Term: 12 months Interest Only
George Smith Partners demonstrated our ability to provide full-service financing for a repeat client who is a prolific developer in the Los Angeles area. The quick close $2,800,000 financing was a bridge loan which took out a senior construction loan that was placed by GSP in 2018. The 12-month loan will allow for the Developer to execute on their business plan to market and sell the remaining homes in the Small Lot SFR development. The Project is in the heart of Los Angeles minutes from major job centers and consists of 11 high end fully constructed homes. The development opportunity was purchased in 2015 and the construction was completed in middle of 2019. GSP provided our expertise throughout the entire process, working with our client throughout the acquisition, entitlement, construction, and the for-sale process.
Senior Vice President
Assistant Vice President
November 25, 2020
George Smith Partners secured a senior bridge loan for a 21,303 square foot office building in Laguna Niguel, CA. The Subject Property was unencumbered; hence the entire loan was comprised of cash-out proceeds which the Borrower is utilizing for a separate project they are developing. The loan represents approximately 60% of the original purchase price and was structured with a 1-year initial term with interest only payments. The loan allows for open prepayment and carries two 6-month extension options.
The loan was collateralized by a recently renovated 21,303 square foot office building. The building had recently upgraded the facade, landscaping, parking lot, entrance, lobby, bathrooms, HVAC and other interior finishes. A new roof and solar system had also been installed. The building was 47% occupied at loan funding. The first-floor single tenant had vacated at lease expiration several months prior leaving limited debt service coverage and unusually high vacancy compounded by other COVID related issues.
GSP selected a lender that was able to move incredibly quick to accommodate the Borrower’s development timeline. The Lender’s credit department approved the loan one-week post submission and did not require an appraisal to close. The Lender underwrote to the stabilized asset value, closed with no debt service reserve and no personal recourse.
$44,000,000 Non-participating Bridge Financing for Industrial Acquisition and Reposition, 95% LTC, West Coast
November 25, 2020
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $44,000,000 in non-recourse, non-participating bridge financing at 95% of cost for the lease-up and repositioning of a 5-property, 650,000 SF, industrial complex located on the West Coast. The Sponsor purchased the complex vacant and the seller carried the first mortgage for 4 months. From the open of escrow with the Seller, to the closing of this loan, there was over 82% of the available space leased making up 77% of rent with letters of intent for the remainder of the space. Although this was during the COVID-19 pandemic, and there was considerable deferred maintenance and capital expenditure required to get the properties rent ready, the space leased quickly due to the Sponsor expertise and relationships and a strong submarket.
The loan provides funds for the deferred maintenance, the capital expenditures, the tenant improvements, leasing commission and carry until the tenants are in and paying rent. Additionally, there is an earn-out of $2,000,000 after the 18th month as the asset has other potential value-add attributes.
Rate: LIBOR + 3.95% with a floor on LIBOR of 50 basis points
Term: 3 years interest only
Amortization: Two 1-year extensions with 30-year amortization
Guaranty: Recourse, Completion of deferred maintenance and Cap-Ex, “bad” acts and environmental
Lender Fees: 1% origination and 0.25% exit fee
$4,700,000 Non-Recourse, Bridge Financing for Mid-Construction Apartment Project; Pico-Robertson Area of Los Angeles, CA
November 18, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $4,700,000 in non-recourse, bridge financing for an 85% complete, 13-unit apartment project in the Pico-Robertson area of Los Angeles, CA. Despite marketing this deal as a construction take-out loan for an 85% complete project during the global pandemic, GSP successfully engaged a debt fund to take out the existing construction loan with additional funds to complete construction. The non-recourse bridge facility was priced at an interest-only rate of 5.90% with a 12-month term plus a 12-month extension option. Thanks to GSP’s long-standing relationship with this debt fund, we were able to close this transaction in just 8 business days.
November 11, 2020
George Smith Partners placed the $8,152,500 bridge-to-mini perm loan for the conversion of an existing 12-unit multi-family community into a 17-unit 44-bed co-living community. The 68% LTC bridge loan converts to a 5-year mini-perm loan fixed at CMT + 2.5% with a 3.75% floor.
The Project came to GSP half-way through construction and was being funded by a lender that had filed bankruptcy with proceeds that were insufficient to complete the new business plan. GSP put the loan under application pre-COVID with a new business plan that included (as a condition in closing) approvals for a 4th floor penthouse/useable roof top level. While in application, the construction and the penthouse level approval process came to a halt due to COVID causing stress on both the existing loan (nearing maturity) as well as the new loan underwriting. The challenges associated with co-living as a new asset class resulted in additional scrutinization from the new lender as well as the appraisal which had a negative impact on value. GSP was able to resolve the valuation issues by successfully arguing the merits of the Project as well as successfully negotiating a waiver of the exit fee on the previous loan which resulted in zero impact to the loan proceeds and the Borrower’s out of pocket cash required at closing.
Rate: Prime plus 1% with 5% floor
Term: 18 Months
Rate: CMT + 2.25% with 3.75% floor
Term: 5 Years
Amortization: 30 years
Prepayment: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 open
- Advisors: Alina Mardesich
October 21, 2020
GSP secured a $4,200,000 bridge loan for unentitled land in Pasadena, CA. The site is proposed to be developed into 59 luxury townhomes. The loan is fixed at 5.9% for a 12-month term with two 6-month extensions. The proceeds represent 45% of the total cost to purchase the land and entitle it.
The Sponsor acquired the Property in 2015 and has been working with the City to receive entitlements to develop the townhome plot since property acquisition. The land remains unentitled; however, the Sponsor expects to receive Ready-to-Issue (RTI) in 6 months which would provide significant value appreciation. The Sponsor had a loan coming due on the Property and needed to refinance. Given the economic situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many lenders were hesitant on providing financing.
GSP demonstrated that the location of the Property and market are very strong, and the specific neighborhood is undergoing a revamp. The Sponsor is an experienced Los Angeles developer who is familiar with the entitlement process and the Property is less than six months away from receiving RTI.
$16,100,000 Non-Recourse Acquisition Bridge Financing for a 30-Unit Trophy Multifamily Value-Added Project; West Los Angeles, CA
October 14, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $16,100,000 in non-recourse, acquisition bridge financing on a 30-unit trophy multifamily property in West Los Angeles, California. The Property featured significant below-market rents, deferred maintenance, and physical vacancy (in part due to roommates that decided to downsize in light of COVID-19). The value-add business plan will involve a large capital expenditure budget to renovate the Property’s exterior and units, and reposition the asset utilizing a specialist property manager focused on providing family-oriented housing product with amenities like technology integration, childcare services, and community programming. The Sponsor’s expertise coupled with the Property’s trophy location created a competitive lending environment despite the ongoing pandemic. GSP ran a robust process including marketing the deal to over 70 lenders and fielding multiple lender proposals. The non-recourse financing was sized to 70% LTC and featured a rate of 1-Month Libor plus 500 basis points for a three-year term plus extensions.