Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has invested £40m (€46.5m) of debt in Housing Solutions, which owns and manages around 7,500 properties in the south-east of England.

Following a competitive process run by Centrus, PIC was selected as the preferred capital markets funder in a total transaction of £100m, with the remaining £60m to be bank funded. PIC offered funds for immediate drawdown and a long-dated maturity in 2060.

The move comes hot on the heals of PIC’s £55m (€63m) investment in Northern Ireland-based Clanmil Housing Association.

The investment in Housing Solutions will be used to help the housing association achieve its target to build 350 new homes by 2026, of which 70% will be for social and affordable rent, and 30% for shared ownership.

Housing Solutions is a regulated housing association formed in 1995 via stock transfer from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

David Joyce, director of finance at Housing Solutions, said: “We are delighted to have secured a total £100m funding facility with two investment partners, including PIC, an established and well-respected funder to the social housing sector.

“We operate in an area of considerable housing need, with such close proximity to London creating high demand for safe, sustainable and affordable homes. As part of our planned funding strategy, this new funding facility will be used to support Housing Solution’s growth and development ambitions to deliver 350 much-needed new homes.”

Celia Franch Lopez, debt origination manager at PIC, said: “We are pleased to make our first investment in Housing Solutions. PIC’s purpose is to fund the pensions of our current and future policyholders now and in the long-term.

“Investing in the housing-association sector and other illiquid assets allows PIC to generate enhanced yield, helping us to secure more pension liabilities. This, in turn, means more trustees can guarantee their members’ pensions through buy-ins and buyouts, greatly improving their financial security in retirement.”

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