USD 288.9 million of debt securities affected
New York, October 22, 2010 -- Moody's Investors Service announced today that it has downgraded notes
issued by Preferred Term Securities XXVII, Ltd.
U.S. $171,000,000 Floating Rate Class
A-1 Senior Notes due December 22, 2037 (current balance of
$164,968,725.01), Downgraded to Baa3 (sf);
previously on March 27, 2009 Downgraded to A3 (sf);
U.S.$40,000,000 Floating Rate Class A-2
Senior Note due December 22, 2037 (current balance of $39,548,356.56),
Downgraded to Ba2 (sf); previously on March 27, 2009 Downgraded
to Ba1 (sf);
U.S. $40,500,000 Floating Rate Class
B Mezzanine Notes due December 22, 2037 (current balance of $40,551,573.27),
Downgraded to Ca (sf); previously on December 22, 2009 Downgraded
to Caa3 (sf);
U.S. $24,000,000 Floating Rate Class
C-1 Notes due December 22, 2037 (current balance of 24,375,919.54),
Downgraded to C (sf); previously on March 27, 2009 Downgraded
to Ca (sf);
U.S. $18,000,000 Fixed/Floating Rate
Class C-2 Mezzanine Notes due December 22, 2037 (current
balance of $19,474,088.96), Downgraded
to C (sf); previously on March 27, 2009 Downgraded to Ca (sf).
Preferred Term Securities XXVII, Ltd., issued on September
20, 2007, is a collateral debt obligation backed by a portfolio
of bank and insurance trust preferred securities (the 'TRUP CDO').
On March 27, 2009, Moody's downgraded 4 classes of notes and
on December 22, 2009, Moody's downgraded one additional
class of notes. These downgrades were a result of the application
of revised and updated key modeling assumptions, as well as the
deterioration in the credit quality of the transaction's underlying portfolio.
Moody's indicated that the rating actions on the notes are primarily
the result of an increase of the assumed defaulted amount and Weighted
Average Rating Factor (WARF) of the pool. The defaults increased
by $26.5M since the last rating action on December 22,
2009. Cumulative assumed defaults now total $95.7
million (29% of the portfolio). All the assumed defaulted
assets are carried at zero recovery in our analysis. The remaining
assets in the portfolio have also suffered credit deterioration,
as indicated by the WARF that increased to 1493 from 1119. This
current WARF also accounts for a credit estimate stress, described
in Moody's Rating Methodology "Updated Approach to the Usage
of Credit Estimates in rated Transactions", October 2009.
Currently, 40.5% of the portfolio is estimated to
be Ba1 or below, as determined both by using FDIC Q1-2010
financial data in conjunction with Moody's RiskCalc model to assess
non-publicly rated bank trust preferred securities and using financial
data for insurance companies from Moody's Insurance Team.
The par loss due to the increase in the assumed defaulted amount has resulted
in loss of overcollateralization for the tranches affected and an increase
of their expected losses since the last rating action. In addition,
the overcollateralization tests continue to breach their triggers which
has resulted in a diversion of excess spreads to pay down senior notes.
As of the latest trustee report dated September 22, 2010,
the Senior Coverage Test is 113.07%, the Class B Mezzanine
Coverage Test is 94.36%, the Class C Mezzanine Coverage
Test is 80.04%, and the Class D Mezzanine Coverage
Test is 73.47%,versus trustee reported levels from
the report dated September 22, 2009 of 125.45%,
105.25%, 90.01%, and 82.84%,
respectively, which were used during the last rating action on December
The credit deterioration exhibited by these portfolios is a reflection
of the continued pressure in the banking sector as the number of bank
failures and interest deferrals of trust preferred securities issued by
banks has continued to increase. According to FDIC data,
a total of 300 banks have failed, to date, since the onset
of the current economic crisis in 2007. Since the last rating action
on December 22, 2009, 132 banks have failed. In Moody's
opinion, the banking sector outlook continues to remain negative.
With the exception of commercial P&C insurance which remains negative,
the insurance sector is stabilizing.
In our analysis we assume no prepayments. The WAL of the portfolio
is approximately 27.25 years.
The portfolios of these CDOs are mainly composed of trust preferred securities
issued by small to medium sized U.S. community bank and
insurance companies that are generally not publicly rated by Moody's.
To evaluate their credit quality, Moody's derives credit scores
for these non-publicly rated assets and evaluates the sensitivity
of the rated transactions to their volatility, as described in Moody's
Rating Methodology "Updated Approach to the Usage of Credit Estimates
in rated Transactions", October 2009. The effect of
the stress testing of these credit scores varies between one and three
notches, depending on the total amount and relative size of these
securities in the collateral pool.
Moody's evaluation of this transaction relies on financial data received
for a majority of obligors in the pool as of Q1-2010. This
financial data is used by Moody's to assess the credit quality of obligors
in the pool, relying on RiskCalc, an econometric model developed
by Moody's KMV. The results obtained from the RiskCalc model have
been translated to Moody's rating scale and adjusted by one notch where
necessary in order to compensate for the absence of credit indicators
such as rating reviews, outlooks and adjustments factoring in cyclical
developments in the economy.
Moody's performed a number of sensitivity analyses of the results to some
of the key factors driving the ratings.
The sensitivity of the model results to increases and decreases to the
WARF (representing a slight improvement and a slight deterioration of
the credit quality of the collateral pool) was examined. If WARF
is increased by 207 points from the base case of 1493, the model
results in an expected loss that is one notch worse than the result of
the base case for Class A-1. If the WARF is decreased by
117 points, expected losses are one notch better than the base case
results. Additionally, the effects of higher and lower weighted
average spread (WAS) and weighted average coupon (WAC) of the collateral
pool resulted in the following: Increasing the WAS and WAC by 25
basis points yielded an expected loss that was not enough to move the
rating by one notch up from the base case for Class A-1.
Similarly, decreasing the WAS and WAC by the 25 basis points from
the base case resulted in an expected loss that was not enough to move
the rating by one notch down from the base case for Class A-1.
However, if the WAS and WAC are decreased by 50 basis points,
the expected losses yield a rating that is one notch lower than the result
from the base case for the Class A-1.
In addition to the quantitative factors that are explicitly modeled,
qualitative factors are part of rating committee considerations.
Moody's considers as well the structural protections in each transaction,
risk Event of Default (EoD), the recent deal performance in the
current market environment, the legal environment, and specific
documentation features. All information available to rating committees,
including macroeconomic forecasts, input from other Moody's analytical
groups, market factors and judgments regarding the nature and severity
of credit stress on the transactions, may influence the final rating
The principal methodologies used in rating Preferred Term Securities XXVII,
Ltd. were "Moody's Approach to Rating U.S. Bank Trust
Preferred Security CDOs" published in June 2010, "Moody's Approach
to Rating Insurance Trust Preferred Security CDOs" published in June 2010,
and "Updated Approach to the Usage of Credit Estimates in Rated Transactions"
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.
Due to the impact of revised and updated key assumptions referenced in
these rating methodologies, key model inputs used by Moody's in
its analysis, such as par, weighted average rating factor,
Moody's Asset Correlation, and weighted average recovery rate,
may be different from the trustee's reported numbers. In particular,
rating assumptions for all publicly rated corporate credits in the underlying
portfolio have been adjusted for "Review for Possible Downgrade",
"Review for Possible Upgrade", or "Negative Outlook".
The transaction's portfolio was modeled, according to our
rating approach, using CDOROMTM v.2.6 to develop the
loss distribution from which the Moody's Asset Correlation parameter
was obtained. This parameter was then used as an input in a cash
flow model using CDOEdge. CDOROMTM v.2.6 is available
on moodys.com under Products and Solutions -- Analytical models,
upon return of a signed free license agreement.
Other methodologies and factors that may have been considered in the process
of rating this issue can also be found in the Credit Policy & Methodologies
Information sources used to prepare the credit rating are the following:
parties involved in the ratings, public information, confidential
and proprietary Moody's Investors Service information, and confidential
and proprietary Moody's Analytics' information.
Moody's Investors Service considers the quality of information available
on the issuer or obligation satisfactory for the purposes of maintaining
a credit rating.
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on www.moodys.com. In addition, Moody's publishes
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Structured Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service
Senior Vice President
Structured Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service
Moody's Investors Service
Moody's Downgrades the ratings of TRUP CDO notes issued by Preferred Term Securities XXVII, Ltd.
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