HomeStreet, Inc. (HMST) or (“HomeStreet” or the “Company”), the parent company of HomeStreet Bank (the “Bank”), commented today on a public letter from Dwight Capital to our Board of Directors (the “Board”) conveying an unsolicited preliminary, non-binding offer to acquire our Fannie Mae DUS(1) multifamily origination and servicing business.
Speaking on behalf of the Board, Donald R. Voss, Lead Independent Director said, “After careful review and consistent with our fiduciary duties under applicable law, the Board of Directors and management, together with outside advisors, have thoroughly evaluated Dwight Capital’s preliminary offer. The estimated net proceeds of Dwight Capital’s offer do not represent a compelling premium to the ongoing earnings that the Fannie Mae DUS business generates for the Company. Our participation in the Fannie Mae DUS business is long-standing, starting since the DUS program’s inception by Fannie Mae. This business is a highly integrated and important component of our overall commercial real estate business and generates a high risk-adjusted return that significantly exceeds our cost of capital. Thus, we have concluded that a sale of our Fannie Mae DUS business is not in the Company’s or its shareholders’ best interest at this time.”
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., A Stifel Company, is serving as financial advisor to HomeStreet.
About HomeStreet, Inc.
HomeStreet, Inc. (HMST) is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Seattle, Washington, serving consumers and businesses in the Western United States and Hawaii through its various operating subsidiaries. The Company’s primary business following the completion of these transactions will be community banking, including: commercial real estate lending, commercial lending, residential construction lending, single family residential lending for portfolio, retail banking, private banking, investment, and insurance services. Its principal subsidiaries are HomeStreet Bank and HomeStreet Capital Corporation. Certain information about our business can be found on our investor relations web site, located at http://ir.homestreet.com.
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(1) Fannie Mae Multifamily Delegated Underwriting and Servicing Program ("DUS"®) is a registered trademark of Fannie Mae.