Zorin Finance secures £200 million funding line


Luke Townsend CEO Zorin

Zorin Finance, the alternative property lending specialist which has lent over £650 million since inception, has announced that it has signed an agreement with Avenue Capital Group, a global investment firm, to fund up to £200 million worth of property development and investment loans for the UK SME housebuilder market.

The business is now funded by two institutional investors, with Avenue being granted exclusivity to fund up to 80% of Zorin’s future deal flow.

Founder & CEO Luke Townsend, pictured, and Sir John Beckwith & family will continue to personally fund a percentage of every loan the company makes.

Zorin Finance, which has funded the development of over 3,000 new homes without capital losses, believes the new funding commitment will provide much needed financial support to UK SME housebuilders who have been neglected by high street banks and other alternative lenders during the pandemic.

Avenue Capital, which invested in Dublin based real estate lender CastleHaven Finance last year, manages an estimated $9.6 billion of assets as at August 31, 2020.

Luke Townsend, CEO and Founder of Zorin Finance, said:

“Securing a new funding partner of this calibre, especially in these unprecedented times, is a testament to the strength of the company and its employees and the confidence Avenue Capital has in our business.

Their experience in this sector will add to all aspects of our business: not least by taking a customer focused, pragmatic approach to lending but also by offering long-term certainty of funding to our borrowers.

Whilst the near-term economic outlook is uncertain, demand for development finance remains buoyant as SME housebuilders look to satisfy continued demand for new housing.

We believe opportunities will present themselves as the fallout from the pandemic starts to hit the balance sheets of high street banks and less well capitalised alternative lenders”.