PHH Corp., Mt. Laurel, N.J., has agreed to be acquired by GE Capital Solutions, the business-to-business leasing, financing, and asset management unit of General Electric Co., in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.8 billion.In connection with the transaction, GE has entered into an agreement to sell the mortgage operations of PHH, a prime mortgage originator and servicer, to an affiliate of The Blackstone Group, a global private investment and advisory firm. Under the terms of the merger agreement, PHH stockholders would receive $31.50 per share in cash at closing, representing a premium of 13.3% over the March 14 PHH stock closing price of $27.81 on the New York Stock Exchange. "We are attracted to [PHH's] platform and business model and look forward to working with the PHH Mortgage team to accelerate and enhance their strategic objectives and growth potential," said Chinh Chu, senior managing director at Blackstone. According to the Quarterly Data Report, PHH ranks 11th among mortgage servicers, with $160 billion in servicing.

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