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Moody's rates Fideicomiso Financiero Albanesi Gas Clase 02 in Argentina

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Global Credit Research - 21 Dec 2010

Buenos Aires, December 21, 2010 -- Moody's Latin America (Moody's) has rated the Debt Securities and Certificates issued under Fideicomiso Financiero Albanesi Gas Clase 02, by Equity Trust Company (Argentina) S.A., acting solely in its capacity as issuer and trustee.

ARS 74,900,000 in Class A Debt Securities of "Fideicomiso Financiero Albanesi Gas Clase 02", rated Aa3.ar (sf) (Argentine National Scale) and B2 (sf) (Global Scale, Local Currency)

ARS 27,572,930 in Certificates of "Fideicomiso Financiero Albanesi Gas Clase 02", rated Ca.ar (sf) (Argentine National Scale) and Ca (sf) (Global Scale, Local Currency)

RATING RATIONALE

The ratings are based on the following factors:

- The credit enhancement provided through an initial overcollateralization of approximately 26.9%.

- The partial mitigation of the regulatory risks when compared to other similar transactions issued in the Argentine market.

- The absence of construction risk, as the construction of the pipelines corresponding to this transaction has been finalized.

- The ability of Rafael G. Albanesi S.A. (RGA) to act as the technical operator in the transaction, provide the gas transportation capacity on an ongoing basis and suspend the gas transportation service if carriers default.

- The mitigation of commingling risk as the carriers will be paying directly into the trust account.

- The structural protections of the transaction, such as a turbo sequential payment structure and the availability of various reserve accounts, including a fixed-amount expense reserve fund and a liquidity reserve fund equivalent to the next interest payment on the Class A securities.

RGA, a gas and electricity broker located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, entered into take-or-pay gas transmission agreements (Ofertas de Servicio de Transporte Firme) with industrial companies located in Argentina (the carriers), which are also clients of RGA.

Under these agreements, the carriers receive gas transportation capacity and are obliged to make certain fixed payments on a monthly basis ("Amortization"), which are the main underlying assets that back the repayment of the rated debt.

Class A will bear a floating interest rate of BADLAR plus 549 basis points, with a minimum of 16.5% and a maximum of 24%. Class A will have monthly principal amortizations.

The credit enhancement in this transaction is provided mainly through overcollateralization (OC). The initial OC for the benefit of Class A holders is of approximately 26.90% resulting from discounting the fixed cashflow owned by the trust using an annual discount rate of 25%, which has been defined in the transaction's documents. The transaction has a turbo sequential payment structure and no interest or principal will be paid to the subordinated Certificates until the Class A is paid in full.

The transaction will also benefit from a liquidity reserve fund equivalent to the next interest payment on the Class A securities.

The gas industry in Argentina is highly regulated. The Argentine Government -through ENARGAS, the gas industry regulator- has the authority to determine gas transmission and distribution systems, prices, required investments and fundamentally the gas charges that were established to repay infrastructure projects.

Although the underlying assets in this transaction are not the gas charges established by ENARGAS but the repayment of the advances on the above mentioned gas charges made by RGA, Moody's believes that there is a risk that changes in the regulatory framework of the gas industry in Argentina could affect this transaction.

Moody's evaluated the sufficiency of the credit enhancement by stressing the cashflows under several scenarios, including the default of the carriers. In the cashflow model, the carriers will default based on their current (or estimated) rating levels. Moody's assumed that defaulting carriers in the pool would not be substituted with another carrier. The model applies a haircut to the future payments from the carriers based on their current rating level.

Moody's run a Montecarlo simulation with 10,000 iterations to determine the expected loss for each of the rated tranches.

The factors that could lead to a downgrade of the transaction include: changes to the regulatory and legal framework of the gas industry in Argentina that could affect the underlying assets, an increase of the defaults of the carriers over Moody's expectations, and a decline in the credit quality of RGA.

However, Moody's believes that the dependence of the transaction on RGA's performance is mitigated by the following factors: (i) first, obligors have been notified to pay directly into the trust account; as a result, there is no commingling of funds with funds in RGA accounts, (ii) second, the role of RGA is limited to dispatch and order the gas transportation capacity, and (iii) RGA's role could be assumed by a different company in the future.

The main source of uncertainty for this transaction is the regulatory and legal framework for the gas industry in Argentina. As discussed above, ENARGAS determines the gas charges that were established to repay infrastructure projects. Although the underlying receivables backing the rated debt are not the gas charges themselves but the repayment of the advances on the gas charges made by RGA, there is a risk that changes in the regulatory framework could affect this transaction.

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 did not receive or take into account a third party due diligence report on the underlying assets or financial instruments in this transaction.

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Martin Fernandez Romero
Vice President - Senior Analyst
Structured Finance Group
Moody's Latin America, Calificadora de Riesgo
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Structured Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service
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Moody's rates Fideicomiso Financiero Albanesi Gas Clase 02 in Argentina
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