Full Term Interest-Only Non-Recourse Permanent Financing on a Newly Redeveloped Multi-Tenant Retail Property; Utah
February 12, 2020
GSP successfully placed $4,000,000 of non-recourse, ten-year fixed-rate first mortgage debt collateralized by a 48,000 square foot retail box newly demised into four tenant suites. The improvements are 100% leased to two gym users, a restaurant, and an auto parts store. GSP sourced a lender comfortable with providing a full-term Interest-Only loan on the collateral despite both gym tenants, which represent 64% of income and 62% of building square footage in the aggregate, having newly signed leases and therefore no sales history at the Property. Additionally, GSP worked with the Lender to close the loan prior to the smaller gym tenant (11% of income and 14% of building square footage) completing its buildout and opening for business. Loan proceeds were subject to an 8.75% debt yield and the Interest-Only loan has a fixed coupon of 3.94% for the ten-year term.
January 15, 2020
George Smith Partners secured a $3,500,000 of non-recourse bank loan to refinance a 21,000 SF shopping center shadow-anchored by a Lowe’s (NAP). The 100% occupied center consists of 4 buildings, 7 tenants, and is located in Oxnard. Tenants are a strong mix of national and regional tenants and includes one longtime local business. GSP worked with a lender that structured the loan term to be coterminous with the loan term of the Lowe’s. This allows the sponsor to have maximum optionality at loan maturity. The new financing lowered the interest rate from 5.10% to 3.28%. The fixed-rate loan was rate locked shortly after application, allowing plenty of time to collect SNDAs and Estoppels. The loan allows sponsor to pay down the balance by 5% in any given year without penalty and features a step-down prepayment.
January 15, 2020
George Smith Partners successfully secured a $5,000,000 permanent refinance of a three-building, 8-unit, 20,000 square foot automotive service retail center on a 2-acre parcel in Valencia, CA. The Sponsor had purchased the Property in an all cash transaction in 2019 via 1031 Exchange and wished to recapitalize with a long-term fixed rate loan. GSP leveraged its expertise and strong relationship with a capital provider to execute a low fixed-rate, 30-year fully amortized, partial-recourse, permanent loan. Most importantly, there were no-post closing covenants, including occupancy, which was especially attractive to the Sponsor due to the shorter terms and automotive/specialty related tenancy. GSP was able to get the Capital Provider comfortable with the asset due to its strategic location in the heart of the auto-dealerships corridor, which makes this location quite attractive to businesses in the auto service space.
$51,750,000 Senior Construction Financing & $16,200,000 Mezzanine Debt Placement for the Development of a Grocery Anchored Shopping Center; Kona, Hawaii
January 15, 2020
George Smith Partners advised on the placement of $51,750,000 and $16,200,000 Senior Debt and Mezzanine debt respectively for the ground-up development of an institutional quality 204,275 SF outdoor shopping center that will be located along Kuakini Highway, one of the island’s most trafficked thoroughfares. The Property, which sits on a rare fee-simple 20-acre site, will provide patrons with easy access to both Henry Street and Palani Road and over 700 parking spaces (representing a parking ratio of 4:1,000 SF).
Although the Sponsors who partnered with a major life company, had extensive prior career experience in the field of commercial real estate development, the Project represented the Sponsor’s largest development to date. The development of the Project had already commenced adding another layer of complexity to the transaction.
GSP focused on the lack of new retail development on Kona and specifically the anchor tenant’s commitment to relocate their store from an adjacent shopping center (less than 0.50 miles). In addition, GSP was able to convey to capital sources the immense value of the fee simple ownership of the site – a rare occurrence in Hawaii where most land is leased from the State. Ultimately GSP was able to identify two lenders who not only understood the value of the fee simple ownership of the site but also understood the lack of new retail space and the subsequent demand.
November 13, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $7,200,000 to refinance a 15-tenant retail center in Vista, CA. The Property, which was purchased by the Sponsor in 2016, was 30% occupied at acquisition. The Sponsor spent the last 3 years repositioning the center and leasing the vacant space to a diverse tenant mix of local businesses. The center is now 100% occupied and is anchored by a local grocer and a national bank. With the original business plan completed, there was a question of whether to sell or hold the asset.
GSP arranged 10-years of permanent financing that allowed the Sponsor to return a sizable portion of the initial equity investment back to investors. The loan is also interest-only for the entirety of the term, maximizing ongoing cash flow. Sized to 62.5% LTV, the non-recourse financing carries a fixed interest rate of 3.65%. The multiple benefits that the loan provides allowed the Sponsor to forgo the option of a sale.
November 6, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $9,050,000 for the non-recourse, cash-out refinance of two unanchored, multi-tenant retail centers in Columbus, Ohio. The two properties were cross-collateralized allowing the Borrower to benefit from securing a higher leverage loan. The permanent loan is fixed at 4.25% for ten years with 12 months of interest only and a defeasance prepayment penalty structure.
One of the retail centers had a tenant whose parent company was in bankruptcy proceedings and vacated their space during our loan process. The other retail center, which is newly developed, was in the process of lease up and had a few tenants not yet in occupancy prior to loan closing. The market had very few comparables to support our underwritten value of the Subject Property.
GSP identified a capital source that understood the strength of the asset, location and the experience of the Sponsor. Based on these strengths and additional market support provided, the Lender was able to offer a cross-collateralized structure, which maximized proceeds at 73% LTV with 12 months of interest only payments. The Capital Provider was also able to fund the loan with a few tenants not in occupancy. This allowed the Sponsor to take advantage of today’s low interest rate environment and eliminate interest rate risk.
October 23, 2019
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $13,155,000 in non-recourse bridge financing for a 20,000 sf shopping center in Orange County, CA. The Sponsor has invested over $10,000,000 in renovating the Property and it now it is currently 91% occupied.
The Subject Shopping Center has undergone significant reposition in tenant makeup and revenue. As of the date of funding the Center was 91% leased, but several of the tenants were in the process of building out their TIs and had not moved into the Property. Banks, insurance companies, CMBS lenders and credit unions requested more seasoning from our Sponsor. Debt funds and hard money lenders did not want to provide enough proceeds. The financing was too early for a perm lender who would want to see the seasoned cash-flow, and too late for most bridge lenders who would want to fund the actual construction and renovation without releasing cash out to the Sponsor.
The Sponsor had many goals which included the reposition of the center, the sale of the center, and financing that allowed the Sponsor to pull cash out to sustain him during the sale process allowing him to receive back some of the value added to the Property. GSP was able to provide a solution for the Sponsor with a Midwest-based debt fund that allowed cash out for working capital of over $3,000,000 in less than 15 days. With GSP’s help, the Lender understood the ultimate value of the Property, was able to get comfortable with the large cash-out and give the Sponsor what they needed to complete the final stages of their plan and sell the Property.
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.
August 21, 2019
George Smith Partners secured a $10,200,000 cash-out refinance of a 1920s-mixed-use brick building located in Los Angeles. In a growing movement to gentrify the area, this Property features both ground floor retail, and multifamily living. The cash-out refinance allowed our Sponsor to recapture the investment they made in upgrading and repositioning the Property. It is challenging for lenders to finance historic brick buildings and they have trouble getting their arms around mixed-use properties because of the potential risk they pose. GSP offered comfort to the Capital Provider by showing the significant improvements the Sponsor made to the Property, quantifying how retail will enhance the Property value as well as the benefits of being fully leased.
August 14, 2019
George Smith Partners successfully placed $6,750,000 of non-recourse, ten-year fixed-rate first mortgage debt collateralized by a 3.36-acre parcel partially encumbered by a ground lease and improved with a 43,500 square foot retail box formerly occupied by a grocery store. The improvements are newly demised into two spaces 100% leased to a national crafts retailer and regional clothing store, and the collateral also includes two small pads ground leased to a local coffee shop and ice cream parlor. GSP sourced a lender comfortable with providing a 75% leverage permanent loan despite the absence of tenant sales history. Additionally, the Sponsor executed the ice cream parlor ground lease during financing diligence, and GSP worked with the Lender to increase loan proceeds (subject to a lender holdback until tenant opens for business) commensurate with the income attributable to this new lease even though the tenant had not yet built its premises at the time of loan closing.
August 7, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged a $19,900,000 CMBS acquisition loan for the purchase of the Burbank Collection, a 39,000SF retail condominium located in Burbank, CA. The Burbank Collection houses well-known food concepts such as Yard House, Panera Bread, Pinkberry, and Boiling Crab along with Barney’s Beanery and Steak ‘N Shake. The Class-A ground floor retail space underlies 118 residential condominium units, is situated on a pedestrian promenade and is shadow-anchored by the AMC Burbank 16 movie theater, one of the highest grossing AMC theaters in the country.
GSP’s extensive lender relationships allowed for the marketing of this financing to many different banks and life insurance companies as well as CMBS lenders. The most challenging hurdle at the outset with each lender was to make them comfortable with the condominium structure. Prior to the signing of the lender’s loan application, GSP requested that the Lender’s legal counsel engage in a full review of condominium documents to ensure that the Lender would be comfortable with the intricacies of condominium ownership.
After the loan was in application the 10-Year Treasury and Swap indices dropped approximately 40 bps below the rate floor set in the loan application. GSP’s long-term relationship and track record with the Lender gave GSP the negotiating leverage to convince themto drop the rate floor. This effectively split the benefit of the rate decrease with our Sponsor.
GSP obtained maximum proceeds as the loan was sized to 76.5% of purchase price and 75% of value. The all-in interest rate was priced at 157 bps over 10 Yr Swaps and includes three years of interest-only payments.
LTPP (Loan-to-Purchase Price): 76.5%
Term: 10 Years
Amortization: 30 Years
Interest-Only: 3 Years
Lender Fee: Par
Open Prepayment: Last 6 Months
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