Clyde Valley Housing in £70m Canada Life deal

Clyde Valley Housing Association (CVHA) has arranged a £70 million private placement deal with Canada Life to support the delivery of 700 new homes across Lanarkshire for social rent.

The 32-year private placement will enable finance to be drawn down in two stages — with £35 million available in June 2018 and £35 million being drawn in October 2020.

Since setting up in 1996, the association has grown steadily through new build supply at a rate of around 200 homes a year.

The deal with Canada Life means CVHA will own nearly 5,000 homes by 2023.

CVHA said it has been supported in securing the deal by Lloyds Capital Markets (treasury), and Harper Macleod as legal advisors.

CVHA’s loan portfolio will continue to be supported by its existing syndicate lenders, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays Bank.

CVHA director of finance Shirley MacDonald said: “The association has restructured its loan portfolio as part of our strategy to achieve a mixture of short and long-term funding to meet our development aspirations.

“I have been delighted to work with Canada Life, who have provided funding for more than 20 years to housing associations, and have a strong understanding of the sector allowing them to provide funding at very attractive rates.”

Allan Murray, Clyde Valley Housing Association chair, said: “We are pleased that Canada Life has chosen to invest in CVHA.

“This funding will allow us to meet the future needs of people in Lanarkshire who desperately need new rented homes.

“We continue to rise to Scottish Government’s challenge to support the delivery of 50,000 new homes during the life of this Parliament.

“We are grateful to our existing funding syndicate for supporting the restructured facility allowing us to secure this new deal and to our agents at the Lloyds Capital Markets team who have advised us throughout.

“Shirley MacDonald retires from the association in May 2018 after 11 years’ service.

“Shirley’s delivery of the private placement marks the end of an outstanding contribution to the success of CVHA over that time and a legacy which lays the foundations for continued growth.”

David Marchant, CIO at Canada Life, said: “We are delighted to enter into a long-term relationship with CVHA through this private placement.

“We have a long track record working with housing associations providing a variety of funding solutions and we look forward to working with the association over the term of the private placement.”