DBRS Ratings Limited (DBRS Morningstar) confirmed the rating of the Class A notes issued by FCT Crédit Agricole Habitat 2018 (the Issuer) at AAA (sf). The rating on the Class A notes addresses the timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal on or before the legal final maturity date in April 2053.
The confirmation follows an annual review of the transaction and is based on the following analytical considerations:
-- Portfolio performance, in terms of delinquencies, defaults, and losses.
-- Probability of default (PD), loss given default (LGD), and expected loss assumptions on the remaining receivables.
-- Current available credit enhancement to the notes to cover the expected losses at their respective rating levels.
-- No revolving termination events have occurred.
The Issuer has issued notes backed by French home loans and originated and serviced by the 39 Caisses Régionales de Crédit Agricole Mutuel. The issued notes were used to fund the purchase of mortgage-backed and guarantee-backed loans to finance the acquisition, renovation, construction, and refinancing of residential properties located in France. The transaction is currently in its five-year revolving period, which is scheduled to end in April 2023, unless the Re-Assignment Option is exercised in April 2023.
As of January 2020, both the two- to three-month arrears ratio and 90+ delinquency ratio were at zero. The cumulative default ratio was 0.1%.
PORTFOLIO ASSUMPTIONS AND KEY DRIVERS
DBRS Morningstar conducted a loan-by-loan analysis of the remaining pool of receivables and has maintained its base case PD and LGD assumptions at 2.2% and 22.0%, respectively.
As of the January 2020 payment date, credit enhancement to the Class A notes was 13.0%, stable since the DBRS Morningstar initial rating due to the transaction revolving period ending in April 2023. Credit enhancement consists of subordination of the Class B notes.
The transaction benefits from a non-amortising liquidity reserve fund funded to 1.0% of the initial balance of the Class A and Class B notes. The Liquidity Reserve is available to cover senior fees and interest on the Class A notes and is currently at its target balance of EUR 11.5 million.
Crédit Agricole S.A. acts as the account bank for the transaction. Based on the account bank reference rating of Crédit Agricole S.A. at AA - being one notch below the DBRS Morningstar public Long-Term Critical Obligations Rating of AA (high), the downgrade provisions outlined in the transaction documents, and other mitigating factors inherent in the transaction structure, DBRS Morningstar considers the risk arising from the exposure to the account bank to be consistent with the rating assigned to the Class A notes, as described in DBRS Morningstar's "Legal Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions" methodology.
Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank (CA CIB) acts as the swap counterparty for the transaction. DBRS Morningstar's private rating of CA CIB is above the First Rating Threshold as described in DBRS Morningstar's "Derivative Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions" methodology.
DBRS Morningstar analysed the transaction structure in Intex DealMaker.
A description of how DBRS Morningstar considers ESG factors within the DBRS Morningstar analytical framework and its methodologies can be found at: https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/357792.
The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and the resulting isolation measures have caused an economic contraction, leading to sharp increases in unemployment rates and income reductions for many borrowers. DBRS Morningstar anticipates that delinquencies may arise in the coming months for many RMBS transactions, some meaningfully. The ratings are based on additional analysis and adjustments to expected performance as a result of the global efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. On 16 April 2020, the DBRS Morningstar Sovereign group published its outlook on the impact to key economic indicators for the 2020-22 time frame. For details see the following commentaries: https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/359679/global-macroeconomic-scenarios-implications-for-credit-ratings and https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/359903/global-macroeconomic-scenarios-application-to-credit-ratings. DBRS Morningstar analysis considered impacts consistent with the moderate scenario in the referenced reports.
For more information regarding rating methodologies and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), please see the following DBRS Morningstar press release: https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/357883.
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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” (13 December 2019). DBRS Morningstar has applied the principal methodology consistently and conducted a review of the transaction in accordance with the principal methodology.
An asset and a cash flow analysis were both conducted. Due to the inclusion of a revolving period in the transaction, the analysis continues to be based on the worst-case replenishment criteria set forth in the transaction legal documents.
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 at: http://www.dbrsmorningstar.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.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/350410/global-methodology-for-rating-sovereign-governments.
The sources of data and information used for this rating include investor reports provided by Eurotitrisation, and loan-level data provided by the European DataWarehouse GmbH.
DBRS Morningstar did not rely upon third-party due diligence in order to conduct its analysis.
At the time of the initial rating, DBRS Morningstar was 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 purpose 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 25 April 2019, when DBRS Morningstar confirmed the rating of the Class A notes.
Information regarding DBRS Morningstar ratings, including definitions, policies and methodologies is available at www.dbrsmorningstar.com.
To assess the impact of changing the transaction parameters on the rating, DBRS Morningstar considered the following stress scenarios as compared with 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 2.2% and 22.0%, 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 increases by 50%, the rating of the Class A notes would be expected to fall to AA (high) (sf), assuming no change in the PD. If the PD increases by 50%, the rating of the Class A notes would be expected to fall to AA (high) (sf), assuming no change in the LGD. Furthermore, if both the PD and LGD increase by 50%, the rating of the Class A notes would be expected to fall to AA (low) (sf).
Class A Notes Risk Sensitivity: -- 25% increase in LGD, expected rating of AAA (sf) -- 50% increase in LGD, expected rating of AA (high) (sf) -- 25% increase in PD, expected rating of AA (high) (sf) -- 50% increase in PD, expected rating of AA (high) (sf) -- 25% increase in PD and 25% increase in LGD, expected rating of AA (high) (sf) -- 25% increase in PD and 50% increase in LGD, expected rating of AA (sf) -- 50% increase in PD and 25% increase in LGD, expected rating of AA (sf) -- 50% increase in PD and 50% increase in LGD, expected rating of AA (low) (sf) For further information on DBRS Morningstar historical default rates published by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in a central repository, see:
Ratings assigned by DBRS Ratings Limited are subject to EU and U.S. regulations only.
Lead Analyst: Andrew Lynch, Vice President
Rating Committee Chair: David Lautier, Senior Vice President
Initial Rating Date: 4 April 2018
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The rating methodologies used in the analysis of this transaction can be found at: http://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/about/methodologies.
-- Legal Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions (11 September 2019)
-- Master European Structured Finance Surveillance Methodology (22 April 2020)
-- Operational Risk Assessment for European Structured Finance Servicers (28 February 2020)
-- Master European Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Rating Methodology and Jurisdictional Addenda (10 December 2019) and European RMBS Credit Model 126.96.36.199
-- Interest Rate Stresses for European Structured Finance Transactions (10 October 2019)
-- Derivative Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions (26 September 2019)
-- Operational Risk Assessment for European Structured Finance Originators (28 February 2020)
A description of how DBRS Morningstar analyses structured finance transactions and how the methodologies are collectively applied can be found at http://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/278375.
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