WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Velocity Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VEL), (the “Company”) today provided an update on the current operating environment and operational metrics.
Loan origination volume for the two months ended February 29, 2020 totaled $204.5 million in UPB, a 49 percent increase from the same period in 2019. The total loan portfolio totaled $2.11 billion in unpaid principal balance (UPB) on February 29, 2020, up 30 percent from February 28, 2019. Loans held for investment comprised 90 percent of the total loan portfolio on February 29, 2020, with the remainder consisting of short-term held for sale loans.
The Company, through its operating subsidiary Velocity Commercial Capital (“VCC”), maintains operating liquidity through three separate Bank warehouse financing facilities totaling $550 million in total capacity. As of March 17, 2020, available capacity on these Bank warehouse facilities totaled $253 million. Recently, one of the Company’s warehouse banks, Barclays Bank PLC, agreed to increase its financing line capacity to $300 million from $250 million to support origination volume growth. Moreover, in February, the Company completed its first securitization transaction of 2020, and its 13th transaction overall, totaling $249 million of securities issued.
“We remain focused on the health of our employees and the communities in which we work and live while also maintaining operational readiness to serve our brokers effectively as the COVID-19 pandemic situation evolves," said President and CEO, Chris Farrar. “Our business is performing very well, we continue to see strong demand for debt financing from investors, and the Company remains on a sound footing both financially and operationally. We maintain substantial liquidity and have enjoyed longstanding relationships with our warehouse banks, who have supported the Company through a variety of market conditions over our 15-year operating history. While it is too soon to assess the long-term economic impact of the pandemic on real estate values or demand for debt financing, our considerable operational track record and experience will help us successfully navigate this rapidly evolving environment.”
About Velocity Financial, Inc.
Based in Westlake Village, California, Velocity is a vertically integrated real estate finance company that originates and manages investor loans secured by 1-4 unit residential rental and small commercial properties. Velocity originates loans nationwide across an extensive network of independent mortgage brokers it has built and refined over 15 years.
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