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MOODY'S ASSIGNS Aaa RATING TO THE VILLAGE OF NORTHBROOK'S (IL) $7.2 MILLION GO BONDS, SERIES 2010

15 Sep 2010

Aaa RATING APPLIES TO $75.9 MILLION OF OUTSTANDING GO DEBT, INCLUDING CURRENT OFFERING

Municipality
IL

Moody's Rating

ISSUE

RATING

General Obligation Bonds, Series 2010

Aaa

  Sale Amount

$7,200,000

  Expected Sale Date

09/20/10

  Rating Description

General Obligation Unlimited Tax

 

Opinion

NEW YORK, Sep 15, 2010 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Aaa rating to the Village of Northbrook's (IL) $7.2 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2010. Concurrently, Moody's has affirmed the outstanding Aaa rating affecting $75.9 million of post-sale general obligation debt. The bonds, which are secured by the village's general obligation unlimited tax pledge, will pay a portion of the costs of capital improvements for the village, including a water tower, equipment, and road surfacing. Additionally, the bonds will refund the village's outstanding GO Bonds, Series 2001 and GO Bonds, Series 2003 for an estimated net present value savings of 4.5%.

RATINGS RATIONALE

Assignment and affirmation of the highest quality Aaa reflects the village's strong financial position with significant revenue raising flexibility; large tax base with above average socioeconomic indicators; manageable debt profile; and prudent management.

SIZEABLE AND DIVERSE TAX BASE; AFFLUENT RESIDENT POPULATION

The village's mature tax base is expected to continue to experience relatively healthy growth in full valuation given continued commercial and retail investment, high quality residential construction, and appreciation. Northbrook is located in suburban Cook County (general obligation rated Aa2), 26 miles north of Chicago (general obligation rated Aa3/stable outlook), and benefits from ease of access to downtown Chicago. The village's local economic base is diverse, combining corporate offices and commercial developments with a wealthy residential base. Northbrook Court, a large regional mall featuring high-end shopping outlets, anchors a sizeable retail sector.

The Willow Festival retail center, located at the intersection of Willow and Waukegan roads, continues to experience development. The retail development houses a variety of restaurants and shops, including Lowe's, Whole Foods, REI, and Best Buy stores. Village management notes that Nestlé (long term rated Aa1, negative outlook) recently purchased a sizable parcel of land within the village. The facility will serve as headquarters for the company's pizza division. The company anticipates the investment of $15 million in improvements and is expected to create 168 jobs at the facility. The healthy retail growth, continued office expansion, high-valued residential construction and appreciation contributed to a healthy 10.6% average annual rate of full valuation growth from 2003 through 2008. Resident income indices far outpace state and national norms, with per capita and median family incomes equivalent to 235.2% and 221.4% of national figures, respectively. Similarly, the village's Census 2000 median home value of $370,800 is equivalent to 310% of the national mark.

STRONG FINANCIAL POSITION; SIGNIFICANT REVENUE RAISING FLEXIBILITY PROVIDED BY HOME RULE STATUS

The village's financial operations will likely remain sound given its healthy reserve levels and substantial operating flexibility provided by its home rule status. Audited results from fiscal 2009 ending April 30 indicate a draw on reserves of $185,000. Sales tax receipts, the village's single largest General Fund revenue source at 30% of fiscal 2009 revenues, experienced a negative budget-to-actual variance totaling $1.3 million. Conversely, building permit fees, property, utility, replacement, and state use taxes all came in stronger than budget. Management mitigated the negative revenue variance by maintaining personnel vacancies and closely monitoring departmental costs, generating overall expenditure savings totaling $1.3 million. The village concluded fiscal 2009 with a General Fund balance of $19.1 million, or a healthy 48.7% of revenues.

According to unaudited figures for fiscal 2010, the village's General Fund experienced an operating deficit of $1 million. Approximately $800,000 of the deficit was budgeted in order to finance various capital and equipment purchases. Management notes that the impact of the broader economy continued to impact the village's revenue collections, as evidenced by actual revenues being $1.5 million less than budget. Economically sensitive revenue streams such as sales and income taxes came in $388,000 and $363,000 under budget, respectively. Management identified these shortfalls mid-year and eliminated 14 full-time positions for an estimated savings of $1 million. An additional $300,000 was saved through general cost containment. The ending General Fund balance is projected to be $18.1 million, or 52.3% of revenues. For fiscal 2011, the village's budget expected an operating surplus of $30,000. Management notes that first quarter revenues are tracking above budget. While the budget assumed a 1% increase in sales tax revenues, management notes that the collections from each of the past six months has exceeded budget. As a result, management currently estimates an operating surplus totaling $285,000. The expected surplus would increase reserves to $18.3 million, or 50% of 2011 budgeted revenues. As a home rule municipality, the village maintains additional financial flexibility and is able to adjust a variety of tax rates as needed to increase revenues.

MANAGEABLE DEBT PROFILE WITH NO FUTURE BORROWING PLANS

The village's debt profile is expected to remain favorable as current debt levels are modest and future debt plans are limited. The village's overall debt burden stands at a manageable 2.5%, with direct debt similarly favorable at 0.8%. The rate of principal amortization is below average with 55% of obligations retired within 10 years. The amortization rate reflects, in part, the 2004 sale of $16.6 million of pension obligation bonds structured with a balloon payment of $8.8 million in fiscal 2034. All of the village's debt is fixed rate, and the village is not a party to any interest rate swap agreements.

KEY STATISTICS:

2009 Population: 34,419

2008 Full valuation: $9.4 billion

Full valuation per capita: $277,671

Overall debt burden (direct): 2.5% (0.8%)

Payout of principal (10 years): 55%

Fiscal 2009 General Fund balance: $19.1 million (48.7% of General Fund revenues)

Fiscal 2009 undesignated General Fund balance: $18.5 million (47% of General Fund revenues)

1999 per capita income as a % of nation: 235.2%

1999 median family income as a % of nation: 221.4%

Post-sale GOULT debt outstanding: $75.9 million, including current offering

PRINCIPAL METHODOLOGY

The principal methodology used in rating Village of Northbrook, IL, was General Obligation Bonds Issued by U.S. Local Governments, rating methodology published in October 2009. Other methodologies and factors that may have been considered in the process of rating this issuer can also be found on Moody's website.

REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

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Analysts

Mark G. Lazarus
Analyst
Public Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service

Edward Damutz
Backup Analyst
Public Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service

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MOODY'S ASSIGNS Aaa RATING TO THE VILLAGE OF NORTHBROOK'S (IL) $7.2 MILLION GO BONDS, SERIES 2010
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