FINfacts™ XXIV – No. 172 | June 19, 2019

Prime Rate 5.50
1 Month LIBOR 2.38
6 Month LIBOR 2.30
5 Yr Swap 1.85
10 Yr Swap 1.97
5 Yr US Treasury 1.76
10 Yr US Treasury 2.03
30 Yr US Treasury 2.55

$17,600,000 Acquisition and Bridge Financing for a 30-Unit Asset in Village of La Jolla, CA

Rate: 30 Day LIBOR + 6.35%
Term: 24 Month + (1) 12 Month Extension
LTV: 65%

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners arranged $17,610,000 in bridge financing for the acquisition of a fully operational 30-unit, waterfront, trophy asset on San Diego’s coastline in the Village of La Jolla. Sized to 83.9% of actual cost with 25% recourse. The 24-month term includes a 1-year extension option and is priced at LIBOR + 6.35%. The transaction closed in less than 2 weeks from the execution of the application.

GSP was able to source a wide array of competitive lenders that recognized both the strength of the real estate and the Sponsor’s ability to execute on the opportunity. Ultimately a capital provider was selected who was willing to work quickly and efficiently despite the variables and moving pieces that created substantial complexity. GSP was able to negotiate that several key items be finalized post-close.


Malcolm Davies
Principal/Managing Director
Evan Kinne
Senior Vice President
Zachary Streit
Senior Vice President
Alexander Rossinsky
Vice President
Rachael Lewis
Vice President
Aiden Moran
Assistant Vice President
Maxwell Shedlosky
Assistant Vice President

$13,500,000 Non-Recourse Cash-Out First Mortgage 14-Day Close on a Vacant Building; in Los Angeles, CA

Rate: 6.90% Fixed
Term: 12 Months with One, Six-Month Extension Option
Amortization: Interest Only
Loan to Value: 60%
Lender Fee: 1.00%
Prepayment: Open Full Term
Guarantee: Non-Recourse

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners arranged a $13,500,000 non-recourse, cash-out first mortgage from a REIT to refinance out a maturing bank loan on a 36,600 square foot vacant building located along a major thoroughfare in Hollywood, California. The building had previously been 100% occupied by a now defunct retailer and this loan provides up to 18 months of term for the Sponsor to source a replacement tenant. The loan repaid existing debt, covered 100% of closing costs, and repatriated substantial equity to the Borrower. Although this loan is non-recourse, the Lender did not require an appraisal or other third-party reports, nor did it require an interest or carry reserve despite no in-place cash flow. Sized to 60% of value, the loan priced at 6.90% fixed for the initial 12-month loan term.



Gary E. Mozer
Katie H. Rodd
Senior Vice President
Michael Anderson-Mitterling
Senior Vice President
Kyle Howerton
Senior Vice President
Akash Rohera
Assistant Vice President


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5.0% Fixed Rate Prepayable at Any Time

George Smith Partners is working with a non-recourse capital provider that is funding fixed & floating bridge loans. rate commercial, mezzanine, preferred and direct equity. With a focus on the top 150 MSA’s, the lender will fund up to 75% of value with initial terms up to 3 years. Program highlights include open prepayment and no minimum interest.

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Pascale's Portrait
Rates: US Fed, ECB Lead A “Race to the Bottom”

Today’s Fed statement and press conference by Fed Chair Powell combined with the recent comments by ECB’s Mario Draghi can only be described as a “dove-fest” as another round of easing is upon us. First off, both central banks see little evidence of inflation now or in their forecasts. Both see trade disputes as harmful to long term growth prospects. Yesterday, the ECB announced potential moves including rate cuts and/or quantitative easing. This caused global bond yields to fall, the German 10 year hit an all-time low of negative 0.32%. Other banks are following suit: India’s central bank (the RBI) has cut rates 3 times this year with another rate cut expected in August. These moves have global trade consequences (which seems to be a hot topic these days) as the rate cuts devalue the currencies of those countries. If the US dollar is “too strong” in comparison, our products become too expensive overseas. This ratchets up pressure on Powell to “fall in line” and keep the dollar “affordable”. The Fed today: “the case for somewhat more accommodative policy has strengthened” and seven of the committee members (of the 17) expect a 0.50% rate cut by the end of 2019. If the Fed doesn’t lower rates at next month’s meeting, it will roil markets as a cut is now “priced in” to treasuries and equities. Stay tuned By David R. Pascale, Jr. , Senior Vice President at George Smith Partners

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