Bluestone completes inaugural securitisation with £210m fund raising

Bluestone Mortgages has completed its inaugural residential mortgage-backed securitisation, Genesis 2019-1, which raised £210m of rated term funding for the lender.

The transaction comes after a period of growth for the form, having reported a year-on-year increase in completions of 275 per cent.

Over the last 12 months, Bluestone has processed in excess of £520m in mortgage applications from a growing network of accredited intermediaries.

The Genesis transaction represents an important milestone in diversifying Bluestone’s funding strategy, alongside two warehouse facilities provided by Macquarie Bank and National Australia Bank together with a forward flow arrangement with one of the UK challenger banks.

Commenting, Bluestone Group CEO Peter McGuinness said: “Securitisation has been core to Bluestone’s DNA since 2000, with the wider Bluestone group having completed in excess of 25 transactions across residential and equity release mortgages and motor finance loans.

“Completing Genesis before the end of the summer has been the target and is a testament to the quality of the portfolio we have originated; we are delighted to welcome a new set of institutional investors to the platform. With the shadow being cast by Brexit over the near term, our focus has been on clearing out the warehouse facilities and ensuring the business has a robust funding position going into 2020 to support the strong origination growth we are seeing.”

The bonds issued as part of Genesis were rated by both DBRS and Standard & Poors rating agencies, and the portfolio consisted of 1,091 mortgages with a weighted average LTV of 67%.

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