$60,200,000 Ground-Up Construction Financing, 85% LTC, 6.65% Blended Coupon on a 307-Unit, Class-A Apartment Community; St. Louis City, MO
February 17, 2021
George Smith Partners successfully placed $60,200,000 in high-leverage construction financing, which funded 85% of total project cost for the construction of a 307-unit mixed-use multifamily and retail project located in the trendy St. Louis City neighborhood of The Grove. GSP leveraged its lender relationships, capitalization structuring acumen, local market expertise, and strong project fundamentals to arrange the most accretive financing structure available in the market during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The capitalization included a senior loan to 60% loan-to-cost and a preferred equity investment with last-dollar exposure to 85% of total project cost. The preferred equity investment is non-recourse and the senior loan required only a top-end 25% repayment guarantee. Additionally, the Lender and preferred equity investor gave credit for a lift in land value above the Borrower’s actual cost due to the Borrower having created substantial value through entitlements and development incentives.
Rate: 6.65% (blended coupon)
Term: Three-year initial term plus two, 12-month extension options
Amortization: Interest only
Prepayment: 2%, 1%, open
Guaranty: 25% repayment guarantee on senior loan only; does not apply to the non-recourse preferred equity investment
Lender Fee: 0.82% blended
$40,000,000 Construction Completion Loan at 8.00% Fixed, Interest-Only on a 192-Unit Multifamily; Vancouver, WA
January 27, 2021
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $40,000,000 in construction completion financing for a 192-unit multifamily community in Vancouver, WA less than 12 miles from downtown Portland, OR.
The Property consists of three completed buildings that started leasing in late April of last year and were 15.9% leased at the underwritten rents upon closing. GSP was successful in quickly sourcing multiple term sheets and ultimately closed within weeks of going into application with the Lender. The rapid execution allowed the Sponsor to close on an approximately 90% of purchase price (80% of total cost) in a situation where no further extensions were available, and time was of the essence.
The equity stack was highly structured with multiple tranches of GP and LP equity.
January 20, 2021
George Smith Partners secured senior construction financing for a new multifamily development in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The $10.5M loan will be utilized to complete the 81-unit project. The loan represents approximately 79% of the project cost and was structured with an 18-Month initial term and interest only payments for the duration. The Project will be comprised entirely of studio units configured at 540 square feet; each unit will include one bathroom, a full kitchen, modern appliances, and a washer and dryer. Amenities for the project include a roof top deck, barbeque area, gym & recreational room, bicycle storage, secured parking, and access to a swimming pool.
GSP secured a Lender that understood the future path of development and was comfortable with the emerging market; the current neighborhood is primarily industrial with limited residential product in proximity. The Lender accepted the Sponsor’s imputed equity from entitling the site; this increased leverage to 79% of cost while keeping pricing at a level accretive to the overall yield. The loan was structured with a shorter initial term to minimize upfront points and interest reserves. GSP worked with the Lender to resolve several budget issues that arose during diligence due to the rising price of lumber and concrete; proceeds were successfully increased by $250,000 to ensure the Project would be fully capitalized without additional equity.
$15,500,000 Non-Recourse Bridge Financing for a Mid-Construction 3-Property Multifamily Portfolio; Los Angeles, CA
December 16, 2020
George Smith Partners secured a $15,500,000 bridge loan for three newly constructed, pre-Certificate of Occupancy multifamily assets located in Los Angeles, CA. The non-recourse loan provided significant cash-out proceeds to the sponsor, refinanced outstanding construction debt and capitalized construction completion costs. The loan is sized at 70% LTC on a 4.90% fixed rate, non-recourse, 12-month term. The loan did not require an interest reserve or capitalized carrying costs.
The loan is secured by three new construction multifamily assets in the Koreatown and Eagle Rock submarkets of Los Angeles, totaling 57 units, in various stages of completion. All will be complete by Q1 2021, with lease up occurring throughout the balance of 2021. Given COVID related delays and slower-than-anticipated leasing velocity, GSP was able to identify a lender comfortable with the high quality, new construction product, and the long-term stability of these submarkets. The loan closed three weeks from term sheet execution.
$40,700,000 Non-Recourse Ground-Up Apartment Construction Financing to 85% LTC with a Blended Rate of 6.80%; San Diego, CA
December 9, 2020
George Smith Partners successfully placed the $40,700,000 construction financing, which funded up to 85% loan to project costs for the construction of a 170-unit apartment community located in a southern San Diego submarket. The financing structure included a senior construction loan up to 55% loan to cost and a mezzanine tranche up to 85% of total project costs. The non-recourse mezzanine tranche is structured on an accrual basis, further reducing the total economic impact of the mezzanine financing on the project. The full capital stack is non-recourse. Additionally, the capital partners gave credit for a lift in land value above the actual cost due to the Sponsors prior entitlement work and achieving approvals. While navigating these unprecedent times in the capital markets brought upon us by the COVID-19 Pandemic, GSP utilized our extensive experience, long-standing lender relationships, and capital markets creativity to achieve the Sponsors goals in order to break ground and deliver a much-needed product type in the market.
$29MM – Senior Construction Loan
Rate: L + 4.50% (4.95% floor)
Term: 36 months
$11.7MM – Mezzanine Loan
Rate: 11.25%, fully accrued (this is huge in bringing down the effective cost of capital down)
Term: 36-month (with 18 months min. interest)
$14,050,000 Acquisition and Reposition Financing, 89% LTC (4.90% blended coupon) on a 79-Unit, Mixed-Use Apartment and Retail Project; St. Louis City, Missouri
December 2, 2020
George Smith Partners successfully placed $14,050,000 in construction financing, which funded 89% of total project cost, for the acquisition and reposition of a 79-unit, mixed-use property in a desirable and historic St. Louis City neighborhood. GSP was engaged by the Borrower when its original lender, a national REIT, was forced to re-trade the Borrower on loan terms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon being engaged, GSP was able to source the replacement debt and equity in time to close the transaction without a material delay. The financing structure included a senior loan to 81% loan-to-cost and a preferred equity investment with last-dollar exposure to 89% of total project cost with a 4.90% blended cost of capital. GSP leveraged its expertise of the St. Louis market, long-standing lender relationships, and capital markets creativity to achieve the Borrower’s goals of minimizing cash equity invested into the Project so that it can keep a substantial cash reserve to pursue additional projects which are expected to present themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Term: 36-months with one, 12-month extension option
Amortization: 24-months interest only, 25-year amortization thereafter
Guaranty: Full repayment guarantee (on senior loan only; does not apply to the non-recourse preferred equity investment)
Lender Fee: 50bps
The Next Generation of Co-Living: $14,100,000, 65% LTC Construction Loan for Co-Living Project; Los Angeles, CA
October 28, 2020
Transaction Description: George Smith Partners placed the $14,100,000 construction to perm loan for an 86 micro-unit, co-living development located in an opportunity zone for an institutional sponsor and a national private equity firm. Optimized to provide a complete living experience with full in-unit accommodations on shorter term leases, the Project represents the first of its kind in the Los Angeles market. The 65% construction loan converts to a 5-year mini-perm loan fixed at 4.5%, synergizing with the Borrower’s long-term strategy and maximizes the opportunity zone benefits by eliminating future financial risks.
Challenges: The Project was heavily scrutinized due to COVID-19 and the concerns of close quarter living. Additional concerns arose from a macro level as the nation began to see an exodus from large cities. As further stress was placed on the underwritten income, the capital markets were struggling to find the last dollars needed. Additionally, many platforms had already largely paused construction lending, let alone found the risk tolerance to push leverage back to pre-lockdown levels. Finally, the Project is situated in an opportunity zone and the unique capital structure remains a relatively new concept for most lenders.
Solutions: GSP’s main objective was to secure a lender that was comfortable waiving underwritten DSCR and LTV requirements. It was also critical that the Lender would understand the intricately designed structural advantages the Project offered and how the product differentiated from everything else currently on the market. We further showcased that the Sponsor was of institutional pedigree, including their partnership with a national private equity group that specialized in opportunity zone investments and experience being among the most tenured co-living developers in the US.
September 30, 2020
George Smith Partners secured a $4,690,000 construction loan with a 2-year term that converts to a 5-year permanent loan upon completion of construction for a total term of 7 years. The loan is for a medical office building in Oxnard, CA. The construction loan floats at Prime plus .5% with a floor rate of 3.75% and the mini perm is expected to have a fixed interest rate of 3.65%. The mini-perm carries a step down prepayment, but there is no prepay during the construction term, allowing the borrowers to secure more advantageous capital depending on the capital markets.
The Sponsorship sought long term construction-to-fixed capital shortly after the government-mandated shelter in place which caused significant disruption to the CRE capital markets. GSP needed to secure a high leverage loan to complete the ongoing construction of the Project which had commenced in 2019. With active construction on the Project, GSP needed to secure a lender capable of understanding various lien priorities, a historic building designation that changed construction plans and timelines, vandalism, and a change of general contractors all during the COVID-19 pandemic.
GSP was able to demonstrate the necessity of new medical offices during the height of the shutdown to generate a competitive lending environment, and to secure the 70% LTV construction loan. To reduce valuation risk, GSP negotiated that the existing appraisal performed pre-COVID would be utilized by the selected lender. To obtain maximum proceeds, GSP also worked with the Lender to collateralize adjacent unentitled land owned by the Sponsorship. The vandalism and the historic designation caused delay. However, GSP showed that the change in the GC was a strategic move that would allow for the completion of the construction and the ability of the sponsorship to obtain C of O in early 2021. This will allow the Sponsorship to hold the completely modernized Medical Office building with a fixed low rate through 2027.
$31,500,000 Construction Financing to 72.5% LTC for a 240-Unit Workforce Housing Project; Sheboygan, WI
September 23, 2020
George Smith Partners successfully placed $31,500,000 (72.5% LTC; 70%LTV) in construction financing to fund the ground-up development of a 240-unit, workforce housing project in an infill neighborhood of tertiary market, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. GSP leveraged its diverse lender relationships to source a construction loan for this large project located in a small market during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. GSP was able to focus lenders on sponsorship quality and how the project was tailored to take advantage of Sheboygan’s strong market fundamentals. This includes an insatiable demand for workforce housing driven by numerous manufacturers being in the county including Kohler, Sargento, and Johnsonville among others. A Tax increment financing (TIF) district was created to offset a portion of the Project’s costs, which added another layer of complexity as GSP was directed to source a lender that would also underwrite the projected TIF cashflows to increase the construction loan leverage.
Term: 48 months
Amortization: 32-months interest only; 27.5-year amortization thereafter
Prepayment: None; open in whole or in part at any time
Guaranty: Full repayment guarantee that burns down to a 50% repayment guarantee upon certificate of occupancy
September 16, 2020
George Smith Partners placed a $11,700,000 construction loan to build a logistics yard that includes trailer parking, auto parking and a maintenance facility. The fenced and secured facility is being built on a speculative basis although there is unmet demand.
The marketing of the asset during the COVID-19 pandemic was difficult given bank resources first went to asset management and then PPP. The lenders in the market wanted “easy” deals such as low leverage multifamily, build to suits and infill industrial. The Sponsor’s expertise, market knowledge and demand for the product created a competitive lending environment. After talking to over 50 capital providers we had three compete for the loan. Structure, pricing, certainty of execution and speed to close narrowed the lender choice. The chosen Capital Provider went to full credit committee before issuing the application given the specialty nature of the asset. The credit committee also approved all terms negotiated/changed in the application before the process began. This gave us confidence that the chosen Capital Provider would execute on the original terms in the application while other Capital Providers have altered terms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 20, 2020
George Smith Partners successfully secured a high leverage $21,700,000 non-recourse, Construction-to-Perm loan to develop a six-building, 966-unit, climate controlled, Class-A self-storage facility near Stevenson Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley, California.
The Sponsor, while very experienced in other asset classes, engaged GSP to source the full capital stack (debt, equity and carve-outs guarantor) for his first self-storage project. New Building & Safety codes that took effect in 2020 resulted in increased costs and delays. In order to obtain certified pads by the end of 2019, the entitlements in-place had to be vetted and the horizontal work needed to start prior to securing construction financing. The impacts of Covid-19 resulted in multiple delays from subcontractors, County inspectors, and in pulling permits due to County offices being closed.
GSP was able to source an investor from its pool of strong relationships who provided the equity. GSP focused on the market necessity for storage units in the desirable and growing community of Santa Clarita Valley, and successfully negotiated an agreement with Public Storage to operate the facility. GSP identified a capital provider to not only extend the financing commitment multiple times, but also to execute a structured, non-recourse, low-rate loan with the same terms agreed upon prior to Covid-19.
$7,025,000 Non-Recourse 77% LTC Adaptive Re-Use Construction to Perm; 3.50% Fixed for 10-Years; Southern California
April 29, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $7,025,000 in non-recourse construction to permanent financing for the adaptive re-use of an existing vacant bank branch building to a medical office building. Located in a prime Southern California submarket and sized to 77% loan to cost, the construction facility consists of an initial funding of $4,825,000 with future draws of $2,200,000 to complete the reposition of the Property. The non-recourse loan is fixed for 10-years at a rate of 3.50% with three years of interest only then converting to a 30-year amortization schedule for the remaining loan term. The loan is structured with a step-down pre-payment schedule of 4%,3%,2%,1% and open thereafter with no pre-payment penalty for added flexibility.
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