Rate: 1 Month LIBOR + 3.23%
Term: 5 Years
Amort: Interest Only
Prepayment: 0.25% Exit Fee
Lender Fee: 0.5%
Transaction Description: Gary M. Tenzer, Henry Elder and Ryan P. Parker successfully placed the non-recourse acquisition bridge financing for a 78% leased, 385 unit newly developed apartment project located in Montclair, California. Sized to 75% of purchase, the loan is interest only throughout the five year term. With a coupon currently below 3.50%, the loan will float at 3.23% over the 30 day LIBOR.
Challenge: The Sponsor’s objective was to acquire the property with an interim bridge loan so that the property could be fully stabilized prior to securing permanent financing. Initially, close of escrow was structured to occur upon the earlier of the property reaching 90% occupancy or a date certain. The loan was structured and approved to close with the 90% precondition. When the rate of lease-up lagged, the investor still chose to close prior to the deadline. Since the loan was approved to fund at 90% occupancy, closing at a lower occupancy required the loan be restructured, re-approved and closed within a very short period of time.
Solution: GSP worked with the lender to support the property’s economics at a lower occupancy level to fund prior to the termination date specified in the Purchase and Sale Agreement despite its 78% occupancy. The revised structure contained a small hold-back to be funded when the property reached 90% occupancy. No additional guarantees or credit support was required of the borrower to facilitate the earlier closing. This transaction was one of the last loans funded by GE Capital prior to their finance division being sold.
May 6, 2020
George Smith Partners, on behalf of Stos Partners , arranged $19,775,000 in bridge financing for the acquisition of a specialty flex industrial asset located in Temecula, CA. The Sponsor was able to negotiate a long-term lease renewal for the primary credit tenant, whose term was nearly expired, creating significant value in the process.
The recently purchased industrial building maintains a mix of specialized uses, as well as an additional near-term vacancy for a smaller flex space, posing both an opportunity and a challenge within the markets. The specialized and varied uses of the building, including laboratory rooms, light manufacturing areas and office/distribution space, required costly buildouts with tenant improvement dollars as the primary tenant expanded into additional space, requiring additional structure. Despite strong market fundamentals, the disruption with the COVID-19 pandemic changed the economy overnight. However, the financials and credit profile of this project only grew stronger and more viable with time.
George Smith Partners was able to identify a capital source that understood both the quality of the asset and the ability of the Sponsor to execute on the intended business plan. Amidst a time of great market volatility and economic uncertainty, the Capital Provider held their original pre-COVID structure and terms.
April 1, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $40,000,000 in non-recourse, cash-out bridge financing for a 180-key Radisson RED hotel in Portland, Oregon. The bridge facility allowed the Sponsor to pay off its construction loan, return capital to investors and provided additional runway for the hotel to ramp-up. The hotel occupies the first nine floors of a 19-story, Class-A, mixed-use high-rise tower that was delivered in Q4 2018. The remaining 10 floors are Class-A office space leased out at some of the highest rental rates in the Portland MSA.
GSP was able to leverage market interest to secure the most competitive terms available by focusing attention on the strong sponsorship and its long history of development and investment in the local Portland market. The location of the Property is adjacent to Portland State University and walking distance to the heart of Downtown Portland. The Property offers uniqueness of a select service hotel in a Class-A high-rise. The selected Capital Provider was able to recognize the Property’s intrinsic value and execute in a timely manner. The 75% LTV, non-recourse execution was fixed at a 7.75% interest rate and included a sizable cash-out. The Sponsor concurrently sold the office portion to a core, trophy office buyer through a separate sale.
March 4, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $23,750,000 in bridge financing for the refinance of a 229-key, full-service hotel located in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Hilton branded hotel is proximal to major demand drivers and includes a partnership with a Fortune 500 company, with headquarters across the street from the asset. The Property, built in 1986, underwent a PIP in 2017. The bridge facility allowed the Sponsor to pay off existing debt, which had an approaching maturity date in addition to completing the ramp-up period, forecasted to finish in 2020.
GSP conducted a full marketing process and was able to leverage market interest to secure the most competitive terms available by focusing attention on the superior location as well as the Sponsor’s familiarity and confidence in the market. The Sponsor developed, owns, and operates a 290-key hotel less than a mile for the Subject Property. The selected Capital Provider structured around the current market softness, recognizing the strength of the Sponsor and their ability to successfully operate hospitality properties.
80% Loan to Cost, Non-Recourse Acquisition Bridge Financing for a 20 Unit Multifamily Property in South Los Angeles; Closed in 30 Days with No Lender Legal
January 8, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $2,300,000 in non-recourse acquisition bridge financing for a value-add multifamily property in the South Los Angeles. The 20 unit, 1920’s vintage property had significant deferred maintenance and below market rents. The Sponsor’s business plan was to reposition the property, buyout tenants and release the units at market rents. The transaction carried a very short 30 day closing time frame.
Sized to 80% of total project cost, the loan includes future funding for tenant buyouts, a full gut renovation of unit interiors and an exterior upgrade. The three year bridge loan is interest only and carries a fixed interest rate of 7.25%. Interest is not charged on the hold-back until funds are drawn. The lender fee was limited to a 1% origination fee with no exit fee. The lender did not charge a legal fee and closed the transaction in 30 days from term sheet execution.
Term: 3 Years
Amortization: Interest only
LTC: 80%, including future funding
Guaranty: Non Recourse
Lender Fee: 1% in / no exit fee
Prepayment Penalty: 12 month interest guarantee
- Advisors: Zachary Streit
December 18, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged $25,500,000 in non-recourse bridge financing for the acquisition of a 230,000 square foot Class A office building located in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona’s Midtown District. Positioned on a heavily trafficked thoroughfare of a major professional corridor, the site benefits from its central location, proximity to Downtown Phoenix and abundance of local economic drivers. The Project, built in 1982, had been well-maintained but was running a below-market occupancy rate of 82% due to the recent expiration of a large tenant lease. This bridge facility allowed the Canadian-based Sponsor to purchase the asset and undergo a proposed renovation, bringing the design up to competitive market standards in order to successfully lease-up and stabilize the asset.
By focusing attention on sophisticated bridge lenders active in the local area, GSP identified a capital provider who understood the growth of the market. The selected Capital Provider structured around the Project’s current vacancy, recognizing the strength of the Sponsor and their ability to successfully execute on the intended business plan of value creation. The loan was structured with minimal cash management language and featured pari passu funding throughout the term. The interest only non-recourse bridge loan was priced at a spread of 350 basis points over the 30-Day LIBOR, with a three-year term and two 12-month extension options.
October 23, 2019
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $13,155,000 in non-recourse bridge financing for a 20,000 sf shopping center in Orange County, CA. The Sponsor has invested over $10,000,000 in renovating the Property and it now it is currently 91% occupied.
The Subject Shopping Center has undergone significant reposition in tenant makeup and revenue. As of the date of funding the Center was 91% leased, but several of the tenants were in the process of building out their TIs and had not moved into the Property. Banks, insurance companies, CMBS lenders and credit unions requested more seasoning from our Sponsor. Debt funds and hard money lenders did not want to provide enough proceeds. The financing was too early for a perm lender who would want to see the seasoned cash-flow, and too late for most bridge lenders who would want to fund the actual construction and renovation without releasing cash out to the Sponsor.
The Sponsor had many goals which included the reposition of the center, the sale of the center, and financing that allowed the Sponsor to pull cash out to sustain him during the sale process allowing him to receive back some of the value added to the Property. GSP was able to provide a solution for the Sponsor with a Midwest-based debt fund that allowed cash out for working capital of over $3,000,000 in less than 15 days. With GSP’s help, the Lender understood the ultimate value of the Property, was able to get comfortable with the large cash-out and give the Sponsor what they needed to complete the final stages of their plan and sell the Property.