LendInvest has partnered with Merseyside Pension Fund to make a £12m loan secured against a development site in Canary Wharf.
The deal is LendInvest’s first syndication, as the online mortgage lender seeks to broaden its range of offerings, increasingly towards larger loans sizes.
Although the firm’s target range will continue to be between £250,000-£10m, the business will look at larger loans if it feels comfortable.
LendInvest and Merseyside Pension Fund are equal partners on the deal and LendInvest will act as security trustee and loan servicer.
Advised by CBRE Capital Advisors, Merseyside Pension Fund has identified property debt as providing strong relative returns and has completed a number of direct property loans over the last 18 months.
The loan was made to an established property development company to finance the purchase of a strategic development site in London’s Docklands.
The borrower is seeking planning consent to build a 320 bedroom budget hotel and 199 residential units. A decision is expected during 2017.
Rod Lockhart, managing director of LendInvest Capital, said: “We are delighted to be working with major public sector institutions like MPF which is something that we have built LendInvest to do successfully. Returns from short-term property debt are increasingly attractive to investors in this low interest rate environment. We look forward to making co-investments with MPF and other UK pension funds as a regular component of our funding mix.”
Chris Shorrock of CBRE Capital Advisors, the strategic advisor to MPF, added: “At the current time we believe that investing into the property debt space provides attractive relative returns compared to direct equity property investments. Having an allocation for debt funding in the property portfolio should assist us in outperforming the Fund’s IPD Benchmark. We are pleased to have undertaken our first debt syndication with LendInvest and it demonstrates that alternative lenders and institutional investors can team up to achieve attractive returns for their investors.”
The deal is one of LendInvest’s largest loans to date and marks the beginning of a strategy to provide larger loans to established borrowers investing in and developing property around the UK.
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