KBRA Assigns Ratings to MSC 2020-CNP

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) announces the assignment of ratings to five classes of MSC 2020-CNP, a CMBS single-borrower securitization.

The collateral for the transaction is a $330.0 million portion of a $550.0 million non-recourse, first lien mortgage loan. The fixed rate loan has a ten-year term and requires monthly interest-only payments. The loan is secured by the borrower’s fee simple interest in City National Plaza, a 2.5 million sf, 52-story twin tower Class-A office asset located in downtown Los Angeles. The LEED Platinum certified towers are mirror images of each other and feature a combination of granite panels and glass. The property features high end tenant build outs and offers 3,240 parking spaces, 804 of which are located onsite within a two-level underground garage and 2,436 spaces are contained within an offsite parking garage, the latter of which also serves as the subject’s loan collateral.

As of March 2020, the property was 81.4% leased to 81 tenants. The five largest tenants include City National Bank, an HQCWT; Paul Hastings, LLP, a law firm; Jones Day, a law firm; M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, an architectural firm; and Federal Insurance Company, an insurance firm. Together, these five tenants account for 39.1% of total base rent and 32.3% of the total sf.

KBRA’s analysis of the transaction included a detailed evaluation of the properties’ cash flows using our U.S. CMBS Property Evaluation Methodology and the application of our U.S. CMBS Single Borrower & Large Loan Rating Methodology. In addition, KBRA also relied on its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology for assessing counterparty risk in this transaction, to the extent deemed applicable.

The results of our analysis yielded a KBRA net cash flow (KNCF) of $57.3 million. To value the property, we applied a capitalization rate of 7.75% to arrive at a KBRA value of $739.3 million. The resulting KBRA Loan to Value (KLTV) is 74.4%. In our analysis of the transaction, we also reviewed and considered third party engineering, environmental, and appraisal reports; the results of our site inspection of the property, and legal documentation review.

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Contacts

Analytical

Ravish Kamath, Senior Director (Lead Analyst)
+1 (646) 731-2328
rkamath@kbra.com

Michael Brown, Managing Director
+1 (646) 731-2307
mbbrown@kbra.com

Susannah Keagle, Senior Director
+1 (646) 731-3357
skeagle@kbra.com

Keith Kockenmeister, Senior Managing Director (Rating Committee Chair)
+1 (646) 731-2349
kkockenmeister@kbra.com

Business Development

Michele Patterson, Managing Director
(646) 731-2397
mpatterson@kbra.com