Term: 3 Years + One-Year extension
Amortization: Interest Only
Prepayment Penalty: 18 Month Minimum Interest
Recourse: Non-Recourse; Carve-Outs to Entities
Lender Fee: 1.00%
George Smith Partners successfully placed the $34,400,000 non-recourse bridge loan, sized to 92% of total cost, for a 238,000 square foot retail shopping center and 67,000 square foot Southern California office building. This 1960s vintage property is well-located and sits on a 17 acre parcel with a traffic count of over 60,000 vehicles per day. Proceeds will be used to satisfy the existing term loan and a majority of the $17,400,000 in planned renovations, tenant improvements, leasing commissions, and other capital expenditures. Retail occupancy includes four value oriented chains, several local retailers, a future grocer and a national fitness/gym chain. The office building will be renovated to feature street level retail pre-leased to regional and national restaurant chains including Chipotle, Five Guys Burgers, and Ono Hawaiian BBQ. Office occupancy of the upper three floors will include a mixture of full floor tenants and local businesses. Several of the office tenants are currently leased month to month, but is supported by a strong occupancy history. Subject to several ground-leases executed in the 1950’s, all leases were recently restated and extended. Floating at 545 over 30 day LIBOR, the non-recourse loan provides for carve-outs executed at the entity level only with no warm body guarantor. The three-year term has one 12 month extension with interest paid current monthly; there is no interest reserve or amortization.
$8,775,000 Acquisition and Bridge Financing on Four Central California Coast Retail & Office Buildings
June 11, 2015
Transaction Description: Shahin Yazdi successfully sourced the acquisition debt of four retail/office properties in Carmel, California, totaling 11 commercial units measuring 22,000 square feet. None of the occupants provide credit leases. One-third of the subject was vacant at close and at a 0.70 DCR, was unable to support operations or service debt. The asset was mismanaged to such an extent that there had been no reimbursable expenses collected over the prior 5 years. Several tenants were on month-to-month leases or leases set to expire before the end of this five-year loan term. The Borrower’s past operating and rehabilitation history allowed the lender to become comfortable with the business plan, and Mr. Yazdi structured a loan that suited both client and lender. Sized to 65% of the total project cost, the loan is variable for 5 years at WSJ Prime + 0.50% with a 4.50% floor and a lifetime cap of 7.50%. The loan is interest only for the first 2 years and amortizes thereafter on a 25 year amortization schedule. There is no prepayment penalty or cash management aspect. Property improvement and releasing funds are deposited into an account that is completely controlled by our Borrower, allowing them to reposition the property without any delays due to fund control restrictions. An 18 month interest reserve was posted by the Borrower in addition to his top-end 10% repayment guarantee.
Term: 5 Years
Amort: 2 Years IO then 25 Years Thereafter
- Advisors: Shahin Yazdi
November 6, 2014
Transaction Description: JJay Brooks successfully arranged $172,300,000 of bridge financing for a portfolio of 36 properties spanning 17 states (from Louisiana to Alaska) that had been mired in complex litigation for several years. Assets included regional malls, office buildings, industrial properties and mobile home parks located in secondary and tertiary markets. Although the initial debt was being serviced, the litigation resulted by a loan maturity default during the recession when the capital markets where devastated and the existing lender would not negotiate an extension. Settlement of the litigation required certainty of close with a “drop-dead date” that would have resulted in significant borrower losses had the financing not closed. The final debt structure involved two unrelated lenders with multiple layers of senior and mezzanine debt, structured over five loans. Prepayment and yield maintenance flexibility was a critical component of the structure that allows the borrower to extract properties from the financing in the coming years. Generally speaking, the loans were priced with either a floating (with an interest rate cap) or fixed interest rate with six months to 24-months of yield maintenance. Leverage varied depending on the stability of the asset and the term was structured to provide adequate time to liquidate several assets and identify permanent debt for others. Challenge: Numerous property specific complexities such as ground leases, environmental issues and major capital and tenant improvement projects required underwriting and loan structuring. The stigma associated with properties (and borrowers) involved with litigation associated with a default disqualifies many lenders from considering the financing described. The portfolio size, location and varied property types also create additional complexity and challenges. Certainty of close was mandatory. Solution: GSP identified the lending platforms and professionals that could underwrite, appropriately price and structure the cash flows. The solutions required to solve all the challenges are too long to list although the financing required the cooperation and collaboration of an incredibly talented group of professionals on both the lender side and the borrower side of the financing. All parties came together to solve problems and pull from a depth of knowledge. Rate: Various Non-recourse Advisor: JJay Brooks