Press Release

DBRS Morningstar Finalizes Provisional Ratings on KREF 2021-FL2 Ltd.

August 16, 2021

DBRS, Inc. (DBRS Morningstar) finalized provisional ratings on the following classes of notes issued by KREF 2021-FL2 Ltd. (the Issuer):

-- Class A at AAA (sf)
-- Class A-S at AAA (sf)
-- Class B at AA (low) (sf)
-- Class C at A (low) (sf)
-- Class D at BBB (sf)
-- Class E at BBB (low) (sf)
-- Class F at BB (low) (sf)
-- Class F-E at BB (low) (sf)
-- Class F-X at BB (low) (sf)
-- Class G at B (low) (sf)
-- Class G-E at B (low) (sf)
-- Class G-X at B (low) (sf)

All trends are Stable.

The Issuer elected to make certain updates to the structure of the transaction after DBRS Morningstar assigned provisional ratings on July 19, 2021. The Issuer added additional proceeds into the proposed structure in the amount of $300.0 million to bring the total transaction structure from $1.0 billion to $1.3 billion. The resulting upsizing was not directly proportional to the initial loan contribution percentages and as a result several loans have fluctuated in the overall pool composition compared to announcement. The Issuer has since updated the class balances across the capital stack to reflect the change in pool size. Please note that the change in pool size did not result in a change in credit enhancement levels and the assigned DBRS Morningstar ratings to all classes remains unchanged. The Issuer reannounced the transaction with the updated class balances and corresponding credit enhancement levels.

With regard to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the magnitude and extent of performance stress posed to global structured finance transactions remain highly uncertain. This considers the fiscal and monetary policy measures and statutory law changes that have already been implemented or will be implemented to soften the impact of the crisis on global economies. Some regions, jurisdictions, and asset classes are, however, feeling more immediate effects. Accordingly, DBRS Morningstar may apply additional short-term stresses to its rating analysis. For example, DBRS Morningstar may front-load default expectations and/or assess the liquidity position of a structured finance transaction with more stressful operational risk and/or cash flow timing considerations.

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All ratings are subject to surveillance, which could result in ratings being upgraded, downgraded, placed under review, confirmed, or discontinued by DBRS Morningstar.

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DBRS Morningstar provides updated analysis and in-depth commentary in the DBRS Viewpoint platform for the following loans in the transaction:

-- Prospectus ID#1 – 727 West Madison
-- Prospectus ID#2 – The Sur
-- Prospectus ID#3 – The Edison
-- Prospectus ID#4 – 9th & Colorado
-- Prospectus ID#5 – FiveTwo at Highland
-- Prospectus ID#6 – Alesio Urban Center
-- Prospectus ID#7 – Aven
-- Prospectus ID#8 –The Boathouse
-- Prospectus ID#9 – Boston South End Life Science Campus
-- Prospectus ID#10 – Legacy Central
-- Prospectus ID#11 – One on Centre
-- Prospectus ID#12 – 451 D Street
-- Prospectus ID#13 – Fifth Street Towers
-- Prospectus ID#14 – Glenn Gardens
-- Prospectus ID#17 – The Lewis
-- Prospectus ID#18 – W Fort Lauderdale

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All figures are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.

With regard to due diligence services, DBRS Morningstar was provided with the Form ABS Due Diligence-15E (Form-15E), which contains a description of the information that a third party reviewed in conducting the due diligence services and a summary of the findings and conclusions. While due diligence services outlined in Form-15E do not constitute part of DBRS Morningstar’s methodology, DBRS Morningstar used the data file outlined in the independent accountant’s report in its analysis to determine the ratings referenced herein.

The principal methodology is North American CMBS Multi-Borrower Rating Methodology (March 26, 2021), which can be found on under Methodologies & Criteria. For a list of the structured-finance-related methodologies that may be used during the rating process, please see the DBRS Morningstar Global Structured Finance Related Methodologies document, which can be found on in the Commentary tab under Regulatory Affairs. Please note that not every related methodology listed under a principal structured finance asset class methodology may be used to rate or monitor an individual structured finance or debt obligation.

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The rated entity or its related entities did participate in the rating process for this rating action. DBRS Morningstar had access to the accounts and other relevant internal documents of the rated entity or its related entities in connection with this rating action.

Please see the related appendix for additional information regarding the sensitivity of assumptions used in the rating process.

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