Inception date: September 28, 2018
Thrivent Church Loan and Income Fund seeks to produce income. As an interval fund, the Fund offers daily subscriptions and quarterly redemptions.
This fund seeks to produce income by investing in church loans and other debt securities. Church loans are privately issued mortgages to churches and other non-profit organizations with a Christian mission. The Fund will invest in mortgage-backed securities and is not restricted in investing in other types of securities, including derivatives. Churches borrow to fund growth in their congregations and their ministries. Church loans in the Fund are directly originated and underwritten by Thrivent, which has been an active church lender for over 100 years. As an interval fund, to the extent consistent with the applicable liquidity requirements for interval funds, the Fund may invest without limit in illiquid securities, such as church loans.
The Fund will invest a majority of its assets in church loans and the remainder in mortgage-backed securities and cash. The church loan segment of the Fund aims to provide impact and income, while the mortgage-backed segment seeks to provide income and liquidity for the quarterly redemption process. The portfolio management team works with Thrivent’s Church Finance group to source and structure the church loans. They use various research techniques, both quantitative and qualitative, to assess a borrower’s ability to repay the loan. The portfolio is constructed through a bottom-up process and is not managed with a target duration or yield. However, fund management will pay attention to these and other factors in building and managing the portfolio.
Church loans include mortgage loans issued by non-profit organizations with a Christian mission, such as churches, denominations and associations, and educational institutions. Church loans are not actively traded and are typically held to maturity. As a result, church loans have limited liquidity and may be difficult to value. The management team aims to invest in higher quality church loans that are secured by the borrower’s real assets. Generally, the Fund invests in Church Loans that have similar credit characteristics to investment grade bonds.
The Fund has received an exemptive order from the SEC that permits it to co-invest in church loans with other Thrivent affiliated funds and is expected to provide the Fund investment opportunities that otherwise would be difficult to access.
The Fund invests primarily in church loans and mortgage-backed securities. The value of the Fund is influenced by factors impacting the overall market, debt securities in particular, and specific issues. The Fund may incur losses due to investments that do not perform as anticipated by the investment adviser. The Fund is a newly-organized, non-diversified closed end interval fund with limited liquidity. The Fund may require a period of time before it is fully invested in securities that achieve a desired portfolio composition for the Fund’s investment strategy.
Church loans are mortgages taken out by non-profit organizations with a Christian mission, or bonds issued by these organizations. They are typically not listed on any national securities exchange and no active trading market exists for them. Church loans are primarily backed by real estate and are vulnerable to factors that affect the real estate market. Default risk is the risk that a borrower will not be able to make principal and interest payments in which case the value of the Fund may be negatively affected. Certain factors specific to churches may impact a borrower’s finances and its ability to make payments. Churches rely on voluntary contributions from their congregations for their primary source of income, which may be used to repay church loans. The membership of a church, the attendance of its members, or the per capita contributions of its members may not remain constant or may decrease, which could have a negative impact on the ability of a church to repay a loan.
Bond prices may decline during periods of rising interest rates. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a debt security may not pay its debt. The value of mortgage-backed securities will be influenced by the factors affecting the housing market. In periods when dealer inventories of bonds are low in relation to market size, there is the potential for decreased liquidity and increased price volatility in the fixed income markets. The Fund has received an exemptive order allowing co-investment with other Thrivent accounts, which may give rise to actual or perceived conflicts of interest and subject the Fund to the risk of regulatory changes and actions.
These and other risks are described in the Fund’s prospectus.
Net Expense Ratio: 1.00%2
The Fund is a closed-end “interval fund.” Limited liquidity is provided to shareholders only through the fund’s quarterly offers to repurchase between 5% to 25% of its outstanding shares at net asset value (subject to applicable laws and approval of the Board of Trustees). It is possible that a repurchase offer may be oversubscribed, with the result that shareholders may only be able to have a portion of their shares repurchased. There is no assurance that you will be able to redeem your shares when or in the amount that you desire. There is no secondary market for the fund’s shares and none is expected to develop. Investors should consider shares of the fund to be an illiquid investment.
Thrivent Church Loan and Income Fund paid a capital gain distribution in December 2019. Please contact your tax advisor to review the impact of the capital gains on your situation and discuss possible strategies. Thrivent Financial and its representatives and employees cannot provide tax or accounting advice.
For state income tax purposes, several states allow “pass-through” treatment of interval fund dividends derived from interest on U.S. government obligations. To calculate the number of dividends qualifying for pass-through treatment, multiply the amount in Box 1a of your Form 1099-DIV by the percentages that apply to your state.
The types of government securities that qualify for such treatment vary by state. Please consult with a tax advisor to determine which, if any, of the obligations listed in the following table may be exempt from your state income tax.
At Thrivent, we recommend you consult your tax advisor to make sure you’re getting the most out of your investments. Thrivent and their representatives cannot provide legal or tax advice.
U.S. Treasury Bonds: 0.30%
U.S. Government Agencies Total: 5.76%
Learn more about the Fund's potential impact.
Hear about the impact made within the Christian community by Thrivent and its Church Financing Group.4
Did you know? Thrivent made its first church loan in 1905 to Zion Lutheran Church in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, to help them rebuild after a fire.
1Thrivent Church Loan and Income Fund portfolio management team works with Thrivent Church Finance group to source and structure the loans in the portfolio.
2Thrivent Church Loan and Income Fund's gross expense ratio is 8.96%. The adviser has contractually agreed through at least July 31, 2021 to waive certain fees and/or reimburse certain expenses associated with the Fund. Refer to the expense table in the Fund's Prospectus.
3The Fund does not currently charge a repurchase fee. However, the Fund may introduce a repurchase fee in the future of up to 2% on shares accepted for repurchase, subject to approval of the Fund Board.
4The information about the Thrivent Church Financing Group is provided for informational purposes only and may not be illustrative of church loans included in the Fund's portfolio.
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