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ARC & CO. ADVISES ON £13.4M DEVELOPMENT LOAN FOR CRAWLEY BTR SCHEME

Mayfair-based specialist finance advisor, Arc & Co. today announced it has advised Inspired Asset Management on a £13.4m development loan.  

The development is being funded through a £13.4m senior loan from Zorin Finance. 

Commenting, John Kerrigan, Director at Arc & Co., said: “The funding of this residential development is welcome news in a difficult market. It proves that there is still funding available for well-located, well-designed schemes, which are sensibly priced and supported by a good calibre sponsor.”

The former office and retail building will be demolished to make way for 78 new one and two bedroom apartments for rent with a communal rooftop terrace and 7,998 square foot of ground floor retail. It is a 14-month build programme with practical completion anticipated for Q1 2020.  

Inspired Asset Management purchased the building in 2015 and obtained planning permission for the scheme in 2016. The development has an estimated GDV of £21m and is expected to generate circa £1.75m gross rental income per annum.  

With a population in excess of 105,000, Crawley is a thriving commuter town with trains to Gatwick Airport in just 9 minutes and London Victoria in 42 minutes. A substantial growth programme is underway with £31.4m being invested in infrastructure improvements and physical regeneration designed to support new homes, business investment and employment. 

Martin Skinner, Chief Executive of Inspired Asset Management, said: “I’m delighted to announce that we have secured development finance for this exciting scheme, Inspired’s first wholly new-build development, and we can now look forward to adding another asset to our emerging Build to Rent portfolio. Crawley offers fast trains to London as well as being a local employment hub just 4.5 miles from Gatwick Airport. There is strong rental demand, especially for high quality new homes located in the town centre.”

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If you you would like to speak to John regarding development finance please find his contact details below.

John Kerrigan
Director
Arc & Co. Structured Finance

Tel: +44 (0) 203 205 2124
Mobile: +44 (0) 750 822 5678
Email: john@arcandco.com

Arc & Co. helps ex-pat client secure 200 year old Edinburgh property despite challenging circumstances

Clients often arrive at the door of Arc & Co. having been let down elsewhere first. This was the case for a recent client who was trying to purchase a 200 year old property in Edinburgh, Scotland in time for their children returning to university. With the clock ticking, Matthew Wheeler, a financial consultant at Arc & Co., took up the challenge of securing finance for the property and to leave another client more than impressed.

Matthew, gives an overview of the situation and why it presented a challenge. “The client came to us having been let down by a lender elsewhere so was understandably nervous about losing the property he had made a generous offer on. Also, things are always made more challenging when transacting in Scotland where mortgage offers have to be produced before an offer on a property can be accepted.  This made for tight timescales and with a more vanilla case we would have focused on lenders that could move the quickest but instead focused on those who we knew would understand the complex financial situation of the client. Because the client was an ex-pat and paid in dollars, we had to work closely with the lender to make sure they were comfortable with his overall financial position and their long-term financial plans. The client was delighted with the rate the lender offered and security the fixed rate provided. We managed to have the conditional offer issued within 3 weeks of applying and the final offer shortly after in time for their children to move in before starting back at school and university.”

Summary 

  • Client:  Couple both UK ex pats resident in America for over 5 years. Buying a UK property for them and their children to use while they are attending UK schools and University.

  • Property: Purchase in Edinburgh of 200-year-old property, 5 bedrooms over 3 floors.

  • Value:  Purchase price of £731,250 (£56,250 over value because of the market in Edinburgh being very competitive).

  • Vendor: – Private couple

  • Lender – HSBC 1.69% 3-year fixed rate

  • Loan amount - £506,250

Matthew Wheeler
Financial Consultant
Tel: +44 (0) 203 205 2190
Mob: +44 (0) 771 198 9870
Email: matthew.wheeler@arcandco.com

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Arc & Co. Advise on £7.4m Purchase in Kensington

Eugene Tripuk, Head of Russia and CIS desk at Arc & Co. has closed a £4.8m loan on behalf of a Russian client.

Eugene explains "The finance was for a residential property purchase in Kensington for a Russian client with a rubble income deriving from assets in Russia. The main achievement is that we managed to secure a straightforward mortgage from a private bank at a very competitive rate, and we did so, without the requirement to have assets under management. Considering the market is more cautious of Russian clients at the moment, to achieve something like this, is a great result!"  See below for the details:

Deal description: Purchase of property in central London, for a Russian national with Russian Rubble denominated income. No AUM
Location: Kensington, London
Property Value: GBP £7.4m
LTV: 65
Loan: GBP £4.8m
Rate: 1.85%
Term: 5
Client Nationality: Russian

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Finance for CIS clients

Since the implementation of increased sanctions from the west, clients resident in CIS region countries certainly raise challenges for us when helping them to utilize the full potential of the current credit market.  Weak local CIS currencies, increasingly strict regulation policy and limited appetite from lenders to finance those clients means access to cheaper finance is narrow or non-existent.  Despite this our CIS desk has placed more than £500M in finance.

Arc & Co. is a specialist in assisting CIS clients.  Over the last 10 years we have helped our clients access the best available products in the market tailored to their particular needs in terms of gearing level, pricing and duration whilst taking account of circumstances like nationality, residency, the source of wealth, types of the underlying asset and the client’s income.  During an initial phone call, based on our experience, we can predict what is achievable for the client in the current market conditions. We can assist in cases of short time frame, ongoing loan term expiry, lack of liquidity or the lender particular jurisdiction/asset policy change through to giving advice in cases of debt structuring like refinancing, acquisition financing or equity release.

Arc & Co. - Development Finance Broker of the Year

Last night in the presence of more than 700 industry professionals from leading financial institutions and trade bodies at the prestigious Royal Lancaster London hotel, the winners of the 2018 Business Moneyfacts Awards were announced.

For the second year in a row, Arc & Co. Structured Finance were presented with the Development Finance Broker of the Year award by the evening’s host, Claudia Winkleman.  Thanks to diligent research by Moneyfacts experts, companies and brokers who won, or received highly commended or commended trophies, are considered to be truly the best in class.

Each eligible organisation was scrutinised so that only those who throughout the last 12 months have consistently offered the most competitive products, the highest service levels and shown the greatest innovation in the business and commercial finance world were deemed worthy of the various trophies available.

Lee Tillcock, editor of Business Moneyfacts, said: "Another year of political uncertainty has not stopped the continuing revival in the development finance sector. The last 12 months has proven to be more profitable for many developers and as the appetite for funding grows, brokers and providers have embraced the opportunity to boost trading and growth levels.

Andrew Robinson, Chairman of Arc & Co. said: “it’s an absolute privilege to have won this award for a second year straight.  It reflects the effort, professionalism and hard work of the team over the past 12 months and we hope to be back next year with another strong submission”

Arc & Co. sponsor the first Private Client Dining event of the year

Private wealth industry professionals from London and other major financial centres are set to gather at a prestigious event hosted by the Private Client Dining (PCD) Club at The Churchill hotel in London on March 8, 2018.

 

PCD Club describes itself as the premier business networking club for international private wealth professionals around the globe, and its members include recognized industry-leading figures from the legal, banking, investment management, property and finance sectors.

Professionals in London, who advise high net worth individuals, have been invited to attend PCD Club’s dinner in the city on March 8th.  The event will be attended by professionals including lawyers, accountants, trustees, property advisors, investment managers and private bankers who advise private clients on wealth planning, trusts, retirement planning, tax, succession, investment and other key issues.

David Bell, founder of PCD Club, said: “We are delighted to be back in London next month – our London dinners are always a sell-out and we are expecting over 120 professionals at our first event in the capital this year. This event will be a great opportunity for members to make new connections and to expand their professional network and referral sources on an international basis.”

Andrew Robinson, CEO of Arc & Co, added: “Arc & Co is delighted to sponsor the first PCD Club dinner of the year. We have had a long association with the network and have derived business benefit from our membership over this period of time. Sponsorship enables us to amplify our message to a large audience of professionals in a very targeted and efficient way.”

Jimmy Baillie joins Arc & Co.

It’s with pleasure I announce Jimmy Baillie as a further addition to the Arc & Co. team.

Having completed a Postgraduate Degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town, Jimmy spent 3 years living in the US before moving to London in 2013.  Starting out at a multi-family office in Mayfair, Jimmy worked as a Relationship Manager to high net worth clients across the UK, Europe, Middle East and South Africa.

Here, he moved on to become the sole financier within the firm, raising everything from residential and commercial finance to development and bridging loans whilst continuing his wealth management role to its HNW clientele.

Jimmy has a true international background, having raised finance in various jurisdictions from the UK and Western Europe, to West Africa, Southern Africa and Australia.

Now part of the Arc & Co. team Jimmy will continue to focus on HNW UK and international clients advising on residential, marine and aviation assets.

 

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Jimmy Baillie
Arc&Co.
30 St George Street,
London
W1S 2FH

Office: +44 (0) 207 647 9741
Mob: +44 (0) 744 616 4535
Email: jimmy@arcandco.com 
www.arcandco.com

Review of 2017 and the year ahead

2017 is coming to a close and despite a troublesome financial market, Arc & Co. have had another successful year. As a team we have organised and structured over £450m of loans.

Although the headlines suggest a volatile market, there has been an increase in the amount of liquidity available and the majority of funders are still keen to deploy money into both development and investment transactions.

We have arranged 70 loans across the capital stack throughout the year, ranging from a 17.5% LTV investment facility on a central London property, up to 95% LTC/75% LTGDV on large residential developments.

Please find below a list of products we put in place throughout 2017:

·         Development & conversion loans throughout the capital stack

·         Bridge loans to purchase

·         Bridge loans to purchase, rolled into development facilities

·         Development exit bridges

·         Investment loans for purchase or refinance (in many cases releasing capital for re-investment)

·         Bridge to purchase and stabilise, rolled into long-term investment money

In 2018 we hope to do much of the same using our expertise in structuring real estate loans for all areas of the market.  If you have any transactions in the pipeline for 2018 that you would like to discuss, please make contact.

Nick Holding-Parsons

Nick is a professional debt advisor specialising in structured asset finance for UK and international clients. In the time Arc & Co. has been running, it has built strong relationships with a wide range of different funding lines to suit our clients' specific property transactions, whether it be development or investment projects. Unlike your typical advisor/broker, we do a great deal of underwriting in-house which means we can quickly find the best solution for our clients.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3205 2129
Mobile: +44 (0) 79 7350 632
Email: nick@arcandco.com