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Rating Action:

Moody's assigns definitive ratings to notes issued by F-E Red S.r.l.

28 Feb 2011

EUR 1,365 million original balance of debt securities affected

Milan, February 28, 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned definitive ratings to Notes issued by F-E Red S.r.l.:

EUR1365M A Note, Assigned Aaa (sf)

RATINGS RATIONALE

F-E Red S.r.l. is a cash securitization of lease receivables extended to obligors located in Italy by Fineco Leasing S.p.A. ("Fineco Leasing"), an Italian leasing company 100% owned by Unicredit S.p.A. (Aa3/P-1- "Unicredit"). The transaction is the fourth public transaction by the same originator.

The transaction initially closed in March 2009 with no Classes rated by Moody's. The initial Class A notes balance issued at that time amounted to EUR 1,365 million. The outstanding rated notes balance as of last payment date in January 2011 amounts to EUR 1,237.6 million. The Class B notes (not rated) amount has remained unchanged at EUR 340 million. Moody's analysis of the Class A notes rating is based on their amount after the latest payment date.

The existing EUR 1.6 billion portfolio of underlying assets was composed of 23,691 contracts granted to 15,594 borrowers, either Italian professionals or SMEs. Assets are represented by financial lease receivables belonging to three different pools: real estate (approx. 69%), equipment (approx. 13%) and motor-vehicles (approx. 18%) as of 31/12/2010. In fact, in February 2011 Fineco Leasing transferred a further EUR 250 million portfolio, composed of 5,338 lease contracts granted to 3,966 borrowers, either professional or SMEs. Approximately half of this portfolio was represented by motor-vehicles lease contracts, with only 23% being represented by real estate contracts.

The current total portfolio is made up of 29,029 contracts for 18,714 borrowers. Real estate lease receivables still make up the largest portion at 63%, with the balance being represented by motor-vehicle leases (22%) and equipment leases (15%). The large majority (97.8%) of the lease contracts pay on a monthly basis. The leases were originated between 2001 and 2010, with a weighted average seasoning of 30.9 months and a weighted average remaining maturity of 106.7 months. The interest rate is floating for 91.8% of the pool. Geographically, the pool is concentrated in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy (42.6%) where the originator is actually located, while -- as far as industry concentration is concerned - the "Construction & Building" sector represents 28% of the pool. While the "new" portfolio at transfer date (February 2011) did not include any lease in arrears, the existing portfolio included 4.5% of delinquent leases and 2.5% of defaulted positions. The securitised portfolio does not include the so-called "residual value option", i.e. the installment that the lessee has the option to pay at the end of the contract to acquire full ownership of the leased asset.

Moody's notes as credit strengths the granularity of the portfolio, whose effective number is in excess of 1,500, and the current static nature of the deal, whose revolving period expired in October 2010. Moody's also underlines that the originator and servicer of the deal (Fineco Leasing) , although not rated, is part of Unicredit group (Aa3/P-1). Furthermore, they have undertaken to appoint a Back Up Servicer as soon as Unicredit is downgraded below Baa3 or Fineco Leasing ceases to be part of Unicredit group. On the other hand Moody's notes that the transaction features a number of credit weaknesses, including the important exposure to the highly cyclical Construction and Building sector and the rather long weighted average life of 4 years, in addition to the inclusion of deteriorated position in the portfolio as outlined above.

Moody's analysis focused primarily on (i) an evaluation of the underlying portfolio of leases; (ii) historical performance information on both originator portfolio as well as the previous outstanding transaction launched by Fineco Leasing and other statistical information; (iii) the credit enhancement provided by the pool spread, the cash reserve (fully funded and usable to repay notes principal amount at deal maturity) and the subordination of the notes; and (iv) the legal and structural integrity of the transaction. Moody's also took into consideration the legal uncertainty associated with recoveries on leased assets following potential bankruptcy of the originator, by running simulations where it further stressed the recoveries on defaults.

The resulting key assumptions of Moody's analysis for this transaction are a mean default of 13.2% with a coefficient of variation of 46% and a stochastic mean recovery rate of 50%.

Moody's used its ABSROM cash-flow model to determine the potential loss incurred by the notes under each default scenario. In parallel, Moody's also considered non-modeled risks (such as counterparty risk).

The principal methodology used in this rating was Multi-pool Financial Lease-Backed Transactions in Italy, published in June 2006. Due to: 1) the fact that historical performance data provided (although extensive) did not cover an entire economic cycle and did not fully capture the current economic environment, and 2) the nature of the underlying debtors (SMEs), Moody's complemented the analytical approach with the approach used for rating of EMEA SME ABS transactions as described in the Rating Methodology reports "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", March 2009 and "Moody's Approach to Rating Granular SME Transactions in Europe, Middle East and Africa", June 2007.

Moody's Investors Service did not receive and 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 (October 2040). In Moody's opinion, the structure allows for the timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal on the Class A notes at par on or before the final legal maturity date. Moody's ratings address only the credit risks associated with the transactions. 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, which is in line with the score assignable to the Italian Leasing sector and representative of the volatility and uncertainty in the Italian Leasing Sector. Moody's notes that Transaction Complexity is Low/Medium: although the portfolio is made of several products (auto-vehicle lease, equipment lease and real estate receivables), the structure is fairly standard and does not even include -- at current stage - a revolving period. Back-up Servicer Arrangement is Low/Medium, Fineco Leasing is 100% by Unicredit (Aa3/P-1) and there is an undertaking to nominate a Back Up Servicer as soon as Unicredit is downgraded below investment grade or Fineco Leasing ceases to be part of Unicredit group. 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 in reports such as "V Scores and Parameter Sensitivities in the Global Consumer Loan ABS Sectors", published in May 2009 and "V Scores and parameter Sensitivities in the EMEA Small-to-Medium Enterprise ABS Sector" published in June 2009.

Moody's Parameter Sensitivities: Moody's principal portfolio model inputs are Moody's cumulative default rate assumption and the recovery rate. Moody's tested 9 scenarios derived from different combinations of mean default rate and recovery rate. Specifically, Moody's tested for the mean default rate: 13.2% as base case, 14.2% (base case + 1%) and 15.2% (base case +2%), and for the recovery rate: 50% as base case, 45% as well as 40%. The model sensitivity output indicated that Class A would have achieved a Aaa rating even if the cumulative mean default probability had been as high as 14.2% and the recovery rate as low as 45% (all other factors being constant). Moody's Parameter Sensitivities provide a quantitative / model-indicated calculation of the number of rating notches that a Moody's-rated structured finance security may vary if certain input parameters would change.

No previous Moody's ratings were assigned to this transaction.

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Moody's assigns definitive ratings to notes issued by F-E Red S.r.l.
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