Buy-to-let (BTL) lender Fleet Mortgages completed £782m of lending during the 2021 calendar year, up 96% annually, posting a pre-tax profit of £6.97m.
The lender contributed to four securitisations during 2021 under the London Wall and Canada Square securitisations programmes, and was fully acquired by Starling Bank in July last year, in a £50m cash and share deal.
Starling is now the sole funder of Fleet Mortgages, and in September Fleet launched its first product range to be fully funded by the Bank.
Purchase business increased from 28% in 2020 to 42% in 2021, and regionally the lender saw an increase in business outside Greater London, in particular across regions in the midlands and the north.
Bob Young, chief executive at Fleet Mortgages, said: “2021 was a ground-breaking year for Fleet, not just because of our acquisition by Starling Bank and the significant opportunities this affords us, but also in terms of the way our entire team dealt with the uncertain circumstances brought about by the pandemic and our ability to lend and service to such high standards.
“We’ve always focused on the quality of our loan book, and the securitisations and the fact we had no credit losses again, shows that we are continuing to excel in this area.
“One of the reasons behind the Starling Bank deal was due to our risk and underwriting standards, and this continues to be a real focus for Fleet as we grow our lending volumes.
“Fleet has entered 2022 with a very strong pipeline of business, and – with the support of Starling – we continue to focus on growing the proposition and operation, recruiting quality staff and pursuing our lending ambitions for the year ahead.
“We want to maintain our service standards, supporting intermediaries in the buy-to-let sector, and ensuring landlords have access to competitively-priced finance to allow them to grow their portfolios.
“We believe 2022 is going to be another positive year for the buy-to-let sector and are looking forward to playing a full part in the intermediary lending space.”