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Rating Action:

Moody's downgrades notes in GC FTGENCAT CAIXA TARRAGONA 1, FTA, Spanish SME ABS

10 Jun 2011

EUR42.5 million of rated securities affected

Frankfurt am Main, June 10, 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service has today downgraded the class C notes issued by GC FTGENCAT CAIXA TARRAGONA 1, Fondo de Titulización de Activos, Spanish SME ABS (CAIXA TARRAGONA 1). The ratings of class AG and AS remain on review for downgrade pending the outcome of proposals by the transactions' sponsors to mitigate operational risk. At the same time, we confirmed the rating of class B. A list of the ratings affected by today's action can be found at the end of this press release.

RATINGS RATIONALE

Today's rating action concludes the review that Moody's initiated in November 2010 due to weaker-than-expected performance. Moody's analysis also took into account the credit quality of the underlying SME loan portfolio. Based on this analysis, the rating agency determined: (i) its cumulative default and recovery rate; and (ii) its volatility assumption. The analysis also took into account the transaction structure, as assessed under Moody's cash flow analysis. The expected cumulative default-rate and volatility assumptions are the two key parameters that the rating agency uses to calibrate its default distribution curve, which in turn is included in the cash flow model used to rate European ABS transactions.

-- PERFORMANCE

Historically, this transaction has generally performed in line with, or better than, Moody's Spanish SME delinquency index ("Spanish SME March 2011 Indices", May 2011). As of March 2011, 90- to 360-day delinquencies represented 1.1% of the current pool balance, compared with an index average of 2.2%. As of April 2011, cumulative 90-day delinquencies stood at 6.5% of the original balance plus replenishment. This compares to an initial default assumption of 12.0%, while the pool factor is at 59.2% of the original balance plus replenishment. As of the last reporting date, the reserve fund was drawn (85.5% of its target) and cumulative write-offs had reached 2.4% of the original pool balance. Ninety-day to 12-month delinquencies now stand at 0.9% of the current pool balance.

-- KEY REVISED ASSUMPTIONS: CUMULATIVE DEFAULT, VOLATILITY AND RECOVERY

Moody's has reassessed its lifetime default expectation for CAIXA TARRAGONA 1's collateral pool. This reassessment factored in the weak collateral performance to date and any likely further performance deterioration of the pool in the current down cycle. In doing so, the rating agency took into account the transaction's exposure to the real-estate market (33.3% of the current pool according to Moody's classification).

Moody's assumes a default probability for SME debtors operating in the real-estate sector to be equivalent to a rating in the single-B range. This takes into account the rating agency's outlook for the Spanish real-estate sector. Moody's also assumes the default probability of non-real-estate debtors to be in the low Ba/high B range and estimates the remaining weighted-average life of the portfolio to be 4.1 years. Consequently, these revised assumptions have translated into a rise in the cumulative mean default assumption for the current portfolio, equal to 16.5% of the current portfolio balance. This default assumption corresponds to an equivalent rating of B2 over the portfolio weighted average life. This implies a revised cumulative mean default for the entire transaction (since closing) equal to 15.8% of the total securitised pool, compared with 12% at closing.

The portfolio includes a large exposure to a few borrowers, with the largest borrower representing 3.4% of the portfolio, and the top 5 and top 10 borrowers representing 12.7% and 17.1%, respectively. Moody's made a conservative assumption of the default probability equivalent to a Caa2 rating of the borrowers, which represented more than 2% of the pool. Given the pool heterogeneity (with an effective number of borrowers of 190), Moody's used a Monte Carlo simulation to derive the gross default distribution. As a result of the simulation, the coefficient of variation reached 50%, compared with 60% at closing. The prepayment rate was reduced to 5% from a 7% assumption at closing.

Moody's now assumes a 60% stochastic recovery rate, compared with a 60% fixed recovery rate assumed at closing. This revised assumption: (i) takes into consideration the fact that 85% of the portfolio benefits from a mortgage guarantee; and (ii) factors in an analysis of the real-estate collateral's nature and value. Moody's analysed various sensitivities of cumulative default rates to test the robustness of its revised ratings. For instance, Moody's observed that the quantitative/model-indicated rating outcome of the class AS, AG and B notes would remain consistent with the revised rating if the mean default assumptions increased up to 18.0% of its revised value (19.5% vs. 16.5% base case assumption).

-- OPERATIONAL AND COUNTERPARTY RISK

Following the downgrade of the transaction servicer, Catalunya Caixa, to Ba1/NP from A3/P-2 in March 2011, the transaction documents contemplate the appointment of a back-up servicer. Moody's has been informed by the transaction's management company (gestora) that they have engaged in discussions with a potential party to act as back-up servicer. As a result, Moody's maintains on review for downgrade the ratings of the class AG, AS notes pending the outcome of the proposal related to the back-up servicing arrangement.

-- TRANSACTION

CAIXA TARRAGONA 1 is a securitisation of loans granted to SMEs in Catalonia that closed in June 2008. In April 2011, the portfolio comprised 1,881 loans. Most of the loans were originated between 2004 and 2008. The portfolio is 100% exposed to the region of Catalonia and tranche AG benefits from a guarantee from the Generalitat de Catalunya.

RATINGS LIST

....EUR25.7M B Certificate, Confirmed at A3(sf); previously on 10 November 2010, A3(sf) Placed on Review for Downgrade

....EUR16.8M C Certificate, Downgraded to B2(sf); previously on 10 November 2010, Baa3(sf) Placed on Review for Downgrade

PREVIOUS RATING ACTIONS AND PRINCIPAL METHODOLOGIES

Please see ratings tab on the issuer/entity page on Moodys.com for the last rating action and the rating history.

The principal methodology used in this rating was Moody's Approach to Rating CDOs of SMEs in Europe published in February 2007. The other methodologies used were 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 published in March 2009 and Moody's Approach to Rating Granular SME Transactions in Europe, Middle East and Africa published in June 2007.

Moody's used its excel-based cash flow model, Moody's ABSROM™, as part of its quantitative analysis of the transaction. Moody's ABSROM™ model enables users to model various features of a standard European ABS transaction including: (i) the specifics of the default distribution of the assets, their portfolio amortisation profile, yield or recoveries; and (ii) the specific priority of payments, triggers, swaps and reserve funds on the liability side of the ABS structure. Moody's ABSROM™ User Guide is available on Moody's website and covers the model's functionality as well as providing a comprehensive index of the user inputs and outputs. MOODY'S CDOROMv2.8™ was used to estimate the default distribution.

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 month.

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Moody's downgrades notes in GC FTGENCAT CAIXA TARRAGONA 1, FTA, Spanish SME ABS
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