CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings assigns the following rating and Rating Outlook to Madison Park Funding XIX, Ltd./LLC.
--$387,000,000 class A-1 notes 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable.
Fitch does not rate the class A-2, B-1, B-2, C, D, E, or the subordinated notes.
Madison Park Funding XIX, Ltd. and Madison Park Funding XIX, LLC (together, Madison Park XIX, or the issuer) comprise an arbitrage cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) that will be managed by Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC (CSAM). Net proceeds from the issuance of notes will be used to purchase collateral to reach a target portfolio of approximately $600 million of primarily senior secured leveraged loans. The CLO will have a five-year reinvestment period.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Credit enhancement (CE) of 35.5% for the class A-1 notes, in addition to excess spread, is sufficient to protect against portfolio default and recovery rate projections in the 'AAAsf' stress scenario. The level of CE for the class A-1 notes is below the average for recent CLO issuances.
'B' Asset Quality: The average credit quality of the indicative portfolio is 'B', which is comparable to recent CLOs. Issuers rated in the 'B' rating category denote relatively weak credit quality; however, in Fitch's opinion, the class A-1 notes are unlikely to be affected by the foreseeable level of defaults. The class A-1 notes are robust against default rates of up to 60.0%.
Strong Recovery Expectations: The indicative portfolio consists of 95.2% senior secured loans, of which about 90.2% have strong recovery prospects or a Fitch-assigned Recovery Rating of 'RR2' or higher and the base case recovery assumption is 76.5%. In determining ratings for the class A-1 notes, Fitch stressed the indicative portfolio by assuming a higher concentration of assets with lower recovery prospects and further reduced recovery assumptions for higher rating stresses, resulting in a 38.4% recovery rate assumption in Fitch's 'AAAsf' scenario.
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-1 notes to remain investment grade even under the most extreme sensitivity scenarios. Results under these sensitivity scenarios ranged between 'BBB+sf' and 'AAAsf' for the class A-1 notes
DUE DILIGENCE USAGE
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Sources of Information:
The information used to assess this rating was provided by the arranger (Citigroup Global Markets Inc.) and the public domain.
Madison Park Funding XIX, Ltd./LLC
Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds (pub. 14 May 2014)
Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds (pub. 19 Dec 2014)
Global Rating Criteria for CLOs and Corporate CDOs (pub. 12 Nov 2015)
Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria (pub. 06 Jul 2015)
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