NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings assigns the following rating and Rating Outlook to GoldenTree Loan Opportunities XI, Limited/LLC (GoldenTree XI):
--$340,000,000 class A notes 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable.
Fitch does not rate the class B, C, D, E, F, subordinated notes, or any delayed draw notes corresponding to such classes.
GoldenTree Loan Opportunities XI, Limited (the issuer) and GoldenTree Loan Opportunities XI, LLC (the co-issuer) together comprise an arbitrage cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) that will be managed by GoldenTree Asset Management LP (GoldenTree). Net proceeds from the issuance of the secured and subordinated notes will be used to purchase a portfolio of approximately $539.5 million of primarily senior-secured leveraged loans. The CLO will have a four-year reinvestment period and a 1.5-year non-call period.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): CE of 37% for the 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 the class A notes is in line with the average CE of recent CLO issuances.
'B/B-' Asset Quality: The average credit quality of the indicative portfolio is approximately '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 64.2%.
Strong Recovery Expectations: The indicative portfolio consists of 97% first-lien senior-secured loans. Approximately 95.2% 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 76.4%. 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 GoldenTree XI class A notes assumed a 36.1% recovery rate in Fitch's 'AAAsf' scenario.
In addition to Fitch's stated criteria, the agency analyzed the structure's sensitivity to the potential variability of key model assumptions including decreases in weighted average spread or 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 'Asf' and 'AAAsf' for the class A notes.
Sources of information used to assess these ratings were provided by the arranger, GreensLedge Capital Markets LLC, and the public domain.
Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the accompanying new issue report, which is available to investors on Fitch's website at 'www.fitchratings.com'.
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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' (Dec. 19, 2014);
--'Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds' (May 14, 2014).
Applicable Criteria and Related Research: GoldenTree Loan Opportunities XI, Limited/LLC
Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds
Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds
Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs
Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria