Updated with additional information on Ocwen Financial.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- In any economy there's a growth industry and investors should check out two linked companies riding the wave of mortgage loan delinquencies and foreclosures.
Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (ASPS - Get Report) is in the sweet spot, at the forefront of helping mortgage lenders and servicers minimize losses and maximize their recoveries on repossessed real estate.The company -- headquartered in Luxembourg and spun-off from subprime mortgage servicing specialist Ocwen Financial (OCN - Get Report) of Atlanta in August 2009 -- was recently described by Doug Kass on Real Money as "uniquely positioned and has an insurmountable market lead against others that want to enter the field, as Ocwen has been on an acquisition binge." And that was before Altisource reported a 75% year-over-year increase in third-quarter net income available to common shareholders of $17.2 million, or 67 cents a share. Gross profit -- revenue less the cost of revenue -- totaled $$73.4 million, increasing 50% from a year earlier. Altisource operates in three segments, including Mortgage Services, which provides outsourced mortgage loan servicing for the entire lifecycle of mortgage loans, to mortgage originators and loan servicers. The main customer for the Mortgage Services segment is Ocwen, which has made several recent large servicing portfolio acquisitions, including its purchase of Litton Loan Servicing of Houston in September from Goldman Sachs (GS - Get Report), for $247.2 million. The Litton acquisition included servicing rights on "approximately 245,000 primarily non-prime residential mortgage loans with approximately $38.6 billion in unpaid principal balance." Ocwen agreed on Oct. 19 to purchase Saxon Mortgage Services from Morgan Stanley (MS - Get Report) for $59.3 million, in a deal expected to close during the first quarter of 2012. Ocwen will take on the mortgage servicing rights for a loan portfolio with an unpaid balance of $26.6 billion. Within the Mortgage Services segment, Altisource focuses on key aspects of the foreclosure and recovery process, including document preparation, title searches, appraisal, property preservation, repossessed property brokerage, and insurance claims processing. Through its Financial Services segment, Altisource provides unsecured asset recovery services. The company's Technology Services segment provides "modular, comprehensive integrated technological solutions for loan servicing, vendor management and invoice presentment and payment as well as providing infrastructure support." Doug Kass late in October called Altisource "among the best-performing stocks extant," and the shares were up 49% year-to-date, through Wednesday's close at $42.89. PiperJaffray analyst Michael Grondahl rates Altisource "Overweight" or "Buy," with a price target of $46.40, and said in an Oct. 27 report after the company announced its third-quarter results that with Altisource only booking $2.2 million in third-quarter revenue from Ocwen's acquisition of Litton, and with large numbers of Litton and Saxon loans to be boarded during the fourth quarter and first quarter of 2012, "the revenue environment looks strong," and the "outlook is very robust." Grondahl estimates that Altisource will earn 70 cents a share during the fourth quarter, for full-year earnings of $2.46, followed by EPS of $3.44 in 2012. The analyst expects the company's top-line revenue to increase to $542.3 million in 2012 from an estimated $403.4 million for all of 2011. The shares trade for just under 12 times the even more aggressive consensus 2012 earnings estimate of $3.63, among analysts polled by FactSet. Altisource's shares are cheaply priced for a company with rapidly expanding revenues in one of the few segments of the U.S. economy that is clearly growing, and with Ocwen's major acquisitions feeding further growth, it's not too late to jump in.