CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Blade Engine Securitization LTD's (Blade) intent to sell one aircraft engine is not likely to impact ABS ratings, according to Fitch Ratings.
Fitch has been notified that Blade intends to sell a CF6-80C2A5 out of the trust to a third party. The engine is currently grounded. Thus, its sale would provide cash flow to the trust from what would otherwise be a non-earning asset. The proposed sale price of the engine is below the note target price as defined by the transaction documents. Fitch does not anticipate that the engine sale, in and of itself, would adversely impact the ratings on the trust.
It is important to note however, that the class B notes have a Negative Rating Outlook, indicating that downward rating movement is likely over a one- to two-year period. As stated in Fitch's February 2015 press release downgrading all outstanding notes, the Negative Outlook reflects Fitch's concerns regarding the engines' ability to generate sufficient collections and repay the notes under certain stress rating scenarios.
Fitch currently rates the trust as follows:
Blade Engine Securitization LTD
--Class A-1 notes 'BBBsf'; Outlook Stable;
--Class A-2 notes 'BBBsf'; Outlook Stable;
--Class B-1 notes 'BBsf'; Outlook Negative.
Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.
Global Rating Criteria for Aircraft Operating Lease ABS (pub. 19 May 2015)
Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria (pub. 31 Mar 2015)