Rate: 4.70% Fixed for 10 Years
Term: 10 Years
Amortization: 30 Years
Prepayment: Yield Maintenance
George Smith Partners secured permanent forward commitment financing for a Walmart Neighborhood Market-anchored retail center in Jacksonville, Florida. The 71,000 square foot property was 98% leased at closing. The Walmart Market makes up 57% of the square footage and is on a new 20-year ground lease followed by sixteen, 5-year options. The Tenant built their own store after Sponsor delivered the pad, and opened the store just weeks prior to funding, which the ender required in order to close the loan. GSP sourced a ender that provided a forward commitment. The Lender locked the interest rate in mid-April for a July funding. The Sponsor was able to lock in a rate in advance of a run up in Treasuries. Other tenants include multiple restaurants (both local and chains), hair salon, nail salon, tax service, etc. — a classic “daily needs” retail tenant lineup. The property, which was built in 1990, recently underwent upgrades to the building façade, roofs, and parking lot; it looks like a brand new center. The $8,100,000 loan was sized to 70% of value and has a fixed interest rate of 4.70% for 10 years. It amortizes over a 30-year period, has a yield maintenance prepayment penalty, and is non-recourse.
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$5,220,000 Refinance for Retail Center; Fixed at 3.50%; Bank Financing Closed During Covid-19 Pandemic; Los Angeles, CA
May 19, 2021
George Smith Partners secured a $5,220,000 refinance loan for a five-tenant retail center located on a major commercial avenue in Los Angeles. The loan is fixed at a rate of 3.50% for 5 years and does not require any holdbacks. The transaction went into application and was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Retail property values have been under scrutiny over the past year and declined in some markets. To substantiate property value, GSP emphasized the Property’s infill location and credit tenants. All 5 of the tenants were considered essential businesses and remained open. The Borrower provided three months of collections data to show that the tenants were consistently paying rent. During the site inspection, significant foot traffic was observed. These factors helped support the appraised value and maintain the proceeds in the loan application.
May 19, 2021
George Smith Partners arranged $56,500,000 in construction financing for the development of a mixed-use coastal infill project in Solana Beach, CA. The mixed-use development features 55,000 square feet of office space, 9,000 square feet of retail and 25 apartment units.
Located just one block from the beach and the Cedros Avenue Design District, the two-story development focused on sustainability will be the largest mixed-use project along Highway 101 in the past three decades. The dearth of comparable projects, especially ones with large office floorplates, presented a unique opportunity.
Amidst a time of market volatility and economic uncertainty, GSP was able to identify capital who not only understood the value of all three components and the subsequent demand but also the ability of the Sponsor to execute on the intended business plan.
$58,000,000 Life Co. & Preferred Equity Non-Recourse Construction Financing; Culver City Adjacent, CA
April 28, 2021
George Smith Partners successfully closed $58,000,000 in non-recourse construction financing for a seven-story, mixed use development across from Sony Pictures Studios and adjacent to Culver City, CA. The Project features 139 apartment units over 1,969 SF of ground floor retail. The Sponsor received a density bonus thanks to TOC incentives, in exchange for allocating 14 affordable units.
While this is the second U.S. project – the first was also financed by GSP – for a successful international developer, the pool of capital providers was significantly reduced due to the borrowing entity being headquartered in a foreign country. Presenting this deal during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic also presented significant challenges. GSP leveraged its structured financing expertise, lender relationships, strength of the Project and the Culver City market to negotiate the most desirable terms for the Sponsor.
The financings are comprised of $42,000,000 in senior construction debt from a Life Co. lender and $16,000,000 in preferred equity and includes a substantial amount in recap funds to the Sponsor at closing. The term is five years, with interest only payments and no prepayment penalty upon Certificate of Occupancy. The senior note is LIBOR + 390 and the preferred equity investment’s interest will be fully accrued during the entire term, thereby reducing the amount of interest reserve and the Sponsor’s initial cash equity contribution.
$45,600,000 Non-Recourse Bridge Financing for Recapitalization of Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, CA
April 21, 2021
George Smith Partners structured and arranged $45,600,000 in bridge financing for the recapitalization of the Lido Marina Village, a 116,000 sf multi-block, waterfront boutique retail and office property on Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Lido Marina Village features retail, restaurant, and office space in 14 separate structures including prime waterfront retail and restaurant spaces featuring spectacular harbor views, along with 47 boat slips, creating an iconic Newport Beach destination. Some highlighted restaurants include Orange County’s only Nobu and Malibu Farm locations. Retail tenants include first-to-market “laid back luxe” retailers such as Elysse Walker, LoveShackFancy, Serena & Lily, the RealReal, and Jenni Kayne. The Property stretches from the waterfront, across a public street and walkway to the Via Lido street-front retail. It also includes a 372-space parking structure and 91 on-grade parking spaces. The Project is located on 17 legal parcels totaling 3.5 acres, with 4 parcels held as leasehold interests. Since the acquisition in 2013, the Sponsor successfully rebranded Lido Marketplace as a super high-quality boutique and restaurant destination, featuring a “who’s who” of tenants. Even during the pandemic, Lido Marina Village occupancy stayed high, and the Sponsor signed new leases at “high street” rents. The Property has been thriving in part due to their shoppers feeling comfortable in the open air, pedestrian friendly and waterfront environment.
$14,000,000 3-Years Interest Only Permanent Financing for 150,000 SF Shopping Center with Non-Credit Grocer; Tertiary Market, Northern California
April 14, 2021
George Smith Partners successfully placed $14,000,000 in permanent financing on a Northern California non-credit grocery anchored center amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Capital markets were wary of financing retail in general but were specifically concerned with tertiary markets and the recent bankruptcy of Chuck E. Cheese. Although tenant sales information was not required to be reported, they were anecdotally strong for the diverse arrangement of large tenants including Chuck E. Cheese. They affirmed their lease, even as COVID-19 was at its peak. Two tenants were closed due to the California directives and mandates. Capital providers were uncertain of what the post-pandemic environment would look like and how retail centers would be impacted in the long run.
GSP was able to ensure competitive pricing and proceeds based on having a best-in-class sponsor and strong and diverse anchors. Although interest rates climbed over 60 basis points during the diligence, the Capital Provider did not change loan proceeds.
Term: 10 Years
Amortization: 3 Years Interest Only, then a 30-year amortization
Prepay: Yield Maintenance calculated until last 6 Months which are open with no penalty
Guaranty: Non-recourse except for “bad acts” and environmental
$60,200,000 Ground-Up Construction Financing, 85% LTC, 6.65% Blended Coupon on a 307-Unit, Class-A Apartment Community; St. Louis City, MO
February 17, 2021
George Smith Partners successfully placed $60,200,000 in high-leverage construction financing, which funded 85% of total project cost for the construction of a 307-unit mixed-use multifamily and retail project located in the trendy St. Louis City neighborhood of The Grove. GSP leveraged its lender relationships, capitalization structuring acumen, local market expertise, and strong project fundamentals to arrange the most accretive financing structure available in the market during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The capitalization included a senior loan to 60% loan-to-cost and a preferred equity investment with last-dollar exposure to 85% of total project cost. The preferred equity investment is non-recourse and the senior loan required only a top-end 25% repayment guarantee. Additionally, the Lender and preferred equity investor gave credit for a lift in land value above the Borrower’s actual cost due to the Borrower having created substantial value through entitlements and development incentives.
Rate: 6.65% (blended coupon)
Term: Three-year initial term plus two, 12-month extension options
Amortization: Interest only
Prepayment: 2%, 1%, open
Guaranty: 25% repayment guarantee on senior loan only; does not apply to the non-recourse preferred equity investment
Lender Fee: 0.82% blended