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KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to AREIT 2021-CRE5

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NEW YORK, September 21, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is pleased to announce the assignment of preliminary ratings to eight classes of AREIT 2021-CRE5, a $989.0 million CRE CLO with limited loan acquisition ability.

Initially, the transaction is expected to be collateralized by 34 whole loans (or participations therein) with an in-trust balance of $924.0 million and $65.0 million of cash collateral that can be used to acquire one pre-identified delayed-close loan within 120 days following the closing date. Should the $65.0 million of cash collateral not be used to acquire the delayed-close loan, it will be applied as principal proceeds to pay down the notes in accordance with transaction documentation. During the 36-month period post-closing, the transaction permits reinvestment of certain proceeds for the acquisition of future funded companion loan participations related to the initial transaction collateral. Additionally, the transaction includes a feature which provides the sponsor with the ability to effectuate significant modifications to performing loans, as well as buy out defaulted and credit risk assets.

This transaction also includes a par value test (the note protection test). If the test is not satisfied on any determination date, on the following payment date, interest proceeds remaining after interest is paid to the Class E notes will be used to pay down the principal balances of the Class A through E notes in sequential order until the tests are satisfied or the Class A through E notes are paid in full.

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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.

A description of all substantially material sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies) (inclusive of any material models and sensitivity analyses of the relevant key rating assumptions, as applicable) used in determining the credit rating is available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) located here.

Information on the meaning of each rating category can be located here.

Further disclosures relating to this rating action are available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) referenced above. Additional information regarding KBRA policies, methodologies, rating scales and disclosures are available at

About KBRA

Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (KBRA) is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered as a CRA with the European Securities and Markets Authority. Kroll Bond Rating Agency UK Limited is registered as a CRA with the UK Financial Conduct Authority pursuant to the Temporary Registration Regime. 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.

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