Two Harbors to buy mortgage servicing rights from Flagstar
Dec 18 (Reuters) - Mortgage real estate investment trust Two Harbors Investment Corp said its unit would buy a pool of mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) from Flagstar Bancorp Inc for about $500 million.
Flagstar Bank will sell a portion of its MSRs portfolio to Matrix Financial Services Corp, a unit of Two Harbors.
The portfolio of mortgage loans has unpaid principal balances of about $40.7 billion and consists of Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae loans primarily originated after 2010, the companies said in separate statements.
"We periodically evaluate the sale of MSRs as a way to reduce the concentration of the asset," Flagstar CEO Alessandro DiNello said in a statement.
Flagstar earlier this year settled lawsuits with bond insurers Assured Guaranty Ltd and MBIA Inc over misrepresenting the quality of loans underlying its mortgage-backed securities.
Companies such as Two Harbors and Ocwen Financial Corp have been picking up firms that collect payments on subprime mortgages - known as servicers - or the underlying service rights, as banks and private equity firms look to shed them because of new regulations and capital requirements.
Flagstar will act as sub-servicer on all of the mortgage loans under the MSRs sold to Two Harbors.
Two Harbor's shares were up 3 percent in extended trading after closing at $9.31 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Flagstar's stock, which closed at $17.98, was unchanged after the bell.
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