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JCRA aims is to find the lowest source of funding for our social housing clients. In the last two years this has been in the form of government guaranteed lending from the EIB and bond investors, made available through Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) which is managed by THFC. This has been much more cost effective than Housing Associations going to the market in their own name.
On Wednesday, AHF issued £161 million of the 2.893% 2043 bond at a price of 105.384 to bring the issue up to a total of £532.5 million. JCRA clients accounted for over 50% of the new bonds issued under the tap.
This was the second tap of this bond and brings the total issued under the programme to £1,133.4 million made up as follows:
In addition, £2 billion has been made available through the EIB.
The issue was made at 35bps over gilts. While AHF has achieved a slightly tighter spread on one previous tap, the yield of 2.613% is the lowest to have been achieved on a tap to date.
The tap was very well received and is now trading at approximately 30bps over gilts and a yield of 2.561%.
|AHF 3.8% 2042||30 May 2014||37 bps||3.760%|
|AHF 3.8% 2042||6 November 2014||38 bps||3.300%|
|AHF 3.8% 2042||17 March 2015||32 bps||2.920%|
|AHF 2.893% 2043||11 August 2015||40 bps||2.893%|
|AHF 2.893% 2043||25 May 2016||35 bps||2.613%|
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