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    $3,650,000 Permanent Financing for Office & Retail Property; Santa Barbara, CA

    July 5, 2023

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully closed a refinance of a mixed-use office and retail property in Santa Barbara with a life insurance company. Despite the current market hesitation towards office properties, GSP was able to secure 10-year, fixed-rate financing given the lower leverage. GSP identified a Lender that was comfortable with the office component due to the 30+ small office users and no significant rollover risk. The largest tenants are a restaurant and movie theater which have been in occupancy for over 20 years.

    Rate: 5.93%
    Term: 10 Years
    Amortization: 25 Years
    LTV: 24%
    Prepayment: Yield Maintenance
    Fee: None
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $4,500,000 Owner User Office/Industrial Refinance; Los Angeles, CA

    June 28, 2023

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully secured $4,500,000 to refinance a mixed-use office and industrial property in Los Angeles, CA. Our Sponsor had contacted one of his relationship banks to refinance his headquarters building. With the current crisis in lending, they were not able to provide a satisfactory refinance. The Sponsor then engaged GSP to secure financing. In reviewing the Sponsor’s financials, GSP identified significant growth and was able to secure a much larger cash-out refinance of the sponsor’s facility.

    Using our relationships and experience, GSP identified an international bank that was able to provide a more aggressive rate and larger proceeds than the other lenders in the market. In 35 days, GSP was able to close this cash-out refinance at a fixed rate of 5.61% for 5 years, with 12 months of interest-only payments.

    Rate: 5.61% Fixed
    Term: 5 Years
    Amortization: 25 Years
    Interest Only: 12 Months

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    $9,000,000 Bridge Financing for 100,000 SF Single Tenant Office; Inland Empire, CA

    March 2, 2023

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $9,000,000 in bridge financing to refinance a single-tenant office property in the Inland Empire. The Property has been nearly 100% leased to a county entity for 20 years, with lease renewals every 5-7 years. The Sponsor is leaving the unused space vacant in order to attract a single-tenant government lease buyer. GSP had arranged CMBS financing on the property in 2012 that came due in late 2022. Due to the timing in getting a new lease executed, the Sponsor asked for and received a short extension from the lender/servicer. GSP sourced a bridge lender that was poised to fund upon execution of the lease and estoppel. The loan paid off the existing loan and provided funds for tenant improvements mandated in the lease extension. It also gives the Sponsor maximum flexibility to sell or refinance over the next 2 years.

    Rate: 10.50% Fixed for Year 1, then Floating over SOFR for Year 2
    LTV: 65%
    Term: 10 Years
    Amortization: Interest Only
    Yield Maintenance: 6 Months Minimum Interest, then Open
    Origination Fee: 1%
    Prepayment: Open
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $15,000,000 SBA Acquisition Financing for an Office Property; Beverly Hills, CA

    February 21, 2023

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $15,000,000 in SBA owner-user acquisition financing for a multi-tenant office property located in Beverly Hills, CA. The Sponsor approached GSP for assistance in acquiring the building they had been occupying as a tenant for many years past. Instead of losing cash to rent, they decided to invest in ownership. The Sponsor had tried securing both conventional owner-user and SBA financing on their own before reaching out to GSP but was unsuccessful. This was primarily due to the state of the market with lenders having a pessimistic outlook on office, and the SBA eligibility requirements becoming increasingly more difficult to meet since the COVID pandemic.

    Upon getting the assignment, GSP quickly put together a concise and marketable package that would present well to both conventional lenders and the SBA. GSP used their expertise to source attractive terms for the Sponsor and structured a total loan facility equal to 88% of the purchase price, at a sub-5% blended rate.

    Additionally, GSP managed to lock the senior portion of the loan despite the volatile interest rate market and quickly worked toward SBA approval to lock the rate on the SBA portion before the next month’s rate hike.

    Securing high leverage and keeping the Sponsor’s equity investment low was crucial to ensure the Sponsor could keep the majority of their liquidity in hand for their operations and potential property renovations. Thanks to GSP, the Sponsor successfully purchased the building with financing terms that exceeded their expectations.

    Senior Loan: $10,000,000
    SBA: $5,000,000
    Rate: Senior Loan: 4.92%
    SBA: 4.87%
    Term: 25 Years
    LTPP: 88%
    Prepayment: 5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1

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    $39,400,000 Acquisition Financing for Five-Building Suburban Office Campus; Southern California

    November 16, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully placed two simultaneous loans to acquire a five-building office campus in Laguna Hills, California. The 84% occupied Property sits on a 16-acre site adjacent to a reservoir and contains ample parking (4:1000 square feet). The Properties were built in the late 1980s and completely renovated in 2016-2018. GSP structured the financings to fit the Sponsor’s business plan which involved separating the collateral into a two-building bridge loan and a three-building CMBS loan. These loans allow the Sponsor to place long-term, fixed-rate debt on the stable assets while keeping shorter-term debt on the more transitional buildings.

    Loan 1 (3 Buildings): $24,800,000 of non-recourse, seven-year fixed rate first mortgage CMBS debt for the acquisition of three of the office buildings (total 158,000 square feet) which are 84% leased. GSP sourced a lender able to provide seven-year, non-recourse financing and the ability to close with a complicated DST (Delaware Statutory Trust) equity structure in a tight timeframe. The loan was sized to a 9.00% debt yield, 59% LTV, or 1.60x debt service coverage ratio on the 5.93% fixed rate coupon. The Sponsor bought down the interest rate.

    Loan 2 (2 buildings) $14,600,000 of non-recourse, 75% LTV, bridge financing for the acquisition of the remaining two office buildings (total 66,000 square feet), which are 79% leased with upcoming tenant rollover. GSP identified a Lender that could provide 75% leverage and a flexible 24-month loan term with three 12-month extensions. The loan is priced at 5.95% + 1 Month Term SOFR and is non-recourse. GSP was able to identify a lending source that not only understood the market and demand for office space in the market.

    Unique Structure – Two Simultaneous Loan Closings on the Divided Collateral

    Loan Amount: $24,800,000
    Term: 7 Years
    Amortization: Full-Term Interest Only
    LTV: 59%
    DSCR: 1.60x
    Debt Yield: 9.0%
    Prepayment: Defeasance

    Loan Amount: $14,600,000
    Term: 24 Months, plus Three 12-month Extension Options
    Amortization: Interest Only
    LTV: 75%
    Prepayment: 12 Months Minimum Interest

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    $14,700,000 Refinance of 380,000 SF Office-Retail Property; Los Angeles, CA

    September 14, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners secured a $15,400,000 loan commitment for the refinance of a 381,754 square-foot, “Curacao” office and retail building located on the Olympic Boulevard business corridor: one-half mile west of L.A. Live and The Staples Center. To reduce excess proceeds from the refinance, the Sponsor elected to reduce the proceeds to fund only $14,700,000 of the committed amount.

    The building had been previously encumbered by a 10-year CMBS loan arranged by GSP. During the past year’s volatile interest rate environment, GSP worked closely with the Sponsor and Lender to provide a loan commitment with a five-month forward rate lock. The goal was to eliminate the Sponsor’s rate risk and enable the pre-payment of the CMBS loan, without paying defeasance, in the “open window” four months prior to its maturity. The 7-year loan was forward rate locked at a 5.04% fixed rate. Without the forward rate lock, the pricing would have been 75 – 100 bps higher.

    Several challenges were encountered when discussing the transaction with capital providers. While the property was over 93% occupied, 43% of the space was occupied by both office and retail affiliates of the Sponsor. The retail comprised 23% of the building’s gross leasable area and its location on the ground floor and basement levels made it a challenge for some capital providers concerned about owner/user and retail tenant concentration. However, by highlighting the long-term ownership, unique business strategy, and strong sponsorship, GSP was able to source a lender that was both comfortable and eager to be a part of the refinancing.

    Rate: 5.4% Fixed
    Term: 7 Years
    Interest-Only: 7 Years
    Amortization: 25 Years
    Prepayment Penalty: 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1, 0%
    LTV: 21%
    DCR: 1.20x
    Guaranty: Recourse

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    Bridge Financing for Office/Industrial Asset; Los Angeles, CA

    September 8, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $3,600,000 in bridge financing of a 30,000 SF office/industrial Property located in Downtown Los Angeles. When the Sponsor engaged GSP, the Sponsor was in the midst of repositioning the Asset from a multi-tenant investment property into a full owner-user use. Because the previous lender did not allow for the reposition, GSP quickly arranged a multi-phase refinance process.

    The first phase was to take out the existing Lender by securing a $3,600,000 non-recourse bridge loan in just 7 days to avoid a technical default with the previous lender. This bridge loan was secured at 6.50% interest only on a two-year term, and a 1.00% origination fee. In today’s market, bridge loans of this nature usually start at 8.00% -10.00% interest rates with more expensive origination fees, but GSP was able to leverage its relationships to secure a more affordable option for their client. The loan has no prepayment penalty or exit fee.

    The second phase of this financing that is set to close in 60-90 days will be a long-term SBA loan which will net the Borrower over $5,000,000 of cash-out at a below market rate with 3 years of interest only on a 10 year term. GSP was able to handle the Borrower’s financing needs smoothly and quickly, allowing the Borrower to focus on expanding their business and take over their asset as an owner-user.

    Rate: 6.50% Fixed, Interest Only
    Term: 24 Months
    LTV: 55%
    Prepayment: No Prepayment
    Closing Timeline: 7 Calendar Days

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    $22,900,000 Bridge Loan for the Refinance of a 35,000 SF Mixed-Use Office/Retail Property; Beverly Hills, CA

    August 3, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully advised on the placement of a $22,900,000 non-recourse bridge loan with cash out for the refinance of a 35,000 SF mixed use, office/retail building in the heart of Beverly Hills. Although boasting fully leased office spaces and an irreplaceable location in the famed Golden Triangle, the Property’s ground floor included some vacancy. Pandemic issues with return to office and street retail concerns were offset due to the Property’s incomparable location. At close, one lease was signed, another in negotiation, and numerous tenant tours were requested as the market recovered.

    The Sponsor required a loan to not only pay off existing debt and return equity, given the long-term ownership, but also to fund leasing commissions and tenant improvements. With strong sponsorship and a jewel box asset, GSP was able to source a lender that was willing to structure financing to complete the Sponsor’s business plan, funding leasing costs as well as providing both cash out at closing and an income earn out once the street facing retail was leased.

    Rate: 1-Month SOFR + 270
    Term: 7 Years
    Amortization: Interest-Only for the First 3 Years, Followed by 30-Year Amortization
    LTV: 60%
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $15,100,000 Refinance of a Mixed-Use Office and Fitness Anchored Retail Property; Los Angeles, CA

    June 1, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully placed the non-recourse rate and term refinance of a 112,000 square-foot, mixed-use office and fitness anchored retail center facing loan maturity. Although several tenants were mandated to close by State Regulators during COVID, Center occupancy was not significantly impacted. The sit-down restaurant remained open and adapted operations for take-out only. The restaurant has since expanded, leasing an additional suite, and now permanently offers take-out beyond their traditional dining room facilities.

    The maturing loan, SWAPed at inception, has 90 days remaining on their existing SWAP contract. GSP successfully negotiated that contract through the first three months of the new loan, saving the Sponsor over $30,000 in SWAP breakage costs. Priced at SOFR plus 225, the replacement debt is a three-year term with two, 1-year options to extend, and amortized over 30 years. A SOFR cap will be purchased effective upon the existing SWAP expiration, offering a hedge to higher future interest rates. The cap will only be for the initial first two years of the loan and then extended annually to maintain a lower cap cost.

    Rate: SOFR + 2.25%
    Term: 3 Years + Two, 1 Year Options
    Amortization: 30 Years
    Fee: 50 Basis Points
    Prepayment: 2, 1, 0%
    Hedge Protection: Cap Purchase
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $10,385,000 SBA 504 Acquisition Financing for Single-Tenant Creative Office; 85% LTC; Glendale, CA

    May 25, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged a SBA 504 financing for a recently renovated single-tenant, creative office building in Glendale, CA. The Property will become the new headquarters for the Sponsor’s company. GSP leveraged its long-standing relationships with an institutional SBA lender and a leading Certified Development Company (CDC) to structure and close at 85% LTC. Though the appraisal value came in below the initial purchase price, GSP offered additional market analysis and local area expertise that helped the Sponsor negotiate a reduced price of nearly half a million dollars.

    Bank 1st 
    TD Rate: 4.978% Fixed for 10 Years
    Term: 20 Years
    Amortization: 25 Years
    LTC: 50%

    SBA 2nd
    TD Term: 25 Years
    Amortization: 25 Years
    Combined LTC: 85%

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    $3,000,000 Non-Recourse Acquisition Loan for 20,000 SF Office/Retail Building; Sacramento, CA

    March 16, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully arranged $3,000,000 in acquisition financing for a 20,000 SF office/retail single story building in Sacramento. The Seller will occupy the Property paying no rent but will cover the operating expenses until the client provides 90 days’ notice to vacate. Centrally located in Midtown Sacramento, the Sponsor purchased the property for its land value, as they will entitle and assemble adjacent properties to be developed into a new ground-up multifamily project. Requiring a three-week closing timeline over the holiday season, George Smith Partners successfully sourced financing within the tight schedule.

    Rate: 6.40%
    Term: 18 months
    LTC: 60%
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $9,000,000 for the Refinancing of a 7,100 SF Office; Southern California & 28,500 SF Industrial Facility; Colorado

    January 5, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully secured $9,000,000 for the refinancing of two single-tenant assets in Southern California and Colorado. The Southern California industrial property had challenges due to the high dollar per square foot. The Colorado asset had challenges due to the tertiary location. In addition, the tenant for both properties had credit issues.
    Despite the risks associated, GSP was able to successfully navigate these hurdles. This execution is fixed at 4.25% for 5 years and was sized to 75%.

    Rate: SWAP + 3.00% (floor of 4.25%).
    Term: 10 Years
    LTV: 75%