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BRSP BrightSpire Capital

Participants
Jason Terry IR
Kevin Traenkle President and CEO
Neale Redington CFO
David Palamé General Counsel
Frank Saracino Chief Accounting Officer
Randy Binner B. Riley FBR
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Operator

Greetings, and welcome to the Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Please note this conference is being recorded.

I would now turn the conference over to your host, Jason Terry, Investor Relations.

Jason Terry

Good afternoon, and welcome to Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc.'s fourth quarter and full year 2019 earnings conference call.

Colony Estate, to refer will Credit Inc. Real We Estate, or the CLNC, Colony throughout Credit Real Credit as company Colony this call.

call Kevin Officer, on the Speaking Chief Accounting Officer, Counsel, the today to is company's Chief the on also Saracino President David Executive Palamé; Officer, Redington; answer Traenkle; Neale Financial line Frank Chief and General are and questions.

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Kevin Traenkle

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Neale Redington

Thank Kevin. Good afternoon, you, everyone.

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Turning core share per or in undepreciated third as to our mentioned up share, at book value approximately $XX.XX stands portfolio; $XX.XX per billion dollars from this quarter. $X.X Kevin

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balance $X.X billion at assets of XX, to our total Moving added December approximately our stood as XXXX. sheet, share

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behalf Kevin, recognize like to General Kevin his and to his last call Counsel, David two friendship I Palamé, to Before of for over we years. and both handing our you wish tireless our luck. personally David? to leadership thank strategy would the bring efforts best on Thank to the team and the you, and our fruition over of

David Palamé

you, Thank Neale.

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Operator

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Kevin Traenkle

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Neale Redington

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Randy Binner

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Neale Redington

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Randy Binner

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Kevin Traenkle

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Operator

much. so you Thank

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