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TOP NEWS: Barclays buys mortgage lender Kensington for GBP2.3 billion

Fri, 24th Jun 2022 07:52

(Alliance News) - Barclays PLC on Friday said it is buying Maidenhead, England-based specialist mortgage lender Kensington Mortgage Co Ltd in a bid to gain a foothold in the UK housing market.

The transaction is worth around GBP2.3 billion, Barclays explained. It requires regulatory approval as it is a class 2 transaction under UK listing rules. The transaction is expected to complete at the end of the fourth quarter or in first quarter of 2023.

"The acquisition will enable Barclays to broaden its product offering and capabilities in the UK mortgage market, extend the number of customers we can serve and grow mortgage originations to better utilise our strong UK funding base," Barclays said.

London-based bank Barclays bought the firm from companies controlled by funds managed by private equity firms Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Advisors LLC and Sixth Street Partners LLC, it added.

Kensington Mortgage Company had a pretax profit of GBP500,000 and an income of GBP65.9 million in its financial year 2021, Barclays said. The lender had GBP66.7 million of gross assets as at March 31, 2021, Barclays said. Further, Kensington Mortgage Co's mortgage portfolio stood at GBP1.2 billion as at May 31, 2022, out of which 70% came from owner-occupied and 30% from buy-to-let residential mortgages.

"KMC is a best-in-class specialist mortgage lender with an established track record in the UK market, strong broker and customer relationships and data analytics capabilities. KMC complements our existing UK mortgage business and broker relationships through the addition of a specialist prime mortgage originator and the utilisation of our strong UK funding base," said Matt Hammerstein, chief executive officer of Barclays Banks UK.

He added: "The transaction should generate attractive returns for Barclays over the medium term as the KMC mortgage portfolio increases in size through the ongoing origination of new mortgages.

By Tom Budszus; tombudszus@alliancenews.com

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