KBRA Assigns Ratings to AREIT 2020-CRE4

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Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is pleased to announce the assignment of ratings to five classes of AREIT 2020-CRE4, a $607.4 million CRE CLO with the ability to reinvest principal proceeds for 24 months.

Initially, the transaction will be collateralized by 24 whole loans (or participations therein) with an in-trust balance of $607.4 million. During the 24-month acquisition period following the closing date, certain principal proceeds can be used to acquire funded, non-trust pari passu companion participations related to the closing date assets provided the acquisition criteria are satisfied.

The securitization structure includes an overcollateralization (OC) cash diversion test. If the test is not satisfied on any determination date, on the next payment date, interest proceeds remaining after interest is paid to the Class D notes will be used to pay down the principal balances of the Class A through D notes in sequential order until the test is satisfied or such classes of notes are paid in full.

KBRAs analysis of the transaction involved evaluation of property cash flows and values within the loan pool using our U.S. CMBS Property Evaluation Methodology. The results of the analysis yielded KBRA values that were, on a weighted average basis, 37.0% and 50.3% lower than the appraisers as-is and stabilized values, respectively, and a KBRA Loan to Value (KLTV) of 134.3%. The results of this analysis were utilized in the application of our U.S. CMBS Multi-Borrower Rating Methodology. The analysis also included quantitative and/or qualitative review of the various structural features of the transaction as well as a review of the legal documents, the results of which were incorporated into our ratings assignment process.

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Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.

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

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