Daily News: August 30, 2017

RBC-Led Group Provides $50MM to Support Chesswood Growth


Chesswood Group exercised the remaining $50 million accordion feature in its existing corporate revolving credit facility, increasing the facility to $250 million. The borrowings support continued growth in its Pawnee Leasing portfolio.

The company’s syndicate of six banks is led by Royal Bank of Canada and includes BBVA Compass, Bank of Montreal, National Bank of Canada, TD Securities and Laurentian Bank of Canada.

The facility matures in December 2019, and Chesswood has drawn $188 million under the facility as of the August 29, 2017.

“Our U.S. prime portfolio continues to grow as expected. At the same time we have been working towards our first U.S. non-recourse asset backed facility for this portfolio segment,” said Barry Shafran, Chesswood’s president and CEO. “The new non-recourse facility, expected to close in late September or early October, will further diversify our treasury and match our funding structures with our portfolio composition.”

Chesswood’s overall leverage remains modest following the sale of its two non-core finance businesses over the last 18 months and the subsequent pay-down of its credit facility with the majority of the proceeds.

“Our lenders have continued to provide strong support for our growth efforts in both the U.S. and Canada. We’re grateful for that partnership and the vote of confidence it represents,” said Shafran.

Through two wholly-owned subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada, Chesswood Group is North America’s only publicly-traded commercial equipment finance company focused on small and medium-sized businesses.