Irvine, CA, January 8th, 2015 — Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT: IMH)(“Impac” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce its subsidiary, Impac Mortgage Corp., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the mortgage operations of CashCall, Inc. (“CashCall”). In 2013, CashCall’s mortgage division was ranked by the Mortgage Bankers Association as the 31st largest residential mortgage originator with approximately $6.5 billion in total originations. In the fourth quarter of 2014, CashCall’s mortgage division volume was approximately $800 million and is expected to add significant retail direct origination volume to the Impac Mortgage Corp. platform beginning in 2015. CashCall’s mortgage operations will operate as a separate division of Impac Mortgage Corp. under the name CashCall Mortgage.
The Company considers the acquisition to be a major strategic accomplishment for Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc. as it adds a centralized retail call center to Impac Mortgage Corp.’s current business to business origination channels. With this acquisition, Impac Mortgage Corp. is expected to be a top ranked nationwide mortgage originator, offering a full spectrum of loan products including agency conventional, non-agency, prime jumbo and non-qualified mortgages.
CashCall Mortgage’s operations are a centralized retail call center where loan applications are received and taken by loan agents directly from consumers and through the internet. The transaction is structured as a purchase of certain of the assets of CashCall, including CashCall Mortgage’s call center and lead management technology, integrated with its highly customized loan origination system. CashCall Mortgage is expected to operate in the same facility as today with the current employees to be hired by Impac Mortgage Corp. Impac believes that the centralized call center operations, combined with this technology, makes CashCall Mortgage a scalable retail origination platform that is able to close loans faster than competitors in a highly efficient manner. According to the Mortgage Bankers Associations (MBA) third quarter 2014 performance report, CashCall would rank among one of the most efficient retail originators, closing on average over 4 loans per production employee as compared to the MBA average of 2.1 loans and over 13 closed loans per sales employee compared to MBA averages of 5.3 loans.
Impac Mortgage Corp. has been doing business with CashCall on a correspondent basis since 2013, and CashCall’s overall loan performance and delivery has reinforced Impac’s decision to complete the acquisition. Therefore, the Company expects to leverage CashCall Mortgage’s platform and proven multifaceted marketing strategies to increase origination volume of expanded products including the Company’s AltQM loan programs and government insured Ginnie Mae programs. In addition this acquisition is expected to unlock opportunities by expanding CashCall Mortgage’s geographic footprint from 11 licensed states up to 42 states.
The transaction has been structured with a significant contingent component of the purchase price with the intent to minimize the financial risk for Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc. while being accretive to earnings. Also, with Impac’s significant tax loss carry forwards, all net profits from CashCall Mortgage are expected to generate significant tax benefits.
Mr. Joseph Tomkinson, Chairman and CEO of Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc., commented, “The CashCall Mortgage name adds significant brand equity to the Impac franchise. Additionally, we believe that the expansion of product capabilities and geographical footprint, for both sides, will create significant strategic and financial benefits. This transaction increases the scale of our overall platform which is expected to leverage existing infrastructure and enhance profitability. Furthermore, increased profitability will accelerate the ability to monetize the value of tax loss carry forwards.”
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About the Company
Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc. (IMH or Impac) provides innovative mortgage lending and warehouse lending solutions, as well as real estate solutions that address the challenges of today’s economic environment. Impac’s operations include mortgage and warehouse lending, servicing, portfolio loss mitigation and real estate services as well as the management of the securitized long-term mortgage portfolio, which includes the residual interests in securitizations.
For additional information, questions or comments, please call Justin Moisio, VP Investor Relations at (949) 475-3988 or email Justin.Moisio@ImpacMail.com. Investor Relations Websites: http://ir.impaccompanies.com or www.impaccompanies.com