Rate: 10.25% Interest Only
Term: 24 Month Construction Loan
Transaction Description: GSP arranged ground-up construction financing for a 29-unit for-sale condominium development in the Koreatown sub-market of Los Angeles. The client was a local general contractor who partnered with an owner who contributed the land. The goal was to obtain highly leveraged, non-recourse construction financing and provide no additional equity. The Sponsor tried to access bank financing on their own before coming to GSP.
Challenge: Non-recourse construction financing is very difficult, especially for first time developers. Lenders view ground-up condo construction as one of the most risky types of financing. In addition, the Koreatown market has seen lots of multifamily developments, but there has been little recent condo construction in this market since the last real estate cycle. Also, the insurance and other last minute expenses increased the overall project cost by $500,000.
Solution: Using it relationships, GSP was able to identify a non-recourse construction lender who would provide highly leveraged construction financing. Because the ownership did not want to bring in new capital, it was also critical for the project to be correctly underwritten and achieve certain loan to cost and loan to value targets. When it was discovered that additional insurance would be needed to protect the contractor and the long-term welfare of the project, the lender agreed to increase the loan by $500,000 a few days before closing to provide capital for unexpected costs. This allowed us to close the loan and start construction.
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$17,725,000 Non-Recourse Construction Financing for a 127-Key Cambria-Branded Lifestyle Hotel in the Roosevelt Row Arts District of Phoenix, AZ
October 10, 2018
George Smith Partners secured $17,725,000 in non-recourse construction financing for the development of a 127-key Cambria-flagged lifestyle hotel in the Roosevelt Row Arts District of Phoenix, Arizona. This financing facility allowed the Sponsor to begin construction on the first of several projects slated for delivery within Roosevelt Row (Ro2). The Sponsor won a city-led RFP bid earlier this year that provided them with control and ownership of four contiguous city blocks within the core Ro2 area. This was the Sponsor’s first lifestyle branded hotel development and their first hotel development within the state of Arizona. These facts presented a challenge for many groups, despite their extensive experience developing other asset classes, including Monroe 44, the tallest residential building in Arizona.
GSP sourced a hospitality lender who shared the Sponsor’s vision and excitement about the revitalization of the historic community, recognizing their ability to execute this project under the Cambria Brand. Despite several collateral restrictions presented throughout the application process, GSP was able to facilitate creative alternative scenarios for security of both Lender and Sponsor, ultimately achieving a mutually agreeable solution and additional proceeds to cover the new shortfall. The three year floating rate note was priced at 1 Month LIBOR + 7.50%, and was sized to 68.0% of project costs.
October 3, 2018
George Smith Partners arranged $25,000,000 of Mezzanine construction financing and supported the sponsor in negotiating the $80,500,000 senior financing for a speculative, mixed-use, office and retail project located on North Scottsdale Boulevard and Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona. This phase of the development includes 250,000 square feet of a 15 story, Class A, high rise office space and 44,000 square feet of lifestyle retail space.
Given the perceived historical volatility of the Phoenix and Tempe office markets, and the speculative nature of the business plan, many potential investors were unwilling to take on the risk. Preleasing was critical to the advancement of the Project and to the capital markets. The Senior Lender mitigated the uncertainty by requiring a minimum leasing threshold to be achieved prior to advancing any loan proceeds. However, the local leasing market would not commit to new leases without a committed delivery date.
The Sponsor, with George Smith Partners’ assistance, was able to develop an alternate structure to the Senior Loan. This allowed the Sponsor to fully engage the equity solution and provide a certain completion date to the Lenders and the tenant market.
September 19, 2018
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $10,750,000 in preferred equity financing for the ground-up development of 61 condo units in an infill Los Angeles location. The Sponsor acquired multiple adjacent single-family homes and successfully took them through the entitlement process. The Sponsor arranged the senior construction financing up to 65% Loan to Cost with a local bank and was seeking additional debt to complete the capital stack. George Smith Partners located a preferred equity provider that give full credit for the imputed land value which put the preferred equity at 83% of total project cost and did not require any additional cash from the Sponsor.
Construction Loan | 53,000,000: Non-Recourse Construction Financing for the Development & Conversion of a 32 Key Boutique Hotel into a 177 Key Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ
September 12, 2018
George Smith Partners secured a $53,000,000 non-recourse construction loan for the expansion of a 32-key boutique lifestyle resort into a 177-Key Marriott Autograph Collection in Scottsdale, Arizona. The construction financing provided the Borrower with sufficient funds to not only expand the Property by adding 145-keys but also to repay the existing lender in full and cover all closing and financing costs.
GSP sourced a lender who understood the intrinsic value of the Property’s strategic location along with the development plans of the expansion. The three year floating rate note, priced at 8.95% + 1 Month LIBOR was sized to 64.5% of project costs. (This included an allowance of imputed equity, which represented a 25% increase in the Sponsor’s basis).
Rate: 1 Mo. LIBOR + 8.95%
Amortization: Interest Only
LTC: 64.5% (This included an allowance of imputed equity, which represented a 25% increase in the Sponsor’s basis.
Guarantee: Non-recourse with standard bad-boy carve-outs
September 4, 2018
George Smith Partners secured $59,000,000 in non-recourse bridge debt to refinance out an existing construction loan currently in forbearance due to a maturity default. The maturity default was due to a longer-than-expected construction period to convert the former 1,000,000 square foot enclosed regional mall, located in a tertiary Midwest market, into an open-air, 750,000 square foot power center. The Property lost a few anchor tenants to bankruptcy, requiring the Borrower to re-lease those spaces in addition to the lease-up of new retail suites created by the power center conversion. The Property is now 91.5% leased but 85% occupied, and due to lease co-tenancy violations a major tenant is currently paying percentage rent in lieu of base rent. Loan proceeds repaid the existing construction loan, covered closing costs, and will fund 100% of future CapEx, tenant improvement, and leasing commission costs associated with stabilizing the Property. The loan offers a 24-month initial term plus three extension options with durations of one year each, which provide the Borrower maximum flexibility. The non-recourse floating-rate loan priced at 3.70% over One-Month LIBOR and offered full term interest only payments.
Rate: One-Month LIBOR + 3.70%
Term: Two years plus three one-year extension options
Amortization: Full-term interest only
Loan to Cost: 77%
Loan to Stable Value: 70%
Lender Fee: 1.00%
Prepayment: 15-month spread maintenance
Construction Loans: $5,800,000 Financing Facility for Assemblage of a Full City Block for Construction of Destination Mixed-Use Project
July 25, 2018
George Smith Partners successfully arranged the $5,800,000 financing facility for the purpose of finalizing the assemblage of a full city block in a mountain resort destination. The funds were utilized by the 3rd generation owner of the land to close on a city parcel in order to finalize their submittal for permits for the future development of destination mixed use development. A challenge that GSP faced was to secure a new capital source after the original lender backed out prior to closing. GSP successfully identified a new capital source who understood the complexities of the market as well as the opportunity and was able to close within three weeks.