Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities Market Monitor

Commercial Mortgage Market Monitor April 2019

Monthly Commentary


Twenty four loans totaling $468MM became newly delinquent in April which increased the CMBS 2.0 delinquency rate to 0.93%. The special servicing (SS) rate increased to 1.62% with sixteen loans totaling $420MM newly transferred to SS.

One notable delinquency was the $21MM The Showcase at Indio loan (1.74% COMM 2014-UBS4). The loan is secured by the fee simple interest in a 157,540 SF retail center located in Indio, CA. The debt was paid through 2/1/2019 but subsequently transferred to the special servicer as the shadow anchor (Target) closed its store due to competition from a newly constructed Walmart store adjacent to the property. Junior anchor tenants include Ross, Marshall’s, Big Lots and Dollar Tree. Many tenants at the property have co-tenancy clauses for Target that allow them to pay percentage rents until the shadow anchor spaced is re-leased. We have been notified that an entity of the borrower has purchased the Target store box and is working to sub-divide the space and lease to new tenants.

The largest loss severity in April resulted from the liquidation of the $7MM Radisson Hotel – Baton Rouge (WFRBS 2014-C19). The loan was secured by a 132 room full service Radisson hotel in Baton Rouge, LA. The property was built in 1972 and most recently renovated in 2008. At origination, the loan was underwritten to a Net Operating Income (NOI) of $923,554. Since origination, expenses at the property came in higher than expected with contract labor costs cited as the main contributor to the substantial increase. Post foreclosure, the property was listed for sale; the asset was liquidated and resulted in a loss to the trust of $7.7MM (110% loss severity).

In new issue CMBS, seven private label deals ($2.8BN) priced, including two conduit deals ($1.6BN) and five single asset/single borrower (SASB) deals ($1.2BN). One conduit transaction utilized a vertical risk retention structure while the other deal used an L-shaped structure. The conduit AAA LCFs priced at weighted average spread of swaps + 86 bps.

The largest SASB transaction was a $325MM 2yr floater with three 1yr extension options collateralized by the borrower’s leasehold interest in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, located on Loyola Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana. The AAA class priced at a spread of 1mL + 105 bps.

2019 private label issuance across conduit/SASB totals $18.8BN across 35 transactions year to date.

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