirley Turner—fled to Canada, where she gave birth to Bagby’s baby Zachary. Putting together a wide-ranging collection of interviews, documents and home movies, Kuenne has woven a heart-breaking tribute to friendship, sudden tragedies, and emotions that often go disturbingly out of control. Done on a miniscule budget but with vast reserves of palpable passion, this is a remarkable documentary that’s often hard to watch but harder yet to forget.
No need for the FDIC 20% emergency assessment?
Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) introduced legislation yesterday to allow the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to temporarily borrow as much as $500 billion from the Treasury Department. It increases the borrowing authority from $30 billion to $100 billion. Dodd's bill creates another source of bailout funds in addition to the $700 billion already appropriated by Congress. It also reduces the 20% emergency assessment to be imposed on banks by the FDIC.
Leasing News has been writing about the proposed 20% emergency
The FDIC last week approved a one-time “emergency” fee and other assessment increases on the industry to rebuild a fund to repay customers for deposits of as much as $250,000 when a bank fails. The fees, opposed by the industry, may generate $27 billion this year after the fund fell to $18.9 billion in the fourth quarter from $34.6 billion in the previous period, the FDIC said.
Depending on the risk category, banks in the previous raise of insurance pay from 12 cents per $100 of deposits to 14 cents per $100. At question is the 20% emergency requirement. Many banks said the 32% will move them from a profit to a loss, and that is not helping customer confidence.
Community Banks were the first to complain, saying it was unfair.
Leasing News printed the statement of the president of the Independent Community of Bankers of America.*
Chairman Sheila Bair said the deposit insurance fund could dry up amid a surge in bank failures. “Without these assessments, the deposit insurance fund could become insolvent this year,” she responded in an open letter to the banking industry.
“A large number” of bank failures may occur through 2010 because of “rapidly deteriorating economic conditions,” Bair said in the open letter. “Without substantial amounts of additional assessment revenue in the near future, current projections indicate that the fund balance will approach zero or even become negative.
“The FDIC realizes that these assessments are a significant expense, particularly during a financial crisis and recession when bank earnings are under pressure,” Bair wrote. “We did not want to impose large assessments when the industry and economy are struggling. We searched for alternatives but found none better.”
Many of the community banks rejected TARP as it was not necessary. Many of the larger banks, such as US Bancorp tried to reject and Bank of America now believes it request for additional TARP is what brought the lack of confidence and stock price down so dramatically.
The FDIC “will revise the interim rule, if appropriate, in light of the comments received,” the agency said in a Federal Register notice.
It appears objections from the American Bankers Association may reduce the one time assessment to 10%. Of course, if an emergency assessment is required, the FDIC has the power to re-instate the 10% that they are giving up today.
Please note the latest list of CRA examination of banks rated (O is Outstanding; S is Satisfactory; NI is Needs to Improve; and SN is Substantial Non-compliance) there were no “SN” and only five “NI.”
*Community Banks Position
FDIC Failed Banks (list in process of being up-dated today, Friday)
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How to Unleash a War of Attrition on Your Customers
I recently asked a friend, Dave, how his company was faring in the current economic downturn. When Dave replied that sales were below projections, I asked him about his CEO’s strategy for coping with declining sales revenue.
Sends the Wrong Message to Customers
Does Dave’s CEO actually think his company’s customers won’t notice the lack of attention paid to them as the sales team runs all over the globe, digging up greener pastures in search of new customers? Is he worried that his customers, the ones that helped pay his bills and generated profits for his company in the days-of-plenty, may resent being ignored or abandoned in difficult times?
Implied in the CEO's mandate to the sales team is "let's abandon any notion we may have had about cross-selling and up-selling in our customers' organizations." The sales and sales support teams, along with everyone else in the company, now knows that current customers are expendable, and that taking care of customers is no longer a corporate priority. The CEO's message to company employees, though perhaps unintended, is that it's OK to neglect, even to ignore current customers as increasingly scarce resources are allocated to the rush to acquire new customers.
Sends an "Open Season" Message to Competitors
Another unintended consequence of this flawed sales tactic is the "Open Season" sign the company's sales team hangs above customers' doors as they start hunting for new customers. Any capable and able competitor will surely seize an opportunity to add value to customers who are neglected or ignored by their primary vendor.
Worthy competitors will also likely sense desperation and a lack of creative thinking when they see a competitor invoke a knee-jerk sales tactic that must, because of the limits of available time, ignore key customers.
It’s Not Good For Profitability
What makes Dave’s CEO think that any new customers the sales team brings to the company’s table aren’t immune from the challenges this economic melt-down is presenting to virtually every company in all industries worldwide?
It's Time to Get Customer Intimate
The volatile economic milieu in which all companies today find themselves immersed screams for a strategic approach to protecting customers and expanding key customer relationships. If ever there was a time to get customer intimate, it's now.
Corporate board rooms need to reverberate with the sounds of brainstorming sessions devoted to discovering how best to add value to key customers in perhaps their greatest time of need in many decades.
The alternative, unfortunately, is to succumb to the temptation of a knee-jerk reaction that alienates customers and employees, and invites competitors to hunt your best customers with your unintended cooperation.
Steve Chriest is a well-respected management and sales consultant who specializes in helping organizations develop comprehensive sales processes that integrate strategy, training, sales tools and management systems to improve sales revenue.
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Steve is a regular contributor to executive-level publications such as Customer Think and Customer Management IQ. Steve recently completed his first book, Selling The E-Suite, The Proven System For Reaching and Selling Senior Executives, in which he translates his experiences as a CEO into a practical guide for selling to senior executives. Steve can be reached at: email@example.com.
Ask Andrew---Funding commercial motor vehicles/trucks
Andrew Aldridge is President and principle of GPD Capital Services, Inc. His experience spans 27 years in originating funding for commercial customers needing equipment and titled vehicles financed and or leased. GPD is uniquely established with strong well known funders who primarily do not work with outside originators.
by Andrew Aldridge
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FUNDING AS IT PERTAINS TO COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE/TRUCK INDUSTRIES
In this 2nd article I will write about various transactions I’ve consummated with one of my clients. This example is for a large fleet of trucks and vans.
GPD fee income percentage of cap is considered low by most equipment funding originators. Due to the larger cap cost makes the total fee large enough to make your time well worth the effort.
This particular customer in the “A” example currently has a reduced payment of $968.06 per month since Libor is now at .46%. Current savings is $158.11 per month per unit.
With the current economic times, more customers are keeping their equipment longer due to revenue declines. Distribution channels have become clogged. This brings up a very important opportunity. Providing a refinance program either on a Trac Lease or Finance contract can save a customer thousands of dollars over the remaining term and or reduce cash outlay each month by expanding the time-frame of repayment by increasing the overall term.
The next article I will present another aspect of originating Commercial Motor Vehicle/Truck funding and some of the nuisances in doing so.
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Beige Book predicts economic conditions to remain poor
Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts suggest that national economic conditions deteriorated further during the reporting period of January through late February. Ten of the twelve reports indicated weaker conditions or declines in economic activity; the exceptions were Philadelphia and Chicago, which reported that their regional economies "remained weak."
"Looking ahead, contacts from various Districts rate the prospects for near-term improvement in economic conditions as poor, with a significant pickup not expected before late 2009 or early 2010."
U.S. Fixed Income Investors Offer Bleak View of 2009
Fitch Ratings-New York-A deep or very deep recession will grip the U.S., Europe and emerging markets over the coming year, and the economic downturn is likely to last one to two years across all regions, according to the most recent Fitch Ratings/Fixed Income Forum Survey of Senior Fixed Income Investors.
The bi-annual survey, designed to provide insight into the opinions of professional money managers on the state of the U.S. credit markets, includes a wide range of questions targeting views on the economy, fundamental credit conditions across various asset classes and sectors, corporate strategies, and other market developments.
In the recent survey, conducted in January, expectations for stability in the housing market were pushed further back, with 57% of respondents not expecting normal conditions to return before 2010. However, most investors believe that credit market stability will return sometime in 2009 (77% expressed this view).
In a notable reversal from the mid 2008 survey, and clearly a consequence of the speed and severity of the economic downturn, the recent survey showed greater receptivity on the part of investors to the expanded role of government in the credit markets.
Banks' reluctance to lend received the most votes as a high risk to the credit markets over the next 12 months and nearly 40% of respondents believe that banks' willingness to lend will not stabilize this year.
Interestingly, the corporate area with the most votes (40%) for some improvement over the coming year was financials. However, 44% of investors also expected improvement among financials in the June 2008 survey. In fact, responses on the outlook for financials continued to be among the most diverse. Views were also notably divided on whether the bigger risk going forward is inflation or deflation.
The full survey is titled 'Grim 2009 Economic and Credit Market Outlook From Senior U.S. Fixed Income Investors' and is available on Fitch's web site at www.fitchratings.com under Credit Market Research.
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Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) Statement on the
Washington, DC, --The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) commends the Obama Administration and the Federal Reserve Board for their launch of the Term Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) which the Fed and Department of Treasury jointly announced earlier today. The TALF program is designed to catalyze the securitization markets and thus increase liquidity, credit availability and overall economic activity.
In their announcement, the Federal Reserve and the Treasury stated they anticipate that TALF, which is a component of the Consumer and Business Lending Initiative (CBLI), will be expanded to include other asset classes including asset backed securities (ABS) backed by small ticket equipment, heavy equipment and agricultural loans and leases. The agencies anticipate that such loans and leases could be eligible for the April 2009 funding of the TALF.
“With the public securitization market at a virtual standstill since mid-2008, including the equipment finance ABS market, the ability of lenders to meet consumer and commercial loan demand has been greatly constrained,” said ELFA President, Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr. “The TALF, and its potential expansion to include commercial loans such as equipment leases and loans, will greatly enhance lenders’ ability to fund loan demand and get the economy moving again,” Bentsen said.
The ELFA, the trade association that represents companies in the $650 billon equipment finance sector, has called on the Federal Reserve and the Treasury to expand TALF to include ABS backed by equipment leases and loans. By including equipment leases and loans as eligible collateral under the TALF program, the Federal Reserve and the Treasury would help provide much needed liquidity to the secondary market for equipment finance assets while unlocking the equipment finance ABS market.
About the ELFA
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the $650 billion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its over 700 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers.
Key National Finance Corporate University Wins Best Practice Award
SUPERIOR, Colo. – – Key National Finance announced its Learning University GenLink course has won a 2008 Best Practice S.T.A.R. Award in the mid-size organization category from the American Society of Training and Development, Rocky Mountain Chapter. Key National Finance is the umbrella organization for KeyCorp’s (NYSE: KEY) national businesses, including Key Equipment Finance, one of the largest bank-held equipment finance companies in the United States.
“Key National Finance is a strong supporter of continuing education through our Learning University, and its GenLink course represents our employee training efforts at their best,” said Paul A. Larkins, president and chief executive officer of Key National Finance.
“Participants in this course have commented on how much they learned about generational influences in the work environment, and I know this can only help employees grow on a personal level, as well as improve how we work together to deliver the best possible service to our clients.”
Key Equipment Finance’s GenLink course, launched in 2008, was designed to create awareness of generational and demographic changes in the workforce. The course educates employees on generational drivers and strengths, as well as ways to motivate, improve communication and recognize and appreciate the value of each generation.
The American Society of Training & Development, Rocky Mountain Chapter, www.astdrmc.org, uses the S.T.A.R. award – Superior Training Achievement Recognition – to annually recognize training/learning programs or projects that stand out as best practices within the local workplace learning community.
About Key National Finance
Key National Finance is the umbrella organization for KeyCorp’s (NYSE: KEY) national businesses and includes lease advisory and distribution services, equipment finance, education resources and auto finance. Lease advisory and distribution services provides structured financing and equipment securitization products plus syndication and distribution capabilities. Equipment finance professionals meet the equipment leasing and financing needs of businesses of all sizes and provide global equipment manufacturers, distributors and resellers with financing options for their clients. Education resources provides federal education loans, payment plans and advice for students and their parents. The auto finance group finances dealer inventories of automobiles. Key National Finance’s four businesses total nearly $23 billion in managed assets and nearly 1,200 employees.
Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $101 billion. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally.
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1836-Four days after Texas declared itself an independent republic, the Alamo, a fortified mission at San Antonio, Texas, where fewer than 200 Texans were garrisoned was captured by the Mexican leader Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who had led 3000 troops across the Rio Grande. Every Texan except a mother, a child, and servant was killed. The siege, led by Mexican general Santa Anna, began Feb 23 and reached its climax Mar 6, when the last of the defenders was slain. Texans, under General Sam Houston, rallied with the war cry "Remember the Alamo" and, at the Battle of San Jacinto, Apr 21, defeated and captured Santa Anna, who signed a treaty recognizing Texas's independence.
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