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NewStar Completes $325 Million CLO in Upsized Offering

December 19, 2012, 07:23 AM
Filed Under: Industry News

NewStar Financial completed a $325 million term debt securitization known as NewStar Commercial Loan Funding 2012-2. All classes of notes were priced at par and the transaction was upsized from $300 million, reflecting broad participation among institutional investors.

NewStar Commercial Loan Funding 2012-2 is NewStar's fifth balance sheet securitization since inception and part of a programmatic approach to the company's funding strategy. The notes offered through this CLO transaction are backed by a diversified portfolio of commercial loans originated by NewStar. The transaction was executed through a private offering via Rule 144A and Regulation S. NewStar placed various classes of notes rated AAA/Aaa through Baa2 totaling approximately $263 million and will retain Ba1 and B2-rated notes in addition to the equity interests, which together represent 19% of the collateral pool, or approximately $62 million.

"Our ability to generate broad investor interest in this transaction underscores the strength of NewStar's track record and the value of our direct origination platform. The quality of the execution also reinforces our access to the capital markets and ability to expand and diversify our investor base," said NewStar CEO, Tim Conway. "Wells Fargo Securities did an outstanding job structuring and marketing the deal to drive the best execution."

"The CLO market continues to provide attractive term financing for our balance sheet and this deal marked another important milestone for us," said John Frishkopf, head of asset management and treasury at NewStar. "With fifteen different investors across four classes of bonds, we were able to upsize the deal and price all tranches at par to achieve an attractive structure and all-in cost of funds."

NewStar Financial will serve as manager of the CLO, which has a three-year reinvestment period. The Class A notes are rated by two rating agencies and the Class B — F notes are rated by a single rating agency. All of the notes were priced at par with a weighted average yield of LIBOR plus 2.54%.

Wells Fargo Securities was placement agent and sole book runner.

NewStar Financial is a specialized commercial finance company focused on meeting the complex financing needs of companies and private investors in the middle markets.

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