Berkadia Closed $221 Million in Financing for Brookdale Senior Living

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Berkadia, Berkshire Hathaway’s joint venture with Leucadia National Corporation, has announced it had closed $221 million in financing for Brookdale Senior Living Inc. on July 11.

The Fannie Mae Credit Facility is for 10 years and will be used to refinance two existing Brookdale loan portfolios. It has a a 75% loan-to-value ratio and a 30-year amortization schedule.

“The Fannie Mae Credit Facility product provided Brookdale flexibility to meet their financing needs. The Brookdale team, the Fannie Mae team and the Berkadia underwriting team worked together to make this transaction a seamless process,” said Berkadia’s Managing Director Heidi Brunet. She originated the transaction with Christopher Fenton.

Brookdale Senior Living is the leading seniors housing operator in the country and operates 1,036 communities with the ability to serve approximately 102,000 residents as of June 30, 2017.

About Berkadia

Founded in 2009 as a 50/50 joint venture between Berkshire Hathaway and Leucadia National Corporation, Berkadia is a third-party commercial mortgage servicer, as well as an approved lender for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD/FHA.

The company is among the top Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae multifamily lenders.

Berkadia owes its origins to GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation, which was acquired in 2009 by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Five Mile Capital Partners LLC, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Christened Capmark Financial, the company had $10 billion of originations in 2008 and a servicing portfolio of more than $360 billion before running into bankruptcy in October 2009.

In a deal approved by the bankruptcy court, Capmark sold its mortgage loan and servicing to the newly formed Berkadia in a deal worth $515 million.

The deal brought Berkshire into the heart of the commercial loan serving business, and the company has one of the largest commercial real estate servicing portfolios.

© 2017 David Mazor

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