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Newcastle Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results

Stocks in this article: NCT

Highlights for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 :

  • Senior Housing – Invested $101 million of equity to acquire $301 million of senior housing assets. For each investment, Newcastle is targeting a stabilized year three return of over 20%
  • Media Assets
    • Local Media Group Invested $54 million to purchase Local Media Group from News Corp for $87 million – financed with $33 million of non-recourse debt
    • GateHouse Debt – Invested $33 million to purchase $85 million face amount of debt – average price of 39% of par
  • Spin Off of New Media – In September, announced intention to spin off all of our media assets to form a separate publicly traded company, New Media Investment Group Inc.
  • CDO IX Repurchase – Invested $6 million to repurchase $25 million of NCT CDO IX Class A-2 at a price of 86% of par, or $21 million; financed using $15 million of repurchase agreements at L+1.65%
  • Dividend – In September, declared a third quarter dividend of $0.10 per common share, or $29 million

Highlights subsequent to September 30, 2013:

  • CDO VI Resecuritization – Newcastle owns $110 million, or 100%, of CDO VI Class I-MM on balance sheet and in its managed CDOs. On October 31, Newcastle agreed to restructure the $110 million class into a $99 million senior tranche and an $11 million junior tranche. Newcastle agreed to issue the senior tranche to a third party for approximately $88 million of proceeds, will retain the $11 million junior tranche on balance sheet and will continue to manage the CDO. The issuance results in $47 million of unrestricted cash for Newcastle to reinvest and the remaining $41 million will be paid to CDO VIII and CDO IX. Following the issuance, total CDO VI cash flow received to date will be $238 million on a $170 million investment, with $12 million of future cash flows expected to come from the retained junior tranche

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional information that management believes to be useful for investors, please refer to the presentation posted on the Investor Relations section of Newcastle’s website, www.newcastleinv.com. For consolidated investment portfolio information, please refer to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q , which is also available on the Company’s website, www.newcastleinv.com.

EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL

Newcastle’s management will host a conference call on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time. A copy of the earnings release will be posted to the Investor Relations section of Newcastle’s website, www.newcastleinv.com.

All interested parties are welcome to participate on the live call. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-243-2046 (from within the U.S.) or 1-706-679-1533 (from outside of the U.S.) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call; please reference “Newcastle Third Quarter 2013 Earnings Call.”

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