As a result of the favorable market environment, origination pre-tax income grew 6% to $81.7 million, versus $77.1 million in the prior quarter and 788% compared to $9.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Origination pre-tax income margin was 47% in the current quarter. Full year 2012 origination pre-tax income was a $261.7 million, up 1,004% from 2011.
Origination AEBITDA was up 9% over the previous quarter and nearly 653% year-over-year to $88.1 million. Origination AEBITDA margin was 51% in the current quarter. Full year 2012 origination AEBITDA was $275.2 million, up 866% from 2011. Expenses were higher in the quarter due to increased staffing and volume-related costs. The total application pipeline grew 20% from the prior quarter to $6.6 billion, and locked applications grew 14% to $5.0 billion.
In January 2013, Nationstar announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire approximately $215 billion in servicing UPB and certain other assets from Bank of America, resulting in a pro-forma portfolio UPB of $423 billion with over 2.5 million customers when completed. In February 2013, Nationstar announced it had closed the purchase of approximately $97 billion in servicing UPB as a part of the Bank of America transaction, resulting in a servicing portfolio over $300 billion in UPB. Nationstar expects to close on the remaining Bank of America private label securitization UPB and other asset purchases as necessary third-party approvals are received in Q1-Q2 2013. Excluding the remaining Bank of America servicing, Nationstar’s current servicing pipeline is approximately $300 billion.
In February 2013, Nationstar also announced the acquisition of Equifax Settlement Services (“ESS”), a leading provider of appraisal, title and closing services that serves a broad array of blue chip clients, including the largest financial institutions in the United States. Nationstar is rebranding the acquired entity as “Solutionstar Settlement Services.” ESS had over $65 million in revenue in 2012. In March 2013, Solutionstar is launching the HomeSearch.com platform, providing an online real estate marketplace for home buyers, sellers and investors to connect and conveniently complete sale transactions.
In January 2013, Nationstar announced the pricing of $300 million in asset-backed term notes with a weighted average fixed interest rate of 1.46% and a weighted average term of 3.0 years. The notes replaced $300 million in existing Agency servicing advance facilities that carried a weighted average floating rate of Libor plus 2.86%, or 3.10% in total, resulting in a reduction in rate of 1.65% as of January 24, 2013. Additionally, the effective advance rate of the new facility is approximately 94%, an increase over the effective advance rate on the facilities being replaced. Nationstar is developing a programmatic Term Asset-Backed Security issuance program which will allow it to efficiently finance current and future acquisitions of Agency and non-Agency servicing advance assets.
In February 2013 Nationstar announced the pricing of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 6.500% Senior Notes due 2021. The 6.500% note rate on the February 2013 issuance is lower than the financing cost of previous senior note pricings of 7.875% in September 2012 and 9.625% in April 2012.