HJ Sims Closes $25.515 Million Series 2022 Bonds for Texas Public Charter School

HJ Sims announces the closing of a $32 million USDA-financed expansion project for Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, IL. In accordance with USDA-debt requirements, proceeds of the financing will be used for the construction of 76 replacement assisted living units, common space and other space used by the Health Center, as well as for the demolition of the existing assisted living structure.

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HJ Sims Announces 1st Annual Private Wealth Management Summit

The HJ Sims Private Wealth Management Group is pleased to announce our first annual Private Wealth Management Summit. The internal Summit will be hosted on May 31st through June 3rd at The Boca Raton resort in Boca Raton, FL, a short drive from HJ Sims’ Boca Raton office. The theme of this year’s Summit is alternative investments, a hot topic in private wealth management.

The Summit is an opportunity for HJ Sims financial professionals to gather for education, collaboration, inspiration and a little fun under the sun. As we continue to grow, it is important for advisors to stay on top of the pulse in the industry so they can share their knowledge and provide clients with their best service.

Alternative investments are any financial asset that does not fall into one of the conventional investment categories, such as stocks, bonds and cash. Alternative investments include real estate, private equity, hedge funds, venture capital and collectibles.

Our three-day Summit will feature education sessions on products, solutions and technology advancements from leaders in the alternative investment space. 

Thank you to our 2022 Summit sponsors!

The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. Under no circumstances shall this constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy. Investments involve risk including the possible loss of principal. HJ Sims is a member of FINRA and SIPC, and is not affiliated with The Boca Raton, NexPoint, InspereX, First Trust, Capital Square, One Oak, Glide Capital, Apollo, Blue Rock, WhiteHawk Energy or PCS.

ASA 2022 On Aging Conference

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2022 On Aging Conference

The theme of the 2022 Conference is Advancing Economic Security.

HJ Sims is proud to be a thought leader and present at On Aging, considered to be the nation’s largest multidisciplinary conference on aging.

Education Session:

Reaching a Diverse Middle Market through Innovative Engagement, Funding & Design Strategies

Session Description:

Explore programming, engagement, design and funding strategies to develop age-friendly, diverse, middle market housing. This session will delve into the formation of key strategic partnerships for successful community integration and inclusion. The panel will highlight housing strategies that address the key themes of Innovation and Social Impact, Economic Security and Justice and Equity.

Panelists:

  • Lynn Daly, Executive Vice President, HJ Sims
  • Evon Bergey, Vice President of Community Initiatives, Landis Communities
  • Craig Kimmel, Partner, RLPS Architects
  • Elizabeth Soto Albrecht, Diversity Consultant

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HJ Sims Expands Public Finance Education Practice

Richard Harmon

HJ Sims is pleased to announce the addition of two senior bankers, Richard Harmon and Robert Nickell, expanding the firm’s public finance education practice. The HJ Sims public finance team provides comprehensive capital planning, structure and execution for charter schools, public and private education systems and institutions.

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Clark Retirement Community Announces Planned Affiliation with BHI Senior Living

“When our Board of Trustees chose HJ Sims to represent Clark in identifying and evaluating potential affiliation partners it was due to two key factors: 1) HJ Sims reputation and experience in working with non-profit, faith based Life Plan Communities through this process and 2) Clark’s ability to work with Lynn Daly. Lynn has consistently demonstrated to me and my Board a willingness to know and embrace our mission, vision and values over the time we have worked with her. She is also honest and frank about the process and how it will work. We are very pleased with the work and support received from HJ Sims and Lynn Daly and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them for years to come.” – Brian Pangle, President/CEO, Clark

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Pending LIBOR Replacement

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LIBOR, which has been the primary index upon which Senior Living Bank Loans and Swaps have been denominated in new and existing financings, is to be discontinued and as such a replacement index is needed. Borrowers should consider the use of an alternate index, and this piece provides expertise on the pending LIBOR replacement as a consideration for senior living organizations.

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Congratulations to Rebecca Beckett on earning her CFP® Certification

HJ Sims is thrilled to congratulate our Jupiter, FL-based Rebecca Beckett on accomplishing her goal of earning the Certified Financial Planner™ professional certification.

Rebecca recently passed the CFP® certification examination and met the additional requirements to earn the designation. We are proud to recognize this significant accomplishment and Rebecca’s hard work and determination. The CFP® designation is the highest standard of excellence in the field of personal financial planning.

The path to CFP® certification is a rigorous but rewarding process, equipping candidates like Rebecca with the knowledge and skills to assist with providing comprehensive financial advice to clients. Successful candidates complete a multi-year, multi-step process to obtain the skills and real-life experience needed to serve your best interests, no matter what your financial goals are. They pledge to adhere to high ethical and professional standards for the practice of financial planning, always putting your welfare first. CFP® professionals are trained in the fundamentals of financial planning, estate planning, insurance planning, investments, retirement planning and tax planning. They can provide a detailed financial plan supporting all areas of your financial life, or offer advice about a specific financial need.

As a CFP® professional, Rebecca offers financial planning services incorporating a holistic view of her clients’ financial and personal circumstances. Financial planning is the output of a collaborative process that helps maximize your potential for meeting your life goals. With more than 15 years’ experience in financial services, Rebecca is passionate about helping instill investment confidence an offering tailored guidance for her clients.
Next time you speak with Rebecca in our Jupiter office, be sure to join us in congratulating her on this brilliant professional milestone.

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CFP® certification marks are owned by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board). Individuals certified by CFP Board have taken the extra step to demonstrate their professionalism by voluntarily submitting to the CFP® certification process that includes education, examination, experience and ethical requirements.

Sims Mortgage Funding Uses Note Modification to Refinance a Market Rate Multifamily Community

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by Anthony Luzzi

“When you work with a mortgage banker for 15 years they become as much a part of your team as your architects, engineers and contractors. They have consistently delivered positive results and have closed deals that otherwise would have never happened. Their knowledge of each HUD program is unsurpassed, and it is very obvious that every HUD office they have worked with has the utmost confidence and respect for their team. With the respect from the different offices, they are able to reach out to the higher levels of HUD to solve problems. We look forward to working with Sims for many years to come and we strongly recommend them to any company interested in completing a HUD loan.”

– David Alexander, Managing Partner, Vintage Realty Company

PARTNERED RIGHT
In 2018 we originated an $26,172,500 FHA-insured Section 221(d)(4) loan that financed construction of Elan at Terra Bella a 178-unit market-rate apartment project located in a planned community. The Project was developed and is managed by Vintage Realty Company, a privately owned, full-service real estate firm specializing in the brokerage, leasing, property asset management, development, and construction.

Interest rates had declined since the original financing, providing Vintage with the opportunity to generate debt service savings. We advised them of this positive development in the market and suggested a refinancing structured under HUD’s Mortgage Note Modification/Interest Rate Reduction (IRR) protocol.

STRUCTURED RIGHT
Acting as Financial Advisor, we developed the initial financial modeling of the transaction and coordinated the development of the formal IRR proposal with the existing loan servicer, whom we brought into the 2014 refinancing. The entire transaction took approximately 75 days to complete.

EXECUTED RIGHT
The IRR reduced the interest rate by 22% and will generate total debt service savings of approximately $6.2 million through the remaining term of the loan.

FINANCED RIGHT®
The IRR, completed three years after our initial financing, is another example of SMF maintaining long-term relationships with our clients and delivering to them ongoing value. Sims has closed 26 HUD-insured loans for Vintage since 2002.

For more information, please contact Kerrie J. Tomasiewicz at ktomasiewicz@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.

Sims Mortgage Funding, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of HJ Sims.

HJ Sims Raises $398 Million for New Retirement Community on SUNY – Purchase College Employing Ground Leasehold Mortgage to Secure Bonds

HJ Sims is pleased to announce the successful closing of a November 2021, $398.1 million tax-exempt and taxable bond issue for Purchase Senior Learning Community, Inc., formed to develop a new university-based retirement community, Broadview at Purchase College, being constructed on the State University of New York Purchase College campus in Purchase, NY.

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HJ Sims Partners with Clark Lindsey Village as the First Phase of a Repositioning Vision Becomes Reality

HJ Sims is pleased to announce the successful closing of a September 2021, $8.781 million taxable note on behalf of Clark Lindsey Village. Established in 1978, Clark Lindsey Village is a not-for-profit Life Plan Community located in Urbana, Illinois. Today, the campus encompasses all levels of care with 147 units of Independent Living; 12 units of Memory Care and Assisted Living; as well as 105 beds dedicated to Skilled Nursing. It is one of eight communities in the nation to have earned the designation as a “Center for Successful Aging.”

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HJ Sims Assists United Church Homes Acquire Pre-built Start-up Independent Living Campus

HJ Sims is pleased to announce the successful closing of a July 2021 financing in the amount of $26.3 million for United Church Homes (UCH). Sims was hired to assist UCH in connection with securing financing to acquire the Polaris Retirement Community from Polaris Retirement Living Properties, LP. A newly built independent senior living community for those 55 and older having 136 one- and two-bedroom apartments located north of Columbus, OH.

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HJ Sims Assists Landis Homes in Securing Bank Financing for a New Independent Living Campus in Downtown Lancaster and Refinancing of Variable Rate Bank Debt with Fixed-Rate Bond Debt

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CONTACT: Shauna Reilly, CMO | 203-418-9043 | sreilly@hjsims.com

HJ Sims Assists Landis Homes in Securing Bank Financing for a New Independent Living Campus in Downtown Lancaster and Refinancing of Variable Rate Bank Debt with Fixed-Rate Bond Debt

FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm founded in 1935, is pleased to announce the successful closing of an August/September 2021 financing in the amount of $25 million for Landis Place on King (LPK) and $53 million for Landis Homes Retirement Community (LHRC), which operates a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lititz, PA. Landis is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Landis Communities (Landis) that operates a home and community services subsidiary, Landis HCBS, and a middle-market housing subsidiary, Landis Quality Living.  As of 2021, LHRC serves 850 residents on its campus with residential living (cottages, apartments, hybrid homes, and suites), personal care, skilled nursing, and memory support services.

Landis approached Sims in the spring of 2021 for help with securing financing for two separate transactions.  The first was to build LPK, a mixed-use development, which will bring 79 middle- and low-income senior housing units to downtown Lancaster, PA. The second was the permanent refinancing of three outstanding variable rate bank loans that provided capital for renovations.

Sims evaluated financing alternatives for LPK, determining that the lower costs associated with bank financing were the most attractive. Sims coordinated a robust bank solicitation process, selecting Orrstown Bank, which provided $25 million in draw-down capital financing, along with an attractive fixed rate for the first 10 years of their 15-year commitment.

Sims provided bond underwriting in connection with the refinancing of $48 million of LHRC’s Series 2015B, 2015C and 2017A bank loans, and provided $5 million in capital for campus renovations. The Series 2021 Bonds were structured as parity obligations with LHRC’s existing Series 2015A Bonds and the LPK bank debt provided by Orrstown Bank

Both financings are secured by a Pledge of Gross Revenues, First Mortgage positions on LHRC and LPK, and the Series 2021 Bonds are secured by a Debt Service Reserve Fund. The LPK Bank Financing provides 15-years of funding, with an underlying 30-year amortization and a fixed-rate of 2.35% for 10 years. The Series 2021 Bonds were structured as 35-year bonds, bearing a 5-year premium redemption option and amortized to wrap around LHRC’s existing Series 2015A bonds, providing level debt service. 

The financing team closed the LPK bank financing prior to the expiration of the Bank’s natural fixed-rate commitment, followed by the closing of the $53,385,000 Series 2021 Bonds. The bonds oversubscribed, allowing for lower interest rates to LHRC’s benefit.

Closing on August 18 and September 29, 2021, the $25 million LPK and the $53 million LHRC financings provide Landis with competitive cost of financing and support for future growth.

“Sims was an excellent partner for Landis during our recent financing transactions. Having one financing transaction moving forward at a time is difficult enough; we had two separate financings moving on parallel tracks. The Sims team was prepared, organized, and gave what was needed for success. They negotiated hard, executed due diligence, and structured the financings to meet our individualized needs. We’re grateful to have Sims as our partner,” Corey Hamilton, CFO, Landis.

Financed Right®: Lynn Daly: 312.505.5688 | ldaly@hjsims.com , Jim Bodine: 267.360.6245 | jbodine@hjsims.com, Siamac Afshar: 267.360.6250 | safshar@hjsims.com.

ABOUT HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm. Headquartered in Fairfield, CT, Sims has nationwide investment banking, private wealth management and trading locations. Member FINRA, SIPC. Testimonials may not be representative of another client’s experience. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Facebook, LinkedIn, TwitterInstagram.

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LifeSpire Partners with HJ Sims to Pursue, Finance Important Acquisition

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

LifeSpire Partners with HJ Sims to Pursue, Finance Important Acquisition

FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm founded in 1935, is pleased to announce the successful closing of an August 2021 financing in the amount of $93,369,000 for LifeSpire of Virginia (“LifeSpire”). LifeSpire currently owns and operates four life plan communities in Virginia, consisting of The Chesapeake, The Culpeper, The Glebe, and Lakewood, all providing a full continuum of care. The financing provided funds for the acquisition of LifeSpire’s fifth community, for capital projects Lakewood and The Culpeper, and to refinance existing bank held debt with permanent bond debt.

Sims was engaged in 2021 to provide advisory services as LifeSpire pursued the acquisition of The Summit, a not-for-profit Life Plan Community in Lynchburg, Virginia owned by Centra Health System.  The Summit is a stabilized community in a complementary market to LifeSpire’s existing portfolio. After guiding LifeSpire through the valuation and competitive bid process, LifeSpire was selected to purchase the Independent and Assisted Living components of The Summit, and was also successful in obtaining adjacent developable land for future growth of the campus.

A plan of finance was explored for the acquisition with the following objectives: 1) provide sufficient funds to purchase The Summit, 2) maximize LifeSpire’s flexibility within its capital structure for future growth, and 3) minimize the cost of capital.

Sims recommended a finance plan that included reimbursement with tax-exempt bond proceeds of prior capital expenditures initially paid for in cash. The strategy minimized the amount of taxable debt needed to complete the acquisition. Further, the taxable debt incurred was structured as short-term debt which brought a variety of benefits, allowing for the taxable debt used for The Summit purchase to be repaid as new cottages are occupied, and removing any refinancing risk inherent with bank debt, while also managing Lifespire’s cash position through construction. The final purchase price of $30.25 million represents a substantial discount to the independent appraised value of $45+ million.  LifeSpire also maintained its existing “BBB” rating despite the risks associated with an acquisition.

In addition, Sims identified the opportunity for debt service savings on Lifespire’s existing bank debt which carried high rates relative to the current market, more restrictive covenants, and terms expiring in six years. The 2017A and 2017B bank-purchased bonds were refinanced with fixed rate bonds, eliminating put risk, maximizing flexibility, and reducing debt service.

The intentional shift to a capital structure with all long term bonds provides LifeSpire with a covenant package with no deviations from their Master Trust Indenture, maximizing strategic flexibility. With the refinancing of the Series 2017A and Series 2017B Bonds, LifeSpire holds no long-term bank debt, anticipating future deployment of the organization’s bank debt capacity for reinvestment into existing communities as well as in pursuit of strategic growth.

Sims achieved pricing for the $77,875,000 of Series 2021 Bonds with a yield of 1.95% to the first call date of the 30-year maturity. Lack of a debt service reserve fund did not negatively impact the pricing and the refinancing of the Series 2017A and Series 2017B Bonds saves over $400,000 in annual debt service. Sims secured a five-year call feature at a 103% premium declining to a par call after eight years.

“Sims has been a great partner throughout the process of welcoming The Summit to LifeSpire. They strategized during the competitive bid process and designed a creative plan of finance that strengthens our financial position and flexibility as we continue to grow. With the help of Sims, we maintained our BBB rating and achieved financing terms that exceeded our expectations,” says Jonathan Cook, President & CEO, LifeSpire.

Financed Right®: Tom Bowden: 804.398.8577 | tbowden@hjsims.com or Nick Roberts: 469.371.3946 | nroberts@hjsims.com.

ABOUT HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm. Headquartered in Fairfield, CT, Sims has nationwide investment banking, private wealth management and trading locations. Member FINRA, SIPC. Testimonials may not be representative of another client’s experience. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  Facebook, LinkedIn, TwitterInstagram.

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HJ Sims Executes Complex $132.4 Million Obligated Group Financing for Benedictine

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

HJ Sims Executes Complex $132.4 Million Obligated Group Financing for Benedictine

FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm founded in 1935, is pleased to announce the successful closing of a July refinancing for $132,405,000 for Benedictine Health System (Benedictine), a MN nonprofit, Catholic healthcare system providing long-term care services, congregate housing, assisted living, rehabilitation, healthcare and social services.

Historically, most of Benedictine’s affiliates were financed on a standalone basis, resulting in 36 series of outstanding debt for 19 different borrowers. The various series of debt were held by eight different banks or servicers with inconsistent terms, covenants, and reporting requirements. Benedictine’s board and executive leadership team sought to actualize a capital framework to ensure growth, transformation of service mix, and reinvestment in existing campuses. In August of 2020, Sims was engaged to spearhead this project.

Sims constructed an initial Obligated Group providing the foundation for Benedictine to realize its finance goals. Sims created and utilized a multi-faceted decision matrix that considered factors specific to each affiliate and its outstanding debt. Twenty-one senior living communities, 14 in MN and seven in ND, were selected for the Obligated Group.

Sims focused on finalizing key provisions for the Master Trust Indenture to give Benedictine’s organizational and capital structure future flexibility. Sims determined the appropriate debt structure. Because most of the existing debt was bank debt, a shorter 20-year amortization was selected to avoid an extension of the debt’s weighted average maturity. Taxable debt was selected to refinance the debt allocable to the ND communities to avoid using two issuers and to give Benedictine the flexibility of debt repayment. Sims worked with bond counsel to secure host approval and execute joint powers agreements among 20 municipalities or issuers throughout MN.

Sims solicited a broad group of commercial lenders to obtain term sheets for the taxable and tax-exempt debt. Sims requested that proposing lenders agree to the same terms as prospective bondholders eliminating the need for a separate financing agreement. Sims required that proposing lenders underwrite the loan such that the real estate was secured as an abundance of caution, and appraisals and LTV requirements would not apply. Sims and Benedictine ultimately chose to work with two lenders with whom Benedictine had longstanding relationships.

While working on the bank debt, Sims distributed long term fixed-rate bonds to the public market. Although the Obligated Group was not qualified for an investment grade rating, Sims ensured that the underlying credit strength of the operations was understood by investors. Along with strong retail participation from Sims wealth management clients, the bonds resulted in oversubscription and repricing of the bonds below expectations. Benedictine achieved a nominal amount of net present value savings and reduced its average coupon from 3.80% to 3.50%. The financing enabled Benedictine to borrow an additional $10M for routine capital expenditures across its campuses. Even with debt increase annual debt service decreased $2.0M+ facilitated by structuring the debt for level debt service. By borrowing at low rates for capital expenditures that would have been funded by operating cash, Benedictine will be in a better position to build its liquidity in the future.

Financed Right® Solutions—Lynn Daly: 312-505-5688 | ldaly@hjsims.com or Kerry Moynihan: 407-313-1702 | kmoynihan@hjsims.com

ABOUT HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm. Headquartered in Fairfield, CT, Sims has nationwide investment banking, private wealth management and trading locations. Member FINRA, SIPC. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  Facebook, LinkedIn, TwitterInstagram.

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HJ Sims Advises Peoples of Bastrop on the Acquisition of a Private Water System via a Taxable Bond Issuance

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

HJ Sims Advises Peoples of Bastrop on the Acquisition of a Private Water System via a Taxable Bond Issuance

FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm founded in 1935, is pleased to announce the successful closing of a July 2021 financing in the amount of $10.635 million for Peoples of Bastrop, a privately held water utility operator (Sponsor) specializing in the acquisition and management of private water and wastewater systems reached an agreement to acquire a private system serving 6,000+ customers in North LA (System).

The Sponsor has demonstrated a strong track record of operating water utilities, reducing expenses through the implementation of streamlined operations and economies of scale, but was looking for an innovative approach to acquire an additional water system in their operational footprint.

Sims underwrote the taxable municipal bond issue in the amount of $10.635 million, which was used to purchase the System from the existing operator. Initially, the plan of finance was to take the offering to a limited potential buyer base, but positive market feedback lead to Sims opening the offering to the institutional bond market. To appeal to a broader investor base, and level annual debt service in aggregate, Sims structured one medium-term bond maturing in 2033 and a long-term bond maturing in 2051.

The Sponsor found the taxable bond structure attractive for the acquisition as it provided higher leverage compared to a conventional bank loan, helping avoid raising unsecured subordinate debt at a higher cost of capital or diluting ownership in the System. The bond issue was structured with working capital and system improvements funds, allowing the Sponsor to implement their planned improvements and make necessary upgrades.

The financing consisted of a $2.375 million, 12-year taxable bond at a yield of 5.364%, and a $8.26 million, 30-year taxable bond at a yield of 5.802% underwritten by Sims. The outside-of-the-box, customized financing structure helps the long-time operator preserve strategic capital for additional growth opportunities and for the support of other systems in their portfolio.

“Our company recently acquired a water utility in northeast LA. We were fortunate to engage Sims to underwrite a taxable municipal bond in the amount of $10.635 million used to purchase the system and fund multiple reserve accounts. Jimmy Rester and his team were extremely knowledgeable and brought the necessary experience to close a complex transaction. There is no question that Sims will be a valued partner on all future financing projects we endeavor to accomplish,” Jeff McNew, Co-Founder/Managing Member.

Financed Right® Solutions—James Rester: 901.652.7378 | jrester@hjsims.com or Ryan Snow: 843.870.4081 | rsnow@hjsims.com.

ABOUT HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm. Headquartered in Fairfield, CT, Sims has nationwide investment banking, private wealth management and trading locations. Member FINRA, SIPC. Testimonials may not be representative of another client’s experience. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  Facebook, LinkedIn, TwitterInstagram.

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HJ Sims Accomplishes an Intricate and Multi-faceted Refinancing for Aldersgate

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

HJ Sims Accomplishes an Intricate and Multi-faceted Refinancing for Aldersgate

FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm founded in 1935, is pleased to announce the successful closing of a July 2021 refinancing for $44,025,000 for Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community (Aldersgate), a continuing care retirement community in Charlotte, NC.

Sims partnered with Aldersgate in 2019 with a financing for Generations at Shalom Park. In 2020, Sims identified a refunding opportunity for Aldersgate’s outstanding Series 2013 Bonds. In 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) eliminated advance refundings using tax-exempt municipal bonds. Therefore, Sims utilized Cinderella Bonds, which would be taxable until the optional redemption date, after which the bonds would convert to tax-exempt, complying with TCJA. Sims proposed that the Cinderella Bonds be purchased by a commercial bank, eliminating the debt service reserve fund requirement for the Series 2013 Bonds. Sims customized the amortization schedule to optimize Aldersgate’s aggregate Maximum Annual Debt Service (MADS) creating an $185,000 in reduced MADS.

In 2021, Aldersgate pursued the Cinderella financing with Sims serving as Placement Agent. Sims and Aldersgate’s financial advisor, Pearl Creek Advisors, conducted a large bank solicitation and held a virtual site visit, requesting proposals for refinancing Aldersgate’s outstanding Series 2017B Bank Debt, which was privately held by Truist Bank. The goals of this refinancing included extending the put date, lowering the credit spread by 80 bps, and eliminating variable interest rate risk. 

Sims and Pearl Creek Advisors negotiated with multiple banks on behalf of Aldersgate to receive the most competitive terms, selecting Truist Bank, whose commitment featured attractive interest rates, a 12-year commitment period, covenants that largely conformed to Aldersgate’s master trust indenture, and a SOFR- (Secured Overnight Financing Rate) based loan. Sims coordinated with Aldersgate’s swap advisor, KPM Financial, to structure three SOFR-based swaps and to terminate the existing Series 2017B swap. The refinancing of the Series 2017B Bank Debt included a tax-exempt swap.

Aldersgate and Truist closed on the $28,685,000 Series 2021A Bonds to defease the Series 2013 Bonds and the $15,340,000 Series 2021B Bonds to refinance the Series 2017B Bank Debt. The Cinderella Bonds offer about $250,000 or $3,889,019 in total savings. The refinancing of the Series 2017B Bank Debt extended the put date by six years, eliminated interest rate risk through the commitment, and lowered the all-in swap rate from 3.9215% to 2.587%. Aldersgate increased its debt service coverage ratio by 0.14 bps.

“It was a pleasure and gift having Sims lead our organization through a successful refinancing. Sims has exceptional technical skills and provided our various stakeholders clear guidance and wise counsel every step. Their processes and people truly create an experience of allowing for alignment of the end goal being accomplished, with honoring our mission and the strategic vision to which we are committed. We are grateful for our partnership with Sims and look forward to future opportunities to work side-by-side toward exciting outcomes for the future of Aldersgate,” Suzanne Pugh, President/CEO, Aldersgate.

Financed Right® Solutions—Tom Bowden: 804.398.8577 | tbowden@hjsims.com or David Saustad: 214.909.8588 | dsaustad@hjsims.com

ABOUT HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm. Headquartered in Fairfield, CT, Sims has nationwide investment banking, private wealth management and trading locations. Member FINRA, SIPC. Testimonials may not be representative of another client’s experience. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  Facebook, LinkedIn, TwitterInstagram.

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The FBI Criminal Investigative Division and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) warn of fraudsters

As released by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on July 27, 2021

The FBI Criminal Investigative Division and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) warn of fraudsters swindling investors while pretending to be registered brokers or investment advisers.

Fraudsters may falsely claim to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) or a state securities regulator in order to lure investors into scams, or even impersonate real investment professionals who actually are registered with these organizations. Fraudsters may misappropriate the name, address, registration number, logo, photo, or website likeness of a currently or previously registered firm or investment professional. They try to trick investors into believing that they are registered by using a number of tactics, including the following:

  • “Spoofed Websites.” Fraudsters may set up websites using URL addresses or names similar to those of registered firms or investment professionals to trick investors into believing that the fraudsters are registered or that the fraudsters are affiliated with a registered firm or investment professional.
  • Fake Profiles on Social Media. Fraudsters may set up profiles impersonating registered investment professionals on popular social media platforms and then message investors to solicit their money.
  • Cold Calling. Fraudsters may set up boiler rooms with teams of people cold calling investors to solicit their money while claiming to be employees of registered firms. The fraudsters may use technology to make it appear they are calling from the firm’s location.
  • Misrepresenting or Falsifying Documents. Fraudsters may recruit investors by misrepresenting that their firm was registered with the SEC, including pointing to the firm’s Form D filings to support the misrepresentation (to learn more, read this OIEA Investor Alert). Fraudsters may solicit investors by impersonating a registered investment professional and generating a fake version of a public report using the professional’s name and CRD number (to learn more, read this FINRA Investor Alert).

Registration of Investment Professionals. Many sellers of investment products or services are either brokers, investment advisers, or both. Most brokers must register with the SEC and join FINRA. Investment advisers that provide investment advice to retail investors generally must register with the SEC or the state securities regulator where they have their principal place of business.

Verify the identity of anyone offering you an investment. Don’t rely on the website or contact information the person provides you. If you suspect someone is falsely claiming to be registered with the SEC, do not give the person any money and do not share your personal information. Report the person to the SEC.

To quickly and easily check if someone offering you an investment is currently licensed or registered, use the search tool on Investor.gov. Once you confirm that the seller is licensed or registered, make sure you are not dealing with an imposter. Contact the seller using contact information you verify independently – for example, by using a phone number or website listed in the firm’s Client Relationship Summary (Form CRS) – rather than relying on contact information the seller provides you. To ensure you are looking at a genuine copy of the firm’s Form CRS, follow these steps:

  1. In the “Check Out Your INVESTMENT PROFESSIONAL” search box on Investor.gov, select “Firm” from the drop down options and type in the name of the firm.
  2. In the search results, click on the relevant firm and then click on “Get Details.”
  3. Click on “Relationship Summary” or “Part 3 Relationship Summary.”

For additional information about Form CRS, visit investor.gov/CRS.

Watch Out for Red Flags             

Regardless of whether someone claims to be registered with the SEC, beware if you spot these warning signs of an investment scam:

  • Guaranteed High Investment Returns. Promises of high investment returns – often accompanied by a guarantee of little or no risk – is a classic sign of fraud. Every investment has risk, and the potential for high returns usually comes with high risk.
  • Unsolicited Offers. Unsolicited offers (you didn’t ask for it and don’t know the sender) to earn investment returns that seem “too good to be true” may be part of a scam.
  • Red flags in Payment Methods for Investments.
    • Credit Cards. Most licensed and registered investment firms do not allow their customers to use credit cards to invest.
    • Digital Asset Wallets and “Cryptocurrencies.” Licensed and registered financial firms typically do not require their customers to use digital asset wallets or digital assets, including so-called “cryptocurrencies,” to invest.
    • Wire Transfers and Checks. If you pay for an investment by wire transfer or check, be suspicious if you’re being asked to send or to make the payment out to a person or to a different firm, the address is suspicious (for example, an online search for the address suggests it is not an office building where the firm operates), or you are told to note that the payment is for a purpose unrelated to the investment (for example, medical expenses or a loan to a family member). If you wire money outside of the United States for an investment that turns out to be a scam, you likely will never see your money again. 

Report possible securities fraud to the SEC at www.sec.gov/tcr. Report online fraud to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at https://www.ic3.gov.

The SEC maintains a list of Impersonators of Genuine Firms. This list is not exhaustive – firms may be impersonated even if they are not on the list.

FINRA staff issued an article about imposter schemes.

More information about online frauds and investment scams can be found at www.fbi.gov or Investor.gov, the SEC’s website for individual investors.    

You can contact the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) by phone at 1-800-732-0330, using this online form, or via email at Help@SEC.gov

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This alert represents the views of the staff of the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. It is not a rule, regulation, or statement of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”). The Commission has neither approved nor disapproved its content. This bulletin, like all staff guidance, has no legal force or effect: it does not alter or amend applicable law, and it creates no new or additional obligations for any person.