Fitch Rates LCM XVII Limited Partnership/LLC

CHICAGO--()--Fitch Ratings assigns the following rating and Rating Outlook to LCM XVII Limited Partnership/LLC:

--$255,000,000 class A notes 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable.

Fitch does not rate the class B-1, B-2, C, D or E notes or the LP certificates.

TRANSACTION SUMMARY

LCM XVII Limited Partnership (the issuer) and LCM XVII LLC (the co-issuer), together comprise an arbitrage cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) that will be managed by LCM Asset Management LLC (LCM). Net proceeds from the issuance of the secured notes and limited partnership (LP) certificates will be used to purchase a portfolio of approximately $400 million of primarily senior secured leveraged loans.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Credit enhancement (CE) of 36.3% for class A notes, in addition to excess spread, is sufficient to protect against portfolio default and recovery rate projections in an 'AAAsf' stress scenario. The degree of CE available to class A notes is slightly lower than the average CE of recent CLO issuances; however, cash flow modeling indicates performance in line with other 'AAAsf' CLO notes.

'B+/B' Asset Quality: The average credit quality of the indicative portfolio is 'B+/B', which is comparable to recent CLOs. Issuers rated in the 'B' rating category denote a highly speculative credit quality; however, in Fitch's opinion, class A notes are unlikely to be affected by the foreseeable level of defaults. Class A notes are projected to be able to withstand default rates of up to 62.3%.

Strong Recovery Expectations: The indicative portfolio consists of 95% first lien senior secured loans. Approximately 89.6% of the indicative portfolio has either strong recovery prospects or a Fitch-assigned Recovery Rating of 'RR2' or higher, resulting in a base case recovery assumption of 75.7%. In determining the class A note rating, Fitch stressed the indicative portfolio by assuming a higher portfolio concentration of assets with lower recovery prospects and further reduced recovery assumptions for higher rating stress scenarios. The analysis of LCM XVII class A notes assumed a 35.4% recovery rate in Fitch's 'AAAsf' scenario.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Fitch evaluated the structure's sensitivity to the potential variability of key model assumptions, including decreases in recovery rates and increases in default rates or correlation. Fitch expects the class A notes to remain investment grade, even under the most extreme sensitivity scenarios. Results under these sensitivity scenarios ranged between 'A+sf' and 'AAAsf' for the class A notes.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the accompanying new issue report, which will be available shortly to investors on Fitch's website at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

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The sources of information used to assess these ratings were the transaction documents provided by the arranger, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, and the public domain.

Applicable Criteria & Related Research:

--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (Aug. 4, 2014);

--'Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs' (July 25, 2014);

--'Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds' (Jan. 23, 2014);

--'Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds' (May 14, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=744158

Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=695535

Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=753057

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=898955

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Robert Rhein
Director
+1-312-606-2314
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
70 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602
or
Secondary Analyst
Joseph Farfsing
Associate Director
+1-312-368-3346
or
Committee Chairperson
Derek Miller
Senior Director
+1-312-368-2076
or
Media Relations
Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com