New Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Walter Investment Management Corp.

Walter Investment Management Corp. 

  • 11/30/17 Recap: Mortgage banking firm focused primarily on the servicing and origination of loans, including forward and reverse loans, has filed a much-anticipated prepackaged bankruptcy with the intention of shedding nearly $800mm of debt from its balance sheet. The company originates "conventional conforming loans eligible for securitization by government-sponsored enterprises, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or eligible for guarantees by government agencies, such as Ginnie Mae MBSs." If that was painful reading, imagine how the lawyers felt drafting that. Even more painful is understanding that this bankruptcy is directly attributable to decisions the company made in the aftermath of the financial crisis. From 2010 through 2015, the company went on a debt-ridden acquisition spree (including once bankrupt Residential Capital LLC) which just goes to show that, while one's crisis is another's opportunity, one's crisis could be one's crisis. With this deleveraging transaction, the company hopes to be more competitive in the market going forward. 
  • Jurisdiction: S.D. of New York (Judge Garrity)
  • Capital Structure: $100mm '18 RCF, $1.4b '20 TL (Credit Suisse AG), $540mm 7.875% '21 senior unsecured notes (Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB), $242mm '19 senior subordinated convertible notes (Wells Fargo Bank NA)(public equity: $WAC)     
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP (Ray Schrock, Matthew Barr, Sunny Singh)
    • Financial Advisor: Alvarez & Marsal North America LLC (David Coles)
    • Investment Banker: Houlihan Lokey Capital Inc. (Reid Snellenbarger, Jeffrey Levine, Jeffrey Lewis, James Page, Daniel Martin, Derek Kuns)
    • Claims Agent: Prime Clerk LLC (*click on case name above for free docket access)
  • Other Parties in Interest:
    • Administrative Agent: Credit Suisse AG
      • Legal: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (Brian Resnick, Michelle McGreal)
    • Consenting Term Lenders (Carlson Capital LP, TAO Fund LLC, Credit Suisse Asset Management LLC, Marathon Asset Management LP, Nuveen, Symphony Asset Management LLC, Eaton Vance Management)
      • Legal: Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Patrick Nash, Gregory Pesce)
      • Financial Advisor: FTI Consulting Inc.
    • Consenting Senior Noteholders
      • Legal: Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP (Dennis Dunne, Gregory Bray, Haig Maghakian)
      • Financial Advisor: Moelis & Co.
    • Prepetition Indenture Trustee: Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB
      • Legal: Pryor Cashman LLP (Patrick Sibley, Seth Lieverman, Matthew Silverman)
    • Prepetition Convertible Notes Indenture Trustee: Wells Fargo Bank NA
      • Legal: Thompson Hine LLP (Curtis Tuggle)
    • Administrative Agent for DIP Warehouse Facilities: Credit Suisse First Boston Mortgage Capital LLC
      • Legal: Alston & Bird LLP (Gerard Catalanello, Karen Gelernt, James Vincequerra)
    • Fannie Mae
      • Legal: O'Melveny & Myers LLP (Darren Patrick, Steve Warren, Jennifer Taylor)
    • Freddie Mac
      • Legal: McKool Smith (Paul Moak, Kyle Lonergan)
First Day Declaration

First Day Declaration

Updated 11/30/17 10:05 CT