NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has downgraded the short-term rating for the $40,000,000 City of El Paso, Texas water and sewer tax-exempt commercial paper notes, series A to 'F1' from 'F1+'. The rating action is in connection with: (i) the substitution of the revolving credit agreement (RCA) previously provided by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (rated 'AA-/F1+', Outlook Stable) with a substitute RCA to be issued by Bank of America, N.A. (rated 'A+/F1', Outlook Stable), and (ii) the reoffering of the notes, which occurs on Aug. 24, 2015. A maximum of $40,000,000 aggregate principal amount of authorized notes may be outstanding at any given time.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
The rating on the series A notes is 'F1' based on the support provided by the RCA provided by Bank of America, N.A., which has a stated expiration date of Aug. 23, 2018, unless extended or earlier terminated. The Bank of America substitute RCA provides coverage for the principal amount of the notes only. The City of El Paso is obligated to pay interest upon maturity of all notes. The water and sewer senior and subordinate lien obligations of the City of El Paso are rated 'AA+', Outlook Stable. For more information on the city's long-term ratings, see Fitch's press release dated Aug. 12, 2015, available on Fitch's web site at 'www.fitchratings.com'.
The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. acting as Issuing and Paying Agent (IPA) will continue as the IPA for the notes, and as IPA, is directed to request an advance under the substitute RCA whenever proceeds of the sale of rollover notes are insufficient to pay maturing notes. The substitute RCA provides sufficient coverage for the principal amount of notes and the issuer is obligated to pay interest on the notes.
All notes will be issued at par, with interest due at maturity. Following the occurrence of an event of default under the RCA, Bank of America may direct the IPA to immediately stop the issuance of any additional notes. In such event, the substitute RCA will expire after all the notes supported by such RCA mature and have been paid from funds drawn on the substitute RCA. In addition, the substitute RCA may be terminated by the bank upon the occurrence of specified immediate termination events. The dealer for the notes is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
The rating reflects the short-term rating that Fitch maintains on the substitute bank providing liquidity support and will be adjusted upward or downward in conjunction with changes to the short-term rating of the bank and in some cases, the long-term rating of the issuer.
Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com.
Rating Guidelines for Variable-Rate Demand Obligations and Commercial Paper Issued with External Liquidity Support (pub. 22 Jan 2015)
U.S. Municipal Structured Finance Criteria (pub. 23 Feb 2015)
Dodd-Frank Rating Information Disclosure Form