NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is pleased to announce the assignment of preliminary ratings to 17 classes of Benchmark 2020-B21, a $1.1 billion CMBS conduit transaction collateralized by 39 commercial mortgage loans secured by 74 properties.
The collateral properties are located throughout 49 MSAs, the largest three of which are New York (37.3%), Los Angeles (8.8%), and Sacramento (6.9%). The pool has exposure to all of the major property types, with two types representing more than 15.0% of the pool balance: office (35.8%) and mixed-use (20.7%). The loans have principal balances ranging from $2.0 million to $100.0 million for the largest loan in the pool, The Grace Building (9.2%), which is secured by a Class-A LEED Gold certified office tower located in the Midtown neighborhood of New York City’s borough of Manhattan. The five largest loans, which also include MGM Grand & Mandalay Bay (6.9%), McClellan Business Park (6.9%), 32-42 Broadway (6.9%), and Amazon West LA (6.9%), represent 36.9% of the initial pool balance, while the top 10 loans represent 58.8%.
KBRA’s analysis of the transaction incorporated our multi-borrower rating process that begins with our analysts' evaluation of the underlying collateral properties' financial and operating performance, which determine KBRA’s estimate of sustainable net cash flow (KNCF) and KBRA value using our U.S. CMBS Property Evaluation Methodology. On an aggregate basis, KNCF was 12.2% less than the issuer cash flow. KBRA capitalization rates were applied to each asset’s KNCF to derive values that were, on an aggregate basis, 44.3% less than third party appraisal values. The pool has an in-trust KLTV of 92.3% and an all-in KLTV of 107.4%. The model deploys rent and occupancy stresses, probability of default regressions, and loss given default calculations to determine losses for each collateral loan that are then used to assign our credit ratings.
- Benchmark 2020-B21 KBRA Conduit KCAT
- U.S. CMBS Multi-Borrower Rating Methodology
- U.S. CMBS Property Evaluation Methodology
- Methodology for Rating Interest-Only Certificates in CMBS Transactions
- Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology
Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.
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