NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hunt Companies Finance Trust, Inc. (NYSE: HCFT) (“HCFT” or the “Company”) today announced the closing of Hunt CRE 2018-FL2, Ltd., a $285 million commercial real estate Collateralized Loan Obligation (“CLO”), which financed 20 first lien floating rate commercial real estate mortgage assets acquired from Hunt Real Estate Capital, an affiliate of the Company’s external manager.  The investment grade classes of the CLO represent 77.0% of the transaction at closing and have a weighted average interest rate at issuance of LIBOR + 1.44%.  The Company will retain the non-investment grade bonds and preferred shares of the CLO, which in aggregate have a face value of $65,551,000 at the time of closing.

James Flynn, Chief Executive Officer of Hunt Companies Finance Trust, said, “The closing of Hunt CRE 2018-FL2 represents a significant step in the repositioning of Hunt Companies Finance Trust into a commercial real estate credit investment vehicle.  This transaction effectively completes that transition and provides us with flexibility and capacity to continue to grow.”

J.P. Morgan acted as sole structuring agent.  J.P. Morgan, Hunt Financial Securities and Wells Fargo Securities acted as co-lead managers and joint bookrunners.

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

About Hunt Companies Finance Trust, Inc.

Hunt Companies Finance Trust, Inc. is a Maryland corporation focused on investing in, financing and managing transitional multi-family and other commercial real estate loans, securitizations backed by multi-family mortgage loans or multi-family mortgage-backed securities, and other mortgage-related investments including mortgage servicing rights.  The Company’s objective is to deliver attractive cash flow returns over time to its investors.  Investors, security holders and other interested persons may find additional information regarding the Company at the SEC’s Internet site at or the Company website or by directing requests to: Hunt Companies Finance Trust, Inc., 230 Park Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10169, Attention: Investor Relations.

Hunt Companies Finance Trust, Inc. is externally managed and advised by Hunt Investment Management, LLC.

Additional information regarding Hunt Investment Management is described in its brochure (Part 2A of Form ADV) available at

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