Blended Rate

What is the 'Blended Rate'

A blended rate is an interest rate charged on a loan that represents the combination of a previous rate and a new rate. Blended rates are usually offered through the refinancing of previous loans that are charged a rate that is higher than the old loan's rate but lower than the rate on a brand-new loan. This type of rate is calculated for accounting purposes to better understand the debt obligation for multiple loans with different rates or the revenue from several streams of interest.

BREAKING DOWN 'Blended Rate'

Blended rates are used by lenders to encourage borrowers to refinance existing low-interest loans and are used to calculate the pooled cost of funds. These rates also represent a weighted average interest rate on corporate debt. The resulting rate is considered the aggregate interest rate on the corporate debt.

General Examples of Blended Rate on Corporate Debt

Some companies have more than one type of corporate debt. For example, if a company has $50,000 in debt at a 5% interest rate and $50,000 in debt at a 10% interest rate, the total blended rate would be calculated as: (50,000 x 0.05 + 50,000 x 0.10) / (50,000 + 50,000) = 7.5%

The blended rate is also used in cost-of-funds accounting to quantify liabilities or investment income on a balance sheet. For example, if a company had two loans, one for $1,000 at 5% and the other for $3,000 at 6% and paid the interest off every month, the $1,000 loan would charge $50 after one year, and the $3,000 loan would charge $180. The blended rate would therefore be (50 + 180) / 4,000 = 5.75%

General Example of Blended Rate on a Personal Loan

Banks use a blended rate to retain customers and increase loan amounts to proven, creditworthy clients. For example, if a customer currently holds a 7% interest, $75,000 mortgage and wishes to refinance and the current rate is 9%, the bank might offer a blended rate of 8%. The borrower could then decide to refinance for $145,000 with a blended rate of 8%. He would still pay 7% on the initial $75,000 but only 8% on the additional $70,000.

Specific Example of Blended Rate

UDR Inc., for example, a leading multifamily investment trust, announced Q2 2016 results on July 26, 2016. There was a note in the earnings report under the balance sheet section that outlined the company's blended rate on its $3.5 billion debt. Its blended interest rate for the quarter was 3.76%. The total debt amount represents a 33.2% leverage for the company.