June 10, 2020
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.
$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
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.
April 15, 2020
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
- Advisors: Zachary Streit
April 1, 2020
George Smith Partners secured $4,517,000 for the acquisition of a multi-tenant, retail center in Villa Park, Illinois. The non-recourse permanent loan is fixed at 3.75% for ten years with full-term interest only and a defeasance prepayment penalty structure.
One of the tenants was a newly opened gym franchise with no historical sales information for this center. Also, during the loan process, the Seller was finalizing a subdivision of the parking lot which required multiple levels of municipality approvals.
GSP identified a capital source who understood the strength of the asset, the experience of the Sponsor and its desirable suburb location, which is 20 miles outside of Downtown Chicago. The Capital Provider worked through the timing of the issuance of the subdivision approval and was able to close as soon as the approval was finalized. The efficiency of our Capital Provider allowed the Sponsor to be able to rate lock and close as soon as the approval was stamped, taking advantage of the low interest rate environment.
March 11, 2020
George Smith Partners placed $4,300,000 in non-recourse permanent financing for a trophy property in West Hollywood, CA. Bank execution, a non-recourse structure and a sub 4% all-in coupon were all requirements, which eliminated most lenders. However, GSP sourced a bank lender willing to offer a non-recourse structure and a 3.92% fixed interest rate. The 5 year loan carries a step-down prepayment penalty and amortizes over 30 years.
Rate: 3.92% Fixed
Term: 5 Years
Amortization: 30 Years
Prepayment Penalty: Stepdown
Guaranty: Non Recourse
- Advisors: Zachary Streit
November 20, 2019
George Smith Partners successfully arranged a cash-out permanent refinance of a 7-unit multifamily property in North Hollywood, California. Loan proceeds were used to pay off the existing variable, higher interest rate loan and allow the Sponsor to obtain a lower interest, fixed rate loan. The equity also allowed the Sponsor to complete upgrades to the Property including roofing, flooring and various other deferred maintenance. GSP targeted a capital provider who is active in the multifamily segment and could maximize loan proceeds for the Sponsor in order to finish the Property upgrades.
Term: 7 Years Fixed, 30 Year Term
Amortization: 30 Years
Prepayment Penalty: 3, 2, 2, 1, 1 with nothing after the 5th year
Lender Fee: None
- Advisors: Reuven Risch
$8,350,000 in Non-Recourse Permanent Bank (non CMBS) Financing for a Medical Office with 86% Occupancy, 3.88% Fixed Rate; Tampa, FL
November 20, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $8,350,000 in non-recourse permanent bank financing for a 44,000 square foot medical office property in Tampa, Florida. Although the Property was only 86% leased at closing, the Sponsor required non-recourse, permanent financing from a portfolio lender and was not open to a CMBS execution. For tax purposes, the Sponsor also required a lender that would not require a new single purpose borrowing entity. After an extensive marketing effort, GSP sourced a bank lender that specializes in financing healthcare related properties. Sized to 65% of value, the 7-year execution carries a fixed rate of 3.88% as a result of a SWAP executed by the bank at application at no additional cost to the Sponsor. In addition to being non-recourse, the loan structure offers two years of interest only followed by a 30 year amortization (as opposed to a 25 year amortization, which is more common for a commercial, non-multifamily property). The loan carries no prepayment penalty apart from SWAP breakage.
October 30, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged permanent financing for the acquisition of a master leased, multifamily property in San Diego, California. The complex is on a month-to-month master lease with a non-profit program that provides treatment and rehabilitation support to individuals and families facing substance abuse and behavioral health challenges. The Sponsor was in favor of this program and liked that it was promoting independent living and mental wellness. The Sponsor decided she wanted to keep the master lease in place instead of terminating it and turning the multifamily property into a traditional apartment building.
The Sponsor was in application with their relationship lender for over 6 weeks before finding out that they denied the loan. The Sponsor approached GSP immediately as their money had already gone hard and the Seller was growing impatient. In addition, the Seller had already identified the upleg of a 1031 Exchange and informed their agent to relist the Property and start fresh with a new buyer.
GSP worked quickly to source a lender that allowed the Sponsor to keep the month-to-month master lease in place. GSP collaborated with the listing agent and buyer’s agent on getting an extension that everyone felt comfortable with. GSP closed the loan within the submitted time constraints.
Term: 5 Years Fixed, 15 Year Term
Amortization: 30 Years
Prepayment Penalty: 4,3,2,1
Lender Points: None
- Advisors: Reuven Risch
October 23, 2019
George Smith Partners successfully secured a $4,100,000 non-recourse permanent refinance of a 14-unit, multifamily property in West Los Angeles. Loan proceeds were used to pay off the existing variable, higher interest rate bridge loan into a lower interest, fixed rate loan. There was significant cash-out to the Sponsor, who had recently completed an extensive reposition and upgrade of the Property. Due to the Sponsor’s business plan, flexibility and interest only were paramount. As such, GSP worked with the Lender to structure a 5-year fixed rate term with 3 years interest only and a step-down prepayment structure of 3%, 2%, 1%. This structure allows the Sponsor to maximize current cash flow while providing the flexibility of a step-down structure that burns off when the loan begins to amortize.
Term: 30 years; 5 years fixed then converts to floating rate at Libor + 2.25%
Amortization: 3 Years Interest Only then 30 year amortization
Minimum DSCR: 1.20x
Prepayment: Stepdown, 3%, 2%, 1%, open
October 16, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $7,800,000 for the cash-out, refinance of a newly renovated, class B, 246-unit multifamily building located in Indianapolis. The structure allowed the Sponsor to pull out over $2,000,000 in cash and leave in place an affordable grant loan that was awarded to the Property for maintaining a certain number of affordable units.
The Sponsor is a regional multifamily owner who has a strong relationship with an international bank. The in-place loan was originated by the Sponsor’s relationship bank. There were only three months of results after renovations. Due to the lack of results, the current Lender’s proposed offer to refinance the Property did not give the Sponsor credit for the upgrades and increased rents. It also would have required the payoff of an attractive loan from the City.
GSP identified a national balance sheet lender that understood the strength of the asset, improvements and experience of the Sponsor. Using our vast experience in understanding this type of asset and proving out the large future increases in cash flow, GSP was able to secure financing that was far superior and allowed for cash-out to the Sponsor. The financing also allowed for the affordable grant loan to remain in place. GSP was able to negotiate no lender fees or prepayment. The loan GSP secured allowed for higher proceeds, cash out, longer term, and an overall lower cost.
Low Debt Yield, 3.77% Coupon Permanent Financing for the Acquisition of a Recently Developed Grocery-Anchored Retail Center; FL
September 25, 2019
George Smith Partners successfully placed $14,690,000 in non-recourse, ten-year fixed rate first mortgage debt for the acquisition of an approximately 54,000 square foot, 96% occupied, recently developed retail center in Western Florida. An investment-grade grocery anchor on a newly signed long-term lease comprises approximately 75% of the collateral. The anchor has no sales history at the Property and is not required to report sales going forward. GSP sourced a lender to provide full term non-recourse Interest-Only financing subject to a low 7.35% debt yield. The 65% leverage loan has a 3.77% fixed coupon over the ten-year term.
75% Leverage, 3.75% Coupon Non-Recourse Permanent Financing for a Neighborhood Retail Center; Western United States
September 18, 2019
George Smith Partners successfully placed a $5,740,000 non-recourse, ten-year fixed rate loan on an 89% leased, multi-tenant retail property, shadow-anchored by Savers and Big Lots. GSP worked with the Sponsor to overcome several environmental issues with the Property. GSP sourced a lender able to achieve 75% leverage, non-recourse financing and structure around the environmental issues. The loan was sized to the greater of an 9.75% debt yield or 1.40x debt service coverage ratio on the 3.75% fixed rate coupon.
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