Rate: 7.90% Months 1-12 | 8.30% Months 13-18
Term: 18 months
Amortization: Interest Only
Prepayment Penalty: None
George Smith Partners arranged a $2,700,000 cash-out refinance bridge loan on an unflagged boutique hotel in Sacramento, California. The Borrower approached GSP seeking a financing solution from a lender that could close quickly, provide capital to renovate, and bridge until stabilization. GSP identified a lender who was comfortable lending on an unflagged hotel in the middle of renovations and located in a secondary market. During due diligence, an unpaid occupancy tax from the prior owner was discovered. With the prior ownership unable to pay the tax, the county placed a lien against the property, even though it was under new ownership with no relation to the prior owners. This created a setback for closing, as title could not be cleared until the tax, interest, and fees were paid in full. The borrower weighed the cost of litigating to fight the liens, but chose to pay off the liens which allowed the lender to close on time. Sized to 50% of cost, the interest only loan has an 18 month term to allow for full stabilization of the property and has no prepayment penalty. The loan is priced at 7.90% for the first twelve months and 8.30% thereafter, for the remainder of the term.
August 7, 2013
8 – 7 – 13 Transaction Description: GSP successfully placed the bridge loan for the acquisition of a hotel, RV park, car wash, restaurant and vacant former casino commercial building located near Death Valley. The restaurant features slot machines and video gambling. The Sponsor purchased the mixed use property from the original developer who owned the asset for multiple decades. The subject is the best performing hotel property in this tertiary market, which serves as a gateway for campers traveling to Death Valley. Challenge: The tertiary market, an unincorporated town with a population of just over 35,000, proved to be a challenge for most prospective lenders. The large vacancy created by the former casino was a drag on overall occupancy, while driving down property value on a capitalized basis. Due to the multiple uses and lack of directly comparable properties, both Lender and Sponsorship had difficulty deriving an actual cap rate and value for the asset. Solution: GSP was able to source a West Coast Lender with the real estate knowledge to understand the strengths of the asset, regardless of the tertiary location. GSP and its Sponsor articulated the strengths of the asset with the large vacancy in place, and the potential upside presented by the space. GSP consulted multiple local appraisers to arrive at a capitalization rate which kept leverage (from a value perspective) at a satisfactory level for the Lender.