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Bad News for Walter Investment’s Origination, Servicing Segments

money-deterioratingWalter Investment Management Corp., on Tuesday continued a trend observed among many non-bank servicers in the last year and the start of this year with a major loss to its first quarter earnings, particularly in its mortgage servicing and origination segments.

Just last week, Ocwen Financial reported a first quarter net loss of $111.2 million. Nationstar Mortgage's earning are expected tomorrow.

Walter Investment reported in its first quarter 2016 earnings statement that the servicing segment of the company added approximately $17.5 billion of UPB to the serviced book of business, bringing the quarterly total to approximately 2.2 million total accounts serviced with a UPB of approximately $255.3 billion.

The company experienced a net disappearance rate of 13.0 percent as compared to 13.8 percent in the prior year quarter which was "aided by the retention performance of the originations segment," Walter Investment said in the report.

Servicing also endured negative revenue of -$63.3 million, down $207.0 million from the first quarter of 2015. The company said that this reflects "the impact of fair value charges to our mortgage servicing rights."

According to the earnings statement, total pull-through adjusted locked volume for the first quarter of $4.6 billion declined as compared to $6.9 billion in the first quarter of 2015, "primarily due to volume decreases in the correspondent lending channel resulting from an increase to return hurdles for acquired MSR and increased market competition," Walter Investment reported.

Funded loans in the current quarter totaled $5.0 billion, down 9.1 percent from the prior year quarter. Approximately 36 percent of that volume is in the consumer lending channel and approximately 64 percent is generated by the correspondent lending channel.

The originations segment generated revenue of $100.3 million in the first quarter of 2016, a 23 percent decline as compared to the prior year quarter. This occurred mostly because of a $37.4 million decrease in net gains on sales of loans driven by a lower volume of locked loans during the current quarter as compared to the prior year quarter resulting from an increase in market competition within the correspondent lending channel and lower retention volumes as there was a slight market shift toward increased volumes of purchase money originations and away from refinancing volumes, the company said.

Walter InvestmentA significant rate decline in the first quarter negatively impacted earnings for Walter Investment Management Corp., and as a result, the company took a net loss of $172.7 million during the three-month period, according to the company’s Q1 2016 financial results released Tuesday.

The net loss represented a year-over-year decline of about $142 million in net income; in Q1 2015, Walter suffered a net loss of $31 million. Walter’s total serviced portfolio had $275.7 billion in unpaid principal balance (UPB) at the end of Q1 2016, an increase of 3 percent from the previous quarter, and the company was ranked nationally as a top 10 servicer, according to the announcement from Walter.

The company’s total revenue in the first quarter declined by $244.1 million year-over-year down to $66.8 million, largely due to a $196.6 million decline in net servicing revenue and fees reflecting a $197.3 million change in fair value changes to mortgage servicing rights, according to Walter.

“First quarter performance was significantly impacted by the challenging rate environment. The decline in rates drove a volatile MSR market and negatively impacted results through the revaluation of mortgage servicing rights and accelerated prepayments,” said Denmar J. Dixon, Walter Investment’s Vice Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President. “We are moving with a sense of urgency to improve upon both the customer experience and our operating performance, and we are in the early stages of a transformation of the company. We are working to significantly lower our cost structure while redesigning our processes and driving a culture of excellence at Walter that puts our home-owning customers first.”

Dixon continued, "We are moving with a sense of urgency to improve upon both the customer experience and our operating performance, and we are in the early stages of a transformation of the company. We are working to significantly lower our cost structure while redesigning our processes and driving a culture of excellence at Walter that puts our home-owning customers first."

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