Financings

Recent Financings

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    $8,000,000 Bridge Loan for Riverside County Medical Office

    January 15, 2019

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners placed an $8,000,000 bridge loan for the refinance of a 40% occupied medical office building in Riverside County. The loan floats at a rate of Prime + 1% with interest only payments. The initial term is 12 months and two 6-month extensions are available. Proceeds are structured as $5,800,000 in initial funding, with an additional $2,200,000 that can be drawn down as the property leases up.

    Challenges were encountered when discussing the transaction with lenders. Several years ago, the Borrowers financed their acquisition of the near-vacant property with a bridge loan. Although the Sponsor’s business plan was progressing well, some lenders were not willing to refinance a bridge loan with another bridge loan. Additionally, the Property is located in a secondary market in Riverside County, about an hour east of Los Angeles. Finally, an estoppel and SNDA was required from the largest tenant, but these documents took a long time to negotiate.

    George Smith Partners emphasized that the Sponsors had recently successfully negotiated a long-term lease with a well-known anchor tenant. They also invested $1.4MM in capital expenditures resulting in a total renovation of the property. Since signing the Anchor Tenant, the Borrowers have successfully negotiated long term NNN leases with several other smaller tenants. Although the Property is located in Riverside County, GSP emphasized the strong population growth, especially of retired individuals, in the submarket. This has resulted in increased demand for medical services in a market with limited supply of renovated medical office properties. As a result the selected lender became comfortable with the strength of the asset and the ability of the Sponsors to continue lease-up. The Lender also provided for 60 days after closing to obtain the estoppel and SNDA.

    Rate: Prime + 1% (6.25%)
    Term: 12 months with two 6 month extensions
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Prepayment: None

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    $11,650,000 (72% Loan-to-Value) Non-Recourse, Cash-Out Refinance of a Grocery Shadow-Anchored Salt Lake City Retail Center

    January 15, 2019

    Transaction Description:

    GSP successfully sourced $11,650,000 of non-recourse, cash-out, permanent first mortgage debt sized to 72% loan-to-value to refinance out a maturing bridge loan on a 62,500 square foot, grocery shadow-anchored Salt Lake City multi-tenant retail property. The borrower recently completed its re-tenanting business plan that upgraded the tenant base and stabilized the 1960s vintage retail property at nearly 100% occupancy. Although many lenders are increasingly becoming more conservative regarding leverage and interest only terms on retail properties, GSP sourced a lender that relied on the borrower’s substantial real estate experience, strong submarket performance, and a diverse tenant mix to provide a full-leverage, non-recourse loan that repatriated substantial equity to the borrower and included three years of interest only payments followed by 30-year amortization.

    Rate: 5.15%, Fixed
    Term: 10 years
    Amortization: Three years interest only; 30-year amortization thereafter
    LTV: 72%
    Prepayment: Defeasance
    Guarantee: Non-recourse
    Lender Fee: None

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    $212,250,000 Non-Recourse Senior Construction Financing for the Ground-Up Development of a Montage and Pendry Resort & Residences, La Quinta, CA

    January 15, 2019

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully placed $212,250,000 of non-recourse, senior construction financing for the development of a 240-key, dual-branded, 5-star Montage and Pendry resort in La Quinta California. The 525-acre project encompasses multiple construction and financing phases and will offer luxury residential and hospitality spaces. The Hotel and Residences are designed around a world-class Arnold Palmer golf course. The Project’s design aesthetic combines modern elements with classic desert architecture.

    This initial financing includes a 140-key Montage Resort, a 200-key Pendry Resort, a shared-services building, and a golf club house as well as several Montage and Pendry branded residences and condominium units. The financing also included up to an additional $100MM of capital for the development of up to 29 Branded Montage Residences and 66 Branded Pendry Condominium Residences. Three additional planning areas that are currently contiguous with the development site will be sold off to third party homebuilders, with the proceeds from these land sales being recontributed into the Project.

    GSP was able to source a lender who not only shared the Sponsor’s vision and passion for the Development, but also recognized the Sponsor’s ability to execute complex, large-scale master planned developments. Despite the complex takedown structure, GSP devised, planned and executed a creative structure that provided the Sponsor with sufficient loan proceeds, while minimizing the Lender’s risk profile throughout the development.

    All terms of the financing are confidential.

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    $7,650,000 For Purchase of 12.66 Acre Parcel of Vacant Land; 65% LTV

    January 9, 2019

    Transaction Description:
    George Smith Partners secured $7,650,000 in proceeds for the acquisition of a 12.66 acre parcel of undeveloped and unentitled land in a major city in the Western United States. The proceeds represent 65% of the appraised value of the land. The loan carries a 12 month term with two, 6 month extensions available. The loan is fixed at a rate of 10% annually and is prepayable at any time.

    Challenges:
    GSP surveyed the market and found that many lenders would only finance the acquisition at 50% LTV. Other lenders could meet the Sponsor’s desired leverage but quoted an interest rate in the low teens. Some capital providers were concerned about the Sponsor’s ability to secure a takeout construction loan next year, and would only finance the purchase if pre-leasing was in place. The Sponsor intended to sell a small portion of the land shortly after closing. The parcel is located in a market that is growing rapidly, but experienced a large downturn during the last recession. There is still a lot of undeveloped land in the immediate area.

    Solutions:
    GSP provided extensive comparable data that demonstrated the Sponsor’s acquisition price per acre was well supported by the market. Since national lenders were hesitant to provide sufficient leverage, GSP focused on local lenders that know the market well. Emphasis was placed on the enormous amount of new development currently underway in the same market as the subject, including a new big box retail store slated to open later this year. The Sponsor had already successfully developed a mixed-use project in the same submarket, demonstrating their ability to execute a complete business plan. The Lender provided a release provision that allows part of the parcel to be sold to a third party without the requirement of any additional pay down from the Sponsor. The third party appraisal supported a value higher than the purchase price, validating the Lender’s cost basis and resulting in them increasing the loan amount while we were under application.

    Rate: 10.0%
    Term: 12 months + 6 + 6
    Amortization: 30 years
    LTV: 65%
    Prepayment Penalty: None
    Lender Fee: 2.5%

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    $12,790,000 Multifamily Financing in Odessa, Texas

    January 9, 2019

    Transaction Description:
    George Smith Partners placed the first major four property/228 unit Multifamily portfolio financing in Odessa/Midland, Texas.  The non-recourse, fixed rate loan is priced at 5.8% fixed for 10 years at 75% LTV.

    Challenge:
    In 2013, Odessa was one of the fastest growing multifamily markets because of the oil/energy industry, even though it is one of the smaller MSAs in the country. In 2014 downward pressure on oil/natural gas caused a downturn in employment and real estate markets. Because of the market volatility only a limited number of lenders felt comfortable with the Odessa market. Before the rebound in 2018, apartment building values had fallen by over 20%.

    Solution:
    GSP highlighted market potential based on the rebound in housing and employment and was able to identify a capital provider who was comfortable with this tertiary market and its’ recent rebound. Because of GSP’s extensive market knowledge we were able to lock-in a rate of 5.80% fixed for 10 years. GSP did research in the oil market and the MSA of the subject property and was able to prove to the Lender the future stability of the properties’ cashflows.

    Rate:5.8%
    Term: 10 Years
    Amortization: 25 Years
    LTV: 75%
    Guarantee: Non-recourse with Yield Maintenance
    Lender Fee: None

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    Acquisition Bridge Financing for a Vacant 10 Unit Multifamily Property in the West Adams submarket of Los Angeles; 70% Loan to Cost at a 5.75% Rate

    December 19, 2018

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged acquisition bridge financing for a value-add multifamily property in the West Adams submarket of Los Angeles. The 10 unit 1970s vintage property was being delivered vacant and with significant deferred maintenance. The Sponsor’s business plan was to optimize the unit mix by reconfiguring the mostly two-bedroom one-bathroom units into a majority two-bedroom two-bath units. This would maximize square footage by enclosing the tuck under parking, which also eliminates the need for a soft story retrofit. Sized to 70% of total project cost, the loan includes 100% of future funding for a full gut renovation of unit interiors and an exterior upgrade. The two year bridge loan is interest only and floats at Prime plus 0.5% (5.75% today) with no prepayment penalty. Interest is not charged on the holdback until funds are drawn. Although the Lender’s appraisal came in weak and could have resulted in lower loan proceeds, GSP was able to work with the Lender to demonstrate the strength of market sales and rent comps to preserve the loan amount agreed to in the term sheet. The Lender fee was negotiated down to 0.5%.

    Rate: Prime + 0.5%
    LTC / LTV: 70% / 65%, including 100% of future funding
    Term: 2 Years
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Prepayment Penalty: None
    Recourse: Full Recourse
    Lender Fee: 0.5%

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    $5,918,000 Cash-Out Multifamily Refinance Sized to 1.2 DCR on an Actual Mortgage Constant

    December 19, 2018

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners secured $5,918,000 in proceeds for the cash-out refinance of a 48-unit multifamily property located in Los Angeles. The return of funds represents a majority recapitalization of Sponsor purchase equity prior to their unit upgrade investment. Fixed at 4.58% for 10 years, the loan will amortize over 30 years. Proceeds were coverage constrained, sized to a 1.20x Debt Coverage Ratio on the actual mortgage constant. The loan provides for a stepdown prepay from 5%.

    Challenges:

    Since their acquisition, the Sponsor renovated the majority of units. Historical P&Ls demonstrated a recent decrease in collections during months when several units were under renovation. Several capital providers lowered their proceeds projections due to concerns about the cash flow stability. Los Angeles’ compressed capitalization rates consistently limit loan proceeds below 60% of value due to debt coverage constraints. A majority of local and regional lenders utilize a stressed mortgage constant for sizing, limiting proceeds further.

    Solutions:

    GSP demonstrated that the Property is now stabilized as compared to the immediate market and renovations are substantially complete. GSP identified a lender who underwrote to the in-place rent roll and allocated additional credit for achieving higher income on renovated units. RUBs and proforma laundry revenue collections were utilized in their underwritten net cash flow. Loan proceeds were sized to the actual note rate and were not limited by a stress constant or the Sponsor’s cost basis. Despite a run up in indexes during due diligence, our Capital Provider held the original rate of 4.58% through the 55 day application process.

    Rate: 4.58% Fixed for 10 years
    Term: 10 years
    Amortization: 30 years
    Prepayment Penalty: 5,5,4,4,3,3,2,2,1,1
    LTV: 65%
    DCR: 1.20x

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    $4,930,000 (75% LTV) Acquisition Loan for Single-Tenant Office

    December 12, 2018

    Transaction Description

    George Smith Partners secured $4,930,000 for the acquisition of a single-tenant office. The 30,000 square foot building was built in 1997 and was recently renovated by the seller as part of the tenant improvement package for the incoming tenant. The tenant signed a new, 7-year NNN lease that includes two, 5-year options and has a rental rate that increases by 2.5% annually. GSP was able to secure 75% LTV financing for the Sponsor’s purchase. The 7-year loan is fixed at a 4.875% interest rate for the entire term. It has a 30-year amortization and no prepayment penalty.

    Rate: 4.875%
    Term: 7 Years
    Amortization: 30 Years
    Recourse: Full Recourse
    Prepayment Penalty: None
    Lender Fee: 1.0%

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    $8,700,000 Non-Recourse Predevelopment Land Loan in Los Angeles’s Hollywood Neighborhood; 14-Day Close

    December 12, 2018

    Transaction Description

    GSP arranged the $8,700,000 non-recourse first mortgage from a REIT to refinance a maturing bridge loan on a recently entitled retail site located along a major thoroughfare in Los Angeles. The loan provides an additional 12 months of term while the borrower evaluates whether to re-entitle the site for a mixed-use project, or move forward with in-place entitlements. Although the loan is non-recourse, the lender did not require an appraisal or other third-party reports, nor did it require an interest or carry reserve despite insufficient cash flow to cover debt service. Sized to 60% of value, the loan priced at 6.90% fixed for the 12-month loan duration.

    Rate: 6.90% Fixed
    Term: 12 Months
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Loan to Value: 60%
    Lender Fee: 1.00%
    Prepayment: Open Full Term
    Guarantee: Non-Recourse

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    $9,300,000 Construction Loan, 80% LTC, L + 2.75%, 32 Unit Multi-Family Development, Los Angeles, CA

    December 12, 2018

    Transaction Description

    George Smith Partners secured $9,300,000 for the ground-up development of a 32-unit multifamily building in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. The 5-story project will include a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom units with gated subterranean parking. Sized to 80% of actual costs, the 36-month term carries two – 1-year options and is priced at 2.75% over LIBOR.

    Our Sponsor requested maximum loan proceeds which would require the acceptance of imputed equity. George Smith Partners identified a Los Angeles based construction lender that understood the value that had been created with re-entitlements and permitting since the property was initially acquired four years ago. This capital provider agreed to value the land at current 2018 values as opposed to the acquisition price. The bank ordered appraisal valued the land at over 3x the Sponsor’s 2014 purchase price and imputed equity was utilized in calculating the Sponsor’s equity contribution. No additional funds were required at closing.

    Proceeds: $9,300,000
    Rate: LIBOR + 2.75%
    Term: 3+1+1
    LTC: 80% LTC
    Origination Fee: 0.75%
    Recourse: Yes

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    $7,000,000 Stabilized Senior and Collateralized Line of Credit

    December 5, 2018

    George Smith Partners placed the structured senior and collateralized Line of Credit revolver in a cash-out execution for a Hollywood multifamily rental. The two loans are both recorded deeds of trust with the senior loan fixed @ 4.75% for five years prior to rolling into a LIBOR based floater and self-liquidating over the remaining 25 year term. At $4,200,000 there was a small return of equity to the Borrower. A $2,800,000 Second Trust Deed is a true revolver that can be used as a check-book to tie up additional properties in a competitive acquisitions market. Funds may be drawn down, re-paid and re-drawn without additional bank approval. Priced at Prime, the revolver is interest only with interest accruing only on drawn funds. There is no non-utilization fee. As the Credit Line is collateralized, there is no mandatory “clean-up” for funds outstanding over 12 months.

    Senior
    Rate: 4.75% Fixed for Five Years; 6L+270 thereafter
    Amortization: 30 due in 30 Years
    Fee: Par
    Prepayment: 3-3-2-2-1 open
    LTV: 60% Blended
    DCR: 1.20

    Revolver
    Rate: Prime
    Amortization: Interest Only

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    $8,700,000 Acquisition Bridge Loan for Renovation of Strip Retail Center and New Pad Construction

    December 5, 2018

    Transaction Description:
    George Smith Partners secured $8,700,000 of non-recourse, bridge acquisition financing for a 45,000 square foot retail center located in Richardson, TX. The Center, which was built in 1985, has a diverse mix of regional tenants and sits on the corner of two of the main thoroughfares in the area.

    Challenges:
    The Sponsor purchased the Property with the intent to add value through two approaches: (1) increasing rents for tenants that are rolling and paying below-market rates, and (2) constructing an additional 12,000 square feet on undeveloped land within the parcel. There were complications with parcelizing the existing building and the land, which meant that a single lender needed to fund the entire project. The large renovation and construction budget also resulted in only 41% of the total loan being funded at closing.

    Solution:
    George Smith Partners identified a lender that could structure the financing to have two holdback reserves, one for the CapEx and TI/LC’s for the existing space and the other dedicated to funding the construction of the new building. The separate reserves allow the Sponsor to pursue both value-add opportunities simultaneously, which drastically reduces the project timeline and maximizes the Sponsor’s IRR. Our capital source was able to get comfortable with the construction component by requiring 75% of the space to be pre-leased prior to funding.

    Rate: 1-Month LIBOR + 410
    Term: 36 Months + Two, 12-Month Extensions
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Loan to Cost: 76% LTC
    Lender Fee: 1.0% Origination Fee
    Prepayment: 12 Months of Yield Maintenance
    Guarantee: Non-Recourse