NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases August’s CMBS Trend Watch.
August CMBS private label pricing volume came in at $5.7 billion, up 43% over July’s $4.0 billion figure. The year-to-date issuance is $48.8 billion, down 8.9% year-over-year.
Falling interest rates appear to be driving loan demand and helping to spur issuance. Based on our current visibility, up to nine single-borrower (SB) deals, seven conduits, two Freddie Mac K-Series securitizations, and as many as four commercial real estate collateralized loan obligations (CRE CLOs) transactions could launch this month.
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During the month, KBRA published pre-sales for one conduit ($937 million), one Freddie Mac K-Series ($1.4 billion) and one CRE CLO ($600 million). August’s surveillance activity included actions on 274 rated classes, consisting of 257 affirmations, 11 upgrades, and six downgrades. The activity was effectuated across 30 transactions, including 14 conduits, six single borrowers, four Freddie Mac K-Series, four CRE CLOs, and two re-remics.
As part of surveillance activity in August, KBRA highlighted 41 KBRA Loans of Concern (K-LOCs), which consist of specially serviced and real estate owned (REO) assets as well as non-specially serviced loans in default or at heightened risk of default. There were also 11 KBRA Performance Outlook (KPO) changes, including seven to Underperform from Perform, three to Outperform from Perform, and one to Perform from Underperform.
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