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Moody's confirms the rating of the Class B EMEA CMBS Notes issued by DECO 5 -- UK Large Loan 1 plc

17 Feb 2012

GBP 13.5 million of CMBS affected

London, 17 February 2012 -- Moody's Investors Service has today confirmed the rating of the Class B Notes issued by DECO 5 -- UK Large Loan 1 plc (the "Issuer") (amounts reflecting the initial outstanding amount):

GBP13.5M B Certificate, Confirmed at Aa3 (sf); previously on Aug 26, 2011 Aa3 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

At the same time, Moody's affirmed the ratings of the Class A1 and Class A2 Notes as follows:

GBP212.1M A1 Certificate, Affirmed at Aaa (sf); previously on Oct 4, 2005 Definitive Rating Assigned Aaa (sf)

GBP56.5M A2 Certificate, Affirmed at Aa2 (sf); previously on Jul 30, 2009 Downgraded to Aa2 (sf)

Today's rating action concludes the review for possible downgrade that was initiated for the Class B Notes on 26 August 2011.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The confirmation of the Class B Notes follows Moody's conclusion that the risk of future interest shortfalls to the Notes has been substantially mitigated by the actions of various transaction parties. Since the interest shortfall on the Notes on the July 2011 interest payment date ("IPD"), there has not been further interest shortfalls and the deferred interest from July 2011 has been paid to the noteholders. Moreover, the transaction parties have entered into a restructuring agreement whereby the excess spread that was available to be paid to the Class X Certificate Holder will be trapped in an account of the Issuer. This is to ensure that, going forward, the Issuer will have access to additional funds in case of increased costs that could have previously resulted interest shortfalls to the Class B Notes.

As part of its analysis, Moody's also reviewed the performance of the transaction collateral. The key parameters in Moody's analysis are the default probability of the securitised loan (both during the term and at maturity) as well as Moody's value assessment for the properties securing the single loan securitised in this transaction. Moody's derives from those parameters a loss expectation for the securitised pool.

Based on Moody's revised assessment of these parameters, the loss expectation for the loan remained broadly unchanged which resulted in the affirmation of the Class A1 and Class A2, and the confirmation of the Class B Notes. Moody's increased default probability assessment for the maturity of the loan in October 2012 has been offset by a revised portfolio value for the underlying assets that translates into a note-to-value ratio of 50% for the Class A1 Notes, 64% for the Class A2 Notes and 67% for the Class B Notes.

In general, Moody's analysis reflects a forward-looking view of the likely range of commercial real estate collateral performance over the medium term. From time to time, Moody's may, if warranted, change these expectations. Performance that falls outside an acceptable range of the key parameters such as property value or loan refinancing probability for instance, may indicate that the collateral's credit quality is stronger or weaker than Moody's had anticipated when the related securities ratings were issued. Even so, a deviation from the expected range will not necessarily result in a rating action nor does performance within expectations preclude such actions . There may be mitigating or offsetting factors to an improvement or decline in collateral performance, such as increased subordination levels due to amortisation and loan re- prepayments or a decline in subordination due to realised losses.

Primary sources of assumption uncertainty are the current stressed macro-economic environment and continued weakness in the occupational and lending markets. Moody's anticipates (i) delayed recovery in the lending market persisting through 2013, while remaining subject to strict underwriting criteria and heavily dependent on the underlying property quality, (ii) strong differentiation between prime and secondary properties, with further value declines expected for non-prime properties, and (iii) occupational markets will remain under pressure in the short term and will only slowly recover in the medium term in line with anticipated economic recovery. Overall, Moody's central global macroeconomic scenario is for a material slowdown in growth in 2012 for most of the world's largest economies fueled by fiscal consolidation efforts, household and banking sector deleveraging and persistently high unemployment levels. We expect a mild recession in the Euro area.

As noted in Moody's comment 'Rising Severity of Euro Area Sovereign Crisis Threatens Credit Standing of All EU Sovereigns' (28 November 2011), the risk of sovereign defaults or the exit of countries from the Euro area is rising. As a result, Moody's could lower the maximum achievable rating for structured finance transactions in some countries, which could result in rating downgrades.

INTEREST DEFERRAL TO CLASS B NOTES

The interest shortfall of GBP 27.6k on the July 2011 IPD was repaid to the Class B Notes on the following IPD in October. The shortfall in July was caused by a one-time increase in the Issuer level costs for the period which were not absorbed by the excess spread in the transaction. Specifically, the spike in costs was due to an adjustment relating to an erroneous use of the Issuer profit to pay Issuer level costs on past IPDs.

In this transaction, due to the limited excess spread coming from the interest payment on the loan, the Issuer runs the risk of not having sufficient funds to fully pay the administrative costs and the interest due on all classes of Notes. Moody's understands that the issue is more prevalent on certain IPDs (October & January) when there are concentrations of administrative costs borne by the Issuer.

Subsequent to the interest deferral on the Class B Notes and before the January 2012 IPD, transaction parties including the Class X Certificate Holder entered into a restructuring agreement. According to this agreement, the excess spread that would otherwise be paid to the Class X Notes will instead be deposited in a new account of the Issuer. The Issuer will be able utilise these funds to cover for administrative costs that if paid with only the interest income available to it, would result in an interest shortfall to the Class B Notes.

Having analysed the remedy put in place by the transaction parties, Moody's is of the opinion that the excess spread which will be trapped should be sufficient to cover for potential shortfalls in Issuer income for the remainder of the transaction term.

MOODY'S PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS

DECO 5 -- UK Large Loan 1 plc closed in October 2005 and represents the true-sale securitisation of a GBP 282.1 million loan secured by a property portfolio of three office properties in London. The loan has been granted RREEF Investment GmbH as asset manager on behalf of the German open-ended real estate fund Grundbesitz Europa. The fixed rate, interest only loan matures in October 2012. The loan is current and no disruptions have occurred to the interest payments to date including the January 2012 IPD. The reported interest coverage ratio on the loan is 2.12x as per January 2012.

Tower Place is the largest building securing the loan with 52% of the underwriter's ("U/W") property value of the portfolio. It is located next to the Tower of London and is predominantly let to Marsh & McLennan entities under a lease until 2028 that is guaranteed by Marsh & McLennan Inc (Baa2/P-2). The second property (26% by U/W value) is in the West End of London on St. James' Street and is leased to HSBC Bank plc (Aa2, on review for possible downgrade) until 2023. The third property, Northcliffe House in the City of London (22% by U/W value) is leased to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on a lease until August 2021 with a break option in August 2018.

Apart from mortgages on the properties, the loan is secured by -- inter alia -- an assignment of the indemnification claim of the fund manager against the real estate fund, which effectively gives recourse to all unencumbered assets of the fund. As per December 2011, the fund reports to own EUR 2.8 billion of real estate assets while holding liquid assets of EUR 1.1 billion and being granted loans that total EUR 740 million.

In its review of the transaction, Moody's attributed a value of GBP 422 million (-9% to U/W value) to the property portfolio which took into account the good quality of the underlying assets with long leases to relatively creditworthy tenants. Based on its portfolio value, Moody's estimates the loan-to-value ratio at the refinancing date as 67%.

Compared with its previous review of the transaction and in line with Moody's latest Central Scenarios per 2012, Moody's refinancing risk assessment for the loan has increased. However, default risk on the loan's maturity date still remains low. This is due to a combination of factors including (i) the attractiveness of the underlying portfolio with its location and lease profile, (ii) the relatively moderate leverage of the loan, and (iii) the experience of the asset manager in addition to the regulated nature of German open-ended real estate funds.

The methodologies used in this rating were Moody's Approach to Real Estate Analysis for CMBS in EMEA: Portfolio Analysis (MoRE Portfolio) published in April 2006, and Update on Moody's Real Estate Analysis for CMBS Transactions in EMEA published in June 2005. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of these methodologies.

Other factors used in this rating are described in European CMBS: 2012 Central Scenarios published in February 2012.

The updated assessment is a result of Moody's on-going surveillance of commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) transactions. Moody's prior rating action is summarised in a press release dated 26 August 2011. The last Performance Overview for this transaction was published on 10 November 2011.

In rating this transaction, Moody's used both MoRE Portfolio and MoRE Cash Flow to model the cash-flows and determine the loss for each tranche. MoRE Portfolio evaluates a loss distribution by simulating the defaults and recoveries of the underlying portfolio of loans using a Monte Carlo simulation. This portfolio loss distribution, in conjunction with the loss timing calculated in MoRE Portfolio is then used in MoRE Cash Flow, where for each loss scenario on the assets, the corresponding loss for each class of notes is calculated taking into account the structural features of the notes. As such, Moody's analysis encompasses the assessment of stressed scenarios.

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Moody's did not receive or take into account a third-party assessment on the due diligence performed regarding the underlying assets or financial instruments related to the monitoring of this transaction in the past six months.

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Moody's confirms the rating of the Class B EMEA CMBS Notes issued by DECO 5 -- UK Large Loan 1 plc
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