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Moody's affirms eight and downgrades eight CMBS classes of WBCMT 2003-C7

16 Aug 2012

Approximately $646.3 million of Structured Securities affected

New York, August 16, 2012 -- Moody's Investors Service affirmed the ratings of eight classes and downgraded eight classes of Wachovia Bank Commercial Mortgage Trust, Commercial Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2003-C7 as follows:

Cl. A-1, Affirmed at Aaa (sf); previously on Nov 6, 2003 Definitive Rating Assigned Aaa (sf)

Cl. A-2, Affirmed at Aaa (sf); previously on Nov 6, 2003 Definitive Rating Assigned Aaa (sf)

Cl. B, Affirmed at Aaa (sf); previously on Dec 21, 2006 Upgraded to Aaa (sf)

Cl. C, Affirmed at Aaa (sf); previously on Dec 21, 2006 Upgraded to Aaa (sf)

Cl. D, Affirmed at Aa2 (sf); previously on Aug 21, 2008 Upgraded to Aa2 (sf)

Cl. E, Downgraded to A3 (sf); previously on Aug 21, 2008 Upgraded to A1 (sf)

Cl. F, Downgraded to Ba1 (sf); previously on Aug 21, 2008 Upgraded to A3 (sf)

Cl. G, Downgraded to B1 (sf); previously on Nov 11, 2010 Downgraded to Baa3 (sf)

Cl. H, Downgraded to B3 (sf); previously on Nov 11, 2010 Downgraded to B1 (sf)

Cl. J, Downgraded to Caa2 (sf); previously on Nov 11, 2010 Downgraded to B3 (sf)

Cl. K, Downgraded to C (sf); previously on Nov 11, 2010 Downgraded to Caa3 (sf)

Cl. L, Downgraded to C (sf); previously on Nov 11, 2010 Downgraded to Ca (sf)

Cl. M, Downgraded to C (sf); previously on Nov 11, 2010 Downgraded to Ca (sf)

Cl. N, Affirmed at C (sf); previously on Nov 11, 2010 Downgraded to C (sf)

Cl. O, Affirmed at C (sf); previously on Nov 11, 2010 Downgraded to C (sf)

Cl. X-C, Affirmed at Ba3 (sf); previously on Feb 22, 2012 Downgraded to Ba3 (sf)

RATINGS RATIONALE

The downgrades are due to higher realized and expected losses from specially serviced and troubled loans.

The affirmations of the principal classes are due to key parameters, including Moody's loan to value (LTV) ratio, Moody's stressed debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) and the Herfindahl Index (Herf), remaining within acceptable ranges. Based on our current base expected loss, the credit enhancement levels for the affirmed classes are sufficient to maintain their current ratings. The IO Class, Class X-C, was affirmed since it is consistent with the expected credit performance of its referenced classes.

Moody's rating action reflects a cumulative base expected loss of 9.7% of the current balance compared to 5.4% at last review. Base expected loss plus realized losses to date totals 6.9% compared to 4.3% at last review. Moody's provides a current list of base expected losses for conduit and fusion CMBS transactions on moodys.com at http://v3.moodys.com/viewresearchdoc.aspx?docid=PBS_SF215255. Depending on the timing of loan payoffs and the severity and timing of losses from specially serviced loans, the credit enhancement level for investment grade classes could decline below the current levels. If future performance materially declines, the expected level of credit enhancement and the priority in the cash flow waterfall may be insufficient for the current ratings of these classes.

Moody's analysis reflects a forward-looking view of the likely range of collateral performance over the medium term. From time to time, Moody's may, if warranted, change these expectations. Performance that falls outside an acceptable range of the key parameters may indicate that the collateral's credit quality is stronger or weaker than Moody's had anticipated during the current review. Even so, deviation from the expected range will not necessarily result in a rating action. There may be mitigating or offsetting factors to an improvement or decline in collateral performance, such as increased subordination levels due to amortization and loan payoffs or a decline in subordination due to realized losses.

Primary sources of assumption uncertainty are the extent of the slowdown in growth in the current macroeconomic environment and commercial real estate property markets. While commercial real estate property values are beginning to move in a positive direction, a consistent upward trend will not be evident until the volume of investment activity increases, distressed properties are cleared from the pipeline, and job creation rebounds. The hotel and multifamily sectors continue to show positive signs and improvements in the office sector continue with minimal additions to supply. However, office demand is closely tied to employment, where unemployment remains above long-term averages and business confidence remains below long-term averages. Performance in the retail sector has been mixed with lackluster holiday sales driven by sales and promotions. Consumer confidence remains low. Across all property sectors, the availability of debt capital continues to improve with increased securitization activity of commercial real estate loans supported by a monetary policy of low interest rates. Moody's central global macroeconomic scenario reflects: an overall downward revision of real growth forecasts since last quarter, amidst ongoing and policy-induced banking sector deleveraging leading to a tightening of bank lending standards and credit contraction; financial market turmoil continuing to negatively impact consumer and business confidence; persistently high unemployment levels; and weak housing markets resulting in a further slowdown in growth.

The methodologies used in this rating were "Moody's Approach to Rating U.S. CMBS Conduit Transactions" published in September 2000, and "Moody's Approach to Rating Structured Finance Interest-Only Securities" published in February 2012. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of these methodologies.

Moody's review incorporated the use of the excel-based CMBS Conduit Model v 2.61 which is used for both conduit and fusion transactions. Conduit model results at the Aa2 (sf) level are driven by property type, Moody's actual and stressed DSCR, and Moody's property quality grade (which reflects the capitalization rate used by Moody's to estimate Moody's value). Conduit model results at the B2 (sf) level are driven by a pay down analysis based on the individual loan level Moody's LTV ratio. Moody's Herfindahl score (Herf), a measure of loan level diversity, is a primary determinant of pool level diversity and has a greater impact on senior certificates. Other concentrations and correlations may be considered in our analysis. Based on the model pooled credit enhancement levels at Aa2 (sf) and B2 (sf), the remaining conduit classes are either interpolated between these two data points or determined based on a multiple or ratio of either of these two data points. For fusion deals, the credit enhancement for loans with investment-grade credit assessments is melded with the conduit model credit enhancement into an overall model result. Fusion loan credit enhancement is based on the underlying credit assessment of the loan which corresponds to a range of credit enhancement levels. Actual fusion credit enhancement levels are selected based on loan level diversity, pool leverage and other concentrations and correlations within the pool. Negative pooling, or adding credit enhancement at the underlying rating level, is incorporated for loans with similar credit assessments in the same transaction.

The conduit model includes an IO calculator, which uses the following inputs to calculate the proposed IO rating based on the published methodology: original and current bond ratings and credit assessments; original and current bond balances grossed up for losses for all bonds the IO(s) reference(s) within the transaction; and the IO type corresponding to an IO type as defined in the published methodology. The calculator then returns a calculated IO rating based on both a target and mid-point. For example, a target rating basis for a Baa3 (sf) rating is a 610 rating factor. The midpoint rating basis for a Baa3 (sf) rating is 775 (i.e. the simple average of a Baa3 (sf) rating factor of 610 and a Ba1 (sf) rating factor of 940). If the calculated IO rating factor is 700, the CMBS IO calculator version 1.0 would provide both a Baa3 (sf) and Ba1 (sf) IO indication for consideration by the rating committee.

Moody's uses a variation of Herf to measure diversity of loan size, where a higher number represents greater diversity. Loan concentration has an important bearing on potential rating volatility, including risk of multiple notch downgrades under adverse circumstances. The credit neutral Herf score is 40. The pool has a Herf of 34, down from 35 at last review.

Moody's ratings are determined by a committee process that considers both quantitative and qualitative factors. Therefore, the rating outcome may differ from the model output.

The rating action is a result of Moody's on-going surveillance of commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) transactions. Moody's monitors transactions on a monthly basis through a review utilizing MOST® (Moody's Surveillance Trends) Reports and a proprietary program that highlights significant credit changes that have occurred in the last month as well as cumulative changes since the last full transaction review. On a periodic basis, Moody's also performs a full transaction review that involves a rating committee and a press release. Moody's prior transaction review is summarized in a press release dated September 29, 2011. Please see the ratings tab on the issuer / entity page on moodys.com for the last rating action and the ratings history.

DEAL PERFORMANCE

Since the July 16, 2012 distribution date, two loans totalling $9.2 million paid off. Including those two loan paydowns, the transaction's aggregate certificate balance has decreased 35% to $659.3 million from $1.01 billion at securitization. The Certificates are now collateralized by 95 mortgage loans ranging in size from less than 1% to 7% of the pool, with the top ten loans, excluding defeasance, representing 34% of the pool. Thirteen loans, representing 24% of the pool, have defeased and are secured by U.S. government securities. There are no loans with an investment grade credit assessment.

There are twenty loans, representing 17% of the pool, on the master servicer's watchlist, compared to seventeen loans, representing 19% of the pool, at last review. The watchlist includes loans which meet certain portfolio review guidelines established as part of the CRE Finance Council (CREFC) monthly reporting package. As part of our ongoing monitoring of a transaction, Moody's reviews the watchlist to assess which loans have material issues that could impact performance.

Three loans have been liquidated from the pool since securitization resulting in an aggregate realized loss totaling $5.8 million (average loss severity of 1%). There are currently four loans, representing 17% of the pool, in special servicing. The largest specially serviced loan is the Regency Square Mall Loan ($42.8 million -- 6.5% of the pool), which represents a 50% participation interest in an $85.7 million first mortgage loan. The loan's sponsor is General Growth Properties, Inc. and the mall collateral includes Belk and J.C. Penney. Sears and Dillards own their stores and are excluded from the loan's collateral. The loan was transferred to special servicing in April 2012 due to imminent default. Moody's has estimated an aggregate $48.6 million loss (44% expected loss) for the four specially serviced loans.

Moody's has assumed a high default probability for seven poorly performing loans representing 10% of the pool and has estimated a $9.3 million aggregate loss (15% expected loss based on a 50% probability of default) from these troubled loans.

Moody's was provided with full year 2011 operating results for 92% of the performing pool and partial year 2012 operating results for 50% of the performing pool. Excluding specially serviced and troubled loans, Moody's weighted average conduit LTV is 78% compared to 81% at last full review. Moody's net cash flow reflects a weighted average haircut of 10.9% to the most recently available net operating income. Moody's value reflects a weighted average capitalization rate of 9.0%.

Excluding specially serviced and troubled loans, Moody's actual and stressed conduit DSCRs are 1.78X and 1.30X, respectively, compared to 1.47X and 1.24X, respectively, at last full review. Moody's actual DSCR is based on Moody's net cash flow (NCF) and the loan's actual debt service. Moody's stressed DSCR is based on Moody's NCF and a 9.25% stressed rate applied to the loan balance.

The top three performing conduit loans represent 10% of the pool balance. The largest loan is the Hollywest at Western, LLP Loan ($23.2 million -- 3.5% of the pool), which is secured by a 120,000 SF grocery anchored retail center (Hollywest Promenade) located in Los Angeles, California and a 30,000 SF single tenant retail center (99 Cents Only Store) located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Property financial performance remains relatively stable. The loan also benefits from amortization. Moody's LTV and stressed DSCR are 91% and 1.01X, respectively, compared to 78% and 1.17X at last review.

The second largest loan is the Morrocroft Village Shopping Center Loan ($22.6 million -- 3.4% of the pool), which is secured by the borrower's interest in a 120,000 SF strip shopping center located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The center is anchored by Harris Teeter and Joseph A Bank. The loan is currently on the watchlist due to the property's lower financial and occupancy performance directly attributable to a formerly vacant Border's Books store at this location. Moody's considers this loan to be a potential default risk and has identified it as a troubled loan. Moody's LTV and stressed DSCR are 138% and 0.66X, respectively, compared to 156% and 0.59X at last review.

The third largest loan is the Falls Village Shopping Center Loan ($19.6 million -- 3.0% of the pool), which is secured by an 182,000 SF anchored retail center located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Anchor tenants include TJ Maxx, Home Goods and Dollar Tree. Based on recent leasing efforts, property performance is stabilizing and the loan benefits from amortization. Moody's considers this loan to be a potential default risk and has identified it as a troubled loan. Moody's LTV and stressed DSCR are 123% and 0.79X, respectively, compared to 137% and 0.71X at last review.

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Information sources used to prepare the rating are the following: parties involved in the ratings, parties not involved in the ratings, public information, confidential and proprietary Moody's Investors Service information, and confidential and proprietary Moody's Analytics information.

Moody's received and took into account one or more third-party assessments on the due diligence performed regarding the underlying assets or financial instruments in this transaction and the assessments had a neutral impact on the rating.

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Gregory Reed
Vice President - Senior Analyst
Structured Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service, Inc.
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