Moody's appraises public firms with reverse mortgage segments – ReverseMortgageDaily

August 18, 2022 By admin



The credit score rankings company particularly seemed on the strengths and weaknesses of two companies, together with their industry-leading reverse mortgage divisions
Company credit standing company Moody’s Buyers Service has launched up to date rankings for 2 public firms which characteristic reverse mortgage divisions, affirming its score for PHH Mortgage Company whereas downgrading its score for Finance of America Corporations (FOA). PHH and FOA are the mum or dad firms of main reverse mortgage lenders Liberty Reverse Mortgage and Finance of America Reverse (FAR), respectively.
Moody’s discovered the score for PHH to be usually secure whereas noting further danger for Finance of America. Nonetheless within the case of the latter, it additionally particularly cited the corporate’s reverse mortgage exercise as a profit to the group’s extra secure fundamentals when in comparison with its exercise on the ahead mortgage aspect, broadly noting that volatility throughout the mortgage {industry} has elevated.
PHH Mortgage Company is a subsidiary of Ocwen Monetary Companies, and had beforehand earned a Caa1 company household score (CFR) which as affirmed by Moody’s after the corporate’s newest quarterly earnings report.
“Obligations rated Caa are judged to be of poor standing and are topic to very excessive credit score danger,” based on Moody’s long-term score definitions. Nonetheless, the score’s affirmation additionally comes with a change within the general outlook of the corporate from “secure” to “optimistic,” and recognition that the corporate’s monetary place didn’t considerably deteriorate after posting robust Q2 earnings.
“The affirmation of [PHH]’s rankings displays the agency’s presently weak however bettering profitability and modest capital ranges,” Moody’s stated of the score. “[PHH]’s profitability has been weak due to a price construction meant for a bigger servicing portfolio. Nonetheless, the corporate has considerably decreased prices. Moreover, its mortgage servicing rights’ (MSRs) three way partnership with Oaktree, its latest acquisitions to develop its lending and servicing companies, together with the extension of debt maturities, ought to present the agency with the means and the runway to develop its companies and enhance its profitability.”
Moody’s additionally included PHH’s stake within the reverse mortgage enterprise as a portion of the reasoning for its affirmed score.
“[PHH]’s modest reported capitalization is partly on account of its inclusion of securitized House Fairness Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) and associated liabilities on its stability sheet, in accordance with US GAAP accounting requirements,” Moody’s stated in its announcement. “Whereas the corporate doesn’t personal the underlying property of the securitizations, as a servicer it’s required to repurchase the FHA-insured HECM mortgages from the Ginnie Mae swimming pools underneath sure circumstances. Moody’s views the credit score danger of securitized HECM loans to be modest because of the FHA insurance coverage, which carries the total religion and credit score of the US authorities.”
By the tip of June, the corporate’s capital ranges had been “extra stable at 12.0%” when adjusting the capital ratio for reverse mortgage loans and securitizations on its stability sheet, the company defined.
“The change in [PHH]’s outlook to optimistic from secure displays the progress the corporate is making in transitioning its technique to give attention to originations and servicing of non-delinquent ahead and reverse mortgages from the servicing of critically delinquent loans, which ought to result in a extra resilient enterprise mannequin and extra secure earnings profile,” Moody’s defined.
For FOA, Moody’s downgraded the corporate’s score to a Caa2, marginally decrease than PHH’s new score and protecting the corporate in “non-investment grade” territory based on Moody’s rankings scale. Beforehand, FOA’s CFR stood at B2. Nonetheless, the outlook additionally modified from “detrimental” to “secure,” based on Moody’s.
“Over the following 12 to 18 months, Moody’s expects FOA’s and the mortgage sector’s profitability to proceed to be challenged as greater rates of interest will end in materially decrease origination volumes and {industry} extra capability will hold gain-on-sale margins low,” Moody’s stated of its score rationale.
The change of outlook to “secure” additionally signifies that Moody’s has acknowledged “a change within the working situations of the mortgage {industry} broadly,” it defined.
“The secure outlook displays Moody’s expectation that the corporate’s present rankings mirror the difficult working situations within the mortgage sector that may proceed to stress FOA’s profitability, making it troublesome for the corporate to scale back its excessive monetary leverage over the following 12-18 months,” the rationale reads.
Moody’s additionally particularly sees the reverse mortgage division of FOA as a proverbial feather in its cap, with higher profitability when in comparison with the ahead mortgage division.
“The secure outlook additionally acknowledges that FOA is without doubt one of the top-three largest originators of reverse mortgages, a top-30 retail originator of residential mortgages, and a number one originator of fix-and-flip residential and single-family investor mortgages,” Moody’s stated. “Its worthwhile reverse mortgage enterprise represents a key differentiating optimistic think about its enterprise combine and franchise.”
Each FOA and Ocwen Monetary every took time to emphasise the overall power of their respective reverse mortgage enterprise in Q2 2022 earnings stories and shows earlier this month.
Ocwen CEO Glen Messina mentioned the reputational perceptions of the reverse mortgage {industry} within the Q2 earnings presentation, with Ocwen believing they’re transferring in a optimistic route regarding their potential as a device for retirement planning.
“We imagine the legacy stigma is diminishing round reverse mortgages and [that the product] is turning into extra accepted as a retirement planning device,” he defined. “On this enterprise surroundings, we’re centered on a deliberate technique comprised of 5 initiatives to drive enterprise efficiency and ship worth for our shareholders.”
At FOA, interim CEO Graham Fleming talked about the corporate’s ongoing dedication to reverse mortgages on account of a perceived unrealized potential within the section throughout that firm’s Q2 earnings name.
“These outcomes underscore not solely the huge market alternative, but additionally the necessity for higher shopper schooling and consciousness to gas product adoption,” he stated. “We’re actively engaged on a strategic partnership to unlock a brand new origination channel that may goal reverse as an environment friendly monetary planning device. And we’re very excited in regards to the prospect of rising this over time.”
Learn the Moody’s stories for PHH and FOA, respectively.
A panel at a latest commerce affiliation convention helps present an replace on the forthcoming HECM Handbook from FHA.
A panel at a latest commerce affiliation convention helps present an replace on the forthcoming HECM Handbook from FHA.
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