DBRS Ratings GmbH (DBRS Morningstar) confirmed its AAA (sf) rating on the Class A2 Notes issued by Belgian Lion NV/SA-Compartment Belgian Lion RMBS II (Belgian Lion RMBS II, or the Issuer).
The rating on the Class A2 Notes addresses the timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal by the legal final maturity date November 2047.
The confirmation follows an annual review of the transaction and is based on the following analytical considerations:
-- Portfolio performance, in terms of delinquencies and defaults, as of February 2020 payment date;
-- Probability of default (PD), loss given default (LGD), and expected loss assumptions on the remaining receivables;
-- Current available credit enhancement to the Class A2 Notes to cover the expected losses at the AAA (sf) rating level.
Belgian Lion RMBS II is a securitisation of first-ranking Belgian residential mortgages originated and serviced by ING Belgium SA/NV (ING). The transaction closed in July 2012, when the special-purpose vehicle issued three classes of floating-rate notes, namely the Class A1, Class A2, and Class B Notes. The transaction had a revolving period, which terminated in January 2015.
The portfolio is performing within DBRS Morningstar’s initial expectations. As of February 2020, loans that were two to three months in arrears represented 0.2% of the outstanding portfolio balance, unchanged from February 2019. The 90+ delinquency ratio was 0.5%, slightly up from 0.4% in February 2019. The gross cumulative defaults, as percentage of the aggregate of the initial pool balance and the additional receivables purchased during the revolving period, slightly increased to 2.4% from 2.2% in February 2019.
DBRS Morningstar conducted a loan-by-loan analysis on the remaining pool of receivables and has updated its base case PD and LGD assumptions to 1.2% and 24.6%, respectively.
Overcollateralisation of the outstanding collateral portfolio provides credit enhancement to the Class A2 Notes and includes the nonamortising cash reserve. As of February 2020, credit enhancement to the Class A2 Notes was 40.9%, up from 32.5% in February 2019. The cash reserve is available to pay senior fees, expenses, and interest payments on the Class A2 Notes, as well as absorbing any losses debited to the Class A2 Notes principal deficiency ledger. The reserve is currently at its target level of EUR 129.1 million.
ING acts as the account bank for the transaction. Based on the private rating of the account bank, the downgrade provisions outlined in the transaction documents, and structural mitigants, DBRS Morningstar considers the risk arising from the exposure to the account bank to be consistent with the rating assigned to the Class A2 Notes, as described in DBRS Morningstar's "Legal Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions" methodology.
ING acts as the swap counterparty for the transaction. The DBRS Morningstar private rating on the swap counterparty is consistent with the first rating threshold, as described in DBRS Morningstar’s “Derivative Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions” methodology, given the rating assigned to the Class A2 Notes.
DBRS Morningstar analysed the transaction structure in Intex DealMaker.
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All figures are in euros unless otherwise noted.
The principal methodology applicable to the rating is the “Master European Structured Finance Surveillance Methodology”.
DBRS Morningstar has applied the principal methodology consistently and conducted a review of the transaction in accordance with the principal methodology.
A review of the transaction legal documents was not conducted as the legal documents have remained unchanged since the most recent rating action.
Other methodologies referenced in this transaction are listed at the end of this press release. These may be found on www.dbrs.com at: http://www.dbrs.com/about/methodologies.
For a more detailed discussion of the sovereign risk impact on Structured Finance ratings, please refer to “Appendix C: The Impact of Sovereign Ratings on Other DBRS Credit Ratings” of the “Global Methodology for Rating Sovereign Governments” at: https://www.dbrs.com/research/350410/global-methodology-for-rating-sovereign-governments.
The sources of data and information used for this rating include investor and cash flow reports provided by ING and loan-by-loan data from the European DataWarehouse GmbH.
DBRS Morningstar did not rely upon third-party due diligence to conduct its analysis.
At the time of the initial rating, DBRS Morningstar was not supplied with third-party assessments. However, this did not impact the rating analysis.
DBRS Morningstar considers the data and information available to it for the purposes of providing this rating to be of satisfactory quality.
DBRS Morningstar does not audit or independently verify the data or information it receives in connection with the rating process.
The last rating action on this transaction took place on 15 March 2019, when DBRS Morningstar confirmed the rating on the Class A2 Notes at AAA (sf).
The lead analyst responsibilities for this transaction have been transferred to Daniele Canestrari.
Information regarding DBRS Morningstar ratings, including definitions, policies and methodologies, is available on www.dbrs.com.
To assess the impact of changing the transaction parameters on the rating, DBRS Morningstar considered the following stress scenarios as compared to the parameters used to determine the rating (the Base Case):
-- DBRS Morningstar expected a lifetime base case PD and LGD for the pool based on a review of the current assets. Adverse changes to asset performance may cause stresses to base case assumptions and therefore have a negative effect on credit ratings.
-- The base case PD and LGD of the current pool of loans for the Issuer are 1.2% and 24.6%, respectively.
-- The Risk Sensitivity overview below illustrates the ratings expected if the PD and LGD increase by a certain percentage over the base case assumption. For example, if the LGD increased by 50%, the rating of the Class A2 Notes would be expected to remain at AAA (sf), assuming no change in the PD. If the PD increased by 50%, the rating of the Class A2 Notes would be expected to remain at AAA (sf), assuming no change in the LGD. Furthermore, if both the PD and LGD increased by 50%, the rating of the Class A2 Notes would be expected to remain at AAA (sf).
Class A2 Notes Risk Sensitivity:
-- 25% increase in LGD, expected rating of AAA (sf)
-- 50% increase in LGD, expected rating of AAA (sf)
-- 25% increase in PD, expected rating of AAA (sf)
-- 50% increase in PD, expected rating of AAA (sf)
-- 25% increase in PD and 25% increase in LGD, expected rating of AAA (sf)
-- 25% increase in PD and 50% increase in LGD, expected rating of AAA (sf)
-- 50% increase in PD and 25% increase in LGD, expected rating of AAA (sf)
-- 50% increase in PD and 50% increase in LGD, expected rating of AAA (sf)
For further information on DBRS Morningstar historical default rates published by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in a central repository, see:
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Lead Analyst: Daniele Canestrari, Senior Analyst
Rating Committee Chair: Alfonso Candelas, Senior Vice President
Initial Rating Date: 8 April 2014
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The rating methodologies used in the analysis of this transaction can be found at: http://www.dbrs.com/about/methodologies.
-- Legal Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions
-- Master European Structured Finance Surveillance Methodology
-- Master European Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Rating Methodology and Jurisdictional Addenda
-- Operational Risk Assessment for European Structured Finance Servicers
-- Interest Rate Stresses for European Structured Finance Transactions Methodology
-- Derivative Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions
A description of how DBRS Morningstar analyses structured finance transactions and how the methodologies are collectively applied can be found at: http://www.dbrs.com/research/278375.
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