Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd. Reports EPS of $0.37 and Net Income of $6.6 Million in the Third Quarter of 2012

Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd. Logo

GEORGETOWN, Grand Cayman, Oct. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd. ("HLSS" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:HLSS) today reported net income of $6.6 million, or $0.37 per ordinary share, for the third quarter of 2012.

Third quarter business performance highlights:

  • Earned $6.6 million, or $0.37 per ordinary share.
  • Declared dividends of $0.10 per share per month totaling $5.9 million for the quarter.
  • Received gross proceeds of $249.9 million in connection with the follow-on offering of 16,387,500 shares at $15.25 per ordinary share on September 12, 2012. Proceeds from the offering were used to acquire mortgage servicing assets related to non-agency mortgage loans from Ocwen with an unpaid principle balance ("UPB") of $27.8 billion in September.
  • In addition, completed the flow acquisition of mortgage servicing assets related to non-agency mortgage loans with UPB of $2.1 billion from Ocwen on August 1, 2012 resulting in ending UPB of $46.5 billion.
  • In connection with the acquisition of mortgage servicing assets in September, executed swap of variable rate LIBOR for a fixed rate of 52 basis points covering the projected interest exposure for existing and newly acquired assets for a term of 60 months.
  • Earnings include a $0.03 per share benefit from reduced amortization due to the deferral of certain modifications as Ocwen tested delinquent loans for HAMP 2 eligibility, and ending the quarter on a Sunday delayed the receipt of certain loan payoffs. These factors combined to reduce the annualized prepayment rate to 12.6% from 15.2% in the second quarter. There was no change in servicing asset valuations.

Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2012:

  • On October 1, 2012, the Company's Board of Directors declared a monthly dividend of $0.11 per ordinary share with respect to each of October, November and December 2012.
  • On October 17, 2012, completed the issuance of $250 million of one-year and $450 million of three-year term notes secured by servicing advance receivables at a weighted average interest spread over LIBOR of 1.55%. The proceeds were used to repay $600 million in term notes and to reduce borrowing on variable funding notes with a weighted average interest spread of 2.93%.

"I am pleased with the execution of our first follow-on equity offering and our recently completed term note issuance which confirm our belief that both debt and equity investors appreciate the quality of our assets and the exceptional value that HLSS represents" said Chairman William Erbey.

"We are pleased with our results for the quarter which exceeded our guidance primarily because lower than expected prepayments reduced amortization" said President John Van Vlack. "Following the deferral of modifications due to testing for HAMP 2 eligibility and reduced payoff collections with the quarter ending on a Sunday, we are seeing increased loan modifications and payoff collections in October. Accordingly, we expect to see a rebound in the prepayment rate in the fourth quarter. Our growth outlook remains strong, as Ocwen will have over $120 billion of servicing assets available for purchase once it completes the announced acquisition of Homeward planned for the fourth quarter."

For more information on prior releases and SEC Filings, please refer to the "Shareholders" section of our website at www.hlss.com.

Home Loan Servicing Solutions (HLSS) is an internally-managed owner of non-agency mortgage servicing assets with historically stable valuations and cash flows. HLSS' assets are predominately mortgage servicing advances that, along with the related servicing rights, are over-collateralized 30 times by residential real estate. HLSS' objective is to generate stable, recurring fee-based earnings and dividends throughout the economic cycle. For more information, visit www.hlss.com.

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 are not guarantees of future performance, 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: general economic and market conditions, prevailing interest rates, governmental regulations and policies, availability of adequate and timely sources of liquidity, our ability to maintain our PFIC status, real estate market conditions and other risks detailed in HLSS' reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and should not be relied upon. HLSS' undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements.

The following table presents our condensed consolidated results of operations in accordance with U.S. GAAP reconciled to our internally reported financial results. Accordingly, adjustments are made to reflect Servicing Fee Revenue, Servicing Expense and Amortization Expense on a gross rather than a net basis.

Our income from operations as presented in our Management Reporting shown below should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, income from operations determined in accordance with GAAP.

For the three months ended September 30, 2012: Condensed
Results (GAAP)

Servicing fee revenue $ — $27,689 $27,689
Interest income - notes receivable – Rights to MSRs 14,017 (14,017)
Professional services 669 669
Interest income – other 146 146
Total revenue 14,832 13,672 28,504
Operating expenses
Compensation and benefits 1,257 1,257
Servicing expense 10,633 10,633
Amortization of MSRs 3,039 3,039
General and administrative expenses 679 679
Total operating expenses 1,936 13,672 15,608
Income from operations $12,896 $ — $12,896
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)
Three months Nine months
For the periods ended September 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011
Interest income – notes receivable – Rights to MSRs $14,017 $ — $27,542 $ —
Interest income – other 146 283
Total interest income 14,163 27,825
Other revenue 669 1,664
Total revenue 14,832 29,489
Operating expenses
Compensation and benefits 1,257 2,682
General and administrative expenses 679 38 1,625 82
Total operating expenses 1,936 38 4,307 82
Income (loss) from operations 12,896 (38) 25,182 (82)
Other expense
Interest expense 6,252 12,507
Other expense 6,252 12,507
Income (loss) before income taxes 6,644 (38) 12,675 (82)
Income tax expense 72 149
Net income (loss) $6,572 $(38) $12,526 $(82)
Earnings (loss) per share
Basic $0.37 $(1.90) $1.04 $(4.08)
Diluted $0.37 $(1.90) $1.04 $(4.08)
Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding
Basic 17,581,593 20,000 12,008,394 20,000
Diluted 17,581,593 20,000 12,008,394 20,000
Dividends declared per share $0.34 $0.00 $0.94 $0.00
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)
September 30, December 31,
2012 2011
Cash $33,750 $283
Match funded advances 1,446,091
Notes receivable – Rights to MSRs 177,730
Other assets 45,334 2,860
Total assets $1,702,905 $3,143
Liabilities and Equity
Match funded liabilities $1,250,912 $ —
Dividends payable 3,058
Other liabilities 30,948 3,134
Total liabilities 1,284,918 3,134
Equity – Ordinary shares, $.01 par value; 200,000,000 and 5,000,000 shares authorized; 30,584,718 and 20,000 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively $306 $ —
Additional paid-in capital 415,155 300
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) 3,889 (291)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (1,363)
Total equity 417,987 9
Total liabilities and equity $1,702,905 $3,143
CONTACT: James E. Lauter Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer T: (561) 682-7561 E: James.Lauter@hlss.com

Source:Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd.