Largest holders of MSRs continue to manage risk effectively

Risk management activities for 14 of the largest holders of residential mortgage servicing rights (MSR) produced an average net gain in asset value of 0.4% during the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest MSR Industry Report produced by MountainView Financial Solutions, a Situs company. The largest gain among the 14 companies was 4.6%, and the largest loss was -3.3%.

Net risk management results in the report are calculated as the sum of change in value due to market inputs and assumptions and the corresponding change in hedge values.

MountainView’s report has recorded positive MSR risk management results in 20 of the last 21 quarters; Q4 2017 was the only quarter with negative results. Over this time period, the largest annualized hedge benefit relative to MSR value was 7.9% in Q2 2014, and the smallest benefit (a cost) was -3.2% in 4Q 2017.

An analysis of the average net hedge performance for 18 of the largest MSR holders over the last five years shows the industry on average has produced a 2.6% net return on the MSR asset. The top five companies’ performance has averaged 13%, while the five worst performers have averaged only a 3.6% loss. These net results for the largest companies in the industry show that hedges have been performing effectively over the last five years.

MountainView’s MSR Industry Report is produced quarterly using data from press releases of publicly traded companies. Thirteen of the 14 companies in the Q1 2018 report are banks and one is a non-bank.

The report includes additional metrics for industry MSR results, including detailed analyses of MSR risk measures, detailed analyses of MSR values, additional MSR portfolio characteristics and sensitivities, and trends in unpaid principal balances. All of these data points are reported for the industry as a whole and for the individual companies.

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