Praetura secures £75m lending facility from NatWest and RM Funds

By Roger Baird on Thursday 14 February 2019

Alternative Lending

The asset-backed lender said the deal is part of its plan to hike its loan book to £250m by 2021.

Asset-backed lender Praetura Asset Finance has secured a £75m securitisation facility in order to boost its loans to small businesses.  

Blackburn-based Praetura signed the deal with NatWest Markets and investment manager RM Funds, which originates loans for closed-ended investment trust RM Secured Direct Lending. RM said it will invest up to £7.5m as the funding line is used.

Praetura, founded in 2013, said the deal is a part of its plan to grow it loan book from £100m to £250m by 2021.

Last month Praetura bought Wilmslow-based Kingsway Finance, following a £15m loan note from RM Secured Direct Lending. Praetura said the move made it “one of the UK’s largest independent asset-backed lenders”.

Praetura founding director Peadar O’Reilly, “We're an ambitious company; we set Praetura Asset Finance up five years ago and we now have a loan book of over £100m. This inaugural securitisation will help us grow the company significantly and continue to achieve new ambitions.”

RM Funds portfolio manager Pietro Nicholls added: “This is our third investment with Praetura and seventh investment into the speciality finance sector to date.”

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