Financial Findings: Three Deals to Know

NATIONAL REPORT—Hotel Business has been tracking deals in the industry. Sonnenblick-Eichner Company, Mission Capital Advisors, and Berkadia have recently secured financing for hotels around the country:

Provenance Hotels’ Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery Receives $29.2M Loan

Sonnenblick-Eichner Company has arranged $29.2 million of interim first mortgage financing to refinance the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, a historic 167-room, full-service boutique hotel located in New Orleans’ Warehouse Arts District, just a few blocks from the French Quarter.

The five-year floating rate loan was priced over LIBOR at a spread in the mid-300s. Loan proceeds are being used to refinance the existing acquisition loan, as well as provide a return of equity to the borrower.

In June of 2015, the hotel completed a $14-million ($94,000 per room) renovation that included renovating the guestrooms, bathrooms, public spaces and a build-out of the ground-floor restaurant space. Amenities include Compère Lapin, an upscale restaurant and bar helmed by Nina Compton, an acclaimed chef who has won several awards, including the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South in 2018.

“The interim floating rate loan will allow the property to continue to ramp up post-renovation while providing a lower cost of capital than the original acquisition loan,” said Sonnenblick-Eichner’s Principal Elliot Eichner.

Mission Capital Arranges $137M Loan for Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District

Mission Capital Advisors’ Debt and Equity Finance Group has arranged $137 million in senior, non-recourse, permanent financing for the Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, a 50-story, 492-key hotel at 99 Washington St. in Lower Manhattan.

The Mission Capital team of Beau Williams, Ari Hirt, Steven Buchwald, Alex Draganiuk and Jamie Matheny represented the owner, real estate development firm Golden Seahorse, in arranging the 10-year, fixed-rate loan from Ladder Capital. Proceeds from the loan were used to refinance an existing first mortgage and return capital to the borrower.

Built in 2014, the Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District is the tallest Holiday Inn in the world. Since opening, the property has successfully achieved significant market penetration, currently touting 93% occupancy and climbing RevPAR, according to the company. The property also includes the St. George Tavern, a full-service restaurant, bar and event space offering diners French and Asian cuisine.

“The borrower was looking to lock in a low-interest-rate loan without amortization, and we were able to create a very competitive market, with various banks, insurance companies and CMBS lenders vying to structure favorable deals,” said Beau Williams. “By identifying a network of lenders who recognized the strength of the sponsor and its management team, we were able to achieve our client’s goal of securing low-interest, non-recourse financing that is interest-only for the full 10-year term.”

Berkadia Phoenix Team Secures $78M in Financing for Six Hotels

Berkadia secured $78 million in financing for six hotel properties in a portfolio of eight total hotel properties. Director Adrienne Kautzman of the Phoenix office secured the acquisition bridge loan through Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation. The borrower was a partnership led by PEG Companies, and the deal closed on September 7.

“PEG’s investment thesis coupled with our deep lending relationships and knowledge of the hospitality space allowed us to facilitate flexible and competitive financing on these six hotels to provide various exit strategies for the PEG team,” said Kautzman.

The properties include Residence Inn by Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott hotels located in St. Petersburg, FL; Sacramento, CA; Santa Fe, NM; Charlotte, NC; Phoenix; and St. Louis, for a total of 828 hotel rooms.