CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Blade Engine Securitization LTD's (Blade) intent to sell an aircraft engine is not likely to impact ABS ratings, according to Fitch Ratings.
Fitch has been notified that Blade intends to sell a CFM56-5C4 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.
However, the notes currently 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 2016 press release, 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 Negative;
--Class A-2 notes 'BBBsf'; Outlook Negative;
--Class B-1 notes 'Bsf'; Outlook Negative.
Additional information is available on www.fitchratings.com