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ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

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ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
 
New Residential Investment Corp. (together with its subsidiaries, “New Residential,” or “the Company”) is a Delaware corporation that was formed as a limited liability company in September 2011 (commenced operations on December 8, 2011) for the purpose of making real estate related investments. New Residential is an independent publicly traded REIT primarily focused on investing in residential mortgage related assets and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the symbol “NRZ.” New Residential’s investment portfolio is composed of mortgage servicing related assets (full and excess MSRs and servicer advances), residential securities (and associated called rights), properties (including single family rental) and loans, and consumer loans. New Residential’s investments in operating entities include leading origination and servicing platforms through wholly-owned subsidiaries, Newrez LLC (“Newrez”) and Caliber Home Loans Inc. (“Caliber”), as well as investments in affiliated businesses that provide mortgage related services.
 
New Residential has elected and intends to qualify to be taxed as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes. As such, New Residential will generally not be subject to U.S. federal corporate income tax on that portion of its net income that is distributed to stockholders if it distributes at least 90% of its REIT taxable income to its stockholders by prescribed dates and complies with various other requirements. See Note 17, Income Taxes, for additional information regarding New Residential’s taxable REIT subsidiaries.

New Residential, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries New Residential Mortgage LLC (“NRM”), Newrez and Caliber is licensed or otherwise eligible to service residential mortgage loans in all states within the United States and the District of Columbia. Each of NRM, Newrez and Caliber are also approved to service mortgage loans on behalf of investors, including the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) (collectively, Government Sponsored Enterprises or “GSEs”) and, in the case of Newrez and Caliber, Government National Mortgage Association (“Ginnie Mae”). Newrez and Caliber are also eligible to perform servicing on behalf of other servicers (subservicing) and investors.

Newrez and Caliber currently originate, sell and securitize conventional (conforming to the underwriting standards of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac; collectively referred to as “Agency” loans), government-insured Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) and Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) and non-qualified (“Non-QM”) residential mortgage loans. The GSEs or Ginnie Mae guarantee securitizations are completed under their applicable policies and guidelines. New Residential generally retains the right to service the underlying residential mortgage loans sold and securitized by Newrez and Caliber. NRM, Newrez and Caliber are required to conduct aspects of their operations in accordance with applicable policies and guidelines published by FHA, VA, USDA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae.

New Residential has entered into a management agreement (the “Management Agreement”) with FIG LLC (the “Manager”), an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC (“Fortress”), pursuant to which the Manager provides a management team and other professionals who are responsible for implementing New Residential’s business strategy, subject to the supervision of New Residential’s board of directors. For its services, the Manager is entitled to management fees and incentive compensation, both defined in, and in accordance with the terms of, the Management Agreement. See Note 16 for additional information.

As of September 30, 2021, New Residential conducted its business through the following segments: (i) Origination, (ii) Servicing, (iii) MSR Related Investments, (iv) Residential Securities, Properties and Loans, (v) Consumer Loans and (vi) Corporate.
 
Approximately 2.4 million shares of New Residential’s common stock were held by Fortress, through its affiliates, as of September 30, 2021. In addition, Fortress, through its affiliates, held options and warrants relating to approximately 18.7 million and 22.0 million shares, respectively, of New Residential’s common stock as of September 30, 2021.

Acquisition of Caliber Home Loans Inc.

On April 14, 2021, New Residential entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “SPA”) with LSF Pickens Holdings, LLC (“LSF”), a Delaware limited liability company and an affiliate of Lone Star Funds, and Caliber, a leading mortgage originator and servicer and then-wholly owned subsidiary of LSF. The SPA provided that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein, the Company or one of its subsidiaries will purchase all of the issued and outstanding equity interests of Caliber
from LSF. On August 23, 2021, New Residential completed its acquisition of all of the outstanding equity interests of Caliber from LSF for a purchase price of $1.318 billion in cash.

The results of Caliber’s operations have been included in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income for both the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 from the date of the acquisition and represent $246.4 million of revenue and $29.1 million of net income.

The Caliber acquisition has been accounted for as a business combination under ASC 805, Business Combinations, (“ASC 805”) using the acquisition method of accounting, whereby the total purchase price has been allocated to identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their respective fair values as of the acquisition date. Goodwill is calculated as the excess of the consideration transferred over the net assets acquired that meet the criteria for separate recognition and represents the estimated future economic benefits arising from these and other assets acquired that could not be individually identified or do not qualify for recognition as a separate asset. Likewise, a bargain purchase gain is recognized in current earnings when the aggregate fair value of the consideration transferred and any noncontrolling interests in the acquiree is less than the fair value of the identifiable net assets acquired. Based on the New Residential’s preliminary analysis, the Company recognized a bargain purchase gain of approximately $3.5 million in the Caliber acquisition and the amount is grouped and presented as part of Other Income in the Consolidated Statements of Income. The bargain purchase gain was primarily driven by differences in Caliber’s projected net income versus actuals between the period of Caliber acquisition announcement and its closing.

Recorded fair valuation of assets acquired and liabilities assumed related to the acquisition of Caliber is preliminary and will be completed as soon as practicable, but no later than one year after the consummation of the transaction. Pursuant to ASC 805, the financial statements will not be retrospectively adjusted for any provisional amount changes that occur in subsequent periods. Rather, New Residential will recognize any provisional amount adjustments during the reporting period in which the adjustments are determined as part of the bargain purchase gain.

The preliminary estimate of fair value of assets and liabilities required the use of significant assumptions and estimates. Critical estimates included, but were not limited to, future expected cash flows, including projected revenues and expenses, and the applicable discount rates. These estimates were based on assumptions that management believes to be reasonable; however, actual results may differ from these estimates. The assessment of fair value is preliminary and is based on information that was available to management at the time the consolidated financial statements were prepared. Those estimates and assumptions are subject to change as management obtains additional information related to those estimates during the applicable measurement period. The most significant open items necessary to complete are related to intangible assets, other assets, deferred income taxes, and other liabilities. The final acquisition accounting adjustments, including those resulting from conforming Caliber’s accounting policies to those of New Residential could differ materially.

Acquisition-related costs are expensed in the period incurred. New Residential recognized $5.5 million and $9.6 million of acquisition-related costs that were expensed for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively. These costs are grouped and presented within General and Administrative Expenses in the Consolidated Statements of Income.

The table below summarizes New Residential’s allocation of the total consideration paid to acquire the assets and assume the liabilities of Caliber (in millions):
Assets Acquired
Mortgage servicing rights, at fair value $ 1,507.5 
Residential mortgage loans, held-for-sale 7,685.7 
Residential mortgage loans subject to repurchase 666.8 
Cash and cash equivalents 472.7 
Restricted cash 30.6 
Servicer advances receivable 113.4 
Other assets 640.6 
Total Assets Acquired $ 11,117.3 
Liabilities Assumed
Secured financing agreements $ 7,090.6 
Secured notes and bonds payable 1,121.8 
Residential mortgage loan repurchase liability 666.8 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 916.1 
Total Liabilities Assumed $ 9,795.3 
Net Assets $ 1,322.0 
Total Consideration $ 1,318.5 
Goodwill (Bargain Purchase Gain) $ (3.5)

Intangible assets consist of purchased technology and trade names/trademarks. New Residential amortizes intangible assets on a straight-line basis over their respective useful lives. The weighted average life of the total acquired identifiable intangible assets is 4.8 years. The following table presents the details of identifiable intangible assets acquired:
Estimated Useful Life Amount
Purchased technology 5 $ 38,545 
Trade names/trademarks 1 2,483 
Total identifiable intangible assets $ 41,028 

Unaudited Supplemental Pro Forma Financial Information — The following table presents unaudited pro forma combined revenues and income before income taxes for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 prepared as if the Caliber acquisition had been consummated on January 1, 2020:
Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Pro Forma 2021 2020 2021 2020
Revenues $ 1,285,690  $ 1,463,384  $ 4,257,458  $ 3,333,123 
Income Before Income Taxes 148,380  487,755  1,043,357  (874,436)

The unaudited supplemental pro forma financial information reflects, among others, financing adjustments, amortization of intangibles, and transactions costs. The unaudited supplemental pro forma financial information has not been adjusted to reflect all conforming of accounting policies. The unaudited supplemental pro forma financial information does not include any anticipated synergies or other anticipated benefits of the Caliber acquisition and, accordingly, the unaudited supplemental pro forma financial information is not necessarily indicative of either future results of operations or results that might have been achieved had the Caliber acquisition occurred on January 1, 2020, the beginning of the earliest period presented.
Interim Financial Statements

The accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP’’ or “U.S. GAAP”). In the opinion of management, all adjustments considered necessary for a fair presentation of New Residential’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows have been included and are of a normal and recurring nature. The Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of New Residential and its consolidated subsidiaries. All significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated. New Residential consolidates those entities in which it has control over significant operating, financing and investing decisions of the entity, as well as those entities deemed to be variable interest entities (“VIEs”) in which New Residential is determined to be the primary beneficiary. For entities over which New Residential exercises significant influence, but which do not meet the requirements for consolidation, New Residential uses the equity method of accounting whereby it records its share of the underlying income of such entities. Distributions from equity method investees are classified in the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows based on the cumulative earnings approach, where all distributions up to cumulative earnings are classified as distributions of earnings.

Reclassifications

As of and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, New Residential changed its presentation of certain balance sheet and income statement line items to better reflect how New Residential is managed. Specifically, MSR Financing Receivables is presented together with Mortgage Servicing Rights, at Fair Value on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. In addition, components of interest income from MSR financing receivables—(i) servicing fee revenue, (ii) ancillary and other fees and (iii) subservicing expense—as well as change in fair value of MSR financing receivables are included in Servicing Revenue, Net or General and Administrative Expenses in the Consolidated Income Statements. Prior period amounts in New Residential’s Consolidated Financial Statements and respective notes have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation. Such reclassifications had no impact on net income, total assets, total liabilities, or stockholders’ equity.

In addition to above, certain other prior period amounts in New Residential’s Consolidated Financial Statements and respective notes have been reclassified to be consistent with the current period presentation. Such reclassifications had no impact on net income, total assets, total liabilities, or stockholders’ equity.

Risks and Uncertainties

In the normal course of business, New Residential encounters primarily two significant types of economic risk: credit and market. Credit risk is the risk of default on New Residential’s investments that results from a borrower’s or counterparty’s inability or unwillingness to make contractually required payments. Market risk reflects changes in the value of investments due to changes in prepayment rates, interest rates, spreads or other market factors, including risks that impact the value of the collateral underlying New Residential’s investments. Taking into consideration these risks along with estimated prepayments, financings, collateral values, payment histories, and other information, New Residential believes that the carrying values of its investments are reasonable. Furthermore, for each of the periods presented, a significant portion of New Residential’s assets are dependent on its servicers’ and subservicers’ ability to perform their obligations servicing the loans underlying New Residential’s Excess MSRs, MSRs, MSR Financing Receivables, Servicer Advance Investments, Non-Agency RMBS and loans. If a servicer is terminated, New Residential’s right to receive its portion of the cash flows related to interests in servicing related assets may also be terminated.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic around the globe continues to adversely impact the U.S. and world economies and has contributed to significant volatility in global financial and credit markets. The impact of the outbreak has evolved rapidly. The major disruptions caused by COVID-19 significantly slowed many commercial activities in the U.S., resulting in a rapid rise in unemployment claims, reduced business revenues and sharp reductions in liquidity and the fair value of many assets, including those in which the Company invests. The ultimate duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and response thereto remain uncertain.

New Residential is subject to significant tax risks. If New Residential were to fail to qualify as a REIT in any taxable year, New Residential would be subject to U.S. federal corporate income tax (including any applicable alternative minimum tax), which could be material. Unless entitled to relief under certain statutory provisions, New Residential would also be disqualified from treatment as a REIT for the four taxable years following the year during which qualification is lost.
Use of Estimates

The Company believes the estimates and assumptions underlying its Consolidated Financial Statements are reasonable and supportable based on the information available as of September 30, 2021; however, uncertainty over the ultimate impact COVID-19 will have on the global economy generally, and the Company’s business in particular, makes any estimates and assumptions as of September 30, 2021 inherently less certain than they would be absent the current and potential impacts of COVID-19. Actual results may materially differ from those estimates.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In March 2020, the FASB issued ASU 2020-04, Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848): Facilitation of the Effects of Reference Rate Reform on Financial Reporting. The standard was issued to ease the accounting effects of reform to the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) and other reference rates. The standard provides optional expedients and exceptions for applying GAAP to debt, derivatives, and other contracts affected by reference rate reform. While the Company currently does not have any hedge accounting relationships, many of the Company’s debt facilities and loan agreements incorporate LIBOR as the referenced rate. Some of these facilities and loan agreements either mature prior to the phase out of LIBOR or have provisions in place that provide for an alternative to LIBOR upon its phase-out. The standard is effective for all entities as of March 12, 2020 through December 31, 2022 and may be elected over time as reference rate reform activities occur. In preparation for the phase-out of LIBOR, the Company has adopted and implemented the SOFR index for our Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae adjustable-rate mortgages (“ARMs”). For debt facilities that do not mature prior to the phase-out of LIBOR, the Company has begun amending terms to transition to an alternative benchmark. The Company continues to evaluate the transitional impact to serviced ARMs.

In August 2020, the FASB issued ASU 2020-06, Debt–Debt with Conversion and Other Options (Topic 470) and Derivatives and Hedging–Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Topic 815). The standard simplifies the accounting for convertible instruments by reducing the number of accounting models. A convertible debt instrument will generally be reported as a single liability at its amortized cost with no separate accounting for embedded conversion features. The standard also amends the accounting for certain contracts in an entity’s own equity that are currently accounted for as derivatives because of specific settlement provisions. In addition, the new guidance eliminates the treasury stock method to calculate diluted earnings per share for convertible instruments and requires the use of the if-converted method. ASU 2020-16 is effective for New Residential beginning in the first quarter of 2022 with early adoption permitted beginning in 2021. The adoption of ASU 2020-06 is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.