Term: 12 Months + One 3-Month Extension
Amortization: Interest Only
LTV:(Purchase Price): 60%
Lender Fee: 1%
George Smith Partners arranged $9,120,000 in non-recourse acquisition debt secured by a cold storage facility. The Property is situated in the Chinatown submarket of Downtown Los Angeles and benefits from being within the CASP (Community-Based Planning Effort) area. GSP targeted a capital provider comfortable with the single tenant nature of the property, and the ability to focus on the future value of the parcel. Sized to 60% of the $15.2MM total purchase price and fixed at 5.90% on an interest only basis, the non-resource facility has an initial term of 12 months followed by an optional 3-month extension. All prepayment penalties were waived, allowing the Sponsor the flexibility to refinance at a lower rate once construction financing is obtained.
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$7,300,000 Acquisition Financing 5 Day Close of 48 Unit Apartment Building in the Koreatown Neighborhood of Los Angeles
August 1, 2018
George Smith Partners successfully arranged the acquisition financing of a 48 unit multifamily building located in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Borrower needed a quick close loan to win the acquisition and also needed as much leverage as possible. With numerous tenants paying severely under market rent, the borrower’s business plan was to buy these tenants out and release the units at market rent. GSP ultimately worked with a senior lender and a mezzanine lender to maximize proceeds, while still closing the loan in time for the acquisition. GSP was able to push proceeds on the deal to 84% of the purchase price. The non-recourse loan has a 12 month term and a fixed blended interest rate of 8.24%. GSP additionally worked with the Lender to remove any prepayment penalty, This gave the Borrower the flexibility to refinance with permanent financing should he execute his business plan early. This is increasingly important in a rising interest rate environment.
July 25, 2018
George Smith Partners secured a $3,820,000 non-recourse permanent acquisition loan for a 44 unit multifamily property in the greater Seattle area. The loan provided 65% leverage and is fixed at a rate of 4.34% for five years. The seller had owned the property for decades and was operating with expenses much higher than a typical multifamily property. In order to maximize proceeds, GSP provided market expense data and emphasized our Sponsors’ extensive experience operating over 2,000 multifamily units. This helped provide support for expenses more in line with the market. The seller also rented units only through word of mouth and had 5 vacant units. By demonstrating the market vacancy, the lender was able to use market rents for the vacant units in order to maximize proceeds. The lender was also able to provide a short prepay period, giving the borrower flexibility to pay off the loan after just two years.
$31,380,000 High-Leverage Bridge Loan to Acquire & Renovate 89,000 SF Office Building in South Pasadena, CA
June 6, 2018
George Smith Partners secured $31,380,000 of non-recourse bridge debt to purchase and renovate a multi-tenant Class A office property in South Pasadena. The Sponsor purchased the property with the intent to add significant value through increasing rents and occupancy. The Sponsor purchased the property because of the very strong demographics in South Pasadena and intends to lease to tenants that will pay a premium to be near their clientele. The challenge was convincing the appraiser to use Downtown Pasadena rents since there are no comparable properties in the immediate area. George Smith Partners successfully arranged financing at 85% of cost given the expected increase in value over the next three years.
May 30, 2018
George Smith Partners secured $3,900,000 to facilitate a value add acquisition of a 28-unit multifamily building in Silver Lake. Constructed in the 1950s, this building is located near the heart of Silver Lake which houses many trendy coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment. Floating at Prime + 1.25% for five years with a 5.50% floor rate, this non-recourse loan has 12 months of interest only payments followed by a 30-year amortization. The loan has a prepayment penalty of 2% for the first two years, then open.
The subject property has many long term residents. The long term residency left the property with dozens of units at below-market rents, ultimately affecting loan proceeds. The property required a significant amount of capital improvements in order to deliver the type of product and aesthetic that the younger tenant base in the immediate area expects for newly renovated units.
GSP worked with a Lender who understood the client’s successful track record renovating and adding value to similar projects in the area. The Lender had comfort in the business plan for this project and was able to underwrite to a 1.20x DCR on the exit using proforma rents. The $30M loan provided 65% of the acquisition cost. The Lender was also able to offer non-recourse for this bridge loan.
Rate: Prime + 1.25% for 5 years; 5.50% Floor Rate
Term: 5 years
Amortization: Interest Only 12 months, then 30 YR AM thereafter
Prepayment Penalty: 2,2,0%
Origination Fees: 0.50%
March 7, 2018
George Smith Partners arranged $17,910,000 of non-recourse, acquisition bridge financing for the purchase and renovation of a 206-unit multifamily property located in the Southwest. The property, which was built in 1979, is comprised of 17 garden-style buildings with studio, 1 and 2-bedroom units. Although 97% occupied, the property suffered from lower than market rents due to both exterior and interior deferred maintenance. The Sponsor intends to capture higher rents by investing $1,800,000 to upgrade individual apartments and the property’s communal facilities. The lender was able to get comfortable with the capital expenditure budget and the projected rents due to the Sponsor’s proven track record in the submarket. Sized to 69% of total cost, the non-recourse bridge loan floats at 4.20% over 1-Month LIBOR for 3 years.
January 24, 2018
George Smith Partners secured $5,060,000 of non-recourse acquisition debt for the purchase of a 19-unit multifamily property in Los Angeles. The loan has interest only payments at a fixed rate of 3.92% for the first 5 years, before switching to a 30-year amortization. The lender provided non-recourse execution and a short prepayment penalty structure.
The property is located in a prime Los Angeles location, but low tenant turnover had resulted in one third of the tenants paying less than 50% of market rent. As a result, the property was income constrained. Many lenders stressed their cash flow at a rate higher than their current note rate, resulting in limited proceeds. The seller had upgraded several units and classified the cost as an operating expense on historical P&Ls. The property had a minor deferred maintenance issue that created some uncertainty during the appraisal inspection.
GSP identified a Capital Provider that sized their proceeds at the actual note rate, rather than a stressed underwriting rate. The selected lender was also able to underwrite down to a 1.15 DCR, compared to the 1.20 constraint offered by other institutional providers. This resulted in considerably higher proceeds. Invoices were obtained for the unit upgrades which allowed the exact amount of capital expenditures to be deducted from operating expenses. It was confirmed that the deferred maintenance issue was disclosed to potential buyers during the bidding process, thus establishing that the sale price was inclusive of the cost of the repair.