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Rating Action:

Moody's takes action on $533 million of manufactured housing deals issued by Vanderbilt Mortgage between 1999 and 2003

27 Jan 2012

New York, January 27, 2012 -- Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the ratings of 11 manufactured housing loans-backed securities (MH) aggregating $118 million from 6 transactions, upgraded the ratings of 3 MH securities aggregating $18 million from 3 transactions, and confirmed the ratings of 9 MH securities aggregating $164 million from 7 transactions. Moody's has also withdrawn the ratings of 20 subordinate tranches aggregating $233 million from 15 transactions. These tranches are backed by a corporate guarantee from Vanderbilt's parent, Clayton Homes Inc, whose rating has recently been withdrawn. The collateral backing these transactions consists primarily of manufactured housing mortgage loans issued by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The loss projections account for continued weakness in the macro economy and the recent performance of the sector. Cumulative losses have increased modestly to approximately 19% and serious delinquencies, measured as a percentage of outstanding balance, have remained stable at approximately 3%.

Payment deferrals, a common loss mitigation tool, mask true delinquencies and can account for up to half of the outstanding pool balance. Deferments are granted to borrowers who could not pay the full arrears but have demonstrated the ability to make future installments. Repayment plans are the capitalization of past due payments to cure the delinquencies. While deferrals can reduce overall default rates, deferred accounts that are re-classified as current are still riskier than loans that have been contractually current. Re-default rates on deferred accounts are similar to subprime borrowers at 65%.

To estimate losses, Moody's first forecasted losses on the loans that had a payment deferral based on 65% re-default rates and 85% severity assumptions. Secondly, losses were projected on the remaining loans that have not had any payment deferral based on our annual conditional prepayment rates (CPR), annual constant default rates (CDR), and 85% severity assumptions.

The CPR rate is derived from the average of actual CPR observed over the last six months. The CDR rate is based on pipeline defaults -- derived from days-aged delinquencies and Moody's assumptions for default based on days delinquent or REO (15% for 30 days delinquent loans, 30% for 60 days delinquent loans, 90% for more than 90 days delinquent loans, and 100% for loans in REO). Moody's has further assumed that both CDR and CPR will remain constant over the life of each deal. A sudden reversal in the existing trend of projected prepayments, defaults and losses is not anticipated for these deals as they are well seasoned.

The losses from loans that had a deferral and those from the remaining loans based on the CPR-CDR approach are weighed to calculate the total projected loss for the deal.

The Baa1 (sf) ratings on the securities withdrawn today were based on a corporate guaranty from Vanderbilt's parent, Clayton Homes, Inc. On November 15, 2011 Moody's withdrew Clayton Homes' long-term issuer rating of Baa1 due to insufficient or otherwise inadequate information to support the maintenance of the rating. As the ratings on the affected Manufactured Housing securities reflected the strength of the corporate guaranty from Clayton, Moody's has concluded that with the withdrawal of the long-term rating on Clayton Homes, it no longer has the ability to assess the value of this guaranty to these securities. As a result, Moody's is withdrawing the ratings on these securities. The guaranty is the primary source of enhancement to these securities. Without this guaranty many of these securities would see their rating migrate to Caa1 (sf) or lower.

Moody's has withdrawn the rating because it believes it has insufficient or otherwise inadequate information to support the maintenance of the rating. Please refer to the Moody's Investors Service's Policy for Withdrawal of Credit Ratings, available on its Web site, www.moodys.com.

Rating Actions

To assess the rating implications, Moody's calculated a deal specific loss projection and compared it to the tranches' credit enhancement from subordination; excess spread; and reserve account and third-party support (if any) and the timing of principal repayment. The actions for bonds rated Aaa, Aa, A, and Baa considered where full expected principal repayment exceeds 5, 7, 10, and 10 years respectively because of uncertainty of cash flows and losses.

The primary source of assumption uncertainty is the current macroeconomic environment, in which unemployment levels remain high, and weakness persists in the housing market. Moody's now projects house price index to reach a bottom in early 2012, with approximately 3% remaining decline in 2012, and unemployment rate to start declining, albeit slowly, as the year progresses.

The principal methodology used in these ratings was "Moody's Approach to Rating US Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities" published in December 2008. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

Other methodologies and factors that may have been considered in the process of rating this issuer can also be found on Moody's website.

For more information please see www.moodys.com.

Complete rating actions are as follows:

Issuer: Manufactured Housing Contract Senior/ Subordinate Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2001-A

Cl. A-5, Downgraded to A2 (sf); previously on Mar 30, 2009 Downgraded to A1 (sf)

Cl. B-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Acquisition Loan Trust (VALT) Manufactured Housing Contract, Series 2002-1

Cl. A-4, Confirmed at Aaa (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Aaa (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-5, Downgraded to Aa3 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Aa2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. M-1, Downgraded to A3 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 A2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. B-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. 1999A

IA-6, Downgraded to A3 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 A2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

IM-1, Downgraded to Baa3 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

IB-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

IIB-3, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Senior/Subordinate Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2002-B

Cl. A-5, Confirmed at A1 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 A1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. M-1, Confirmed at Baa2 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Baa2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. B-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. 2000A

Cl. IM-1, Confirmed at A2 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 A2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. IIA-1, Downgraded to Aa1 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Aaa (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. IB-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. IIB-3, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. 2000-B

Cl. IM-1, Confirmed at Baa2 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Baa2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. IB-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. IIB-3, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. 2000-C

Cl. M-1, Upgraded to Ba2 (sf); previously on Dec 16, 2010 Downgraded to B1 (sf)

Cl. B-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. 2002-C

Cl. M-1, Upgraded to Ba3 (sf); previously on Dec 16, 2010 Downgraded to B1 (sf)

Cl. B-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Series 1999-C

IA-5, Downgraded to A3 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Aa3 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

IM-1, Downgraded to Ba1 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 A2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

IB-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

IIB-3, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Series 1999-D

Cl. IA-5, Downgraded to A2 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 A1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. IIA-1, Downgraded to Aa1 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Aaa (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. IM-1, Downgraded to Ba1 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Baa2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. IB-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. IIB-4, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Series 2001-B

Cl. A-4, Confirmed at Aaa (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Aaa (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. B-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Series 2001-C

Cl. B-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Series 2002-A

Cl. M-1, Upgraded to Ba1 (sf); previously on Dec 16, 2010 Downgraded to B2 (sf)

Cl. B-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Series 2003-A

Cl. M-1, Confirmed at Baa2 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Baa2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. B-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc., Series 2000-D

Cl. A-5, Confirmed at Aa3 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Aa3 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. M-1, Confirmed at Baa1 (sf); previously on Nov 2, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. B-2, Withdrawn (sf); previously on Nov 18, 2011 Baa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

A list of these actions including CUSIP identifiers, updated estimated pool losses, and sensitivity analysis may be found at:

Excel: http://www.moodys.com/viewresearchdoc.aspx?docid=PBS_SF273719

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