Legal & General’s affordable housing business completes first deal to back growing pension risk transfer business
Legal & General announces that it has provided £100 million of long term debt financing to its affordable housing business, as it opens the door for UK pension money to back the provision of much-needed affordable housing. Secured against the income stream of a UK-wide portfolio of high quality operational affordable housing, this represents its first deal to generate attractive matching-adjustment, compliant direct investments from affordable housing for its growing annuity portfolio. A further £175m of development finance is being provided by a consortium of external investors to support the delivery of its current pipeline of 3,500 homes.
Legal & General is uniquely placed to invest annuity money into the UK economy, supporting its long-term pension commitments and creating real assets which provide new jobs, housing, productivity and wage growth. Affordable housing is an appropriate asset for Legal & General’s Pension Risk Transfer business, offering a secure portfolio of inflation-linked rental income which delivers long-term, diversified, stable returns. This latest investment demonstrates how Legal & General’s varied capital streams can be put to work in order to tackle the UK’s housing crisis and deliver extraordinary social outcomes.
The UK continues to suffer a growing crisis as 1.3 million households remain on waiting lists for social housing. One in three low income earners have had to borrow money to pay their rent and the steep decline in social housing has led to huge increases in government welfare costs, as well as rising homelessness. Legal & General is leading the evolution of the affordable housing sector; committed to raising service standards and deploying long-term institutional capital into a sector which continues to suffer from chronic undersupply.