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11 Apr 2011
Approximately $1.1 Billion of asset-backed securities rated.
New York, April 11, 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned a provisional rating of (P)P-1
(sf) to the Class A1 Notes, and a provisional rating of (P)Aaa (sf)
to each of the Class A2, Class A3 and Class A4 Notes, to be
issued by John Deere Owner Trust 2011 (JDOT 2011), a subsidiary
of John Deere Capital Corporation (JDCC, A2/P-1).
The Notes will be collateralized by agricultural and construction equipment
installment contracts and loans originated by JDCC and subsidiaries.
The complete rating actions are as follows:
Issuer: John Deere Owner Trust 2011
$334,000,000 Class A-1, rated (P)P-1
$333,000,000 Class A-2, rated (P)Aaa (sf)
$340,000,000 Class A-3, rated (P)Aaa (sf)
$98,528,000 Class A-4, (P)Aaa (sf)
The ratings are based on the collateral, the structure of the transaction,
and the experience and expertise of John Deere Capital Corporation (JDCC)
as the servicer. JDCC is the captive finance arm of Deere &
Co. (A2/P-1), the world's largest farm equipment manufacturer
and a leading manufacturer in the construction equipment sector.
For JDOT 2011, Moody's median cumulative net loss expectation is
1.25% and Aaa Volatility Proxy is 9.0%.
Moody's net loss expectation and Aaa Volatility Proxy are based on an
analysis of the credit quality of the underlying collateral, historical
performance trends, the ability of JDCC to perform the servicing
functions, and current expectations for future economic conditions.
The 1.25% expected loss for the 2011 securitized pool is
lower than the expected loss of 1.75% on the JDOT 2010 pool,
the most recent transaction of JDCC. This decrease is largely driven
by a shift in the composition of the current pool in favor of the better-performing
agricultural equipment collateral (approximately 75% of the JDOT
2011 pool, as compared to 65% in the JDOT 2010 pool),
as well as the expectation of continued benign performance trends in both
the agricultural and construction equipment segments of the pool.
Data provided by JDCC indicated marked increases in delinquencies,
repossessions and losses for its construction and forestry portfolio,
the majority of which is construction loans, during 2009 and 2010.
However, that trend has since reversed, as losses dropped
from 3.61% in 2009 to 1.62% in 2010.
The performance of the agricultural and turf portfolio, the majority
of which is agricultural equipment loans, has remained quite good,
with losses of 0.04% and 0.03% 2009 and 2010,
The principal methodology used in rating the transaction was "Moody's
Approach to Rating Securities Backed By Equipment Leases and Loans" published
April 2, 2007.
The V Score for this transaction is assessed as Low/Medium, the
same as the V score assigned to the U.S. Agricultural and
Construction Equipment Loan ABS sector. This reflects a better
than average or lower than average volatility with regards to the critical
assumptions used in the rating process. This also reflects excellent
governance as well as better than average disclosure of securitization
collateral and ongoing performance. The quality of governance of
the transaction is better than for the sector, largely as a result
of the relatively strong financial stability of the servicer, which
is rated A2/P-1, Outlook Stable. Other components
of the V Score are in line with the sector score. Moody's V Scores
provide a relative assessment of the quality of available credit information
and the potential variability around the various inputs to a rating determination.
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Moody's Parameter Sensitivities: If the expected loss used in determining
the initial rating were changed from 1.25% to 2.75%,
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VP - Senior Credit Officer
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Gregory J. Gemson
Structured Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service
Moody's Investors Service
Moody's assigns highest provisional ratings to John Deere Owner Trust 2011 equipment ABS notes
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