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Moody's downgrades four classes of pan-European CMBS Notes issued by Silenus (European Loan Conduit No. 25) Limited

Global Credit Research - 25 Feb 2011

Approximately EUR 1041 million debt securities downgraded

London, 25 February 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service has today downgraded the following classes of Notes issued by SILENUS (European Loan Conduit No. 25) Limited (ELoC 25) (amounts reflect initial outstandings):

EUR1035M Class A Notes, downgraded to Aa3 (sf); previously on 27 May 2009 downgraded to Aa2 (sf)

EUR60M Class B Notes, downgraded to Ba1 (sf); previously on 27 May 2009 downgraded to Baa2 (sf)

EUR63M Class C Notes, downgraded to B2 (sf); previously on 27 May 2009 downgraded to Ba3 (sf)

EUR46M Class D Notes, downgraded to Caa2 (sf); previously on 27 May 2009 downgraded to B3 (sf)

At the same time, Moody's has affirmed the rating of the Class X Notes. Moody's does not rate the Class E, Class F or Class G Notes issued by ELoC 25. Today's rating action takes Moody's updated central scenarios into account, as described in Moody's Special Report "EMEA CMBS: 2011 Central Scenarios" published 2 February 2011.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The key parameters in Moody's analysis are the default probability of the securitised loans (both during the term and at maturity) as well as Moody's updated value assessment for the properties securing the loans. From those parameters a loss expectation can be derived for the securitised pool. Based on Moody's updated assessment, the loss expectation for the pool has increased materially since the last review in May 2009.

The rating downgrade of the Class A, B, C and D Notes today is mainly due to (i) Moody's re-assessment of the refinancing risk of the loans and (ii) a review of the expected property values which back the loans in the pool.

Moody's expects a greater proportion of the loans to default at their respective maturity dates, compared to the last review in 2009. Almost one third (31.9%) of the pool matures in 2011, and while overall transaction leverage is moderate at 68% on a whole loan underwritten basis, the majority of the valuations have not been updated since 2006. By way of contrast, Moody's whole loan refinancing LTV is 85.7%.

By 2013, all loans except for the Eurocastle Retail D-Portfolio Loan and the Tishman Munich Elisenhof Loan (23.4% in total) will have reached their final maturity date, if not extended. Moody's believes that there is less availability of financing for commercial real estate loans compared with when the loans were originated. In addition, stricter underwriting criteria are currently in place for CRE lending in Europe. Moody's believes that lenders currently prefer to underwrite at lower LTV ratios and on properties at the "prime" end of the quality spectrum. As Moody's central scenarios do not expect the lending markets to return to their former state for the next two years, finding refinancing for the loans in the pool is likely to be more difficult than it was at closing. Furthermore, certain properties backing the loans are facing reducing cashflows in the future as evidenced by projected ICRs, mainly due to lease roll-over and non-renewals of existing leases which may also impact the future refinancing of those loans.

A mitigating factor in today's rating action has been the good coverage levels across the loan pool. Average portfolio DSCR is 2.23x, an improvement from the 1.80x closing figure: this should allow some loans to carry on servicing their debt even if they default at maturity, and to carry on paying interest throughout the resolution process. For the most part, Moody's assumption for term default risk has slightly improved since the last review, although not enough to offset the increased refinancing risk.

The ratings are also negatively impacted by the principal allocation rules -- a significant portion of the pool needs to enter special servicing, and to remain there, before principal proceeds can be allocated to bondholders sequentially. Moody's modelled several prepayment scenarios, including the scenario where the Defense Plaza loan successfully repays in May 2011, and the ratings under that scenario would still be within acceptable ranges and not alter today's rating outcome.

Moody's analysis reflects a forward-looking view of the likely range of 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 may indicate that the collateral's credit quality is stronger or weaker than Moody's had anticipated during current review. Even so, deviation from the expected range will not necessarily result in a rating action. 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 2012, while remaining subject to strict underwriting criteria and heavily dependent on the underlying property quality, (ii) values will overall stabilise but with a strong differentiation between prime and secondary 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 the anticipated economic recovery. Overall, Moody's central global scenario remains 'hooked-shaped' for 2011; we expect sluggish recovery in most of the world's largest economies, returning to trend growth rate with elevated fiscal deficits and persistent unemployment levels.

MOODY'S PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS

ELoC 25 is a securitisation of 15 loans secured by 182 commercial properties located in France (42.2%), Germany (33.3%) and Italy. The properties comprise offices (61%), retail (23%), multi-family residential accommodation (7.5%), while other varied property types comprise the remaining portion.

As of the February 2011 interest payment date, the total loan balance was EUR 1,082.3 million, a reduction of approximately EUR 161.0 million since closing. Most of that reduction has come from prepayments: the Castel Romano loan (initially EUR 45 million) fully prepaid, and there have been partial prepayments of the Margaux EDF loan through property disposals. The remaining aggregate loan balance reduction has been through scheduled amortisation. No loan is currently specially serviced and there have been no losses to date. However, eight loans are on the servicer's watchlist for differing reasons.

The largest loan in the pool is the Margaux EDF loan, which represents 17.5% of the current aggregate loan pool balance. The loan is secured by 29 office properties across France, principally occupied by Electricite de France ("EDF") (Aa3, P-1). The loan is amortising, but has also been subject to property disposals, such that its original balance has fallen from EUR 265 million to EUR 189.7 million. The loan is floating-rate and has experienced increased coverage since closing owing to reductions in Euribor. The loan has significant lease roll-over risk, as EDF has been reducing its occupancy across the property portfolio. While current vacancy is low at 3%, future vacancy is expected to increase significantly. The loan matures in 2013, and has a Moody's LTV ratio at refinancing of 91.5%. Moody's assesses the default risk at loan maturity in August 2013 as very high while the term risk is low given the rating of EDF as tenant.

The second largest loan in the pool is the Defense Plaza Loan, which matures in May 2011. The loan is non-amortising, and at EUR 169 million, represents 15.6% of the aggregate current loan pool balance. The loan is watchlisted due to its pending refinancing date. A single prime asset block in La Defense area of Paris backs the loan, and this is multi-let, with the largest tenant being GE Capital Equipment Finance. The coverage on the loan has been good through time. There is also mezzanine financing at hold co level for this property. Moody's LTV ratio for the loan is 73% and the default risk at the maturity date is deemed to be high.

The third largest loan in the pool is the Orazio Portfolio, maturing in October 2012. Although the loan is non-amortising, it must meet decreasing LTV covenants through time, which effectively requires either revaluation of the properties or effective amortisation. The properties backing this EUR 148.6 million loan consist of three offices and 41 supermarkets across Italy, each let to a single tenant. Moody's refinancing LTV for this loan is 84.4%. The current LTV covenant is 82%, and the loan LTV as tested at 31 Jan 2011 was 82.76%. A standstill is in place until end of March 2011. The default risk on this loan is also deemed as being very high.

Portfolio Loss Exposure: Moody's expects a very high amount of losses on the securitised portfolio, stemming mainly from the refinancing profile of the securitised portfolio. Given the default risk profile and the anticipated work-out strategy for defaulted and potentially defaulting loans, these expected losses are likely to crystallise only towards the end of the transaction term.

Sensitivity Analysis: Moody's base case modelling assumes that at least 50% of loan principal will be allocated sequentially, and 50% according to the modified pro-rata allocation rules. Moody's ratings could potentially show sensitivity if subordination levels do not increase as expected through time. Moody's analysed several sensitivity scenarios: in one scenario, all the loans redeem at their scheduled maturity dates between now and 2013, but thereafter all principal received is allocated sequentially; under this scenario only limited rating sensitivity was exhibited.

RATING METHODOLOGY

The principal methodologies used in this rating were "Update on Moody's Real Estate Analysis for CMBS Transaction in EMEA" published in June 2005, and "Moody's Updates on its Surveillance Approach for EMEA CMBS" published in March 2009.

In addition, Moody's publishes a weekly summary of structured finance credit, ratings and methodologies, available to all registered users of our website, at www.moodys.com/SFQuickCheck.

Moody's Investors Service did not receive or take into account a third party due diligence report on the underlying assets or financial instruments related to the monitoring of this transaction in the past six months. Moody's does not have access to the underlying portfolio information relating to the non recoverable costs.

The updated assessment is a result of Moody's on-going surveillance of commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) transactions. Moody's prior review is summarised in a Press Release dated 27 May 2009. The last Performance Overview for this transaction was published on 13 January 2011.

For updated monitoring information, please contact monitor.cmbs@moodys.com. To obtain a copy of Moody's New Issue Report on this transaction, please visit Moody's website at www.moodys.com or contact our Client Service Desk in London (+44-20-7772 5454).

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