NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On the effective date of March 19, 2014, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'A+/F1', Stable Outlook rating, for the New York Liberty Development Corporation multi-modal liberty revenue refunding bonds (World Trade Center Project-Towers 3-4) $1,035,000 series 2011B-1, $180,000 series 2011B-2, and $155,000 series 2011B-3 in conjunction with a mandatory tender occurring on March 19, 2014. The series 2011B-1, series 2011B-2, and series 2011B-3 bonds are being remarketed with new letters of credit (LOCs) from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. On that date, Fitch will also assign an 'A+/F1', Stable Outlook rating to the $170,000 series 2011B-4 bonds (originally a portion of the series 2011A bonds), which are being redesignated and remarketed with an LOC from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. on that date.
KEY RATING DRIVERS:
The ratings will be based on the support provided by the irrevocable direct-pay letters of credit (LOCs) to be issued by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (rated 'A+/F1', Stable Outlook).
The bank is obligated to make payments of principal of and interest on the bonds upon maturity, acceleration and redemption, as well as purchase price for tendered bonds. The ratings will expire upon the earliest of: (a) Dec. 24, 2014, the stated expiration date of the LOCs; (b) any prior termination of the LOCs; or (c) defeasance of the bonds. The LOCs provide full and sufficient coverage of principal plus an amount equal to 34 days of interest at a maximum rate of 12% based on a year of 365 days and purchase price for tendered bonds, while in the weekly and daily rate modes. The Remarketing Agent for the bonds is Goldman, Sachs & Co.
The bonds bear interest at a weekly rate, but may be converted to a daily, term, flexible, LIBOR-indexed, or fixed rate. While bonds bear interest in the weekly or daily rate modes, interest payments are on the first business day of each month. The trustee is obligated to make timely draws on the LOCs to pay principal, interest, and purchase price. Funds drawn under the LOCs are held uninvested, and are free from any lien prior to that of the bondholders. Holders may tender their bonds on any business day, provided the remarketing agent is given the requisite prior notice of the purchase. The bonds are subject to mandatory tender: (1) upon conversion of the interest rate; (2) upon expiration, substitution or termination of the LOCs; (3) following receipt of written notice from the bank of an event of default under the Reimbursement Agreement; (4) the initial term rate period mandatory tender date, Dec. 17, 2014 or such subsequent date; (5) if daily demand SLGs held for series 2010A bonds are converted into 90-day SLGs maturing more than 30 days prior to Dec. 17, 2014 and federal borrowing is at its statutory debt limit upon maturity of the 90-day SLGs and for 5 days thereafter, bonds will be subject to mandatory tender within 20 days after the maturity of the 90-day SLGs; and (6) while in the daily or weekly rate mode, any business day specified by the borrower following trustee's receipt of notice of such tender from the borrower. Optional and mandatory redemption provisions also apply to the bonds. Additional bonds may be issued, no earlier than Dec. 17, 2014, provided they receive a separate series designation.
Bond proceeds will be used to finance a portion of the cost of construction of Tower 3 and 4 at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan in New York City.
The ratings are exclusively tied to the short and long-term ratings that Fitch maintains on the bank providing the LOCs and will reflect all changes to that rating.
Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com
"U.S. Municipal Structured Finance Criteria", Feb. 24, 2014; "Rating Guidelines for Letter of Credit-Supported Bonds", June 14, 2013.
Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
U.S. Municipal Structured Finance Criteria