Funds managed by Ares Management’s alternative credit and U.S. direct lending strategies led the arrangement and funding of a $400 million loan facility for CrossCountry Mortgage. Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global investment group, also participated in the financing through a wholly-owned subsidiary as part of its capital solutions investment strategy.
Founded in 2003 and based in Ohio, CrossCountry Mortgage is an independent retail mortgage lender operating across the U.S. The company is licensed in all 50 states and leverages a scaled network operating in more than 600 locations with more than 1,700 loan officers to originate loans in the retail and consumer direct channels. Since 2012, CrossCountry Mortgage has been approved by government-sponsored enterprises as a seller/servicer and maintains a portfolio of mortgage-based solutions, including home purchase, refinance and home equity products.
“As CrossCountry Mortgage continues to execute its organic and inorganic growth strategy, we believe the company is well-positioned to benefit from its favorable purchase-focused origination volumes, a scaled retail platform, attractive industry demographics and supply tailwinds and strong free cash flow dynamics,” Kevin Alexander, a partner in Ares’ credit group, said. “We look forward to working with the company’s management team to capitalize on the significant opportunities ahead.”
“This transaction is another example of how we collaborate across the Ares platform, creatively combining our teams’ alternative credit investing experience in the residential mortgage sector and disciplined corporate underwriting to deliver scaled and flexible capital solutions to leading companies like CrossCountry Mortgage,” Scott Rosen, managing director in Ares’ credit group, said.
“As one of the fastest growing non-bank originators and servicers of residential mortgages, CrossCountry Mortgage is well positioned to continue its trajectory in American housing. Alongside our longstanding partner Ares, we draw on the combined strengths of our teams to offer flexible credit financing tailored to the company’s needs — a result which offers attractive risk-adjusted returns for our clients, a core element sought by our capital solutions strategy,” Martin Laguerre, executive vice president and head of private equity and capital solutions at CDPQ, said.
“We appreciate the support of Ares and CDPQ and believe this financing positions CrossCountry Mortgage for accelerated growth as we continue to expand our platform, geographical footprint and residential mortgage offering,” Ron Leonhardt Jr., founder and CEO of CrossCountry Mortgage, said. “We have invested nearly two decades building a trusted brand that is founded on our commitment to support homebuyers and homeowners with exceptional service, insights and transparency. We are excited to work with our partners as we continue to meet our customers’ needs and advance our long-term goals.”