KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to BFLD 2020-EYP

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) announces the assignment of preliminary ratings to nine classes of BFLD 2020-EYP, a CMBS single-borrower securitization.

The collateral for the transaction is a $275.0 million non-recourse, first lien mortgage loan. The floating rate loan has an initial two-year term with three, one-year extension options, and requires monthly interest-only payments based on one-month LIBOR. The loan is secured by the borrower’s fee simple interest in Ernst & Young Plaza, a 938,067 sf, 41-story Class-A office tower located in downtown Los Angeles. The LEED Platinum certified tower includes 924,821 sf of office space, 6,810 sf of storage space, and a 6,466 sf retail suite. Additionally, the collateral includes an allocation of 1,105 onsite parking spaces contained within an adjacent 13-story parking garage.

As of July 2020, the property was 78.4% leased to 43 tenants. The five largest tenants include General Services Administration Secret Service (GSA Secret Service), an HQCWT; Ernst & Young U.S., LLP, an accounting and advisory services provider; Pillsbury Winthrop Pittman Shaw LLP, an AM Law 100 law firm; Jackson Lewis, an AM Law 100 law firm; and Great American Insurance (HQCWT), an insurance services company. Together, these five tenants account for 50.8% of total base rent and 38.0% 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 approximately $19.3 million. To value the property, we applied a capitalization rate of 7.75% to arrive at a KBRA value of approximately $248.8 million. The resulting in-trust KBRA Loan to Value (KLTV) is 110.5%. 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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KBRA is a full-service credit rating agency registered as an NRSRO with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, KBRA is designated as a designated rating organization by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus. KBRA is also recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider and is a certified Credit Rating Agency (CRA) with the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe is registered with ESMA as a CRA.


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