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    $11,825,000 Cash-Out, Non-Recourse, Permanent Financing with a 3.35% Coupon for a 20-Year Term on an Office Property; Fayetteville, Arkansas

    May 12, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully placed $11,825,000 ($200/SF) in non-recourse financing that provided substantial cash-out to the Borrower with a 3.35% fixed-rate coupon for a 20-year loan term on a University-affiliated research and technology office building during the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan was creatively structured as a credit tenant lease financing due to the University’s backstopping the Property’s cash flow through a master lease. GSP worked with the Borrower, Lender, and University to amend the master lease so that it satisfied the needs of all three parties to facilitate both the refinancing as well as successful donation of the building to the University’s technology foundation, which occurred concurrently with the close of this financing.

    Rate: 3.35% (fixed) for twenty years
    Term: 20 years
    Amortization: 20-year amortization
    LTV: 68%
    DSCR: 1.05x
    Lender Fee: Par
    Prepayment: Yield Maintenance
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $45,600,000 Non-Recourse Bridge Financing for Recapitalization of Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, CA

    April 21, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners structured and arranged $45,600,000 in bridge financing for the recapitalization of the Lido Marina Village, a 116,000 sf multi-block, waterfront boutique retail and office property on Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Lido Marina Village features retail, restaurant, and office space in 14 separate structures including prime waterfront retail and restaurant spaces featuring spectacular harbor views, along with 47 boat slips, creating an iconic Newport Beach destination. Some highlighted restaurants include Orange County’s only Nobu and Malibu Farm locations. Retail tenants include first-to-market “laid back luxe” retailers such as Elysse Walker, LoveShackFancy, Serena & Lily, the RealReal, and Jenni Kayne. The Property stretches from the waterfront, across a public street and walkway to the Via Lido street-front retail. It also includes a 372-space parking structure and 91 on-grade parking spaces. The Project is located on 17 legal parcels totaling 3.5 acres, with 4 parcels held as leasehold interests. Since the acquisition in 2013, the Sponsor successfully rebranded Lido Marketplace as a super high-quality boutique and restaurant destination, featuring a “who’s who” of tenants. Even during the pandemic, Lido Marina Village occupancy stayed high, and the Sponsor signed new leases at “high street” rents. The Property has been thriving in part due to their shoppers feeling comfortable in the open air, pedestrian friendly and waterfront environment.

    Rate: Confidential
    Term: 2 years with two 1-year extensions
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $2,450,000 High-Leverage SBA Acquisition Financing for Office Property; North Hollywood, CA

    April 14, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $2,450,000 in SBA Owner-User Acquisition (90% Loan-to-Purchase Price) financing for an office/industrial flex property located in North Hollywood, CA. The Sponsor approached GSP to assist with the acquisition of the Property to relocate their company headquarters. The Sponsor required a flexible loan with high leverage and a low interest rate. The Sponsor had already entered escrow at the time of approaching GSP and was on a strict timeline with only 60 days to close. GSP quickly and successfully structured a first trust deed from a bank as well as an SBA B-piece to secure 90% of the purchase price. GSP was able to provide the Sponsor with a 25-year term, with the first 10 years fixed at a blended rate of 3.80%. The flexible prepayment structure is equal to 5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1. The high leverage loan allows the Sponsor to use equity towards the continued growth of their business. Thanks to our long-standing relationship with the SBA Certified Development Company (CDC), GSP was able to meet the Sponsor’s deadline and close this transaction in under 60 days.

    $1,375,000 Senior Loan @ 4.75%
    $1,075,000 2nd (SBA) @ 2.58%

    Term: 25 Years
    Loan-to-Purchase Price: 90%
    Prepayment: 5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1

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    $44,500,000 Heavy Bridge Construction Financing to Add Several Uses to an Existing Office and Warehouse; Secondary Market; San Luis Obispo, CA

    April 14, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $44,500,000 for heavy bridge financing in San Louis Obispo, CA to recapitalize and fund construction for additional uses on an existing asset. The completed Project will include five uses including multifamily, warehouse, office, self-storage, and a brewery. This is among the largest private projects actively in development in the local market.
    The Sponsor has been very creative in obtaining the highest and best use for the asset in a supply constrained market. Despite challenges facing construction projects in today’s volatile commodity market, GSP was able to secure a capital provider to structure high leverage supported by the strong market and underwriting.

    All Terms Confidential

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    $31,633,000, Full-Term Interest-Only, Permanent Financing for Non-Credit Tenanted Office; Suburban Salt Lake City, UT

    April 7, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully placed $31,633,000 in permanent financing for an office building in the Salt Lake City area amidst election uncertainty and COVID-19. In particular, pandemic restrictions and the proliferation of “work from home” concerned many lenders that office may face a very slow recovery. Although the Building’s sole tenant was non-credit, their long lease term and exceptionally strong financials motivated the Lender to provide a competitive quote. Well-located in a fast-growing market, GSP structured loan terms that were highly conducive to the Sponsor’s long-term plan and guided the transaction to an expedient closing.

    Rate: 3.54%
    Term: 10 Years
    Amortization: Full Term Interest Only
    Prepayment: Defeasance until last 6 Months which are open with no penalty.
    Guaranty: Non-recourse except for “bad acts” and environmental

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    $4,900,000 Single Tenant Tertiary Market Office Refinance; Illinois

    March 10, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners placed the rate and term refinance of a net-leased single tenant office building located in a tertiary Illinois market. Constructed in 1999, the 88,000 square foot asset is used as a training facility and call center leased to an investment grade tenant. Although this Tenant has been in occupancy for over 20 years, only four years remain on their current lease term. Despite the pending lease event risk, there are no holdbacks or cash flow sweeps. The tenant recently completed a $5,000,000 cosmetic upgrade and continued to operate in a reduced capacity throughout COVID. Value and DCR constraints were not a concern as our Sponsor was not seeking a return of equity and only sought to replace the pending loan maturity debt. The 10-year term is fixed at 3.625% and amortizes over 25 years. This generated a much lower mortgage constant that substantially improves net cash flow after debt service.

    Rate: 3.625% fixed
    Term: 10 Years
    Amortization: 25 Years
    LTV: 70%
    DCR: 1.20
    Loan Fee: 1 Point
    Reserves: None
    Impounds: None
    Prepayment Penalty: None
    Recourse: Repayment Guarantee

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    $5,800,000 Single Tenant Office with Early Termination Option; Milwaukee, WI

    February 24, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners placed the cash-in refinance of a net-leased single tenant office building located in a secondary Milwaukee metro-market. Although currently leased to one user, the asset is easily divisible should the tenant choose to exercise their early termination clause in 18 months. Our Portfolio Capital Provider mitigated this event risk in two ways. First, by underwriting the need of the current tenant to operate from this specific single tenant building and second, our Sponsors’ 15% additional capital contribution at close. A personal repayment guarantee was used in place of all escrows, reserves, cash flow sweeps and hold-backs. The tenant continued to operate from this location in a reduced capacity throughout Covid. The 10-year term is fixed at 3.625% and amortizes over 25 years. The net-lease was underwritten to preclude any tax or insurance impounds while this tenant is in occupancy.

    Rate: 3.625% fixed
    Term: 10 Years
    Amortization: 25 Years
    LTV: 70%
    DCR: 1.20
    Loan Fee: 1 Point
    Reserves: None
    Impounds: None
    Prepayment Penalty: None
    Recourse: Repayment Guarantee

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    $4,400,000 Permanent Refinance of Two Flex Buildings, Jacksonville, FL

    January 6, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully arranged a $4,400,000 refinance of two flex buildings, totaling 68,169 SF, in Jacksonville, FL. This was a permanent, recourse loan at 3.75%, fixed for the first 10 years with a rate reset at every 10 years thereafter. This is a fully amortizing 25-year loan. The two buildings are adjacent to each other and offer a mix of flex, office and retail space. Both buildings are currently 100% occupied with minimal impact of COVID-19 on its tenants. The Sponsor, a repeat client, acquired the Property just a month prior and engaged GSP to capitalize on the low interest rate environment.

    Rate: 3.75% Fixed; Adjusts every 10th year
    Term: 25 Years
    Amortization: 25 Years
    LTV: 66%
    Guaranty: Recourse

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    $8,000,000 Bridge Financing for Vacant Creative Office; Culver City

    December 9, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $8,000,000 in non-recourse financing for the refinance of a vacant office building in Culver City which had just completed an extensive renovation into creative office. The Sponsor purchased the two-story building over 15 years ago as an owner-user. He invested significant capital to improve the building and create a modern creative office property that would appeal to creative office users in the technology and media industries attracted to Culver City. Prior to the pandemic, the Sponsor was negotiating with multiple tenants to occupy the building. These potential tenants paused on negotiations and the Sponsor had to quickly refinance his construction loan with a new bridge loan to allow him more time to lease-up.

    GSP accomplished the Sponsor’s goal to refinance the existing loan with a facility that is pre-payable at any time. This facility allows the Sponsor to lease up the remaining vacant space and refinance with a long-term loan in the next 6-12 months and it also provides additional funds for tenant improvements. GSP was able to identify a local lending source that not only understood the market and demand for office space in Culver City but also understood the overall value of the Property.

    Rate: 5.90% fixed
    Term: 12 months
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Prepayment: Open
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    Cash-Out Bridge Loan for Medical Office Building, Laguna Niguel, CA

    November 25, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners secured a senior bridge loan for a 21,303 square foot office building in Laguna Niguel, CA. The Subject Property was unencumbered; hence the entire loan was comprised of cash-out proceeds which the Borrower is utilizing for a separate project they are developing. The loan represents approximately 60% of the original purchase price and was structured with a 1-year initial term with interest only payments. The loan allows for open prepayment and carries two 6-month extension options.

    The loan was collateralized by a recently renovated 21,303 square foot office building. The building had recently upgraded the facade, landscaping, parking lot, entrance, lobby, bathrooms, HVAC and other interior finishes. A new roof and solar system had also been installed. The building was 47% occupied at loan funding. The first-floor single tenant had vacated at lease expiration several months prior leaving limited debt service coverage and unusually high vacancy compounded by other COVID related issues.

    GSP selected a lender that was able to move incredibly quick to accommodate the Borrower’s development timeline. The Lender’s credit department approved the loan one-week post submission and did not require an appraisal to close. The Lender underwrote to the stabilized asset value, closed with no debt service reserve and no personal recourse.

    Rate: 5.90%
    Term: 12 months
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Loan Fee: 1.0%
    Prepayment: Open
    Options: Two 6-Month Extensions; 0.50% Fee
    Personal Guaranty: None

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    $1,500,000 Non-Recourse Rate & Term Office Refinance; Southern California

    September 16, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners placed the non-recourse refinance of a Southern California single-tenant office and instruction center owned and operated by a 501c3 approved charity. This office is configured for classroom training, instruction and traditional administrative office use. Deemed an essential business, operations were never delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the ownership structure, there is no recourse or carve-out guarantees beyond the charity entity. The cash neutral loan financed all closing costs and reduced the Borrowers’ mortgage constant by 190 basis points for significantly improved cash flow.

    Rate: 2.77% Fixed
    Term: Seven Years
    Amortization: 30 Years
    LTV: 60%
    Recourse: Entity Level Only inclusive of Carve-Outs
    Loan Fee: 25 Basis Points

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    Abbot Kinney Co-Working Creative Office Conversion Bridge-to-Permanent Financing; Venice, CA

    April 15, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners placed bridge to permanent financing for the creative office conversion of a co-working space on Abbot Kinney in Venice, California. GSP sourced a lender comfortable with the trophy project’s high basis per square foot and co-working business model. The Project is slated to be the only co-working option on Abbot Kinney, one of the most coveted retail thorofares in Los Angeles. The 4.75% fixed interest rate was locked at application and featured 24 months of interest only followed by 25-year amortization for the remaining 5-year term. The loan was recourse to an entity, as no warm body was available and carries no prepayment penalty.

    Rate: 4.75% fixed (locked at application)
    Term: 7 Years
    Amortization: Interest only for 24 Months; 25-year amortization thereafter
    Yield Maintenance: None
    Recourse: Entity-level only