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Fitch Ratings: 2023 Will Hold Further Challenges for REIT Fundamentals

Challenging economic and financial trends for U.S. REITs will continue into 2023 after emerging in 2022, at best putting a damper on fundamentals for recently better-performing sectors, and at worst further damaging credit profiles for REITs that had already been under pressure, according to Fitch Ratings.  

 
“Fitch expects slower growth for sectors that had been experiencing solid demand, including industrial and open-air shopping, and more difficult conditions for others that have been challenged, including office,” said Chris Wimmer, senior director in Fitch’s U.S. Corporates group. 
 
The rating agency anticipates the balance of its rating outlooks for REITs will move to negative as ratings are stabilized subsequent to downgrades. Office landlords, along with facing lower space utilization, are likely to meet additional incremental leasing challenges in a recessionary economy. Additionally, REITs that depended on favorable capital market conditions and a robust disposition environment to lower leverage will face downward rating pressure.

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