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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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.

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