KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to WFCM 2019-C52

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is pleased to announce the assignment of preliminary ratings to 15 classes of WFCM 2019-C52 (see ratings list below), a $900.2 million CMBS conduit transaction collateralized by 67 commercial mortgage loans secured by 126 properties.

The collateral properties are located in 33 states, with the top three states represented by California (23.8%), Texas (8.7%), and Georgia (8.6%). The pool has exposure to all the major property types, with the top three being office (35.2%), retail (21.1%), and lodging (11.2%). The loans have principal balances ranging from $931,000 to $49.8 million for the largest loan in the pool, Moffett Towers II – Buildings 3 & 4 (5.5%), which is secured by two adjacent Class-A suburban office buildings totaling 701,266 sf located within Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, California. The five largest loans, which also include University Town Center (4.6%), SoCal Retail Portfolio (4.4%), Embassy Suites at Centennial Olympic Park (4.3%) and Capital Plaza (4.0%), represent 22.9% of the initial pool balance, while the top 10 loans represent 39.2%.

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 U.S. CMBS Property Evaluation Methodology. On an aggregate basis, KNCF was 8.0% 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, 37.3% less than third party appraisal values. The pool has an in-trust KLTV of 98.7% and an all-in KLTV of 101.8%. 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 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.

Preliminary Ratings Assigned: WFCM 2019-C52


Initial Class Balance

Expected KBRA Rating



AAA (sf)



AAA (sf)



AAA (sf)



AAA (sf)


$100,000,000 – $240,000,0001

AAA (sf)


$243,623,000 – $383,623,0001

AAA (sf)



AAA (sf)



AA- (sf)


$32,633,000 – $36,009,0001

A- (sf)


$23,632,000 – $27,008,0001

BBB (sf)



BBB- (sf)



BB- (sf)



B- (sf)






AAA (sf)


$171,045,000 – $174,421,0001,3

AAA (sf)


1The exact initial certificate balances will not be determined until final pricing, however, they are expected to fall within the above ranges. 2Represents an “eligible horizontal residual interest” in satisfaction of US Risk Retention rules. 3Notional balance.

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KBRA is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. 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) by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered with ESMA as a CRA.


Analytical Contacts:

Elizabeth Yash, Associate Director

(646) 731-3346

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Yee Cent Wong, Senior Managing Director

(646) 731-2374

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Sacheen Shah, Director

(646) 731-3363

[email protected]

Dayna Carley, Senior Director

(646) 731-2391

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