The US securitization industry is heading to Las Vegas next week for the industry’s largest annual gathering. Fittingly, securitizations backed by the city’s casinos are on the rise, although industry pressures pose growing concerns for the market, wrote Kroll analysts in a note on Thursday.
The $4.5m rap on the knuckles for Deutsche Bank’s CMBS trading desk for taking advantage of an opaque system of secondary trading should come as no surprise. The market revels in its lack of transparency, so don’t expect change any time soon.
First time issuers are dominating activity in the growing market for commercial real estate CLOs, with Bridge Debt Strategies the latest debut real estate investment trust to tap the market.
Blackstone’s Italian CMBS Pietra Nera Uno was priced this week at the tight end of the 115bp-125bp price talk range for the senior tranche, despite a minor upset last Thursday as the European Central Bank (ECB) decreed that CMBS would be ineligible as repo collateral.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has settled charges with Deutsche Bank over the “misleading” of customers over the price of US CMBS bonds, ordering the bank to repay more than $3.7m to customers, on top of a $750,000 fine.
Natixis has securitized a commercial mortgage made to real estate investment firms RFR Holding and TriStar Capital secured on a brand new office building outside Seattle that is leased to Amazon.
In a big vote of confidence in the CLO product, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that CLO managers should be exempt from risk retention requirements, vindicating the arguments put forward by the Loan Syndications and Trading Association against federal regulatory agencies.
The European Central Bank (ECB) has effectively doubled valuation haircuts for conditional pass through (CPT) covered bonds that are retained for repo purposes. The move, which follows the bank’s decision to not buy CPTs from non-investment grade issuers for its purchase programme, signals that the central bank sees inherent risks in the structure.
Blackstone is in the market with a rare Italian CMBS transaction, with price talk emerging Thursday for Pietra Nera Uno S.r.l, a €403.8m securitization backed by a trio of loans secured by retail properties.
Argentic Silverpeak has announced a debut US CLO backed by commercial real estate loans, following the pricing of a $932m TPG Real Estate Finance deal on Monday, as tight pricing encourages borrowers to turn to the capital markets to finance short dated real estate lending.
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