Senior & Mezzanine Facilities totalling $11.415m for site refinance and construction of 19 apartments at 68% of the Net Realisation Valuation in Hampton, Victoria
Construction and development of a contemporary style medium-rise boutique building comprising 19 residential apartments over 3 levels storeys plus a single level basement carparking for 22 cars.
LOCATION OF PROJECT
The Group is a vertically integrated, full service property development and construction group based in Melbourne. Until recent times, the Group has operated for most part in the background on the delivery of a large pipeline of projects. The company continues to construct and develop sites and will continue to do so for a number of years to come.
At present, the developer holds in excess of 20 projects which are either ready for construction or in pre-development phase. The Group is located in Victoria and employs approximately 20 staff.
The Group strategy focuses on building and developing quality developments within Melbourne’s inner to middle ring south-eastern suburbs. Specifically, the Group will look to deliver between 6-12 projects each year predominately on mixed-use residential projects, with all aspects of the development life-cycle to be managed in-house, ranging from site acquisition, planning, sales and marketing, project funding, construction, project management and settlements.
The Brief: Refinance the existing loan over the site as part of a full construction finance facility
Following the initial discussion around the project DFP worked through the project feasibility together with the client to firm up build costings and confirm internal margins as they also would deliver the build via their building entity. Upon assessment of the project feasibility and discussions with the client a formal service agreement was entered into with the client and DFP and shortly thereafter DFP secured finance terms to undertake the project.
THE ISSUES: ACHIEVE PROJECT FUNDING
Given the tightening of all Major Banks in the development space over the last 3-4 years, the developer found it problematic to finance the construction component of the build given they were also the builder, particularly with a higher LVR required.
The Solution: First and Second Mortgage construction facility
Development Finance Partners (DFP) was engaged to provide a funding solution for the construction project in Hampton, Melbourne.
DFP arranged 14-month site refinance and construction facility for $11.415m, representing 68% of the project net realisation value with a first and second mortgage facility.
DFP ascertained appetite from a preferred DFP underwriter to secure site refinance and construction finance approval following which a valuation was undertaken on an ‘as is’ and ‘as if complete’ basis.
Based on the detailed analysis from DFP and understanding of the transaction DFP secured support from its underwriter to fund the transaction with a first and second mortgage facility for both the land refinance and the construction component to achieve the higher leverage.
THE RESULTS DFP DELIVERED
- Finance – Secured, Terms Approved 28 November and settlement ready less than a month later, in mid-December 2019.
- Loan Amount First Mortgage – $10.715m + Second Mortgage – $700k NR $16.8m LVR 68%
- Term – 14 months
WHAT THE CLIENT SAYS
I had a relationship with DFP previous to my current role. I was working with them 2-3 years ago and coincidently, my current employer also had engaged DFP 2-3 years ago with regard to a corporate facility. So it made sense given we both had had positive experiences in the past to work with them again.
We needed a facility urgently and DFP were able to help us within a two-week turnaround. When they say they will do something, they do it. There’s no ambiguity. When you work with them there’s certainty and they are really responsive with offers, outcomes and getting the deal closed. They get things done quickly. Certainty for developers is really key at the moment with what’s happening in the funding market.
We would recommend them to other developers. They are the pre-eminent private funding partner for developers in Melbourne.
Rick Impala, Director, Real Estate Finance, Pitard Group
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