Link Group secures £70.7m of sustainability-linked funding from Bank of Scotland

Link Group secures £70.7m of sustainability-linked funding from Bank of Scotland

Link’s Riverside development in Dalmarnock is an example of the standard of the type of housing developments which may benefit from this funding.

Link Group has secured a new £70 million funding package with Bank of Scotland.

The agreement, which includes an existing £10.7m loan, puts in place a five-year Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) of £60m, providing flexibility and liquidity to Link Group to support its ongoing development programme for the next five years.

Link Group financial director Nick Pollard said: “Now more than ever, it is vital organisations like Link work with our partners in the financial sector to secure prudent funding streams.

“The new RCF borrowing is linked to Sustainability Loan terms and therefore contributes to our sustainability objectives whilst generating a discount on the margins applied to the borrowing if we meet our Sustainability Performance Targets in agreed areas.

“This agreement with Bank of Scotland has also brought some changes in financial covenants and relaxation of other loan terms which supported Link’s wider objectives.”

The Bank of Scotland funding forms part of Link Group’s wider financial strategy to work with banking partners to generate cost effective and efficient funding solutions which enable Link Group to meet its objectives.

Melanie Russell, relationship director for social housing at Bank of Scotland, said: “Associations like Link Group play an important part in ensuring the country has quality, sustainable social housing for generations to come. We’re pleased to be able to support them by providing this funding, as it will also help Link achieve its sustainability objectives over the next five years.”

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