Blue Stripe Financial Ltd., established in 2017 and operating in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, offers investors a diversified portfolio with a focus on residential mortgages. Blue Stripe’s fundamental investment objective is to achieve long-term capital appreciation through investments that offer high return potential. Intended for investors who are willing to accept an increased degree of risk, Blue Stripe seeks to invest in higher ratio mortgages over shorter terms and reduced amortizations.
- Earn our preferred shareholders a NET return of 13.00%.
- Maintain a weighted average Loan-to-Value (LTV) of less than 80% of the total mortgage portfolio.
Key investment policies
- The term on any mortgage is not to exceed 5 years.
- Property valuation is based on a “Lender Report” in Ontario & tax assessments in British Columbia / Alberta.
- Property Appraisals are required for all loans exceeding $40,000.
- Credit history to determine (i) size of loan and (ii) LTV maximum.
The fund falls under Section 130.1 of the Canadian Income Tax Act. It is a flow through investment and as such, pays no taxes at the corporate level so long as it distributes 100% of its annual net income.
The fund distributes 100% of its annual profits to its shareholders in the form of dividends. These dividends are treated as T5 interest income for income tax reporting.
An investment in the fund is RRSP, RRIF, RESP and TFSA eligible, but can also be held in non-registered accounts.
The fund’s relationships with related mortgage origination entities Alpine Credits Ltd. and Sequence Capital Ltd. provide Blue Stripe with a high volume of proprietary mortgage deal flow.
|Fund Type:||Mortgage Investment Corporation (MIC)|
|Most Recent Return:||12.58%|
|5 Year Historical Avg. Return:||13.49%|
|Registered Plans:||Eligible for all registered plans|
|Mortgage Type:||Residential (100%)|
|Total Number of Mortgages:||310|
|Average Mortgage Size:||$50,000|
|Weighted Average LTV:||74%|
|Geographical Diversification:||BC, AB and ON|
|Assets Under Management:||$16.5 million|
|Line of Credit:||n.a.|
|Financial Services Fee:||2.00%|
Note: All information as of December 2022
Arif Mulji, CEO Amur Financial Group
Arif joined Amur Financial Group in 2013 and took on the responsibility of overseeing sales, marketing and business development for the Group. As the Group has continued to hire a talented team, Arif is focused on strategy development and implementation for the organization and, driving sustainable growth for the Group of companies. Arif brings over 20 years of business experience and has held roles in sales, marketing, sales management, finance and management consulting. Outside of Amur Financial, Arif enjoys teaching in the Business faculties at the University of Calgary (until 2015) and at Douglas College. Arif obtained BSc and MSc degrees from UBC, an MBA (Finance and International Business) from the University of Calgary and the Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CMA) from CPABC. In his free time, Arif enjoys sports, reading and spending time with his family.
Steve Anderson, Chief Financial Officer
Steve joined Amur with over 20 years of professional experience working for both public and private companies including Westport Innovations, The Jim Pattison Group and KPMG. Steve has an MBA from UBC along with a Chartered Professional Accounting Designation (CPA, CA) with over 5 years auditing experience. Steve oversees all accounting, financial reporting, IT, cash flow management and financial management of the funds. Outside of work, Steve enjoys time with friends, trips with his family and a round of golf.
Mark Townsend, EVP Fund Management
Mark has many years of experience in investment banking, private equity, capital markets, corporate strategy and financial operations. In addition to his role as EVP Fund Management at Amur Financial Group (AFG), Mark is also Director of Turnham Green, a family office. He has been directly involved in over $2.5 billion of M&A and financing transactions and has experience working with companies in Canada and the US across a wide variety of industries. Prior to joining AFG, Mark most recently worked for Tricor Pacific Capital, a Vancouver-based single-family office, and previously worked in investment banking and M&A advisory at Cairn Merchant Partners and CIBC World Markets in Toronto. Mark graduated with Dean’s Honours from the Honours Business Administration (HBA) program at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, two children and dog, long rides on the bike and spending time in the great outdoors.
Jason Schoen, Senior Fund Manager
Jason has been with Amur Financial for a total of 19 years. He is a licensed mortgage broker joining the group originally under the Alpine Credits brand and has worked in a variety of positions including senior mortgage broker on the sales team, General Manager of Alpine Credits and currently works with the fund management team as a senior underwriter/risk manager. Away from the office, Jason enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping and barbequing.
Luke Doupe-Smith, Fund Manager
Luke joined Amur Financial Group in 2022. He is an experienced banking and finance professional with over 12 years of experience in Finance, culminating in a Business Advisory role with CIBC. Luke brings a background in analysis, underwriting, sales, relationship management, and risk management. Prior to finance, Luke completed his BA at UBC in Economics and Political Science. Currently, Luke is a Candidate with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute and is working toward completing his CFA designation. As a member of the fund management team, Luke puts his analysis, underwriting, and risk management skills to task in reviewing existing and new opportunities for our brands. Away from the office, Luke enjoys spending time with family and friends, baseball in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, and taking adventures in the world to see new places and experience different cultures.
Ricky Ogange, Fund Manager
Ricky joined Amur Financial Group in 2019. He is responsible for Underwriting and Risk Management, as well as special projects within Fund Management. Previously, Ricky served as a senior mortgage broker and lending specialist under the Alpine Credits brand. Besides a mortgage brokerage license, Ricky holds a Bachelor’s degree and post-graduate qualifications in development studies and information technology, project management, and international business management. In his free time, Ricky enjoys causal-comparative research, golf, and spending time with family.
Board of Directors
Kurt Wipp, President & Director
Kurt joined Amur Financial in 2005 and oversees the strategic direction of the group. Along with his brother Brent, he has been responsible for increasing the Group’s funds under management from $5 Million to $700 Million and expanding its operations across Canada. Kurt has over 25 years of business experience in roles involving investment banking, corporate strategy, international structured finance and board of director representation. During his career, Kurt has lived in Milan, Montreal, Auckland, Dallas and London (UK). He has an MBA from studies at the University of British Columbia and Università Bocconi (Italy) and a Joint Honors degree in Economics and Business from Simon Fraser University. In his free time, Kurt enjoys the outdoors, travel and spending time with his family.
Brent Wipp, Director
Brent has over 30 years’ experience in the peer to peer private loans industry and is one of the founding directors of Amur Financial. He acts as the Managing Director of the group and in his role has overseen the development of Amur Financial Group’s proprietary software and ensures the streamlined operation of the company. Along with his brother Kurt, they have been responsible for increasing the Group’s funds under management from $5 Million to $700 Million. Brent is a registered mortgage broker in both British Columbia and Alberta and has a Diploma of Technology from Selkirk College. In his free time Brent enjoys playing squash, travel, the outdoors and spending time with his family.
Kevin Budd, Director
Kevin is President of Pacific Southshore Ventures Inc., with investments in a number of private businesses. He is also President of Monashee Capital Corp; a firm that provides M&A advisory and general corporate finance advisory. Prior to this, Kevin was a Senior Officer and Vice President of Methanex Corporation whose responsibilities were leading transaction and capital markets activities. He holds an MBA from studies at the University of British Columbia and the London Business School (United Kingdom). Kevin also received an honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Waterloo University.
Wade Nesmith, Director
Wade co-founded Creation Capital Corp. in 2018 and led that company through its acquisition of Greenlane Biogas in 2019, with the resulting company, Greenlane Renewables Inc., being listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Greenlane is now listed on the main board of the TSX and Wade chairs the company. Wade founded Primero Mining Corp. in 2008, acting as CEO until 2010 and Chairman until 2018. He was founding Board member of Westport Innovations Inc. and Silver Wheaton Corp. and was previously Superintendent of Brokers (Executive Director) of the British Columbia Securities Commission (1989–1992), and then a senior partner, specializing in securities law with Lang Michener LLP (now McMillan LLP) (1993 to 1998). He has been a director of more than 20 companies since 1993. Wade obtained his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School.
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