Redwood Trust Announces Strategic Acquisition of Riverbend Lending
Acquisition Provides Further Scale to CoreVest’s Market Leading Position in Business Purpose Lending
MILL VALLEY, Calif., April 28, 2022–Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE: RWT; “Redwood” or the “Company”), a leader in expanding access to housing for homebuyers and renters, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Riverbend Funding, LLC and its subsidiaries (“Riverbend”), a best-in-class private mortgage lender to residential transitional and commercial real estate investors, in an all cash transaction. The addition of Riverbend complements Redwood’s existing business purpose mortgage banking platform, CoreVest American Finance Lender, LLC (“CoreVest”), enhancing CoreVest’s suite of products, geographic and production footprint, and client base. Following the close of the acquisition, Riverbend will be integrated into CoreVest.
Co-founded in 2017 by Emilian Halloran, Sean Robbins and Brian Burke, Riverbend is a leading bridge lender providing financing to experienced real estate investors acquiring residential and multifamily transitional properties with plans to rehabilitate and sell, as well as to professional developers in multifamily properties. Riverbend has over 50 employees and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Over the last twelve months, Riverbend has originated over $1.0 billion of loans across 33 states, with additional key markets targeted for future expansion. Riverbend’s executive leadership team plans to remain with the business following the completion of the transaction.
“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Riverbend, further demonstrating our commitment to strategically growing our mortgage banking platforms in a manner that benefits our partners,” said Chris Abate, Chief Executive Officer of Redwood. “Riverbend’s platform adds a complementary product and geographic footprint to CoreVest’s existing business. The market for bridge loans continues to be exceptionally strong, supported by increasing sales of newly constructed and rehabilitated homes amidst shrinking housing inventory. This acquisition enhances our scale in this market and we believe that our existing partners will benefit from the products, experience, and strategic lift that Riverbend brings to CoreVest.”
“We look forward to working together with Emilian, Sean and the talented team at Riverbend,” added Beth O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer of CoreVest. “Riverbend adds a first-class origination team with a track record of high-touch service and attractive funding times as well as seasoned experience in underwriting and sourcing. The Riverbend team has also been very successful in distributing their loans efficiently through capital markets executions. Riverbend’s experience will be additive to our existing business purpose mortgage banking platform and distribution capabilities as we continue to capture share in this growing market.”
“Since inception, Riverbend has been committed to providing innovative lending options, putting our borrower needs first and closing on deals with service and speed,” said Sean Robbins, Co-founder of Riverbend. “CoreVest shares these values and joining forces with CoreVest will help us provide greater financing options for our partners, drive overall productivity and enhance our efficiency. The opportunity we see together is significant. We look forward to working together and executing on our shared vision of providing best-in-class financing, service and products to our borrowers.”
The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.
JMP Securities, A Citizens Company, served as exclusive financial advisor to Redwood in connection with the transaction. Riverbend was advised by Piper Sandler. Mayer Brown LLP acted as legal advisor to Redwood.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements related to Redwood’s expectations with respect to the closing of its acquisition of Riverbend, Riverbend’s integration into the Redwood and CoreVest businesses, and subsequent performance of the combined companies and lending markets in general. Forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties. Our actual results may differ from our beliefs, expectations, estimates, and projections and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Forward-looking statements are not historical in nature and can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “seek,” “plan” and similar expressions or their negative forms, or by references to strategy, plans, or intentions. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, those described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 under the caption “Risk Factors.” Other risks, uncertainties, and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected may be described from time to time in reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.