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Precise Mortgages welcomes new Business Development Manager to support growth

11 October 2017

Precise Mortgages, the specialist lender, has appointed a new Business Development Manager to ensure brokers in the South Yorkshire, East Midlands and South Midlands regions get the support they need.

Danielle Batchelor will look after intermediaries in the Derby, Doncaster, Huddersfield, Leeds, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Northampton, Sheffield and Wakefield postcodes.

Danielle joins Precise Mortgages from Aldermore where she was responsible for looking after brokers in a similar patch to her new role with Precise Mortgages. She also gained valuable experience with the Coventry Building Society where she worked as a mortgage advisor before moving into the telephony Business Development Team.

Danielle is the latest addition to Precise Mortgages’ Sales Team. In the past year the lender has appointed Business Development Managers in the North West, North East, West Midlands, East Anglia and South East regions to help and assist brokers in these regions.

Danielle said: “I’m delighted to be joining Precise Mortgages at what is a really exciting time for the company. It’s a patch I’m already familiar with, so I’m looking forward to getting out and helping brokers access our fantastic and broad range of solutions for the specialist market.”

Jamie Pritchard, Head of Sales for Precise Mortgages, said: “Danielle’s energy and commitment will fit in superbly with the rest of the team.”

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Charter Court Financial Services Group plc - Offer Price set at 230p per Share

29 September 2017

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND OR SOUTH AFRICA.

This announcement is an advertisement and not a prospectus. Investors should not subscribe for or purchase any shares referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information in the prospectus (the “Prospectus”) to be published by Charter Court Financial Services Group plc (“Charter Court” or the “Company” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) in due course in connection with the global offer of its ordinary shares (the “Shares”) and the proposed admission of its Shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the UK Listing Authority (“Official List”) and to trading on the main market for listed securities (the “Main Market”) of London Stock Exchange plc (the “London Stock Exchange” together, “Admission”). Copies of the Prospectus will, following publication, be available for inspection from the Company's registered office: 2 Charter Court, Broadlands, Wolverhampton WV10 6TD and on the Company’s website at http://www.chartercourtfs.co.uk.

Charter Court today announces that the offer price for Shares (“Shares”) sold in its initial public offering (the “Global Offer”) has been set at 230p per Share.

  • The implied market capitalisation of Charter Court at the commencement of conditional dealing will be approximately £550 million.
  • The Global Offer comprises 86,956,515 existing Shares and 8,695,652 newly issued Shares representing approximately 40 per cent of Charter Court’s total share capital on Admission, valuing the Global Offer at £220 million. The Company will receive approximately £20 million of gross proceeds from the Global Offer.
  • In addition, an over-allotment option over up to 14,347,825 Shares, representing up to 15 per cent of the Global Offer size, has been granted by Elliott International L.P. and Elliott Associates L.P. (the “Major Shareholders”).
  • At Admission, the Company will have 239,130,419 shares in issue.
  • Various funds managed by Old Mutual Global Investors (UK) Limited (“Old Mutual”) have in aggregate agreed to acquire 43,500,000 Shares under the Global Offer with a value of approximately £100 million at the Offer Price, representing 18.2 percent of Charter Court’s total share capital on Admission.
  • Assuming no exercise of the over-allotment option, the Major Shareholders will hold 53.9 percent of Charter Court’s total share capital on Admission.
  • Conditional dealings in the Shares on the London Stock Exchange will commence at 8am today under the ticker CCFS (ISIN: GB00BD822578; SEDOL BD82257).
  • Admission to the premium listing segment of the Official List and to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange and the commencement of unconditional dealings in the Shares are expected to take place at 8.00 am on 4 October 2017.
  • Barclays Bank PLC, acting through its investment bank (“Barclays”) is Sponsor in connection with the Global Offer and Barclays and RBC Europe Limited (“RBC Capital Markets”) are Joint Global Coordinators and, together with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (acting through Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited) (“Keefe, Bruyette & Woods”), are Joint Bookrunners. Peel Hunt LLP (“Peel Hunt”) is Manager (Barclays, RBC Capital Markets, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and Peel Hunt, together the “Banks”).

Ian Lonergan, CEO of Charter Court Financial Services, said:

"Today’s announcement reflects the high level of investor interest shown in our IPO and is a clear endorsement of Charter Court’s business, track record, strategy and prospects. I welcome all of our new shareholders and look forward to sharing with them the next exciting stage of our development as we seek to take advantage of the further opportunities we see in our specialist mortgage markets and drive sustainable growth and attractive risk adjusted returns."

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Shaking off second charge loan misconceptions

26 September 2017

James Briggs, National Sales Manager, Second Charge Loans

Second Charge Loans aren’t just for customers with adverse credit. Whilst they are used by customers with less than perfect credit profiles, most of them are used by prime borrowers who need to raise funds quickly, want to protect an existing first charge rate or want to avoid the early repayment charges that a remortgage could incur.

Although they’re recognised within the industry, they’re not so well known by the general public. Brokers can raise awareness by bringing them to the attention of customers who are looking to raise capital. Customers will probably describe a scenario and this is where a knowledgeable broker comes into their own, identifying opportunities when a Second Charge Loan could be the solution for their customer’s needs.

If your customer decides a Second Charge Loan is the right product for them, we’ve made it as easy as possible to apply for one with us. You have two choices of how to submit your applications – either directly through our in-house specialist team or through our approval panel of Master Brokers.

By coming to us directly, you’ll benefit from the support of one of our experienced underwriters who will help you from start to finish. You’ll still be in control of the arrangement fees and you’ll be able to apply your normal fee structure. Furthermore, you’ll receive a 1.25% proc fee.

If you choose to use one of our approved panel of Master Brokers, they will use their experience and specialist knowledge to arrange your applications. To view the panel, click here.

To introduce a case directly, speak with our underwriters by calling 0333 240 6054. To discuss a case you’d like to introduce via a Master Broker, call 0800 116 4385.

Click here to view our Second Charge Loans range

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Precise Mortgages updates website with new portfolio process

21 September 2017

Precise Mortgages, the specialist lender, is helping brokers prepare for the Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) upcoming portfolio landlord changes by launching its portfolio proposition online.

The lender has published new documents and the process brokers will need to comply with after the PRA’s changes come into effect on 30th September.

Once the changes are implemented, Precise Mortgages will require brokers to submit a business plan, an assets and liabilities statement, and details of their customer’s residential property portfolio.

Brokers will not need to key the additional information into the system. The heavy lifting will instead be done by a dedicated portfolio team Precise Mortgages has set up to ensure brokers are affected as little as possible by the changes.

Managing Director Alan Cleary said: “We’re giving brokers a head start by making our forms accessible more than a week before the PRA’s new underwriting standards for portfolio landlords come into force.

“It means brokers can start collecting their customer’s information in advance and be ready in plenty of time. Once the portfolio team has input the information into the system, it will remain valid for six months making future applications even more straightforward.”

Precise Mortgages’ portfolio landlords criteria highlights include:

  • Up to 20 buy to let mortgages with Precise Mortgages up to a combined maximum of £5m. Unlimited with other lenders.
  • No limit on size of existing portfolio.
  • Licensed and unlicensed HMOs accepted up to 8 bedrooms with separate ASTs.
  • No limit on the number of director dependant shareholders under the age of 25 on Limited Company applications.
  • Bespoke ICR calculations on new applications to reflect the landlord’s tax position.
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Precise Mortgages to do the Heavy Lifting on Portfolio Underwriting

14 September 2017

Precise Mortgages, the specialist lender has announced its approach to Portfolio Landlords ahead of the implementation of phase two of the PRA’s underwriting standards due on the 30th September.

Central to the lender’s proposition is the creation of a Portfolio Team whose role is to do the heavy lifting for mortgage intermediaries and to help with the additional information required by the new regulations. The additional information required will be a Business Plan, Assets and Liability Statement and details of the existing residential property portfolio.

Highlights of the proposition are:

  • The are no changes to the DIP or application systems.
  • There is no need for mortgage intermediaries to key the existing portfolio into the lender’s systems.
  • Additional information can be supplied in any format including the lender’s own forms.
  • The Portfolio Team will input the additional information into the lender’s systems.
  • Once the Portfolio Team have input the existing portfolio it will remain valid for six months making future applications more straightforward.
  • The lender has built an in-house portfolio platform that will help assess the existing portfolio and includes the use of AVMs to calculate LTVs and ICRs.

The lender’s criteria is largely unchanged with the exception that the existing residential portfolio may be subject to interest rate stressing depending on the assets and liabilities of the landlord. Typically the interest rate stress will reflect the new business market in terms of customer type and ICR calculations.

Criteria Highlights Unchanged:

  • Up to 20 buy to let mortgages with the lender subject to a combined maximum of £5m.
  • No limit on size of existing portfolio.
  • Licensed and unlicensed HMOs accepted up to 8 bedrooms with separate ASTs.
  • On Ltd Company applications no limit on the number of director dependant shareholders under the age of 25.
  • Bespoke ICR calculations on new applications to reflect the landlord’s tax position.

The new forms referenced above will be available on the lender’s website week commencing 25th September.

Managing Director Alan Cleary said: “We thought long and hard about how we could minimise the disruption to the mortgage intermediary and to the landlord whilst meeting the new requirements and have invested a significant amount of money and resources to make sure that we take as much of the burden as possible.”

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