Term: 10 Years, Fixed Rate
Amortization: Full Term I/O
George Smith Partners successfully arranged the early index and rate lock for Orsini II, a 566-unit, institutional quality multifamily property located in Downtown Los Angeles. Orsini II is a mid-rise, over podium apartment complex comprised of five stories built over a three-level parking garage, walking distance to central downtown Los Angeles.
In 2016, GSP secured a $115,200,000 floating rate loan on the Property. Even though there were over 8 years of remaining term, due to last summer’s rapidly rising long term mortgage rates, the Sponsor decided to refinance with 10-year fixed rate debt to hedge further interest rate risk.
Locking in low interest rates in a rising interest rate environment and harvesting appreciated equity for future development opportunities meant that the Sponsor would have to incur pre-payment penalties on this early refinance. Additionally, the existing loan was locked-out from repayment until April 2019 which required securing a forward index lock and a deferred closing.
While there was a 17 bps premium for the forward rate lock, GSP determined that the interest rate savings for a new 10-year loan would easily offset the early prepayment costs of the existing loan, as well as provide for the major cash out the Sponsor was seeking.
The $128,130,000, 55% LTV, fixed rate refinance funded in April 2019. The non-recourse, 10-year, interest only loan is fixed at 4.24%.
$6,000,000 Non-Recourse Refinance with Significant Cash-Out for 97-Unit Multifamily Property; Bellflower, CA
August 21, 2019
George Smith Partners successfully secured a $6,000,000 non-recourse permanent refinance of a 97-unit, 51,732 square foot multifamily property in Bellflower, CA. Loan proceeds were used to pay off the existing variable, higher interest rate loan into a lower interest, fixed rate loan. There was nearly $4,600,000 cash-out to the Sponsor, who had recently spent over $800,000 to complete full and partial remodeling of 62 units (64% of the total units). Thanks to GSP’s strong lender relationships, the Sponsor’s credentials and longevity of ownership, and extremely low leverage, GSP was able to source a lender that provided an additional $500,000 above the Sponsor’s initial funding ask, assumption rights in the event of a sale and no post-closing financial covenants for future successors.
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.
$67,250,000 of Non-Recourse High-Leverage Senior Construction Financing for the Ground Up Development of a 254-unit Multifamily Tower in Phoenix, AZ
July 17, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged $67,250,000 in non-recourse senior construction financing for the ground-up development of a market rate 254-unit, 17 story, multifamily tower in Phoenix, Arizona. The Property is in the Roosevelt arts district of downtown Phoenix near the Valley Metro Rail, Arizona State University graduate schools of journalism and law, as well as the University of Arizona Cancer Center. The Property will feature amenities such as a roof top pool overlooking the downtown skyline and beyond. Sized to 80% of total project cost, the interest only loan will strike a desired balance of debt to equity for the local developer. The Borrower was sensitive to standard bank underwriting decision making and asset management structures. GSP sourced non-recourse construction financing from a non-bank lender with a streamlined and flexible decision-making structure. The capital provider and their asset management team will act more like a partner than a lender from closing through development and payoff.
June 26, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged $8,000,000 in cash out financing for a multifamily property in Los Angeles. The Sponsors’ goal was to quickly purchase, renovate and lease the Property. Due to the competitive market for multifamily in Los Angeles, six months ago, GSP arranged an expensive, quick-close financing to allow our Sponsors to complete the purchase of the subject property faster than their competitors. GSP financed the property at 80% of purchase price with a private debt fund. Now, GSP has refinanced the Property allowing the Sponsor to recover the capital invested in renovation and tenant buy-outs. This financing now reduces the cost of capital and allows the Sponsor to receive cash out to cover all capital expenditures. Most lenders would have required additional seasoning or limited the cash out. Through utilizing GSP’s relationships and the competition GSP created in the market, the Lender was willing to provide the requested capital.
$18,600,000 Bridge Financing for Purchase of 112 Unit Multifamily Property; 80% LTC; LIBOR+2.55%; 4+1 Term; Seattle, WA
June 26, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $18,600,000 in proceeds for the purchase of a 112-unit multifamily property located in the Seattle metro area. The fully funded loan represents 80% of the project capitalization. The loan provides $15,400,000 at close, with an additional $3,200,000 in future funding for capital expenditures. When discussing the transaction with bridge lenders, GSP found that most capital sources offered a 3+1+1 term with in/out fees of 1%/0.5%. The selected lender provided a unique program featuring a 4+1 term, 1% origination fee, and 0% exit fee. Instead of using boilerplate loan docs, the lender began with pre-negotiated docs from a previous transaction with a similar borrower. This helped to greatly reduce legal fees for the Sponsor. Although the going-in debt yield was about 3%, the Lender did not stipulate a minimum at closing. Rather, GSP structured an Interest Reserve since it was below a 1.0 DCR going in. While all lenders required a cash management account, the selected lender did not have a debt coverage ratio test until the 25th month after closing. The loan closed in just 40 days from the signed application.
Acquisition Bridge Loan, 73% Loan to Cost for a 13 Unit Multifamily Property in South Los Angeles, CA
June 12, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged acquisition bridge financing for a value-add multifamily property in the Westmont Neighborhood of South Los Angeles, California. The 13 unit, 1950’s vintage Property had significant deferred maintenance and below market rents. The Sponsor’s business plan was to reposition the Property and release the units at market rents. Sized to 73% of total project cost, the financing includes 100% of future funding for a full gut renovation of unit interiors and an exterior upgrade.
The two year bridge loan is interest only and floats at Prime plus 0.5% (6.00% today) with no prepayment penalty. Interest is not charged on the holdback until funds are drawn. The Lender only required a recourse obligation from the general partner who represented 10% of the equity, even though there were limited partners representing over 25% of the equity. The lender fee was negotiated down to 0.5%.
Rate: Prime + 0.5%
LTC: 70% / 65%, including 100% of future funding
Term: 2 Years
Amortization: Interest Only
Prepayment Penalty: None
Recourse: Full Recourse
Lender Fee: 0.5%
- Advisors: Zachary Streit