KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Benchmark 2020-B22

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is pleased to announce the assignment of preliminary ratings to 13 classes of Benchmark 2020-B22, an $814.2 million CMBS conduit transaction collateralized by 33 commercial mortgage loans secured by 44 properties.

The collateral properties are located throughout 20 MSAs, the largest three of which are New York (37.2%), Salt Lake City (12.1%), Las Vegas (9.2%). The pool has exposure to all of the major property types, with the top three being office (38.1%), mixed-use (21.5%), and lodging (14.1%). The loans have principal balances ranging from $3.3 million to $80.0 million for the largest loan in the pool, The Grace Building (9.8%), which is secured by a 1.6 million sf, 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 (9.2%), Elo Midtown Office Portfolio (8.7%), Station Park & Station Park West (7.4%), and Rugby Pittsburgh Portfolio (6.1%), represent 41.3% of the initial pool balance, while the top 10 loans represent 61.6%.

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 13.7% 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, 45.1% less than third party appraisal values. The pool has an in-trust KLTV of 95.4% and an all-in KLTV of 101.9%. 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.

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Contacts

Analytical Contacts

John Triantafyllou, Director (Lead Analyst)
+1 (646) 731-2396
jtriantafyllou@kbra.com

Lynn D'Eugenio, Senior Director
+1 (646) 731-2487
ldeugenio@kbra.com

Dayna Carley, Senior Director
+1 (646) 731-2391
dcarley@kbra.com

Nitin Bhasin, CFA, Senior Managing Director (Rating Committee Chair)
+1 (646) 731-2334
nbhasin@kbra.com

Business Development Contact

Michele Patterson, Managing Director
+1 (646) 731-2397
mpatterson@kbra.com