Over the last few years, I have observed more frequent use of a debt yield calculation as a part of commercial real estate (CRE) underwriting. The reason is due to the simplicity of the debt yield formula and its higher degree of consistency when compared to alternative underwriting metrics such as loan to value (LTV) and debt service coverage ratio (DSCR). Even so, I have not observed the addition of a debt yield metric to the CRE lending policies of community-based financial institutions (CBFIs).
So, what’s the big deal?
My curiosity as to how a debt yield metric could add value to CBFI commercial real estate underwriting led me to create the example below. The example identifies and highlights the differences when applying the LTV and DSCR metrics in the underwriting of a credit opportunity as compared to a debt yield metric.