Rate: 1 month LIBOR + 500
Term: 15 Months + three 3 month extensions
Amortization: Interest Only
Loan to Cost: 88% LTC
Lender Fee: 1.25%
Prepayment Penalty: None
George Smith Partners arranged a $3,820,000, 95% LTC construction of an 11,500 square foot NNN DaVita Dialysis center in a tertiary market of California. The Borrower entity was a joint venture between a developer and the land owner.
The Property is located in a tertiary market and also in a predominately residential neighborhood. The Sponsor was unable to contribute cash equity to the Project. Many lenders require 15% of the as-complete value to be in the form of cash equity. Lastly, while the tenant is somewhat well known in the capital markets, the Property is rated as sub-investment grade.
George Smith Partners identified a lender who recognized the strength of the tenant and the lease terms relative to the market. The Lender accepted the as-is value of the land which, after the entitlements were achieved, was significantly more than the limited partner’s cost. The Lender proceeded with the loan without any Sponsor cash equity in the deal, reimbursed the Developer for out of pocket costs to date and gave them additional proceeds as a result of excess value in the land. Because the Lender allowed the land to be contributed at as-is value, the loan amount resulted in a loan to cost ratio of 88%. Given the original cost of the land by the Limited Partner, the actual loan-to-cost ratio was closer to 95%.
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GSP Increases Financing to $11,200,000 to Cover Renovation Cost Overruns in Five Days; Orange County, CA
July 24, 2019
After securing an initial loan of $9,700,000 for a well-located Orange County, California retail center, George Smith Partners arranged an additional $1,500,000 in construction/renovation mezzanine capital. This brought the total debt capitalization to $11,200,000. The Sponsor has been renovating the center over the last year but went over-budget due to increasing construction costs.
The Sponsor had used a debt-fund loan to renovate the aging shopping center and make it more vibrant. However, due to rising construction costs, the Sponsor went over budget with the property renovations. Most lenders are not comfortable financing a project that already has expensive debt and is also experiencing cost overruns.
GSP ultimately demonstrated the lender’s last dollar basis was very conservative compared to the as-stabilized value of the property following renovations. GSP utilized one of our relationship lenders to provide the emergency capital and was able to close the transaction within just five days. This allowed the Sponsor to complete construction and focus on leasing the center.
$460,000,000 Non-Recourse Senior Construction Financing for the Ground Up Development of Block 216, a 35-Story Mixed-Use High-Rise Anchored by a 251-Key Ritz Carlton Hotel; Portland, OR
July 24, 2019
George Smith Partners structured and placed a $460,000,000 non-recourse senior construction loan for the ground up development of Block 216, a landmark 1.1 million square-foot ground-up high-rise development in the heart of Portland, Oregon’s central business district. The 35-story luxury high-rise will be anchored by a 251-key five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel, the first five-star hotel in Portland. The development also features Ritz-Carlton branded residences, 140,000 square feet of Class A office space, and 7,800 square feet of ground floor retail, which will open up to a pedestrian “festival street.” Located at the intersection of the Central Business and Pearl Districts, Block 216 spans a full city block. This is extremely rare in Portland. Upon completion in 2023 Block 216, will be the fourth tallest high rise in Portland and the largest tower in Portland based on square footage.
Block 216 represents the first luxury, five star hotel and branded residential project in Oregon. It is also the first project with amenities common to luxury properties but absent in Portland thus far. This ground up development is also a true mixed used project with four different uses (hotel, residential, office and retail) in a single building.
GSP focused on Portland’s incredibly strong underlying fundamentals, including: its population of 2.5 million; its unemployment rate 50 basis points lower than the national average; its 1,200 tech companies (hence the name “Silicon Forest”); the impressive number of blue chip companies with presences in the market; and, the considerable number of institutional investors active in the market. GSP also stressed the Project’s unparalleled location and walkability to every major amenity in Downtown Portland as well as the 30 new conferences booked at the Portland Convention Center as a significant demand driver for five star accommodations.
GSP executed significant and high profile marketing to ensure the Project was appropriately received in the capital markets. These efforts resulted in a highly structured, non-recourse execution in less than six months from engagement.
$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.
July 2, 2019
George Smith Partners placed a $4,900,000 construction loan for a shuttered assisted living facility to be converted to a 42 bed co-living facility targeted toward young working professionals. As rental housing prices continue their rise many developers are addressing affordability with smaller units that offer common living amenities to maintain lower costs. The co-living concept of a singular bed/unit is popular in New York, Seattle, San Francisco and has a strong foot-hold in the Hollywood market of Los Angeles. Located adjacent to Downtown Los Angeles, the Subject Property proved challenging to comp as it is not located in Hollywood and co-living is a new concept in this market. Partially or fully furnished bedroom units are supported by a central communal kitchen. Some units will share a bath. Utilities are provided, including heat, cable and WiFi allowing residents to move-in with simplicity and ease. Social connections are encouraged through property gatherings and a movie room. A business center will also be offered to residents. This is the first co-living development for this sponsorship team. Priced at L+400, the two-year term was constrained by 70% of capitalization and 60% of “As-Stabilized” value. There is a six month option to extend for an additional 50 basis points.
June 26, 2019
George Smith Partners placed $2,180,000 in construction financing for a spec single family property in the upscale Cheviot Hills submarket of Los Angeles. The Sponsor’s business plan was to expand and redevelop the existing property into a 5,900 square foot spec luxury single family property. The challenges on this transaction included the need for maximum proceeds (75% loan to cost) and a sponsor embarking on its first ground up development project. Most lenders struggled given these challenges. However, after an extensive marketing effort, George Smith Partners sourced a lender that was comfortable with the leverage request. Given the Sponsor’s limited track record, a completion guarantee from the Sponsor’s general contractor was required, which GSP successfully negotiated. Sized to an aggressive 75% of total cost, the interest only loan is freely prepayable and will float at 0.75% over the WSJ Prime for 18 months.
Rate: Prime + 0.75%
Term: 18 Months with one 6 month extension Lender Fees: 0.75%
Amortization: Interest Only
Prepayment Penalty: None
- Advisors: Zachary Streit
$13,944,000 ($1,180/SF) Non-Recourse Construction Financing for the Redevelopment of a Former Single-Tenant Office Property in Santa Monica, CA
June 12, 2019
George Smith Partners placed $13,944,000 in non-recourse construction debt for the conversion of a former single-tenant office property into an 11,800 square foot, luxury, multi-tenant retail property in a prime submarket of Santa Monica, California. GSP diligently worked to source a lender comfortable with funding a loan at a high basis of $1,180/SF for a “first-mover” redevelopment that was 64% pre-leased (on an economic basis) at record-setting rents to a mix of local and regional food and fitness users. Further complicating the loan request was the need to allocate separate components of the “bad boy” non-recourse carve-outs among two unrelated guarantor entities. Approximately 55% of the loan proceeds were future funded with no interest paid on unfunded loan proceeds until drawn.
Rate: One-Month LIBOR + 4.25% (6.75%) at closing burning down to One-Month LIBOR + 3.75% (6.25%) upon stabilization
Term: Three-year initial term plus two one-year extension options
Amortization: Interest only
Debt Yield: 8.5% stable debt yield
LTV: 70% as-complete value, 60% as-stable value
Prepayment: Open prepayment with 24-month spread maintenance
Lender Fee: 1%