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Rating Action:

Moody's affirms RE/MAX's ratings, changes outlook to negative on the coronavirus outbreak impact

14 May 2020

Approximately $245 million of rated debt securities affected

New York, May 14, 2020 -- Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) affirmed RE/MAX, LLC's (RE/MAX) existing ratings, including the Ba3 Corporate Family Rating, and changed the outlook to negative from stable. Concurrently, Moody's assigned a Speculative Grade Liquidity Rating of SGL-2, reflecting good liquidity.

"The outlook change to negative reflects Moody's expectation that a sharp decline in home sale transaction volume in 2020 and disruptions to RE/MAX's and its franchisees business caused by the coronavirus outbreak will lead to earnings decline and a spike in leverage in 2020," according to Dilara Sukhov, Moody's lead analyst on Re/Max. "The protections offered by the company's 100%-franchise structure, good liquidity and the expectation that the company's metrics will rebound as the US housing market recovers in 2021 support the affirmation of the ratings."

Moody's took the following rating actions on RE/MAX, LLC:

...Affirmations

..Corporate Family Rating, affirmed at Ba3

..Probability of Default Rating, affirmed at Ba3-PD

..$10 million Sr Secured First Lien Revolving Credit Facility due 2021, affirmed at Ba3 (LGD3)

..$235 million Sr Secured First Lien Term Loan B due 2023, affirmed at Ba3 (LGD3)

...Assignment

Speculative Grade Liquidity Rating assigned at SGL-2

Outlook Actions on RE/MAX, LLC:

..Outlook, changed to Negative from Stable

RATINGS RATIONALE

Moody's expects diminished revenue and a declining agent base in 2020 but believes a recovery in earnings in 2021 is likely as the US housing market improves and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic subsides. Moody's estimates that RE/MAX's Debt/ EBITDA will peak at around 4.8x in 2020 and then decline significantly in 2021. But downside risks to our forecasts are significant given uncertainties as to the timing of a recovery in consumer confidence and business activity. Other credit metrics, including interest coverage and Free Cash Flow/Debt, will also weaken in 2020, but should improve as the home sale market recovers in 2021.

The rapid spread of the coronavirus outbreak, deteriorating global economic outlook, falling oil prices and asset price declines are creating a severe and extensive credit shock across many sectors, regions and markets. The combined credit effects of these developments are unprecedented. The coronavirus pandemic has significantly disrupted the company's and its franchisees business as social distancing requirements, limitations on the size of gatherings and policies that ban or severely limit in-person showings of properties came into effect in March. Coupled with a sharp rise in unemployment rate and decline in consumer confidence, these measures will severely decrease home buying activity in 2020 and particularly in the second quarter. Moody's regards the coronavirus outbreak as a social risk under its ESG framework, given the substantial implications for public health and safety.

Moody's expects that the highly competitive and fragmented residential real industry will be severely impacted by the shock. RE/MAX and other traditional real estate brokerage firms were already under competitive pressure from non-traditional technology-enabled competitors before the outbreak. These competitors include some that offer deeply discounted commissions to consumers and other newer entrants, including iBuyers, such as Redfin and Zillow, and the virtual brokerage platform of eXp Realty. The demographic and societal trends which would lead to a significant adoption of online alternatives to full-service agents are likely to get stronger traction during the coronavirus outbreak. This shift is a long-term risk that could have a material adverse effect on RE/MAX's business when the outbreak is over.

The company's Ba3 CFR reflects the protections offered by its 100% franchised business model that mitigates the volatility in transaction activity even in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, good liquidity and strong credit metrics. The strong RE/MAX brand recognition and leading market position drive the company's fairly predictable revenues, strong margins and substantial cash generation. In addition to its well-recognized global real estate brokerage RE/MAX brand, the company's credit profile also benefits from its Motto Mortgage brand in the US. The company's Motto brand is still small relative to RE/MAX but is growing rapidly as evidenced by the number of franchises sold and will play a significant part of the company's future growth. Moody's expects that macroeconomic pressures will slow RE/MAX's revenue growth and weaken margins as the company takes actions to retain agents in an increasingly challenging and highly competitive industry. Governance risks we consider in RE/MAX's credit profile include the risk of more aggressive financial policies and the potential for a re-leveraging of the balance sheet to acquire independent regions.

The SGL-2 Speculative Grade Liquidity rating reflects the company's good liquidity. Despite the diminished revenue in 2020, Moody's expects that the company will fund itself through internally generated cash flow and cash on hand. The company's cash balance was about $81 million as of March 31, 2020. We expect the company to generate break-even free cash flows (after dividends) in 2020 and that will turn positive in 2021. The company benefits from a $10 million revolver that Moody's expects to remain undrawn over the next 12-18 months. However, the size of the commitment is small compared to the company's fixed charges, covering about 8 months worth of debt service. The revolver matures on December 15, 2021. The revolver is subject to two springing financial maintenance covenants (maximum net leverage of 4x and minimum interest coverage of 3x, as defined in the facility agreement), which come into effect only when the revolver is drawn. We do not expect the covenants to spring, but should the covenant be tested, we expect the company would maintain sufficient cushion over the requirements. RE/MAX near-term debt obligations consist of approximately $2.4 million in term loan amortization annually through 2023.

The negative outlook reflects Moody's expectation that RE/MAX's revenue and earnings will decline due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus. Moody's expects that RE/MAX will maintain a conservative cash deployment strategy and preserve liquidity, with no debt-funded M&A, until its financial leverage is restored to the pre-COVID outbreak level.

Moody's could change outlook back to stable if RE/MAX restores its credit metrics such that Debt/EBITDA is expected to be sustained under 4x and FCF/Debt above 8%, with good liquidity. All metrics incorporate Moody's standard accounting adjustments.

FACTORS THAT WOULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGS

Given a negative outlook, a ratings upgrade is not likely over the next 12-18 months. In the longer term, the ratings could be upgraded if RE/MAX expands the size and scope of revenues through product and regional expansion and commits to maintaining conservative financial policies such that Debt/EBITDA is maintained below 3x (Moody's adjusted).

The ratings could be downgraded if revenue or earning declines persist beyond 2020, and Moody's expects Debt/EBITDA to be sustained over 4x or FCF-to-debt declines to under 8% (all metrics are Moody's adjusted) or liquidity deteriorates.

RE/MAX operates as a franchiser of real estate and mortgage brokerage services in the U.S., Canada, and internationally. The company offers its real estate franchise services under the RE/MAX brand name and mortgage brokerage services under the Motto Mortgage brand name. The company derives its revenues primarily from continuing franchise fees, annual dues, broker fees, new franchise sales and franchise renewals. RE/MAX is an indirect subsidiary of publicly-traded RE/MAX Holdings, Inc, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. RE/MAX generated revenue of $281 million as of LTM March 2020.

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Business and Consumer Service Industry published in October 2016 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1037985. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

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Dilara Sukhov, CFA
AVP-Analyst
Corporate Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service, Inc.
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007
U.S.A.
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Lenny J. Ajzenman
Associate Managing Director
Corporate Finance Group
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