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The Vegas Mall, which has lost 95% of its value, might just be the start

(Bloomberg) – The Prizm Outlets mall, about 40 minutes’ drive south of Las Vegas on the California border, lost 95% of its value in six months. It may not be the last mall to have done this. Formerly known as the Las Vegas Fashion Outlets, the Primm, Nevada mall was auctioned on Wednesday for a final price of $ 1.525 million, compared to an estimate of $ 28.2 million in July by a person with knowledge of the results the commercial real estate auction site Ten-X. The buyer was not disclosed. This is the first auction of a property linked to what is known as the CMBX 6, a commercial real estate credit derivatives index with heavy exposure to malls and malls. This is based on data compiled by Bloomberg. “We expect a mall to continue liquidations: 31 of the 39 malls in CMBX 6 are currently impaired,” said Dan McNamara, principal at hedge fund MP Securitized Credit Partners, who bet against CMBX 6 as part of his broader strategy. The property is currently 57.5%, according to a report earlier this month from its servicer, who collects payments for bondholders from the mall, they are busy with anchors H&M, Nike and Williams Sonoma. The mall closed on March 17th due to the Covid-19 pandemic and reopened on June 1st. Representatives from Prizm Outlets and Rialto Capital Management, vendors and servicers, declined to comment. A call to the mall’s marketing agent was not returned while a representative from Ten-X confirmed the auction was closed and declined further comments. A loan on the property, with an initial balance of $ 73 million, was bundled into a commercial mortgage-backed security named COMM 2012-CR4 in October 2012, one of 48 loans that Bloomberg claims were packed into the conduit multi-loan transaction . This year the property was valued at USD 125 million. While the AAA-rated portions of the transaction have retained their grades so far, all of the AAA and below ratings have been downgraded multiple times by rating companies, including a number of cuts by Moody’s Investors Service, Miami-based Rialto foreclosed the mall in 2018, investing in upgrades and kept it open. This is based on information from servicers and the Las Vegas Review Journal. In 2017, companies like Deutsche Bank AG and Morgan Stanley recommended betting on commercial real estate, and specifically malls and malls that use commercial mortgage bond indices, in a trade that became popular. Series 6 of the CMBX index, which is linked to the debt securities issued in 2012, has an oversized exposure to shopping malls, which makes it attractive to traders looking to bet against retail space. The short bet was bad for a couple of years as the malls managed to survive. But fate was reversed in the face of the pandemic’s lockdown orders last year. People stayed home shopping online, adding to the existing threat to brick and mortar stores, and even after many states allowed retailers to reopen, shopper traffic remained low. While there will certainly be more victims in shopping malls, some market watchers may say, “Retail stores that are well positioned geographically or that have rethought the customer experience have the best chance of success from here,” said Chris Sullivan, chief investment officer of the company United Nations Federal Credit Union. You can find more articles like this at bloomberg.com. Sign up now to stay up to date with the most trusted business news source. © 2021 Bloomberg LP

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