SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 1, 2017
OCWEN FINANCIAL CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
or other jurisdiction
1661 Worthington Road, Suite 100
West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (561) 682-8000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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|Item 8.01||Other Events.|
Ocwen Financial Corporation (Ocwen or the Company) provides the following updates.
Settlement of “Opt-Out” Securities Litigation
Ocwen has reached an agreement in principle to settle the previously disclosed “opt-out” securities fraud action brought on behalf of certain putative shareholders of Ocwen in a lawsuit captioned Broadway Gate Master Fund, Ltd. et al. v. Ocwen Financial Corporation et al., 9:16-cv-80056-WPD (S.D. Fla.). As previously disclosed, the litigation involved allegations in connection with the restatements of the Company’s 2013 and first quarter 2014 financial statements, among other matters.
Following a mediated settlement process resulting in all parties’ acceptance of the mediator’s recommendation for settlement, the parties advised the presiding Court of the settlement in principle and the Court postponed the trial date to allow finalization of the settlement. The parties are currently working on definitive settlement documentation and, assuming the settlement is finalized pursuant to the settlement in principle, it will include an aggregate cash payment by the Company of $36 million.
While the Company believes that it has sound legal and factual defenses, Ocwen agreed to this settlement in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of trial and the additional expense and demands on the time of its senior management that a trial would involve. In the event the settlement is not finalized, the litigation would continue and we would vigorously defend the allegations made against Ocwen. Additional lawsuits may be filed against us in relation to these matters. If we are not successful in our efforts to defend ourselves against claims made against us, our business, financial condition, liquidity and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.
Agreement with CIT Bank, N.A. relating to Indemnification Obligations
Ocwen has entered into an agreement with CIT Bank, N.A. (formerly OneWest Bank, FSB or OneWest) relating to certain claims arising from indemnification obligations under a 2013 transaction pursuant to which Ocwen acquired certain mortgage servicing rights and related servicing advance receivables from OneWest. Pursuant to the agreement, CIT Bank, N.A. will pay Ocwen $29.9 million.
State Regulatory Matters
As previously disclosed, Ocwen is seeking timely resolutions to the regulatory actions taken against us on April 20, 2017 or shortly thereafter by mortgage and banking regulatory agencies from 30 states and the District of Columbia and two state attorneys general that alleged deficiencies in our compliance with laws and regulations relating to our servicing and lending activities. In the Company’s prior Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Ocwen made disclosures relating to resolutions with 22 of these jurisdictions.
Ocwen has entered into an additional agreement to resolve the regulatory action brought by Nebraska. The agreement with Nebraska generally contains key terms that are similar to the agreements Ocwen previously disclosed and which Ocwen has summarized in its prior SEC filings (the Multi-State Common Settlement Terms).
As of December 1, 2017, the total number of jurisdictions where we have reached a resolution is 23.
Ocwen continues to seek timely resolutions with the remaining eight regulatory agencies and two state attorneys general. If Ocwen is successful in reaching such resolutions, they may contain some or all of the previously disclosed Multi-State Common Settlement Terms and may also contain additional terms, including potentially monetary fines or penalties or additional restrictions on our business. There can be no assurance that Ocwen will be able to reach resolutions with the remaining regulatory agencies and state attorneys general. It is possible that the outcome of these matters, whether through negotiated settlements, court rulings or other resolutions, could be materially adverse to our business, reputation, financial condition, liquidity and results of operations.
Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements may be identified by a reference to a future period or by the use of forward-looking terminology. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. Our business has been undergoing substantial change which has magnified such uncertainties. Readers should bear these factors in mind when considering such statements and should not place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. In the past, actual results have differed from those suggested by forward looking statements and this may happen again. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements include those described in Ocwen’s reports and filings with the SEC, including its amended 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K/A and its current and quarterly reports since such date. Anyone wishing to understand Ocwen’s business should review our SEC filings. Ocwen’s forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and we disclaim any obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Ocwen may post information that is important to investors on our website.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.
OCWEN FINANCIAL CORPORATION
|Date: December 1, 2017||By:||/s/ Michael R. Bourque, Jr.|
|Michael R. Bourque, Jr.|
|Chief Financial Officer|
|(On behalf of the Registrant and as its principal financial officer)|