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Rating Action:

Moody's Investors Service assigns definitive ratings to notes issued by LTR Finance No.7 Limited

25 Feb 2011

Approx. EUR76.4 million (current balance) of Notes affected

Paris, February 25, 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned the following definitive ratings to notes issued by LTR Finance No.7 Limited (the "Issuer"):

....EUR101.23M A Note, Assigned A1 (sf)

Moody's has not assigned ratings to the subordinated Euro 22.98 million Class B Notes and Euro 2.49 million Class C Notes.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The transaction is a cash securitisation of Portuguese and Spanish auto loan and lease contracts and equipment lease contracts originated by Sofinloc Instituição Financeira de Créditos, S.A. (Sofinloc) in Portugal and Sofinloc Instituição Financeira de Créditos, S.A. Spanish Branch (Sofinloc Spanish Branch) in Spain, which have retained the roles of Portuguese and Spanish servicers (together, the servicers) in these transactions. Sofinloc is a subsidiary of Banco Finantia S.A. (Banco Finantia). The transaction has closed in January 2009 and has started to amortise in February 2010. The current balance of the Class A notes is EUR 76.4 million. This is the seventh public securitisation transaction sponsored by Banco Finantia. The outstanding Moody's rated transactions are LTR 5, LTR 6 and LTR Warehouse which closed in July 2004, September 2006 and April 2007, respectively and their revolving periods terminated in October 2007, November 2009 and March 2009.

The securitised portfolio consists of vehicles loans and leases contracts extended to individuals and companies resident in Portugal and Spain. The contracts can be split into six product types (percentages referenced to 30 September 2010): Portuguese auto credit (35.4%of outstanding portfolio amount), Spanish auto credit (44.9%), Portuguese auto leasing (6.1%), Spanish Auto Leasing (3.7%), Portuguese auto long term rental contracts ("LTRs") (5.2%) and Portuguese Equipment (4.8%). The auto credit product is generally extended to fund the purchase of used vehicles. The vehicle is owned by the obligor although the obligor's ability to dispose of the vehicle during the life of the loan is subject to certain sale restrictions. Under LTR and leasing contracts, ownership of the vehicle is retained by the originator. The obligor may terminate the LTR or leasing contract and surrender the vehicle to the originator prior to the end of the scheduled term (subject to the originator consent under the leasing contracts). In this circumstance, the obligor is required to pay the amount by which the aggregate of the outstanding principal balance of the contract and an additional amount in accordance with the originator's tariffs exceeds the market value of the vehicle. As of 30 September 2010, the portfolio consists of approximately 9,365 contracts. The contracts were mainly originated between 2007 and 2009, with a weighted average seasoning of 31 months and a weighted average remaining term of 71 months.

According to Moody's, the transaction benefits from credit strengths such as a static granular portfolio, 8 years of historical data provided for each underlying products, a reserve fund available to cover up to 9 months of liquidity shortfalls throughout the life of the transaction, credit enhancement in the form of subordination and reserve fund (as per the Class A notes, 25.7% as of 31 December 2010) and excess spread.

The Class A notes rating was constrained by the transaction operational weaknesses given that the originators and servicers are not rated and given the complexity embedded in such cross border transaction. The transaction is exposed to the ability of the servicers to perform their various obligations related to servicing and cash management (a role associated with payment calculations and instructions) in a timely fashion. Moody's notes that there are no appointed back-up servicers. Transaction documents include replacement events that are triggered when the capital adequacy ratio of Banco Finantia ceases to be above 8% or if their regulators intervene or investigate in the affairs of the servicers. However, Moody's believes these triggers imperfectly protect the transactions from possible disruptions in the event of a sudden deterioration in the credit quality of Banco Finantia, Sofinloc or Sofinloc Spanish Branch and if a successor servicer could not be rapidly found.

Moody's analysis considered the statutory role of the Spanish and Portuguese fund managers to act as back-up servicer facilitators, but noted that the Portuguese' is linked to Banco Finantia. Moody's also notes that the collateral type and servicing platforms are relatively standard, servicing fees consistent with market practices.

Moody's analysis also considered the risk of commingling of cash from the collection accounts held under the name of an insolvent servicer. While this risk cannot be ruled out, Moody's has considered the daily frequency of collection sweeps to the transaction accounts and the ability of the fund managers to redirect payments as mitigating factors. Further, Moody's weighted such commingling risk in its transaction in its quantitative analysis.

Most of the cash management activities are performed by the transaction manager, a highly rated third party. However, if the servicers were unable to provide information related to collections in a timely fashion, it is unlikely that the transaction manager would be in a position to order timely payments from collections.

However, Moody's considers the ability of the transaction manager to use cash from the significant, fully-funded cash reserve accounts (which include liquidity ledgers corresponding to nine months of interest) significantly mitigates the risk of non-payment of interest on the notes under a servicer disruption scenario. While payment delays resulting from consensus seeking could lead to technical defaults, party incentives are aligned to minimise the likelihood of payment defaults.

Moody's assumed a default rate of 10% for the entire pool and a coefficient of variation of 45% which are used as the main input for the lognormal default distribution. Whilst the historical default rate for 2007 and 2008 vintages showed default rates higher than previous default level, Moody's has given benefit to the lower default rate observed in more recent vintages and stabilising delinquency data. Moody's noted the decreasing trend in recovery rates and assumed as a result a 15% recovery rate.

The V-score analysis for the transaction is Medium. Moody's has compared the transaction v-score with the Spanish consumer loan sector scores. The main contribution to an overall Medium V-score assessment for the transaction is from the assessment on the transaction complexity and absence of back-up servicer arrangement. In addition, Moody's has observed significant variability in the performance of different origination vintages. For more information, the V-Score has been assigned accordingly to the report "V Scores and Parameter Sensitivities in the Non-U.S. Vehicles ABS Sector", published in January 2009.

The principal methodologies used in this rating were Moody's Approach to Rating European Auto ABS: More Rubber Set to Hit European Roads, published in November 2002 and The Lognormal Method Applied to ABS Analysis, published in July 2000.

In addition, Moody's publishes a weekly summary of structured finance credit, ratings and methodologies, available to all registered users of our website, at www.moodys.com/SFQuickCheck.

Moody's Investors Service did not receive or take into account a third party due diligence report on the underlying assets or financial instruments in this transaction.

The ratings address the expected loss posed to investors by the legal final maturity of the notes. In Moody's opinion, the structure allows for timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal on the Class A Notes. Moody's ratings address only the credit risks associated with the transaction. Other non-credit risks have not been addressed, but may have a significant effect on yield to investors.

Moody's used its excel based cash-flow model Moody's ABSROM™ as part of its quantitative analysis of the transaction. Moody's ABSROM™ model enables users to model various features of a standard European ABS transaction -- including the specifics of the default distribution of the assets, their portfolio amortisation profile, yield, as well as the specific priority of payments, swaps and reserve funds on the liability side of the ABS structure. Moody's ABSROM™ User Guide, available on Moody's website, covers the functionality of the model and provides a comprehensive index of the user inputs and outputs.

In rating auto ABS, loss rate and co-efficient of variation are two key inputs that determine the lognormal distribution. Parameter sensitivities for this transaction have been tested in the following manner: Moody's tested nine scenarios derived from the combination of mean default: 10.00% (base case), 11.00% (base case +1.00%), 12.00% (base case +2.0%) and recoveries: 15% (base case), 10% (base case -5%), 5% (base case -10%). The model sensitivity output indicated that Class A would have achieved a A1 even if the cumulative mean default probability had been as high as 10% and the recovery rate as low as 10% (all other factors being constant). Parameter Sensitivities provide a quantitative/model-indicated calculation of the number of notches that a Moody's-rated structured finance security may vary if certain input parameters used in the initial rating process differed. The analysis assumes that the deal has not aged. It is not intended to measure how the rating of the security might migrate over time, but rather, how the initial model output of the security might have differed if the two parameters within a given sector that have the greatest rating impact were varied.

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Moody's Investors Service assigns definitive ratings to notes issued by LTR Finance No.7 Limited
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