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Julian King joins the Arc & Co. team

Julian is the latest addition to the structured finance team. Julian began his career in Real Estate after graduating from Oxford Brookes University working for a well known London estate in Knightsbridge. He then moved on to follow his passion into development establishing a successful career as a Land Buyer. Julian purchased sites across multiple asset classes including Residential, Commercial, Retail, Retirement and Student Accommodation. More Recently, Julian has advised National clients on recruiting land personnel to bolster their land teams regionally. Julian Joins Arc & Co. bringing with him Development experience, to advise his clients on achieving the most efficient, tailored finance solutions for them and their businesses.

To connect with Julian, drop him an email at julian@arcandco.com

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Case Study – How To Mortgage A £14m Property With No Income

Calculating how much a client could borrow to finance a property used to be very simple.  Lenders would offer between 4 or 5 times their annual salary subject to the loan to value ratio.  Today calculating how much someone can borrow is a little more complicated with many different criteria being used to determine affordability.  At Arc & Co. our clients range from first time buyers through to high net worth individuals whose income is derived from multiple countries and in multiple forms.  A recent client fell into the latter category who was wanting to finance a £14m property in near Hyde Park, a prime central London location whose past residents include Sir Winston Churchill and the Earl of Mansfield.

Daire Dowling, Managing Director of Arc & Co. Private Finance, explains why the deal was so complex; “The client wished to raise £4m on a £14m property near Hyde Park after taking tax advice from their accountant.  The client didn’t have a traditional income stream, so we had to capitalise an investment portfolio in the background and put interest on account.  The main motivation for the client was to cut down on remitted income into the UK from overseas and to generate clean capital within the UK jurisdiction for living expenses and succession planning. We were able to achieve all of this.


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Finance summary

  • Loan: £4m

  • Term: 5 year (interest only)

  • Rate: 1.75% margin on 3 month libor

  • Termination: No early repayment charge should the client decide to sell or pay down the loan for flexibility

If you would like to speak to an advisor about a property purchase or remortgage then please get in touch with the following link.

Alan Burgess joins the Arc & Co. team

Alan is the latest addition to the structured finance team. Having studied at the University of Birmingham and achieving a BSc Joint Honours in Geography & Town Planning, Alan went on to work in his family’s property development company where his interest in property finance was first piqued. Alan is also a keen aviator having been involved with various RAF organisations from a young age.

Alan said of joining ‘When I decided property finance was the industry I’d like to work in and after having an insight into the level of service they provided, I approached Arc & Co. I wanted to be trained to the highest standard and jumped at the opportunity of being part of the team.’

To connect with Alan head to LinkedIn or drop him an email at alan@arcandco.com

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Arc & Co. create strategic partnership with London Belgravia

Arc & Co. and London Belgravia, a latent defects insurance and property risks specialist, have formed a strategic partnership to offer an impartial end-to-end solution for clients looking to develop new schemes. By bringing together specialists from both areas of expertise, both Arc & Co. and London Belgravia can present unrivalled advice whilst ensuring their clients obtain the best value insurance and finance. This new combined service is designed to help developers reduce costs and maintain margins in an ever increasingly competitive market.

Andrew Robinson, CEO of Arc & Co. said of the new partnership "We are always looking for best in class service providers to ensure our clients projects deliver on time and maximise profitability, these types of partnerships allow us to team up with the best in the industry and make use of their extensive experience. We have been working with London Belgravia for nearly a year now and have always been impressed by their knowledge and professionalism."

Giles Fallan, Managing Director of London Belgravia; "LBB's partnership with Arc & Co. will offer our clients impartial and connected advise in what has become a crowded and potentially overbearing market. With new entrants in to both the latent defect and development finance markets, the importance of seeking third party advice is essential. Working with Arc & Co. over the last year, we have assisted many clients achieve the strongest and most cost effective finance and insurance available."

Arc & Co. Close £13.75m Loan

Matthew Cleave, a senior advisor of the commercial and development team at Arc & Co. recently closed a £13.75m loan on behalf of his client Barry Howard Homes.  An active developer in the East Midlands market for many years, Barry Howard Homes’ latest scheme is an 11 acre site formerly used as allotments.  The prime location which is close to Northampton city centre has now been secured for the development of 139 homes. The immediate surrounding area has already been developed due to the overwhelming demand for new homes in Northampton.

Matthew explains “We have arranged a syndicated peak debt facility to meet the costs of the scheme in line with the proposed phasing by the client. This allows the client to control costs throughout the term of two and a half years.”

See below for the details:

Deal description: Peak debt facility on a syndicated basis for a phased development of 139 houses

Location: Northampton
LTGDV: 85%
Loan: GBP £13.75m
Blended Rate: 9% per annum
Term: 30 months

PCD Club Podcast Interview with Jimmy Baillie of Arc & Co on Property Finance

David: Good morning everyone and welcome. This morning we're recording a podcast with Jimmy Bailey who is from debt finance specialists Arc and Co who are based in Mayfair in London and we've got a few questions today, talking about current state of Prime Residential lending market, about bridging, a whole range of different things, arranging finance for non resident clients. So we'll hope to have an interesting conversation today, good morning Jimmy.

Jimmy: Morning David.

David: So first to kick off, everyone always wants to know about the state of Prime Residential property in London, and from your perspective on the lending side can you give us an overview on the current state the market in London?

Jimmy: It's no secret that obviously this sort of high end residential market in London is a bit flat at the moment, so obviously that does reflect in how the banks look at these transactions.  In terms of the finance market, there's definitely less on the purchase side, but there's a lot on the refinance side and the equity release side. Rates are still low, bank lending rates are still low so it is business as usual and these banks are very keen to lend.

Jimmy: One of the most important things we're finding with these transactions is to make sure that any sort of down valuations in properties don't really hurt the deal from the start, so I think it's very important you have a good relationship with valuers and some of the top valuers in London.  You can quite often get a comment on the value of the property in the way that they see it going before you actually instruct the valuation or even get the deal going, so that does help clients a lot.

These properties are all bespoke in nature, non standard, so where the banks are currently pulling back on loan to value slightly because of the liquidity issues on that end of the market at around 60 to 65 percent loan to value. Good lending rates are available, as long as you get all your ducks in a row, you make sure you're firm on the value of the property at the start, you know it really does solve a lot of issues moving forward.

David: And how to best approach the financing of new build properties. I mean a lot of Asian investors would look at properties in London, for example in Docklands, how would you approach that from financing side?

Jimmy: Yeah, obviously the trick there is that they've got the old assignable contracts situation there, so quite often with lenders nowadays, especially with these new build properties, it's the trick of balancing the actual current market value with the purchase price.  Especially with these types of deals you get an Asian buyer, and the contracts have been flipped the once, twice, maybe three times and then they've got the offer accepted and they come to you at a late stage to arrange finance. So once again the valuation is very important here. We have relationships with a couple of very good private banks who will actually look at the current market value even though the contracts have been assigned a couple of times.

Jimmy: It's important to look at the profile of the client there too. But navigating that is quite important, or once again working closely with the valuers, the relationships we have in London is very important in trying to sidestep those issues. Most high street banks will require you to hold the property for at least six months, so that's quite a restrictive issue, but as long as you do select the right banks and you do make sure you have the valuers lined up before the time, it usually is a problem that we can solve. And we do quite a lot of those at the moment, as you can imagine.

David: So on the broader point of just dealing with non resident investors, as someone who might live in Dubai or Hong Kong buying property in London, are there broader things that you tend to pick up and work with on these clients?

Jimmy: Yeah, we see quite a lot of that. The majority of our clients are all based offshore. The most important thing there is really aligning the clients expectations with that of the reality and the market at the moment. I mean, things change quite a lot in London, so you need to obviously make sure your client is prepared and they understand that.

Jimmy: When you go into some of the local private banks or even the Middle Eastern private banks, with the London branches is, as opposed to the high street banks where they would be more looking at your income and expenditure, with these types of clients we can move it to specialist private banks. They will look at the client as a whole and they will be less focused on your bog standard income and expenditure analysis and they want to look at the whole story, so it creates a lot more flexibility for clients with complex income streams.  They really help and it's important to make sure you go to the right bank for clients like these.

David: I know I can go have a lot of expertise around bridging, I mean how are you seeing the innovation for clients looking at short term financing for their property investments?

Jimmy: Well, this is obviously quite a hot topic at the moment. I mean, the short term bridging market has really has exploded in the last couple of years. I mean, there's so many new entrants into the market you struggle to keep up sometimes. Every month there seems to be a new lender. But, there's a lot of opportunity, and a lot of flexibility and there seems to be a lot of liquidity and a lot of cash in the market looking for good deals. So whereas previously people thought of bridging as a bad name, it's important to know that there are a group of private banks out there who do look at the bridging and who do offer bridging at very good rates.

Jimmy: We've got a couple of private banks who will actually look at bridging for the right client around three percent, three and a half percent all in, something along those lines. It's, for example, you've got banks like HSBC and Barclays pulling out of Russia, some of the Eastern European countries, so you've got clients who've had facilities with private banks like HSBC and Barclays, they've come in off those facilities, they're looking to refinance and their client, for example it could be a Russian client, he's found out, "Oh no, I can't refinance anymore. What do I need to do?" So quite often these cheaper, short term facilities are very useful and this can give the client enough time to either sell the property or refinance elsewhere. So this is obviously quite a useful tool and I think we're seeing more and more people come into this market, especially as it just seems to be more and more competitive as time goes by. And that naturally drives prices down.

Jimmy: So you're seeing private banks coming into that market and they seem to be changing things quite a bit for on the positive side.

David: Great, well thanks Jimmy. If you have clients who are looking at investing in property in London, either new builds or super prime or they're looking at refinancing options, please do reach out. Jimmy, I'm sure, would be delighted to hear from you. So thanks a lot this morning and I appreciate your time.

Sam Le Pard joins the Arc & Co. team

The Arc & Co team continues to expand. Following the arrival of Tom Savill and Jeremy Robinson earlier this year, we now welcome Sam Le Pard to the Commercial and Development team.

Sam joins Arc & Co following three months of training in the Arc & Co. Academy. Sam was previously a trainee solicitor at Freshfields, working in London, Dubai and Singapore and gained a first-class history degree from the University of Nottingham. Sam’s addition enhances the range of skills and experiences in the Arc & Co team.

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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

Market Update

Up until the last recession, developers would normally structure their debt with traditional Senior banks like Natwest, and if they needed higher leverage they would add mezzanine finance to sit behind the senior loan.

Since 2008, the traditional senior lenders have either retrenched from the market or become a lot more conservative on allowing the developer to structure mezzanine behind them. This has resulted in the emergence of new lenders who have the ability to provide whole loans, or ‘stretched facilities’.

These funders, who typically have mandates from institutional funds or family offices, have now gained a sizable market share and are becoming the market norm. These lenders will lend up to 90% of total cost at a rate of around 10-12%. If you compare that to the traditional method and calculate the blended rate of the senior loan, usually at 6% and the mezzanine loan at 16%, the blended rate is in the single digits.

We can clearly see that the market is now swinging back in favour of the traditional way of structuring and as the market becomes more competitive, rate compression is likely to
happen. On top of this, the market is seeing more willingness from senior lenders to accept mezzanine to sit behind them.

The most important part of the deal is not always the price; it is about completing the deal in a timely and cost-sensitive manner. Traditional structuring does throw in other problems that you should consider. Inter-credit deeds must be negotiated and agreed between the senior and mezzanine lenders, and on top of this your professional fees, such as for lawyers and surveyors, will be a lot higher due to two lenders being involved.

A development project very rarely runs on time. If a time extension is needed, the developer will have to negotiate with two lending parties rather than having one port of call.

To summarise, it is a positive sign that the market is seeing increased growth in development lenders and it is great to see that the traditional method of structuring debt deals is returning and expanding. Stretched lending is a good way to simplify a deal and save on fees, but most of the time will not be as cheap.

For developers, any increase in financing options available is always a positive sign, but as the market expands for both stretched and traditional financing there will be more emphasis on the broker and their quality of advice. If advised correctly, the developer can maximise their financial return by using the traditional method.