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): September 27, 2018
OCWEN FINANCIAL CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State 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.
On September 28, 2018, Ocwen Financial Corporation (Ocwen) issued a press release announcing that all regulatory, governmental entity and contractual approvals required to consummate Ocwen’s previously announced acquisition of PHH Corporation have been obtained. The press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference. Ocwen intends to close the acquisition within the next 10 days.
The approval of the New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) for the acquisition imposes certain post-closing requirements on Ocwen, including certain reporting obligations and certain record retention and other requirements relating to the planned transfer of New York loans onto the Black Knight MSP® mortgage servicing system (MSP) and certain requirements with respect to the management of PHH Mortgage Corporation (PHH), as further described below. In addition, the NY DFS is revising its restriction on Ocwen’s ability to acquire mortgage servicing rights (MSRs), as summarized below.
Acquisitions of MSRs
|●||Ocwen may acquire MSRs following completion of its acquisition of PHH Corporation provided that:|
|●||Any newly acquired MSRs are to be boarded onto the MSP system.|
|●||Ocwen may not increase the aggregate portfolio of New York loans serviced or subserviced by Ocwen by more than 2% per year (based on the unpaid principal balance of loans serviced at the prior calendar year-end) until the NY DFS determines that all loans serviced on the REALServicing® mortgage servicing system (RealServicing) have been successfully migrated to the MSP system and that Ocwen has developed a satisfactory infrastructure to onboard sizeable portfolios of MSRs.|
|●||Ocwen is prohibited from boarding any New York loans onto the RealServicing system.|
Onboarding Loans to MSP
|●||Ocwen must provide the NY DFS with reports and other information regarding onboarding New York loans to the MSP system from the RealServicing system.|
|●||Ocwen must discontinue its use of the RealServicing system to service New York mortgage loans by April 30, 2020.|
|●||Ocwen must ensure that PHH has competent executive management in place and sufficient staff and resources with appropriate skills and expertise.|
|●||With limited exceptions, Ocwen may not appoint anyone to serve on the board of directors of PHH or to a senior management position at PHH without the prior written approval of the NY DFS for three years from the date of closing.|
|●||PHH may not share any common officers or employees or any internal audit, vendor oversight or risk management functions with Altisource Portfolio Solutions, S.A., Front Yard Residential Corporation and Altisource Asset Management Corporation, any of their respective officers or directors or any of their respective subsidiaries or other entities under their control.|
|●||The Ocwen board of directors must conduct an evaluation of each of Ocwen’s senior officers within one year to determine if they possess the ability, experience and other qualifications required to perform their duties. Ocwen must take appropriate action, acceptable to the NY DFS, if any of them do not possess such qualifications.|
|●||Ocwen must ensure an appropriately robust risk management function, compliance management program and internal audit structure for the transfer of loans onto the MSP servicing system.|
|●||Ocwen must develop and implement a written Complaint Resolution Plan outlining the manner in which Ocwen will address consumer complaints for loans transferred from the RealServicing system to the MSP system.|
|●||Ocwen must provide ongoing reports to the NY DFS summarizing New York consumer complaints for a period of three years.|
Acquisition of Control of Atrium
|●||With respect to the indirect acquisition of control of Atrium Insurance Corporation (a dormant New York domiciled insurance company subsidiary of PHH Corporation that has not conducted business since 2010), Ocwen is required to withdraw a previously filed disclaimer of control request and submit, within 45 days of the date of the NY DFS approval, an amended and restated application for approval of control to the NY DFS.|
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, including those statements relating to our pending acquisition of PHH Corporation. 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 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K 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.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|Exhibit 99.1||Press Release of Ocwen dated September 28, 2018.|
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: September 28, 2018||By:||/s/ John V. Britti|
|John V. Britti|
|Chief Executive Officer|
|(On behalf of the Registrant)|
|Ocwen Financial Corporation®|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCWEN FINANCIAL PROVIDES UPDATE ON ACQUISITION OF PHH CORPORATION
West Palm Beach, FL – (September 28, 2018) Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE:OCN) (“Ocwen” or the “Company”), a leading financial services holding company, provides the following update on its pending acquisition of PHH Corporation (NYSE: PHH) (“PHH”).
As previously disclosed, Ocwen and PHH have been working diligently to close the pending transaction. The parties have now received all regulatory, governmental entity and contractual approvals and consents in order to be in a position to close. The approval from the New York Department of Financial Services is subject to certain conditions, as further described in Ocwen’s Form 8-K filed today, available at http://shareholders.ocwen.com/financial-information/sec-filings. The parties intend to close the transaction within the next 10 days.
As previously announced, under the terms of the merger agreement, Ocwen will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of PHH for approximately $360 million in cash or $11 per diluted common share.
About Ocwen Financial Corporation
Ocwen Financial Corporation is a financial service holding company which, through its subsidiaries, services and originates loans. We are headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, with offices throughout the United States and in the U.S. Virgin Islands and operations in India and the Philippines. We have been serving our customers since 1988. We may post information that is important to investors on our website (www.Ocwen.com).
Forward Looking Statements
This press release 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 are typically identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “foresee”, “forecast”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “estimate”, “goal”, “strategy”, “plan” “target” and “project” or conditional verbs such as “will”, “may”, “should”, “could” or “would” or the negative of these terms, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words.
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, but are not limited to, the following: our ability to close the proposed acquisition of PHH in the next ten days or at all, our ability to successfully integrate PHH’s business, and to realize the strategic objectives, synergies and other benefits of the acquisition at the time anticipated or at all, including our ability to integrate, maintain and enhance PHH’s servicing, subservicing and other business relationships, including its relationship with New Residential Investment Corp. (NRZ); uncertainty related to claims, litigation, cease and desist orders and investigations brought by government agencies and private parties regarding our servicing, foreclosure, modification, origination and other practices, including uncertainty related to past, present or future investigations, litigation, cease and desist orders and settlements with state regulators, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), State Attorneys General, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice or the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and actions brought under the False Claims Act by private parties on behalf of the United States of America regarding incentive and other payments made by governmental entities; adverse effects on our business as a result of regulatory investigations, litigation, cease and desist orders or settlements; reactions to the announcement of such investigations, litigation, cease and desist orders or settlements by key counterparties or others, including lenders, the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae); our ability to comply with the terms of our settlements with regulatory agencies and the costs of doing so, increased regulatory scrutiny and media attention; any adverse developments in existing legal proceedings or the initiation of new legal proceedings; our ability to effectively manage our regulatory and contractual compliance obligations; our ability to comply with our servicing agreements, including our ability to comply with our agreements with, and the requirements of, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae and maintain our seller/servicer and other statuses with them; our ability to contain and reduce our operating costs, the adequacy of our financial resources, including our sources of liquidity and ability to sell, fund and recover advances, repay borrowings and comply with our debt agreements, including the financial and other covenants contained in them; our ability to timely transfer mortgage servicing rights under our July 2017 agreements and January 2018 agreements with NRZ; our ability to maintain our long-term relationship with NRZ; our ability to realize anticipated future gains from future draws on existing loans in our reverse mortgage portfolio; our servicer and credit ratings as well as other actions from various rating agencies, including the impact of prior or future downgrades of our servicer and credit ratings; our ability to execute an effective chief executive officer leadership transition; as well as other risks detailed in Ocwen’s reports and filings with the SEC, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and our current and quarterly reports since such date. Anyone wishing to understand Ocwen’s business should review its 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.
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