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Commercial mortgage returns up in first quarter 2017

Returns on private commercial mortgage investments owned by life companies rebounded from fourth quarter 2016’s loss of 2.72 percent to generate a total return of 1.60 percent in first quarter 2017, according to the LifeComps Commercial Mortgage Index.

Income contributed 1.12 percent while price added 0.48 percent. Price return benefitted from Treasury yield curve movement and other valuation factors including spread movement, credit migration and portfolio growth. The yield curve shifted upwards for terms under three years while the benchmark ten-year Treasury fell 5 basis points over the quarter to 2.40 percent.

The twelve-month total return fell to 2.15 percent from 3.94 percent in the prior quarter as first quarter 2016 rolled out of the calculation. Annual income of 4.62 percent was countered by price return of -2.47 percent. Higher Treasury yields and other valuation factors hindered annual price performance.   The 10-year Treasury yield ended the period 62 basis points higher.

Of the four major property types, apartment loans fared best for the quarter with a return of 1.74 percent compared to 1.59 percent for retail, and 1.49% for both office and industrial. For the year, industrial performed best with a return of 2.29 percent followed by apartments at 2.24 percent, office at 2.00 percent and retail at 1.95 percent.

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