CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings and Rating Outlooks to the COMM 2014-277P Mortgage Trust commercial mortgage pass-through certificates:
--$570,000,000 class A 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;
--$84,000,000 class B 'AA-sf'; Outlook Stable;
--$68,000,000 class C 'A-sf'; Outlook Stable;
--$28,000,000 class D 'BBB+sf'; Outlook Stable.
Additionally, Fitch withdraws its expected rating of 'AAAsf' on the $570 million (notional and interest-only) class X-A as the class will not be issued by the trust.
The certificates represent the beneficial ownership in the issuing entity, the primary asset of which is one loan having an aggregate principal balance of approximately $750 million as of the cutoff date and secured by the fee interest in the 277 Park Avenue office property in New York, NY. Proceeds of the loan were used to refinance existing debt, fund up-front reserves and pay closing and defeasance costs. The certificates will follow a sequential-pay structure.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
High Quality Office Collateral in Prime Manhattan Location: The 277 Park Avenue property is a 51-story Class A office building located on an entire block bound by Park Avenue, Lexington Avenue, and 47th & 48th Streets in the Grand Central office submarket of Midtown Manhattan. Fitch assigned a property quality grade of 'A-'.
Historical Occupancy and Credit Tenancy: The property has been well-occupied historically, with occupancy between 95%-99% since 1995. The property is 98% leased as of July 2014 with the largest tenants as JP Morgan Chase Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Co. Tenants with investment-grade credit ratings account for 84.7% of the net rentable area (NRA).
Major Tenant Subleases and Rollover Risk: The two largest tenants, JPMorgan and Sumitomo (80.3% of NRA) both roll in 2021, as well as two small tenants (a total of 82% of NRA). JPMorgan subleases approximately 600,000 square feet (sf) or 46.4% of its space, (34% of total building NRA) to multiple subtenants. Sumitomo has recently expanded through a sublease, and significant funds for leasing will be available, if needed, through a cash flow sweep described in further detail in the presale report.
Fitch Leverage: The $750 million loan has a Fitch debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) and loan to value (LTV) of 1.33x and 65.9%, respectively, and debt of $422 per square foot (psf).
Recourse Limited to SPE Borrower: Non-recourse carveouts, including fraud, waste, and misappropriation, are limited to the SPE borrower. Fitch increased the LTV attachment point at each rating category by 2.5% to address the lack of guarantor. The loan is sponsored by the Estate of Stanley Stahl, whose current portfolio consists of six office buildings, 10 retail/commercial properties, nine residential assets, and two leaseholds in the New York City area.
Fitch found that the property could withstand a 71.5% decline in value and an approximate 49.9% decrease in the Fitch net cash flow (NCF) prior to experiencing $1 of loss to any 'AAAsf' rated class.
Fitch performed several stress scenarios in which the Fitch NCF was stressed. Fitch determined that a 65.4% reduction in Fitch's NCF would cause the notes to break even at a 1.0x DSCR, based on the actual debt service.
Fitch evaluated the sensitivity of the ratings for class A (rated 'AAAsf') and found that a 10% decline in Fitch NCF would result in a one category downgrade, while a 32% decline would result in a downgrade to below investment grade.
The Rating Sensitivity section in the presale report includes a detailed explanation of additional stresses and sensitivities. Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the accompanying presale report. The presale report is available to all investors on Fitch's web site 'www.fitchratings.com'.
Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.
Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (May 2014);
--'Criteria for Analyzing Large Loans in U.S. Commercial Mortgage Transactions' (September 2013);
--'Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds' (May 2014);
--'Rating Criteria for U.S. Commercial Mortgage Servicers' (January 2014).
Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria
Criteria for Analyzing Large Loans in U.S. Commercial Mortgage Transactions
Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds
Rating Criteria for U.S. Commercial Mortgage Servicers