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Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. Announces $50 Million Capital Deployment

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 12, 2012) -  Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (the "Company" or "ARI") ( NYSE : ARI ) today announced the closing of a $50 million mezzanine loan secured by equity interests in a borrower that owns a portfolio of three full-service conference hotels located in Dallas, TX, Denver, CO and St. Louis, MO, totaling 3,981 keys. The mezzanine loan has been underwritten to generate an internal rate of return of approximately 12.6%.

The mezzanine loan is part of a $410 million four-year (three-year initial term with one one-year extension option), floating rate loan refinancing comprised of a $295 million first mortgage and a $115 million mezzanine loan, which was bifurcated into a $65 million senior portion and ARI's $50 million junior portion. ARI's mezzanine loan has an interest rate of one-month LIBOR + 10.9%, 30-year amortization and a loan-to-value of 61% or approximately $103,000 per key.

Commenting on the transaction, Scott Weiner, the Chief Investment Officer of the Company's Manager, said, "We believe this well-structured transaction with strong sponsorship will make a valuable contribution to ARI's portfolio. ARI's ability to underwrite complex transactions has made the Company a partner of choice for co-origination with several lending institutions. Our investment pipeline remains strong and we continue to see interesting financing transactions across a wide range of commercial property types and geographies."

About Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.
Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. ( NYSE : ARI ) is a commercial mortgage real estate investment trust that primarily originates, invests in, acquires and manages senior performing commercial real estate mortgage loans, commercial mortgage-backed securities and other commercial real estate-related debt investments throughout the U.S. The Company is externally managed and advised by ACREFI Management, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and an indirect subsidiary of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading global alternative investment manager with $109.7 billion of assets under management at September 30, 2012. 

Additional information can be found on the Company's website at www.apolloreit.com.

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