Homeward was organized by WL Ross & Co. in 2007 and is the result of several major platform combinations: American Home Mortgage Servicing, Option One Mortgage Company and a large servicing portfolio from Citi Residential Lending. After normalizing for certain transition related expenses, the acquisition of Homeward by Ocwen is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share.
Homeward Residential is a nationwide integrated mortgage company with mortgage servicing and prime lending businesses. Homeward has a total servicing portfolio of more than 422,000 loans aggregating approximately $77 billion. As of September 2012, Homeward's growing lending platform was originating approximately $10 billion of loans on an annual run-rate basis. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, Homeward has approximately 2,800 associates working each day toward the mission of helping families realize and preserve their dream of homeownership.
Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE:OCN) and private equity firm WL Ross & Co. LLC entered into an agreement in October 2012 whereby Ocwen acquired Homeward Residential Holdings, Inc., including its various residential mortgage loan servicing and origination operating subsidiaries, for approximately $588 million in cash and $162 million in Ocwen convertible preferred stock. Homeward services about 422,000 mortgage loans with an aggregate unpaid principal balance of over $77 billion. Its loan origination business includes correspondent and retail lending and is focused solely on high quality Agency-conforming mortgages.