Morningstar: True cost of Ocwen settlement far exceeds $150 million

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If Ocwen Financial (OCN) thought that its regulatory troubles were over now that it settled with the New York Department of Financial Services for $150 million, the beleaguered company has another thing coming, according to Morningstar.

In a note to clients, Morningstar analysts say that the real cost of the NYDFS settlement will definitely be more than the $150 million Ocwen must pay to homeowners in New York.

In Morningstar’s analysts’ opinion, Ocwen’s real losses may be the loss of soon-to-be former chairman William Erbey, who is being forced to resign as part of the NYDFS settlement, as well as settlement terms that require ongoing monitoring of corporate governance and a ban on acquiring mortgage servicing rights until certain process and technology improvements are implemented to the satisfaction of the NYDFS.

“The real cost of compliance with the terms will undoubtedly be greater than the $150…

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