PE-backed Covius to buy certain businesses from Chronos Solutions


Covius Holdings, a provider of technology-enabled services for the financial services industry, has agreed to acquire certain businesses from Chronos Solutions. The businesses include Chronos Solutions’ credit, flood, income and tax verification services, government services, REO management and disposition, online foreclosure auction and homeowners association tracking units. No financial terms were disclosed. Covius is backed by Aquiline Capital Partners.

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DENVER, June 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Covius Holdings, a leading provider of technology-enabled solutions to the financial services industry, announced today that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire certain businesses from Chronos Solutions (Chronos), including its credit, flood, income and tax verification services, government services, REO management and disposition, online foreclosure auction and homeowners association (HOA) tracking units.

These businesses will complement Covius’ extensive offerings in document management, loan modification and loss mitigation, title, compliance management, lien tracking, valuations, due diligence and business process workflow services. When the transaction has closed, the combined company will have a broad range of products spanning the mortgage, real estate and financial services lifecycle and a customer base of more than 5,500 clients. Under the purchase agreement, Covius will acquire a host of critical capabilities, including:

Credit reporting and modeling
Borrower verification services
Flood determinations
Appraisal review technology
Lien release and tax tracking
HOA risk mitigation services
Government services
REO asset management and disposition services
Online foreclosure auction services

Rob Clements, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Covius Holdings, said: “For the past 18 months, we have been rigorously executing a strategic plan to invest in technology-enabled services while divesting our private-label fulfillment operation. Combined with New Residential Investment Corp.’s recent agreement to make an investment in Covius, this acquisition further expands the critical services that Covius can digitally deliver across the mortgage ecosystem and deepens our product offerings.”

John Surface, President and Chief Operating Officer of Covius Holdings, added: “The businesses that we are acquiring are very complementary to our current offerings and will significantly enhance the full suite of services we offer to the industry. The transaction will strengthen Covius’ presence on the origination services side of the market, broaden our solutions for servicers and asset managers and bring us several established delivery platforms, including FundingSuite®, Taxdoor® and RealtyBid®. We intend to increase the support behind these businesses and create new synergies with our current products. We look forward to welcoming and working with Chronos’ clients.”

Chronos’ key senior management and operating team members will be joining Covius as part of the transaction. “The acquisition by Covius is a natural fit for the Chronos set of businesses and represents an exciting opportunity to join a growing company with a strong financial position and diverse client base,” said Mark Hikel, Chief Executive Officer of Chronos Solutions. “We could not be more excited about this new partnership and what it will mean for our clients and employees.”

The transaction, which is subject to required approvals and consents, is expected to close within one to two months.

Evercore acted as Covius’ financial advisor and Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP as legal counsel in connection with the transaction. Alston & Bird, LLP acted as Covius’ regulatory counsel.

Jefferies acted as Chronos’ financial advisor in connection with the transaction.

About Covius
Covius is a trusted provider of services, insight and technology to leading financial companies. Covius’ technology-enabled solutions deliver operational efficiencies, mitigate risk and empower confident, compliant decisions and borrower interactions. Covius businesses are recognized leaders in quality assurance, regulatory compliance, compliant document services, comprehensive settlement services, lien and title curative solutions, as well as rapid development, customizable cloud-based business process solutions. The company was recently named one of HousingWire’s 2019 Tech100 winners. Covius Holdings is owned by Aquiline Capital Partners, a New York and London-based private equity firm investing in financial services and technology. In 2019, New Residential Investment Corp., (NYSE: NRZ, “New Residential”), a publicly traded REIT that focuses on opportunistically investing in, and actively managing, investments principally related to residential real estate, announced that it had entered into agreements to make a strategic investment in Covius. For more information about the company and its services, visit www.covius.com.