FINfacts™ XXIV – No. 277 | July 21, 2021

Prime Rate 3.25%
1 Month LIBOR 0.09%
6 Month LIBOR 0.15%
5 Yr Swap 0.82%
10 Yr Swap 1.30%
5 Yr US Treasury 0.74%
10 Yr US Treasury 1.30%
30 Yr US Treasury 1.94%

$30,000,000 10-Year Interest-Only, Permanent Financing for 230,000 SF Grocery Anchored Shopping Center; Southern California

Rate: 10-Year Swap Rate + 185 bps; 3.31% Fixed
Term: 10 Years
Amortization: 30 Year, 10-Year Interest-Only
LTV: 65%
Prepayment: Defeasance
Guaranty: Non-recourse except for “bad acts” and environmental

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners successfully placed $30,000,000 in permanent fixed-rate financing for a 230,000 SF infill Southern California retail center amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. As a market-leading retail center near local economic and transit hubs, the Property’s mix of need-based and experiential tenants proved resilient. Capital providers continue to be hesitant in financing retail but were specifically concerned with California’s mandates that impacted the operation of non-essential businesses. As non-essential businesses and experiential tenants comprise a significant portion of tenancy, this posed significant challenges. These included the temporary closure of a movie theatre with less than one year of primary lease term remaining and a fitness center that vacated during the pandemic.

George Smith Partners secured 10 years of permanent financing with full-term interest-only in a financial environment that continues to be cautious towards retail. GSP negotiated competitive pricing at the desired level of proceeds and guided the deal to a successful closing.


Gary E. Mozer
Portrait Robert Horton
Senior Vice President
Portrait Dorian Aftalion
Vice President
Tommy Adelson
Vice President
Benjamin Shofet

$10,465,000 Non-Recourse Acquisition Permanent Financing on a 100% Leased Non-Credit-Grocer Anchored Shopping Center; 65% LTPP, 10-years I/O, 3.04% Fixed Rate; Pacific Southwest

Rate: 3.04%, Fixed
Term: 10 years
Amortization: Full-Term Interest Only
LTV: 65%
Lender Fee: Par
Prepayment: Defeasance
Guaranty: Non-recourse

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners successfully placed $10,465,000 in non-recourse acquisition permanent financing for a 77,267 square foot, non-credit-grocer anchored retail shopping center in a transitory Pacific Southwest MSA. The tenant mix includes several national credit tenants along with local and regional stores (including the grocer anchor), all of which remained in-place during COVID-19. GSP was able to identify a lender who understood the complexities of retail in a post COVID environment. The non-recourse permanent loan was sized to 65% of purchase price, included 10years of interest-only payments at a fixed rate of 3.04% for 10 years. Lender fee is at par.


Portrait Michael Anderson-Mitterling
Senior Vice President
Kyle Howerton
Senior Vice President
David Stepanchak
Senior Vice President
Portrait Robert Gallagher
Portrait Saman Yazdi
Heather Gonzalez
Closing Specialist/Executive Assistant

Non-Recourse Bridge Acquisition Financing for Industrial Building; Gardena, CA

Rate: 7.90% Fixed
Term: 12 months, with Extension Options
Amortization: Interest Only
LTP: 40%
Prepayment: None
Guaranty: None

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners successfully arranged a bridge acquisition financing for a single-tenant industrial building in Gardena, CA. The Property is 9,300 SF on an approximate 18,731 SF parcel. The previous owner occupied the space, and the building is now vacant. There was an existing environmental issue that limited the pool of interested capital providers. However, GSP leveraged its market expertise and relationships to identify a lender comfortable with the Property and Sponsor, who is a repeat client. GSP secured a 12-month, non-recourse bridge loan at 7.90% fixed with interest-only payments and no prepayment penalty. This will provide the Sponsor time to resolve the environmental issue, lease the Property and season it for permanent financing. The financing closed within 12 days of term sheet issuance.


Antonio Hachem
Wendy Wang
Vice President
John Choi
Vice President
Cornelius Baliukonis
Assistant Vice President


Did you miss the latest episode of Finance Fridays “Housing in 2021”?

Gary Mozer, Principal/Co-Founder at George Smith Partners moderated the discussion about Multifamily, Single Family Attached & Detached and For Sale and For Rent Housing.

Click here for the webinar replay



Pascale's Portrait
Market Volatility Whipsaws Treasury Yields

Stock markets plunged along with Treasury yields on Monday before rebounding yesterday and into today. The 10 year T dropped to 1.14% from 1.30% on Monday as concerns mount about rising Covid cases. The “June narrative” whereby a highly vaccinated society reopens and economic activity booms accordingly is being replaced by concerns about the highly contagious Delta variant. The recovery may be volatile and asymmetrical among regions and sectors. Interestingly, when the 10 year T hit 1.14% on Monday, it was in the middle of the pandemic low (0.50%, July 2020) and high (1.77%, March 2021). For now, inflation fears seem to be ebbing. The next 2-3 months will be fascinating as the “base effects” subside, supply chains return to near normal, and CPI/PCE statistics start to increasingly matter to markets. Next week’s Fed meeting may be the last meeting that Fed officials can claim price increases are “transitory”. Also next week: CPI, core CPI, and PCE announcements. Stay tuned. By David R. Pascale, Jr. , Senior Vice President at George Smith Partners

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