NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has affirmed senior and subordinate notes issued by Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-5 at 'AAAsf' and 'AAsf', respectively. The Rating Outlook remains Stable for both classes.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of 100% (about 84% Non-Rehab; 16% Rehab) of Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans. The credit quality of the trust collateral 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 current U.S. sovereign rating is at 'AAA' with a Stable Outlook.
Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): While both the senior and subordinate notes will benefit from overcollateralization and future excess spread, the senior notes also benefit from subordination provided by the class B note. As of July 2015, total parity is 101.01% (1% CE) and senior parity is 104.84% (4.62% CE). Cash is being released from the trust given that the targeted trust OC level (greater of 1.00% of the adjusted pool balance and $2 million) is maintained.
Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a reserve account. The reserve is sized equal to the greater of 0.60% of the pool balance, and $1,174,000.
Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Nelnet, Inc. (Nelnet) will service approximately 51% of the portfolio, while Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will service 41% and Edfinancial Services LLC (EFS) will service the remaining 8% of the portfolio. Fitch considers all servicers to be acceptable servicers of FFELP loans.
Since FFELP student loan ABS rely 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 build-up of credit enhancement driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.
DUE DILIGENCE USAGE
No third party due diligence was provided or reviewed in relation to this rating action.
Fitch has affirmed the following ratings:
Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-5:
--Class A at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;
--Class B at 'AAsf'; Outlook Stable.
Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com.
Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria (pub. 06 Jul 2015)
Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria (pub. 23 Jun 2014)
Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-5 Appendix
Dodd-Frank Rating Information Disclosure Form