Ares Commercial Real Estate: This 13.8% Yielder Has 95% Senior Loans (NYSE:ACRE)

The commercial real estate sector remains a good place to find some bargains. In this article, I’m focused on Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp. (ACRE), whose stock price has fallen by 40% since the start of the year. While risks still remain, I believe the market has overly-punished this commercial mortgage REIT. I evaluate what makes this an attractive investment at present; so let’s get started.

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A Look into Ares Commercial Real Estate

ACRE is a commercial mortgage REIT that is externally-managed by the well-renowned investment manager, Ares Management (ARES). Through this affiliation, ACRE is able to leverage the Ares investment platform to obtain incremental deal flow and market intelligence from Ares’ broader resources, relationships, and experience.

What I like about ACRE is its conservatively-minded focus on senior mortgage loans, which comprises 95% of ACRE’s portfolio. Its portfolio is also well-diversified geographically, with 40% of its loans

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