Impac Mortgage Holdings locked in a record financial year on Thursday, recording adjusted operating income of $96.9 million, or $6.52 per diluted common share, for all of 2016. This is significantly up from a year ago and a big contributor to this growth was purchase originations.
Impac’s mortgage origination pipeline didn’t let up in the third quarter, reporting that total originations increased 30%. The latest financial report includes the company’s recent reentry into the public equity markets again after a long stint away following the financial crisis. Looking at the results, Impac performed pretty well in the offering.
Impac finally decided to reenter the public equity markets again after a long stint away following the financial crisis. Impac noted in the news that it plans to reach a target goal of $12 billion in origination for the year, giving it a strong platform to grow on.
Impac has made great strides in growing its mortgage origination business this year, with extra emphasis on its ALT QM loan programs. And according to a new filing, the growth is far from over, with the lender in talks to acquire more.
“Early indications are very positive for the growing of our Alt-QM pipeline. We believe this will be further strengthened by the recent commitment by several large retail originators, to roll out these products through year end and during the first quarter of 2015,” said Joseph Tomkinson, chairman and CEO of Impac Mortgage Holdings.
Originations decreased 48% from the first quarter of 2013, down to $353.1 million. Impac attributes most of that to the sale of their brick and mortar branches at the end of last year, which accounts for $180 million of the decline.
It was an eventful day for the housing finance market on Tuesday, with Rep. Mel Watt officially confirmed as the next leader of the FHFA. Not long after his confirmation became a likely conclusion, the HW 30 finished down.
The mortgage industry is leveraging technology like never before, streamlining processes across the spectrum of lending, servicing, investing and real estate. The combination of regulatory pressure and consumer expectations have set a high standard for efficiency and transparency, requiring a significant investment of time, money and talent to hit the right notes for both.
Ironically, the monkey on the mortgage industry’s back for the past 10 years — increasing regulation — is the very thing that forced companies to find efficiencies in every part of the process, which serves them well as they look to engage tech-savvy consumers. Even as the enforcement of some of those regulations is now in question, the long-lasting benefits of investing in automation will stand.
Mortgage banks have traditionally been slow to embrace new technologies, and while the technology that has improved efficiency, security and customer experience in a multitude of other industries (transportation, education and retail, to name a few) is finding its way into the loan production process, a lot of opportunity still exists in other stages of the mortgage life cycle.