Mortgage Bank Profits Back in Black
Jann Swanson | Mortgage News Daily | Aug 26 2014 | link
Mortgage banks substantially improved their bottom line numbers in the second quarter after posting a loss on every loan written during the first quarter of the year. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said Independent mortgage banks and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks reported a net gain of $954 on each loan they originated in the second quarter, up from a reported loss of $194 per loan the quarter before.
“The gains seen in the second quarter come after first quarter losses that were likely triggered by a variety of factors including the implementation of new Dodd-Frank regulations and extremely low origination volumes,” said Marina Walsh, MBA’s Vice President of Industry Analysis. “Some loan closings may have been pushed into the second quarter, resulting in an increase in profitability as per-loan production costs declined.”
Those total loan production expenses – commissions, compensation, occupancy, equipment, and other production expenses and corporate allocations – decreased to $6,932 per loan in the second quarter of 2014, from $8,025 in the first quarter. The $1,093 reduction was the largest in any single quarter since the inception of the MBA’s Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report in the first quarter of 2008.
The current Performance Report says that the average production profit was 45.70 basis points in compared to an average net production loss of 8.31 basis points (bps) in the first quarter of the year. Despite the increase the second quarter, net production income is well below the average of 54.33 bps and the median of 52.05 bps published by the MBA’s report across its publication history.
Production volume averaged $378 million per company in Q2 compared to $274 million in Q1, an increase of 38 percent. The average volume by count rose to 1,676 loans from 1,238.
Purchase mortgages represented 74 percent of the dollar volume of all mortgages originated in the quarter compared to 68 percent the previous period. MBA estimates that the purchase share for the mortgage industry as a whole was 59 percent in the second quarter, up from 51 percent in the first.