Ziegler Arranges $59.9M Bond Financing for Ohio Living

by Jeff Shaw

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Ziegler has arranged $59.9 million in bond financing for Ohio Living, a Westerville-based nonprofit operator of 12 seniors housing communities in Ohio.

Bond proceeds will be used to refund existing bank debt, terminate an interest rate swap agreement, fund a debt-service reserve fund equal to approximately one year of debt service, fund approximately $3 million of capital expenditures and pay certain costs of issuance associated with the financing. 

The bonds consist of tax-exempt, fixed-rate serial and term bonds with an 18-year final maturity. The financing includes a three-year interest-only period with annual principal amortization starting in 2026. 

Ohio Living decided to utilize fixed-rate bonds to refund a portion of its bank capital following the turbulence experienced in early 2023 in the bank credit markets.

“Once Ohio Living realized it needed to replace one of its historic commercial banking partners, it wanted to restore stability to this portion of its capital structure in short order,” says Bob Stillman, chief financial officer of Ohio Living.

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