Household Capital secures $300 million financing from IFM and Citi

Joshua Funder, Chief Executive Officer of Household Capital

Household Capital, a leading Australian provider of home equity retirement funding, announced the completion of a $300 million financing package provided by Citi, one of the world’s biggest banks, and IFM Investors, the industry super-owned global fund manager.

The innovative securitisation debt facility, will allow Household Capital to continue to meet the increasing demand from retired homeowners seeking responsible, long-term funding for their retirement needs, a segment of the market with more than $1Tn in home equity today.

“Household Capital is an innovator in home equity retirement funding with a clear values-based focus on customer outcomes,” said Joshua Funder, CEO of Household Capital.

“We originate responsible, long term, low risk Aussie residential mortgages, enabling retirees to access some of the equity to achieve a more secure and dignified retirement, recognising the family home can be both the best place to live and a way to fund retirement.”

“In partnering with Citi and IFM Investors, we are making access to home equity more efficient, more available and more reliable for retirees. This funding facility delivers Australian retirees low interest rates which mean more access to their home equity retirement funding.”

Household Capital providing access to home equity

Household Capital Chair Nick Sherry said that despite Australia’s world-class superannuation system, the family home has always been a missing link in the retirement funding system.

“The wealth of baby boomers is mostly tied up in their home.”

“Australian seniors need ubiquitous, responsible, long-term, and efficient access to home equity.” Mr Sherry said Household Capital’s partnership with Citi and IFM Investors is a game changer in delivering back to Australians their own wealth.

“We were delighted to develop an innovative securitisation structure that balanced the needs of Household Capital, Citi and IFM’s investment requirements,” said Will Mortimer, Managing Director and Head of Citi’s Financing and Securitisation team for Australia & New Zealand.

“The facility will refinance Household Capital’s legacy funding arrangements and deliver cost effective, long term and scalable funding solution to Household Capital to grow the business.”

Hiran Wanigasekera, Executive Director, Debt Investments, IFM, made these remarks.

“We believe that our investment will help generate risk adjusted returns for our investors, while delivering a social dividend for retired Australians. By working with Household Capital, we are able to directly support the quality and availability of retirement housing and funding.”

Household Capital a beacon of hope to the elderly

Stella Choe, Managing Director and Head of Corporate Banking Citi Australasia hopes that the financing package helps deliver much needed retirement support to elderly Australians.

“We are proud to partner with Household Capital, a leading reverse mortgage funder in Australia, to deliver much needed retirement funding, and help address the challenges faced by the Australian Government in housing and funding a growing cohort of aging Australians.”

Mr Funder said that Household Capital was focused on responding to the Australian Government’s Retirement Income Review and Retirement Income Covenant, both of which highlighted the important role home equity plays in meeting financial needs in retirement.

“This funding package is an endorsement of our approach and will help us continue to deliver on our mission: to help retired Australians Live Well At Home,” said Mr Funder.

“Household Capital has transformed the lives of thousands of retired Aussies and the facility will enable us to help thousands more have confidence in retirement housing and funding.”

Co-author of the Retirement Income Review and chair of Household Capital’s advisory board, Professor Deborah Ralton, said: “For most people retiring who haven’t enjoyed the benefits of superannuation, their home represents a considerable part of their net wealth.”

“The baby boomers coming through to retirement want to know that they can have a quality retirement and feel confident that they can use their resources well, including home equity.”