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December 21, 2021

Franklin BSP Realty Trust, Inc. Announces Closing of $900 Million CLO

Franklin BSP Realty Trust, Inc. Announces Closing of $900 Million CLO

New York City, NY – December 21, 2021 – Franklin BSP Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FBRT) (“FBRT” or the “Company”) today announced the closing of BSPRT 2021-FL7, a $900 million managed Commercial Real Estate Collateralized Loan Obligation (“FL7 CRE CLO”). This was FBRT’s seventh CLO completed since June 2017. The FL7 CRE CLO features a two-year reinvestment period with an initial advance rate of 80.25% and a weighted average interest rate of L+1.64% before accounting for transaction costs.

Richard Byrne, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FBRT stated: “We are proud to announce the closing of our latest CLO which is our largest to date. Our access to the capital markets is an important pillar for us, especially as we continue to actively transition the Capstead portfolio into our commercial loan strategy.”

Michael Comparato, Head of Commercial Real Estate of BSP added: “The combination of FBRT’s best-in-class commercial real estate platform and our strong historical performance has positioned us to achieve market-leading terms and has further diversified our funding sources. We received very strong demand from new and existing investors in this transaction. FBRT has been an active participant in the CRE CLO market and continues to view it as a market leading liability structure.”

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Barclays Capital Inc. served as co-lead managers and joint bookrunners. In addition, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as sole structuring agent.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Franklin BSP Realty Trust, Inc.

Franklin BSP Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FBRT) is a real estate investment trust that originates, acquires and manages a diversified portfolio of commercial real estate debt secured by properties located in the United States. As of September 30, 2021, FBRT had over $3 billion of assets. FBRT is externally managed by Benefit Street Partners L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Templeton. For further information, please visit www.fbrtreit.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Investor Relations Contact

Lindsey Crabbe
l.crabbe@benefitstreetpartners.com
(214) 874-2339