PMA’s 2017 In Review

What a year it’s been for Private Mortgages Australia! We’ve had some standout moments in 2017 including:Private Mortgages Australia celebrates some stellar moments in 2017

  • Doubling our new loan volume in the 12 months leading up to our third birthday in July
  • Raising our maximum LVR to 80%
  • Taking a stand to put an end to channel conflict.

We’ve also continued to grow our team with new hires, hosted well-attended webinars and increased our Referrer Remuneration and Referrer Rewards. Here’s a bit more information about the highlights of 2017:

Doubling our Loan Book

In 2017 we saw our new loans grow by 115%, doubling our volume.  We’re so impressed that we’ve been able to maintain this growth (in our second year we increased our loan volume by 151%) – we definitely have our database of 3,000 brokers and referrers to thank for this.

We’ve put this success down the ever-increasing number of small-to-medium businesses needing access to commercial funding who can’t get it from the banks. It’s also been great to see so many brokers diversifying into the commercial space to work with these businesses.

We’re expecting a further 50% increase in the number of settled loans in the current financial year and are already well on track to achieve this.

LVR Increase

In the second half of this year we decided to raise our maximum LVR to 80%. The decision comes after we partnered with Property Predictions Pty Ltd, the creator of patented methodologies which measure demand trends and predict expected changes in prices across the Australian property market.

Most private lenders will generally only lend 65% to 70% LVR, and a lot of the time this is based on a forced-sale valuation rather than the true value of the security property. We always take the true value of the security property without any tricks in order to give our borrowers a better solution. The Traffic Light Reports from Property Predictions employ predictive and patented algorithms developed by leading property market analyst, John Lindeman, to provide highly accurate short term rent and price change predictions for houses and units in any suburb in Australia.

Combatting Channel Conflict

A recent survey conducted by The Adviser found that 78 per cent of brokers had lost a client as a result of channel conflict. It appears to be a growing concern with 88 per cent more worried about channel conflict than they were 12 months ago.

We receive over 90 per cent of our business from broker referrals and we want to keep it that way. That’s why we decided to make changes to our referral fee structure to alleviate any concerns from our broker partners about channel conflict.

We’ve now introduced a ‘subsequent referral fee’ which is paid to the referrer should a borrower come back to PMA directly after taking a previous loan with us via a referrer. We get a lot of repeat clients (which is uncommon in private lending) so we believe we’ve got to be doing something right. We want to reward referrers for providing us with a good lead and will continue to do so no matter how many times that client comes back to us directly. It’s basically free money for our referrers but we believe they deserve it. All referrer fees are paid within 24 hours of settlement with no clawbacks.

Finally, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our supporters a very merry Christmas! It’s an extremely busy time for us and we’ll be working right up until Christmas Day in order to help any borrowers who need finance before the end of the year. If you have any commercial finance needs please get in touch.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Funding options for settling a development site

Funding options for settling a development siteIn this guest post, PMA referrer, Dan Holden, Director of HoldenCAPITAL, writes about the benefits of using private capital to settle a development site.

Banks are very reluctant to get involved in lending against development sites. Some developers were getting sites funded as house investment loans because there was an existing house on the land they were purchasing. This was all too common until 2015, when the valuation industry was ordered to make a note wherever they thought the purchase was actually intended for a development project rather than a passive rental return house. The heads up from the valuer to the bank resulted in loans being declined if the bank believed it was for a development project.

Some of the reasons the banks are so reluctant to lend against a development site include:

  • An inability to prove the borrower can service the monthly interest, usually requiring 1.5 times interest cover from recurring income.
  • The main exit strategy is via a construction loan, which the banks are now only doing on a selective basis.

Banks take a view that they will only lend up to 75% of total development cost for the construction loan, and the land in a development project should typically takes up less than 20% of the total development cost. If they were to advance monies against the land, then they are reliant upon the developer putting in further cash to actually convert it into a construction facility. Being reliant upon a developer to find more money down the track is not a palatable credit answer. To put that in numbers, if you had a $10 million TDC project and the land was $1.8 million, the bank is only going to lend you $7.5 million to build the project. So if you don’t have $2.5 million now, they won’t rely on you finding it under your pillow in six months’ time.

We have seen a rise in developers using private capital to get these loans completed quickly and without the fuss of proving serviceability or an exit strategy. The cost of capital is higher at 15%p.a. however, at a lower LVR and/or with a robust sponsor we have been able to secure 12%p.a. While 15%p.a. sounds high, it is typically just for 4-6 months while the developer finalises his BA and any marketing, so the overall burden to the project is fairly insignificant. It is also better than using cash for that period and if you’re an elite property developer, you would want to see your cash invested at better than 15%p.a.

Dan Holden is Director of Holden CapitalDan Holden – Director, Holden Capital

HoldenCAPITAL is a specialist construction finance group, recognised as a market leader through its successes in deal structuring and the sourcing of debt and equity solutions.

Dan has over 13 years of development and finance experience which includes over six years in finance consultancy and funds management. You can contact Dan at [email protected].

PMA makes new hire on back of stellar year

Royce Goh Senior Relationship Manager at Private Mortgages AustraliaPRESS RELEASE: 

Private Mortgages Australia (PMA), the specialised lender offering cost-effective loans to small-to-medium businesses, has hired experienced credit professional Royce Goh in the role of Senior Relationship Manager.

With 15 years of lending experience in Australia and overseas, Goh joins PMA from First Financial Services where he held the position of Mortgage and Business Loan Consultant. Prior to this he was the Asian Business Development Manager & Relationship Manager with NAB Business Banking.

“Private Mortgages Australia is experiencing incredible growth in the short-term lending space for commercial clients, so I’m really pleased to be joining them at such an exciting time,” said Goh. “The team are a great bunch of people who work with great brokers and borrowers and I’m looking forward to growing the business even further.”

In 2016 PMA saw a 210% increase in the number of loans settled and saw an 38% increase in the number of referrals coming in through referrer relationships. In order to accommodate this growth, PMA expanded the team with new hires, including Goh, over the last 12 months.

“2016 was a very exciting time for us at Private Mortgages Australia and with Royce joining us I can see the business getting bigger and better,” said Managing Director, Tony Barbone. “There’s been a real shift in the market with small-to-medium businesses realising that funding options are available if they get turned down by the banks. We’ve also seen many brokers diversifying into the commercial space which has seen more borrowers being introduced through referrer partners.”

“We’re expecting 2017 to be an even stronger year for us as many foreign investors look for alternative finance solutions due to the banks placing stronger restrictions on overseas borrowers,” continued Barbone. “Royce’s experience in Australia and abroad as well as his multi-lingual skills will make him the ideal person to help foreign borrowers find a loan that works for them.”

 

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About Private Mortgages Australia

Founded in 2014, Private Mortgages Australia (PMA) offers short-term, flexible loans to commercial clients that can’t get finance from the banks. Its transparent lending process offers quicker turnarounds than traditional lenders so that a business can get the best solution for achieving its goals. PMA offers first mortgage finance, second mortgage finance and caveat loans and can offer tailored solutions for borrowers who require urgent funding, have an ATO debt, are refinancing, are developers completing a project or are credit impaired.

Benefits of working with a broker to access commercial funding

The benefits of working with a brokerIn this guest post, PMA referrer Gus Gilkeson, Managing Director of Grow Capital, writes about the benefits of working with a broker for small-to-medium businesses when trying to access commercial funding.

Obtaining funding for your small-to-medium business can be hard work. It takes a ton of time to do all that research, analyse your business needs, find a respectable lender, negotiate a deal you can live with, understand the terms of your financing, etc. That’s why working with a broker can be a really great idea. Brokers match up business owners and business lenders so that you can get the best outcome for your business. A broker could save you time, energy, and money, if you consider the costs of searching on your own.

Top 5 benefits of working with a broker:

Here’s five reasons you should consider working with a broker to access funding for your business:

1. Get the best rate. Brokers will work with lots of different lenders so that they can find the best rate possible for your financing.

2. Get the best solution. Sometimes it’s not just about getting the cheapest rate. A good broker will understand that getting the right solution is most important. For example, a short-term loan might be the best option. Your broker can help you look at alternatives to the banks that can offer specialised short-term finance.

3. Don’t sweat the details. This goes hand-in-hand with not wasting your time and effort. The point is that you can focus on running your business while your broker works on funding it. The nitty gritty? Let the professionals handle it.

4. They’re experienced. The best brokers have relationships with an extensive network of lenders and getting good deals is often all about having the right contacts. Plus, they’ll be able to tell quality deals from highway robbery — they’ll have seen it all before.

5. They’re knowledgeable. The finance world can be a confusing place with all the jargon and acronyms. However, a good broker would be in the know and could explain all the complicated terms and help you to navigate through the borrowing process.

Gus Gilkeson - Grow Capital

 

Gus Gilkeson is the Managing Director of Grow Capital where he helps Australian business owners, investors, and individuals harness their capital growth opportunities through funding.

Borrower Case Study: A super loan for a supermarket

PMA settled a loan with a borrower for the purchase of a supermarket Private Mortgages Australia settled a loan with a very happy borrower who needed a quick turnaround on finance for the purchase of a supermarket in country Victoria.

One of the key benefits of a private mortgage for this borrower was that PMA was able to lend based on the valuation price of the property rather than purchase price, which was ideal for the borrower’s situation. The supermarket had previously been bought three years ago for $950,000 however the borrower had managed to pick up the building and the business for a deep discount from a motivated seller for $680,000. This incredible discount was made possible because he agreed to buy the property very quickly and therefore didn’t have time for a traditional bank to take 6-8 weeks to approve a loan. While a bank would typically only lend on the lower of the valuation or purchase price, as a Private Money Lender, we are happy to lend based on valuation.

The valuation of the building came back at $950,000 and based on our due diligence we were happy to offer him a loan for 70% of the valuation of the supermarket being $665,000. The borrower needed the funds for four months to give enough time to refinance the property with another lender and cash us out.

Loan details

Loan Amount: $665,000

Mortgage Type: Registered 1st Mortgage

Loan to Value Ratio (LVR): 70%

Term: 4 Months

Managing the loan

We made sure we managed the deal as it came closer to the repayment date by sending the borrower a friendly reminder at 60 days, 30 days, and 14 days to expiry. This helped keep the lines of communication open and we knew exactly where the borrower was up to and had a clear view of his situation.

The borrower had a few unexpected delays from the incoming lender, but because we had constant communication with the borrower he was able to provide us with evidence of the new loan coming in and so we were comfortable giving him a small extension of two weeks to finalise his refinance.

Win-win

This deal was a great success for the borrower. He managed to complete the deal and make a huge profit. The borrower was so impressed with our service that he has subsequently came back and borrowed from us again  for a different project.

We are proud to say that we have many repeat borrowers just like the one in the above example, and this is because PMA provides a good customer experience with flexible criteria and our win/win approach to private lending.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you or your business clients with quick  access to finance then please give us a call on 1300 856 683.

Q&A with Peter Cuskelly – National Credit Manager

Private Mortgages Australia National Credit Manager Peter Cuskelly.Peter Cuskelly is the National Credit Manager at Private Mortgages Australia. He joined in 2015 bringing with him his wealth of experience in credit across all types of lending including commercial, agribusiness, mortgage and personal clients.  We thought we’d take the opportunity to find out from Peter himself what’s involved in his role and what he’s looking for in a commercial finance application.

1. What made you decide to join PMA?

After a long career as a bank lender and a short time as a broker, I was attracted by the flexibility of PMA to do a deal that makes sense, rather than making the borrower/broker meet the rules and restrictions of bank lending policy. I also like PMA’s transparent approach making sure the broker and client stay informed along the whole process with no nasty surprises.

2. What’s some of the more common reasons why borrowers can’t get traditional bank finance and need a private mortgage?

Common reasons include poor credit record, inability to demonstrate servicing and speed to funding.

3. You charge higher rates of interest than traditional bank lenders. Why is the market prepared to pay private mortgage rates?

We provide a niche service to provide loans where the loan structure gives the borrower what they need and has a sound exit, but just doesn’t meet the strict criteria of the bank. Often our customers are entering deals that are very profitable, so they don’t mind paying a bit extra for the ability to get the deal over the line quickly.

4. Tell us about the type of credit PMA provides?

PMA lend for any legitimate business purpose. Our core business is short term funding from two to 12 months up to $2 million, however we are now also managing larger loans from $2 million to $50 million with our wholesale funding pool which has really opened up some great opportunities.

5. Do you have postcode restrictions?

No – PMA will lend against property anywhere in Australia however we do reduce the Loan / Value Ratio (LVR) based on the property type and use the Genworth Security Location postcodes.

6. What’s the maximum LVR you will go to?

Our maximum LVR is 75%.

7. What evidence of serviceability do you require from a borrower?

This is the key differentiator for PMA – we capitalise interest over an agreed prepaid term so the client doesn’t need to make regular payments during that period. Repayment is based on the borrowers’ ability to execute their “Exit Strategy” to repay the loan, rather than service the debt over a long term.

8. Tell me more about what you look for in an exit strategy?

The key things that I look for in an exit strategy are that it is realistic and can be achieved in the timeframe. For instance, if the exit strategy is to receive funds from a contract then we need to ensure the contract can be fulfilled and is large enough to repay the debt. A secondary exit strategy such as refinance or sale of security property is also usually sought as a back up.

9. How and when do you pay your referrers?

Referrers are paid 24 hours after settlement, with no “claw backs” for arrears or early repayment.

10. How quickly can you settle?

We can usually provide an Indicative Approval within a few hours. Caveat loans can be settled within 48 hours with a straight forward security and co-operative borrower. Registered first and second mortgage loans generally require valuations (and bank consent for 2nd mortgage) so will take longer.

11. How do you value the security properties?

PMA have a very flexible valuation policy which allows us to use a range of sources including existing valuations, desktop valuations and agent appraisals as well as full valuations depending on the lending scenario.

12. Do you do development finance? If so how does it work?

We get involved in development finance both as a construction financier and also on a second mortgage basis to assist completion when the banks won’t help fund cost overruns.

As with all PMA loans we are flexible and make sure our deal structure suits the requirements of the borrower.

13. What loan sizes do you do?

We are the exclusive Mortgage Manager for PMA Capital Ltd, which is our own Fund that specialises in loans up to $2 million. We can now also manage larger loans from $2 million to $50 million with our new funding pool.

14. What tips would you give referrers to give them the best chance of getting their application approved?

If you have a scenario you would like considered, please use our one page Quick App which provides us all the information we need to quickly assess the proposal and a basis to provide an indicative quote or discuss the deal further.

15. What was the most exciting deal you’ve worked on?

Exciting is not usually a word you use a lot in finance. I think the most satisfying deal was one where we worked with the client and broker to pay out the ATO and stop administrators being appointed to a sound business. The exit strategy of selling a property was finalised within the loan term. It was the perfect loan from start to finish.

16. What makes an ideal PMA borrower?

I think it is a borrower that is keen to work with us to get the funding finalised as soon as possible and then make every effort to carry out the exit strategy and repay the loan.

17. What do you think makes PMA the best at what they do?

Taking the time to listen to the broker and client and making sure the deal meet their needs.

18. What’s next for PMA? Any milestones you’re looking to achieve?

There is so much going on at all different levels. I think the rate of growth of PMA has been great and I am looking forward to doubling our loan book again over the next 12 months. From an operational perspective, we are building a custom software program to automate the assessment process and will shortly start looking for a new credit support staff member, to help manage the growth (and take up some of my workload).

 

Peter has a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance and is a qualified CPA. He has over 30 years experience in finance and also holds a Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management, and has completed the Agile Project Management Foundation & Practitioner course.