Press Release
November 15, 2013

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. Provides $50 Million Mezzanine Loan for Office Portfolio

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. Provides $50 Million Mezzanine Loan for Office Portfolio

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 11/15/13 -- Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (the "Company" or "ARI") (NYSE: ARI) today announced the closing of a $50 million mezzanine loan secured by a pledge of the equity interests in a borrower that owns a portfolio of seven office parks throughout Florida. With the closing of this mezzanine loan, ARI's commercial real estate debt investment activity year-to-date totals $481.4 million.

The office parks comprise 36 buildings totaling approximately 4.2 million square feet and are located in Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. The mezzanine loan is part of a $450 million, five-year (three year initial term with two one-year extension options) floating rate loan consisting of a $400 million first mortgage and ARI's $50 million mezzanine loan. ARI's loan basis represents an underwritten loan-to-value ratio of 82%. The mezzanine loan was underwritten to generate an internal rate of return ("IRR") of approximately 12%(1).

The Company also announced today it received a $22.0 million principal repayment from a subordinate financing secured by a retail center in Woodbridge, Virginia. ARI realized a 15% IRR on this investment.

(1)The IRR for the investment listed above reflects the return underwritten by ACREFI Management, LLC, the Company's external manager (the "Manager"), calculated on a weighted average basis assuming no dispositions, early prepayments or defaults but assuming that extension options are exercised. IRR is the annualized effective compounded return rate that accounts for the time-value of money and represents the rate of return on an investment over a holding period expressed as a percentage of the investment. It is the discount rate that makes the net present value of all cash outflows (the costs of investment) equal to the net present value of cash inflows (returns on investment). It is derived from the negative and positive cash flows resulting from or produced by each transaction (or for a transaction involving more than one investment, cash flows resulting from or produced by each of the investments), whether positive, such as investment returns, or negative, such as transaction expenses or other costs of investment, taking into account the dates on which such cash flows occurred or are expected to occur, and compounding interest accordingly. There can be no assurance that the actual IRRs will equal the underwritten IRRs shown above. See "Item 1A -- Risk Factors -- The Company may not achieve its underwritten internal rate of return on its investments which may lead to future returns that may be significantly lower than anticipated" included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 for a discussion of some of the factors that could adversely impact the returns received by the Company from the investment described above over time.

About Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.
Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE: ARI) is a real estate investment trust that primarily originates, invests in, acquires and manages performing commercial real estate mortgage loans, subordinate financings, CMBS 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 approximately $113 billion of assets under management at September 30, 2013.

Additional information can be found on the Company's website at

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Hilary Ginsberg
Investor Relations
(212) 822-0767

Source: Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.