Fitch Affirms Edsouth Indenture No.6, LLC Series 2014-2 Notes; Outlook Stable

NEW YORK--()--Fitch Ratings has affirmed all outstanding notes issued from Edsouth Indenture No.6, LLC Series 2014-2 (Edsouth No. 6). The Rating Outlook on all outstanding notes remains Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of 100% of Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans, including 20.74% rehabilitated FFELP loans. The credit quality of the trust is high, in Fitch's opinion, based on the guarantees provided by the transaction's eligible guarantors and reinsurance provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for at least 97% of principal and accrued interest. The Stable Outlook on the notes is consistent with Fitch's affirmation of the U.S. sovereign rating at 'AAA'; Outlook Stable.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: CE is provided by overcollateralization (OC; the excess of trust's asset balance over bond balance) and excess spread. In addition the class A notes benefit from subordinate provided by the class B notes. As of the March 2015 collection period, senior and total parity is 105.54% and 102.06%, respectively. Cash may be released to the issuer when the Target OC, equal to the greater of 1.48% of the adjusted pool balance or $600,000. The trust is currently not releasing excess cash.

Adequate Liquidity Support: is provided by a $3.35 million capitalized interest account and $0.84 million reserve fund as of the March 2015 collection period. The reserve account is sized at the greater of 0.25% of the Pool Balance or 0.15% of the initial pool balance ($616,544 floor). Amount remaining in the capitalized interest account on the May 2016 distribution date will be transferred to the collection fund.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) currently services approximately 81.94% of the portfolio; Great Lakes Education Loan Services, Inc. (GLELSI) services the remainder at 18.06%. Fitch believes that both servicers are acceptable servicers of FFELP student loans.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Since FFELP student loan ABS relies on the U.S. government to reimburse defaults, 'AAAsf' FFELP ABS ratings will likely move in tandem with the 'AAA' U.S. sovereign rating. Aside from the U.S. sovereign rating, defaults and basis risk account for the majority of the risk embedded in FFELP student loan transactions. Additional defaults and basis shock beyond Fitch's published stresses could result in future downgrades. Likewise, a buildup of credit enhancement driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

Fitch has affirmed the following ratings:

Edsouth Indenture No.6, LLC Series 2014-2:

--Class A notes at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--Class B notes at 'Asf'; Outlook Stable.

A comparison of the transaction's representations, warranties, and enforcement mechanisms (RW&Es) to those of typical RW&Es for FFELP asset-backed securities is available in the presale appendix. This presale appendix and Fitch's special report on 'Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms on Global Structured Finance Transactions,' may be accessed via the links provided below.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (March 31, 2015);

--'Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria' (June 23, 2014);

--'Edsouth Indenture No. 6, LLC, Series 2014-2 -- Appendix' (May 12, 2014);

--'Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions' (March 26, 2015).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=864268

Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=750530

Edsouth Indenture No. 6, LLC, Series 2014-2 -- Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=748515

Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=863817

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Charlene M. Davis
Director
+1-212-908-0213
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
33 Whitehall St.
New York, NY 10004
or
Committee Chairperson
Tracy Wan
Senior Director
+1-212-908-9171
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, New York, +1 212-908-0278
Email: sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com