Los Angeles: $22,300,000 Ground-Up Development; 51 Rental Units over Retail @ 89% of Cost

Rate: L+375 & 12.25%
Term: Three years plus options
Fee: 0.5% & 1.5%
Recourse: Full plus Completion & Carve-Outs Only

George Smith Partners placed the ground-up development debt for a Koreatown (Los Angeles City District) parcel for 51 rental units over 3,350 square feet of ground-floor retail. Structured as an A/B execution, the senior lender was willing to advance up-to 75% of cost subject to a 65% valuation upon stabilization. The senior loan was trimmed to allow for the layering of a $5,000,000 mezzanine tranche. A partial deferral of the development fee rounded out the capitalization. As added security, the bank underwrote the secondary capital provider and executed a recognition acknowledgement with the junior lender. Bank priced debt at LIBOR plus 375 and a half point for the 36 month term. Subordinate debt will charge 12.25% annually on their tranche but will not participate in any upside. The junior debt only requires a carve-out guarantee while the senior note is a full repayment guarantee along with a completion guarantee.


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    Structured Financing: $3,265,000 Cash-Out Permanent Financing on a Newly Constructed Apartment Community in St. Louis City, Missouri

    February 21, 2018

    GSP successfully placed $3,265,000 in permanent debt to take out a construction loan on a newly built mixed-use property located in the heart of St. Louis City. The non-recourse, 75% leverage loan has a fixed coupon of 4.49% for the duration of the seven-year term. The financing provided significant cash out to the borrower and maximized cash flow via two years of interest only payments prior to converting to 30-year amortization. GSP leveraged its lender relationships to achieve the most competitive loan terms for the borrower which included structuring multiple pricing and loan-to-value exceptions.

    Rate: 4.49%, Fixed
    Term: Seven years
    Amortization: Two years Interest Only; 30-year amortization thereafter
    LTV: 70%
    Prepayment: Step-Down Prepayment
    Guarantee: Non-Recourse
    Lender Fee: None

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    $60,000,000 Woodland Hills Construction Loan for 241-Units + 34,000 sf Retail

    December 6, 2017

    George Smith Partners arranged $60,000,000 of ground-up construction debt for a mixed-use, luxury multifamily development to build a 241-unit Woodland Hills apartment project that will include 34,139 square feet of retail. GSP sourced a lender comfortable with the Sponsor’s lack of experience, exposure issues and ability to execute on the development plan. This property is located within the Warner Center 2035 Plan, a development blueprint for Warner Center that emphasizes mixed-use and transit-oriented development, walkability, and sustainability. Sized to 70% of cost, the three year term has two – 12 month options that float at 250 basis points over LIBOR.

    Rate: L+250
    Term: 36 month term + Two, 12-month extensions
    LTC: 70%
    LTV: 60%
    Guarantee: Recourse

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    $26,500,000 Multifamily Non-Recourse Refinance & Cash Neutral Purchase

    July 12, 2017

    Transaction Description
    George Smith Partners secured $26,500,000 in proceeds for the refinance of a 163-unit mixed-use multifamily and retail property in Hollywood, CA along with the simultaneous purchase of the adjacent 9-unit multifamily rental. With the merging of the two assets, the two parcels would be combined and managed as one to establish economies of scale. The non-recourse loan floats at 30 day LIBOR + 4.25% for a period of three years; and offers two additional one year extensions. Sized to 80% of value and 80% of cost, the loan was structured with $24,600,000 in initial funding and $1,900,000 in hold-backs for capital renovations. No additional cash equity was required for the new acquisition of the adjacent 9-units – this transaction was cash neutral to the Borrower. Funding occurred in 30 days from the date of the term sheet.

    A number of challenges were encountered when discussing the transaction with capital sources. Our Sponsor had acquired the 163-unit property two years prior with bridge financing. Several lenders were hesitant to repay this loan with another bridge loan, yet offer the requested loan proceeds for the new acquisition. The off-market acquisition was problematic to comp out for the appraiser as a stand-alone execution. An earthquake risk assessment (PML) report mandated the purchase of earthquake coverage for the new purchase. A tight timing parameter on the Purchase & Sale Agreement mandated a quick response.

    GSP documented the success of the current operations and the Sponsor’s ability to dramatically improve the net cash flow on the larger 163-unit property since that acquisition. This proven track record convinced our capital provider of the merits and future upside potential to support the replacement of the current bridge debt with a new bridge loan. A detailed operating budget post-merger sharing common space and amenities and reduced per-unit operating expenses allowed the appraiser to substantiate his valuation of both parcels. Capital improvement funds were reserved and allocated to complete an earthquake retrofit. Our Sponsor was granted one year to complete the retrofit to avoid the expensive cost of the insurance. Earthquake coverage was not a condition to fund. An all-hands expedited process facilitated the 30-day close requirement of the Purchase & Sale Agreement.

    Rate: One month LIBOR + 4.25%
    Term: 3 Years with two 1 Year Extension
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Prepayment Penalty: 15 months
    LTV: 80%
    LTC: 80%
    Origination Fee: 0.825%
    Exit Fee: 0.25%
    DCR: 1.0
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse