The Scion Group Expands Student Housing Portfolio with New Credit Facilities Totaling $649 Million

BETHESDA, MD - Walker & Dunlop recently financed two student housing portfolios for Scion Student Communities, a joint venture among The Scion Group, GIC and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Both portfolios were financed through Fannie Mae credit facilities.

The first transaction involved the acquisition of six student housing properties. Walker & Dunlop utilized the expansion and borrow-up features of an existing Fannie Mae credit facility to achieve optimal proceeds of $233 million. A second Fannie Mae credit facility of $416 million was structured for the acquisition of 11 additional properties.

The facility has both fixed and floating rate components to it with varying maturities. Many of the eleven properties qualified as Green Certified, reducing Scion's borrowing cost significantly.  

Managing Directors Brendan Coleman and Will Baker led the Walker & Dunlop team on both transactions.

Mr. Coleman commented, "We are very excited to once again work with Scion, GIC and CPPIB on a highly strategic transaction. Our partnership with Fannie Mae has helped the joint venture to continue to expand its best-in-class student housing portfolio."

Mr. Baker added, "In 2016 Walker & Dunlop financed $1.6 billion of student housing properties.  We have deep experience financing student housing properties, and these financings for Scion demonstrate our team's expertise with large, structured transactions."

Walker & Dunlop is one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States providing financing and investment sales to owners of multifamily and commercial properties.