Milan, February 09, 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned definitive credit ratings to the
following classes of Notes issued by Holmes Master Issuer PLC:
Issuer: Holmes Master Issuer plc - Series 2011-1
USD 500.000.000 Class A1 Notes due 2012, Assigned
USD 700.000.000 Class A2 Notes due 2054, Assigned
EUR 650.000.000 Class A3 Notes due 2054, Assigned
EUR 500.000.000 Class A4 Notes due 2054, Assigned
GBP 325.000.000 Class A5 Notes due 2054, Assigned
The ratings of the notes take into account the credit quality of the underlying
mortgage loan pool, from which Moody's determined the MILAN Aaa
Credit Enhancement and the portfolio expected loss, as well as the
transaction structure and any legal considerations as assessed in Moody's
cash flow analysis. The expected portfolio loss of 1.0%
of original balance of the portfolio at closing and the MILAN Aaa required
Credit Enhancement of 9.40% served as input parameters for
the cash flow model, which is based on a probabilistic lognormal
distribution as described in the report "Moody's RMBS Master Trust Cash
Flow Analysis", published in April 2008. The key drivers
for the MILAN Aaa Credit Enhancement number, which is in line with
other prime UK RMBS Master Trust transactions, are the weighted
average loan-to-value (LTV) of 64,03%,
the average seasoning of over four years, and three month arrears
The key drivers for the portfolio expected loss are (i) the performance
of the seller's precedent transactions, (ii) benchmarking with comparable
transactions in the UK market and (iii) the current economic conditions
in the UK in combination with limited performance data provided by the
seller. Given the historical performance of the UK RMBS market
and the originator's precedent transactions, Moody's believes the
assumed expected loss is appropriate for this transaction.
The long-term ratings on the A2, A3, A4 and A5 notes
address the expected loss posed to investors by the legal final maturity.
The short term rating on the A1 notes addresses the probability of default
by the legal final maturity. In Moody's opinion, the structure
allows for timely payment of interest and principal with respect of the
notes by the legal final maturity. Moody's ratings only address
the credit risk associated with the transaction. Other non-credit
risks have not been addressed, but may have a significant effect
on yield to investors.
The notes are backed by a pool of prime UK residential mortgages originated
by Santander UK plc ("Santander UK", Aa3 / P-1). This
represents the eighteenth issue out of the Holmes Master Trust structure.
At closing the Trust Property for this transaction will consist of approximately
GBP 13.3 billion of loans. No new loans have been added
at the time of this issuance. The reserve fund is funded to 4.26%
of the total notes outstanding at closing and the total credit enhancement
for the Class A notes is 13.86%.
The V Score for this transaction is Low/Medium, which is in line
with the score assigned for the UK Prime RMBS sector mainly due to the
fact that it is a standard UK prime RMBS Master Trust transaction for
which we have over ten years of historical performance data. The
only component of the V score that differs from the UK sector score is
2.1 Quality of Historical Data for the Issuer/Sponsor/ Originator,
which has been assessed as Low/Medium, given the originator has
provided more limited data in respect of historic performance data than
some of the other prime lenders. In Moody's views the current transactions
are however performing in line with expectations. V Scores are
a relative assessment of the quality of available credit information and
of the degree of dependence on various assumptions used in determining
the rating. High variability in key assumptions could expose a
rating to more likelihood of rating changes. The V-Score
has been assigned accordingly to the report "V-Scores and Parameter
Sensitivities in the Major EMEA RMBS Sectors" published in April 2009.
Moody's Parameter Sensitivities: If the portfolio expected loss
was increased from 1.0% of current balance to 3.0%
of current balance, and the Milan Aaa Credit Enhancement was increased
from 9.4% to 15%, the model output indicates
that the class A notes would still achieve Aaa assessment assuming that
all other factors remained equal. Moody's Parameter Sensitivities
provide a quantitative/model-indicated calculation of the number
of rating notches that a Moody's 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 and is not intended to
measure how the rating of the security might migrate over time,
but rather how the initial rating of the security might have differed
if key rating input parameters were varied. Parameter Sensitivities
for the typical EMEA RMBS transaction are calculated by stressing key
variable inputs in Moody's primary rating model.
The principal methodologies used in this rating were Moody's Approach
to Rating UK RMBS published in April 2005, Moody's Updated Methodology
for Rating UK RMBS published in September 2009 and Moody's RMBS Master
Trust Cash Flow Analysis published in April 2008. Other methodologies
and factors that may have been considered in the process of rating this
issuer can also be found on Moody's website.
Moody's Investors Service received and took into account a third party
due diligence report on the underlying assets or financial instruments
in this transaction and the due diligence report had a neutral impact
on the rating.
The rating has been disclosed to the rated entity or its designated agents
and issued with no amendment resulting from that disclosure.
Information sources used to prepare the credit rating are the following:
parties involved in the ratings, parties not involved in the ratings,
public information, and confidential and proprietary Moody's Investors
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on the issuer or obligation satisfactory for the purposes of assigning
a credit rating.
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of each rating category and the definition of default and recovery.
Pier Paolo Vaschetti
Vice President - Senior Analyst
Structured Finance Group
Moody's Italia S.r.l
Senior Vice President
Structured Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service Ltd.
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