March 18, 2019 - 12:04 PM EDT
KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to BANK 2019-BNK17
KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to BANK 2019-BNK17


Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is pleased to announce the assignment of preliminary ratings to 17 classes of BANK 2019-BNK17 (see ratings list below), a $833.0 million CMBS conduit transaction collateralized by 49 commercial mortgage loans secured by 239 properties.

The collateral properties are located in 22 states, with two state exposures, California (30.0%) and New York (10.9%), representing more than 10.0% of the pool balance. The pool has exposure to all of the major property types, with four each representing 10.0% or more of the pool balance: office (30.5%), retail (26.0%), multifamily (23.4%), and industrial (10.9%). The loans have principal balances ranging from $1.4 million to $63.5 million for the largest loan in the pool, Newport Office Center VI (7.6%), which is secured by a 430,239 sf Class-A office building located in Jersey City CBD, New Jersey. The five largest loans, which also include 350 Rhode Island South (7.5%), Tower 28 (6.7%), 131 Albright (6.6%), and Grand Oaks Business Park (6.3%), represent 34.7% of the initial pool balance, while the top 10 loans represent 57.2%.

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 CMBS Property Evaluation Methodology. On an aggregate basis, KNCF was 6.3% 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, 39.9% less than third party appraisal values. The pool has an in-trust KLTV of 90.8% and an all-in KLTV of 102.4%. 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.

For complete details on the analysis, please see our pre-sale report, BANK 2019-BNK17 published at The report includes our BANK 2019-BNK17 KBRA Conduit KCAT, an easy to use, Excel-based workbook that provides the following information:

  • KBRA Deal Tape – Contains KBRA loan level details for every loan in the pool, and the ability for users to input adjustments to KNCF and KBRA Cap Rates and see the related impact on key deal metrics.
  • KBRA Credit Metrics Comparison Tool – Enables the user to compare the subject transaction to a user-defined transaction comp set. The feature provides many of the fields that are included in our CMBS Monthly Trend Watch publication.
  • Excel-based property cash flow statements for the top 20 loans.

Preliminary Ratings Assigned: BANK 2019-BNK17

Class     Initial Class Balance     Expected KBRA Rating
A-1     $16,000,000     AAA (sf)
A-2     $6,500,000     AAA (sf)
A-SB     $28,600,000     AAA (sf)
A-3     $116,000,000 - $250,000,0001     AAA (sf)
A-4     $252,862,000 - $386,862,0001     AAA (sf)
A-S     $81,116,000     AAA (sf)
B     $42,537,000     AA- (sf)
C     $30,665,000     A- (sf)
D     $20,774,000     BBB+ (sf)
E     $13,849,000     BBB- (sf)
F     $16,817,000     BB- (sf)
G     $7,913,000     B- (sf)
H     $23,742,234     NR
X-A     $553,962,0002     AAA (sf)
X-B     $123,653,0002     AAA (sf)
X-D     $34,623,0002     BBB- (sf)
X-F     $16,817,0002     BB- (sf)
X-G     $7,913,0002     B- (sf)
X-H     $23,742,2342     NR
1The exact initial certificate balances of the Class A-3 and A-4 certificates will not be determined until final pricing. However, the aggregate certificate balance of the Class A-3 and A-4 certificates is expected to be $502.862 million.
2Notional balance.

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Analytical Contacts:
Christina Chou, Associate
(646) 731-3357

Yee Cent Wong, Senior Managing Director
(646) 731-2374

James Wang, Senior Director
(646) 731-2450

Susannah Keagle, Senior Director
(646) 731-3357

Source: Business Wire (March 18, 2019 - 12:04 PM EDT)