by Andrew McIntyre
As prerecession commercial mortgage-backed securities are coming due, many borrowers can’t refinance in one chunk and some are turning to so-called stretch loans that include multiple types of capital, but such loan structures, often put together by private equity firms, are tricky because they require cooperation between bank and mezzanine lenders.
Lawyers say combining mezzanine and bank debt allows borrowers to get to the high loan-to-value, or LTV, ratios they obtained before the downturn, and that doing so is beneficial to the mezzanine lenders, who can charge a premium interest rate on that portion of the loan.
“It’s partly because of the stalled CMBS market. There’s not a lot of good 10-year money out there,” Brooks S. Clark
of Polsinelli PC said. “Banks will give you 55-60 [percent] LTV but the CMBS loan you’re replacing is 70. You need to go to a hybrid option.”
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