Update from the originator:
Great progress has been made by the contracting team at DNCF. As investors can see from the new pictures attached the team has been working on the internal finishes of the units. The kitchens are fitted, tiling and painting have been completed.
The project is set to be completed in the pre-Christmas with the ESB connection to follow in January. The property will be ready for tenants by late January / early February and when fully let, the borrower will then look to refinance with a buy to let mortgage at a lower rate. The borrower is entitled to repay our loan as early as March and no later than September.
Great progress is being made on site. Timber flooring and kitchens are being installed this week in two of the four apartments. The other two apartments will be drylined and skimmed in the next week. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of November.
The Borrower, as advised in our original credit paper, intends to let these apartments. Our loan will be repaid from a long term mortgage that he will put in place when the apartments are let.
This is the final tranche of this facility, we are now raising tranche 4 for a further €120,000 at an interest rate of 7.5% per annum. The term of this tranche is 9 months with a minimum interest period of 4 months.
Please refer to the original credit paper for more details on this proposal.
Catheason Investments Ltd
50 & 50a Shandon Street, Cork.
First legal charge over the property
Tranche 1 €100,000
Tranche 2 €100,000
Tranche 3 €100,000 (Funded by the institutional investor)
Tranche 4 €120,000
LTGDV (Loan To Value)
9 months (4 months minimum)
Refinance with long term mortgage
The Borrower is Catheason Investments Ltd. They have requested that we provide them with a €420,000 bridging facility for a period of 9 months (4 months term certain), which will be drawn down in four tranches (€100,000, €100,000, €100,000 & €120,000). The loan will be secured against the Property. The Borrower requires this facility to assist them in the conversion of 50a Shandon Street into 4 apartments.
The interest rate for lenders on this loan will be 0.625% per calendar month, which equates to 7.5% per annum. The Property comprises 50 & 50a Shandon Street, which presently have a combined value of €275,000. Based on this valuation, our LTV (Loan To Value) will be 36%, when Tranche 1 is drawn down.
The Borrower has planning permission to convert 50a into 4 apartments, which this facility will assist in the finance of. The building works are estimated to take about 6 months, at which time the apartments will be rented out on long term leases. This facility will then be repaid by a long-term mortgage which the Borrower will enter into.
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Catheason Investments Ltd is a developer which sources small redevelopment opportunities in the Cork area. Their modus operandi is to find properties which require significant work, but where the locality has strong rental demand. They employ the services of reputable building contractors, such as DNCF, who will be working on this project, to convert/refurbish the properties and then rent then out on long term leases. The Borrower employs a full range of advisors, including Legals, Tax and QS on all its projects.
The loan will be secured by a first legal charge over the Property which comprises two houses 50 & 50a Shandon Street. 50a, which is being converted, is at the rear of 50. We are taking security over both properties, to give us a strong LTV and for practical reasons as they are interconnected. After 50a is converted and this facility is repaid, the Borrower plans to convert 50, once it receives the necessary planning.
When the first tranche of €100,000 is drawn down, we will have an LTV of 36%. This LTV will rise as the relevant works are carried out. When Tranche 4 is fully drawn down we will have an LTV of 58% based on a Gross Development Value of €720,000.00.
We have commissioned an independent valuation of the existing houses and the development value of the 4 apartments in 50a, which has confirmed the valuations as follows.
House Sq ft Description Valuation
50 Shandon St
50a Shandon St
Apt 1 420 1 Bedroom
Apt 2 484 1 Bedroom
Apt 3 420 1 Bedroom
Apt 4 1119 3 Bedroom
The properties which are located at the Popes Quay end of Shandon Street, are currently in need of major refurbishment. When the works are completed, the new façade that they will provide will add greatly to the regeneration of this area of Shandon Street.
The property was previously in use as a ground floor retail unit with owners accommodation at first-floor level and 4 bedsits overhead. To the rear of the property is a former grain store which was subsequently used as a furniture-making workshop.
We have employed our own QS advisors to confirm the costings for the proposed work are adequate prior to the drawdown of Tranche 1, and they will confirm all the proceeds of Tranche 1 have been correctly accounted for before Tranche 2, 3 and 4 is drawn down.
Shandon Street is just minutes’ walk north of the city centre with a high volume of passing traffic and pedestrians. 50 and 50a are located at the city end of Shandon Street. There is a strong demand for good quality apartments in the area, with UCC, The Mercy Hospital and Apple located nearby. The properties are a 10-minute walk from Patrick’s Street, which would be viewed very positively by the young market which would look to rent out the apartments.
It is proposed to have a term of 9 months on this facility. This term will allow the borrower to complete the 4 apartments and source a long-term mortgage which will be used to repay our loan facility. The Borrower will have the ability to repay the facility after month 6 either partially or in full.
The Borrower has requested a loan facility to assist them in the conversion of 50a Shandon Street into 4 apartments. The loan will be repaid by a long-term mortgage.
The Borrower has a well-resourced, reputable team that will complete the works in a timely manner.
Given the location of the Properties the level of LTV, and the level of return for our Lenders, we are happy to recommend this facility.