JPY5,450 million in Trust Certificates rated provisionally
Tokyo, December 02, 2010 -- Moody's Japan K.K. has assigned the following provisional
ratings to N-SLOT Opus 7 (Temp) CMBS, which is backed by
a non-recourse loan.
The ratings address the expected loss posed to investors by the legal
final maturity. The structure allows for ultimate payments of dividends
and principal by the legal final maturity.
Moody's issues provisional ratings in advance of the final sale of securities.
These ratings, however, represent Moody's preliminary credit
opinions only. Upon a conclusive review of the transaction and
associated documentation, Moody's will endeavor to assign definitive
ratings to the securities. Definitive ratings may differ from provisional
ratings. The provisional ratings are based on information received
as of December 1, 2010.
The complete rating actions are as follows:
Deal Name: N-SLOT Opus 7 (Temp)
Class, Amount, Dividend, Rating, Credit Support*
A, JPY 3,790 million, Fixed, (P)Aa3 (sf),
B, JPY 730 million, Fixed, (P)A3 (sf), 17.1%
C, JPY 930 million, Fixed, (P)Baa3 (sf), 0.1%
R, JPY 3 million, -, Non Rated, 0.0%
* The formula used to calculate the credit support in place for this
Credit support %: A / B, where
A: Total principal amount of the debt subordinate to the rated trust
B: Total debt (JPY 5,453 million)
Scheduled Total Issuance Amount: JPY5.453 billion
Expected Dividend Payments: Quarterly
Expected Closing Date: December 16, 2010
Expected Maturity Date: December 17, 2015
Legal Final Maturity Date: December 17, 2020
Underlying Asset: Anon-recourse loan
Underlying Loan Amount: JPY5.45 billion
Underlying Property: An office building located in Minato-ku,
Originator/Arranger: Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
Trustee: DB Trust Company Limited Japan
Special Servicer: Shinsei Servicing Company
Nomura Securities will entrust the underlying loan to DB Trust,
and upon receipt of trust certificates in return, it will transfer
the trust certificates to investors. Dividends on the trust certificates
will depend on the interest payments on the loan.
The interest rate on the loan is fixed. The waterfalls at the borrower
and the trust levels are sequential. Shinsei Servicer will be in
charge of special servicing the loan.
The transaction has a 3.5-year internal tail period between
the expected and the final maturities (December 16, 2015 and June
16, 2019) of the loan and a 1.5 year tail period at the CMBS
level between the expected maturity of the loan and the legal final maturity
of the trust certificates (December 17, 2020).
The ratings are based mainly on 1) the property's competitiveness
; 2) the waterfalls at the borrower and trust levels; 3) the
credit support provided by the senior/subordinate structure as illustrated
by the loan-to-value (LTV) and stressed DSCR levels;
and 4) the legal and structural integrity of the transaction.
Moody's estimated the credit support levels for each of the rated trust
certificates based on its estimates for the net cash flow and value of
the property, taking into consideration the characteristics of the
underlying loan, historical data on the property, third-party
reports, performance data on existing transactions, and industry
The following are Moody's LTVs and Stressed DSCRs for each rated
class. Moody's considers these numbers appropriate for each
of the ratings.
Total amount of the subject debt and senior to the debt / Moody's Value
for the underlying property
Class A: Closing, 53.4%; Balloon,
Class B: Closing, 63.7%; Balloon,
Class C: Closing, 76.8%; Balloon,
The Balloon LTV in each case is based on the outstanding debt balance
at balloon (the legal final maturity of the underlying loan) as estimated
by Moody's, taking into consideration a trapped cash amount
at the loan level.
Moody's Stressed DSCR:
Moody's Net Cash Flow / (Total amount of the debt in this transaction
and any senior debt × a 6.0% loan constant)
Class A: Closing, 1.69x; Balloon, 2.14x
Class B: Closing, 1.41x; Balloon, 1.72x
Class C: Closing, 1.17x; Balloon, 1.38x
The Balloon Stressed DSCR in each case is based on 1) the outstanding
debt balance at balloon (the legal final maturity of the underlying loan)
as estimated by Moody's, taking into consideration a trapped
cash amount at the loan level and 2) a 6.0% loan constant.
Moody's assumes that, given the structure of the transaction as
well as other factors, the risk of interruption to the cash flow
from the underlying asset in the event of bankruptcy by the Originator
or the Trustee is sufficiently minimized to achieve the ratings assigned.
Moody's has examined the performance of the Special Servicer on existing
transactions and considers it sufficiently capable of servicing the loan,
given its substantial experience in the CMBS industry.
The principal methodology used in this rating was Moody's "Updated:
Moody's Approach to Rating CMBS Transactions in Japan," published
on September 30, 2010, and available on www.moodys.co.jp.
In this rating process, Moody's may have considered other factors.
Moody's received third-party due diligence reports for this transaction,
which did not affect the ratings assigned.
The V Score for this transaction is Medium, which is same as the
Medium V Score assigned to the Japanese Single Borrower CMBS sector.
Moody's V scores provide a relative assessment of the quality of available
credit information and the potential variability of various inputs in
a rating determination. The V score ranks transactions by the potential
for significant rating changes owing to uncertainty about the assumptions
due to data quality, historical performance, the level of
disclosure, transaction complexity, modeling, and the
transaction governance that underlie the ratings. V scores apply
to the entire transaction, not to individual tranches.
If Moody's provides a relative assessment by stressing Moody's
Net Cash Flow and Cap Rate with regard to the underlying asset (to determine
Moody's Value, we have tested three cases, by applying 5%,
15%, or 25% value cuts respectively), the value
cuts give rise to changes in the model indicated Parameter Sensitivity
from the initial ratings to A1, A3, and Baa3 for the Class
A Trust Certificates, Baa1, Baa3, and Ba3 for the Class
B Trust Certificates and Ba1, Ba3, and B3 for the Class C
Parameter sensitivities are not intended to measure how the rating of
the security might migrate over time; rather, they are designed
to provide a quantitative calculation of how the initial rating might
change if key input parameters used in the initial rating process differed.
The analysis assumes that the deal has not aged, and does not factor
structural features such as a sequential payment effect. Parameter
sensitivities reflect only the ratings impact of each scenario from a
Qualitative factors are also taken into consideration in the ratings process,
so the actual ratings that would be assigned in each case could vary from
the information presented in the parameter sensitivity analysis.
The methodologies, Moody's "Updated Report on V Scores and Parameter
Sensitivities for Structured Finance Securities," published on September
30, 2010, and "V Scores and Parameter Sensitivities in the
Asian CMBS Sector," published on September 30, 2010,
are available on www.moodys.co.jp. In addition,
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Moody's assigns provisional ratings to N-SLOT Opus 7 (Temp) CMBS
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