Term: 5 Years Fixed, 12 Year Term
Amortization: 30 Years
Prepayment Penalty: 5,4,3,2,1
Lender Fees: None
George Smith Partners placed acquisition perm financing for the purchase of a single tenant, NNN-lease Jack in the Box in Texas. The Sponsor is a single asset entity, whose goal is to self-manage the NNN retail property. This Property was identified in a 1031 exchange. Jack in the Box has 12 years remaining on the lease, therefore George Smith Partners worked with the Lender on structuring a 12-year coterminous term. Due to the low leverage and other mitigating factors, GSP was successful in acquiring a 30-year amortization for the Sponsor along with a stepdown prepayment penalty. GSP also negotiated with the Lender to waive all fees.
77% of Purchase Price Financing for the Acquisition of a Vacant 75,000 Square Foot Data Center in Northern California
April 17, 2019
GSP arranged $5,475,000 in financing, composed of $4,275,000 non-recourse first mortgage from a REIT and $1,200,000 recourse second mortgage from a private-money lender, to acquire a 1980’s-vintage, 100% vacant data center. The 77% of purchase price financing provides 12 months of term to allow the Sponsor to 1) implement capital improvements, and 2) generate positive cash flow, prior to putting permanent financing on the Property. The Lenders did not require an appraisal or other third-party reports, and required only a four-month interest/carry reserve despite no in-place cash flow. The financing is prepayable without penalty throughout the loan term.
March 20, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged $4,235,000 of acquisition/bridge financing for a 19 unit residential mixed-use property in Santa Barbara, CA. The Property, originally constructed as a 10 unit apartment building in 1951, was converted to mixed-use with a second and third floor office and residential penthouse addition in 1973. The change in use was a response at the time to demand for office given the Property’s close proximity to the popular State Street retail corridor just a block away. The Borrower plans to seek approval to convert the 1973 office addition portion of the project back to residential use and lease all but two front commercial units with long term leases. The challenge was finding a Lender that could underwrite the business plan and get comfortable with take-out financing of this mixed-use residential/office project. GSP was successful in identifying a lender that could get comfortable with the uncertainty of the Borrower’s ability to convert the project to mostly residential.
$7,600,000 in Non-Recourse Permanent Financing for a Single Tenant Medical Office Property with 100% Lease Roll During the Loan Term
March 6, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $7,600,000 in non-recourse permanent acquisition financing for a 38,000 square foot medical office property in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Property was 100% leased to a single tenant with strong credit but with only five years of remaining lease term. Despite the limited lease term, the Sponsor sought long term permanent financing that exceeded the lease term, which is difficult to obtain.
After an extensive marketing effort, George Smith Partners sourced a national lender with a favorable view of medical office properties and a history of providing permanent financing on properties with significant near term lease roll. Sized to 65% of value, the 10-year fixed-rate execution is non-recourse and amortizes over 30 years. The interest rate was fixed at 5.12% at closing or 242 basis points over the 10 Year Swap Rate.
February 27, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $29,000,000 for the acquisition of the Aetna Springs Resort, a rare historic site in Napa County, CA. The Aetna Springs Resort dates back to the 1870’s and is the last available parcel entitled for resort development in the Napa Valley area. Upon completion, the Property will be expanded to include 88 luxury suites, 16 adjacent estate lots averaging 50-acres each, and a permitted winery.
While investors were intrigued by the location of the Resort, the 3,100 acres of land included 2,390 acres of land that was not adjacent to the Resort. Many investors shied away from the deal given the complexity of the collateral. Other investors were more conservative towards land loans given our point in the cycle.
George Smith Partners located an investor who understood Napa hospitality and understood the value in a new resort. They also took the time to understand the land/vineyard component of the collateral and were able to provide a structure that gave the Sponsor time to sell the non-adjacent collateral in an effort to maintain focus on the resort component.
$22,050,000 Non-Recourse, Acquisition and Development Financing to Reposition a 100,000 Square Foot Mixed-Use Building in Phoenix, AZ
February 20, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $22,050,000 of non-recourse acquisition and development financing for the reposition of a 100,000 square foot mixed-use office building and a 334 stall parking garage located in the Roosevelt Row Art’s District of Downtown Phoenix. The main tenant of the building recently vacated, leaving the Property with low occupancy. The Sponsor was able to acquire the asset with LOI’s for several large tenants in tow. The business plan was to reposition and stabilize the remainder of the mixed-use building after executing the leases shortly thereafter.
Sized at 70% of total project costs, the loan includes a future funding facility to cover tenant improvements and leasing commissions. The rate floats at 30 Day LIBOR plus 6.85% and carries a two year term with a one year extension option. The Lender was able to underwrite and deliver an executable term sheet in less than 48 hours. The loan funded roughly three weeks from the date of the application, meeting the required short window for closing. The Sponsor was also given occupancy credit based on the LOI’s, with executed leases allowed as a post-closing item. This offered the Sponsor more time to negotiate more favorable lease terms.
$46,000,000 Non-Recourse Acquisition & Renovation Financing a 4-Property Apartment Portfolio in the DFW Metroplex
February 13, 2019
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).