With John Cerra, Managing Director, Global Public Markets
Beginning in late 2008, and especially 2009, TIAA began to invest in a number of large ticket, high visibility hospital construction projects, including the largest Federal Housing Administration loan ever (Capital Health, Hopewell, NJ) and two significant NY projects, Albany Medical Center and two Kaleida projects. While the depth of the market has varied over this time, TIAA-CREF has been a credible, steady and deep pocketed partner during this period.
The Ginnie Mae Program is a backstop for hospitals that may not have access to the capital markets. TIAA-CREF has invested close to $4 billion dollars in multi-family, nursing homes, assisted living complexes, and now hospitals through the Ginnie Mae Project Loan Program.
A key aspect to TIAA-CREF’s involvement in Ginnie Mae Hospital Project Loan Program is the fact that it was a by-product of the financial crisis of 2008-2009. Previously, the loans were generally sold into the municipal bond markets, where the loan would be underwritten by a large number of investors taking small pieces of the deal. The municipal bond market “locked up” in the fall of 2008, and throughout 2009; it was quite fitful and erratic. TIAA-CREF was able to finance loans or commit to loans in 2008 and 2009 when a lot of other institutions weren’t able to do it. This was because of TIAA-CREF’s capital strength and commitment to looking for long-dated, long-term investments for our customers.
One example is the construction of a new building that was a joint venture partnership between Kaleida and SUNY Buffalo’s Medical School. TIAA-CREF financed the entire loan, single-handedly as a raw Ginny Mae loan and not as a bond transaction. TIAA-CREF took this innovative approach to financing the transaction because the financing term – 25 years – fits our investment approach, coupled with the fact that it saved money along the way for the hospital corporation.
Kaleida was a natural partner for TIAA-CREF because of their long-term excellent track record, and they are very well respected in the area to the point where SUNY Buffalo entered this joint venture with them. TIAA-CREF viewed this as a sign of confidence that Kaleida was one of the premier hospital corps in the area.
By making investments in projects like the Buffalo Medical Center, TIAA-CREF is helping put money back into the communities that we serve.
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