Lender reports "sharp fall" in hardship applications (Australian Broker)

Non-bank lender Firstmac has reported the number of new applications received for COVID-19 related hardship arrangements has fallen faster than the group expected. According to Firstmac managing director Kim Cannon, a “full analysis” of the trusts in its $12.8bn loan book have shown the impact of the crisis is not accelerating in the way investors feared at the outset of the pandemic.

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31 Mar 2020

Canberra takes a bond ‘step change’ (The Australian)

The AOFM has started operating the $15bn Structured Finance Support Fund to help smaller lenders access funding during a period of market dislocation. Further detail on the fund provided on Tuesday evening said it was available to non-bank lenders and authorised deposit-taking institutions that did not have the collateral required to tap the RBA’s $90bn funding facility for banks. The AOFM will seek to invest in packages of loans — that are securitised — to assist smaller lenders while also considering making investments in warehouse facilities. On Friday, the AOFM started the operation of the structured fund, by investing $189m across six tranches of Firstmac’s $1bn mortgage bond.

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