Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. has announced that Nationstar Mortgage LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire nearly $215 billion in residential mortgage servicing rights (MSRs), as measured by unpaid principal balance (UPB) as of Nov. 30, 2012, and certain other assets from Bank of America (BofA). Approximately 47 percent of the servicing portfolio, as measured by UPB, consists of loans that are owned, insured or guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae, with approximately 53 percent of the portfolio consisting of loans in private-label securitizations. With this transaction, Nationstar anticipates adding more than 1.3 million customers to an existing customer base of 1.2 million. Nationstar’s total servicing portfolio is approximately $425 billion, pro-forma for this transaction plus an additional $13 billion Bank of America government servicing portfolio acquisition that closed in Q4 2012 and Nationstar’s UPB as of Sept. 30, 2012.
The purchase price for the mortgage servicing rights is approximately $1.3 billion. The MSR portfolio purchases will close as investor and other third-party approvals are received, which Nationstar expects the majority to occur in Q1 2013. In addition to the MSRs, Nationstar will also be acquiring approximately $5.8 billion in related servicing advance receivables as the associated portfolios are boarded during 2013. Nationstar expects to enter into third-party financing agreements to fund the servicing advances.
“This landmark transaction is a testament to our employees and their record of servicing performance and the support of our business partners,” said Nationstar CEO Jay Bray. “This transaction builds upon our strong track record of portfolio acquisitions and is further validation of our strategy to drive profitability over the entire economic cycle through our servicing, solutions, and origination businesses.”
Nationstar will fund approximately $680 million of the MSR purchase price with the proceeds of a co-investment by Newcastle Investment Corp. and Fortress-managed funds, similar in structure to previous transactions. Nationstar will fund its $665 million portion of the MSR acquisition price with investable cash.
“The 2013 estimates reflect the year-one platform ramp associated with this large acquisition as we board and integrate the servicing portfolios. The 2014 estimates reflect the significant economies of scale and fully ramped earnings power of the company,” said Nationstar CFO David Hisey. “We are excited about Nationstar’s future as one of the largest real estate services providers in the U.S. and remain focused on generating multiple revenue streams throughout the customer lifecycle.”