Rate: 7.50% Fixed
Payment Penalty: 4 Months Minimum Yield Maintenance
George Smith Partners secured a $9,400,000 non-recourse, cash-out, bridge refinance of a 208,000 square foot 9-level 414-parking stall garage located in Downtown Los Angeles. The Building has a historic designation and will be converted to a mixed-use project that will include creative office over parking and ground floor retail. The 12-month bridge loan is interest-only fixed at 7.50% with only four months of required yield maintenance. The debt coverage is less than 1.0 with interim cash flow while the adaptive-reuse business plan is finalized. The loan includes a holdback for interest carry shortfall and provided the Borrower cash-out proceeds of $300,000.
The Property was encumbered by a $12,800,000 loan of which ~$4,000,000 had been force-funded resulting in a heavy carry burden. GSP was able to negotiate a loan exit at a reduced cost (reduced exit fee and waiver of unused fees) while providing for cash out proceeds. GSP identified a capital source that understood the as-is value of the asset, the redevelopment potential, location and strength of the Sponsor (Developer). Based on these strengths, the Lender was able to underwrite in-place income while providing cash-out proceeds and significantly reducing the carrying cost of the Project while providing the necessary term (with extension) needed to complete and finalize an adaptive reuse plan.
$4,700,000, 75% LTC Loan-to-Cost Financing Fixed for the Acquisition/Reposition of a Rent Controlled Apartment Building in Los Angeles
May 15, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged the $4,700,000 non-recourse first mortgage for the acquisition and reposition of a value-add multifamily asset located within a rent controlled market of Los Angeles. The national balance sheet lender provided a non-recourse loan up to 75% of total project cost which includes $1,925,000 of capital expenditures for property improvements and 100% of the tenant buy-out expenses. Interest on future proceeds is not incurred until funds are drawn. A short spread maintenance schedule provides maximum flexibility to allow the Borrower to quickly execute its value-add strategy, prior to taking out financing with permanent debt or a sale. Cash flow is maximized as the loan is interest only during the initial three-year term and priced at 4.15% over 30-Day LIBOR. Due to low going-in cash flow, the Lender structured an interest reserve to cover debt service during the reposition period.
May 15, 2019
GSP arranged a refinance that allowed the Sponsor to take cash out and strategically position the Property for future upside. The Sponsor purchased the Property in 2011 with an existing regulatory agreement mandating 80% median rents. The agreement expires in 5 years and the 7 year loan term will allow time for stabilization. The subject Property consists of 12 one-story and two-story stucco over wood frame buildings. It features large 2, 3 and 4 bedroom 2-level townhome style units. The units attract families in a market with barriers to home affordability. Amenities include an outdoor playground and covered parking.
May 15, 2019
George Smith Partners secured a non-recourse cash out refinance loan for a 12,695 SF retail strip center located in Los Angeles. The loan is fixed at a rate of 4.85% for 10 years and is sized to 65% LTV. The majority of the lenders that were surveyed used a 25 year amortization, but the selected lender was able to use a 30 year amortization. This resulted in a lower monthly payment and greater loan proceeds. The property has one vacancy comprising 11% of the space, which resulted in several lenders limiting their proceeds to the in-place loan amount. GSP pointed out that the space has only been vacant for a few months, and provided historical data showing that the center has consistent high occupancy and long-term tenants. As a result, the selected lender was comfortable providing a non-recourse, cash out refinance loan.
Rate: Fixed for 10 years at 4.85%, followed by floating at 6 month LIBOR plus 2.5%
Term: 30 years
Amortization: 30 years
Prepayment Penalty: 3,3,2,2,1,1,1
LTV: 65% maximum
Origination Fees: Par
May 15, 2019
George Smith Partners secured a $17,600,000 bridge loan for the acquisition and renovation of three separate commercial and retail buildings in the Los Angeles area. The first building is located in DTLA. Proceeds from the financing will be used for the purchase and adaptive reuse of this 43,000 SF mixed-use building. The second and third buildings are located in the San Fernando Valley and South LA, respectively. Proceeds from the financing will be used for major remodels on both buildings. The building in the San Fernando Valley will undergo a full repositioning of a flower shop into a new state-of-the-art, standalone coin-laundromat. The South LA mixed use asset is 75% complete. It is comprised of a two-story commercial building containing a 9,000 sf laundromat on the ground level with two residential units on the second floor. The entire Property was taken down to the studs, and a portion of this financing will cover the remaining cost of completion.
Despite the strength and experience of the Sponsor, we faced four major issues in obtaining financing for our Sponsor. The first challenge was unresolved past title issues. The second challenge we were up against were maturing interim loans. Next, due to the high volume of projects in the City of LA, power connection to one of our sites was delayed. Lastly, the initial financing request was for 85% LTC. After GSP’s full analysis, we discovered that the financing needed to payoff existing liens and provide the working capital needed for a successful execution was closer to 100% LTC.
GSP worked with a private balance sheet lender that provided a tailored bridge loan for the full capital stack. The initial term is for 12 months plus extensions. Because of GSP’s past experiences with this lender, we were confident in their ability to navigate such a complicated structure and their certainty of execution.
May 6, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged $2,830,000 of acquisition financing for the purchase of a 17,000-SF industrial-flex property in El Segundo, CA. The Sponsor was awarded the deal in an off-market transaction with a hard-close date to facilitate a series of 1031 exchanges for the Seller. GSP utilized its extensive lender relationships to identify a long-term, fixed-rate, non-recourse lender that would work diligently to close in accord with the required timing.
The Property is 100% NNN leased to a credit-tenant on a recently signed 10-year lease. Situated in a business-friendly district of El Segundo, the Property has excellent adaptive reuse potential. The interest-only acquisition financing is fixed at 4.98% for 10 years.
May 6, 2019
George Smith Partners placed a $10,000,000 cash-out refinance of a 100% owner/user corporate office and assemblage facility in Orange County, California. Excess proceeds were used to address a loan maturity for other unrelated real estate. Those other assets are un-stabilized but located in primary in-fill Los Angeles markets. Although proceeds were allocated to other real assets our Capital Provider only collateralized the subject Property. Their exit will occur post-reposition of the other assets and the portfolio will be recapitalized with traditional institutional debt. An MAI was not required; thus the loan was sized to 60% of estimated value. Fixed at 7.82% for 12 months, this non-recourse bridge loan does not carry a pre-payment penalty. Closing was executed within 10 days of solicitation of this loan request.