Braemar Hotels & Resorts: DBRS Morningstar Changes Trends on Four Classes and Confirms All Reviews of Braemar Hotels & Resorts Trust 2018-PRME



DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) confirmed its ratings on the following categories of Commercial Mortgage Certificates, Series 2018-PRME issued by Braemar Hotels & Resorts Trust 2018-PRME.

Class A to AAA (sf)

Class B to AA (high) (sf)

Class C to A (high) (sf)

Class D to BBB (high) (sf)

Class E to BB (sf)

Class F to B (low) (sf)

DBRS Morningstar changed the trends for Classes A, B, C and D from Negative to Stable. Classes E and F continue to show negative trends, reflecting DBRS Morningstar’s concerns about the portfolio, in particular the Chicago and Philadelphia cream properties, which have been slower to rebound after the relaxation of travel restrictions linked to the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The loan was transferred to the special service in april 2020 because the sponsor could not make his april 2020 debt service payment. In june 2020, the sponsor agreed to a modification that included the waiver of deposits in the Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) Reserve Account of april 2020 To January 2021. In addition, the borrower was allowed to use FF&E reserve funds to cover debt service deficits. The borrower is currently in the process of replenishing these reserves as indicated in the loan modification. Since the September 2021 surrender, the loan is in progress and is no longer monitored on the manager’s watch list.

The wallet in question is secured by four full-service hotels, managed under two different brands and three different flags in four different cities: Seattle (361 keys; 31.0% of the allocated loan amount), San Francisco (410 keys; 26.7% of the loan amount allocated), Chicago (415 keys; 22.9% of the allocated loan amount), and Philadelphia cream (499 keys; 19.4% of the allocated loan amount). The $ 370.0 million mortgage subject with $ 65.0 million of refinanced mezzanine debt $ 344.3 million of the existing debt, returned approximately $ 65.7 million of the sponsor’s own funds, and of the escrow and reserves financed $ 20.0 million. The sponsor of this loan is Braemar Hotels & Resorts, formerly known as Ashford Hospitality Prime, which is a publicly traded real estate investment trust from the largest Ashford Hospitality Trust. The sponsor focuses its investments in full-service luxury hotels and resorts in key entry markets.

The portfolio has a combined number of rooms of 1,685 keys with management ensured by Marriott International (Marriott) and AccorHotel Group. The portfolio operates under three flags: Courtyard by Marriott (two hotels; 46.2% of the total loan amount), Marriott (one hotel; 31.0% of the total loan amount) and Sofitel (one hotel; 22.9% of the total loan amount). Each property was renovated within two years of issuance. In 2019, both Courtyard by Marriott hotels underwent extensive renovations that converted them to the Autograph Collection, one of Marriott’s luxury brands. The estimated costs of the conversion were $ 29.6 million ($ 72,525 by key) for the Courtyard San Francisco Downtown and $ 17.2 million ($ 34,419 by key) for the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown. The renovations focused on improving the rooms, meeting rooms, lobby, common areas, restaurant, meeting space and exteriors.

According to June 2021 operating account analysis report, the portfolio reported a 12-month end June 30, 2021, occupancy rate of 23.9%; average daily rate of $ 167; and revenue per available room (RevPAR) of $ 46. The portfolio posted YE2019 operating figures of 81.9%, $ 242, and $ 201 as well as YE2018 figures of 83.3%, $ 243, and $ 203. According to July 2021 Smith Travel Search (STR), both the Seattle hotel and San Francisco hotel reported RevPAR penetration rates greater than 100% in the past three months and the past six months. Both properties rank 1 or 2 in the RevPAR over their respective competing sets in 2021. The Chicago hotel and Philadelphia cream The hotels both struggled in 2021, reporting RevPAR penetration rates below 100% and reporting the lowest RevPAR numbers compared to their respective competitors.

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Date Issued	Debt Rated	Action	Rating	Trend	Attributesi

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28-Sep-21 	Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2018-PRME, Class A	Trend Change	AAA (sf)	Stb	CA
28-Sep-21 	Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2018-PRME, Class A	Confirmed	AAA (sf)	Neg	CA
28-Sep-21 	Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2018-PRME, Class B	Trend Change	AA (high) (sf)	Stb	CA
28-Sep-21 	Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2018-PRME, Class B	Confirmed	AA (high) (sf)	Neg	CA
28-Sep-21 	Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2018-PRME, Class C	Trend Change	A (high) (sf)	Stb	CA
28-Sep-21 	Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2018-PRME, Class C	Confirmed	A (high) (sf)	Neg	CA
28-Sep-21 	Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2018-PRME, Class D	Trend Change	BBB (high) (sf)	Stb	CA
28-Sep-21 	Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2018-PRME, Class D	Confirmed	BBB (high) (sf)	Neg	CA
28-Sep-21 	Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2018-PRME, Class E	Confirmed	BB (sf)	Neg	CA
28-Sep-21 	Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2018-PRME, Class F	Confirmed	B (low) (sf)	Neg	CA




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