LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. (“LEAF”) a leading independent commercial equipment leasing and finance company, announced today the closing of a new securitization transaction, LEAF 2012-1, which was completed on September 21, 2012.
Through LEAF 2012-1, LEAF securitized a portfolio of approximately $221 million of leases and commercial loans through the issuance of equipment contract-backed notes. The transaction is the second securitization of small ticket equipment leases and commercial loans that LEAF has sponsored since its inception. The leases and loans were originated by LEAF and are backed by various equipment including office equipment such as photocopiers, printers and telecommunications systems, as well as technology, light industrial and healthcare-related equipment.
Guggenheim Securities, LLC, was the arranger of the notes and Natixis Securities Americas, LLC and Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC were co-arrangers. LEAF will continue to be the servicer of the assets. LEAF issued nine fixed rate classes of notes that were rated by Moody’s and DBRS, with the Class A notes having the benefit of a financial guaranty insurance policy issued by Assured Guaranty Corp. This was a private offering made to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, by LEAF Receivables Funding 8, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.
Miles Herman, President and COO of LEAF, stated, “This is our second successful securitization completed in less than two years since launching LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. We are pleased with our success in securing customer finance programs with top quality equipment vendors as our primary source of originations and also the support we have received from the capital markets that fuels our growth. We believe that the confidence that both investors and the rating agencies have shown in us further validates our business approach. A vital part of a well-rounded funding strategy for an independent finance company is accessing an active term securitization market. This transaction demonstrates and reinforces the fact that, despite difficult economic times, we can effectively participate in this market. We will be using the proceeds of this financing to pay down an existing warehouse facility and thus increase our capacity to meet the future financing needs of our valued equipment vendor partners. As a regular programmatic issuer, we look forward to continued future access to the securitization market.”
About LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc.
LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. (“LEAF”) is one of the leading independent equipment leasing and finance companies in the U.S. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, LEAF serves the small- to mid-ticket equipment finance marketplace and maintains a nationwide origination footprint, working with manufacturers, distributors, and vendors of business-essential equipment and software in a variety of industries. LEAF is backed by Eos Partners, Resource Capital Corp., and Resource America, Inc. For more information on LEAF please visit www.LEAFnow.com.
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