Ocwen Financial Corp.'s acquisition of PHH Corp. will help the nonbank servicer rebuild scale that's been diminished by years of regulatory restrictions and the decline in distressed mortgage volume brought about by improvements in the overall housing market.
The Detroit company recorded an 11% increase in car loans and leases originated during the fourth quarter, as well as a jump in yields. Ally appears to be benefiting from Wells Fargo's substantial retrenchment in auto lending.
The hurricanes destroyed hundreds of thousands of cars, and banks are significantly boosting their reserves in anticipation of higher defaults on auto loans. But there is also a silver lining for auto lenders.