THFC unveils £2bn sustainable finance vehicle to help HAs invest in new and existing social homes
THFC unveils £2bn sustainable finance vehicle to help HAs invest in new and existing social homes.
S&P assigns ‘A’ rating to THFC Sustainable Finance (TSF) in recognition of THFC’s sector- leading position
The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC) has unveiled a £2bn finance vehicle designed to help housing associations deliver on their sustainability objectives across new and existing homes.
THFC Sustainable Finance (TSF) has been assigned ‘A’ long-term and A-1 short-term ratings with stable outlook by Standard & Poor’s (S&P), reflecting the £8.4bn group’s position as the UK social housing sector’s leading aggregator.
THFC completed the documentation on the £2bn EMTN programme for its new subsidiary today (Friday 24th March 2023).
The vehicle will focus on issuing sustainable use of proceeds and sustainability bonds, which can be used to invest in both new and existing homes including retrofitting homes, enabling THFC to take its commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) one step further, with key pillars from the Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing being integrated into core THFC issuance.
The availability of TSF will also provide clients with further flexibility, as the only aggregator able to issue through multiple funding vehicles rated by both Moody’s and S&P.
TSF will offer the same competitive terms as THFC’s £1.47bn subsidiary, bLEND, providing HAs with access to the capital markets in smaller amounts and also offering flexibility through deferred drawdowns.
S&P described TSF as “a core and integral part of THFC group”, which they expect to remain a leading UK social housing bond aggregator with management practices that will enable THFC to maintain a strong financial risk profile.
THFC Sustainable Finance is a wholly owned subsidiary of T.H.F.C. (Services) Ltd., the Group’s main operating entity.
Fenella Edge, Group Treasurer at THFC, said: “Launching a new programme with a A stable rating alongside our Blend programme rated A2 by Moodys gives us two well rated vehicles both of which will issue under THFC’s strong sustainability framework, which we believe will be attractive to our investors and clients and sets us apart.”
Arun Poobalasingam, Head of Relationship Management and Business Development at THFC, said: “As the sector continues to look at ways to solve the UK’s affordable housing shortage both through new supply but just as importantly investing in their existing homes we will continue to come up with funding solutions that can help them do this.”
Notes to Editors
About THFC: The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC) is the UK’s leading affordable housing aggregator, with around £8.4bn of lending to around 160 housing associations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. THFC was set up in 1987 in partnership with the National Housing Federation and what was the Housing Corporation. It now also operates through its subsidiary company, bLEND, which was established in 2018. As a not-for-profit, the group’s surpluses are retained and reinvested to ensure THFC can continue to provide competitively priced funding for HAs long into the future. THFC’s track record of innovation includes some of the earliest green finance products for retrofit and sustainable developments.
For further information contact:
Arun Poobalasingam, Head of Relationship Management and Business Development – email@example.com
Danielle Hughes, ESG Strategy and Communications Manager – Danielle.Hughes@thfcorp.com
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