Rate: L+525 with a LIBOR floor of 2.25%
Term: 24+6+6 with 50bp extension fee on outstanding principal balance
DY Requirements/Prepay Penalty: None
Minimum Interest/Yield Maintenance: None
LTV: None specified but between 45% – 50% is starting LTV
Unused Line Fee: between 0.10% and 0.5% depending on line usage amortized over 24 months
Reserve: 6-months of Interest and Maintenance Fees
George Smith Partners secured a $20,000,000 revolving credit facility on 88 co-op units in Manhattan. The 88 co-op units are part of a 495-unit “family legacy” property that includes 72 rent stabilized units that have been owned and operated by the Sponsor since the 1990s. The Sponsor has never forced a tenant “buy out” during their ownership history. The 3-year credit facility is based on an ‘as-is’ LTV of 50%, full recourse, interest-only at L+525 with a LIBOR floor of 2.25%, no minimum interest and no prepayment penalty. The value of the underlying collateral ‘as-vacant’ is in excess of $100,000,000 due to the strong demand in this section of Midtown Manhattan. The historical negative combined average NOI from the Project, due to the 72 rent stabilized units, resulted in an ‘as-is’ value of ~$40,000,000. The average NOI for the rent stabilized units at closing was negative $484 per unit/per month while the NOI for Market Rate Units was positive $2,600 per unit/per month.
The non-traditional security for the loan (shares in a corporation and interest in proprietary leases) combined with the historical negative cash flow were non-starters for most lenders. The operating metrics i.e., debt yield and debt service coverage ratio did not meet typical lender requirements. GSP identified a lender that understood the value of the underlying collateral, was comfortable with the historic rate of turnover and was comfortable with the natural rate of attrition. The Lender was able to underwrite the upward-trending in-place income at a starting debt yield of < 2% while making the entirety of the credit facility available to the Sponsor.
$3,700,000 Highly Leveraged, Quick Close Acquisition Capital for 97-Unit, Multifamily Property; Oklahoma City, OK
September 22, 2021
George Smith Partners secured $3,700,000 for an acquisition of a multifamily property in Oklahoma City, OK. The Sponsor had the opportunity to purchase a well-located, value-add property in Oklahoma City. By utilizing a quick close loan, the Sponsor was able to negotiate a below market price. The Sponsor approached GSP to help arrange a loan that needed to close on a strict timeline of only one week. Because of the quick timing and the short-term distress in the cash flow, the Property would not qualify for bank or agency financing. The Property rents were below market because the Seller self-managed and the Property needs exterior and interior improvements. The loan was structured with a CapEx holdback to allow the Sponsor to implement their value-add strategy. The non-recourse facility represents 75% of total cost and was priced at an interest-only fixed rate of 7.25% with a 12-month term plus two 6-month extension options. The interest-only loan allows for more property cash flow to be used towards improving the Property. Thanks to GSP’s long-standing relationship with this debt fund, we were able to close this transaction in less than 7 days from signing the term sheet.
$37,500,000 Non-Recourse, Stretch Senior Construction Loan for a Mixed-Use OpZone Development; Western States
September 22, 2021
George Smith Partners placed a $37,500,000 non-recourse, stretch senior construction loan for a 7-story ground-up development of a mixed-use OpZone Project. When complete, the Project will consist of 151 apartment units (including 14 Live/Work Lofts), approximately 15,000 sf of restaurant space, 10,000 sf of retail, and 12,000 sf of office space. The average apartment size is 730 sf, and most units will have private balconies with unobstructed views of the desert and city.
As the Project is a first of its kind in the surrounding area, finding appropriate comparable projects that would speak to the strength of this market proved to be a challenge. GSP focused on the Project as a marquee development and detailed the new employment opportunities from Google, and a hospital expansion, sports training facility, along with the emerging renaissance happening within the downtown area. GSP was able to demonstrate the immense intrinsic value from the ongoing renovation of the City Hall Plaza and Events Center — a 500-seat canopied amphitheater and 60,000 sf of programmable deck area for hosting community events — that sits directly across from the Project. GSP also worked through the Sponsor’s GMP budget with the Lender during a period of escalating cost, showcasing the strength of the Sponsor group in their local market. In turn, this created a comfort level needed by the Lender with regards to the commercial space of the Project.
GSP executed a broad and in-depth marketing campaign to help capital markets understand the opportunity appropriately. These efforts resulted in a successful close with proceeds achieving the Sponsorship’s objective.
$33,000,000 Stretch – Senior Non-Recourse Construction Loan for Ground-Up Luxury Condominiums; Los Altos, CA
September 15, 2021
George Smith Partners successfully advised on $33,000,000 in construction financing for a 27- unit luxury condominium project to be built in downtown Los Altos, CA. This high-end offering is the first larger scale project for the newly formed, but individually experienced sponsorship group. The Sponsor has significant historical ground-up experience and will self-perform as the General Contractor. GSP worked through several strategies with the Sponsor including preferred equity, mezzanine debt and an all in one, stretch-senior execution. Ultimately, GSP successfully obtained several highly reliable options for each strategy and the Sponsor selected an integrated full-service construction lender. GSP negotiated a land value contribution in excess of cost and as a result, the land lift allowed the Sponsor to invest less up-front equity than otherwise required to close the transaction.
The Sponsor projects completion of the project in late 2023. Due to the supply constrained market for the condo units, they expect the project to be completely sold out shortly thereafter.
$20,530,000 Non-Recourse Construction Financing for a 25-Unit Luxury Beachfront Condominium, For-Sale Development; Cocoa Beach, FL
September 8, 2021
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $20,530,000 in non-recourse senior construction financing for The Surf, a beachfront condominium project in Cocoa Beach, FL. The Project consists of 25 luxury residential units with sale prices ranging from $975,000 to $2,500,000, as well as 3 ground floor retail units. The Project is currently 75% pre-sold. Per Florida statutes, any buyer deposit amount over 10% of the purchase price may be used towards development costs, but a large portion of those deposits are not due from buyers until building top off. GSP was able to successfully secure a lender comfortable with crediting future deposits to decrease the Sponsor’s up-front equity requirement.
The Sponsor’s co-developer and GC tragically passed in early 2020, leading them to engage a new group. While the new GC had extensive experience in luxury housing development, they are relatively new to ground-up, multi-level condominium development. GSP leveraged its extensive lender network, strong pre-sales, and the Orlando-based Sponsor’s strong development track record in this submarket and product type to provide non-recourse construction financing.
The term is 24 months with interest-only payments and 6 months minimum interest. The senior note was sized to 64% LTC. GSP structured the loan, crediting future sales deposits towards the total equity requirement, thereby eliminating any additional out-of-pocket equity required at closing above the land acquisition and predevelopment costs already spent to date.
Rate: WSJ Prime +4.50%
Term: 24 Months + Two 2-Month Extensions
Loan to Cost: 64%
Prepayment: 6 Months Minimum Interest
Lender Fee: 1% In, 1% Out
- Advisors: Gilda Rivera
September 8, 2021
George Smith Partners successfully secured $35,064,000 (80% Loan to Cost) in non-recourse construction completion debt financing for a luxury condominium property near Lake Tahoe. The 40-unit project is located in a tertiary market near ski resorts and overlooks Lake Tahoe. The Sponsor acquired the land and existing, partially completed, four-story concrete and steel structure and underground parking garage at a deep discount as an REO from a bank in 2015. Engineering and architectural updates were completed prior to loan closing.
The for-sale, residential product in a tertiary market presented challenges to the capital markets. GSP was able to source a lender who was familiar with the market, comfortable with the basis, comfortable with the barriers to entry and strong market demand for the product.
$25,818,000 Bridge Loan Refinance of Vacant 51-Unit Multifamily Property; 85% LTV;5.2% Stabilized Debt Yield; Los Angeles, CA
September 1, 2021
George Smith Partners secured $25,818,000 in proceeds for the cash-neutral bridge loan refinance of a 51-unit multifamily property in Los Angeles. The Lender provided proceeds of 85% of appraised value and underwrote to a 5.2% stabilized debt yield. The new loan refinances both the construction loan and the preferred equity that were part of the original financing. The loan is floating at LIBOR + 6.00% with a 6.65% floor.
At the time of financing the Property was 95% complete but still short of a temporary certificate of occupancy. In addition, the leverage on the loan precluded several lending sources from achieving the necessary proceeds. The Sponsor desired to completely pay off the original construction financing, which was originated at 85% loan to cost. Only a few lenders could get the requested leverage and the market quoted pricing in the high single digits. Lastly, Koreatown experienced Covid related collection issues which affected the rental underwriting. GSP provided rental and sales comps that proved out the strength of the market. As a result, the selected Lender became comfortable with the location and the Sponsor’s ability to lease up the new Property.