Charter School Financing

Charter Schools

George K. Baum & Company is focused on the borrowing needs of charter schools across the nation. Members of GKB have overseen more than 175 nonprofit school financings, totaling approximately $2.2 billion. GKB serves charter schools in a variety of roles, including municipal advisor, underwriter, remarketing agent, derivatives consultant and swap advisor. Through these roles, GKB delivers a tailored financing plan, making a school’s dream facility more readily available and quickly attainable.


Our Charter School Finance is committed to you, our client.

GKB’s charter school team is dedicated to providing our clients with unmatched capabilities of underwriting, private placements, municipal advisory, innovative and responsible solutions, and effective strategic planning for financing your capital projects.

Unlike municipal advisors or commercial banks who typically offer a limited set of services, GKB provides our clients with a wide assortment of services, working with schools long before, during and after a financing. Our professionals provide a comprehensive range of services covering all aspects of a debt offering.

George K. Baum & Company is a leader in primary and secondary education finance.

Members of our team have executed several hundred education bond financings for clients throughout the country. Our team has assisted schools in executing various financing structures, including fixed-rate public offerings, letter of credit-backed variable-rate offerings and bank direct purchase financings.

Our Charter School Finance professionals provide a wide range of services to our clients.
These services include, but are not limited to, the following:


George K. Baum & Company is one of the nation's leading underwriters of municipal bonds. Our decades of experience, combined with the frequency in which we bring bond issues to market, helps our clients obtain competitive borrowing costs and some of the most attractive terms available in the market.


The synergy of local expertise and national resources is unique to George K. Baum & Company and is the foundation of our municipal advisory business. These services are significantly complemented by our underwriting experience developed while working on other transactions. It is vital for a Municipal Advisor to be in-step with the market. We believe that to be an effective Municipal Advisor for a client, a firm must maintain an active underwriting presence on other transactions. Our underwriting experience allows us to analyze all of our clients' outstanding bonds for refunding opportunities, monitor market conditions to guide the timing of our clients' bond sales and interpret market activity. This underwriting experience allows us to identify the most effective structures and sale methods available for our clients' bonds and to make other informed recommendations to our clients when engaged as a Municipal Advisor.


In assessing a client's financing options, we detail the pros, cons and risks of direct placement financings or debt issuances sold in the public markets based on the competitive nature of the proposals and a client's own credit rating. George K. Baum & Company has a frequent presence pricing bonds in the primary market and in the arrangement of direct purchases. This experience enables our clients to obtain some of the lowest borrowing costs and most attractive terms available.


George K. Baum & Company has developed a unique "dual track" financing process to assist clients in determining the most appropriate financing structure for their offering. The dual track includes distributing a credit package to banks and rating agency(ies) for their review as part of the client's Request for Proposal ("RFP") process. George K. Baum & Company orchestrates the RFP and rating processes and prepares a comprehensive summary analysis to simplify the decision-making process. The dual track RFP process often yields extraordinary results for our clients because banks are put in a competitive situation.


With direct input from the client, George K. Baum & Company utilizes its proprietary financial models that forecast and stress-test the client's future financial viability after incurring new, or refinancing existing, debt. The financial modeling process assists the client in developing parameters around a prudent level of debt capacity. The model is an interactive tool that can be adjusted and changed in real time, allowing for informed and efficient decisions. It also serves as the basis for conveying the client's current and future financial performance to potential financing partners.


George K. Baum & Company is at the leading edge of quantitative analysis for municipal financings. Our commitment to quantitative analysis led to the formation of a specialized quantitative finance group whose sole responsibility is to develop and implement functional and analytical tools for our clients. Our quantitative professionals do not rely on any outside resources. All of the work performed for our clients is done in-house. Our significant experience in the area of debt structuring includes all aspects of refunding and cash flow modeling, such as crossovers, invested sinking funds and transferred proceeds. Our quantitative professionals specialize in performing a variety of important tasks, including;
• Bond Structuring
• Refunding Calculations & Innovations
• Pro Forma Analysis
• Escrow Restructurings
• Cash Flow Analysis


George K. Baum & Company assists our clients with a wide variety of debt financing for acquiring or expanding existing facilities or building new ones using publicly issued bonds or direct purchases. Our expertise in both the public markets and the direct purchase markets enables our clients to analyze the full range of financing possibilities.


George K. Baum & Company has developed proprietary methodologies for working with rating agencies to secure first-time, or obtain renewed, ratings for our borrowers. George K. Baum & Company devotes extensive resources to the development of each credit package with the intention of exceeding the expectations of the client and rating agencies.


George K. Baum & Company assists our clients by taking advantage of market opportunities to refinance or restructure existing debt. Cash flow savings from reduced annual debt service can improve operating budget flexibility and be reinvested by our clients.


Historically, it has been quite difficult and/or expensive for new charter schools (or existing schools undertaking substantial growth) to obtain facilities financing in the absence of any equity or philanthropic support. George K. Baum & Company offers a FINANCING PLAN TAILORED TO THOSE SCHOOLS, making a school’s dream facility more readily available and quickly attainable.
With our partners, GKB CAN TYPICALLY OBTAIN 25-50% SUBORDINATE LOAN FUNDING for high quality charter schools. Those loans are provided at affordable rates. With that subordinate funding in hand, GKB is able to arrange traditional senior funding (via tax-exempt bonds or bank loans) which would typically be unavailable otherwise. This provides an opportunity for schools to FULLY FUND THEIR FACILITIES PROJECT prior to an expected opening or planned expansion.