Marlin Completes $201.7MM Term Debt Securitization, First Since 2010

Marlin completed a $201.7 million asset-backed notes term securitization by Marlin Leasing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marlin Business Services. This transaction was Marlin’s 11th term securitization and its first since 2010. As with all prior term securitizations, this financing provides the company with fixed-cost borrowing and will be recorded on its balance sheet as a financing transaction. The notes, which were issued in seven classes, have fixed interest rates ranging from 2.55% to 5.02% (with a weighted averaged fixed interest rate of 3.41%) and legal final maturity dates ranging from July 22, 2019 to May 20, 2025.

“We are pleased to announce the completion of our first term securitization since 2010,” Jeffrey A. Hilzinger, Marlin’s president and CEO, said. “The positive market reception reflects Marlin’s reputation for disciplined underwriting and strong credit culture.

“The primary strategic objective of this financing was to diversify our funding sources and to release capital for growth by achieving a higher advance rate against the securitized assets than was being achieved in Marlin Business Bank, our wholly-owned depository,” Hilzinger said. “While we expect Marlin Business Bank to remain an important source of our funding, we also expect to be a programmatic issuer of asset-backed securities in the future as we use a mix of depository and wholesale funding to optimize our capital structure over time and across credit cycles.”

This was a private offering made pursuant to Rule 144A and Reg S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, by Marlin Receivables 2018-1, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marlin Leasing. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and Fitch Ratings rated the transaction, with the two senior classes receiving the agencies’ highest ratings.

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