Centrus named ‘market leader’ by Social Housing Magazine

Market leader in capital market transactions

Centrus has been named market leader in capital market transactions by Social Housing‘s exclusive professionals’ league, having advised on the highest number of HA fundraising transactions in 2023. 

The report found that private placements remain the preferred funding route within the capital markets despite the number of housing association bond deals having fallen. 

John Tattersall, Managing Director at Centrus, shared his thoughts on the report findings alongside comments from Pension Insurance Corporation plc, Addleshaw Goddard, ARA Venn, MORhomes PLC and Savills.

Click here to read the full report

Join titanTreasury at The HAT Summit 2023

titanTreasury at The HAT Summit 2023

On Friday 8th September 2023, Centrus will be participating in the 3rd Annual International Treasury Summit, organized by the HAT association, in Athens.

Centrus will be joined by our partners at 3V Finance to share expertise and the benefits of titanTreasury, now used by more than 800 treasury professionals internationally.

If you’d like to connect during the event, please visit our stand or contact Gilles Bonlong.

Round table: ‘Battle of the Titans’- Global Cash Forecasting

Join Centrus Director, Gilles Bonlong at the ‘Battle of the Titans’ roundtable for a discussion on Global Cash Forecasting at 2 pm.

The 3rd International Treasury Summit HAT

Date: September 8, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Benaki Museum, Pireos 138, Athina 118 54, Greece

Registration: https://www.treasury.gr/3rd-hat-international-treasury-summit

Centrus Impact Report 2022

Executive Summary

The impact that we have on people and the planet sits in the same row as our financial performance. This commitment is embedded within our legal articles at Companies House, confirming obligations beyond our duties to our shareholders and acting as a public commitment to our values as a company.

As global sustainability thresholds are threatened, every industry has a part to play in adding circular credibility to the economy and using their platform for positive contribution. At Centrus, our sectors of operation have tangible impact on the environment and on society. As a service provider, our action and output on our value chain is far greater than our supply chain inputs and in this service provision, people are our most valued asset.

So that our people know how their role contributes to ESG, we strive to set an exemplary internal footprint.

This impact report shares some of our work and progress to drive Finance with Purpose and the inclusion and awareness help stimulate external advocacy of sustainable business with our clients.

Download our impact report.

For more information, please contact George Roffey, Chief Sustainability Officer – Centrus

Centrus partners with Community Housing Cymru

Centrus joins Community Housing Cymru

Centrus has formed a new commercial partnership with Community Housing Cymru (CHC), the voice of housing associations in Wales.

CHC represent and support 36 housing associations in Wales, with members providing almost 165,000 homes to 10% of the Welsh population.

Why did Centrus want to be a CHC commercial partner member, and join up with the Welsh housing association sector?

“Following a long-standing relationship with Community Housing Cymru (CHC), Centrus is delighted to join as a commercial partner. As the leading treasury and corporate finance advisor to the affordable housing sector in Wales, we are proud to join the CHC community and importantly see our membership as a further way of supporting our housing association clients by playing our part in enabling CHC to represent them and the sector overall.”

What benefits can Centrus bring to our housing association members and the work that they do?

“We provide independent treasury and corporate finance advice to housing associations focused on enabling our clients to deliver against their objectives, proactively managing associated risks, and demonstrably maximising value for money.

“Our highly specialist affordable housing team has over 200 years combined experience spanning banking, derivatives, debt capital markets, equity, and financing strategies. We also provide treasury reporting and sophisticated technology solutions from Centrus Analytics to a full spectrum of housing associations.

“Centrus is a financial services group committed to sustainability, real assets and essential services – we believe in finance with purpose. Centrus is committed to exemplifying high standards of verified social, governance and environmental performance, as exemplified by our Certified B Corporation status.”

What services do you offer?

  • Corporate finance advisory (debt and equity, mergers, capital raising, hedging and risk management).
  • Retained treasury advisory (proactive engagement and support, regular market data, treasury management policy and strategy, business plan assurance, credit rating analysis, hedging structuring & execution, stakeholder management).
  • Centrus analytics (treasury reporting and sophisticated technology solutions).

Interview with Paul Stevens originally published on CHC website.

Centrus hires Rothschild Investment Banker

Centrus has appointed a new Assistant Director, Damianos Boulakis, who joins from Rothschild & Co’s investment banking team.

With prior 9+ years’ experience at Rothschild, Rubicon Capital Advisors, KPMG and PwC, Damianos has advised institutional and private investors on a number of equity and debt related transactions across real assets space with an emphasis on social infrastructure, energy transition, digital infrastructure and regulated utilities. 

Damianos joins the Real Estate team as Centrus continues to grow its corporate finance advisory offering across operating real estate enterprises, affordable housing and social infrastructure and with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and equity & debt capital raising services. 

We are delighted to have Damianos come on board. He is a talented and highly skilled professional with significant M&A, equity & debt capital raising experience. We are well positioned to deliver high quality, independent advice to our clients building exceptional real estate enterprises.”     

Omer Fazal, Head of Real Estate – Centrus

I am pleased to join Centrus’s talented team and I look forward to contribute to the team’s continued success.”

Damianos Boulakis, Assistant Director – Centrus

Centrus confirmed as keynote speaker at UK Renewables Academy

Keynote speaker at ‘Introduction to Offshore Wind’

We are pleased to announce that Centrus will be the keynote speaker covering offshore wind financing and investment for the UK Renewables Academy’s four day offshore wind programme in September 2023.

“Understanding the principals about how windfarms are financed, bought and sold is critical to understanding the life cycle of a windfarm. This topic is gaining increasing importance as farms get bigger and more expensive. Securing an adviser of Centrus’ quality and experience in this area is an exciting development for the UK Renewables Academy.

Centrus’ insight will no doubt make for an extremely interesting seminar and we look forward to welcoming Centrus to Teesside University in September.”

Liam McIvor, Director – UK Renewables

“We are delighted to be involved in a programme focused on increasing knowledge and understanding around the renewables and offshore sector.

Our work with Ofgem, advising on £5 billion of recent and ongoing Offshore Transmission Operator (“OFTO”) sale processes, has given us a unique insight into how the UK can achieve its targets of 50GW of offshore wind by 2030.

As a certified B Corporation, Centrus is passionate about delivering solutions for a sustainable future, securing energy resilience and funding the energy transition to net zero”.

Adam MacDonald, Managing Director – Centrus

The course has been specifically designed and developed alongside leading industry professionals to give participants an understanding to every area of the sector. The course is also applicable to those who are experienced in one particular area and want to have a better understanding of the wider industry.

For more information on the course, click here.

Centrus Employee Survey results

Our employee survey results are in!

“At Centrus, all ideas and feedback are welcome. Our regular surveys assess employee engagement, identify areas of improvement, and track progress over time. They also help to build trust and communication as our growing business retains the pieces we treasured as a startup.
We are very proud to share a few results highlights from our Q1 2023 survey.” George Roffey, CSPO – Centrus
For more information on working at Centrus, click here.

Jonathan Spearing joins Centrus as Director from Poplar HARCA

Centrus is delighted to welcome Jonathan Spearing as a Director, specialising in Social & Affordable Housing.

With over 16 years of experience working in the housing sector, the latter half as Director of Finance at Poplar HARCA, Jonathan has extensive knowledge across finance, treasury and governance as well as a particular interest in decarbonisation, regeneration and JV activity. 

Given Centrus’ market leading position within the housing sector in the UK and Ireland, Jon’s experience and expertise will be invaluable for both our team and clients.  

Centrus is widely recognised as the leading treasury and corporate finance advisor to the affordable housing sector. As a certified B Corporation, we provide advice & investment to the projects, companies and assets that matter to people, communities and the environment.

Our team has over 200 years of combined experience, spanning banking, derivatives, debt capital markets, equity, and financing strategies. Centrus also provides treasury reporting and sophisticated technology solutions from Centrus Analytics to a full spectrum of housing associations.

“Centrus’ market leading position creates a virtuous circle in enabling us to develop, retain and attract high quality professionals to underpin our objective of always delivering first class advice to and outcomes for our clients.

Jon further strengthens our exceptional team, providing valuable experience and insights from the front line of housing, and we are delighted to welcome him”. 

Paul Stevens, Managing Director – Centrus

“I’m excited to join such a talented team and am looking forward to meeting more housing associations and sharing experiences”.

Jonathan Spearing, Director – Centrus

Centrus achieves B Corp Certification

We are incredibly proud to announce that Centrus has become a Certified B Corporation or B Corp. 

Certified B Corporations are companies verified to meet high standards of social, governance and environmental performance with credible and transparent evidence to prove it.  Centrus has also made a legal commitment to ensure that social or environmental performance is a part of its decision-making, regardless of company ownership.  B Corps demonstrate accountability and transparency by disclosing this record of performance in a public B Corp profile. 

Finance with Purpose

Centrus scored 115.7 points in the B Corp impact assessment process. This score is 35.7 points over the accreditation pass mark and sets a benchmark for Financial Services.

By certifying, Centrus has set a framework for continuous improvement. In order to maintain certification, companies must undertake the assessment and verification process every three years, demonstrating they are still meeting B Lab’s standards. In addition, Centrus want to use its certification to aid and encourage clients and peers on their own sustainable business journeys. 

Click here to view our full impact assessment score. 

“As a B Corp in the Financial Services industry, we’re proud to be counted among businesses leading the global movement for an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economy. 

For us, B Corp certification has been a 3-year journey packed with learning and sharing.  We are incredibly proud to be certified and this certification shows that we are using our business as a force for good”

George Roffey, Chief Sustainability Officer – Centrus

We have embedded sustainability in every operational component of our work and shout about it across our value chain. Our services help the financial viability of other purpose-driven enterprises and our sectors of operation have a tangible impact on the environment and on society. 

At our recent company away day, Centrus employees signed a copy of ‘The B Corp Declaration of Independence’, acknowledging our commitment to key principles and beliefs of the community of B Corps around the world.

For more information on the Centrus sustainability commitment, or on the B Corp Certification, please contact George Roffey, Chief Sustainability and People Officer at Centrus.