When Mosaic launched in 2012, most observers saw them as a niche financing company that would never have broad appeal in the solar market.
Those doubters are today eating their words after Mosaic closed the first securitization of its residential loan portfolio and announced it had reached its goal of originating $1 billion in solar loans.
The Mosaic Solar Loans 2017-1 transaction brought in $138.95 million and received a “Green Bond” designation, which is based on the standards published by the International Capital Markets Association and pursuant to a report issued by Sustainalytics US.
Guggenheim Securities and BNP Paribas acted as joint-lead bookrunners for the offering, while Guggenheim Securities acted as sole structuring agent.
“This is a huge step forward for the solar loan sector as well as for Mosaic,” said Billy Parish, founder and CEO of Mosaic. “We have sustainable and scalable funding to support our partners. With such an enthusiastic response from the investor community, we know this is just the first of many offerings.”
Mosaic says its securitization was possible only because investors are beginning to understand solar loans as an asset class, now that homeowners are moving away from leases and back to more traditional loans.
In addition, its success in originating more than $1 billion in solar loans since 2012 further solidifies its reputation among investors as a solid place to park their money, which will also make future securitizations even easier to close.
The current offering consists of a single tranche of $138.95 million rate notes rated “A” by Kroll Bond Rating Agency. The notes are modeled to a weighted average life of 4.06 years and are backed by a collateral pool of $177.9 million of loans with an average FICO score of 746.
The deal generated overwhelming investor demand and achieved an oversubscription level of 5.6 times the offering size. Final pricing at 4.50% yield with a 4.45% stated coupon was well inside of initial price talk.