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    $16,100,000 Cash-Out Permanent Financing for a Theater Anchored Shopping Center; Dardenne Prairie, MO

    November 29, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged the cash-out permanent refinance of a 153,726 SF grocery-anchored retail community center in Dardenne Prairie, MO, about 30 miles west of St. Louis. The Subject Property is anchored by Schnucks and Marcus Theater and is also shadow anchored by Target, which is under separate ownership. The loan is sized to 62% LTV, fixed for 5 years with 20 years amortization.

    The Sponsor approached GSP to arrange a non-CMBS loan resulting in $4,000,000 cash-out. The proceeds were used to buy-out his partners and lower the debt service from their previous loan. The theater component, along with a decreased appetite for retail lending due to market conditions made it difficult for capital providers to get comfortable with the asset type and cash-out. GSP identified a lender who was willing to provide a higher loan to value and competitive terms that maximize the Sponsor’s cash-out.

    Rate: 3.95%
    Term: 5 year fixed rate
    Amortization: 20 Years
    Loan to Value: 62%
    Prepayment: 2,1,0
    Guaranty: Full Recourse

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    $3,500,000 10-Year Full Term Interest-Only Permanent Financing, 40,000 SF Industrial Business Park; Murrieta, CA

    November 3, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners secured $3,500,000 in non-recourse debt to refinance a Southern California industrial business park. The Property is a 40,000 square foot, 100% occupied, industrial/flex building, majority occupied by automotive tenants. The financing takes out the existing debt, distributes capital for a significant roof repair, and redistributes equity to the Sponsor. The loan was underwritten to 60% LTV. The 10-year full term interest structure maximizes cash flow for the Sponsor. The fixed-rate loan priced at 1.80% over the 10-year SWAP.

    Rate: 3.42% (1.80% over the 10 Year SWAP)
    Term: 10 Years
    Amortization: Full-term Interest-Only
    Loan to Value: 60%
    Guaranty: Non-recourse
    Lender Fee: Par
    Prepayment: Defeasance

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    $3,000,000 Bridge to Permanent 5-year Loan for a Vacant Single Story 50,000 SF Warehouse; Western States

    August 4, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully placed a $3,000,000 bridge to permanent loan to fund the purchase, tenant improvements, leasing commissions and carry (real estate taxes, insurance, and debt service) for a vacant 50,000 SF single-story warehouse. The deal presented a couple challenges; the Sponsor had credit issues and the building was 100% vacant. The strong sponsorship experience, low vacancy in the market and the building’s high-level of quality ameliorated these issues. Lastly, the transaction had to be completed within the tight time constraints of a 1031 exchange.

    Rate: 4.25% During Construction, Five-year Treasury + 3.25% During Term
    Term: 5 Years
    Amortization: 25 Year
    Prepayment: Term Period: 3%,2%,1%,0%

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    $5,350,000 Cash-Out Refinance for Owner-User Office Property; Downtown Riverside, CA

    July 7, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged $5,350,000 in cash-out permanent financing for an owner-user office building located in Downtown Riverside, CA. The Sponsor approached GSP to help assist with the refinance of the Property to help relocate their company headquarters from the east coast. The Sponsor was on a strict deadline with their existing lender, only having 60 days to refinance before the current loan maturity. At the time of the refinance process, the Sponsor was close to completing exterior and interior renovations, including common area upgrades. GSP had to quickly identity a lender who could deliver certainty of execution on short notice, while delivering competitive terms. GSP was able to provide the Sponsor with a 25-year term, and the first 5 years being fixed at a low rate of 4%. The first 12 months are interest only, before converting to 25-year amortization thereafter. There is additional flexibility within the loan structure because there is no prepayment penalty. The cash-out loan allows the Sponsor to use more equity towards continuing to grow their business. Thanks to our long-standing relationship with the Lender, GSP was able to meet the Sponsors deadline and close this transaction within 60 days.

    Rate: 4% fixed for 5 Years
    Term: 25 Years, First 12 Months Interest Only
    Min DSCR: 1.25x
    Prepayment: No prepayment penalty

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    Perm Debt – 1.20x DSCR & 3-Years Interest Only – Stabilized Multifamily, Los Angeles, CA

    April 7, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners secured senior permanent financing for a stabilized multifamily property located in the Pico Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The non-recourse debt was utilized to complete the acquisition of the multifamily asset. The loan was structured with a 5-year term and interest only payments for the initial 3-years followed by a 30-year amortization schedule. The loan was collateralized by a Class B, three story, 16-Unit multifamily property. The Subject was 100% leased at closing but only 78% physically occupied.

    GSP selected a bank lender that was able to underwrite the income from three newly executed leases with no seasoning. The Lender funded the full proceeds with signed leases and rent checks although the tenants had yet to take possession. The Lender executed on excellent terms while closing on a firm acquisition deadline of 45 days. At application, the Lender offered an early rate lock to remove any pricing risk. GSP worked with the Lender to navigate the appraisal assumptions surrounding concessions and market rent stemming from various COVID risks while maximizing proceeds.

    Rate: 3.40%
    Term: 5 years
    Max LTV: 65%
    Min DCR: 1.20x
    Amortization: 3-Years Interest Only, 30-Year Schedule thereafter.
    Origination Fee: Par
    Prepayment: 3, 1, 1, 1
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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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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    Perm Debt – 10-Years Interest Only – Stabilized Multifamily; Los Angeles, CA

    March 24, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners secured senior permanent financing for a stabilized multifamily property in Los Angeles, CA. The non-recourse debt totaling $12,300,000 was utilized to refinance existing debt and return equity to the Ownership. The loan was structured with a 10-year term and interest only payments for the full duration. The loan was collateralized by a Class-A 34-Unit multifamily building, the Subject was 94% leased at closing and located in a highly desirable West Los Angeles neighborhood.

    GSP selected a lender that was able to refinance the Sponsor’s existing debt, cover prepayment penalties and return a significant amount of equity to the Borrower, while simultaneously locking in interest only payments for the next ten years at a very desirable rate. GSP worked with the Lender to minimize debt service reserves while addressing Lender concerns for potential COVID related shortfalls; cash-out proceeds were secured on the loan despite several COVID related delinquencies.

    Rate: 3.43%
    Term: 10 years
    Max LTV: 65%
    Min DCR: 1.35x
    Amortization: None; 10-Years Interest Only
    Origination Fee: Par
    Prepayment: Yield Maintenance

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    2.97% Fixed Rate for 75% LTV Refinance of Apartment Complex; Oregon City, OR

    February 17, 2021

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully obtained $6,487,000 of permanent debt for the refinance of a 43-unit apartment complex in Oregon City, OR. The unique property has a very low density for the area, appealing to residents who are looking for a less condensed living environment. The financing was secured after the Sponsor’s acquisition and renovation plan was implemented. The senior loan was able to provide the Sponsor with cash out above the original basis to return to investors. The 10-year loan is fixed at 2.97%. The financing, which is sized to 75% of appraised value, is non-recourse and carries 5 years of interest only.

    Rate: 2.97% Fixed
    Term: 10 Years
    Amortization: 30 Years
    Interest Only: 5 Years
    LTV: 75%
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $8,152,500 Conversion to Co-Living, 68% LTC, Heavy-Lift Bridge-to Perm Loan; San Francisco, CA

    November 11, 2020

    Transaction Description:
    George Smith Partners placed the $8,152,500 bridge-to-mini perm loan for the conversion of an existing 12-unit multi-family community into a 17-unit 44-bed co-living community. The 68% LTC bridge loan converts to a 5-year mini-perm loan fixed at CMT + 2.5% with a 3.75% floor.

    The Project came to GSP half-way through construction and was being funded by a lender that had filed bankruptcy with proceeds that were insufficient to complete the new business plan. GSP put the loan under application pre-COVID with a new business plan that included (as a condition in closing) approvals for a 4th floor penthouse/useable roof top level. While in application, the construction and the penthouse level approval process came to a halt due to COVID causing stress on both the existing loan (nearing maturity) as well as the new loan underwriting. The challenges associated with co-living as a new asset class resulted in additional scrutinization from the new lender as well as the appraisal which had a negative impact on value. GSP was able to resolve the valuation issues by successfully arguing the merits of the Project as well as successfully negotiating a waiver of the exit fee on the previous loan which resulted in zero impact to the loan proceeds and the Borrower’s out of pocket cash required at closing.

    Construction Loan:

    Rate: Prime plus 1% with 5% floor
    Term: 18 Months
    LTC: 68%
    LTV: 65%

    Mini-perm Loan:

    Rate: CMT + 2.25% with 3.75% floor
    Term: 5 Years
    Amortization: 30 years
    Prepayment: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 open

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    $4,700,000 Refinance with Cash-Out for Single-Tenant Manufacturing Industrial; El Cajon, CA

    November 4, 2020

    Transaction Description:
    George Smith Partners placed a $4,700,000 refinance loan with cash-out for a single-tenant industrial property in El Cajon, San Diego County. This highly specialized facility is one of only two locations in the US that is approved to manufacture key components and assemblies for military and commercial aircraft currently in service.

    The Sponsor acquired the Property in 2018 with a bridge acquisition loan. In March 2020, GSP was engaged to refinance the maturing bridge loan with permanent financing including cash-out proceeds. However, the California “stay-at-home” order was issued soon thereafter resulting in a challenging lending market for the Property.

    GSP helped the lenders become comfortable by focusing on the low leverage, the strength of the Sponsor and the Tenant, and the fact that the Property continued to operate at full capacity without interruption due to be a critical Department of Defense supplier. In addition, the Tenant recently exercised its third extension option to the existing lease with an increased cash flow closer to market rents, thereby continuing its long-term commitment to the Facility.

    While holdback reserves are increasingly common in the current environment, GSP negotiated to have reserve payments deferred until the fourth year of the loan and on a monthly schedule instead of the typical lump sum holdback at closing.

    Rate: 4.65%
    Term: 7 Years
    LTV: 51%
    DSCR: 1.30x
    Prepayment: None

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    $6,790,000 Permanent Cash Out Financings for Walgreens and Jack in the Box; Murrieta, CA

    June 10, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners arranged two loans totaling $6,790,000 in permanent financing with over $1,500,000 cash out for a freestanding Walgreens and Jack in the Box located in Antelope Square Shopping Center in Murrieta, California. Both loans are fixed for 5 years at 2.87%, which is one of the lowest fixed rate financings ever closed by GSP. Just as GSP went into application the impacts of Covid-19 resulted in Jack in the Box ceasing rent payments and many capital providers putting a pause on new deals. GSP was able to negotiate a high leverage, cash out refinance with no warm body for carve-outs. The Sponsor also agreed to hold back principal and interest reserves on the Jack in the Box.

    Rate: 2.87% Fixed
    Term: 5 Years
    Amortization: 30 Years
    Combined LTV: 65%
    Prepayment: 3,2,2,1,0
    Guaranty: Carve-outs to entity, no warm body

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    $12,933,000 Permanent Loan to Refinance Existing Construction Debt for a Recently Completed 21-Unit Multifamily Property; 65% LTV; 2.92% Fixed, 1.35 DSCR; Los Angeles, CA

    April 22, 2020

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners secured $12,933,000 in proceeds for a recently stabilized 21-unit multifamily building located in the Pico Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The non-recourse, par, permanent Fannie Mae loan was utilized to refinance the existing bank construction debt in the amount of ~$9.45M and return equity to the ownership. The loan represented 88% of cost and carries a 10-year term with 10-years of interest only payments. The loan is secured by a Class A five-story mid-rise multifamily building comprised of four 2-bedroom units and seventeen 3-bedroom units. Amenities at the Subject Property include controlled access entry and parking, an elevator, rooftop deck, and private balconies. The loan was placed into application prior to major Covid-19 concerns thus no index floor was contemplated. GSP worked with the Lender to underwrite revenue to a trailing one month of actual collections carefully navigating the waiver process so as not to trigger new business which would have resulted in an index significantly wider than the actual 10-year Treasury rate. Lastly, a six-month reserve for principal, interest, taxes, insurance, and reserves was held back at closing in the event of a shortfall, enabling the Lender to fund during the global pandemic. The reserve will be released within one year if the Subject Property maintains the minimum 1.35x DSCR for the same period.

    Rate: 2.92% Fixed
    Term: 10 Years
    Amortization: 10 Years Interest Only
    LTV: 56%
    DSCR: 1.35x
    Recourse: Non-Recourse
    Prepayment: Yield Maintenance
    Loan Fee: Par