Term: 5 Years Fixed, 12 Year Term
Amortization: 30 Years
Prepayment Penalty: 5,4,3,2,1
Lender Fees: None
George Smith Partners placed acquisition perm financing for the purchase of a single tenant, NNN-lease Jack in the Box in Texas. The Sponsor is a single asset entity, whose goal is to self-manage the NNN retail property. This Property was identified in a 1031 exchange. Jack in the Box has 12 years remaining on the lease, therefore George Smith Partners worked with the Lender on structuring a 12-year coterminous term. Due to the low leverage and other mitigating factors, GSP was successful in acquiring a 30-year amortization for the Sponsor along with a stepdown prepayment penalty. GSP also negotiated with the Lender to waive all fees.
$22,050,000 Non-Recourse, Acquisition and Development Financing to Reposition a 100,000 Square Foot Mixed-Use Building in Phoenix, AZ
February 20, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $22,050,000 of non-recourse acquisition and development financing for the reposition of a 100,000 square foot mixed-use office building and a 334 stall parking garage located in the Roosevelt Row Art’s District of Downtown Phoenix. The main tenant of the building recently vacated, leaving the Property with low occupancy. The Sponsor was able to acquire the asset with LOI’s for several large tenants in tow. The business plan was to reposition and stabilize the remainder of the mixed-use building after executing the leases shortly thereafter.
Sized at 70% of total project costs, the loan includes a future funding facility to cover tenant improvements and leasing commissions. The rate floats at 30 Day LIBOR plus 6.85% and carries a two year term with a one year extension option. The Lender was able to underwrite and deliver an executable term sheet in less than 48 hours. The loan funded roughly three weeks from the date of the application, meeting the required short window for closing. The Sponsor was also given occupancy credit based on the LOI’s, with executed leases allowed as a post-closing item. This offered the Sponsor more time to negotiate more favorable lease terms.
$46,000,000 Non-Recourse Acquisition & Renovation Financing a 4-Property Apartment Portfolio in the DFW Metroplex
February 13, 2019
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $46,000,000 of non-recourse, bridge financing to acquire and renovate a 4-property multifamily portfolio, consisting of 692-units, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Although the Properties were well occupied (97%), rents were below market because the Seller self-managed and the Property lacked recent common area renovations. The units were well maintained but dated and will benefit from Sponsors renovation plan.
This financing was unique because it had four different multifamily properties within one single portfolio. While there were efficiencies in working with one lender, each property was evaluated on its own merits and diligence had to be collected accordingly. We marketed the attributes of each Property and the sub-markets. Two of the properties are located in Irving, one in Grand Prairie and one near Fort Worth. Each market has different economic demand drivers (example: Irving is home to several major corporate headquarters including Exxon and McKeeson). Moreover, the Lender required an minimum capital investment of $6000 per unit (slightly higher than the Sponsor’s original budget) and GSP worked with the Lender to coordinate the information for securitization. There was a timing aspect in order to securitize the portfolio properly.
George Smith Partners worked with the Sponsor to increase their renovation budget and worked with the Lender to increase leverage accordingly. This retained the Sponsors original equity participation and should result in better returns. We closed the four loans nearly simultaneously (3 loans closed on a single day).
$12,790,000 Non-Recourse Acquisition Bridge Financing to Reposition a 120,000 Square Foot Retail Center in Phoenix, Arizona
January 30, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $12,790,000 in non-recourse acquisition bridge financing for the heavy reposition of a 1980s vintage shopping center in the Paradise Valley submarket of Phoenix, Arizona. The value-added property had a vacating grocery anchor tenant, low occupancy rates and below market rents. The Sponsor’s business plan was to acquire the asset with a fitness tenant anchor in tow and then reposition and stabilize the remainder of the center.
Sized to 80% of total project cost, the loan includes a future funding facility to cover tenant improvements, leasing commissions and capital expenditures. The rate floats at 1 Month LIBOR plus 4.25% (approximately 6.75% today) and carries a two year term with two one year extension options. Interest is not charged on the holdback until funds are drawn. The Lender was able to accommodate several changes to the business plan throughout the application process. This included relocating several existing tenants within the center due to a conflict presented in existing tenant leases.
January 23, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged $13,600,000 of bridge acquisition financing for a 199-unit apartment complex located in Mesa, Arizona. The Property, which was built in 1970, features a pool, bbq area, and playground. The units range from studios to 3-bedrooms and are currently 97% occupied. The Sponsor plans to renovate the exterior area to improve the overall appeal of the Property and address some deferred maintenance . The 3-year loan is sized to 75% LTC and has an interest rate that floats at 3.45% above 1-Month LIBOR. The non-recourse financing has 24 months of yield maintenance and has a 1.0% origination and 0.5% exit fee.
January 23, 2019
George Smith Partners secured a $34,000,000 permanent loan for the acquisition of a 273 unit Class A multifamily property in Dallas, TX. The 10 year loan is priced at 5.15% and fixed for ten years, with full term interest only. The Borrower executed their purchase and sale agreement in October 2018 as part of a 1031 exchange. While in due diligence the cash flow declined due largely to new construction coming on-line. In addition property taxes were re-assessed at a higher rate. GSP worked with the lender as well as the rating agencies to demonstrate the historical occupancy (95%+) and mitigate the loss in net cash flow from the rise in operating costs. The borrower was able to rate lock at an all-in rate less than applied for, with full proceeds, during the last week of 2018. The transaction closed once business commenced in full in 2019.
$32,700,000 (85% Loan-to-Value) Non-Recourse Financing for the Acquisition of a 33-Property Single Tenant Dollar General Portfolio
January 9, 2019
GSP successfully placed $32,700,000 of non-recourse, ten-year, fixed-rate debt for the acquisition of 33 newly-constructed freestanding retail buildings 100% leased to Dollar General. The individual assets have 15-year lease terms and are located primarily in the Upper Midwest and Southern United States. GSP executed the financing concurrent with construction completion and sourced a lender who, due to Dollar General’s investment grade credit rating (S&P: BBB) and the geographic diversity of the assets, was able to achieve 85% leverage financing (including a mezzanine debt component) on the portfolio at a 5.74% blended fixed coupon plus three years of Interest Only payments on the ten year loan term, despite an absence of sales history and concurrent tenant lease terms expiring five years after loan maturity. This structure minimized the equity required to close the transaction and provides additional cash flow to the Sponsor during the first three years of the loan term. The loan structure also provides the Sponsor flexibility to release properties from the loan collateral in the event of sale after year three of the loan term, and allows the Sponsor to release up to 30% of the individual assets from the mortgage collateral and substitute like kind properties through year nine of the term.