12 Aug 2016

Statement on interest rates

Firstmac today announced it will reduce the interest rate on all settled variable rate loans by 0.13%, effective Saturday 20th August.

The decision follows a comprehensive review of our funding costs, in light of the Reserve Bank’s 0.25 per cent cut to the overnight cash rate.

It also considers an offsetting rise in costs for us to raise money in the Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) market, from which we ultimately draw our funding.

As can be seen in the graph below, funding costs in this market have risen since late 2015, despite cuts by the RBA to the overnight cash rate.

For Firstmac and other lenders, this is placing additional costs pressure on our portfolio.

We believe the 0.13 per cent cut - which is above the industry average - strikes a fair balance, maintaining our position as a non-bank lender with competitive rates.

Firstmac continues to provide strong competition to the banks, ensuring that Australian borrowers have access to good value home loans.

Firstmac Limited is Australia’s largest non-bank lender, with more than 35 years’ experience in home and investment loans. Firstmac has written in excess of 100,000 home loans and manages approximately $8 billion in mortgages and $250 million in cash investments. Firstmac is a premier sponsor of the Brisbane Broncos.

Media enquiries to Duncan Macfarlane on 0434 184 264

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