INDIANAPOLIS – Mortgage banking company Merchants Capital (MCC), along with Merchants Bank of Indiana (MBI), announces today that it has completed a $262 million securitization of 15 workforce multifamily housing loans through a Freddie Mac-sponsored Q-Series transaction.
The Freddie Mac program provides increased liquidity to allow financial institutions, such as MCC, to continue to support affordable and workforce housing. Started in 2014, this program offers a flexible securitization structure and allows institutions to remove seasoned loans from their balance sheets, manage their portfolio and maintain key relationships.
This transaction with Merchants marks only the 15th deal completed under the Q platform, with Freddie Mac averaging just over two deals per year. MBI will retain the equity and the interest-only securities from the transaction, and MCC will continue to sub-service the loans in the pool.
The $262 million in loans consisted of exclusively workforce properties, owned and operated by some of MCC’s largest clients. On a weighted average basis, the portfolio had 99.5% of units under 80% area median income (AMI), 70.5% of units under 60% AMI and 42.3% of units under 50% AMI.
“Our strong expertise in mortgage banking uniquely positions us among other regional banks in the country,” said Evan Gibson, Merchants Capital Vice President of Debt Strategies. “We use our balance sheet wisely, finding opportunities for liquidity and flexibility when possible. The ability to utilize the Freddie Mac Q platform gave us an added outlet for our growing production.”
The 15 loans came from across the country, but were concentrated around Indiana and the Midwest, where Merchants has a strong presence.
“Evan and the rest of our capital markets team are dedicated to expanding Merchants product offerings beyond the confines of our balance sheet so that we can be more dynamic, ultimately supporting our customers’ needs,” said Michael Dury, Merchants Capital President and CEO. “We are always working on alternative solutions to provide the best financing solutions in affordable and workforce housing, and this Q transaction is the first step in that direction.”
“The Q-Deal structure allows Freddie Mac to meet its Duty to Serve objective of supporting financial institutions like Merchants in providing liquidity for affordable multifamily housing,” said Steve Johnson, Vice President of Targeted Affordable Housing at Freddie Mac. “Working together with Merchants Capital, we are supporting workforce housing for more than 764 families located mostly in non-coastal states,” added Christina House, a Multifamily Production Manager with Freddie Mac’s Targeted Affordable Housing group who took the lead on the transaction.
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