KBRA Releases Research – CMBS Single-Borrower Default and Loss Study Update

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases its CMBS Single-Borrower Default and Loss Study Update, which reviews the performance of 421 single-borrower (SB) deals issued from August 1993 to June 2018—the SB study population—that had at least one year of loan seasoning.

The SB transactions, which had an average securitization balance of $534.6 million, issued liabilities that were fixed rate (232 deals, 55.1% of population by balance), floating rate (170, 40.4%), and a combination of fixed and floating rate (19, 4.5%).

To date, there have been six loan defaults, of which five were secured by hotel collateral. Of these six loans, three experienced losses with an average loss severity of 0.77% to date. Since the last publication, there was one additional default, resulting in a 1.4% cumulative default rate.

While there is uncertainty whether favorable SB performance will continue in the future, it is clear that the leverage characteristics of the product type have changed in a manner that has the potential to negatively influence future default rates. For deals that have not yet reached the Study’s one-year (July 2018-June 2019) seasoning requirement, the proportion of loans with in-trust leverage in excess of 60% (44.8%) was meaningfully higher than the overall study population (27.1% where LTVs were available). This was somewhat influenced by the composition of the transactions, including the increasing prevalence of floating rate loans, which tend to have higher leverage.

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