KBRA Releases Research – Conduit Office Loan Defaults: Size Matters


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KBRA releases a report on office loan defaults by loan size ranking. Although it seems the pandemic is fading, COVID-19 has left a wake of uncertainty for the office asset class as hybrid schedules and remote work arrangements have become more prevalent.

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While much has been written on these topics, a more immediate impact to CMBS office collateral has already been observed, as conduit office defaults have increased by more than 130% over the last two years (2021, 2020) relative to the prior eight. Over 70% (72.7%) of office defaults have occurred on loans outside of the largest 10 by loan balance.

Other Key Takeaways:

  • In total, 139 of the 2,349 securitized office loans in the study population defaulted, yielding a default percentage of 5.9%.
  • Smaller balance office loans have defaulted significantly more than larger balance loans, and they generally had weaker credit metrics and were in secondary/tertiary market locations.
  • Of the 1-10 loan grouping, 66.9% are in Tier 1 markets while the 21+ loan grouping has the largest percentage in Tier 3 at 9%.

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