CTL financing has developed into one of the most aggressive forms of structured financing in recent years. These aggressive standards generally include high loan-to-cost ratios and low DSCRs. Maximum LTV is usually up to 95%, and sometimes even over 100%. Borrowers can typically lock interest rates upon acceptance of the commitment and payment of all deposits. They can expect pricing at a spread over Treasury yields or above the average life, with the spread correlating with the quality of credit, size of transaction, lease structure, and transaction structure.
CTL structures are attractive to property owners for several reasons. First, due to the low DSCR requirements, borrowers can acquire assets with significantly less equity. Second, for investors looking to offset passive income with passive losses, the “zero cash-flow” nature of the deal provides the ability to generate material after tax returns due to the write off of depreciation and interest expense on the property.