NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases a special report, KCP WeWork Exposure Update — A Deeper Dive, which examines the credit risks associated with the individual loans and properties with exposure to WeWork. The report is a continuation of an October 2019 release, KCP Special Alert – WeWork CMBS Exposure, and spotlights loans and properties with the riskiest credit profiles across a variety of commercial real estate metrics, including projected DSCR, economic lease value, and tenant location profitability. Among the loans examined, slightly more than half were projected to have a below-breakeven DSCR in the event WeWork ceases operations and is unable to meet its lease obligations. The shared workspace provider continued to accumulate headlines throughout the fourth quarter of 2019. It announced significant job cuts, equal to 19% of its workforce, and reports emerged that it was attempting to break leases for up to 100 properties. SoftBank, WeWork’s primary investor, committed to provide $9.5 billion in funding to WeWork in late October 2019, but is dealing with complications in securing the funds.
KCP updated its WeWork exposure group as of November 2019 based on updated leasing activity as well as new securitizations. Across 76 transactions, there are 50 loans secured by 51 properties, $6.29 billion by allocated loan amount (ALA), with exposure to WeWork. Each of these loans is current and with the master servicer. By MSA, New York has the highest exposure with 19 properties totaling $2.34 billion, including two properties with an ALA of $69.4 million located in Brooklyn, NY. Los Angeles and San Francisco account for the next highest MSA concentrations, comprising 20.9% and 9.8%, respectively. Given the non-homogenous nature of office properties with exposure to WeWork as a tenant, additional scrutiny of the individual CMBS loans secured by these properties is required to develop views on credit risks.
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Related Publications: (available at kcp.kbra.com)
- KCP Special Alert – WeWork CMBS Exposure (October 2019)
- CMBS: Challenges Facing Midtown Manhattan Office May Not Be Ominous for CMBS (May 2019)
- CMBS: KBRA July Trend Watch Newsletter (August 2018)
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