LSE deal

Startline Motor Finance in £450m securitisation

Paul Burgess: efficient use of our capital

Startline Motor Finance has completed a £450 million securitisation through the London Stock Exchange.

The move has seen the Glasgow-based company float around three-quarters of its existing assets under management as part of the securitisation programme.

It is listed under the name Satus, with the business also maintaining its ongoing funding relationship with global bank JP Morgan.

The company carried out a £292m securitisation in late 2021 which, like the new securitisation, was significantly oversubscribed.

Founded in 2013, Startline has 80,000 customers, £600m of assets under management and employs 200 people at its Skypark head office.

Specialising in near prime motor finance, it works with around half of the UK’s top 50 franchise motor dealers by turnover as well as 70% of the top 50 independent car retailers, accounting for around 2% of the total UK motor finance market.

Paul Burgess, CEO, said: “The new securitisation attracted a broad and diverse pool of high quality international investors and was significantly oversubscribed, which is something of a rarity and a testament to the quality of business that the team here in Glasgow is writing.

“This is a strategy designed to help us make more efficient use of our capital and diversify our funding. In the future, we plan to carry out further regular securitisations and also potentially access mezzanine funding. It will give us the right mix to continue to expand, we believe.”

He added that Startline has been investing heavily in technology, with new systems including a sophisticated business portal for dealers, biometric e-Sign to enable new credit agreements to be processed more quickly and efficiently, and a range of AI-style robotic process automations.

“There also continues to be a strong investment by the leadership team in employee engagement and this has resulted in us being listed as ‘One to Watch’ under the well-known Best Companies initiative designed to help employees identify the best employers.”

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