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04 Apr 2011
EUR5,350 million of debt securities rated
Madrid, April 04, 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned definitive ratings to two series
of notes issued by FTA SANTANDER EMPRESAS 9 (the Fondo):
- EUR4,226.5 million series A notes, assigned
- EUR1,123.5 million series B notes, assigned
FTA SANTANDER EMPRESAS 9 is a securitisation of standard loans and credit
lines mainly granted by Banco Santander (Aa2/P-1; Negative
Outlook) to corporate and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME).
At closing, the Fondo -- a newly formed limited-liability
entity incorporated under the laws of Spain -- will issue
two series of rated notes. Santander will act as servicer of the
loans and credit lines for the Fondo, while Santander de Titulización
S.G.F.T., S.A. will be
the management company (Gestora) of the Fondo.
As of February 2011, the definitive asset pool of underlying assets
was composed of a portfolio of almost 30,000 contracts granted to
companies in Spain. In terms of outstanding amounts, 68%
corresponds to standard loans and 32% to credit lines. The
assets were originated mainly between 2006 and 2010. The weighted-average
seasoning is 1.0 year for the loans sub-pool and 0.7
years for the credit-lines sub-pool, while the weighted-average
remaining terms for these pools are 4.2 years and 0.5 years,
respectively. Around 6.6% of the portfolio is secured
by first-lien mortgage guarantees. Geographically,
the pool is concentrated mostly in Madrid (30%), Catalonia
(14%) and Andalusia (11%). At closing, there
will be no loans more than 30 days in arrears.
In Moody's view, the strong credit positive features of this deal
include, among others: (i) a relatively short weighted average
life of 2.2 years; (ii) a swap agreement guaranteeing an excess
spread of 1.0%; and (iii) a geographically well-diversified
pool. However, the transaction has several challenging features:
(i) a low portfolio granularity (effective number of obligors below 300);
(ii) a relatively high exposure to the construction and building industry
sector (33.6% according to Moody's industry classification);
(iii) a low percentage of assets secured by a first-lien mortgage
guarantee (6.6%); and (iv) a complex mechanism that
allows the Fondo to compensate (daily) the increase on the disposed amount
of certain credit lines with the decrease of the disposed amount from
other lines, and/or the amortisation of the standard loans.
These characteristics were reflected in Moody's analysis and definitive
ratings, where several simulations tested the available credit enhancement
and 20% reserve fund to cover potential shortfalls in interest
or principal envisioned in the transaction structure.
Moody's analysis focused primarily on (i) an evaluation of the underlying
portfolio of assets; (ii) historical performance information and
other statistical information; (iii) the credit enhancement provided
by the pool and swap spreads; and (iv) the cash reserve and the subordination
of the notes.
The resulting key assumptions of Moody's analysis for this transaction
are a mean default rate of 14.1%, with a coefficient
of variation of 45% and a stochastic mean recovery rate of 37%.
As mentioned in the methodology, Moody's used ABSROM cash-flow
model to determine the potential loss incurred by the notes under each
loss scenario. In parallel, Moody's also considered non-modelled
risks (such as counterparty risk).
The ratings address the expected loss posed to investors by the legal
final maturity of the notes (March 2048). In Moody's opinion,
the structure allows for timely payment of interest and ultimate payment
of principal on series A and B at par on or before the rated final legal
maturity date. 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.
The V Score for this transaction is Medium/High, which is in line
with the score assigned for the Spanish SME sector and representative
of the volatility and uncertainty in the Spanish SME sector. 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. For more information, the V-Score has
been assigned accordingly to the report "V Scores and Parameter Sensitivities
in the EMEA Small-to-Medium Enterprise ABS Sector,"
published in June 2009.
Moody's also ran sensitivities around the key parameters for the rated
notes. For instance, if the assumed default probability of
14.1% used in determining the initial rating was changed
to 18.1% and the recovery rate of 37% was changed
to 27%, the model-indicated rating for the series
A notes would change to A2 from Aaa, while the series B model indicated
rating would remain Caa1.
The principal methodologies used in this rating were Refining the ABS
SME Approach: Moody's Probability of Default assumptions in the
rating analysis of granular Small and Mid-sized Enterprise portfolios
in EMEA published in March 2009 and Moody's Approach to Rating Granular
SME Transactions in Europe, Middle East and Africa, published
in June 2007.
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.
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Asst Vice President - Analyst
Structured Finance Group
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Moody's Investors Service Espana, S.A.
Moody's assigns definitive ratings to SANTANDER EMPRESAS 9's SME CDO notes
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