Will JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Stock Benefit From Ocwen Mortgage Servicing Rights Purchase?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- JPMorgan Chase (JPM) announced this morning that is will purchase the mortgage servicing rights for 266,000 high quality Fannie Mae (FNMA) loans worth an estimated $45 billion from a subsidiary of Ocwen Financial Corp. (OCN).

"Buying this prime servicing book will improve the quality of our servicing portfolio and will help drive a stronger and less volatile mortgage business," Chase Mortgage Banking CEO Kevin Watters said in a statement announcing the purchase.

"We expect the portfolio, in addition to lower delinquency rates overall, will help improve the value of our business," Watters added.

Ocwen had previously announced its intent to sell this portfolio of loans at the beginning of March.

Chase added that the acquisition is consistent with its desire to enhance the quality and efficiency of the mortgage business.

Shares of JPMorgan are up by 0.46% to $65.82 at the start of trading on Thursday morning.

Insight from TheStreet's Research Team:

TheStreet's Doug Kass recently commented on JPMorgan in his blog on RealMoneyPro.com. Here is what Kass had to say about it:

I feel strongly that (1) JPM is among the best positioned money center banks, (2) the bank has the best scale of any major bank and (3) consensus earnings estimates are a bit too low for 2015 and 2016 (with the source of the potential beat in investment banking, strength in the commercial bank and in real estate).

Doug Kass 'Daily Dairy' Originally Published on Real Money Pro on May 14, 2015.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates JPMORGAN CHASE & CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate JPMORGAN CHASE & CO (JPM) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • JPM's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • JPMORGAN CHASE & CO has improved earnings per share by 13.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, JPMORGAN CHASE & CO increased its bottom line by earning $5.29 versus $4.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.85 versus $5.29).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Commercial Banks industry average. The net income increased by 12.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $5,274.00 million to $5,914.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $14,879.00 million or 1.44% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -29.77%.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: JPM Ratings Report