NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has affirmed 16 U.S. credit-linked note (CLN) transactions and maintained two transactions on Rating Watch Negative.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
Credit Quality: The transactions are credit-linked to one or more risk-presenting entities as the transaction's underlying reference entity, swap counterparty and qualified investment.
Number of Risk Contributors: A higher number of risk-presenting entities may present additional risk of default to the transactions.
Restructuring as Credit Event: Transactions that have designated restructuring as a credit event under the terms of the Credit Default Swap are generally considered to have an additional risk of default.
All CLN ratings remain sensitive to ratings migration of the underlying risk-presenting entities. A downgrade of the weakest link would likely result in a downgrade to the CLN. Fitch monitors the performance of the underlying risk-presenting entities and adjusts the rating accordingly through application of its current CLN criteria, 'Global Rating Criteria for Single- and Multi-Name Credit-Linked Notes' dated March 9, 2015.
The four transactions listed below contain terms that allow the qualified investment issuer to exercise an early make-whole call on the qualified investment of the CLN. This exercise would cause an early termination event for the related CLN and could expose holders of the CLN to potential termination payments and currency exchange risk. However, use of this make-whole call provision remains highly unlikely since such a call would cost the qualified investment issuer a premium of approximately 55%-66% over current par value. Additionally, an exercise of the make-whole call provisions in any of the four CLNs would not result in a loss to the notes at current exchange rates. Fitch views the current probability of loss from the make-whole call on the following four credit-linked notes as sufficiently remote at the current rating levels.
--Amber Trust One
--Amber Trust Two
--SPICES Finance Limited Series 2005-1
--SPICES Finance Limited Series 2005-2
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The information used to assess these ratings was sourced from transaction swap counterparties and Fitch Ratings.
Fitch Affirms 18 U.S. Credit-Linked Note Ratings
Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds (pub. 14 May 2014)
Global Rating Criteria for Single- and Multi-Name Credit-Linked Notes (pub. 09 Mar 2015)
Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria (pub. 06 Jul 2015)
Dodd-Frank Rating Information Disclosure Form