Kensington Mortgages raises £400m of funding

Jessica Bird

June 19, 2020

Kensington mortgages funding

Specialist mortgage lender Kensington Mortgages has raised £400m of funding through the wholesale financial markets.

This is one of the first residential mortgage-backed securitisations (RMBS) to be successfully sold to investors since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first from a programmatic RMBS issuer.

The securities were bought by a mix of global institutional investors which have an established track record of acquiring Kensington’s securities.

The deal, announced to the market on Wednesday 17 June, has already had significant interest from investors allowing Kensington to announce and price it within only two days.

Kensington publicly placed seniors and mezzanine bonds to 17 major investors evidencing their confidence in the lender’s UK lending platform.

The seniors priced at 130bps over the Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA) which is 10bps tighter than another UK RMBS transaction that priced earlier this week.

Alex Maddox, capital markets director at Kensington Mortgages, said: “The global financial markets are a hugely important source of funds for the UK housing market.

“While everyone assumes that the flow of money supporting British housing is all about the big banks, that’s not been true for many years.

“About 20% of the cash underpinning UK house purchases is coming from pension funds and debt investors around the world.

“At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bank of England was quick to ensure that funding was made available to banks and building societies so they could keep lending – which was welcome.

“With wholesale markets reopening, non-bank lenders such as ourselves can play a more active role in the market again, and help more people towards a house purchase.”

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