|S&P Releases Multifamily REIT Performance Study
NEW YORK (Standard & Poor's) Nov. 12, 2001--Standard & Poor's today released its completed study of the performance of rated multifamily REITs. The analysis, which covers 12 rated multifamily REITs, focuses on five main areas of concern: market fundamentals, development pipelines, debt levels and encumbrance, joint ventures, and leverage and coverage measures.
"The study was undertaken in response to concerns about pockets of softness in the multifamily market and the possibility of a national recession," said Elizabeth Campbell, a director in Standard & Poor's Real Estate Finance group.
"We have concluded that the majority of multifamily REIT ratings and outlooks remain sound at this time. The ratings are supported by the expectation of fairly stable key credit measures, despite the likely possibility of potentially prolonged economic weakness in the U.S.," Ms. Campbell continued.
The findings are explained in a report released today, titled "Multifamily REIT Review Yields Rating Affirmations, Two Outlook Revisions." The report is available on RatingsDirect (www.ratingsdirect.com), Standard & Poor's Web-based credit analysis system. It is also available on www.standardandpoors.com. Click on Forum; then, under Ratings Commentary, click on Structured Finance, and, finally, click on Real Estate Finance Ratings.
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