DBRS, Inc. (DBRS Morningstar) has assigned a Long-Term Issuer Rating of AA (high) and Short-Term Issuer Rating of R-1 (high) to U.S. Bank Trust Company, National Association (USBTC). The trend on the ratings is Stable. The Support Assessment (SA) is SA1, which reflects the implied strong support from its parent, U.S. Bank National Association (USBNA), if required.
KEY RATING CONSIDERATIONS
U.S. Bancorp (USB) is moving USBTC from a subsidiary of the holding company to a subsidiary of USBNA. Following this, USB plans to move corporate trust accounts to USBTC for trustee services while USBNA would retain the deposits. This will satisfy OCC collateralization requirements under the existing legal structure. USB has received regulatory (OCC) approval to facilitate this change. Following this change, the contractual trustee duties and the deposits reside in different entities allowing collateral usage to be avoided.
USBNA currently both serves as trustee for corporate trust engagements and holds in deposit accounts the U.S. dollar-denominated customer funds associated with those engagements. OCC regulations governing self-deposits require USBNA to hold collateral in an amount equal to the portion of customer funds that are not insured by the FDIC. The collateralization requirement associated with self-deposits represents a significant cost for USB’s Corporate Trust Business. This requirement will no longer apply once trustee or agency responsibility is transferred from USBNA to USBTC, thus resulting in the roles of depositor and trustee being performed by two separate legal entities.
An upgrade of USBTC’s ratings would be linked to improvement in the USBNA’s long-term ratings. However, given USBNA’s very high rating level, upward ratings momentum is unlikely. Conversely, a ratings downgrade of USBNA would result in a downgrade to USBTC’s ratings.
As a supported rating with a SA1 designation, USBTC’s ratings would typically move in tandem with the USBNA’s Long-Term Issuer Rating. DBRS Morningstar considers USBTC’s importance within the corporate trust business and overall franchise of USBNA and has equalized the ratings.
A description of how DBRS Morningstar considers ESG factors within the DBRS Morningstar analytical framework can be found in the DBRS Morningstar Criteria: Approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance Risk Factors in Credit Ratings at https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/373262.
All figures are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.
The principal methodology is the Global Methodology for Rating Banks and Banking Organisations (July 19, 2021): https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/381742/global-methodology-for-rating-banks-and-banking-organisations. Other applicable methodologies include the DBRS Morningstar Criteria: Approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance Risk Factors in Credit Ratings (February 3, 2021): https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/373262/dbrs-morningstar-criteria-approach-to-environmental-social-and-governance-risk-factors-in-credit-ratings.
The primary sources of information used for this rating include Company Documents. DBRS Morningstar considers the information available to it for the purposes of providing this rating was of satisfactory quality.
The rated entity or its related entities did participate in the rating process for this rating action. DBRS Morningstar had access to the accounts and other relevant internal documents of the rated entity or its related entities in connection with this rating action.
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Each of the principal methodologies/principal asset class methodologies employed in the analysis addressed one or more particular risks or aspects of the rating and were factored into the rating decision, Specifically, the “Global Methodology for Rating Banks and Banking Organisations” (July 19, 2021) was used to evaluate the Issuer and the “DBRS Morningstar Criteria: Approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance Risk Factors in Credit Ratings” (February 3, 2021) was used in assessing potential ESG implications for the ratings.
This is the first DBRS Morningstar rating on this financial instrument.
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Lead Analyst: John Mackerey, Senior Vice President, North American Financial Institutions – Global FIG
Rating Committee Chair: Michael Driscoll, Managing Director, Head of North American FIG – Global FIG
Initial Rating Date: January 10, 2022
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