Rate: 5-year Treasury + 2.05% (all-in rate 3.5%), no floor
Term: 5 year fixed
Amortization: 25 years
Loan to Value: 46%
Debt Coverage Ratio: 1.25x
Prepayment: 3%, 2%, 1%
Lender Fee: 0.25%
George Smith Partners successfully secured $1,710,000 of rate and term refinancing for an owner-user industrial property in Santa Clarita, CA. The Property is a free-standing manufacturing building with 25% office.. It was built in 1987 with a net rentable area of 23,350 SF. Santa Clarita offers tremendous access to labor and it is conveniently located close to regional distribution centers, studio and entertainment uses, manufacturing and research and development businesses. The loan is sized to 46% LTV , and is fixed for 5 years at 3.50% with 25-year amortization.
The Sponsors are in the aerospace machining and assembly and stock car industries, which are highly specialized. The Sponsor plans to sell the Property in 5 years. Although investors have a strong appetite in industrial properties, this Property faces a comparative disadvantage as it only has grade level loading capacity as opposed to dock high loading. Additionally, the Property is built upon single tenant capacity, and it offers a functional obsolescence of 25% office ratio.
GSP sourced a lender who has a group specializing in the Aerospace and Defense industry. This lender underwrote and understood the opportunities and challenges in the business. The Lender provided a 5-year term, with the last two years open with no prepayment penalty.
August 12, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $4,850,000 in non-recourse bridge debt to refinance the existing loan on a 27,343-square-foot development lot in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles, CA. The Sponsor acquired the site two years ago and has since secured entitlements for its proposed mixed-use development. Demolition of a vacant retail center is needed to conduct ground testing and ready the Project for vertical construction. The current Lender, however, would not allow the demolition.
GSP targeted a capital provider that was comfortable with the proposed project, foreign sponsorship, and current land value. The existing loan, which had also been sourced by GSP, was facing near-term maturity when GSP successfully engaged a lender that could execute within a tight timeframe. The non-recourse facility is sized to 24.5% LTV and fixed at 5.9% on an interest-only basis with an initial term of 12 months.
August 12, 2020
George Smith Partners placed a $9,900,000 loan for the refinance of a 41-unit apartment portfolio in Los Angeles, CA. The loan is fixed at 3.85% for five years with full term interest-only payments. The term sheet was signed shortly before the COVID-19 crisis and ensuing economic volatility. Despite these conditions, the original rate and leverage were kept intact.
GSP previously sourced the acquisition bridge financing two years ago. Although the Sponsor successfully completed their value-add business plan, a number of unique challenges were encountered when closing the refinance. Shortly after the Borrower signed the term sheet, the Lender put their entire pipeline of loans on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When they resumed processing the loan, they initially offered a substantial retrade. GSP was able to leverage our longstanding relationship with the Lender to maintain terms very close to the original application. The Lender also agreed to waive their loan processing fee and the cost of all third party reports. Some of the units at the Property were extremely large and the Sponsor had modified them to create a den space. As a result, a number of these renovated units were able to achieve higher rents, but it was difficult to find market comparable data. GSP obtained the necessary data and the
Lender was able to support their underwritten net cash flow.
The Lender reserved 12 months of interest only payments at loan closing, a standard condition in today’s market. However, the reserve will be used to make the loan payments and released after 6 months if certain financial conditions are met.
August 5, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $4,300,000 in acquisition bridge financing for the purchase and reposition of an 18-unit multifamily property located in Long Beach, CA. The Sponsor put the Property under contract during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Property has several vacant units which represents an opportunity for the Sponsor to immediately add value and commence their value-add business plan.
The loan includes future funding for an extensive renovation of unit interiors and an exterior upgrade. The three-year bridge loan is interest only for the first 18 months and carries a floating rate of Prime + 0.50% with a 4.00% floor. Interest is not charged on the holdback until funds are drawn. The lender fee was limited to a 0.50% origination fee with no exit fee. The loan structure has no prepayment penalty, providing the Sponsor with ultimate flexibility.
July 29, 2020
George Smith Partners placed a $5,891,700 recourse loan for the refinance and recapitalization of an approved mixed-use conversion back to 100% multifamily use. The Sponsor acquired the mixed-use office and multifamily project in early 2019. They negotiated the early termination of several long-term office leases and obtained approvals to convert the entire Property back to multifamily. The Sponsor will add kitchens to the office units and converted a large multi-story penthouse unit with ocean views into smaller units increasing the unit count to 23. Soft demolition began in early 2020 with insufficient funds available in the existing acquisition/bridge loan to complete the revised business plan.
GSP placed the original acquisition/bridge loan. Even though the current loan went under application at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the only delay was as a result of the appraisal process. The value and the loan were not negatively impacted by the change in market conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. GSP identified a bank lender who underwrote to the new business plan and was able to provide capital at less than half of the previous loan cost while providing an additional 40% in proceeds. The bridge loan has an 18-month term at Prime + 0.75%, interest only, with the ability to convert to a 5-year term.
Rate: Prime + 0.75% with a 4% Floor
Term: 18 months
Recourse: Full Recourse
Amortization: Interest only
Prepayment: None during construction period
- Advisors: Alina Mardesich
$62,750,000 Non-Recourse, Bridge Financing for a New 253-Unit, Class A, Mixed-Use Development; Longmont, CO
July 22, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $62,750,000 in non-recourse, bridge financing on a new construction, mixed-use property with 253 apartment units above 10,000 SF of retail in Longmont, CO—approximately 20 minutes northeast of Boulder. Despite delivering in the early stages of a global pandemic and statewide stay-at-home order, the building has maintained relatively robust lease-up velocity through unconventional marketing methods such as virtual touring. Amid such unprecedented market uncertainty, GSP successfully engaged a newly established debt fund to facilitate a cash-neutral, non-recourse refinance of the project’s maturing high-leverage construction debt, which could not be extended. The 75% loan-to-value bridge facility is priced at L+500 with a 36-month term and two 12-month extension options.
Permanent Multifamily Financing Secured During COVID-19 Pandemic, 3.07% Fixed for 5 Years; Los Angeles, CA
July 15, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $2,600,000 in permanent financing for the refinance of a stabilized 8-unit, multifamily property in Los Angeles, California. The Sponsor acquired the Property a few years ago and was looking to lower their rate as they finished completion of a light renovation. As the environment was changing drastically day to day with the COVID-19 pandemic, GSP identified a Capital Provider offering fantastic terms. There were no holdbacks, no deposits were required to be held at their branch and provided a flexible prepayment penalty structure that allowed the Sponsor plenty of options during these challenging times.
Term: 5 Years Fixed
Amortization: 30 Years
Prepayment Penalty: 2, 1, 0
Lender Fee: None
Reserve Account: None
Deposits Required: None
- Advisors: Reuven Risch