USD $12.8 million of debt securities affected
New York, March 28, 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service announced today that it has upgraded the rating
of the following notes issued by Nicholas-Applegate CBO I:
U.S.$12,830,000 Class C Participating
Notes, Due 2012, Upgraded to Caa3 (sf); previously on
May 5, 2009 Downgraded to C (sf).
According to Moody's, the rating action taken on the notes results
primarily from the delevering of the Class A, Class B-1 and
Class B-2 Notes, which have been paid down by approximately
95% or $28 million since the rating action in June 2010.
Moody's expects the remainder of the Class B-1 and Class
B-2 Notes to be paid in full within six months on the next payment
date in August 2011. In addition to principal pay downs,
excess spread is currently being diverted to pay down the Class B Notes
as a result of the failure of the Class C Par Value Test. As a
result of the delevering, the overcollateralization ratios have
increased since the rating action in June 2010. As of the latest
trustee report dated March 10, 2011, the Class B and Class
C overcollateralization ratios are reported at 1028.4% and
102.1%, respectively, versus May 2010 levels
of 138.8% and 96.6%, respectively.
Due to the impact of revised and updated key assumptions referenced in
"Moody's Approach to Rating Collateralized Loan Obligations" and
"Annual Sector Review (2009): Global CLOs," key
model inputs used by Moody's in its analysis, such as par,
weighted average rating factor, diversity score, and weighted
average recovery rate, may be different from the trustee's reported
numbers. In its base case, Moody's analyzed the underlying
collateral pool to have a performing par and principal proceeds balance
of $11.5 million, defaulted par of $7.5
million, a weighted average default probability of 16.13%
(implying a WARF of 5006), a weighted average recovery rate upon
default of 17.39%, and a diversity score of 5.
These default and recovery properties of the collateral pool are incorporated
in cash flow model analysis where they are subject to stresses as a function
of the target rating of each CLO liability being reviewed. The
default probability is derived from the credit quality of the collateral
pool and Moody's expectation of the remaining life of the collateral
pool. The average recovery rate to be realized on future defaults
is based primarily on the seniority of the assets in the collateral pool.
In each case, historical and market performance trends and collateral
manager latitude for trading the collateral are also factors.
Nicholas-Applegate CBO I, issued in August 2000, is
a collateralized bond obligation backed primarily by a portfolio of senior
The principal methodology used in this rating was"Moody's Approach to
Rating Collateralized Loan Obligations" published in August 2009.
This publication incorporates rating criteria that apply to both collateralized
loan obligations and collateralized bond obligations. Other methodologies
and factors that may have been considered in the process of rating this
issuer can also be found on Moody's website.
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
Moody's modeled the transaction using the Binomial Expansion Technique,
as described in Section 18.104.22.168 of the "Moody's Approach
to Rating Collateralized Loan Obligations" rating methodology published
in August 2009. In addition, due to the low diversity of
the collateral pool, CDOROM 2.6 was used to simulate a default
distribution that was then applied as an input in the cash flow model.
In addition to the base case analysis described above, Moody's
also performed sensitivity analyses to review the impact on all the rated
notes of various default scenarios beyond the default probabilities implied
by Moody's ratings. A default by any of the remaining obligations
in the portfolio could cause the Class C Notes in particular to be undercollateralized
and would adversely impact the rating.
Moody's notes that this transaction is subject to a high level of
macroeconomic uncertainty, as evidenced by 1) uncertainties of credit
conditions in the general economy and 2) the large concentration of speculative-grade
debt maturing between 2012 and 2014 which may create challenges for issuers
to refinance. CDO notes' performance may also be impacted
by 1) the manager's investment strategy and behavior and 2) divergence
in legal interpretation of CDO documentation by different transactional
parties due to embedded ambiguities.
Sources of additional performance uncertainties are described below:
1. Delevering: The main source of uncertainty in this transaction
is whether delevering from unscheduled principal proceeds will continue
and at what pace. Delevering may accelerate due to high prepayment
levels in the bond market and/or collateral sales by the manager,
which may have significant impact on the notes' ratings.
2. Recovery of defaulted assets: Market value fluctuations
in defaulted assets reported by the trustee and those assumed to be defaulted
by Moody's may create volatility in the deal's overcollateralization
levels. Further, the timing of recoveries and the manager's
decision to work out versus sell defaulted assets create additional uncertainties.
Moody's analyzed defaulted recoveries assuming the lower of the
market price and the recovery rate in order to account for potential volatility
in market prices.
3. Lack of portfolio granularity: The performance of the
portfolio depends to a large extent on the credit conditions of a few
large obligors, including some rated Caa and Ca, especially
when they experience jump to default. Due to the deal's low
diversity score and lack of granularity, Moody's supplemented
its typical Binomial Expansion Technique analysis with a simulated default
distribution using Moody's CDOROM(TM) software and/or individual
Further information on Moody's analysis of this transaction is available
on www.moodys.com. In addition, Moody's publishes
a weekly summary of structured finance credit, ratings and methodologies,
available to all registered users of our web site, at www.moodys.com/SFQuickCheck.
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Structured Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service
Ramon O. Torres
Senior Vice President
Structured Finance Group
Moody's Investors Service
Moody's Investors Service
Moody's upgrades the rating of notes issued by Nicholas-Applegate CBO I
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