New Residential completes Shellpoint acquisition

New Residential Investment Corp. has closed its previously announced acquisition of New York City-based Shellpoint Partners LLC, a mortgage platform. No financial terms were disclosed; however, an earlier report pegged the price of the transaction at $190 million.


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New Residential Investment Corp. (NYSE:NRZ; together with its subsidiaries, “New Residential” or the “Company”) announced today that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of Shellpoint Partners LLC (“Shellpoint”), a vertically integrated mortgage platform with established origination and servicing capabilities. The acquisition comprises all outstanding equity interests of Shellpoint and all companies within the Shellpoint family, including New Penn Financial, Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing, Avenue 365, and eStreet Appraisal Management Company.

“We are pleased to announce the closing of the Shellpoint acquisition” said Michael Nierenberg, Chief Executive Officer of New Residential. “We believe this transaction creates tremendous optionality for New Residential. Shellpoint has an excellent origination and third-party servicing platform, as well as a suite of ancillary businesses including title insurance, appraisal management, real estate owned (“REO”) management and other real estate services.

In addition, Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing (“SMS”) has done a great job expanding its third-party servicing business, which we expect will remain a focus for the company as SMS continues to grow its roster of third-party clients. We look forward to working closely with the Shellpoint management team and we remain confident that Shellpoint’s businesses will be a strong contributor to New Residential.”

Bruce Williams, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Shellpoint commented, “We are delighted to announce the closing of this transaction and we look forward to our continued growth as part of the New Residential family. Our organizations share an entrepreneurial spirit, desire for growth, and focus on cutting-edge technology. It’s a terrific match and an exciting time to be part of this group of companies.”

“We are thrilled to officially become part of the New Residential family and excited for the opportunities that this presents for our customers,” said Kevin Harrigan, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Penn Financial. “Our continued focus will be on providing an excellent loan origination experience and competitive rates to our clients. With the support of a scaled platform like New Residential, we look forward to offering an even wider array of product options.”

“New Residential has already become an important client, adding significant loan servicing business to the SMS servicing portfolio,” said Jack Navarro, President and Chief Executive Officer of SMS. “We are excited about the additional prospects for growth created by this transaction.”

New Residential focuses on opportunistically investing in, and actively managing, investments related to residential real estate. The Company primarily targets investments in mortgage servicing related assets and other related opportunistic investments. New Residential is organized and conducts its operations to qualify as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes. The Company is managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a global investment management firm.

New Penn Financial® has become a leading nationwide lender by bringing expertise, extremely competitive rates on a broad portfolio of mortgage products, and exceptional customer service under one roof. Founded in 2008 and licensed in 49 states, the company and its reputation have grown rapidly under the guidance of a management team with years of experience in the mortgage industry. New Penn is headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania and operates offices nationwide.

Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing is one of America’s “Top 20” non-bank servicers of residential mortgage loans. From its offices in Greenville, SC and Houston, TX, SMS serves a wide range of clients nationwide, including leading banks, loan originators, and private equity firms. SMS’ ongoing success is grounded in its ability to deliver superior asset performance and to develop creative and practical solutions for homeowners in need.