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Ocwen Financial Announces Operating Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ocwen Financial Announces Operating Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 201204:30 EST Thursday, February 28, 2013-Significantly Increases Earnings to $0.47 Per Share in the Fourth Quarter --Revenue Grows 70% to Record $845 Million in 2012 --Full Year 2012 Earnings Per Share Rise 85% From Prior Year - ATLANTA, Feb. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocwen Financial Corporation, (NYSE:OCN), a leading financial services holding company, today reported Net income of $65.2 million, or $0.47 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to Net income of $9.7 million, or $0.08 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company produced record Revenue of $236.4 million, up 51% from the fourth quarter of 2011. Income from operations grew in excess of 100% to $137.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to $66.1 million in the same period of 2011. Ocwen's normalized pre-tax earnings were $83.3 million, a 56% increase over normalized pre-tax earnings in the fourth quarter of 2011. The adjustments in the fourth quarter of 2012 included: $2.2 million of transaction expenses, $3.1 million of losses on the sale of residual interests in securitization trusts and $1.5 in termination fees associated with the cancelling of an advance funding facility. Full year Net income for 2012 was $180.8 million, or $1.31 per share, as compared to $78.3 million, or $0.71 per share, for 2011. Revenue in 2012 increased 70% from 2011 to a record $845.0 million. Normalized pre-tax earnings for 2012 increased by 53% over 2011 from $188.8 million to $289.4 million. For more detail on normalizing items as well as prior earnings releases and SEC filings please refer to the "Shareholder Relations" section of our website at www.ocwen.com. Bill Erbey, Ocwen's Chairman, stated, "Ocwen continues to produce strong cash-flows well in excess of book earnings. Ocwen generated adjusted cash-flow from operations of $220 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $719 million for the year. Moreover, we have significantly reduced our cost of capital as we have benefitted from the substantial improvement in our recent funding costs for both senior term debt and advance funding. These funding cost improvements should enhance our margins in 2013 and beyond." "In addition to excellent growth opportunities in the near-term," continued Mr. Erbey, "Ocwen is well-positioned for the eventual recovery of the housing market, which should expand margins as delinquencies decline reducing interest expense on advances and operating cost on loss mitigation activities. Furthermore, our acquisitions have added key capabilities in originations and prime loan servicing. Over the past 15 years, Ocwen has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in building core competitive advantages in technology and low-cost solutions. Over that time period, Ocwen has grown its servicing book of business each year by 22% or greater with the exception of 2004 and, during the depths of the credit crisis, 2007 and 2008 when we elected not to expand. Our longevity atop the independent servicing industry is a testament to our conservative risk posture, adaptability and laser focus on cash flow."Fourth Quarter 2012 Business Highlights Generated Cash flow from operations of $381.7 million for a total of $1.8 billion for 2012. After eliminating the reduction of match funded debt, generated adjusted cash-flow from operations of $220 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $719 million for the year.   Completed the merger that resulted in Homeward Residential Holdings ("Homeward") becoming a wholly owned subsidiary, adding $76.7 billion of UPB to our servicing portfolio.   Boarded flow non-performing loan subservicing portfolios with UPB of $3.3 billion (approximately 11,200 loans) from a large bank.   Completed 23,926 loan modifications, including Homeward's fourth quarter numbers. HAMP modifications accounted for 33% of completed modifications.   As part of our asset-light strategy, completed a sale of $1.9 billion to Home Loan Servicing Solutions (HLSS) in December 2012 of rights to receive the servicing fees on approximately $34.6 billion of UPB and associated servicing advances. Utilized the sales proceeds to repay the match funded borrowing related to the sold advances, repay a portion of the Senior Secured Term Loan and fund a portion of the Homeward purchase price. Ocwen will continue to service the portfolio under a subservicing agreement with HLSS.   Deferred servicing fees related to delinquent borrower payments not accrued on Ocwen's balance sheet amounted to $452.0 million at the end of 2012.   Total effective tax rate of 14.6%, including 6.5 % that represents a one-time write-down of deferred tax assets, resulted in a normalized effective tax rate of 8.1%Subsequent Events On February 15, 2013 Ocwen completed the acquisition of certain assets of Residential Capital, LLC ("ResCap") in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy sale. The Company purchased UPB of $107.3 billion of mortgage servicing rights ("MSRs") to "private label," Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae loans, $42.1 billion of master servicing agreements, and $25.9 billion of subservicing contracts. In addition, Ocwen assumed the subservicing on behalf of ResCap for approximately $91.4 billion of Fannie Mae loans and $31.5 billion of Freddie Mac loans. The aggregate purchase price, which included $1.5 billion of related servicing advances, was approximately $2.1 billion, subject to post-closing adjustments. In addition, until certain consents and court approvals are obtained, Ocwen will subservice approximately $9.0 billion of "private label" loans on behalf of ResCap. When such consents and approvals are obtained, the Company will purchase those MSRs as well. To finance the ResCap acquisition, Ocwen deployed approximately $840 million of net additional capital raised through the term loan market plus approximately $1.3 billion borrowed pursuant to three servicing advance facilities. Ocwen did not raise any additional equity capital to fund the ResCap acquisition. "With the closing of Homeward and ResCap, Ocwen's servicing portfolio will have increased by 270% to almost $470 billion, excluding master servicing," said Ron Faris President and CEO. "The fifty-percent plus growth rate in revenue and earnings we have produced over the past two years should accelerate in the coming years as a result of these transactions. Moreover, we continue to build a robust pipeline of new opportunities that should result in additional growth in cash flow and earnings." Mr. Faris continued, "In 2012, Ocwen and Homeward helped over 100,000 families that were in distress on their mortgages by providing sensible modifications. I am very proud of our employees, along with our partners in community groups and governmental organizations, who have made these results possible for our borrowers. Ocwen will continue to be a leader in finding innovative ways to help homeowners. As an example, we will soon roll out our Homeowner's One program that will provide families facing difficulties with unparalleled clarity and choice as they work with our home retention specialists."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 California, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, the United States Virgin Islands, Washington, DC, India 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, February 28, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and year end 2012. The conference call will be webcast live over the internet from the Company's website at www.Ocwen.com, click on the "Shareholder" section. A replay of the conference call can also be accessed by dialing 1-402-220-6457 after 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 28, 2013, until 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 7, 2013. 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 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 or currency exchange rates, governmental regulations and policies, international political and economic uncertainty, availability of adequate and timely sources of liquidity, federal income tax rates, real estate market conditions and trends and the outcome of ongoing litigation as well as other risks detailed in Ocwen's reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2012,June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and should not be relied upon. Ocwen undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements. This news release contains references to "normalized" results and "adjusted cash flow from operations," which are non-GAAP performance measures. We believe these non-GAAP performance measures may provide additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior periods. Non-GAAP performance measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.  Residential Servicing Statistics (Dollars in thousands) At or for the three months ended  December 31, 2012September 30, 2012June 30, 2012March 31, 2012December 31, 2011 Total unpaid principal balance of loans and REO serviced   $ 203,665,716   $ 127,066,680   $127,873,224   $98,440,466   $ 102,199,222 Non-performing loans and REO serviced as a % of total UPB (1) 23.5% 23.6% 24.5% 25.6% 27.9%             Prepayment speed (average CPR) 14.9% 14.3% 15.5% 14.2% 14.1%  (1) Non-performing loans exclude those serviced under special servicing agreements where we have no obligation to advance.     Segment Results (Dollars in thousands) (UNAUDITED)  Three monthsTwelve monthsFor the periods ended December 31,2012201120122011Servicing         Revenue  $ 233,941  $ 155,646  $ 840,648  $ 494,871 Operating expenses   91,773   86,539   344,333   231,238 Income from operations  142,168  69,107  496,315  263,633 Other expense, net   (58,941)   (43,646)   (221,952)  (127,753) Income before income taxes  $ 83,227  $ 25,461  $ 274,363  $ 135,880          Lending        Revenue  $ 141  $ —  $ 141  $ — Operating expenses   409   —   409   — Loss from operations  (268)  —  (268)  — Other income, net   9   —   9   — Loss before income taxes  $ (259)  $ —  $ (259)  $ —          Corporate Items and Other        Revenue  $ 2,386   651  $ 5,122  $ 2,348 Operating expenses   7,008   3,471   19,667   8,971 Loss from operations  (4,622)  (2,820)  (14,545)  (6,623) Other expense, net   (1,867)   (4,122)   (2,051)   (6,262) Loss before income taxes  $ (6,489)  $ (6,942)  $ (16,596)  $ (12,885)          Corporate Eliminations        Revenue  $ (93)  $ 328  $ (905)  $ (1,289) Operating expenses   (93)   471   (484)   (625) Loss from operations  —  (143)  (421)  (664) Other income, net   —   143   421   664 Income (loss) before income taxes  $ —  $ —  $ —  $ —           Consolidated income before income taxes $ 76,479 $ 18,519 $ 257,508 $ 122,995    OCWEN FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(Dollars in thousands, except share data)(UNAUDITED)   For the periods ended December 31,Three monthsTwelve  months 2012201120122011Revenue         Servicing and subservicing fees  $ 225,972  $ 147,922  $ 804,425  $ 458,875 Process management fees  9,480  8,082  37,067  34,233 Other revenues   923   621   3,514   2,822 Total revenue   236,375   156,625   845,006   495,930          Operating expenses         Compensation and benefits  31,795  40,737  122,341  99,844 Amortization of mortgage servicing rights  19,336  12,937  72,897  42,996 Servicing and origination  6,531  3,062  25,537  8,254 Technology and communications  13,363  11,843  45,362  33,617 Professional services  9,493  9,232   29,236  19,961 Occupancy and equipment  10,560  8,756  47,044  23,759 Other operating expenses   8,019   3,914   21,508   11,153 Total operating expenses   99,097   90,481   363,925   239,584          Income from operations   137,278   66,144   481,081   256,346          Other income (expense)         Interest income  1,895  2,232  8,329  8,876 Interest expense  (59,795)  (45,756)  (223,455)  (132,770) Gain (loss) on loans held for sale, net  176  (998)  (3,364)  (4,529) Equity in earnings (loss) of unconsolidated entities  (20)  (56)  114  (746) Other, net   (3,055)   (3,047)   (5,197)   (4,182) Other expense, net   (60,799)   (47,625)   (223,573)  (133,351)           Income before income taxes  76,479   18,519  257,508  122,995 Income tax expense   11,138   8,864   76,585   44,672Net income  65,341  9,655  180,923  78,323 Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest   —   (4)   —   8Net Income attributable to Ocwen stockholders   65,341  9,651  180,923  78,331 Preferred stock dividends   (145)   —   (145)   —Net income attributable to Ocwen common stockholders  $ 65,196  $ 9,651  $ 180,778  $ 78,331          Earnings per share attributable to Ocwen         Basic  $ 0.48  $ 0.08  $ 1.35  $ 0.75 Diluted  $ 0.47  $ 0.08  $ 1.31  $ 0.71          Weighted average common shares outstanding         Basic 135,191,178 115,185,458 133,912,643 104,507,055 Diluted 139,177,555 123,102,557 138,521,279 111,855,961    OCWEN FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Dollars in thousands, except share data)(UNAUDITED)        December 31, 2012December 31, 2011Assets     Cash   $ 220,130  $ 144,234 Loans held for sale, at fair value  426,480  — Advances  184,463  103,591 Match funded advances  3,049,244  3,629,911 Mortgage servicing rights, at amortized cost  676,712  293,152 Mortgage servicing rights, at fair value  85,213  — Receivables, net  167,459  82,261 Deferred tax assets, net  92,136  107,968 Goodwill  371,083  70,240 Premises and equipment, net  37,536  7,350 Debt service accounts  88,748  115,867 Other assets   272,678   173,450 Total assets  $ 5,671,882  $ 4,728,024      Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Stockholders' Equity    Liabilities     Match funded liabilities  $ 2,532,745  $ 2,558,951 Lines of credit and other borrowings  1,096,679  540,369 Debt securities  —  82,554 Other liabilities   277,664   202,839 Total liabilities   3,907,088   3,384,713      Mezzanine Equity     Preferred stock, 20,000,000 shares authorized:     Series A Perpetual Convertible Preferred stock, $01 par value; 200,000 shares authorized; 162,000 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012; redemption value $162,000 plus accrued and unpaid dividends   153,372   —      Stockholders' Equity     Common stock, $.01 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 135,637,932 and 129,899,288 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively  1,356  1,299 Additional paid-in capital  911,942  826,121 Retained earnings  704,565  523,787 Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of income taxes   (6,441)   (7,896) Total stockholders' equity   1,611,422   1,343,311 Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and stockholders' equity  $ 5,671,882  $ 4,728,024CONTACT: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen Swett or Brad Cohen T: (203) 682-8200 E: shareholderrelations@ocwen.com or John V. Britti Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer T: (561) 682-7535 E: John.Britti@Ocwen.com