UK Mortgages Ltd: Portfolio Disposal Announcement
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8th February 2021
UK MORTGAGES LIMITED
(a closed-ended investment company incorporated in Guernsey with registration number 60440)
Agreement to Dispose of Two Portfolios Under Revised Strategy
The Board of UK Mortgages Limited (“UKML”, or the “Company”) and TwentyFour Asset Management LLP (“TwentyFour”) are pleased to announce that on Friday 5th February 2021, UK Mortgages Corporate Funding Designated Activity Company (“UK DAC”) signed agreements under which, Godiva Mortgages Limited (“Godiva”), a subsidiary of Coventry Building Society (“Coventry”) has made a commitment to purchase two buy-to-let mortgage portfolios originated by Godiva and currently financed within the Cornhill No.6 and Malt Hill No.2 vehicles. Subject to successful completion, the timing of these sales is expected to coincide with the payment dates in February and May 2021 respectively. Strong market conditions have enabled these portfolios to be disposed of at economics that improve on those indicated to investors in late 2020 and also ahead of anticipated timing for the Cornhill No.6 portfolio.
On the 4th December 2020, shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of an updated strategy for UKML. The first objective was achieved on the 15th January 2021 through the successful securitisation of existing Keystone BTL loans in the inaugural Hops Hill No.1 transaction. As the first European RMBS transaction of 2021, this transaction locked in better funding levels when compared to those achievable in the fourth quarter of 2020, improving income materially.
The second phase of the strategy aimed to free up capital, initially through the sale of the two Coventry portfolios, to enable capital to be returned to shareholders by way of a tender and to fund the second Keystone investment. The combination is expected to increase capital efficiency and to continue the growth trajectory of income. Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone in achieving this second strategic aim.
On behalf of UK DAC, TwentyFour has simultaneously mandated a warehouse provider for the second Keystone investment and has commenced documentation work with an expectation of completing during March. Material improvements in overall funding conditions will benefit this new investment over its life.
The sale of the two Coventry portfolios is expected to release capital enabling two tenders to be carried out, returning an aggregate at the higher end of the previously communicated £35-40 million range. These tenders are expected to take place following the payment dates expected to be in February and May respectively. The Board’s expectation is that the tenders will take place at 75p per share.
Chairman Chris Waldron commented, “We are pleased to deliver this important transaction ahead of schedule providing enhanced certainty for shareholders and further advancing the updated strategy.”
Douglas Charleston commented, “This sale represents the first portfolio disposal for UKML. Its successful conclusion is recognition of the high quality of assets within the fund. We are pleased to work again with our close partner, Coventry.”
TwentyFour Asset Management LLP
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Numis Securities Limited, Corporate Broker
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