Redwood Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), focuses on engaging in residential and commercial mortgage banking activities and investing in mortgage- and other real estate-related assets. Segments The company operates its business in three segments: Residential Mortgage Banking, Residential Investments, and Commercial Mortgage Banking and Investments. The Residential Mortgage Banking segment primarily consists of operating a mortgage loan platform. This platform is engaged in the business of acquiring residential loans from third-party originators and then selling, financing, or securitizing those loans with the intent of profiting from these activities. Jumbo loans the company acquires are typically sold through private-label securitization through its Sequoia securitization program or to institutions that acquire pools of whole loans. Loans the company acquires that conform to the eligibility criteria of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are sold to these entities. The company’s residential loan acquisitions are usually made on a loan-by-loan, or flow basis, after origination by banks or mortgage companies, and are periodically augmented by bulk acquisitions. The company’s acquisition and accumulation of residential loans is funded with its capital and short-term debt. This segment also includes various derivative financial instruments and interest-only (IO) securities retained from its Sequoia securitizations that the company utilizes to manage certain risks associated with residential loans the company acquire. The Residential Investments segment includes a portfolio of investments in residential mortgage-backed securities retained from its Sequoia securitizations, as well as residential mortgage-backed securities issued by third parties. This segment also includes mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) associated with residential loans securitized through its Sequoia program and MSRs purchased from third parties. Residential loans for which the company owns the MSR are directly serviced by a licensed sub-servicer the company retains, as the company does not originate or directly service any residential loans. The Commercial Mortgage Banking and Investments segment consists of its commercial mortgage banking operations, as well as its portfolio of held-for-investment commercial real estate loans. The company operates as a commercial real estate lender by originating mortgage loans and providing other forms of commercial real estate financing. This include senior or subordinate mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, and other forms of financing, such as preferred equity interests in special purpose entities that own commercial real estate. The company sells the senior loans the company originates to third parties for securitization and the mezzanine and subordinate loans the company originates are held for investment. This segment also includes derivative financial instruments the company utilizes to manage certain risks associated with its commercial loan origination activity. REIT Tax Status The company qualifies as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for federal income tax purposes. As a REIT, the company intends to distribute at least 90% of its taxable income as dividends to shareholders. History Redwood Trust, Inc. was founded in 1994. The company was incorporated in the state of Maryland in 1994.
redwood trust inc (RWT:New York)
One Belvedere Place
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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