Timbercreek Financial Comments on Groupe Huot Loans

TORONTO, Sept. 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Timbercreek Financial Corp. (TSX: TF) (the “Company” or “Timbercreek Financial”) today provided commentary and clarification on its loans to Groupe Huot Inc. (“Groupe Huot”), a Quebec-based real estate developer.

As disclosed in the Company’s Q2 2023 financial results, Timbercreek Financial is a secured creditor to Groupe Huot on seven recently constructed, income-producing multi-family assets in Quebec. Several recent media articles have stated that Timbercreek’s investments to Groupe Huot total approximately $253 million. Timbercreek is in the business of originating commercial mortgages and often works with third-party lenders to share loans based on different risk and return criteria. This total amount represents the gross amount of the registered and secured hypothecs (mortgages). Net of syndicated amounts, Timbercreek Financial’s total commitment to Groupe Huot is $143.3 million ($139.8 million on six assets are first ranking with the balance of $3.5 million on one asset being a second mortgage).

As previously disclosed, the Company, along with a broader lender group, moved to put a receiver in place to resolve these loans via a sales process, with the voluntary consent of the borrower. This enforcement process is being run separately from any announced actions by the President of the borrower whose personal financial issues were reported in the Quebec media in recent days

As at June 30, 2023, Timbercreek Financial’s net mortgage investments were $1,123.7 million.

Forward-Looking Statements

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About the Company

Timbercreek Financial is a leading non-bank, commercial real estate lender providing shorter-duration, structured financing solutions to commercial real estate professionals. Our sophisticated, service-oriented approach allows us to meet the needs of borrowers, including faster execution and more flexible terms that are not typically provided by Canadian financial institutions. By employing thorough underwriting, active management and strong governance, we are able to meet these needs while generating strong risk-adjusted yields for investors. Further information is available on our website, www.timbercreekfinancial.com.

SOURCE: Timbercreek Financial

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Timbercreek Financial

Blair Tamblyn, CEO
Tracy Johnston, CFO
Karynna Ma, Vice President, Investor Relations