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Fitch to Upgrade L-T & Confirm S-T Ratings on Broward Cty (FL) Sub Port Facil Revs, Series '08

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On the effective date of July 1, 2014, Fitch Ratings will upgrade the long-term rating to 'AA' from 'AA-' and confirm the short-term rating of 'F1+' assigned to the $46,160,000 ($35,735,000 outstanding) Broward County, Florida subordinate port facilities refunding revenue bonds, series 2008. The Rating Outlook for the long-term rating is Stable.

The rating action is in connection with: (i) the substitution of the irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit (LOC) previously provided by Bank of Nova Scotia (rated 'AA-/F1+', Stable Outlook) with a substitute LOC to be issued by Royal Bank of Canada (rated 'AA/F1+', Stable Outlook); and (ii) the mandatory tender of the bonds, which will occur on July 1, 2014.

KEY RATING DRIVERS:

The rating will be based on the support provided by the substitute LOC issued by Royal Bank of Canada.

Pursuant to the substitute LOC, the bank is obligated to make regularly scheduled payments of principal of and interest on the bonds in addition to payments due upon maturity, acceleration and redemption, as well as purchase price for tendered bonds. The rating will expire upon the earliest of: (a) Oct. 2, 2019, the initial stated expiration date of the substitute LOC, unless such date is extended; (b) conversion to other than the daily or weekly rate mode; (c) any prior termination of the substitute LOC; and (d) defeasance of the bonds. The Royal Bank of Canada LOC provides full and sufficient coverage of principal plus an amount equal to 56 days of interest at a maximum rate of 15% based on a year of 365 days and purchase price for tendered bonds, while in the daily or weekly rate modes. The Remarketing Agent for the bonds is RBC Capital Markets LLC.

RATING SENSITIVITIES:

The rating is exclusively tied to the short and long-term rating that Fitch maintains on the bank providing the substitute LOC and will reflect all changes to that rating.

Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'U.S. Municipal Structured Finance Criteria', Feb. 24, 2014;

--'Rating Guidelines for Letter of Credit-Supported Bonds and Commercial Paper', June 2, 2014.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

U.S. Municipal Structured Finance Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=736618

Rating Guidelines for Letter of Credit-Supported Bonds and Commercial Paper

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=749431

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