Bison announces the closing and funding of a high-octane credit facility for a developer of single tenant net leased properties.
- The tenant is Wawa, one of the nation’s fastest-growing gas/convenience store chains
- Wawa is a privately owned company with 750+ locations based in Eastern Pennsylvania with roots dating back to 1803
- The loan covers 100% of the developer’s investment required to acquire the land, obtain approvals, entitlements, permits, horizontal construction costs, and cover soft costs
- When compared to traditional bank financing which only provides 75% of cost, this structure provides massive scalability to our developer client’s business model
- Invested capital lies in the risky pre-development phase placing parcels under contract, negotiating leases with tenants, paying lawyers, engineers, and consultants fees required to obtain all government approvals to build the project
- Once the deal has been de-risked, pre-development capital is returned at the closing of the loan so the developer’s coffers are re-charged
- For a prolific developer with dozens of properties in the pre-development phase, funding like this makes the difference between having tens of millions of dollars invested in projects under construction or no capital invested once the project has been de-risked
The investment group procured by Bison does not share in the equity on the deal or have profit participation, just a strict coupon rate of interest. This was Bison’s 20th closing with the key sponsor.