CARMEL, Ind. – Financial services provider Merchants Capital today announces that it has formed a registered investment advisor, Merchants Asset Management LLC, and secured equity commitments totaling $165 million through a joint venture between an institutional investor and Merchants Bancorp.
The joint venture will purchase multifamily and healthcare commercial real estate loans from Merchants Capital’s parent company, Merchants Bank of Indiana. This venture will be managed by the newly formed investment advisor and initially operated by Merchants Capital’s Evan Gibson, Vice President of Debt Strategies; Terry Oznick, Senior Vice President and General Counsel; and Dean Ramsamooj, Vice President of Debt Strategies, while they continue to build out the investment advisory business.
“This unique joint venture increases our ability to serve our top customers by increasing our lending capacity to them and expanding our product suite beyond the constraints of the bank’s balance sheet,” said Michael Dury, Merchants Capital President and CEO. “Moving forward, we can be more creative, efficient, and provide a better execution for our most valued clients.”
Loans purchased by the venture will be financed by JPMorgan through a repurchase agreement that will allow for up to $600 million of loan capacity. Nomura Securities International, Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP acted as legal advisor to the venture.
Today’s news comes on the heels of another milestone announcement by Merchants Capital’s Debt Strategies Group for the completion of a $262 million securitization of 15 workforce multifamily housing loans through a Freddie Mac-sponsored Q-Series transaction. The transaction with Merchants marked only the 15th deal completed under the Q platform, with Freddie Mac averaging just over two deals per year.