Love Funding, one of the nation’s leading providers of FHA multifamily and healthcare financing, announced the closing of a $361.4 million loan modification for the Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) in Charleston, South Carolina. MUHA, a division of the State of South Carolina, owns and operates the Medical Center of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC Health).
The transaction, which was secured through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 242 loan insurance program, is the third-largest hospital loan in the agency’s history. The financing was secured by Steven Hunt, Love Funding’s Senior Director of Hospital Finance, and underwritten by Matthew Andrea, Vice President and Senior Underwriter. The two FHA experts were hired in 2011 to launch the company’s hospital finance division after serving for a number of years in HUD’s Office of Healthcare Programs.
Love Funding executed the mortgage modification and interest rate reduction by funding a bond defeasance escrow established by MUHA with proceeds from the sale of Ginnie Mae mortgage backed securities and other trustee-held funds. Love Funding worked closely with Steve Pack, President of New York-based Armadale Capital and MUHA’s financial advisor, who structured the defeasance.
The transaction effectively enabled MUHA to achieve a 38 percent reduction in the interest rate on its existing mortgage. The debt-service savings generated from the new low-rate financing will help the hospital offset expected reductions in reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, and other industry-wide financial pressures.
“Over the past few years, several hospitals in HUD’s portfolio have reduced their interest expense through either a loan modification or by refinancing,” Hunt said. “We are excited that the agency is expected to announce a new refinance program this year – FHA 242/223(f) – that will allow a wide variety of hospitals to obtain long-term, fixed-rate, non-recourse financing at the best interest rate available in the market.”
MUSC Health is one of the nation’s top academic medical centers with a 696-bed teaching hospital. The facility records more than one million patient encounters each year, and was recognized in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report as “One of America’s Best Hospitals,” with six specialty areas ranked in the top 50 in the nation.
In a separate transaction announced today, Love Funding closed a $30.5 million loan refinancing for Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, a 70-bed acute-care hospital located in Phenix City, Alabama. Hunt secured the financing through HUD’s Section 223(a)(7) loan program.
For more information, contact Steven Hunt at (678) 595-8238.