KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Benchmark 2020-IG1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is pleased to announce the assignment of preliminary ratings to nine classes of Benchmark 2020-IG1 (see ratings list below), a $660.0 million commercial real estate securitization. The transaction is a first of its kind post-crisis, as it is collateralized by 13 non-controlling pari passu participations of fixed rate loans, secured by 45 properties, with each participation exhibiting investment grade (IG) credit characteristics when analyzed on a standalone basis.

The collateral properties are located in eight states, with the top three states represented by New York (48.5%), Washington (16.0%), and California (13.6%). The pool has exposure to all of the major property types, with the top three being office (48.9%), retail (15.9%), and mixed use (14.1%). Most of the loans have a ten-year term (11 loans, 85.6%), with the remaining two loans having a five- and seven-year term, respectively. The loans have principal balances ranging from $37.9 million to $64.7 million for the largest loan in the pool, 1633 Broadway (9.8%), which is secured by a 2.6 million sf, Class-A CBD office building located in the Midtown neighborhood of New York City’s borough of Manhattan. The five largest loans, which also include F5 Tower (8.4%), Bellagio Hotel and Casino (8.3%), Kings Plaza (8.3%) and 1501 Broadway (8.3%), represent 43.2% of the initial pool balance.

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. To assign ratings to the transaction’s interest only securities, KBRA relied on its Methodology for Rating Interest-Only Certificates in CMBS Transactions. KBRA also relied on its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology for assessing counterparty risk in this transaction, to the extent deemed applicable.

On a weighted average (WA) basis, the KNCF was 8.5% less than the issuer’s cash flow. KBRA capitalization rates were applied to each asset’s KNCF to derive values that were, on a WA basis, 46.3% less than third party appraisal values. The pool has a WA in-trust KLTV of 65.3% and an all-in KLTV of 105.3%, inclusive of the future permitted mezzanine debt. 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 properties, and legal documentation review.

For further details on KBRA’s analysis, please see our pre-sale report, BENCHMARK 2020-IG1, published at www.kbra.com.

The preliminary ratings are based on information known to KBRA at the time of this publication. Information received subsequent to this release could result in the assignment of final ratings that differ from the preliminary ratings.

Preliminary Ratings Assigned: Benchmark 2020-IG1



Initial Class Balance


Expected KBRA Rating





AAA (sf)





AAA (sf)





AAA (sf)





AAA (sf)





AA- (sf)





A- (sf)





BBB- (sf)





AAA (sf)





AAA (sf)

1Notional balance.

For complete details on the analysis, please see our pre-sale report published at www.kbra.com. The preliminary ratings are based on information known to KBRA at the time of this publication. Information received subsequent to this release could result in the assignment of ratings that differ from the preliminary ratings.

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