Home Capital stock rebounds after mortgage lender secures $2B credit line

Toronto-based mortgage lender Home Capital Group Inc. has secured a $2 billion credit line.
Toronto-based mortgage lender Home Capital Group Inc. has secured a $2 billion credit line. Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Home Capital Group Inc. shares regained some ground on Thursday after it secured a $2-billion credit line and said it’s exploring its strategic options, suggesting it could be up for sale.

The stock (TSX:HCG) rose nearly 17 per cent at $6.99 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the Toronto-based mortgage lender said it hired RBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets “to advise on further financing and strategic options.”

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Home Capital lost more than half its value on Wednesday after it warned it would miss financial targets and was seeking the credit line to offset withdrawals from savings accounts at its Home Trust subsidiary.

Some savers pulled their deposits in the wake of allegations by Ontario’s securities regulator that the company, two former CEOs and the current CFO broke the law in their handling of a scandal involving falsified loan applications. The company has said the allegations are without merit and vowed to defend itself.

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Home Capital said Home Trust expects to have a high-interest savings account balance of approximately $814 million on Thursday, after settlement of transactions Wednesday. That’s down from the roughly $1.4 billion, the company said it had Monday.

The company said the new credit line, combined with Home Trust’s current available liquidity, provides it with access to approximately $3.5 billion in total funding.

“The company will work closely with the lender to have the funds available as soon as possible,” Home Capital said of the credit line.

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The $2-billion line of credit is secured against a portfolio of mortgages originated by Home Trust and matures in 364 days, at the option of Home Trust.

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Under the deal, Home Trust has agreed to paying a non-refundable commitment fee of $100 million and will make an initial draw of $1 billion.

The interest rate on outstanding balances is 10 per cent, and the standby fee on undrawn funds is 2.5 per cent.