Friendship Public Charter School

Friendship is one of the District of Columbia’s largest and highest-performing public charter school networks, with 16 schools serving over 4,500 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.

$17,200,000
District of Columbia
Revenue Bonds
(Friendship Public Charter School, Inc. Issue)
Series 2019A

Wye River Group Served as Friendship’s Independent Financial Advisor for this Transaction.

Project Overview

Wye River served as Friendship’s independent financial advisor in connection the acquisition of the property of Ideal Academy Public Charter School and the funding of certain building renovations and equipment purchases.

Financing Overview

In July, 2019, Friendship acquired the property of Ideal Academy Public Charter School in an expedited all-cash transaction valued at approximately $8.2 million. The Series 2019A Bonds, which closed in late August, reimbursed the School for its out-of-pocket costs associated with the acquisition and provided sufficient capital to renovate the property to Friendship’s standards.  The School’s financing was done through a direct negotiation with its existing lender on highly favorable terms (including a 15 year term, 30 year amortization and rate in the low- to mid-2% range). The Series 2019A Bonds were issued as “parity debt” under the School’s Master Trust Indenture (MTI) for all of its outstanding debt.

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