Caledonia’s £75m placement to build 500 homes

Caledonia Housing Association announced it has secured a “uniquely structured” £75 million private placement with support from NatWest to “further its commitment to both building sustainable housing and becoming a carbon neutral organisation.”

Caledonia said it intends to use the proceeds from the transaction to construct over 500 energy efficient new homes.

This transaction marks Caledonia’s debut private placement and its first source of sustainable funding.

NatWest worked closely with Caledonia to help develop a sustainable finance framework and acted as sole agent and sole (ESG) structuring bank.

Caledonia Housing Association owns and manages over 5,600 social rented homes in eight local authority areas.

A further 512 social rented homes are owned and managed in the Renton area of West Dunbartonshire by subsidiary, Cordale Housing Association.

“The key objectives of the transaction were to achieve long term attractively priced funding, coupled with a flexible drawdown profile,” said Caledonia.

“Caledonia was supported by NatWest to raise the profile of the association in the market and generate interest from investors.

“This proved very productive with strong interest shown by investors, resulting in bids which were nearly five times the launch amount.

“Despite the challenging market conditions, the strength and stability of Caledonia meant that investors offered 20-35 year maturities and a distinct framework of funding deferrals up to 44 months.

“This will allow Caledonia to draw down the funds in three tranches to meet its business plan funding requirements and provide greater certainty for the future development and investment programmes. ”

Caledonia Housing Association Director of Finance and Governance Leigh Grubb said: “Providing affordable and energy-efficient housing is central to our strategy, and the completion of this funding package is a significant milestone for Caledonia Housing Association.

“It provides an opportunity for investors to support our ongoing housing development programme as we continue to play a part in meeting the overwhelming need for high quality social housing in Scotland.

“We have enjoyed our close working relationship with the team at NatWest, who took the necessary time and care to fully understand and refine our specific funding objectives, before successfully matching these requirements with strong interest from a number of high quality investors.

“This funding exercise also underlines the commitments the Association has already made to its broader sustainability agenda and we are pleased to have the support of our new investors as we set out to deliver on our key goals.”

George Flynn, Financing Solutions, NatWest said: “NatWest is proud to have enabled and supported Caledonia Housing Association in achieving its debut private placement.

“This has enabled Caledonia to develop strong and supportive investor relationships and a funding package that is closely aligned to their business plan requirements, achieving their core financing objectives.

“Not only does this further reinforce our support for the housing association sector but is demonstrable of NatWest’s commitment to supporting clients in articulating their ESG (environmental, social and governance) journeys to investors.”