Ocwen Financial Corporation
Jul 31, 2014

Ocwen Financial Announces Operating Results for Second Quarter 2014

ATLANTA, July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocwen Financial Corporation, (NYSE:OCN), a leading financial services holding company, today reported Net income of $67.0 million, or $0.48 per share, for the second quarter of 2014 compared to Net income of $76.7 million, or $0.53 per share, for the second quarter of 2013. Ocwen generated revenue of $553.1 million, up 2% compared to the second quarter of 2013. Income from operations grew by 22% to $207.6 million for the second quarter of 2014 as compared to $170.0 million for the second quarter of 2013.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $142.8 million, or $1.02 per share, as compared to $121.9 million, or $0.84 per share, for the same period in 2013. Revenue in the first half of 2014 increased 16% from the first half of 2013 to a total of $1.1 billion.

Pre-tax earnings on a GAAP basis for the second quarter of 2014 were $77.2 million, a 12% decrease as compared to the second quarter of 2013. Ocwen's normalized pre-tax earnings for the second quarter of 2014 were $110.2 million, a 7% decrease from the first quarter of 2014-a). Normalized pretax earnings were impacted by a 2% increase in operating expenses and higher interest expense resulting from Ocwen's recent debt issuances.

During the second quarter of 2014, Ocwen incurred a total of $33.0 million in normalized expenses, including $19.3 million in MSR-related fair value adjustments, $8.3 million of on-going integration and technology-related expenses and $5.4 million of compensation expense associated with the surrender of stock options in the quarter.

"Our normalized pretax earnings were lower in the quarter as a result of significant compliance and regulatory-related costs and higher interest expense," commented Bill Erbey, Ocwen's Executive Chairman. "However, I am pleased to report that income in our Lending businesses improved over last quarter. Our Forward Lending business was up 26% over the first quarter of 2014 driven by better expense performance, and our Reverse Lending business delivered a pretax GAAP loss of only $(2) million, a $5 million improvement over the first quarter of 2014, driven primarily by higher margins. We continue to believe that the loans originated by our Reverse Lending business during the past two quarters will generate significant future profits as homeowners utilize their available credit lines."

Mr. Erbey continued, "We are excited to see an increase in modification offers in the second quarter as well as July after a decline in March. This can be a leading indicator of strong Servicing results in the future. Our transition-related expenses continue to decrease as we make progress integrating our ResCap acquisition. On the other hand, we continue to add significant compliance and regulatory-related costs that more than offset our integration savings in the quarter."

"Additionally, in the quarter we repurchased over 2.6 million shares of common stock. From April 1st through July 28th, Ocwen has returned over $200 million to shareholders through a combination of repurchases under our $500 million share purchase program and repurchases of common stock issued as a result of the conversion of our Series A convertible preferred stock."

"Finally, in the area of new business, we expect to begin investing in residential mortgage backed securities where Ocwen is the servicer in the third quarter of 2014. We also are actively working on launching a second new business platform about which we expect to provide more details in the coming quarters."

Second Quarter 2014 Business Highlights

Subsequent Events and Updates

"Although many other servicers continue to focus their efforts on foreclosures and short sales which displace families from their homes and communities, we continue to strive to reduce delinquencies and loan losses by keeping more families in their homes through sensible repayment and loan modification plans," said Ron Faris, President and CEO. "As reported in the most recent Making Home Affordable Program Performance Report through May 2014, Ocwen has completed 279,834 HAMP first lien modifications, more than any other servicer. We have completed 63,422 HAMP principal reduction modifications, more than the next three highest competitors combined. Even more impressive is the fact that for homeowners who were not accepted for HAMP or who were disqualified from HAMP, Ocwen has the lowest foreclosure rate and the highest alternative modification and repayment plan rate. In other words, a family who has its home loan serviced by Ocwen has a significantly better chance of remaining in their home than if their loan is serviced by other large servicers. As third party studies have confirmed, Ocwen's superior results in helping consumers avoid foreclosure through sustainable loan modifications also result in improved cash flow, lower delinquency rates and lower expected losses for loan investors. We have always been a strong supporter of the Making Home Affordable Program, and we are extremely proud that twenty percent of all active first lien HAMP modifications are serviced by Ocwen, a rate 33% greater than the next highest servicer."

"We continue to work closely with national and local non-profit consumer advocacy groups to better serve our customers, neighborhoods and communities. We recently held our fifth annual Housing Advocacy and Policy Forum which brought together senior leaders from housing advocacy and policy groups, the mortgage industry and several federal government agencies. We have also officially established our Community Advisory Council to collaboratively further our shared goal of continuing to keep more families in their homes."

"Our ability to continue to lower delinquencies, lower losses and keep families in their homes, benefits all stakeholders including our shareholders, lenders, loan investors and consumers."

About Ocwen Financial Corporation

Ocwen Financial Corporation is a financial services holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the servicing and origination of mortgage loans. Ocwen is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and has additional offices and operations in the District of Columbia, California, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, the United States Virgin Islands, India, the Philippines and Uruguay. Utilizing proprietary technology, global infrastructure and world-class training and processes, we provide solutions that help homeowners and make our clients' loans worth more. Additional information is available at www.Ocwen.com.

Webcast and Conference call

The Company will host a webcast and conference call on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the second quarter of 2014.

The conference call will be webcast live over the internet from the Company's website at www.Ocwen.com, click on the "Shareholder Relations" section. A replay of the conference call will be available via the website approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and will remain available for approximately 30 days.

Forward Looking Statements

This news 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. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. Forward-looking statements and involve a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.

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: uncertainty related to legislation, regulations, regulatory agency actions, government programs and policies, industry initiatives and evolving best servicing practices; uncertainty related to claims, litigation and investigations brought by government agencies and private parties regarding our servicing, foreclosure, modification and other practices; the characteristics of our servicing portfolio, including prepayment speeds along with delinquency and advance rates; our ability to grow and adapt our business, including the availability of new loan servicing and other accretive business opportunities; uncertainty related to acquisitions, including our ability to close acquisitions and to integrate the systems, procedures and personnel of acquired assets and businesses; our ability to effectively manage our regulatory and contractual compliance obligations; the adequacy of our financial resources, including our sources of liquidity and ability to fund and recover advances, repay borrowings and comply with debt covenants; uncertainty related to general economic and market conditions, delinquency rates, home prices and disposition timelines on foreclosed properties; as well as other risks detailed in Ocwen's reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. No assurances can be given as to the amount of shares that Ocwen may repurchase pursuant to its share repurchase program or otherwise in any given period. Ocwen may use SEC Rule 10b5-1 plans in connection with its share repurchase program. 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, except for our ongoing obligations under the U.S. federal securities laws, we undertake no 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 its website.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as our references to "normalized pre-tax earnings." We believe these non-GAAP financial measures may provide additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior periods. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, Ocwen's reported results under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Other companies may use non-GAAP financial measures with the same or similar titles that are calculated differently to our non-GAAP financial measures. As a result, comparability may be limited. Further information regarding these measures may be found on Ocwen's website.

(a-  1Q'14 normalization adjusted to reflect inclusion of $5.1 MSR-related fair value impact.
Residential Servicing Statistics (Dollars in thousands)
           
 At or for the three months ended
 June 30,March 31,December 31,September 30,June 30,
 20142014201320132013
Total unpaid principal balance of loans and REO serviced $ 435,119,848 $ 449,570,596 $ 464,651,332 $ 434,819,426 $ 436,255,383
           
Non-performing loans and REO serviced as a % of total UPB (1) 12.9% 13.8% 14.5% 14.6% 14.4%
           
Prepayment speed (average CPR)(2) 12.9%(3) 11.2% 13.1% 15.8% 20.8%
           
(1)
 
Performing loans include those loans that are less than 90 days past due and those loans for which borrowers are making scheduled payments under loan modification, forbearance or bankruptcy plans. We consider all other loans to be non-performing.
(2) Constant Prepayment Rate for the prior three months.
(3) Includes average CPR of 14.4% for prime loans and 11.3% for non-prime loans.
   
Segment Results (Dollars in thousands) (UNAUDITED)
         
 Three MonthsSix Months
For the Periods Ended June 30,2014201320142013
Servicing        
Revenue $ 520,480 $ 509,880 $ 1,041,302 $ 885,570
Operating expenses 298,101 282,651 606,033 494,262
Income from operations 222,379 227,229 435,269 391,308
Other expense, net (130,851) (89,509) (249,861) (206,069)
Income before income taxes $ 91,528 $ 137,720 $ 185,408 $ 185,239
         
Lending        
Revenue $ 31,166 $ 33,735 $ 59,933 $ 47,643
Operating expenses 27,164 28,941 58,629 40,041
Income from operations 4,002 4,794 1,304 7,602
Other income, net 3,051 5,327 6,328 7,545
Income before income taxes $ 7,053 $ 10,121 $ 7,632 $ 15,147
         
Corporate Items and Other        
Revenue $ 1,467 $ 1,241 $ 3,180 $ 17,954
Operating expenses 20,237 63,248 30,075 84,216
Loss from operations (18,770) (62,007) (26,895) (66,262)
Other income (expense), net (2,634) 1,676 (8) 4,721
Loss before income taxes $ (21,404) $ (60,331) $ (26,903) $ (61,541)
         
Corporate Eliminations        
Revenue $ (39) $ (44) $ (80) $ (89)
Operating expenses (39) (44) (80) (89)
Loss from operations
Other income, net
Income (loss) before income taxes $ — $ — $ — $ —
         
Consolidated income before income taxes $ 77,177 $ 87,510 $ 166,137 $ 138,845
         
OCWEN FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)
(UNAUDITED)
         
 Three MonthsSix Months
For the Periods Ended June 30,2014201320142013
Revenue        
Servicing and subservicing fees $ 491,673 $ 482,632 $ 982,132 $ 850,125
Gain on loans held for sale, net 38,836 36,478 82,823 44,650
Other revenues 22,565 25,702 39,380 56,303
Total revenue 553,074 544,812 1,104,335 951,078
         
Operating expenses        
Compensation and benefits 110,602 117,999 216,239 212,625
Amortization of mortgage servicing rights 63,198 70,369 125,292 118,252
Servicing and origination 35,787 31,888 79,734 55,504
Technology and communications 39,997 33,877 76,973 63,889
Professional services 30,643 66,652 52,041 80,138
Occupancy and equipment 25,756 25,596 57,807 43,845
Other operating expenses 39,480 28,415 86,571 44,177
Total operating expenses 345,463 374,796 694,657 618,430
Income from operations 207,611 170,016 409,678 332,648
         
Other income (expense)        
Interest expense (136,207) (99,868) (258,823) (193,284)
Gain (loss) on debt redemption 356 3,192 2,609 (13,838)
Other, net 5,417 14,170 12,673 13,319
Other expense, net (130,434) (82,506) (243,541) (193,803)
         
Income before income taxes 77,177 87,510 166,137 138,845
Income tax expense 10,165 10,789 23,294 16,977
Net income 67,012 76,721 142,843 121,868
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests (57) (42)
Net income attributable to Ocwen stockholders 66,955 76,721 142,801 121,868
Preferred stock dividends (582) (1,519) (1,163) (3,004)
Deemed dividend related to beneficial conversion feature of preferred stock (415) (1,086) (831) (2,172)
Net income attributable to Ocwen common stockholders $ 65,958 $ 74,116 $ 140,807 $ 116,692
         
Earnings per share attributable to Ocwen common stockholders        
Basic $ 0.49 $ 0.55 $ 1.05 $ 0.86
Diluted $ 0.48 $ 0.53 $ 1.02 $ 0.84
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding        
Basic 134,221,668 135,690,264 134,724,905 135,664,242
Diluted 137,705,793 144,721,047 138,423,012 139,591,958
         
OCWEN FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)
(UNAUDITED)
 June 30,December 31,
 20142013
Assets    
Cash $ 259,471 $ 178,512
Mortgage servicing rights ($104,220 and $116,029 carried at fair value) 2,001,720 2,069,381
Advances 945,809 890,832
Match funded advances 2,517,577 2,552,383
Loans held for sale ($410,335 and $503,753 carried at fair value) 501,843 566,660
Loans held for investment - reverse mortgages, at fair value 1,107,626 618,018
Goodwill 420,201 420,201
Receivables, net 239,748 152,516
Deferred tax assets, net 97,907 116,558
Premises and equipment, net 47,990 53,786
Other assets 224,086 309,143
Total assets $ 8,363,978 $ 7,927,990
     
Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Equity Liabilities    
Match funded liabilities $ 2,072,517 $ 2,364,814
Financing liabilities ($1,033,712 and $615,576 carried at fair value) 1,863,576 1,284,229
Other secured borrowings 1,685,746 1,777,669
Senior unsecured notes 350,000
Other liabilities 474,984 644,595
Total liabilities 6,446,823 6,071,307
     
Mezzanine Equity    
Series A Perpetual Convertible Preferred stock, $01 par value; 200,000 shares authorized; 62,000 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively; redemption value $62,000 plus accrued and unpaid dividends 61,192 60,361
     
Equity    
Ocwen Financial Corporation (Ocwen) stockholders' equity    
Common stock, $.01 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 132,771,321 and 135,176,271 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively 1,328 1,352
Additional paid-in capital 733,737 818,427
Retained earnings 1,127,501 986,694
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of income taxes (9,171) (10,151)
Total Ocwen stockholders' equity 1,853,395 1,796,322
Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries 2,568
Total equity 1,855,963 1,796,322
Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and equity $ 8,363,978 $ 7,927,990
     
Normalized Pre-Tax Income Summary (Dollars in Millions)
   
 Three Months Ended
 March 31,
2014
June 30,
2014
June 30,
2013
GAAP Income before income taxes$ 89.0 $ 77.2 $ 87.5
Transition and transaction related expenses 23.4 8.0 26.5
Legal/Settlement expense 1.6 -- 52.8
Sold operations -- -- (0.9)
Other -- 5.4 --
Funding related expenses -- 0.3 --
MSR-Related Fair Value Change 5.1 19.3 (12.6)
Normalized income before income taxes$ 119.1 $ 110.2 $ 153.3
CONTACT: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

         Stephen Swett or Brad Cohen

         T: (203) 682-8200

         E: shareholderrelations@ocwen.com

         or

         Michael R. Bourque, Jr.

         Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

         T: (203) 682-8200

         E: Michael.Bourque@Ocwen.com