The US commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) delinquency rate ticked up 17 basis points to 8.14% in June, according to Fitch Ratings. It marked the smallest increase in 11 months, and the fifth straight month of loan resolutions in excess of $1bn. Fitch noted $1.5bn of loans leaving the index helped to offset the $2bn of new delinquencies, bringing the total net increase in delinquencies to $512m of loans. Newly delinquent loans in June bore smaller average balances of $10.1m than the index’s overall $13.1m average. No loans with a balance in excess of $100m became newly delinquent in June. “While delinquencies slowed for the month, this trend is not expected to continue,” said Managing Director Mary MacNeill. “The number of distressed properties continues to grow, and if borrowers are unable to access capital for leasing costs or are unable to restructure their loans to a leverage level commensurate with sustainable property values, they may stop subsidizing debt service payments.” Loans continue to transfer to special servicing at an elevated rate, with a net increase of $4.2bn in performing specially serviced loans in June. In total, $23bn of loans in special servicing remain less than 60 days delinquent but face an increased risk of default. The multifamily delinquency rate rose to 13.82%, from 13.65% in May, while the office delinquency rate grew to 4.84% from 4.59%. The retail delinquency rate grew 16 basis points to 6.19% from 6.03% in May, while the industrial delinquency rate grew 41 basis points to 5.48%, from 5.07% in May. The rate of delinquency in hotel loans grew a single basis point to 18.62%. Write to Diana Golobay.
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