Rate: L+350-400 (Property-Dependent)
Term: 3 Years + Two, 1-Year Extensions
Amortization: Interest Only
LTC: 80% LTC
Prepayment: 18 Months Yield Maintenance
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $46,000,000 of non-recourse, bridge financing to acquire and renovate a 4-property multifamily portfolio, consisting of 692-units, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Although the Properties were well occupied (97%), rents were below market because the Seller self-managed and the Property lacked recent common area renovations. The units were well maintained but dated and will benefit from Sponsors renovation plan.
This financing was unique because it had four different multifamily properties within one single portfolio. While there were efficiencies in working with one lender, each property was evaluated on its own merits and diligence had to be collected accordingly. We marketed the attributes of each Property and the sub-markets. Two of the properties are located in Irving, one in Grand Prairie and one near Fort Worth. Each market has different economic demand drivers (example: Irving is home to several major corporate headquarters including Exxon and McKeeson). Moreover, the Lender required an minimum capital investment of $6000 per unit (slightly higher than the Sponsor’s original budget) and GSP worked with the Lender to coordinate the information for securitization. There was a timing aspect in order to securitize the portfolio properly.
George Smith Partners worked with the Sponsor to increase their renovation budget and worked with the Lender to increase leverage accordingly. This retained the Sponsors original equity participation and should result in better returns. We closed the four loans nearly simultaneously (3 loans closed on a single day).
Senior Vice President
October 10, 2018
George Smith Partners secured $28,700,000 in proceeds for the acquisition of a 254-unit multifamily property in Boise, Idaho. While near full occupancy at close, the Property has dated interiors and common areas, as well as some deferred maintenance. A capital budget was drafted by our Sponsor for unit upgrades at lease-turn as well as common area improvements. Proceeds are structured with $25,500,000 for the initial funding plus an additional $3,200,000 for capital improvements. Floating at 30 day LIBOR plus 3.0%, the two-year term will be paid current, monthly out of cash flow and does not carry a pre-payment penalty. An earn-out for an additional $2,300,000 was structured once the Subject Property achieves an 8.5% debt yield.
Challenges and Solutions:
The Sponsor was in a 1031 exchange and needed to close quickly as their exchange provided a narrow window to close. While the going in cap rate provided meaningful yield Day 1, GSP focused their marketing efforts on the Sponsor’s proven track record to execute on their previous deals.
Several capital providers passed on the deal due to the fact Boise is not a top MSA by population, even though it was recently named as America’s fastest growing city by Forbes Magazine. Certainty of execution was required for this short acquisition escrow, and the need to identify a capital provider knowledgeable with the Boise market was paramount in avoiding educational “ramp-up” delays so that escrow would fund timely.
GSP vetted this location and confirmed market knowledge with loan decision makers prior to the issuance of an application. The loan closed within 40 days of GSP’s engagement on the deal.