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Fitch: Rise of nonbank servicers threatens private-label RMBS

Top five nonbank servicers now handle 64% of all private-label securities
Ben Lane
The rise of nonbanks presents heightened risks to investors, Fitch Ratings said in a new report. “In contrast to large commercial bank servicers, most nonbank servicers, including most of the current top five, have a weaker financial profile and are currently rated non-investment grade or are not publicly rated by Fitch.”
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$835 million in bulk MSRs coming to market

Market continues to be considerably unfrozen
Ben Lane
"It’s an exceptionally clean GNMA portfolio, with a very low coupon and low delinquencies," said Robert Wellerstein, managing director at MountainView Servicing Group. "Given the high-quality product, portfolio size and experienced seller, we expect this package to garner a lot of interest among MSR buyers."
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$4 billion more in bulk MSRs available for purchase

Brings total MSR offerings to more than $18 billion since April
Ben Lane
A $4 billion bulk MSR portfolio backed by Fannie Mae is currently out for bid, according to Interactive Mortgage Advisors, which is acting as the exclusive broker for the offering.
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KBRA: More smoke than fire in Ocwen’s restated earnings

Cautions that MSR transactions could see more regulatory scrutiny
Ben Lane
Kroll notes that audit firms, like Deloitte & Touche, advise public companies on how to structure their finances related to GAAP, however “the public company is ultimately responsible for the public disclosure,” which leads to the public company “taking the blame” for what its auditor advised it to do.
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CFPB expresses “heightened” concern over MSR transfers

New bulletin reminds servicers of responsibilities to borrowers
Ben Lane
In the new bulletin, the CFPB said that it is reminding servicers of their responsibilities to borrowers, “in light of potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with transfers of residential mortgage servicing rights.”
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Who said the MSR market was frozen?

Another billion-dollar bulk portfolio available for sale
Ben Lane
Ocwen Executive Chairman William Erbey called the mortgage servicing rights market frozen in April. While that may be true from his perspective, recent activity shows a fair amount of activity elsewhere in the space.
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Stonegate posts $57.6 million in revenue in 2Q2014

Growing origination volume, MSRs beat industry trend
Trey Garrison
Stonegate Mortgage Corporation posted strong revenues in the second quarter, up 50% to $57.6 million in the second quarter of 2014 from $38.3 million in the first quarter of 2014.
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Nationstar posts 2Q profits of $67M, up a whopping 174% over 1Q

Beats expectations and regulatory pushback in second quarter
Trey Garrison
Second-biggest nonbank MSR reports quarterly net income of $67 million for the second quarter, a 174% increase over the $24 million in the first quarter 2014, despite regulatory pushback and scrutiny.
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Walker & Dunlop post declining revenue of $85.3M for 2Q

Overall slowdown in mortgage originations pull back sales, profits
Trey Garrison
Walker & Dunlop posted total revenues for the second quarter 2014 of $85.3 million, a 6% decrease from $90.7 million for the second quarter 2013.
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KBW: 2Q mortgage banking earnings down YOY

Nonbanks see stronger gains as banks leave space
Trey Garrison
With many of the major banks and nonbanks in the mortgage space having reported their second quarter earnings and more coming this week, mortgage banking earnings generally increased quarter-over-quarter, but this was off of the low base set with the first quarter drop.
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