In February 2017, we established ThreePoint Capital Corp., a mortgage investment corporation (“MIC”), to purchase a portfolio of performing mortgages from Paradigm Mortgage Investment Corporation. This asset purchase and migration of Paradigm Mortgage shareholders to ThreePoint Capital was completed successfully in June 2017, positioning ThreePoint Capital to deliver a stable monthly dividend to our shareholders through disciplined mortgage underwriting, careful investments in mortgage loans and assertive mortgage administration.
We are a private Canadian non-bank mortgage lender providing mortgage financing in marketable urban communities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Working through the professional mortgage broker channel, we provide mortgage financing to borrowers who have the capacity to repay and significant equity in real estate but do not qualify for institutional financing.
Canada’s limited number of financial institutions and their tightening in policy regarding their own mortgage lending has created an opportunity to service a growing segment of the mortgage market while increasing the quality of security for our shareholders.
As the steward of ThreePoint Capital Corp. and the administrator of its investments in mortgages, the management company ThreePoint Capital Management Corp., established over two decades ago, has been entrusted with the direction of the fund.
Investing in real estate offers security, but owning it can be risky when markets soften. MIC and mortgage investing offers downside protection relative to an equity investment when real estate prices decline. We lend on average 57% of the value of a home, so our portfolio can absorb a drop in the housing market with minimal expectation of loss.
We provide mortgages to borrowers whose financing needs are not being met by larger financial institutions. The average size of mortgage in our portfolio as of June 30th, 2017 is $205,371 with a weighted average interest rate of 8.48% and a portfolio average loan-to-value of 57%. The loan-to-value ratio of any mortgage at the time of underwriting may not exceed 75% of the current appraised value.
We consider our mortgage portfolio high quality yet we are able to charge higher rates than the banks because we offer flexibility, short term solutions and we serve a segment of the market that is currently underserved.
A typical loan in our portfolio has an interest rate of 6.5% to 8.5% per annum, a loan-to-value ratio of 55% – 65%, a one or two-year term and monthly amortized mortgage payments.
(At June 30th, 2017)