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15 Nov 2005
MOODY'S ASSIGNS DEFINITIVE RATING OF PRIME-1 TO COMMERCIAL PAPER ISSUED BY ANGLESEA FUNDING PLC AND ANGLESEA FUNDING LLC
Maximum Programme amount of USD 20 million
Paris, November 15, 2005 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Prime-1 rating to the
asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) to be issued by Anglesea Funding
PLC as issuer and Anglesea Funding LLC as co-issuer (together "Anglesea")
under a programme arranged by Northcross Capital Management Limited and
advised by Northcross Capital LLP ("Northcross") and administered by JP
Morgan Bank (Ireland) Plc, a fully-owned subsidiary of JP
Morgan Chase Bank, NA (Aa2/Prime-1/B+).
Moody's Prime-1 rating is based on:
- Repurchase agreements and similar agreements structured to provide
for timely payment of ABCP combined with daily testing of net cash outflows
and interest rate and currency sensitivity to ensure compliance with limits.
- The insolvency-remote nature of the issuer and the co-issuer.
- The credit quality of the programme counterparties, whose
short-term ratings must be Prime-1, and the limitation
of number of counterparties.
- The ability of Northcross as the investment manager and investment
advisor to provide advice and assistance to Anglesea and the administrator.
- The capabilities of JP Morgan Bank (Ireland) as administrator
and of JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA as collateral agent, U.S.
depositary and ECP issuing agent.
MATCHED-FUNDED PROGRAMME WITH NO LIQUIDITY FACILITIES
The issuer will invest into a variety of securities, which will
form the collateral under securities finance contracts including repurchase
agreements, total return swaps and securities lending agreements,
and more marginally into highly rated debt securities. The maturity
of any securities finance contract will be no greater that the corresponding
ABCP note. The counterparty under the securities finance contract
will be obligated to make a payment on or before that date in an amount
at least equal to the face amount of maturing ABCP. Highly rated
debt securities purchased on a stand alone basis will also be matched-funded
with the corresponding ABCP. The issuer will not require any liquidity
facilities due to the matched maturity profile of its assets and liabilities.
The testing of net cash outflows and sensitivity tests daily and prior
to each issuance of ABCP or asset purchase will also ensure that the issuer
will be able to repay ABCP on its maturity date.
Anglesea will deal only with Prime-1 counterparties (or those supported
by Prime-1 entities) in relation to its securities finance contracts
and hedging agreements and may purchase certain highly rated securities
with a minimum rating of Aa3 or Prime-1. Debts securities
which are not issued by a corporate entity, a financial institution,
governmental or supranational body may be purchased after prior review
Th issuer will maintain a minimum amount of capital sized to meet any
costs of negative carry resulting from maturity mismatches and in order
to provide coverage for expenses of the issuer and the co-issuer.
INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
The investment manager, Northcross Capital Management Limited,
is responsible for setting conduit strategy and providing advice and assistance
to the issuer in relation to the funding and investment activities,
but has delegated the performance of certain of its duties to Northcross
Capital LLP as investment advisor. The investment advisor will
select assets and arrange the purchase of investment securities and the
entry into securities finance contracts and appropriate hedging.
The investment advisor will also organise the funding activities,
negotiating with ABCP dealers and giving instructions to JPMorgan Bank
(Ireland) Plc as administrator.
Northcross Capital LLP is authorised and regulated by U.K.
Financial Services Authority in relation to the conduct of its investment
business in the United Kingdom.
Moody's met with Northcross Capital LLP and believes that the experience
of the partners, the procedures and systems to be put in place to
operate the programme combined with JP Morgan's ABCP programme administration
skills should allow Northcross to perform to a level consistent with the
Prime-1 rating assigned to the programme.
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