March 14, 2018
George Smith Partners secured a $9,200,000 private money bridge loan to enable the renovation and re-tenanting of an unanchored retail shopping center in Orange County, California. The loan included $850,000 for future tenant improvements, renovations, and leasing commissions. The non-recourse interest only loan closed in 5 days.
The renovation of the shopping center had experienced significant construction cost overruns and needed another $850,000 for completion. Several tenants were in the process of significantly upgrading their spaces and had unfinished renovations in place. The sponsors also needed to close the loan within a 2-week time frame.
GSP used its experience and relationships to identify a lender who could understand the greater value of the project and was able to demonstrate both the inherent value of the property due to its extraordinary location as well as the future value of the project as completed. As a result, the lender became comfortable with the loan’s basis per square foot and closed the loan in 5 days.
$43,000,000 104% LTC Non-Recourse Construction Financing for Two Large Retail Buildings in the Pacific Northwest
February 21, 2018
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $43,000,000 in non-recourse construction financing for two large single tenant retail buildings in the Pacific Northwest. The two buildings are part of a power center and will each house a national tenant with strong credit and a long-term lease. The blended cost of capital for the two non-recourse loans was fixed at 3.88%, and comprised over 100% LTC. This allowed leverage on the entire shopping center to reach approximately 80% LTC. The term of the loans are 25 and 30 years with 27.4 and 33.1 year amortizations respectively.
This being a challenging market for retail construction financing, traditional lenders could not reach the necessary leverage to finance the high construction costs of Retail Phase 1. Construction costs in Retail Phase 1 were disproportionately high as the onsite and offsite infrastructure work were built out for all future phases of a greater mixed-use development. The two large national credit tenants took up the majority of Retail Phase 1’s GLA. As major anchors of the center, these two tenants will be paying substantially lower rents than the inline retailers thus dragging the NOI of the property down causing further issues with the project’s yield.
Traditional lenders were constrained by Retail Phase 1’s high construction costs and low yields. George Smith Partners realized the best structure for this project was to bifurcate the center and finance the two large national credit tenant buildings separately from the inline space. GSP was able to identify non-traditional bond investors to make highly leveraged, inexpensive, non-recourse construction loans on the two large national credit tenant buildings. By separating the two larger buildings with lower rents from the inline space of Retail Phase 1, a traditional lender could then aggressively lend on the inline space of Retail Phase 1 because of the higher yields from the inline space. This is a result of a smaller concentration of GLA and substantially higher rents.
February 14, 2018
George Smith Partners secured a $4,100,000 permanent cash-out refinance for the 7,105 square foot mixed use property in a tertiary Northern California market. The property contains four ground-floor retail spaces and two upper-floor apartment units. Fixed for five years at 4.46%, the 10-year term loan then floats at 6 month LIBOR + 2.75%. This non-recourse execution is amortized over a 30-year schedule.
GSP encountered several challenges when discussing the transaction with capital providers. The Borrowers requested a 5 year fixed rate loan, but 50% of the retail leases roll within the next two years. Due to the commercial use of the space, most lenders required a 25-year amortization schedule, impacting the cash flow after debt service. The majority of regional portfolio capital providers sought a repayment guarantee to maximize proceeds and/or address the rollover risk.
A small TI/LC reserve was set aside to overcome the near-term lease roll. GSP negotiated a DCR constraint of 1.20, lower than the 1.25 requirement traditionally available in the debt market for commercial and mixed use assets. While under application, the lender agreed to increase proceeds due to underwritten NOI documented above original projections.
February 7, 2018
George Smith Partners arranged $3,700,000 in construction financing to develop 15,860 square feet of retail and office in Old Town Temecula, California. The developer plans to lease the ground and second floor with retail tenants and reserve the 3rd floor for office tenants. The challenges of the financing included the use of EB-5 equity in a spec development within a tertiary market. Our Sponsor desired financing without pre-leasing requirements to take advantage of the demand for this dynamic location during construction. Significant market interest from prospective tenants proved the thesis to the capital provider on a speculative basis.
January 31, 2018
George Smith Partners successfully arranged the $7,850,000 cash-out refinance secured by a 109,059 square foot shopping center in St. Louis, Missouri. Anchored by Marshalls and JCPenney, the 10-tenant shopping center, currently 100% occupied, has two major tenant leases expiring in 2021. Excess loan proceeds will be set aside for future capital upgrades and tenant improvements. Funds are self-directed and not part of a lender established reserve. Sized to 75% of value, the loan was funded prior to receiving SNDA (Subordination, Non-Disturbance, Attornment) or estoppels. A $250,000 holdback will be release upon receipt of SNDAs and estoppels. Fixed at 4.4% for 10 years, the loan amortizes over 25 years with no prepayment penalty. A free five-month rate lock was executed at LOI execution.
January 10, 2018
George Smith Partners successfully arranged the $11,800,000 non-recourse cash-out refinance secured by a 49,942 square foot multi-tenant retail center in Tarzana, California. GSP identified a capital provider who was comfortable with the return of equity given the Sponsor’s team and experience. Sized to 55% of appraised value, 8.75% Debt Yield, and a 1.65x Proforma DSCR. The 10-year interest only note is fixed at 2.25% over the LIBOR 10 Year SWAP rate (4.62% at closing).
January 10, 2018
George Smith Partners secured $17,800,000 of non-recourse bridge debt to refinance the Home Ranch Shopping Center, a 60,500 square foot multi-tenant retail shopping center in Yorba Linda, California. Of the total financing, the lender provided $13,700,000 in initial funding and $4,100,000 in future funding to pay for tenant improvements and leasing commissions. Pre-leasing activity increased significantly during due diligence and the Sponsor was able to bring the executed leasing from 56% to 97%. Once stabilized, the business plan will be to refinance into a CMBS takeout. GSP was able to source a Bridge Capital Provider to get comfortable with refinancing out another bridge loan as well as allocating a favorable basis for the Sponsor by adding in costs invested to-date since the initial purchase. Our Sponsor requested a return of equity upon completion of their business plan and preferred a new capital provider who would provide these funds at a lower fixed rate cost.
December 20, 2017
George Smith Partners secured $4,520,000 funding to refinance a 110,000 sf multi-tenant retail shopping center located in a tertiary market, Center Point, Alabama. The center did not have any credit tenants; the largest tenants were Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and a regional furniture store. GSP was able to show lenders that these tenants were appropriate for the surrounding demographics. The 2.45% fixed coupon loan is sized to 9.0% debt yield and the 10-year term is fixed with a 30-year amortization schedule thereafter.
November 8, 2017
GSP successfully arranged $6,515,000 for the refinance of a 21-tenant unanchored retail center in a Southwestern MSA. The property was 85% occupied at the time of closing. GSP identified a lender who is comfortable with the sponsor’s market experience and the property’s leasing potential. Sized to 75% of value, the recourse loan is fixed for 15 years at 4%.
October 25, 2017
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $3,500,000 acquisition financing of a single tenant triple net asset located near Austin, Texas. The in-place retailer is a well-known regional auto body repair shop who recently signed a lease and occupied the space. It was crucial to identify a lender who could be aggressive for a Sponsor with limited net worth and liquidity. Fixed for 10 years at 4.50%, the recourse loan was sized to 75% of the total capitalization with no prepayment penalty. Previously financed by a 100% loan to cost construction loan, the subject property had recently been completed and occupied. GSP worked closely with the investment sales broker to assist in supporting the asset value to our niche lender.
October 11, 2017
George Smith Partners secured a $4,550,000 bridge loan to refinance a 2007 constructed, distressed 25,000 square foot shadow anchored shopping center in the Inland Empire. The CMBS note was purchased at a discount during the recession and the note buyer agreed to a discounted payoff with the borrower. The largest tenant vacated prior to loan maturity which added another level of complexity to the transaction. George Smith Partners sourced a Lender experienced with this location, comfortable with Sponsor’s financial strength, track record and guarantee. Our Sponsor was not required to invest additional cash into the transaction. The new loan included an interest reserve as well as funds for leasing commissions, tenant improvements and no prepayment penalty.
Term: 12 months plus extensions
Amortization: Interest Only
Origination Fee: 1.00%
- Advisors: Loren Bedolla
September 27, 2017
George Smith Partners secured $9,730,000 acquisition financing for a 56,747 square foot shadow anchored retail center that was 70% occupied at the close of escrow. Shadow anchored by Home Depot and Fry’s Food & Drug, the 14-tenant shopping center is located in a Southwestern MSA. Fixed at 4.2% for ten years, the loan amortizes over 25 years and does not carry a prepayment penalty.
During due diligence, a tenant representing 27% of the net rentable area terminated their lease bringing occupancy to 70%. Our Sponsors required a permanent loan execution and would not consider a bridge to perm option.
GSP identified a lending source who was knowledgeable about the strength of this sub-market and comfortable with 30% vacancy. They identified the upside potential and rental opportunities in the local market. Our Sponsor’s considerable investment track record and financial strength further solidified the loan strength and allowed for a permanent loan instead of a bridge loan.
Term: 10 year fixed rate loan
Amortization: 25 years
- Advisors: Gilda Rivera