New York, May 26, 2017 -- Issue: Mortgage Purchase Bonds, 2017 Series B (Non-AMT); Rating: Aa1; Rating Type: Underlying LT; Sale Amount: $35,000,000; Expected Sale Date: 05/31/2017; Rating Description: Housing Finance Agency Pledge;
Issue: Mortgage Purchase Bonds, 2017 Series C (Federally Taxable) (Weekly Rate); Rating: Aa1; Rating Type: Underlying LT; Sale Amount: $39,585,000; Expected Sale Date: 05/31/2017; Rating Description: Housing Finance Agency Pledge;
Issue: Mortgage Purchase Bonds, 2017 Series C (Federally Taxable) (Weekly Rate); Rating: VMIG 1; Rating Type: Enhanced ST; Sale Amount: $39,585,000; Expected Sale Date: 05/31/2017; Rating Description: Housing Finance Agency Pledge;
Summary Rating Rationale
Moody's Investors Service has assigned the rating of Aa1 to the Maine State Housing Authority ("MaineHousing," "MSHA," or the "Authority") Mortgage Purchase Bonds, 2017 Series B and Aa1/VMIG 1 to the 2017 Series C (collectively the "Bonds"). All outstanding long term debt under the Mortgage Purchase Bond program is affirmed at Aa1 with a stable outlook and all existing short term debt is affirmed at VMIG 1.
The long term rating assigned to the Bonds reflects the program's strong financial position resulting from the Authority's active financial management and very strong legal provisions.
In addition to the long term rating, the short term rating assigned to the 2017 C Bonds reflects the liquidity in the form of a standby bond purchase agreement ("SBPA") provided by Citibank, N.A. The Bank is currently rated A1(cr)/P-1(cr).
The stable outlook is based on the solid financial position and favorable loan performance.
Factors that Could Lead to an Upgrade
- Growth in program asset-to-debt ratio and operating revenues.
- Continued maintenance or increases in the current loan portfolio characteristics and performance.
Factors that Could Lead to a Downgrade
- Severe housing market or economic downturns
- Dramatic shift in the composition of the loan portfolio toward riskier loans
- Management or state government policy changes which would transfer excess amounts of the program funds out of the bond funds, which are not expected in the foreseeable future.
The Bonds are special obligations of the Maine State Housing Authority. The Bonds will be issued under the General Mortgage Purchase Bond Resolution adopted February 4, 1972 and supplemented with a Series Resolution, which resolutions authorizes the issuance of up to $400,000,000 in one or more series. Interest shall be payable on the interest payment date - May 15 and Nov. 15 starting November 15, 2017.
Use of Proceeds
The proceeds of the 2017 Series B Bonds are expected to be used by MaineHousing to (i) finance the making or purchase from certain lenders of Mortgage Loans secured by mortgages that are a first lien on land and the improvements thereon in the State constituting one-to-four family residences for persons and families of low income, (ii) fund the Housing Reserve Fund and (iii) pay certain costs of issuing the Offered Bonds.
The proceeds of the 2017 Series C Bonds are expected to be used by MaineHousing to refund, within 90 days after the date of the issuance of the 2017 Series C Bonds, all of MaineHousing's outstanding Mortgage Purchase Bonds, 2013 Series F, which are currently outstanding in the principal amount of $39,585,000, which were issued to refinance the making or purchase from certain lenders of Mortgage Loans secured by mortgages that are a first lien on land and the improvements thereon in the State constituting one-to-four family residences and multi-family rental housing units for persons and families of low income. Upon the refunding of the prior bonds, all or a portion of the outstanding associated mortgage loans shall be allocated to the 2017 Series C Bonds.
MaineHousing has established a Mortgage Purchase Program, pursuant to which it is authorized to make loans on single-family (one to four units) or multi-family (more than four units) housing or purchase such loans from banks, life insurance companies, savings and loan associations, mortgage companies, other financial institutions lawfully doing business in the State and the Federal government for the purpose of providing housing for persons and families of low income.
MaineHousing is empowered to, among other things, issue bonds and notes for the purpose of making or providing monies for purchasing mortgages under its Mortgage Purchase Program and for depositing the required amounts in the Housing Reserve Fund.
The principal methodology used in this rating was U.S. Housing Finance Agency Single Family Programs published in November 2016. An additional methodology used in the short term rating was Variable Rate Instruments Supported by Conditional Liquidity Facilities published in March 2017. Please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of these methodologies.
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