Financial Advisory

GRS | Centaur Financial Advisors have extensive experience developed through years in the commercial real estate investment and finance markets working with a full spectrum of business owners/operators, major balance sheet lenders, securitization programs, institutional investors and mortgage servicers.

Our advisors assist investors, lenders, and owners in developing comprehensive investment, operational and risk management strategies in order to maximize the growth potential of their commercial real estate assets.

Real Estate Capital Solutions

At GRS | Centaur, we understand the complexities of commercial real estate capitalization and how it relates to business enterprise growth.  We have in depth knowledge of both equity capitalization and balance sheet finance, and we understand the complex documentation requirements that guide these transactions.

Through comprehensive analyses and pervasive market knowledge, we develop financial solutions for the acquisition or refinance of both stabilized and transitional properties across the United States. Whether our clients are seeking to sell, finance, recapitalize or reposition capital, GRS | Centaur can create a solution to fit their needs.

Cost Segregation

Generating positive cash flow while at the same time managing existing debt obligations and assessing upcoming debt maturities can be challenging. GRS | Capstan can provide value throughout the property’s ownership cycle identifying and “segregating” various building components for tax purposes. Cost Segregation analysis can assist in improving a property’s near term cash flow and minimizing capital gains tax upon the sale of the asset.

Cost Segregation combines an engineering study with an IRS-accepted tax strategy used to accelerate depreciation deductions by identifying certain building components and allocating them to an accelerated depreciation schedule of 5, 7 or 15 years. No new deductions are identified, but rather deductions are moved forward that might otherwise take 27.5 or 39 years to fully realize. Once performed, the accelerated depreciation schedules and resulting tax deferral greatly improve cash flow.

A cost segregation study may be advantageous if:

• Building a new facility
• Acquiring an existing building,
• Improving, renovating or expanding an existing building, or
• Conducting leasehold improvements

Asset Feasibility Studies

The goal of a feasibility study is to give the client a clear evaluation of the potential for maximizing value or mitigating losses for a particular commercial real estate project.

GRS | Centaur’s feasibility analysis focuses on the characteristics, location, market fundamentals, and competitive position of the asset. By combining this service with data gathered by other GRS Group companies, we help our clients formulate a coordinated strategic solution.

Each client has specific needs for each different asset as it relates to their investment strategy. Therefore our Asset Feasibility Studies are carefully and individually tailored.  Elements of a Feasibility Study may include:

• Asset Summary
• Photos, maps & property inspection findings
• Market Study
• Sales and Rent comp analysis
• Key issues impacting marketability
• Cash flow projections
• Immediate needs assessment
• Recommended disposition strategy

Underwriting, Due Diligence and Cash Flow Modeling

Optimizing transaction economics and maximizing asset value require sound financial decision-making.  At GRS | Centaur, our goal is to allow clients to better leverage their in-house decision-making talents and utilize our professionals to extend their underwriting & due diligence staff.

Critical to the success of any transaction is ensuring that all elements are accounted for, thoroughly researched, and properly valued. Through our in-depth understanding of originations, property and credit risk analysis, and the securitization process, we provide support services for underwriting and due diligence. We can provide complete process underwriting, or we can manage specific underwriting or due diligence functions.

Our due diligence work also includes evaluating the property title, arranging and negotiating title insurance, reviewing property surveys, zoning, and land-use law compliance and permitting requirements, as well as evaluating environmental site assessments, and reviewing leases.

We also clearly understand commercial real estate income. We provide historical cash flow analysis, current property level underwriting, cash flow projections, and discounted cash flows.

GRS | Centaur can deliver an experienced team of professionals that provide insight to an asset’s potential income and ultimate valuation for investment and disposition strategies. We have specialized practice groups for most property types, including franchise portfolios, and have transactional experience across North America and in Europe.

Acquisition & Disposition Services

GRS | Centaur provides a complete range of real estate acquisition and disposition services for all types of commercial real estate.  With a finger on the pulse of established and emerging real estate markets, GRS | Centaur anticipates trends and offers a multi-disciplined approach to help clients capitalize on opportunities and maximize investment returns.

Acquisition & Disposition services may include:

  • Market Analysis
  • Portfolio Review
  • Property Identification/Site Selection
  • Due Diligence
  • Financial Analysis and Review
  • Preparation of Marketing Materials
  • Contract Review and Negotiation
  • Management of Escrow and Closing
Lease Administration, Restructuring & Asset Repositioning

GRS | Centaur helps businesses improve leverage and cash flow by restructuring and repositioning real estate assets and commitments.  Whether closing underperforming facilities, consolidating as a result of a merger or acquisition, or expanding into new markets, our team serves both healthy companies as well as those in turnaround or in bankruptcy.

For troubled borrowers faced with declining property values, inadequate cash flows, or the threat of foreclosure, GRS | Centaur brings a wealth of experience in commercial real estate workouts.  Through our vast network of lenders and loan servicers, our specialists fully understand the dynamics of the workout process as well as the complexities of negotiations affecting borrowers, lenders, landlords, and tenants.

For operators seeking negotiated relief from landlords, GRS | Centaur offers unit level & market evaluations creating valuable insights to restructuring solutions, rent relief, and release terminations for dark locations.