Rate: L+500 until construction completion, reducing to L+450 thereafter
Term: 3-year with two 1-year extensions
Amortization: Interest only
George Smith Partners secured an $83,000,000 senior bridge loan for the construction completion and lease up of a mixed-use community consisting of 250 multifamily units and 6,600 SF of ground-floor retail in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Los Angeles, CA. The non-recourse bridge financing carries a three-year term at LIBOR + 5.00%, reducing to LIBOR + 4.50% upon the Project’s receipt of Certificate of Occupancy.
The loan provides proceeds for construction completion – anticipated to complete in early 2021 – while allowing for an extended lease up period prior to stabilization. The strength and track record of the Sponsor, coupled with the centralized location within the San Fernando Valley, ensured that the Project would complete and stabilize as anticipated.
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May 19, 2021
George Smith Partners identified a national balance sheet lender with an intimate knowledge of the Hayward submarket and arranged $8,400,000 in acquisition and bridge financing for the purchase and reposition of a currently 50% occupied, 1960’s-built apartment complex located in Hayward, CA. The Sponsor placed the portfolio under contract during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The loan includes $1,350,000 of future funding for extensive renovations of unit interiors and exterior upgrades, including an earthquake retrofit. Interest is not charged on the holdback until funds are drawn. This Capital Provider also structured and capitalized an interest reserve to cover the shortfall of cash flow during repositions. Sized to 76% of the total capitalization, the three-year bridge loan is interest only for 36 months and carries a floating rate of LIBOR + 4.25% and include two extension options for up to a term of five-years.
$21,000,000 Cash-Out (105% of cost basis), Non-Recourse, Pre-Stabilization Bridge Financing on a Newly Constructed and 9% Leased Apartment Community; St. Louis City, Missouri
May 5, 2021
George Smith Partners successfully placed $21,000,000 in bridge financing for a 111-unit apartment community in St. Louis, Missouri that retired a high-leverage construction loan, funded a lease-up and operating reserve, converted from a recourse to non-recourse structure, materially lowered the Borrower’s cost of capital, and provided enough proceeds at close (100% of loan proceeds were released upon loan closing) to cash out 105% of the Borrower’s cost basis, although the Property was less than 10% occupied. The eighteen-month loan term provides the Borrower with time to stabilize and season the asset prior to either selling or refinancing it with long-term permanent debt in today’s low interest rate environment. GSP leveraged its expertise of the St. Louis market, long-standing lender relationships, and capital markets creativity to achieve the Borrower’s goals, which was primarily the maximum return of capital.
$15,500,000 Non-Recourse Bridge Financing for a Mid-Construction 3-Property Multifamily Portfolio; Los Angeles, CA
December 16, 2020
George Smith Partners secured a $15,500,000 bridge loan for three newly constructed, pre-Certificate of Occupancy multifamily assets located in Los Angeles, CA. The non-recourse loan provided significant cash-out proceeds to the sponsor, refinanced outstanding construction debt and capitalized construction completion costs. The loan is sized at 70% LTC on a 4.90% fixed rate, non-recourse, 12-month term. The loan did not require an interest reserve or capitalized carrying costs.
The loan is secured by three new construction multifamily assets in the Koreatown and Eagle Rock submarkets of Los Angeles, totaling 57 units, in various stages of completion. All will be complete by Q1 2021, with lease up occurring throughout the balance of 2021. Given COVID related delays and slower-than-anticipated leasing velocity, GSP was able to identify a lender comfortable with the high quality, new construction product, and the long-term stability of these submarkets. The loan closed three weeks from term sheet execution.
$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.
July 29, 2020
George Smith Partners placed a $5,891,700 recourse loan for the refinance and recapitalization of an approved mixed-use conversion back to 100% multifamily use. The Sponsor acquired the mixed-use office and multifamily project in early 2019. They negotiated the early termination of several long-term office leases and obtained approvals to convert the entire Property back to multifamily. The Sponsor will add kitchens to the office units and converted a large multi-story penthouse unit with ocean views into smaller units increasing the unit count to 23. Soft demolition began in early 2020 with insufficient funds available in the existing acquisition/bridge loan to complete the revised business plan.
GSP placed the original acquisition/bridge loan. Even though the current loan went under application at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the only delay was as a result of the appraisal process. The value and the loan were not negatively impacted by the change in market conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. GSP identified a bank lender who underwrote to the new business plan and was able to provide capital at less than half of the previous loan cost while providing an additional 40% in proceeds. The bridge loan has an 18-month term at Prime + 0.75%, interest only, with the ability to convert to a 5-year term.
Rate: Prime + 0.75% with a 4% Floor
Term: 18 months
Recourse: Full Recourse
Amortization: Interest only
Prepayment: None during construction period
- Advisors: Alina Mardesich