Wesleyan Senior Living
Wesleyan Senior Living has a 117-year history of serving seniors in northeastern Ohio, including Cleveland and its western suburbs. WSL is the sole member of Wesleyan Senior Living Obligated Group, which includes Wesleyan Village and Wesleyan Meadows, Wesleyan Senior Living Foundation and Wesleyan Services Corporation. Collectively, WSL Obligated Group has approximately 223 independent living, 115 assisted living, and 154 skilled nursing units and serves more than 725 seniors throughout it operation, providing a range of senior-living and related services at its Wesleyan Village and Wesleyan Meadows campuses and in the broader community.
Financing Process and Structure:
BB&T has had a multiyear relationship with WSL, and has served as a resource to advise on a variety of initiatives including operating and financial performance improvement activities, strategic planning and board education, along with continued monitoring of WSL’s existing debt (and LOC ank relationship). With interest rate declines continuing through 2012-early 2013 and an upcoming LOC expiration on the Series 2004 VRDBs, BB&T worked with WSL to identify bank and bond refinancing alternatives for the Series 2004 Bonds as well as the outstanding construction and property acquisition loans.
Bank financing was identified as the preferred alternative and BB&T assisted WSL with further exploration of bank financing options, focused on a targeted group of banks active in Ohio and providing senior living financing. Ultimately, BB&T worked with WSL to secure a commitment from Huntington Bank for the full refinancing request. Terms of the financing, incorporating a combination of tax-exempt and taxable debt, were attractive and included floating rate and synthetic fixed rate options, an 8-year put and 25-year amortization – WSL ultimately opted for a synthetic fixed rate through the put date and locked in a blended “all-in” cost of financing of 3.95 percent. BB&T also assisted WSL in coordinating the termination of an existing interest rate swap associated with the Series 2004 Bonds and entrance into new swaps with Huntington Bank to implement the synthetic fixed rate financing.
Successful completion of the financing in June 2013 was an important achievement for WSL, enabling it to solidify its long-term capital structure (and financial position), with a new committed bank partner, at what proved to be historically low interest rates. It also validated the merits of the long-standing relationship between WSL and BB&T, which enabled WSL to move quickly to take advantage of favorable interest rates and successfully achieve its refinancing goal.