HJ Sims Secures $6.5 million Additional Debt Financing for Capital Improvements

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CONTACT: Tara Perkins, AVP | 203-418-9049 | tperkins@hjsims.com

HJ Sims Secures $6.5 million Additional Debt Financing for Capital Improvements

FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm founded in 1935, is pleased to announce the successful August 2020 transaction in the amount of $6.5 million additional debt financing for capital improvements for the Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPH). PPH operates a continuing care retirement community in northeast Philadelphia, featuring 266 independent living units, 175 personal-care units and 126-bed nursing facility.

PPH has been funding capital improvements from general fund revenues. To efficiently manage cash-flow, PPH elected to finance $6.5 million of upcoming capital improvements. Sims, as financial advisor, developed a financing plan that provided for the funding of the required capital improvements, while implementing a structure that maintained maximum flexibility to maintain their debt service at manageable levels.

Prior to engaging PPH’s existing banking partner, Citizens Bank (Citizens), Sims worked with the PPH Fiscal Oversight Committee to develop structuring options. Following engagement of Citizens, Sims led the effort in working with Citizens to finalize the debt structure, within the confines of the bank’s requirements. Due to impacts of COVID-19, Sims negotiated a modified Debt Service Coverage test to the benefit of PPH. The additional obligations were structured as parity debt with PPH’s outstanding Series 2015 obligations.

Citizens provided $6.5 million of senior debt financing, fully amortizing in ten-years, and a five-year interest-only period followed by monthly principal amortization. The obligations were structured with a five-year, PPH-owned par call provision, and were issued on a tax-exempt basis through the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID). This provision was paramount as PPH’s existing Series 2015 Obligations mature in seven years, while Citizens could only defer principal on the Series 2020 obligations for five years. This call feature will allow PPH to restructure future debt at minimal cost.

Following closing of the Series 2020 Bonds, PPH locked in a synthetic fixed-rate on the debt. Sims served as Swap Advisor for the swap transaction, which also bears a mirroring, PPH-owned par termination right in five years, to align with the Citizens’ loan.

Sims, Citizens, PAID and the financing team worked diligently with PPH to secure final approvals, including navigating through unanticipated delays followed by the onset of COVID-19, to successfully close the financing.

“The HJ Sims’ commitment to incomparable client services has once again served The Philadelphia Protestant Home well. Despite the unforeseen challenges and uncertainly resulting from the pandemic, the Sims’ team provided valuable insight and unwavering advocacy to assure our financing needs were achieved. We are thankful for our partnership, the integrity, and collaboration with Aaron Rulnick and Siamac Afshar, for always putting what is in the best interest of PPH, first,” said John Dubyk, CEO, PPH. Philadelphia Protestant Home

Financed Right® Solutions—Aaron Rulnick: arulnick@hjsims.com or 301-424-9135 | Siamac Afshar: safshar@hjsims.com or 267-360-6250.

ABOUT HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm. Headquartered in Fairfield, CT, HJ Sims has nationwide investment banking, private client wealth management and trading locations. Member FINRA, SIPC. Facebook, LinkedIn, TwitterInstagram.

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COVID-19 Response

March 18, 2020:

Dear Valued Client,

As you are likely closely monitoring the developments and impact of COVID-19, we are doing the same at HJ Sims. Our primary focus is the safety and well-being of our employees, our clients and their families.

We would like to update you on important preparations currently in place, and our ability to respond to your needs during this unprecedented time.

  • We have enacted a comprehensive COVID-19 business response plan and remain confident that as a nimble and resilient organization, we will maintain business continuity. We are prepared in the event the situation continues to escalate.
  • During this extraordinary time, we recognize that you rely on access to our financial professionals and representatives. As such, we have prepared plans for employees to work from different locations, as well as remotely from home. Alternate site work arrangements are intended to balance and diversify our resources to minimize risk for an extended period, if required, while using today’s technology to be ever-present for our clients.
  • Our employees are being kept fully aware of the situation by our Executive Committee. We have established access to online company resources to help them manage during this unparalleled time.

Please be sure to keep us updated with your contact information so we may stay in touch with you.

We are confident that we are taking proper steps to ensure the continued operation of our business, and continue to follow guidance from official local, state and Federal Government and public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We will monitor and evaluate the situation and determine whether additional steps are needed to support our clients and communities.

We have strong financial talent who have the experience to weather all market cycles. We appreciate your trust and confidence in us. Please let us know if we can help in any way.

We wish you, your communities and your family all the very best.

Thank you,

William Sims
Managing Principal
HJ Sims

Financing the Perception of Safety

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September 22, 2020

CONTACT: Tara Perkins, AVP | 203-418-9049 | tperkins@hjsims.com

Financing the Perception of Safety
Senior Living Survey Finds Residents Feel Safe, Glad to be Part of a Community during Pandemic 

FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm founded in 1935, participated in the Senior Living COVID-19 Sentiment Report, which surveyed 4,000+ current and prospective senior living community residents, assessing their thoughts/ feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic. Lynn Daly, Executive Vice President, Sims’ Chicago office, authored content included in the 104-page report, COVID-19 Sentiment Report: A Survey of Independent Living Desirability & Safety.

The Survey, published by Plante Moran Living Forward and Retirement DYNAMICS®, was distributed to 23,000+ residents, prospective residents and staff at senior independent living communities nation-wide.

Among the results, it was discovered that of more than 4,000 current and prospective senior living community residents, 77% of current senior living community residents were somewhat or strongly supportive of living in a community during the Pandemic, with 87% of prospective community residents feeling somewhat or strongly glad to be living at home during the Pandemic. Click here to download the report.

While surveyed prospects worried about social isolation and daily tasks when living in their own homes, Survey results showed a slight decrease in their likelihood to move into an independent living community due to the Pandemic. The survey revealed:

  • 92% of staff felt their community responded well to Pandemic.
  • 93% of residents felt their community took all precautions.
  • 85% of staff agreed residents “are safer in their community than in their previous homes.”
  • 77% of residents said they were “glad to be living in a community during the Pandemic,” with 86% affirming they were glad they moved.
  • Prospective residents (61%) and residents (68%) felt socially isolated during shelter-in-place.
  • 74% of prospective residents reported their time frame for a move has been unchanged.

While independent living communities received high marks from seniors on cleanliness, sanitation and communications, communities earned low grades on recreation activities, dining and technology offered during shelter-in-place.

The Survey received a 21.1% overall response, and was sent to independent senior living communities throughout the U.S., generating 7,000+ comments. The results indicate that prospective senior living residents recognize that living in a community would provide them peace of mind, safety and security. However, they are happy to be home during the Pandemic. For senior living providers and operators, making small operational changes can improve prospective residents’ perceptions, with the hope that they will make the commitment and enjoy what moving to a campus would provide.

“HJ Sims is deeply passionate about the providers we serve. We appreciate that COVID-19 has stretched our provider clients in unimaginable ways, including resident and staff safety, retention/recruitment of staff, uncertainty and negative press. We welcome helping those in the industry become more knowledgeable about COVID-19 and are pleased to provide relevant data on what providers are doing right, and where they can improve to align themselves with the perceived needs of consumers and staff. We have tremendous faith in the non-profit senior living model and embrace the opportunity to support its sustainability and resilience,” said Daly.

Ms. Daly has 30+ years of experience working exclusively with nonprofit organizations on their financing needs. Read more here.

Lynn Daly: ldaly@hjsims.com | 312-505-5688.

ABOUT HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm. Headquartered in Fairfield, CT, HJ Sims has nationwide investment banking, private client wealth management and trading locations. Member FINRA, SIPC. Facebook, LinkedIn, TwitterInstagram.

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HJ Sims Participates in the MoneyShow Virtual Expo

Tools for entirement®

The HJ Sims team experienced a successful first-time appearance as speakers at this year’s MoneyShow Virtual Expo, September 15-17. The event theme was Investment Strategies and featured thousands of attendees over the three-day run.

Our Test Your Stress: How in the World Is Your Portfolio? presentation highlighted HJ Sims Tools for entirement® and the strategic methods in which HJ Sims’ financial advisors can test client portfolios against dozens of world events, including economic, political and financial scenarios.

Our team was comprised of Geoffrey von der Linden, Senior Vice President; Eugene Chyzowych, Senior Vice President; and Joshua Davison, CIMA®, Director of Investments.

Additionally, HJ Sims hosted a dynamic virtual booth, including our videos, biographies, and foundational information about us and our rich 85+ year history.

We look forward to speaking at the next MoneyShow Virtual Expo in October for accredited investors.

Register for MoneyShow Virtual Expo October, featuring HJ Sims

HJ Sims is a SEC registered Broker-Dealer, a member of FINRA, SIPC and is affiliated and under common ownership and control with a state registered investment advisor: Herbert J. Sims Capital Management, Inc. (HJSCM). Some HJ Sims financial professionals are dually registered as investment advisors with HJSCM and may therefore provide advice on HJSCM managed accounts. This material has been prepared and is distributed solely for informational purposes and is not a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any security or instrument or to participate in any trading or investment strategy. September 2020.

Introducing Tools for entirement®

Test Your Portfolio against Dozens of What-if Scenarios

Do you have questions and concerns about your portfolio, and the potential impact of world events on your investments? We are pleased to introduce Tools for entirement®. We invite you to test your portfolio against dozens of what-if scenarios, including economic, political and market events. 

Test Your Portfolio against Dozens of What-if Scenarios

HJ Sims is a SEC registered Broker-Dealer, a member of FINRA, SIPC and is affiliated and under common ownership and control with a state registered investment advisor: Herbert J. Sims Capital Management, Inc. (HJSCM). Some HJ Sims financial professionals are dually registered as investment advisors with HJSCM and may therefore provide advice on HJSCM managed accounts. This material has been prepared and is distributed solely for informational purposes and is not a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any security or instrument or to participate in any trading or investment strategy. September 2020.

Repurposing Aging Senior Living Facilities to Affordable Senior Housing

Background

Older senior housing communities, in particular skilled nursing facilities, face numerous financial and operational challenges.  For example, combinations of changing neighborhood demographics, shifting care option preferences, the presence of newer, modern competition and constraints on third-party reimbursement have increasingly caused nursing homes to struggle to maintain healthy occupancy ratios and cash-flow.  Often, when cash-flow is tight, repairs and improvements are delayed, if done at all; senior housing property executive management and their governing boards can reasonably ask:

  • Does it make sense to invest in a component of our campus that no longer may be as relevant?
  • Is our mission as an organization being limited or compromised because of an inefficient physical plant that no longer serves the needs of residents and potential new residents?
  • Are there repurposing options for older, inefficient buildings, and if so, how can they be financed?

These questions, important to all senior housing operators, are perhaps more acute for not-for-profit, mission-based organizations, who generally operate on tighter operating budgets.  Moreover, the option of selling a building on campus to outside, third-party interests, may be counterproductive to the overall reputation of the community, as the buyer may not operate the property in a manner consistent with the original charitable mission.  With so many aging senior living facilities facing financial hardship, creative measures must be taken to avoid eventual closures and bankruptcies.

One Solution: Conversion of a Portion of a Senior Housing Community to Affordable, Low-Income Senior Housing

The way forward may be the conversion of older, less-functional components of a senior housing campus, like a skilled nursing facility, to an affordable assisted living or age-restricted multifamily housing.

Such a conversion could serve the dual purposes of: (1) expanding the mission of a not-for-profit provider whose primary operation is in the market-rate sector and (2) addressing a dramatic shortage nationwide of affordable housing, especially for lower-income seniors.

Consider that the National Low-Income Housing Coalition reports that there are 7.2 million affordable housing units needed for low-income families and individuals across the country. By re-purposing healthcare or other older buildings on campus to affordable housing or assisted living, not-for-profit sponsors can avoid closures, unwanted sales to unrelated buyers, and financial hardship.

Key Element of Affordable Housing Finance: Low – Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs)

One of the major challenges to the development of affordable housing is that there is typically a large gap between the costs of the project and the amount of financing that can be supported by operational cash-flow. In many affordable transactions, the gap is filled with equity generated from the procurement of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs). These credits can significantly lessen the financial burden of conversion or repurposing senior living facilities into affordable assisted living or age-restricted senior housing.

LIHTCs provide developers and owners with a significant equity contribution towards the new construction, substantial rehabilitation, refinance, or acquisition of affordable housing projects. The program is administered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through State Housing Finance Agencies and local Development Agencies. LIHTCs connect investors with sponsors and developers, providing the investors with considerable tax benefits over a period of approximately 10 years in exchange for their investment into the creation or preservation of affordable housing properties.

LIHTCs are generally available under two programs: 9% credits and 4% credits. The 9% credits cover more development costs but are extremely competitive to secure and often require a sponsor to commit to a higher degree of affordability with respect to rents and income limitations of residents. Moreover, the highly competitive and limited-supply 9% credit is typically reserved for new construction without any other federal subsidies.

The 4% credits, which often are accompanied by an allocation of tax-exempt multifamily housing revenue bonds, is typically allocated on a non-competitive basis. The 4% credits are considered part of the bond allocation, and given these credits are more accessible than their 9% counterpart and are available for repurposing existing buildings, the 4% execution will likely be the more likely product available.

In a typical LIHTC transaction, the credits would produce equity that covers anywhere from about 30% – 70% of the development costs associated with repurposing existing facilities into affordable housing. The LIHTC is equity, not to be repaid by the Project Owner. The typical Project ownership structure for LIHTC transactions is a Limited Partnership or Limited Liability Corporation, with the not-for-profit sponsor serving as a general partner or managing member and the tax credit investor acting as a limited partner or member. The not-for-profit sponsor can earn a development fee in a LIHTC transaction.

Debt Structures: HUD Mortgage Insurance as a Complement to 4% Credits/Tax Exempt Bond Financing

LIHTCs provide the equity for an affordable senior housing development; however, additional sources of financing will be needed to complete the capital stack.

Three HUD-insured mortgage loans can provide a source of financing for the debt component of a LIHTC transaction: Section 221(d)(4); Section 223(f); and Section 232 (assisted living). While a modest number of affordable assisted living facilities have been financed under the Section 232 program, the vast majority of HUD transactions that involve LIHTCs occur with the Section 221(d)(4) and Section 223(f) multifamily programs. (For a detailed summary of HUD’s mortgage insurance programs, please visit www.simsmortgage.com.)

The HUD 221(d)(4) program is the most likely option to accomplish the goals of a senior living sponsor to repurpose to affordable housing when the cost to renovate the property is higher than $40,000 per unit. This program is used for new construction and substantial rehabilitation and combines construction and permanent financing into one mortgage with an amortization and term of up to 40 years. Interest rates for the 221(d)(4) loans are currently in the low 3% range. The industry-best 40-year amortization lowers debt service payments, enhancing the feasibility of the Project.

Section 223(f) can be used when the cost of the renovation is less than $40,000 per unit. This program features a maximum 35-year amortization and current interest rates in the range of 2.50%. Both Section 221(d)(4) and Section 223(f) have .25% annual mortgage insurance premiums for affordable projects. These premiums are payable on the unpaid principal balance throughout the life of the loan.

A HUD-insured loan typically complements the tax-exempt bond financing that is needed “up front” to qualify for the 4% LIHTCs. That is because bond proceeds must be disbursed to pay project costs. However, the tax-exempt bonds are of limited duration, typically maturing after the rehabilitation is completed and the project is placed into service. The HUD-insured loan becomes the long-term financing after the bonds are redeemed post-rehabilitation.

LIHTC transactions often need additional sources of funding beyond the equity and tax-exempt bond/HUD debt. This funding can come from a variety of sources such as state grants or supplemental financing programs, Federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME funds and deferred development fees.

Are LIHTCs for You?

The LIHTC process is complex and involves significant administrative and reporting activities once the project is placed into service; however, if utilized properly, tax-credits can be a uniquely beneficial tool to preserve or create affordable assisted living or age-restricted housing. This process is further complicated if the converted units are part of an existing building financed with taxable or tax-exempt debt under a Master Trust Indenture (MTI). While it’s not impossible to layer tax-credit debt into the existing capital stack, additional legal and advisory work would need to be done to determine the correct path forward.

Due to the highly complex nature of these transactions, LIHTC consultants are typically used to assist with the tax credit application and ensure IRS compliance issues are followed. Not-for-profit sponsors without LIHTC experience may partner with an experienced developer, who becomes part of the ownership structure, albeit in a limited control setting.

Sims Mortgage Funding, Inc. (SMF) would perform the upfront screening of the transaction from the LIHTC and HUD-insured loan perspectives, and would coordinate with our parent company, HJ Sims, on the identification of tax-exempt bond issuing agencies with access to 4% credits and the selection of the agency most suitable for the sponsor’s needs. Moreover, we may be able to recommend specific LIHTC developers, consultants and attorneys based on the sponsor’s geographic location. Finally, SMF would help the provider identify legal help to ensure the new debt works with the existing MTI debt on the campus.

For more information, please contact Johnny Sears at jsears@simsmortgage.com.

Sims Mortgage Funding, Inc. originates, underwrites, and funds loans for Healthcare, Multifamily and Hospital projects. We have completed over $2 billion in HUD-insured transactions and are an approved LEAN (healthcare) and MAP (multifamily) lender.

HJ Sims Expands Team in Puerto Rico, Welcomes José Iván Acosta Jordán

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 29, 2020

 CONTACT: Tara Perkins, AVP Marketing Communications | 203-418-9049 | tperkins@hjsims.com

HJ Sims Expands Team in Puerto Rico, Welcomes José Iván Acosta Jordán

FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), an independently and privately held wealth management firm and investment bank founded in 1935, is pleased to announce the addition of José Iván Acosta Jordán as Senior Vice President in its Guaynabo, Puerto Rico office. José joins Sims with more than 30 years of financial services experience in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

As one of America’s most enduring investment firms, Sims is proud of its 85+ years of expertise managing wealth and generating income for clients. In 2015, Sims established its first office on Puerto Rico and has since retained a strong and growing presence. In late 2019, Sims moved its Guaynabo private client headquarters to a larger space in Metro Office Park. The spacious quarters enable the team to better serve and host clients, while the expansion reinforces Sims’ commitment to the island.

“I was attracted to Sims because of the firm’s stability, strength and depth of innovative financial solutions. Sims is highly respected with a solid reputation in Puerto Rico, which enables me to offer my clients the benefits of a firm that has permanence on the island. With the tools and support at Sims, I can provide my clients with customized solutions, while navigating uncertain markets and positioning them for market opportunities. Along with my experience in insurance products, my clients now have access to more unique opportunities in tax-exempt/taxable bonds, private placements and other alternative investments,” said Acosta Jordán.

Among Jose’s many talents, he brings advanced experience in financial planning, investments and private banking. Prior to joining Sims, José was with Drexel Burnham Lambert, graduating from Shearson Lehman Brothers Financial Consultant course. José also served as Senior Vice President in the Global Private Client Division of Merrill Lynch Private Wealth Management, where he staffed the office and participated on the President’s Council.

“We are thrilled to welcome José to our team. A financial advisor of the highest caliber, Jose is a superb addition to our organization, bringing a wealth of skills and experience to our group of talented financial professionals. I am confident José will work tirelessly to help his clients meet their financial and lifestyle objectives,” stated German Ramirez de Arellano, Managing Director, Puerto Rico.

José attended the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he played tennis on the NCAA Division I team. He graduated from University of the Sacred Heart, Santurce, with a BBA in finance and marketing. He holds his Series 7, 63, 65, fixed and variable insurance licenses.

In his spare time, José spends time with his family and their five rescue dogs. He has a strong passion for sports, and for guiding his daughters to follow their fellow interest in sports, as well as their pursuit of scholarly success.

Jose Ivan Acosta, Senior Vice President

José Iván Acosta Jordán, Senior Vice President, HJ Sims

Contact José: Jacosta@hjsims.com | 939-399-0128

HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm, headquartered in Fairfield, CT, with locations throughout the nation, including Puerto Rico. www.hjsims.com. Investments involve risk, including loss of principal. This is not an offer to sell or buy any investment. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Member FINRA, SIPC. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram Twitter.

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HJ Sims Completes Innovative Financing for New Independent Living Campus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 28, 2020

CONTACT: Tara Perkins, AVP Marketing Communications | 203-418-9049 | tperkins@hjsims.com

HJ Sims Completes Innovative Financing for New Independent Living Campus

FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm founded in 1935, is pleased to announce the June 2020 closing of a $29.3 million financing for Presbyterian Senior Care’s Encore on the Lake (Encore), a new independent living community in North Strabane Township, Washington County, PA.

Encore will include 80 independent living apartments with underground parking, in a four-story building and is positioned to be affordable to seniors of modest means. The project is being undertaken in partnership with Senior Housing Partners (SHP), a subsidiary of Presbyterian Homes & Services (MN).

Encore is an affiliate of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network (PSCN) and parent organization Presbyterian SeniorCare (PSC). PSCN is a not-for-profit, faith-based, multi-site network serving 6,500+ older adults in Western PA, and offering a continuum of care to adults through 53 senior living communities, affordable housing facilities and at-home programs/services.

Sims has provided investment banking services to PSC and its affiliates, including financing in 2017 for construction of the Woodside Place memory care facility at PSC’s Washington campus, and 2019 refinancing/financing at Shenango on the Green. PSC engaged Sims to provide services for Encore, including exploration of financing options.

For this financing, Sims ultimately identified commercial bank financing as the preferred option for the majority or the financing, with the need for supplemental/subordinate financing to be determined upon completion of a bank solicitation and appraisal. Following a bank solicitation process, PSC selected First National Bank of Pennsylvania (FNB) as the commercial banking partner.

Elements of plan of finance implementation included: i) confirmation of appraised value, potential need for supplemental financing and source of financing and ii) finalizing the financing structure, including application of entrance fees, interest rate mode and debt security, and covenant provisions. Based on appraised value and loan-to-value requirements, supplemental financing was required with several of the considered options. PSC utilized additional bank financing, provided by Washington Financial Bank (WFB) and credit-supported by PSC.

The $29.3 million financing was comprised of $26 million of senior debt financing from FNB with a 28- year maturity combined with $3.3 million of supplemental financing from WFB with a 10-year maturity. Both components of debt, totaling $3.5 million, included portions to be repaid with some residency membership deposits following project completion and resident move-in. While the outbreak of COVID created uncertainty, the financing was successfully completed on June 30, 2020.

“For the third time, the Sims team partnered with PSCN to achieve success with a financing and favorable terms for another mission‐critical project, a new Independent Living rental model to serve moderate income older adults, which we hope to replicate. The Sims team did this in the midst of the disruptive COVID pandemic environment and a CFO transition. Our organization places great value on collaboration, and the Sims’ philosophy and culture align extremely well with ours,” said Paul Winkler, Chief Executive Officer, Presbyterian SeniorCare.

Financed Right® Solutions: James Bodine: 267-360-6245 | jbodine@hjsims.com or Siamac Afshar: 267-360-6250 | safshar@hjsims.com or Patrick Mallen: pmallen@hjsims.com 203-418-9009.

HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm, headquartered in Fairfield, CT, with nationwide locations. www.hjsims.com. Investments involve risk, including loss of principal. This is not an offer to sell or buy any investment. Testimonials may not be representative of another client’s experience. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Member FINRA, SIPC. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram Twitter.

 

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HJ Sims successfully Positions SearStone for Accretive Phase II

July 22, 2020

CONTACT: Tara Perkins, AVP Marketing Communications | 203-418-9049 | tperkins@hjsims.com
HJ Sims successfully Positions SearStone for Accretive Phase II

FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm founded in 1935, is pleased to announce a June 30 closed financing in the amount of $6.6 million for Samaritan Housing, Inc. d/b/a SearStone Retirement Community (SearStone), a life plan community located in Cary, NC. SearStone consists of 131 independent living apartments, 38 independent living estate homes, 14 assisted living units and 25 skilled nursing beds. The assisted living and skilled nursing services are offered at the Brittany Place Healthcare Center (Brittany Place).

Sims financed the first phase of SearStone with a $117.5 million non-rated fixed rate bond issue in June 2012 and an expansion of the Healthcare Center in 2016 with an $8 million issue. Sims provided the original seed capital, and the funds to advance refund the 2012 issue, and provided a portion of the pre-development capital for the Phase II expansion in 2017. Given the growing demand for independent living units, planning commenced for a Phase II expansion project and pre-development costs were funded with $5.5 million of proceeds from the Series 2017B Bonds. Phase II should double the size of SearStone and is projected to be financially accretive; additional pre-development capital was needed. Phase II is known as the Highview at SearStone and contemplates the addition of 152 independent living units, 28 assisted living units (14 specialized memory care units) and 24 skilled nursing suites. New dining venues, along with additional common and green spaces will be also provided.

Sims successfully underwrote $4.6 million of tax-exempt bonds and $2.0 million of taxable bonds to provide supplemental pre-development capital for Phase II, scheduled for financing in early 2022.The financing was completed as one of the first non-rated senior living financings placed in the bond market since COVID-19, and provided close to $6 million of expendable proceeds, that combined with remaining funds from the Series 2017B Bonds and $1 million+ in borrower equity, will fund predevelopment costs associated with the Phase II.

With Sims’ leadership and the collaborative work of SearsStone’s senior management team, Board, Management Company (Retirement Living Associates), Developer (Greenbrier) and the financing working group, SearStone successfully completed the financing and obtained bondholder consent to issue the proposed debt; secured sufficient pre-development capital to pursue Phase II; and provided covenant relief and maintained sufficient operating, financial and strategic flexibility to implement the future expansion to optimize its campus.

“SearStone has once again benefitted from the superb leadership of Aaron Rulnick and the Sims team. Our financing would have been challenging in any environment, but we were facing a tight time-frame in a market shut-down by COVID. Sims worked tirelessly and creatively to overcome obstacles, and we are so pleased with the result. SearStone can continue to pursue the Highview Expansion project, which will right-size and optimize our campus, with the financial resources and flexibility we need to be successful,” said Stan Brading, President, Samaritan Housing Foundation, Inc.

Financed Right® Solutions: Aaron Rulnick: 203-418-9008 | arulnick@hjsims.com or Tom Bowden:-804-398-8577 | tbowden@hjsims.com.

HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm, headquartered in Fairfield, CT, with nationwide locations. www.hjsims.com. Investments involve risk, including loss of principal. This is not an offer to sell or buy any investment. Testimonials may not be representative of another client’s experience. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Member FINRA, SIPC. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram Twitter.

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Encore on the Lake

HJ Sims completes innovative dual bank senior – supplemental debt financing for Encore on the Lake. This new middle market independent living campus is a planned 80-unit Independent Living Community to be constructed on a 6.8 acre site in North Strabane Township, Washington County, PA.

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