A Full Portfolio of Services

Our Public Finance Consulting team provides our clients with unwavering attention to detail, working closely with issuers of tax-exempt debt and their financial advisors, underwriters and bond counsel.

Our professionals provide a full portfolio of services including:

  • Third-party verifications for refunding and defeasance transactions
  • Independent third-party verifications for tax-exempt housing bond issues
  • Escrow bidding and investment solutions
  • Arbitrage rebate services
  • Market and financial feasibility studies

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Verification Services

We have provided services to the public finance industry as a firm since 1986, and are currently the leading CPA firm in the United States which provides independent, third-party verifications for refunding and defeasance transactions. A few things that make us unique include:

  • We provide independent, third-party verifications for tax-exempt housing bond issues.
  • We have experience in all 50 states and all territories and commonwealths.
  • We have provided verification services for more than 20,000 engagements for refunding or housing transactions
  • We have provided more than 500 transactions of $100 million or larger and more than twenty-five transactions in excess of $1 billion.
  • We have been involved in transactions that have included multi-generational transferred proceeds and multi-purpose allocation issues, universal cap considerations and other complex allocation issues.

The Causey Difference

Because we are involved in a large number of transactions each year, we see the newest types of escrow products, structuring techniques, and the impact of revised Treasury regulations soon after they are announced. Our team has assisted many clients by providing guidance in the application of new, non-proprietary techniques.

In addition to ensuring the mathematical accuracy of the calculations provided for every transaction, we also ensure that the proposed refunding is being undertaken in a manner consistent with the Offering Documents for the issue to be refunded. We inform the financial advisor or underwriter of any alternative structuring ideas we might have that would improve the economic benefit to the Issuer of the proposed transaction.

The Causey team is committed to providing high-quality, quick turn-around service on each engagement. Our verifications are performed using customized software and a process that includes, both prior to pricing and on the day of pricing, initial scrutiny and analysis by one of our managers or staff consultants and a second intensive review by one of our principals.

Escrow Bidding

The Causey Public Finance Consulting team provides solutions to governmental entities seeking to invest proceeds of a tax-exempt bond issue or other available funds. We are the largest provider of bidding services related to the purchase of eligible securities for deposit into refunding or defeasance escrows in the country. Our process and the related forms and certificates we prepare have been approved by most of the country’s leading bond counsel firms.

We have extensive experience with a variety of escrow funding options including U.S. Treasury Securities, agency securities and forward delivery agreements and can clearly delineate the benefits and limitations of each to government officials and their financial advisors and bond counsel.

Investment Solutions

In addition to providing escrow bidding agent services, we also assist our issuer clients with the investment of funds held in a Project Fund or a Debt Service Reserve Fund. We typically work with the issuer to identify their applicable cash flow needs and other investment parameters and statutory limitations and conduct a competitive bid process to acquire an investment portfolio designed to meet those requirements. We have experience with numerous types of investment solutions including:

  • Laddered U.S. Treasury Securities
  • Agency securities
  • Municipal bonds
  • Certificates of deposit
  • Collateralized and uncollateralized guaranteed investment contracts
  • Forward delivery agreements

Many of our engagements are performed at the request of financial advisors or underwriters with whom we consult throughout the bidding process. Our combination of experience, knowledge, technical competency and sensitivity to the cost of our services relative to the value received by the issuer as a result of our services results in an investment acquisition process that our clients consider to be the best in the industry.

Arbitrage Rebate Services

We have provided arbitrage rebate and yield compliance services to issuers located throughout the country and have performed our calculations under federal tax code interpretations as set forth in Arbitrage Certificates prepared by many of the country’s leading bond counsel firms.

As the leading firm of verification agents in the country, we are continually aware of new issues that have an impact on arbitrage rebate compliance. In the past three years alone, we have provided arbitrage rebate computation services on a variety of bond structures including:

  • Fixed rate issues
  • Variable rate issues
  • Construction issues
  • Refunding issues
  • Multifamily and single-family issues

We have extensive experience dealing with complicating factors such as: allocation of commingled funds, transferred proceeds, universal cap considerations, amortization of upfront letter of credit fees and deemed swap termination payments.

We recognize that paying a professional CPA firm to compute the amount of rebatable arbitrage associated with an issue of tax-exempt bonds, is often not contemplated by the issuer at the time the bonds were sold. Because rebate calculations vary in complexity, our pricing structure takes into account the actual effort required to complete the rebate analysis and passes along any savings we realize. We also look for characteristics of a transaction that may result in a reduced rebate liability, improved future earnings on existing assets or an immediate cash payment to the issuer. Many of our engagements are performed at the request of financial advisors with whom we consult regularly on rebate planning issues.

Market and Financial Feasibility Studies

Our professionals have performed more than 125 market and/or financial feasibility studies related to capital projects to be primarily funded or refinanced with proceeds of a bond issue. These studies – which range from $3 million to $750 million – forecast future revenues and requirements to project an entity’s or project’s ability to repay debt and meet future operating needs.

We provide feasibility studies for projects including hospitals, senior care facilities and parking facilities. One hospital study we prepared involved the largest FHA HUD guaranteed transaction to date. Our extensive experience in these areas enables us to bring ideas to bear, including revenue enhancements or structural and staffing approaches that reduce cost.

We assist healthcare clients in evaluating and restructuring business plans, facilitating revenue enhancements and reducing structural and staffing costs. Causey is approved by HUD for its 242 Program, as well as all bond insurers and rating agencies.

PUBLIC FINANCE CONSULTING TEAM

INDUSTRIES SERVED

 

State and Local Government Issuers of Tax-Exempt Debt

Financial Advisors and Underwriters of Tax-Exempt Bonds

Government Officials Responsible for the investment of Tax-Exempt Bond Proceeds

Government Officials Responsible for Arbitrage Rebate and Other Post-Issuance Compliance Requirements

Hospitals and Senior Care Facilities

Trustees for Tax-Exempt Bond Issues

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