FINfacts™ XXIV – No. 256 | February 24, 2021

Prime Rate 3.25%
1 Month LIBOR 0.12%
6 Month LIBOR 0.20%
5 Yr Swap 0.74%
10 Yr Swap 1.45%
5 Yr US Treasury 0.60%
10 Yr US Treasury 1.38%
30 Yr US Treasury 2.23%

$15,800,000 Cash-Out Permanent Financing for a 47-Unit Multifamily Property, Fixed at 3.01% for 10 Years; Torrance, CA

Rate: 3.01%
Term: 10 Years
LTV: 65%
Amortization: Seven Years Interest Only; 30-Year Amort Thereafter
Guaranty: Non-Recourse

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners arranged $15,800,000 in permanent financing secured by a 47-unit garden-style, multifamily property located in Torrance, CA. The non-recourse loan carries a 3.01% fixed rate for 10 years with 7-years of interest only payments. The recapitalization provided significant cash-out to the Sponsor and reduced their previous interest rate considerably.

The Property had recently undergone an extensive renovation program and had limited seasoning on the new, higher rental rates achieved on the repositioned units. The Property did however, maintain stable occupancy and collections throughout 2020 despite COVID-19 regulations in California allowing tenants to defer rent payments.

Amidst a time of market volatility and economic uncertainty, GSP was able to leverage market interest to secure the most competitive terms available by focusing on the desirable location as well as the Sponsor’s track record and familiarity with the asset.


Malcolm Davies
Principal/Managing Director
Zachary Streit
Senior Vice President
Alexander Rossinsky
Senior Vice President
Portrait Drew Sandler
Vice President
Aiden Moran
Vice President
Brandon Asherian
Assistant Vice President

$5,800,000 Single Tenant Office with Early Termination Option; Milwaukee, WI

Rate: 3.625% fixed
Term: 10 Years
Amortization: 25 Years
LTV: 70%
DCR: 1.20
Loan Fee: 1 Point
Reserves: None
Impounds: None
Prepayment Penalty: None
Recourse: Repayment Guarantee

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners placed the cash-in refinance of a net-leased single tenant office building located in a secondary Milwaukee metro-market. Although currently leased to one user, the asset is easily divisible should the tenant choose to exercise their early termination clause in 18 months. Our Portfolio Capital Provider mitigated this event risk in two ways. First, by underwriting the need of the current tenant to operate from this specific single tenant building and second, our Sponsors’ 15% additional capital contribution at close. A personal repayment guarantee was used in place of all escrows, reserves, cash flow sweeps and hold-backs. The tenant continued to operate from this location in a reduced capacity throughout Covid. The 10-year term is fixed at 3.625% and amortizes over 25 years. The net-lease was underwritten to preclude any tax or insurance impounds while this tenant is in occupancy.


David Stepanchak
Senior Vice President
Olga Brandeis
Senior Vice President
Kyle Howerton
Senior Vice President
Portrait Michael Anderson-Mitterling
Senior Vice President
Portrait Saman Yazdi
Portrait Robert Gallagher

Refinance Loan for Multi-Tenant Office Property; Fixed at 3.80%; Non-Recourse; West Hollywood, CA

Rate: 3.80% fixed
Term: 5 yrs
Reserve: No payment reserve
Amortization: 30 years
Prepayment Penalty: 3,2,1
LTV: 40%
Guarantee: Non-Recourse
DCR: 1.30x

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners secured a refinance loan for a three-story office building located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. The loan is fixed at 3.8% and has a stepdown prepay that becomes 0% after 3 years.

The Sponsor is holding the Property for redevelopment and required a flexible loan with a low interest rate. The Property receives more than half of its income from a cell tower site and a rooftop billboard. Most lenders would not include this income because the leases have cancellation clauses, but the selected Lender agreed to include it. They also provided a prepayment structure that aligns with the timing of the Sponsor’s business plan. As a result, the loan can be paid off with no prepayment penalty once entitlements are secured for the redevelopment project.


Jonathan Lee
Principal/Managing Director
Shahin Yazdi
Principal/Managing Director
Jarod King
Senior Vice President
Matthew Kirisits
Vice President
Paul Monsen
Vice President
Kyle Redmond
Assistant Vice President


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Treasuries and Libor Futures Rise on Inflation Expectations

The 10 year Treasury hit a pandemic era high of 1.41% yesterday before settling today 1.38%. Fed Chair Powell’s congresional testimony yesterday and today assured the market that highly accomadative policy will contine. Any changes will be gradual and telegraphed well in advance. He made it clear that the Fed’s main concern is unemployment and not rising prices. The current Fed policy regarding monthly asset purchases and zero rates will not be affected until full employment (defined as a 4% unemployment rate) is achieved. The Fed is willing to tolerate inflation above 2% for a whille in order to acomplish their employment goals. As of now, despite warning signs the Fed’s preferred inflation idicator, the PCE (Personal Consumption Expenditures) has yet to hit 2%. The PCE release next week will be closely watched. Stay tuned.

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