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Ocwen Enters Into $48 Billion MSR Deal

Ocwen Financial Corporation has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, PHH Mortgage Corporation, has entered into an agreement with AmeriHome Mortgage Company LLC to purchase, in bulk, mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) with a total unpaid principal balance of approximately $48 billion.

The MSR portfolio is comprised of approximately 178,000 mortgage loans sold to or securitized by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. As of March 31, 2021, PHH serviced approximately 1.1 million loans and this transaction is expected to grow its total servicing portfolio by approximately 16%. The transaction is expected to close late in Q2 of 2021, subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and finalizing an agreement between PHH and Western Alliance Bank to finance the MSR acquisition. The loans underlying the MSR portfolio are expected to transfer to PHH in September of 2021.

“We are excited to announce the MSR purchase agreement with AmeriHome,” said Glen A. Messina, President and CEO of Ocwen. “Overall, we are delivering very strong performance in adding new servicing across our originations channels and this agreement is a significant milestone in achieving our growth objective of adding up to $150 billion in new servicing in 2021. We believe the execution of a bulk MSR transaction of this magnitude reflects the strength, quality and scalability of our servicing platform, and we look forward to welcoming our new customers to the Ocwen family.”

During Ocwen’s Q1 2021 earnings updateocwen_logo-300x173, the company disclosed it had entered into letters of intent for the bulk purchase of MSRs with a total unpaid principal balance of approximately $68 billion, which included the approximately $48 billion bulk MSR portfolio with AmeriHome.

The company also recently announced the completion of a previously announced transaction with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management LP to operate an MSR investment joint venture, MSR Asset Vehicle LLC (MAV). In addition, Ocwen entered into an agreement with Texas Capital Bank to purchase, in bulk, MSRs attributable to a mortgage loan portfolio approximating $14 billion, with approximately 60,000 loans expected to transfer to the PHH Mortgage servicing platform in Q3 of 2021.

About Author: Eric C. Peck

Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com.
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