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Ocwen Financial (OCN) to Acquire Homeward Residential Holdings in $750M Deal

October 3, 2012 9:08 AM EDT Send to a Friend
Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE: OCN) and private equity firm WL Ross & Co. LLC entered into an agreement today whereby Ocwen will acquire Homeward Residential Holdings, Inc., including its various residential mortgage loan servicing and origination operating subsidiaries, for approximately $588 million in cash and $162 million in Ocwen convertible preferred stock. Homeward services about 422,000 mortgage loans with an aggregate unpaid principal balance of over $77 billion. Its loan origination business includes correspondent and retail lending and is focused solely on high quality Agency-conforming mortgages.

Homeward was organized by WL Ross & Co. in 2007 and is the result of several major platform combinations: American Home Mortgage Servicing, Option One Mortgage Company and a large servicing portfolio from Citi Residential Lending. After normalizing for certain transition related expenses, the acquisition of Homeward by Ocwen is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share.

The definitive acquisition documents provide representations, warranties and covenants that are customary for a transaction of this nature, as well as loss sharing provisions relating to certain pre-closing liabilities. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is anticipated to close by year end. Ocwen will not need to raise any additional equity capital to close the transaction.

Joint financial advisors Barclays Capital and Citi Global Markets, Inc. provided Ocwen financial advisory and investment banking services as part of this purchase transaction. Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, LLP were Ocwen's legal advisors; WL Ross was represented by Jones Day.




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