You have $30.4 billion of assets (in this case CDO mortgage backed securities), which are so bad that you can only carry them at $11.1 billion on your balance sheet. In order to get them off your books you decide to sell them for $6.2 billion. Pretty bad. And that's without considering that you are lending the buyer $4.65 billion to close the sale. Amazing!
Sometimes it is obvious that Web 2.0 stuff is still minor.
Update: As the only collateral for the loan is the CDOs sold, can someone explain to me the accounting effect of the sale that Merril Lynch seems to be seeking?