Redwood Trust Prices $60.0 Million Senior Notes Offering

MILL VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE: RWT; “Redwood” or the “Company”) today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of $60,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 9.125% senior notes due 2029 (the “Notes”). The offering is expected to close on January 22, 2024, subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.


Redwood intends to apply to list the Notes on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “RWTN” and, if the application is approved, trading of the Notes on the New York Stock Exchange is expected to begin within 30 days after the Notes are first issued. The Notes have received an investment grade rating of BBB from Egan-Jones Ratings Company, an independent, unaffiliated rating agency.

Redwood intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, which may include (i) the repurchase or repayment of a portion of Redwood’s 5.625% convertible senior notes due 2024, the 5.75% exchangeable senior notes due 2025 issued by one of its subsidiaries or Redwood’s 7.75% convertible senior notes due 2027, and/or (ii) funding of Redwood’s business and investment activity, which may include funding Redwood’s residential and business purpose lending mortgage banking businesses, acquiring mortgage-backed securities for Redwood’s investment portfolio, funding other long-term portfolio investments, and funding strategic acquisitions and investments.

The Notes will be senior unsecured obligations of Redwood. The Notes will bear interest at a rate equal to 9.125% per year, payable quarterly in arrears on March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1 of each year, beginning on June 1, 2024. The Notes will mature on March 1, 2029. The Notes will be issued in minimum denominations of $25 and integral multiples of $25 in excess thereof or in units.

Redwood will have the right to redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at its option at any time on or after March 1, 2026 at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the redemption date. Upon the occurrence of a change of control, Redwood will be required to make an offer to repurchase all outstanding Notes at a price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the repurchase date.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, RBC Capital Markets, LLC and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company, are acting as joint book-running managers for the proposed offering. BTIG is acting as co-manager for the proposed offering.

The public offering will be made pursuant to an automatic shelf registration statement on Form S-3 that was filed by Redwood with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and became effective on March 4, 2022. A preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to and describing the terms of the offering have been filed with the SEC and are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus may be obtained by contacting:

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

608 2nd Avenue South, Suite 1000

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Attn: WFS Customer Service

Or by telephone: (800) 645-3751

Or by email: [email protected]

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Attention: Prospectus Department

200 West Street

New York, NY 10282

Or by telephone: 866-471-2526

Or by email: [email protected]

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

180 Varick Street

New York, NY 10014

Attention: Prospectus Department

Or by telephone: (866) 718-1649

Or by email: [email protected]

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Attention: Transaction Management

Brookfield Place

200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10281-8098

Or by telephone: 866-375-6829

Or by email: [email protected]

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.

Attention: Capital Markets

787 Seventh Avenue

4th Floor

New York, NY 10019

Or by telephone: 800-966-1559

This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Redwood Trust

Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE: RWT) is a specialty finance company focused on several distinct areas of housing credit with a mission to help make quality housing, whether rented or owned, accessible to all American households. Our operating platforms occupy a unique position in the housing finance value chain, providing liquidity to growing segments of the U.S. housing market not well served by government programs. We deliver customized housing credit investments to a diverse mix of investors, through our best-in-class securitization platforms; whole-loan distribution activities; and our publicly traded shares. Our aggregation, origination and investment activities have evolved to incorporate a diverse mix of residential, business purpose and multifamily assets. Our goal is to provide attractive returns to shareholders through a stable and growing stream of earnings and dividends, capital appreciation, and a commitment to technological innovation that facilitates risk-minded scale. We operate our business in three segments: Residential Mortgage Banking, Business Purpose Mortgage Banking and Investment Portfolio. Additionally, through RWT Horizons™, our venture investing initiative, we invest in early-stage companies strategically aligned with our business across the lending, real estate, and financial technology sectors to drive innovations across our residential and business-purpose lending platforms. Since going public in 1994, we have managed our business through several cycles, built a track record of innovation, and established a best-in-class reputation for service and a common-sense approach to credit investing. Redwood Trust is internally managed and structured as a real estate investment trust for tax purposes.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as statements related to the offering, including the terms thereof, the anticipated closing date, the intention to apply to list the securities on the New York Stock Exchange and the expected use of the net proceeds. Forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties. Redwood’s actual results may differ materially from those projected, and Redwood cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this release. 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. No assurance can be given that the offering will be completed on the terms described, or at all, or that the net proceeds of the offering will be used as indicated. Completion of the offering on the terms described, the application to list the securities on the New York Stock Exchange and the application of the net proceeds, are subject to numerous conditions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Redwood, including, among other things, those described in Redwood’s preliminary prospectus supplement dated January 17, 2024, the accompanying prospectus dated March 4, 2022, and the documents incorporated in the prospectus supplement and the prospectus by reference. Redwood undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contacts

Investor Relations
Kaitlyn Mauritz

SVP, Head of Investor Relations

Phone: 866-269-4976

Email: [email protected]