End of the Term Funding Facility = Greater opportunity for Non-bank SME Lenders
When the COVID-19 pandemic got going in early-2020, the Reserve Bank of Australia established the Term Funding Facility (TFF) to offer low-cost three-year funding to authorized deposit-taking institutions (ADIs, often referred to as the Banks). This facility essentially provided the Banks with access to extremely low-cost funding (at a flat 0.10 per cent fixed for 3 years) for the period up until 30 June 2021, when new drawdowns ceased.
The Banks on-lent that money, often at exceptionally low rates of interest, and often fixed for periods of two, three or even four years.
Whilst the facility was closed to new drawdowns on 30 June 2021, at which time $188 billion was outstanding, the Banks retained access to the funding they had drawn on for up to 3 years with the final TFF borrowings maturing on 30 June 2024.
The objectives of the TFF were:
- To reinforce the benefits to the economy of a lower cash rate, by reducing the funding costs of the Banks and in turn help to reduce interest rates for borrowers. It complements the reduction in funding costs from the Reserve Bank’s target for three-year Australian Government bond yields.
- To encourage the Banks to support businesses during a difficult period, as the Banks could access additional low-cost funding if they expanded their lending to businesses. The scheme encouraged lending to all businesses, although the incentives were stronger for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, or SMEs.
- The Banks enjoyed favourable capital treatment for non-residential secured SME loans throughout the pandemic with the Federal Government Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme guaranteeing 50 per cent of any losses on eligible loans written under the program.
With the TFF rolling off in mid-2024, it seems likely the Banks will not refinance a portion of the loans they funded with the support of this facility, and as such these borrowers will seek funding elsewhere. That is the closure of this scheme means that refinancing many of the SME loan exposures will prove to be a relatively unattractive option for the Banks economically.
The result of the Banks stepping back creates additional quality investment opportunities for the non-bank lenders with capital to deploy, and means products like the Aura High Yield SME Fund and the Aura Core Income Fund have a greater ability to pick and choose high quality SME borrowers.
To recap, the Aura High Yield SME Fund, designed for wholesale investors with a minimum initial investment of $100,000, delivered investors a net return of 8.31 per cent, assuming reinvestment of monthly income, over the calendar 2022 year; a period when most other asset classes delivered a negative return.
And for retail investors with a minimum initial investment of $25,000, the Aura Core Income Fund was launched with Montgomery’s assistance on 4 October 2022, and has delivered a total net return of 1.51 per cent, assuming reinvestment of monthly income, in its first three months of existence.
A more detailed piece on the conclusion of the Term Funding Facility will be released shortly.
If you would like to learn more about the Aura Core Income Fund, please visit the fund’s web page to learn more: Aura Core Income Fund
If you would like to learn more about the Aura High Yield SME Fund (wholesale clients only), please visit the fund’s web page to learn more: Aura High Yield SME Fund
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