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Newcastle Agrees To Acquire Excess MSRs And Announces Spin-Off Of Residential Assets

New Residential has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) with respect to the planned spin-off. The spin-off is subject to certain conditions, such as the SEC declaring effective New Residential’s registration statement, the filing and approval of an application to list New Residential’s common stock on the NYSE and the formal declaration of the distribution by the Board of Directors. In evaluating the spin-off, the independent members of Newcastle’s Board of Directors were advised by Houlihan Lokey.

Kenneth Riis, the Company’s CEO commented, “I am very pleased to announce these significant investments in Excess MSRs and the spin-off of New Residential. We believe these investments offer a compelling opportunity to drive attractive returns for shareholders. In addition, we believe the separation of Newcastle and New Residential will optimize corporate transparency and create value for each standalone company.”

ABOUT NEWCASTLE

Newcastle Investment Corp. focuses on opportunistically investing in, and actively managing, real estate related assets. The Company primarily invests in two distinct areas: (1) Residential Servicing and Securities and (2) Commercial Real Estate Debt and Other Assets. 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.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to statements regarding the expected closing of the Excess MSR transaction and the planned spin-off of residential assets. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond our control. Newcastle can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Newcastle's expectations include, but are not limited to, the risk that loan prepayment, recapture and delinquency rates differ from our current assumptions; the risk that Newcastle is not able to find additional suitably priced investments; and the risk that investments made or committed to be made cannot be financed on the basis and for the term at which Newcastle expects. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect such forward-looking statements, see the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation” in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which is available on the Company’s website ( www.newcastleinv.com ). In addition, new risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict or assess the impact of every factor that may cause its actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Newcastle expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

Copyright Business Wire 2010
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