Newcastle Investment Corp. (NYSE: NCT) announced today that it has completed the final closing of its co-investment with Nationstar Mortgage LLC related to their acquisition of mortgage servicing rights (“MSRs”) from Aurora Bank FSB, a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Bancorp Inc. The final closing relates to MSRs on non-conforming loans in private label securitizations with an unpaid principal balance (“UPB”) of approximately $47.6 billion. Newcastle acquired a 65% interest in the monthly cash flows, net of a base fee paid to Nationstar, generated by the MSRs.
As previously announced, on June 12, 2012, Newcastle co-invested with Nationstar in their acquisition from Aurora of MSRs on two GSE loan pools with a total UPB of approximately $16.1 billion.
In total, Newcastle invested $176.5 million to acquire a 65% interest in the net MSR cash flows on the aggregate portfolio with an approximately $63.7 billion UPB. Nationstar acquired the remaining 35% interest, and it will be the servicer of the loans.
Newcastle will not have any servicing duties, advance obligations or liabilities associated with the portfolio. Under the terms of this investment, to the extent that any loans in the portfolio are refinanced by Nationstar, the resulting MSRs will be included in the portfolio, subject to certain limitations. This should serve to significantly reduce the impact of prepayments on Newcastle’s investment.
Newcastle plans to post a presentation on its website outlining the entire Aurora investment in the coming days.
The Company invests in real estate debt and other real estate related assets, including net MSR cash flows. The Company is organized and conducts its operations to qualify as a real estate investment trust ("REIT") for federal income tax purposes. The Company is managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a global investment management firm. For more information regarding Newcastle or to be added to its e-mail distribution list, please visit
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