Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation Announces Sale Of Its Excess MSR Portfolio

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation (NYSE:CHMI) ("Cherry Hill" or the "Company") today announced it has agreed to sell back to Freedom Mortgage the Excess MSRs that Freedom Mortgage had previously sold to the Company.

The sale will be a two-step process. Pool 1/Pool 2014 were sold on November 15 and Pool 2 will be sold approximately one month later. The price for the pools will be the product of 60 basis points and the aggregate UPB of the pools as of October 31 for Pool 1/Pool 2014 and November 30 for Pool 2. In addition, Freedom will pay yield maintenance to Cherry Hill equivalent to $750,000 per quarter in 2017 as partial consideration for the sale. This feature of the agreement is intended to help mitigate any earnings deterioration as the Company works to reinvest the proceeds in newly originated MSRs. A portion of the purchase price for Pool 2 may consist of full MSRs on loans backing Ginnie Mae securities if Ginnie Mae and the Company's independent directors approve. Cherry Hill is hopeful to receive its GNMA issuer approval shortly and would then seek GNMA approval to purchase the MSRs from Freedom.

Cherry Hill expects to recognize a net gain on sale of approximately $16 million as a result of the transaction, which is expected to result in an increase in book value. A portion of the expected proceeds from the transaction will be used to repay the $21 million currently outstanding on its term loan, while the remainder of the proceeds will be temporarily invested into RMBS, as Cherry Hill identifies and begins to deploy the capital into servicing-related MSRs over time.

"Freedom expressed an interest in reacquiring our Excess MSRs and eventually presented a compelling offer," stated Jay Lown, Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation's President. "The Excess MSR assets are particularly illiquid, and after careful consideration, we acted opportunistically and accepted the offer. Overall, we remain committed to maintaining the balance of our entire portfolio of assets, which has allowed us to take advantage of rate fluctuations in our efforts to create value for shareholders."

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