Victory Park commits $25 mln to real estate lender Renovo Financial

Victory Park Capital committed $25 million to Chicago-based private lender Renovo Financial, which serves real estate investors who manage residential properties. Renovo was co-founded in 2011 by Chicago PE firm Granite Creek Partners.

Press Release

Renovo Financial, a Chicago-based private lender that assists real estate investors who acquire, renovate and manage residential properties, announced today that it has closed an incremental $25 million commitment from Victory Park Capital (VPC), an investment firm focused on private middle market debt and equity investments. VPC’s total investment now reaches $75 million following an existing $50 million investment which VPC closed with Renovo in March 2015

“We’ve been impressed with Renovo’s underwriting and asset management over the past year,” said Tom Affolter, partner at VPC. “We’re pleased to reaffirm our partnership with Renovo’s experienced leadership team, and are excited to help catalyze accelerated growth as the company expands its lending activities.”

Renovo will use the additional funding to continue to aggressively grow its lending platform to provide best-in-class service to investors in this underserved marketplace. Founded in 2011 by its CEO Kevin Werner, Head of Lending Daniel Rosen and Granite Creek Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, Renovo offers short-term acquisition-and-construction loans as well as long-term financing for rental property investors.

Werner said, “VPC has been an invaluable partner for our business and we’re delighted to have their increased support to extend our lending activities into new markets. As we approach our fifth anniversary, we continue to be committed to serving the unique needs of residential real estate investors with tailored products, innovative technology solutions and world-class service.”

Mark Radzik, partner at Granite Creek, added, “We’re privileged to have overseen the rapid growth of Renovo’s business. VPC’s renewed commitment aligns with our belief that Renovo is uniquely positioned to further extend its market-leading position.”

About Renovo Financial

Renovo is a rapidly-growing specialty finance business providing capital to residential real estate investors. Founded in 2011, Chicago-based Renovo is the premier provider of financial and strategic support for real estate investors in single-family and small multi-family properties. Renovo powers the growth of its customers’ businesses and the communities they serve by providing timely capital, responsive customer service, and support in all stages of a project. Renovo’s clients are experienced investors and project managers who pursue a buy-fix-flip strategy for short-term profit or a buy-fix-hold approach to build a long-term portfolio. Renovo’s high-touch service, expert advice, and speed combined with flexible and innovative loan products allow its borrowers to commit to and undertake projects with confidence. For more information visit: http://www.renovofinancial.com.

About Granite Creek Partners

Granite Creek Partners, L.L.C. is a Chicago-based investment firm founded in 2005 that provides equity and debt capital to public and private small businesses and innovative specialty finance for underserved industries. Granite Creek pursues investments in fundamentally sound U.S.-based middle market companies and seeks to accelerate the building of its portfolio companies through active oversight, add on acquisitions and access to growth capital. For more information visit http://www.granitecreek.com.

About Victory Park Capital

Victory Park Capital Advisors, LLC (“VPC”) is an investment firm with a focus on alternative credit and a commitment to delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns and capital preservation for its clients. VPC provides privately negotiated debt and equity capital solutions to small and middle market companies across a wide range of industries. We target fundamentally sound businesses in need of liquidity and/or capital structure transformation and often take a leadership role in the financial restructuring process. VPC’s offerings leverage the firm’s special situations and credit structuring expertise and differentiated deal origination capabilities. The firm was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and London. VPC is privately held and a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC. For more information visit: http://www.victoryparkcapital.com.