X-Caliber Closes Financing to Refi, Expand Almond Processing Plant
Commercial real estate lender X-Caliber said its affiliate companies, X-Caliber Rural Capital (XRC) and CastleGreen Finance, closed a $33.5-million combined transaction for a refinance, a new facility construction and a renewable energy system for California Custom Processing (CCP) in Madera.
XRC provided $29.5 million through the USDA’s Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program, while CastleGreen provided $4 million of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing through the California Statewide Communities Development Authority – Open PACE Program. The loan was originated by X-Caliber’s Mike Hammond, executive managing director, origination.
The current CCP almond processing facility is 65,000 square feet. The USDA loan will be used for the refinance of the property owner’s debt and to finance the new facility construction of an adjacent 52,500-square-foot building. The C-PACE structure will finance the renewable energy improvements, including a rooftop solar array and battery storage on the existing facility, as well as seismic resiliency improvements for the facility expansion.
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Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).