Up to $50,000,000
District of Columbia
Variable Rate Revenue Bonds
(KIPP DC Issue)
Wye River Group served as KIPP DC’s Independent Financial Advisor for this transaction.
KIPP DC is part of the nationally acclaimed KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) network of schools, which has been widely hailed as one of the country’s most successful innovations in educating low-income minority youth. In 2001, a team of dedicated educators founded KIPP DC and opened with 80 fifth grade students in a church basement. Today, KIPP DC serves approximately 6,900 students in grades PreK3 through 12 in 18 high-performing charter schools across 7 unique campus properties in Washington DC.
At the time that HRC engaged Wye River Group as its financial advisor, Homewood already had 10 separate debt financings, in each case with the facility affiliate owner, and Homewood and its Foundation as co-borrowers. All such debt was in the form of direct bank financing or bank letter of credit-backed variable rate demand bonds, and approximately 50% of the debt was hedged by six different interest rate swaps. In addition, Homewood was contemplating an expansion project at its Frederick campus, with anticipated cost of approximately $45 million, the majority of which was expected to be debt financed. Homewood leadership viewed the financing need at Frederick as an opportunity to assess its overall capital structure and engaged Wye River to assist in determining its debt capacity for the Frederick project and evaluating its financing alternatives.
On behalf of KIPP DC, Wye River conducted a competitive solicitation of over two dozen prospective lenders. KIPP DC’s financing was structured as non-bank qualified tax-exempt bonds with a low cost conventional fixed rate . The bonds feature a draw down structure and interest only period during construction and a long initial fixed rate term. The bonds are parity indebtedness under an existing Master Trust Indenture which governs all of KIPP DC’s outstanding long term debt.
KIPP DC’s financing closed successfully on its preferred schedule on December 17, 2020.
WYE RIVER GROUP’S ROLE
Wye River has served as KIPP DC’s independent financial advisor on numerous transactions over the past 15 years. In its most recent transaction, KIPP DC is financing a new $90 million high school and recreation center at the former Ferebee-Hope School in Ward 8. See the announcement from the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education HERE. The new high school will serve 825 students and include state-of-the-art academic and extracurricular space as well as extensive community amenities. KIPP DC secured $50 million of tax-exempt financing through the District of Columbia to support the development of the project.