UK REIT: Pre-hedging loan breakage costs
A case study of how Chatham advised a UK REIT how to optimise its hedging strategy, when substituting an existing loan.
A UK REIT was looking to substitute and dispose an existing fixed rate loan, which would have led to partial repayment of the loan.
- Chatham was appointed to manage the partial termination process and ensure transparent pricing of the breakage costs.
- The market risk of a further downward movement in interest rates had to be mitigated.
- The pre-hedging strategy had to limit the potential increase of the loan’s breakage costs between exchange and completion.
- After discussing the business plan with the company, we determined the key objectives and advised on the most suitable pre-hedging strategy using interest rate swaptions.
- We helped the company with sourcing a competitive hedge counterparty to implement the hedging strategy within the company’s deadline.
- We advised on the methodology applied by the lender to determine the breakage costs of the fixed rate loan.
- We conducted continuous benchmarking with the lender and hedge counterparty to ensure fairness and transparency.
- The client received transparent and fair loan breakage costs.
- The market risk of moving interest rates was removed.
- A highly effective hedging strategy in line with the company’s objectives.
- Significant time and resources were saved, due to an efficiently run process.
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