Bridge Loans and Financing

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    $2,800,000 Two Week Close Bridge Deal; Los Angeles, CA

    June 17, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners demonstrated our ability to provide full-service financing for a repeat client who is a prolific developer in the Los Angeles area. The quick close $2,800,000 financing was a bridge loan which took out a senior construction loan that was placed by GSP in 2018. The 12-month loan will allow for the Developer to execute on their business plan to market and sell the remaining homes in the Small Lot SFR development. The Project is in the heart of Los Angeles minutes from major job centers and consists of 11 high end fully constructed homes. The development opportunity was purchased in 2015 and the construction was completed in middle of 2019. GSP provided our expertise throughout the entire process, working with our client throughout the acquisition, entitlement, construction, and the for-sale process.

    Rate: 7.9%
    Term: 12 months Interest Only

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    $13,500,000 Non-Recourse Bridge-to-Bridge Loan with a Cannabis User at 6.90%; Echo Park, CA

    June 17, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $13,500,000 in quick-close, cash out, bridge-to-bridge financing for a multi-tenant retail center in Echo Park, California. The Sponsor approached GSP with intentions of taking out their existing lender due to an issue with lease approval for a cannabis tenant. In order to purchase an out-parcel on the Property, the cannabis user needed a lease in place so it could obtain a license from the local jurisdiction. If approvals were not granted, the Sponsor would have the ability to break the lease. GSP identified a non-bank lender who was comfortable approving a lease on a space which may never be occupied. The Lender’s flexible prepayment structure allowed the Sponsor to execute their business plan as the cannabis tenant planned to acquire an out-parcel on the Property after receiving approvals from the City. The first trust deed was sized to 60% of value with no hold back requirement for interest reserve or capital expenditures. The non-recourse, interest only loan does not carry any prepayment penalties. The Sponsor plans to take out the loan within 12 months with long-term fixed rate debt.

    Rate: 6.90%
    Term: 12-month term with one 12-month extension option
    LTV: 60%
    Guaranty: Non-recourse

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    $28,500,000 Land Loan for a Mixed-Use Multifamily Development Site

    June 10, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged a $28,500,000 non-recourse bridge loan for the land acquisition and predevelopment of a large TOD site with the potential to accommodate more than 900 units. The financing facility was secured on behalf of best-in-class sponsor LaTerra Development, relating to its planned mixed-use multifamily development project. In the midst of unprecedented market uncertainty, GSP leveraged its network to identify land lenders who were still active in today’s environment and could provide certainty of execution. No appraisal was required for funding.

    All Terms Confidential

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    $19,775,000 Bridge Loan for Acquisition of Flex Industrial Building; Temecula, CA

    May 6, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners, on behalf of Stos Partners , arranged $19,775,000 in bridge financing for the acquisition of a specialty flex industrial asset located in Temecula, CA. The Sponsor was able to negotiate a long-term lease renewal for the primary credit tenant, whose term was nearly expired, creating significant value in the process.

    The recently purchased industrial building maintains a mix of specialized uses, as well as an additional near-term vacancy for a smaller flex space, posing both an opportunity and a challenge within the markets. The specialized and varied uses of the building, including laboratory rooms, light manufacturing areas and office/distribution space, required costly buildouts with tenant improvement dollars as the primary tenant expanded into additional space, requiring additional structure. Despite strong market fundamentals, the disruption with the COVID-19 pandemic changed the economy overnight. However, the financials and credit profile of this project only grew stronger and more viable with time.

    George Smith Partners was able to identify a capital source that understood both the quality of the asset and the ability of the Sponsor to execute on the intended business plan. Amidst a time of great market volatility and economic uncertainty, the Capital Provider held their original pre-COVID structure and terms.

    Proceeds: $19,775,000
    LTC: 65%
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $40,000,000 Non-Recourse, Cash-Out Bridge Financing for a 180-Key Radisson RED Hotel; Portland, OR

    April 1, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $40,000,000 in non-recourse, cash-out bridge financing for a 180-key Radisson RED hotel in Portland, Oregon. The bridge facility allowed the Sponsor to pay off its construction loan, return capital to investors and provided additional runway for the hotel to ramp-up. The hotel occupies the first nine floors of a 19-story, Class-A, mixed-use high-rise tower that was delivered in Q4 2018. The remaining 10 floors are Class-A office space leased out at some of the highest rental rates in the Portland MSA.

    GSP was able to leverage market interest to secure the most competitive terms available by focusing attention on the strong sponsorship and its long history of development and investment in the local Portland market. The location of the Property is adjacent to Portland State University and walking distance to the heart of Downtown Portland. The Property offers uniqueness of a select service hotel in a Class-A high-rise. The selected Capital Provider was able to recognize the Property’s intrinsic value and execute in a timely manner. The 75% LTV, non-recourse execution was fixed at a 7.75% interest rate and included a sizable cash-out. The Sponsor concurrently sold the office portion to a core, trophy office buyer through a separate sale.

    Rate: Fixed at 7.75%
    Term: 3 + 1 + 1
    Amortization: Interest Only
    LTV: 75%
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $23,750,000 Bridge Financing for a 229-Key Hilton Branded Hotel in Ramp Up; Minneapolis, MN

    March 4, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $23,750,000 in bridge financing for the refinance of a 229-key, full-service hotel located in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Hilton branded hotel is proximal to major demand drivers and includes a partnership with a Fortune 500 company, with headquarters across the street from the asset. The Property, built in 1986, underwent a PIP in 2017. The bridge facility allowed the Sponsor to pay off existing debt, which had an approaching maturity date in addition to completing the ramp-up period, forecasted to finish in 2020.

    GSP conducted a full marketing process and was able to leverage market interest to secure the most competitive terms available by focusing attention on the superior location as well as the Sponsor’s familiarity and confidence in the market. The Sponsor developed, owns, and operates a 290-key hotel less than a mile for the Subject Property. The selected Capital Provider structured around the current market softness, recognizing the strength of the Sponsor and their ability to successfully operate hospitality properties.

    All terms Confidential

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    $15,250,000 Non-Recourse, Cash-Out Bridge Financing for a 200-Unit Multifamily Property in a Tertiary Market; 80% LTC at 375 over 1-Month Libor; Rexburg, ID

    February 26, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $15,250,000 in non-recourse, cash-out bridge financing for a 200-unit multifamily property in Rexburg, Idaho. While home to BYU-Idaho (with a student population of 25,000), Rexburg is a small town with a non-student, resident population of only 20,000. The Sponsor approached GSP looking to refinance out a recourse construction loan from a local bank and also return capital to investors, while providing the Property time to season prior to selling or refinancing.

    By emphasizing the demand driven by BYU-Idaho’s presence, the strong sponsorship with a long history of development and investment in the local market, and the Property’s robust in-place cash flow, GSP ultimately sourced a prominent debt fund capital provider that was comfortable assuming tertiary market risk. The 80% loan to cost, non-recourse execution included a sizeable cash-out, given that the in-place construction loan was sized to 65% loan to cost. The loan floats at a spread of 375 over the 1 Month Libor (5.4% all-in today) and is interest only.

    Rate: 1 Month LIBOR + 375
    Term: 2 Years + 1 Year Extension
    LTC: 80%
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $5,700,000 Non-Recourse Acquisition Bridge Financing for a 2-Property Multifamily Portfolio; 80% LTC and 7.5% Debt Yield; Gardena, CA

    February 5, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $5,700,000 in non-recourse acquisition bridge financing for a two-property value-added multifamily portfolio in Gardena, CA. The two 1960’s vintage properties had significant deferred maintenance and below market rents. The Sponsor’s business plan was to reposition the Property and release the units at market rents. Maximum proceeds, despite a tight debt yield, and non-recourse were priorities.

    George Smith Partners sourced a lender familiar with the market and willing to size the loan to a 7.5% debt yield, which resulted in 80%LTC. The loan, which offers an attractive parri-passu funding structure, includes future funding for a full gut renovation of unit interiors and an exterior upgrade. The three-year bridge loan is interest only and carries a fixed interest rate of 6.90%. Interest is not charged on the holdback until funds are drawn. The lender fee was limited to a 1.00% origination fee with no exit fee. The Lender did not charge a legal fee and closed the transaction in 30 days from term sheet execution.

    Rate: 6.90%
    Term: 3 Years
    Amortization: Interest only
    LTC: 80%, including future funding
    Guarantee: Non-Recourse
    Lender Fee: 1% in / no exit fee
    Prepayment Penalty: 12-month interest guarantee

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    $16,000,000 Non-Recourse Bridge Financing for an Office Building; Brea, CA

    January 21, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $16,000,000 in non-recourse financing to refinance and provide cash-out on a 119,000 SF Class-B office building located in Brea, CA, off one of the most densely trafficked business arteries in the area. The Property, built-in 1982, has been well maintained and has historically achieved above-market occupancy. The Sponsor’s goal was to refinance the existing loan with a facility that included a cash-out component to bolster the partnership’s returns. This facility allows the Sponsor to lease up the remaining vacant space and exit the investment through a sale to a third party in the next 6-8 months, all the while returning significant equity to the Sponsors today.

    GSP focused on the extensive history of strong market demand in the Brea/Orange County market and was able to explain to capital sources the Property’s history of near full occupancy. GSP was able to identify a local lending source that not only understood the market and demand for office space in greater Orange County, but also understood the overall value of the Property and the subsequent loan that was procured.

    Rate: 5.90%
    Term: 12 Months + Two 6-month extensions
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    80% Loan to Cost, Non-Recourse Acquisition Bridge Financing for a 20 Unit Multifamily Property in South Los Angeles; Closed in 30 Days with No Lender Legal

    January 8, 2020

    George Smith Partners arranged $2,300,000 in non-recourse acquisition bridge financing for a value-add multifamily property in the South Los Angeles. The 20 unit, 1920’s vintage property had significant deferred maintenance and below market rents. The Sponsor’s business plan was to reposition the property, buyout tenants and release the units at market rents. The transaction carried a very short 30 day closing time frame.

    Sized to 80% of total project cost, the loan includes future funding for tenant buyouts, a full gut renovation of unit interiors and an exterior upgrade. The three year bridge loan is interest only and carries a fixed interest rate of 7.25%. Interest is not charged on the hold-back until funds are drawn. The lender fee was limited to a 1% origination fee with no exit fee. The lender did not charge a legal fee and closed the transaction in 30 days from term sheet execution.

    Rate: 7.25%
    Term: 3 Years
    Amortization: Interest only
    LTC: 80%, including future funding
    Guaranty: Non Recourse
    Lender Fee: 1% in / no exit fee
    Prepayment Penalty: 12 month interest guarantee

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    $25,500,000 Non-Recourse Bridge Financing for an Acquisition of an Office Building; Phoenix, AZ

    December 18, 2019

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $25,500,000 in non-recourse bridge financing for the acquisition of a 230,000 square foot Class A office building located in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona’s Midtown District. Positioned on a heavily trafficked thoroughfare of a major professional corridor, the site benefits from its central location, proximity to Downtown Phoenix and abundance of local economic drivers. The Project, built in 1982, had been well-maintained but was running a below-market occupancy rate of 82% due to the recent expiration of a large tenant lease. This bridge facility allowed the Canadian-based Sponsor to purchase the asset and undergo a proposed renovation, bringing the design up to competitive market standards in order to successfully lease-up and stabilize the asset.

    By focusing attention on sophisticated bridge lenders active in the local area, GSP identified a capital provider who understood the growth of the market. The selected Capital Provider structured around the Project’s current vacancy, recognizing the strength of the Sponsor and their ability to successfully execute on the intended business plan of value creation. The loan was structured with minimal cash management language and featured pari passu funding throughout the term. The interest only non-recourse bridge loan was priced at a spread of 350 basis points over the 30-Day LIBOR, with a three-year term and two 12-month extension options.

    Rate: 30 Day LIBOR + 3.50%
    Term: 36 Months with Two 12-Month Extensions (3+1+1)
    LTC: 65%
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    High Leverage Custom Program for Quick Close Bridge Financing of Multi-Family Buildings; Los Angeles, CA

    November 6, 2019

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged acquisition bridge financing for a value-add, multi-family property in Los Angeles, California. One of our more experienced multi-family owner/operators has become experienced in sourcing opportunities to quickly close on troubled multi-family properties. His ability to act quickly often allows him to become the chosen Buyer, purchasing these Properties at a large discount.

    GSP worked with a local REIT to develop a program that includes a first and second mortgage of up to 85% of acquisition price. The loan is designed to provide the same surety of close as an all-cash buyer, with no appraisal needed and the ability to close as fast as 5 business days. The loan is non-recourse and has no prepayment penalty.

    These loans are cheaper and easier than equity partners and allow the Sponsor to take advantage of smaller opportunities using very little cash. With less than $400,000 of equity, the Sponsor was able to purchase a $2,015,000 building. At close the Subject Property was worth close to $2,500,000, allowing the Sponsor to quickly flip the Property. This is the third time GSP has used this custom created loan program to procure financing for our client.

    Blended Rate: 8.00%
    Loan to Purchase Price: Up to 85% (83% on this transaction)
    Term: 12 Months
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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