Gaylord Rockies Resort refinances and lines up money for expansion

The householders of the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center have borrowed $800 million from a bunch led by Wells Fargo and lined up one different $80 million to develop the state’s largest resort.

The Gaylord Rockies opened on Dec. 18 with 1,501 rooms and 486,000 sq. toes of meeting and convention home. Managed by Marriott International, the resort is in Aurora, southwest of Denver International Airport.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, an precise property funding perception primarily based in Nashville, and RIDA Development, the Houston-based developer that oversaw the problem, will use the borrowed money to repay $500 million in growth loans and a $39 million mezzanine mortgage, in accordance with a submitting Ryman made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 2.

The remainder of the money will go to reimburse householders for investments they made throughout the problem. Ryman, which owns 61.2 p.c of the Gaylord Rockies Resort, acknowledged throughout the submitting that it’ll use the $153 million it receives to pay down a revolving credit score rating line.

“We are pleased to announce this refinancing, which creates a new financing structure that better reflects our long-term position in this venture and frees up additional borrowing capacity under our revolving credit facility,” Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality, acknowledged in a press launch.

Ryman moreover acknowledged in its submitting that the consortium had agreed to produce $80 million in financing “should” the three-way partnership decide to develop the Gaylord Rockies, which has seen sturdy bookings from convention groups.

Ryman didn’t say an expansion was a sure issue or provide specifics on what it will embody. But such a switch probably wouldn’t sit correctly with the resort operators throughout the state who opposed the Gaylord Rockies over the subsidies it acquired and points that it’s going to cannibalize their meeting enterprise, price backers denied.

Colorado has agreed to produce $81.4 million in tax credit score to the Gaylord Rockies beneath the Regional Tourism Act and Aurora is providing $300 million in tax breaks and totally different incentives.

Ira Mitzner, the Houston developer who oversaw the problem, acknowledged remaining December that his company, RIDA, has purchased 130 acres near the resort, which it plans to develop. Ryman could be looking at investing in additional new resort properties beneath the Gaylord flag.

The distinctive loans used to assemble the Gaylord Rockies had been due on the end of this 12 months. The new mortgage matures in July 2023, with a provision for three additional one-year extensions. It carries a price of curiosity of 4.15 p.c for the first three years.

Besides Wells Fargo, totally different collaborating lenders included Bank of America, Bank of Nova Scotia, BMO Harris Bank, Frost Bank, Credit Agricole, Midfirst Bank, Raymond James Bank, Aareal Capital, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking.

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