GSP Increases Financing to $11,200,000 to Cover Renovation Cost Overruns in Five Days; Orange County, CA
July 24, 2019
After securing an initial loan of $9,700,000 for a well-located Orange County, California retail center, George Smith Partners arranged an additional $1,500,000 in construction/renovation mezzanine capital. This brought the total debt capitalization to $11,200,000. The Sponsor has been renovating the center over the last year but went over-budget due to increasing construction costs.
The Sponsor had used a debt-fund loan to renovate the aging shopping center and make it more vibrant. However, due to rising construction costs, the Sponsor went over budget with the property renovations. Most lenders are not comfortable financing a project that already has expensive debt and is also experiencing cost overruns.
GSP ultimately demonstrated the lender’s last dollar basis was very conservative compared to the as-stabilized value of the property following renovations. GSP utilized one of our relationship lenders to provide the emergency capital and was able to close the transaction within just five days. This allowed the Sponsor to complete construction and focus on leasing the center.
$460,000,000 Non-Recourse Senior Construction Financing for the Ground Up Development of Block 216, a 35-Story Mixed-Use High-Rise Anchored by a 251-Key Ritz Carlton Hotel; Portland, OR
July 24, 2019
George Smith Partners structured and placed a $460,000,000 non-recourse senior construction loan for the ground up development of Block 216, a landmark 1.1 million square-foot ground-up high-rise development in the heart of Portland, Oregon’s central business district. The 35-story luxury high-rise will be anchored by a 251-key five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel, the first five-star hotel in Portland. The development also features Ritz-Carlton branded residences, 140,000 square feet of Class A office space, and 7,800 square feet of ground floor retail, which will open up to a pedestrian “festival street.” Located at the intersection of the Central Business and Pearl Districts, Block 216 spans a full city block. This is extremely rare in Portland. Upon completion in 2023 Block 216, will be the fourth tallest high rise in Portland and the largest tower in Portland based on square footage.
Block 216 represents the first luxury, five star hotel and branded residential project in Oregon. It is also the first project with amenities common to luxury properties but absent in Portland thus far. This ground up development is also a true mixed used project with four different uses (hotel, residential, office and retail) in a single building.
GSP focused on Portland’s incredibly strong underlying fundamentals, including: its population of 2.5 million; its unemployment rate 50 basis points lower than the national average; its 1,200 tech companies (hence the name “Silicon Forest”); the impressive number of blue chip companies with presences in the market; and, the considerable number of institutional investors active in the market. GSP also stressed the Project’s unparalleled location and walkability to every major amenity in Downtown Portland as well as the 30 new conferences booked at the Portland Convention Center as a significant demand driver for five star accommodations.
GSP executed significant and high profile marketing to ensure the Project was appropriately received in the capital markets. These efforts resulted in a highly structured, non-recourse execution in less than six months from engagement.
$67,250,000 of Non-Recourse High-Leverage Senior Construction Financing for the Ground Up Development of a 254-unit Multifamily Tower in Phoenix, AZ
July 17, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged $67,250,000 in non-recourse senior construction financing for the ground-up development of a market rate 254-unit, 17 story, multifamily tower in Phoenix, Arizona. The Property is in the Roosevelt arts district of downtown Phoenix near the Valley Metro Rail, Arizona State University graduate schools of journalism and law, as well as the University of Arizona Cancer Center. The Property will feature amenities such as a roof top pool overlooking the downtown skyline and beyond. Sized to 80% of total project cost, the interest only loan will strike a desired balance of debt to equity for the local developer. The Borrower was sensitive to standard bank underwriting decision making and asset management structures. GSP sourced non-recourse construction financing from a non-bank lender with a streamlined and flexible decision-making structure. The capital provider and their asset management team will act more like a partner than a lender from closing through development and payoff.
July 2, 2019
George Smith Partners placed a $4,900,000 construction loan for a shuttered assisted living facility to be converted to a 42 bed co-living facility targeted toward young working professionals. As rental housing prices continue their rise many developers are addressing affordability with smaller units that offer common living amenities to maintain lower costs. The co-living concept of a singular bed/unit is popular in New York, Seattle, San Francisco and has a strong foot-hold in the Hollywood market of Los Angeles. Located adjacent to Downtown Los Angeles, the Subject Property proved challenging to comp as it is not located in Hollywood and co-living is a new concept in this market. Partially or fully furnished bedroom units are supported by a central communal kitchen. Some units will share a bath. Utilities are provided, including heat, cable and WiFi allowing residents to move-in with simplicity and ease. Social connections are encouraged through property gatherings and a movie room. A business center will also be offered to residents. This is the first co-living development for this sponsorship team. Priced at L+400, the two-year term was constrained by 70% of capitalization and 60% of “As-Stabilized” value. There is a six month option to extend for an additional 50 basis points.
June 26, 2019
George Smith Partners placed $2,180,000 in construction financing for a spec single family property in the upscale Cheviot Hills submarket of Los Angeles. The Sponsor’s business plan was to expand and redevelop the existing property into a 5,900 square foot spec luxury single family property. The challenges on this transaction included the need for maximum proceeds (75% loan to cost) and a sponsor embarking on its first ground up development project. Most lenders struggled given these challenges. However, after an extensive marketing effort, George Smith Partners sourced a lender that was comfortable with the leverage request. Given the Sponsor’s limited track record, a completion guarantee from the Sponsor’s general contractor was required, which GSP successfully negotiated. Sized to an aggressive 75% of total cost, the interest only loan is freely prepayable and will float at 0.75% over the WSJ Prime for 18 months.
Rate: Prime + 0.75%
Term: 18 Months with one 6 month extension Lender Fees: 0.75%
Amortization: Interest Only
Prepayment Penalty: None
- Advisors: Zachary Streit
$13,944,000 ($1,180/SF) Non-Recourse Construction Financing for the Redevelopment of a Former Single-Tenant Office Property in Santa Monica, CA
June 12, 2019
George Smith Partners placed $13,944,000 in non-recourse construction debt for the conversion of a former single-tenant office property into an 11,800 square foot, luxury, multi-tenant retail property in a prime submarket of Santa Monica, California. GSP diligently worked to source a lender comfortable with funding a loan at a high basis of $1,180/SF for a “first-mover” redevelopment that was 64% pre-leased (on an economic basis) at record-setting rents to a mix of local and regional food and fitness users. Further complicating the loan request was the need to allocate separate components of the “bad boy” non-recourse carve-outs among two unrelated guarantor entities. Approximately 55% of the loan proceeds were future funded with no interest paid on unfunded loan proceeds until drawn.
Rate: One-Month LIBOR + 4.25% (6.75%) at closing burning down to One-Month LIBOR + 3.75% (6.25%) upon stabilization
Term: Three-year initial term plus two one-year extension options
Amortization: Interest only
Debt Yield: 8.5% stable debt yield
LTV: 70% as-complete value, 60% as-stable value
Prepayment: Open prepayment with 24-month spread maintenance
Lender Fee: 1%
June 12, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged $23,600,000 in non-recourse construction financing for the ground-up development of a 118-key select-service, extended-stay hotel in downtown Davis, California. Sized to 82.5% of total project cost, the interest only loan will float at a spread of 825 basis points over one-month LIBOR for three years and carries two 12-month extension options. With immediate access to the highway, the Project is five minutes from UC Davis and 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento. This financing allowed the Sponsor to begin construction on their third hotel project near the University.
GSP sourced a lender who shared the Sponsor’s vision and negotiated a unique and capitally efficient funding structure on the behalf of the Client. GSP demonstrated the submarket’s resilient occupancy rates and the Project’s appealing design relative to the submarket’s dated competitive set.
$42,000,000 Construction Loan for a 252-Unit Mixed-Use Multifamily Project in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah
April 3, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged a $42,000,000 senior construction loan for the ground-up development of a 252-unit mixed-use luxury apartment community in the Marmalade District of Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The mixed-use project will include ground floor retail and features Class A apartments with modern design.
GSP was able to identify several competitive lenders that recognized the Sponsor’s ability to execute large-scale multifamily projects, based on the successful delivery of a similar project they built in the MSA. GSP was able to leverage various lenders in order to help procure the most competitive terms available with a three-year term and two, one-year extension options.
January 30, 2019
George Smith Partners placed the $11,000,000 take-out of a single-tenant office build-to-suit leased for 10 years to an investment grade GSA tenant located in a secondary Southern California market. The tenant, a Children’s and Family Services office had required security upgrades in the building design and construction. Sized to a 1.25 DCR, loan proceeds netted 80% of the total development cost allowing for a partial recapitalization of Sponsor equity beyond the construction loan. The loan was funded less than two weeks post certificate of occupancy issuance but prior to the tenant opening for operations. Fixed for five years at 5.0%, the loan will reset for the second five year term at the CMT+2.25%. There is no pre-payment penalty.
This capital provider traditionally seeks a personal repayment guarantee from at least 51% of the ownership stack. While the 20% GP would sign, none of the limited partners were available to guarantee. Interest rates moved up post application and the Sponsor sought to close as quickly as possible to preserve his applied for coupon. Although the tenant accepted the space and initiated rental payments, they opted to delay their opening date due to the pending holidays. Our permanent loan lender thus questioned if the property was in fact stabilized without an operating tenant. Security cost improvements were amortized into the ten-year lease.
A waiver was requested and granted that accepted a personal guarantee from the manager who holds 20% of the Borrower. Support from the investment grade tenant furthered the argument for this waiver. To mitigate stability concerns, the construction loan and loan finance costs were paid at funding. The return of equity will be distributed once the tenant is “doors open” and commences operations. Our underwriter reviewed the requirement for the security needs and understood the benefit of the guaranteed cash flow from the credit tenant. The capital adviser agreed to raise their LTV constraint from the applied for 67% LTV to 75% LTV. There was no reduction in loan proceeds.
December 12, 2018
George Smith Partners secured $9,300,000 for the ground-up development of a 32-unit multifamily building in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. The 5-story project will include a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom units with gated subterranean parking. Sized to 80% of actual costs, the 36-month term carries two – 1-year options and is priced at 2.75% over LIBOR.
Our Sponsor requested maximum loan proceeds which would require the acceptance of imputed equity. George Smith Partners identified a Los Angeles based construction lender that understood the value that had been created with re-entitlements and permitting since the property was initially acquired four years ago. This capital provider agreed to value the land at current 2018 values as opposed to the acquisition price. The bank ordered appraisal valued the land at over 3x the Sponsor’s 2014 purchase price and imputed equity was utilized in calculating the Sponsor’s equity contribution. No additional funds were required at closing.
December 5, 2018
George Smith Partners secured $8,700,000 of non-recourse, bridge acquisition financing for a 45,000 square foot retail center located in Richardson, TX. The Center, which was built in 1985, has a diverse mix of regional tenants and sits on the corner of two of the main thoroughfares in the area.
The Sponsor purchased the Property with the intent to add value through two approaches: (1) increasing rents for tenants that are rolling and paying below-market rates, and (2) constructing an additional 12,000 square feet on undeveloped land within the parcel. There were complications with parcelizing the existing building and the land, which meant that a single lender needed to fund the entire project. The large renovation and construction budget also resulted in only 41% of the total loan being funded at closing.
George Smith Partners identified a lender that could structure the financing to have two holdback reserves, one for the CapEx and TI/LC’s for the existing space and the other dedicated to funding the construction of the new building. The separate reserves allow the Sponsor to pursue both value-add opportunities simultaneously, which drastically reduces the project timeline and maximizes the Sponsor’s IRR. Our capital source was able to get comfortable with the construction component by requiring 75% of the space to be pre-leased prior to funding.
$115,000,000 of Non-Recourse High-Leverage Senior Construction Financing for the Ground Up Development of a 326-Key Four-Star Radisson BLU Hotel in Anaheim, CA
December 5, 2018
George Smith Partners placed a $115,000,000 non-recourse senior construction loan for the ground up development of a 326-key four-star Radisson BLU Hotel in Anaheim, CA. The Property is located in the Disneyland/Anaheim Convention Center submarket less than 1 mile from Disneyland Park. Once completed, the 12 story luxury hotel will be one of the few four star offerings available outside the Park and will feature an innovative, modern design. The amenity rich property will include a rooftop pool and deck with unobstructed views of the famous Disneyland nightly fireworks show and surrounding area. Catering to the Park-going family travelers, bunkbeds will be included in over half the rooms, and the hotel will feature a ground floor pool as well as upscale food and beverage offerings.
The Project will be the first major development east of Interstate 5 in the Disneyland submarket. Additionally, the Hotel is slated to be the 4th Radisson BLU in the United States and will be one of the first four-star offerings available outside of the Disneyland Park.
GSP focused on the submarket’s underlying fundamentals, including 28 million annual visitors, as well as its resilient occupancy rates and average daily rates that stayed relatively consistent through the recession. GSP also demonstrated that the Hotel is likely to capture an outsize share of the submarket’s 4 million annual international visitors. This is due to Radisson’s strong international branding supported by the fact that nearly all 300 Radisson BLUs are located outside the United States. Finally, GSP highlighted the Hotel’s upscale nature, which currently does not exist outside the Park, family friendly design and strong amenity package.
These efforts resulted in a high leverage, non-recourse execution.
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