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Rating Action:

Moody's upgrades ratings on $21.4 million of SF CDO notes issued by C-BASS CBO IX Limited

14 Nov 2014

New York, November 14, 2014 -- Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the ratings on notes issued by C-BASS CBO IX Limited:

U.S.$10,000,000 Class B Third Priority Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes, Due 2039 (current outstanding balance of $9,388,820), Upgraded to B2 (sf); previously on March 20, 2014 Upgraded to Caa2 (sf)

U.S.$12,000,000 Class C Fourth Priority Secured Floating Rate Deferrable Interest Notes Due April 2039, Upgraded to Caa3 (sf); previously on September 24, 2013 Upgraded to Ca (sf)

RATINGS RATIONALE

These rating actions are due primarily to the deleveraging of the senior notes and an increase in the transaction's over-collateralization ratios since March 2014. The Class A-2 Notes have been paid down in full and Class B notes have been paid down by approximately $0.6 million or 7% since that time. Based on Moody's calculation, the OC ratios for the Class B and Class C notes are currently at 222.2% and 97.5%, respectively, versus 151.7% and 81.4% in March 2014.

Methodology Underlying the Rating Action

The principal methodology used in this rating was "Moody's Approach to Rating SF CDOs," published in March 2014. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

Factors That Would Lead To an Upgrade or Downgrade of the Rating:

This transaction is subject to a number of factors and circumstances that could lead to either an upgrade or downgrade of the ratings, as described below:

1) Macroeconomic uncertainty: Primary causes of uncertainty about assumptions are the extent of any slowdown in growth in the current macroeconomic environment and in the residential real estate property markets. The residential real estate property market is subject to uncertainty about housing prices; the pace of residential mortgage foreclosures, loan modifications and refinancing; the unemployment rate; and interest rates.

2) Deleveraging: One source of uncertainty in this transaction is whether deleveraging from unscheduled principal proceeds, recoveries from defaulted assets, and excess interest proceeds will continue and at what pace. Faster deleveraging than Moody's expects could have a significant impact on the notes' ratings.

3) Recovery of defaulted assets: The amount of recoveries received from defaulted assets reported by the trustee and those that Moody's assumes as having defaulted as well as the timing of these recoveries create additional uncertainty. Moody's analyzed defaulted assets assuming no recoveries, and therefore, realization of any recoveries in the future would positively impact the notes' ratings.

4) Lack of portfolio granularity: The performance of the portfolio depends to a large extent on the credit conditions of a few large obligors Moody's rates Caa1 or lower, especially if they jump to default. Because of the deal's lack of granularity, Moody's supplemented its analysis with a individual scenario analysis.

Loss and Cash Flow Analysis

Moody's applies a Monte Carlo simulation framework in Moody's CDOROM™ to model the loss distribution for SF CDOs. The simulated defaults and recoveries for each of the Monte Carlo scenarios define the reference pool's loss distribution. Moody's then uses the loss distribution as an input in the CDOEdge™ cash flow model.

In addition to the base case analysis, Moody's also conducted sensitivity analyses to test the impact of a number of default probabilities on the rated notes. Below is a summary of the impact of different default probabilities on all of the rated notes (by the difference in the number of notches versus the current model output, for which a positive difference corresponds to lower expected loss):

Ba1 and below ratings notched up by two rating notches:

Class B: +3

Class C: +1

Class D: 0

Ba1 and below ratings notched down by two notches:

Class B: -3

Class C: 0

Class D: 0

REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

For further specification of Moody's key rating assumptions and sensitivity analysis, see the sections Methodology Assumptions and Sensitivity to Assumptions of the disclosure form.

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.

Moody's describes its loss and cash flow analysis in the section "Ratings Rationale" of this press release.

As the section on loss and cash flow analysis describes, Moody's quantitative analysis entails an evaluation of scenarios that stress factors contributing to sensitivity of ratings and take into account the likelihood of severe collateral losses or impaired cash flows. Moody's weights the impact on the rated instruments based on its assumptions of the likelihood of the events in such scenarios occurring.

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Simran Sangari
Analyst
Structured Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service, Inc.
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David Ham
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Moody's upgrades ratings on $21.4 million of SF CDO notes issued by C-BASS CBO IX Limited
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