A tough mortgage banking environment will likely lead to cost savings initiatives from HomeStreet Inc (NASDAQ: HMST), which should result in an improved 2019 earnings outlook, according to B. Riley FBR.
HomeStreet is likely to launch initiatives to enhance efficiency in its mortgage operations, including a cost savings plan, which will result in an upward bias to 2019 EPS estimates, Moss said in a Monday note.
The company announced a $12.4-million cost savings plan that represents 3 percent of its expense base, and said it would continue to explore opportunities for further cost cuts in its mortgage unit, the analyst said.
“An improvement in the profitability of HMST's mortgage operations is likely to have a material impact to EPS and should bode well for HMST's longer-term EPS outlook."
Moss estimates that if the company were to reduce mortgage banking expenses by 10 percent, 2019 EPS estimates could be revised upward to by 35 cents to 75 cents per share.
HomeStreet shares were trading up 4.46 percent at the time of publication Monday afternoon.
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|Jun 2018||B. Riley FBR||Upgrades||Neutral||Buy|
|Jan 2018||Keefe Bruyette & Woods||Downgrades||Outperform||Market Perform|
|Dec 2016||FBR Capital||Downgrades||Outperform||Market Perform|
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