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CTX Mortgage Company (Retail) - Retail
Update - 2008-09-05: We have received the following communication from Centex spokesperson Eric Bruner:
This was provided to us by way of confirmation that the retail offices were no longer a part of CTX Mortgage. The mortgage lending arm of their financial services division will continue to originate loans exclusively in support of the builder business. This listing will be removed from our Ailing/Watch list of lenders in a few business days.
Update - 2008-08-28: Recent tips that have come in set the end date for retail (non-builder) origination offices at the end of August. Some offices have already migrated to other companies, but an official statement has not been issued. Said one tipster, "they are closed as of September 1." Another writes:
"Its been my understanding that CTX Mortgage (retail) is discontinuing all loan originating in September. The only part of CTX that is slated to continue is working directly and exclusively for their home building unit, Centex Homes."
From their 2008 first quarter 10Q filing on August 5th:
"During July 2008, we made the decision to wind down the origination by Financial Services of mortgage loans for homes built by others as well as the refinancing of existing mortgages, which we refer to as Retail Loans. The wind-down will be executed in an orderly basis over the next several months. Financial Services, which currently operates approximately 80 retail branches, is expected to substantially complete the exit of its retail activity by the end of January 2009. We estimate pre-tax charges of approximately $20 to $30 million, which will be recognized primarily in the second and third quarters of fiscal year 2009, related to severance and contract termination costs and non-cash asset impairments in connection with the closure of our retail branches."
"Substantially complete... by the end of January 2009" gives the impression the winding down will go on for quite some time.
Update - 2008-07-18: The Dallas Business Journal reported Centex is "putting its network of mortgage retail offices up for sale:"
"Centex says the mortgage retail offices impacted by the decision are not tied to the company's internal loan origination program, which is coupled with the company's home building platform."
To reinforce information we've previously reported or been given, this applies to "street-level retail offices," not the "company's internal loan origination program, which is coupled with the company's home building platform."
We were unable to reach Centex for comment.
Update - 2008-07-09: In an email to employees today (view pdf) Prospect CEO Mark Filler announced they would not be buying CTX Mortgage:
"Today, I am sorry to inform you that Prospect Mortgage and Centex Homes have failed to reach mutually acceptable terms and we are no longer moving forward with the acquisition of the CTX Mortgage retail business. We truly respect CTX Mortgage and Centex's leadership and sincerely wish them the very best. While disappointing, this does not change Prospect Mortgage's commitment to growth or our continued financial backing from Sterling Partners."
This just in from a tipster: "CTX just notified their employees this morning via a conference call that they are shutting the doors." Right behind that, we got "Prospect is NOT buying CTX; they just the the word this morning and will be shut down by end of August." Another wrote "CTX is done and prospect deal is over."
It all sounds like CTX Mortgage is no more, but a source we spoke with said employees were not let go in that conference call, but rather "left to wonder how much longer" they would have their jobs.
An official statement (view pdf) was sent to us by Centex spokesperson Eric Bruner:
"Earlier this year, Centex announced plans to restructure its mortgage operations to focus exclusively on originating mortgages for homes built by Centex. Centex has been in discussions with Prospect Mortgage for several months to transfer its retail branches that focus on non-Centex Homes-related mortgages, and those discussions have ended without the companies reaching final agreement. In a conference call with employees this morning, Centex told employees that it intends to work with its retail branch teams to facilitate a smooth transition of its retail branches to other mortgage companies over time. In the meantime, CTX Mortgage continues to provide full support to its retail branches and loan officers, including accepting loan applications and offering rate locks. And for its builder-focused platform, CTX Mortgage will continue as a full-service lender."
That statement echoes the message from Centex CEO Tim Bartosh in an email (view pdf) sent to employees this morning:
Bartosh's memo goes on to mention they will hold two "town hall" meetings tomorrow to address employee questions.
Centex shares (CTX), originally up at mid-day, started sliding by mid-afternoon.
We were not told how many CTX Mortgage employees will be affected by the offing of the retail mortgage branches. Please contact us if you have more detail.
Update - 2008-05-06: Multiple sources have told us that the CTX acquisition by Prospect is now complete. We have been told CTX Mortgage President and CEO Timothy Bartosh is now an employee of Prospect Mortgage, LLC, and Daniel Deaton, E.V.P. of National Retail Production, along with all others in the non-builder retail origination branches.
Others we spoke to indicated that the builder-specific origination branches were also part of the deal. It remains unclear if Kevin Gillespie, S.V.P. of Builder Loan Production remains behind to maintain that business channel some people say no. One tipster writes:
"SVP of Builder loan production remains an employe fo Centex Corp and will handle the ABA between Prospect Mortgage and Centex."
A third-party source familiar with the company we spoke with today indicated the builder lending branches (and Gillespie) were also now with Prospect.
Centex spokesperson Eric Bruner could neither confirm or deny any of this development, and sent us this statement:
"As we've said on several recent occasions, Centex is in discussions with Prospect concerning its retail mortgage operations. Those discussions are ongoing."
Update - 2008-03-20: This just in from an email:
"CTX will now be completely sold to Prospect Mortgage including all builder branches. They will operate under the CTX brand name for now but will now be financed through Prospect's lending facility and not Centex. This just announced through a conference call held earlier today about a month after reporting they would be selling only their retail division to Prospect."
Calls to CTX spokesperson Eric Bruner were not returned. Given the ambiguity surrounding Prospect's take over, we have reason to believe that CTX Mortgage will make an announcement soon that all business going forward will be under Prospect's operations.
Update -- 2008-02-07: From an email in today:
"CTX has been sold to Prospect. They had a meeting last night with their chairman's circle in which they flew in their top producers from all over the country to Dallas. At the meeting they introduced them to the big wigs with Prospect which is a division of Sterling Capital."
I'm sure there will be a certain amount of due diligence associated with this deal, so let's start by opening the first 'can-of-worms.' Other members of the media are watching CTX closely, and this initial report was sent to us:
"CTX in [city name] was bleeding loan officers, especially after they shut down their construction lending division. Borrowers who took out construction-to-permanent financing ("one time close" product) don't know it yet, but the permanent financing they already paid for with their origination fees is no longer available. When construction is complete they will be looking for financing (and probably filing lawsuits). The local regional manager called a meeting in January and promised loan officers that if they hung in it would be "Christmas in July" next week. Now they have been told that "Christmas" has been put off until March."
Part of the above statement may be paranoia, as we reported earlier CTX has forward commitment for $74.4 million against those perm loans with their credit facility (figures from their 3rd Quarter 10Q). But now there are two points of view, and only time will tell which scenario plays out.
Original Post -- 2008-02-06: Following in the wake of a dismal earnings release today by parent Centex Corp., employees learned the retail lending division, CTX Mortgage is in "discussions" to be sold to Prospect Mortgage Co., LLC, a unit of Sterling Capital Partners. (Revenues for the 2007 3rd quarter of $1.9 billion and a net loss of nearly $1 billion were reported.)
Back in July 2006, the Company sold "Home Equity" for $518.5 million in cash to be renamed Nationstar Mortgage, LLC. We posted Nationstar to the Imploded List 14 months later.
In a recent email communication to employees, Centex says:
"In recent months, we have communicated frequently to keep you abreast of the challenges facing our mortgage company and the financial services industry. Given the volatility of the market and the capital requirements needed to fund CTX volume, we reluctantly decided that the time had come to consider options for our retail mortgage platform. To better ensure that our retail branches receive the capital and other support they need to compete effectively in this new environment, we decided it was time to transfer these operations to a company devoted more exclusively to financial services. As we have communicated, many possibilities were explored in an effort to best position the CTX retail platform for future success."
A reader told us "Centex is supposedly still keeping CTX to do the loans from the builder new constr. sales." The following statement is taken from their 3rd Quarter 10Q:
According to company spokesperson Eric Bruner, CTX Mortgage has 58 retail branch offices independent of the building finance operations. The number of employees in those locations was not immediately available. Bruner said they "were working toward a solution that will balance the company's (Centex) essential need for in-house mortgage services that support their mission of selling homes." He added that "no decision has been made" but acknowledged that they were involved "in discussions" regarding the retail unit. Per their web site, CTX Mortgage originated almost $14 billion of loans in fiscal 2007 with over 200 offices.
Contact us if you can provide additional information. Certainly a company worth watching.
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