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ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION (Policies)

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ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION (Policies)
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Income Taxes 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.
Segment Reporting 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.
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.