KBRA Releases: Rock Bottom Retail — JCP Exposure Update 

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases its Rock Bottom Retail — JCP Exposure Update special report, which examines CMBS exposure to the department store operator. Earlier this week, J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) reported financial results for its fiscal second quarter 2019 — comparable store sales fell by 9.0% for the quarter. While the company continues to highlight the “long-term” and “holistic” nature of its turnaround, market participants are not responding favorably. The company’s stock is trading close to $0.60/share and its $1.6 billion term loan, which matures in 2023, is trading close to 50 cents on the dollar. While refuting claims of a pending bankruptcy filing, supported by $1.7 billion in liquidity, the company has engaged advisors to review its capital structure and evaluate the health of its balance sheet. It faces significant headwinds in transforming its business, including new tariffs on Chinese-imported consumer goods and $3.6 billion in long-term debt.

KBRA Credit Profile (KCP) examined its coverage universe of more than 1,000 commercial real estate (CRE) securitizations ($600 billion) to identify CMBS exposure to JCP. Across 289 transactions, there are 280 loans secured by 303 properties, $29.12 billion by allocated loan amount (ALA), with exposure to JCP as either a collateral (54%) or non-collateral/shadow (46%) tenant. KBRA has already identified 95 KBRA Loans of Concerns (K-LOC), $6.94 billion (24%), with exposure to JCP, including 24 specially serviced assets backing $1.46 billion in securitized debt (5%). Delinquent loans with exposure to the department store retailer represent 4.1% of the total ALA. For subscribers of the KCP platform, an updated list of loans and properties exposed to JCP is available by clicking here.

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