$115 Million PACE Bond Part of Growing Asset Class Attracting Real Money Investors

November 2, 2016
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OAKLAND, Calif., November 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Renew Financial, a leading clean energy finance company, today announced it has completed its third securitization of residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) bonds. The $115 million securitization, backed by over 4,226 PACE-financed home energy improvement projects, was rated AA(sf) by Kroll and has a coupon of 3.16%. The securitization was structured and placed by Natixis Securities Americas LLC, a U.S.-registered broker-dealer and subsidiary of Natixis.  The transaction was considered a "Green Bond" based on the principles published by the International Capital Market Association.

As the administrator of the CaliforniaFIRST PACE financing program, Renew Financial works with more than 300 city and county governments in California to provide PACE financing to nearly 20 million Californians. PACE allows property owners to finance the entire cost of energy efficiency, water-efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their homes and businesses, and then repay those costs as a line item on their property tax bill over the course of up to 25 years.

"This third bond issuance is an important milestone for both the company and the asset class. PACE is recognized as a growing asset class with exceptional investor demand.  As a company, we continue to further our mission. With this transaction alone, Renew financed projects that will reduce more than 140 thousand metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. We are pleased with the continued growth," commented Cisco DeVries, CEO of Renew Financial.

Renew Financial announced its first securitization of residential PACE bonds totaling $50 million in September, 2015, followed by a second securitization totaling $123M in June of 2016.This securitization builds on Renew Financial's recent close of a $200M revolving credit facility with Natixis.

Brock Wolf, Executive Director at Natixis, said: “Natixis remains committed to playing a leading role in offering financing solutions for clean energy across the world. Renew Financial is an exemplary clean energy platform, and we are very proud of the strong relationship we have developed with Cisco and his team across a number of successful transactions.”

About Renew Financial

Renew Financial is one of the nation's leading clean energy financing companies. Founded in 2008 by Cisco DeVries, who created the concept of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing model, Renew Financial now provides multiple financing products across the U.S.  PACE — which was endorsed by President Obama and named by Scientific American as one of the top 20 ideas that can change the world — enables property owners to finance the entire cost of energy and water efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their homes and businesses, and then repay those costs on their property tax bill. Renew Financial's other financing products include residential unsecured loans (ReHome), utility on-bill financing, and others. Renew Financial partners with Rainforest Trust to preserve endangered rainforest with a donation made for every completed project.

Renew Financial is a pending trademark of Renewable Funding LLC.  The Renew Financial PACE program is sponsored by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority or by Los Angeles County and is administered by Renew Financial Group LLC. 

About Natixis

Natixis is the international corporate, investment, insurance and financial services arm of Groupe BPCE, the 2nd-largest banking group in France with 35 million clients spread over two retail banking networks, Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne.

With more than 16,000 employees, Natixis has a number of areas of expertise that are organized into three main business lines: Corporate & Investment Banking, Investment Solutions & Insurance, and Specialized Financial Services.  A global player, Natixis has its own client base of companies, financial institutions and institutional investors as well as the client base of individuals, professionals and small and medium-size businesses of Groupe BPCE’s banking networks.