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Newcastle Announces Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2012 Results

FOURTH QUARTER 2012 INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

$145 million of unrestricted cash invested primarily in the following:

$87 million: Non-Agency RMBS investments

Invested $87 million to purchase $134 million face amount of Non‐Agency RMBS at an average price of 64.5% of par, with an expected unlevered yield of 6%, and a levered return of 12% assuming 65% financing.

$18 million: Bank Loan investments

Invested $18 million to purchase $52 million face amount of two bank loans in an existing investment at an average price of 34.9% of par.

$16 million: Senior Living Property investments

Invested $16 million (including working capital and transaction costs) to purchase four senior housing assets in two portfolios of $48 million financed with $32 million of non-recourse debt at a weighted average interest rate of 4.75% with a five-year maturity.

$10 million: Non-Agency securities issued by Newcastle

Invested $10 million to purchase $12 million face amount of senior Non-Agency securities issued by Newcastle at an average price of 82.0% of par

SUBSEQUENT EVENTS & INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

$780 million of common equity raised:

Since December 31, 2012, the Company completed the sale of approximately 80.5 million shares of its common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $780 million.

$660 million of unrestricted cash invested or committed to invest primarily in the following:

$347 million: Excess MSRs investments

Invested or committed to invest approximately $320 million to purchase a 33% interest in Excess MSRs on four portfolios with a total of approximately $215 billion unpaid principal balance (“UPB”) of residential mortgage loans. The Company expects the four investments to generate an average 16% IRR and $635 million of total cash flow, or 2.0x its initial investment.

Invested $27 million to purchase a 33% interest in the Excess MSRs on a $13 billion UPB of residential mortgage loan portfolio. The Company expects the investment to generate a 16% IRR and $57 million of total cash flow, or 2.1x its initial investment.

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