Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Subsequent Events [Abstract]  


These financial statements include a discussion of material events which have occurred subsequent to December 31, 2011 (referred to as “subsequent events”) through the issuance of these consolidated financial statements. Events subsequent to that date have not been considered in these financial statements.

On March 6, 2012, Newcastle entered into definitive agreements to acquire an investment in excess MSRs in connection with Nationstar‘s acquisition of mortgage servicing assets from Aurora Bank FSB, a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Bancorp Inc. Newcastle expects to invest approximately $170 million to acquire an approximately 65% interest in the excess MSRs on a portfolio of residential mortgage loans with an outstanding principal balance of approximately $63 billion, comprised of approximately 75% non-conforming loans in private label securitizations and approximately 25% conforming loans in GSE pools. Nationstar will invest pari passu with Newcastle in approximately 35% of the excess MSRs and will be the servicer of the loans performing all servicing and advancing functions, and retaining the ancillary income, servicing obligations and liabilities as the servicer. Under the terms of this investment, to the extent that any loans in the portfolio are refinanced by Nationstar, the resulting excess mortgage servicing rights will be shared pro rata by Newcastle and Nationstar, subject to certain limitations. The investment is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012 and is subject to regulatory and third-party approvals.

In March 2012, Newcastle repurchased $30.0 million face amount of Newcastle CDO bonds for $9.2 million. As a result, Newcastle extinguished $30.0 million of CDO debt and recorded a gain on extinguishment of debt of $20.7 million in the first quarter of 2012.