Shire Housing Association demonstrates long term funding appetite remains

Shire Housing Association engaged ATFS to advise on procuring new funding to refinance existing debt, enable future expansion and to enhance existing office and tenant facilities. A legacy loan facility was also frustrating Shire’s future business planning decisions due to restrictive covenants.

ATFS reviewed Shire’s business plan and funding requirements, established key objectives, assessed available options for new finance and recommended a strategy for implementation. Working with RBS and Shire’s legal advisers Addleshaws, ATFS provided support through to successful completion including:

• Advice for Shire’s Senior Management Team and Board on funding options to facilitate decision making.
• Recommendation of lenders to approach and management of a tender process.
• Assessment of pricing and T&Cs offered leading to recommendation of a preferred lender.
• Advice and support during negotiation of the critical commercial terms and conditions of loan documentation.

The project outcome was successful delivery of a 15-year £10.5m bi-lateral loan from RBS, which included a Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) to allow Shire flexibility to manage cashflow and surplus cash to minimise interest costs.

This new product from RBS provided Shire with a long-term facility combining the certainty of a fixed rate with variable rates for the RCF element.

Completion of this transaction in 6 months confirms that Housing Associations continue to be an attractive proposition for lenders. Despite continued market uncertainties, long term funding appetite in Scotland remains strong.

About ATFS
ATFS offers a comprehensive advisory service for strategic finance/debt restructuring, treasury management, project finance, merchant and banking services to the housing and education sectors. We have helped a wide range of clients to re-engineer their funding model to underpin growth, diversify and access long-term debt. To discuss your specific requirements please contact:

Alistair Berwick, Director Scotland: M: 07789 914 508 E: Alistair.berwick@atfsltd.co.uk
or
David Mairs, Chief Executive: M: 07976 744 698 E: David.mairs@atfsltd.co.uk