NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by CBAM 2020-12, Ltd. (CBAM 2020-12), a cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) back by a diversified portfolio of corporate loans.
CBAM 2020-12, Ltd. is managed by CBAM Partners, LLC (the collateral manager) and will have a three-year reinvestment period. The legal final maturity is on Jul. 20, 2031. The ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels, excess spread, coverage tests including overcollateralization ratio and interest coverage tests, and a reinvestment overcollateralization test.
The collateral in CBAM 2020-12, Ltd. will mainly consist of broadly syndicated leveraged loans issued by corporate obligors diversified across sectors. The obligors in the portfolio have a K-WARF of 2249, which represents a weighted average portfolio assessment of approximately B. The total portfolio par amount is $500 million with expected exposures to over 220 obligors when the transaction is fully invested. The portfolio is approximately 87.5% ramped as of July 15, 2020 and the remainder will be acquired before the transaction’s effective date.
Since launching in August 2016, CBAM has closed 11 CLOs, including 6 transactions with issuance over $1 billion. In 2017 alone, CBAM issued over $5 billion of new CLOs across 4 transactions. CBAM’s active reinvesting CLO portfolio totals approximately $9.84 billion.
The social and economic fallout from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will impact different corporate sectors to varying degrees but broadly, we expect intense pressure on certain cyclical and other non-defensive sectors, with the adverse effects broadening and deepening as the economic dislocation continues. To address this, KBRA considered several scenarios to assess the impact of potential credit migration due to COVID-19.
The preliminary ratings on the Class A and B Notes consider the timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal by the applicable stated maturity date, while its rating on the Class C Notes consider the ultimate payment of interest and principal.
KBRA analyzed the transaction using Structured Credit Global Rating Methodology published on March 13, 2020 and the Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology published on August 8, 2018.
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