Fitch Affirms ORIX Capital Markets' Special Servicer Rating

NEW YORK--()--Fitch Ratings affirms ORIX Capital Markets, LLC's (OCM) commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) special servicer rating at 'CSS2'.

The special servicer rating reflects Fitch's assessment of the company's strong management and experienced asset managers, internal controls with thorough policies and procedures and use of technology for quality control, as well as the financial strength of OCM's ultimate parent, ORIX Corporation. The rating also reflects OCM's 24 month internal audit cycle and limited but flexible staffing structure.

The rating reflects stabilization of turnover since Fitch's last review; in the last 12 months, OCM experienced overall turnover of 7% as one staff level employee left the company. In 2013, the company experienced overall turnover of 92% in conjunction with a large reduction of active special servicing volumes through a bulk sale. Subsequent to the staff reduction, OCM retained an experienced asset management team of seven with over 21 years of experience and maintains a strong leadership team with two senior managers and three middle managers averaging 27 years of experience.

As of June 30, 2014, OCM was named special servicer for 235 loans totaling $902.3 million in CMBS transactions and is in the process of working out 18 CMBS loans totaling $198.7 million (including REO). Of these, office and retail properties form the majority of assets. OCM's non-CMBS book totaled 26 loans and $166.2 million, and included 15 REO properties totaling $123.2 million. In 2014 ORIX USA and OCM hired new management teams, including a CEO and CIO, with a plan to grow special servicing assignments by leveraging the company's lending platform and CMBS investments.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'U.S. Commercial Mortgage Servicer Rating Criteria' (Feb. 14, 2014);

--'Rating Criteria for Structured Finance Servicers' (Jan. 30, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Rating Criteria for U.S. Commercial Mortgage Servicers

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=735382

Rating Criteria for Structured Finance Servicers

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=731750

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Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
James Bauer, +1 212-908-0343
Director
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
33 Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004
or
Secondary Analyst
Adam Fox, +1 212-908-0869
Senior Director
or
Committee Chairperson
Christopher Bushart, +1 212-908-0606
Senior Director
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com