$18,900,000 Fitness Anchored Retail Refinance w/10 Years Interest Only @ 10-year Swap Rate + 1.58%

Rate: 4.65% for 10 years (10 year Swap Rate + 1.58%)
Term: 10 years
Amortization: Full Term Interest Only
Prepay: Defeasance
LTV: 62%
DCR: 1.40
Debt Yield: 9.25%
Guarantee: Non-Recourse

Transaction Description:
George Smith Partners secured an $18,900,000 non-recourse permanent refinance for an 89,000 square foot fitness-anchored retail center in eastern Los Angeles County. When discussing the transaction with lenders, GSP encountered a 42 basis point range between the highest and lowest spreads over the 10-year Swap Rate. Fixed for 10 years at 4.65%, payments are interest only for the entire 10-year term.

Challenges:
A Phase I environmental report revealed the presence of a former gas station, mandating a Phase II subsurface investigation. The subject property has a vacant freestanding pad comprising 16% of the rentable square footage that has been vacant since the end of 2015. A Tenants-In-Common (TIC) ownership structure added complexity to due diligence and closing documentation involving carve-out guarantors. Post application, market spreads widened considerably and threatened proceeds due to a DCR constraint.

Solutions:
A Phase II subsurface investigation confirmed the soils were void of any environmental contaminants. For the vacant pad, GSP verified the location is the last Class A retail space available in this submarket and provided recently generated LOIs from several prospective tenants. This allowed the underwriter to become comfortable with the in-place vacancy without mandating a newly signed lease for this pad. The TIC ownership is comprised of only four entities and the carve-out guarantor holds management control over of all four entities. This simplified due diligence and provided additional clarity for asset control. While in application, our Sponsor was able to renew a major tenant and replace another tenant with a newly signed lease without any downtime. An up-to-date list of tenant LOIs in the vacant pad allowed GSP to demonstrate a consistency of future cash flow and reinforced the strength of the asset. This allowed the lender to maintain the 1.58% spread and the original applied for loan proceeds.

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