Johannesburg, 30 May 2019 — GCR Ratings (“GCR”) has affirmed the following final, public long-term credit ratings of the following Notes issued by Fox Street 6 (RF) Ltd (the “Issuer”):
- Class A1 Notes, stock code FS6A1; AAA(ZA)(sf) Stable Outlook,
- Class A2 Notes, stock code FS6A2; AAA(ZA)(sf) Stable Outlook,
- Class A3 Notes, stock code FS6A3; AAA(ZA)(sf) Stable Outlook,
- Class B1 Notes, stock code FS6B1; AA(ZA)(sf) Stable Outlook,
- Class C1 Notes, stock code FS6C1; A+(ZA)(sf) Stable Outlook, and
- Class D1 Notes, stock code FS6D1; BBB(ZA)(sf) Stable Outlook.
The Transaction has R100m of Class E1 Notes, as well as a Subordinated Loan of R20,039,716, which are both unrated.
The credit ratings accorded to the Class A Notes relate to timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal, whilst the ratings on all other securities relate to ultimate payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal. The ratings exclude an assessment of the ability of the Issuer to pay either any (early repayment) penalties or any default interest rate penalties.
GCR Methodology Update
For this first surveillance of Fox Street 6 since initial issuance, GCR modelled the Transaction using its updated Global Master Structured Finance Rating Criteria – September 2018, and Global Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Rating Criteria – November 2018. As for its initial rating, GCR modelled the Transaction in a pre-enforcement (and not post-enforcement) scenario. However, this is the first time that GCR assessed the Transaction under the updated Global Master Structured Finance Rating Criteria, including the embedded counterparty risk criteria.
Fox Street 6 (RF) Ltd is a Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (‘RMBS’) Securitisation of home loans originated by Investec Bank Ltd (‘Investec’) to its private banking clients. The Issuer issued Notes on 8 August 2018. This is Investec’s sixth Fox Street RMBS transaction.
The Transaction is amortising from its closing date and thus far, three Payment Dates after closing, has repaid R99.7m of Class A1 Notes, or 7.5% of the total initial issuance amount of all classes of Notes, of which R41.8m was paid on the most recent Payment Date of 20 May 2019. The sequential paydown of Notes by Class leads to incremental increases in Credit Enhancement for each Class.
None of the Transaction’s Stop Purchase or Servicer Default Events occurred since Transaction close and all of the Liquidity Reserve, Mortgage Bond Registration Costs Reserve and Redraw Reserve required amounts were maintained.
As at 31 January 2019, no defaults or arrears had yet been reported on the home loan portfolio.
An annualised prepayment rate of 13.5% over the two quarters since Transaction close to 31 January 2019 was calculated. However, the annualised net repayment rate on the home loans is only 7.3% due to the effect of redraws, re-advances and further advances. The annualised repayment rate on the notes is 7.9%.
GCR observed a negative excess spread of -1.11% for the first quarter. This is due to the home loan portfolio being built up as assets were acquired by the Issuer over the Pre-Funding Period that ended on 8 November 2018, and does not reflect expected performance. As expected, the excess spread normalised to 1.02% for the second quarter.
The weighted average margin to 3m JIBAR on the Notes increased by 3bps since Transaction close to 131bps at 31 January 2019 due to the paydown of the lowest interest Class A1 tranche first, while the weighted average margin to Prime on the assets increased by 1bps from -0.78% to -0.77%.
As at 31 January 2019, Fox Street 6 reported a Weighted Average Current Loan to Value ratio of 70.3% for the home loan portfolio (Jun ’18 indicative portfolio: 70.6%), a Weighted Average Original Loan to Value ratio of 77.3% (Jun ‘18: 75.2%) and a Weighted Average Debt to Income ratio of 23.3% (Jun ‘18: 20.4%).
NATIONAL SCALE RATINGS HISTORY
Primary analyst Secondary analyst
Yehuda Markovitz Charlene Chipoyera
Structured Finance & Securitisation Analyst Structured Finance & Securitisation Analyst
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Sector Head: Structured Finance & Securitisation
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APPLICABLE METHODOLOGIES AND RELATED RESEARCH
Global Master Structured Finance Rating Criteria – Sep ’18
Global Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Rating Criteria – Nov ’18
Global Master Criteria for Rating Banks and Other Financial Institutions – Mar ’17
Fox Street 6 (RF) Ltd New Ratings Report – Aug ’18
Investec Bank Limited Financial Institution Ratings Report – Nov ’18
SALIENT FEATURES OF ACCORDED RATINGS
GCR affirms that a.) no part of the rating process was influenced by any other business activities of the credit rating agency; b.) the ratings are based solely on the merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument being rated; c.) such ratings were an independent evaluation of the risks and merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument; and d.) the validity of the ratings is for a maximum of 12 months, or earlier as indicated by the applicable credit rating document.
The Arranger participated in the rating process via teleconferences and other written correspondence. Furthermore, the quality of information received was considered adequate and has been independently verified where possible.
The credit rating has been disclosed to the Issuer.
GCR received the December 2018 pool cut and the quarterly Investor Reports (20 November 2018 and 20 February 2019), as well as home loan pool and reserves balances as at 30 April 2019.
The ratings were solicited by, or on behalf of, the rated entity, and therefore, GCR has been compensated for the provision of the rating.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS/ACRONYMS USED IN THIS DOCUMENT AS PER GCR’S STRUCTURED FINANCE GLOSSARY
|Advance||A lending term, to transfer funds from the creditor to the debtor.|
|Arranger||Usually an Investment bank that advises and constructs a transaction and acts as a conduit between the transaction parties: Client, Issuer, Credit Rating Agency, Investors, Legal Counsel and Servicers.|
|Arrears||General term for non-performing obligations, i.e. obligations that are overdue.|
|Asset||An item with economic value that an entity owns or controls.|
|Bond||A long-term debt instrument issued by either: a company, institution or the government to raise funds.|
|Call Option||A provision that allows an Issuer the right, not the obligation, to repurchase a security before its maturity at an agreed price. The seller has the obligation to sell the security if the call option holder exercises the option.|
|Capital||The sum of money that is used to generate proceeds.|
|Credit Enhancement||Limited protection to a transaction against losses arising from the assets. The credit enhancement can be either internal or external. Internal credit enhancement may include: Subordination; over-collateralisation; excess spread; security package; arrears reserve; reserve fund and hedging. External credit enhancement may include: Guarantees; Letters of Credit and hedging.|
|Credit Rating Agency||An entity that provides credit rating services.|
|Debt||An obligation to repay a sum of money.|
|Default||A default occurs when: 1.) The Borrower is unable to repay its debt obligations in full; 2.) A credit-loss event such as charge-off, specific provision or distressed restructuring involving the forgiveness or postponement of obligations; 3.) The borrower is past due more than X days on any debt obligations as defined in the transaction documents; 4.) The obligor has filed for bankruptcy or similar protection from creditors.|
|Enforcement||To make sure people do what is required by a law or rule et cetera.|
|Excess Spread||The net weighted average interest rate receivable on a pool of assets being greater than the weighted average interest rate payable for the debt securities.|
|Income||Money received, especially on a regular basis, for work or through investments.|
|International Scale Rating LC||International local currency (International LC) ratings measure the likelihood of repayment in the currency of the jurisdiction in which the issuer is domiciled. Therefore, the rating does not take into account the possibility that it will not be able to convert local currency into foreign currency or make transfers between sovereign jurisdictions.|
|Issuer||The party indebted or the person making repayments for its borrowings.|
|Liquidity||The ability to repay short-term obligations or short-term availability of liquid assets to a market or entity.|
|Loan||A sum of money borrowed by a debtor that is expected to be paid back with interest to the creditor. A debt instrument where immovable property is the collateral for the loan. A mortgage gives the lender a right to take possession of the property if the borrower fails to repay the loan. Registration is a prerequisite for the existence of any mortgage loan. A mortgage can be registered over either a corporeal or incorporeal property, even if it does not belong to the mortgagee. Also called a Mortgage bond.|
|Long-Term Rating||A long-term rating reflects an issuer’s ability to meet its financial obligations over the following three to five year period, including interest payments and debt redemptions. This encompasses an evaluation of the organisation’s current financial position, as well as how the position may change in the future with regard to meeting longer term financial obligations.|
|National Scale Rating||The national scale provides a relative measure of creditworthiness for rated entities only within the country concerned. Under this rating scale, a ‘AAA’ long term national scale rating will typically be assigned to the lowest relative risk within that country, which in most cases will be the sovereign state.|
|Option||Either a call or a put option. A call option gives the holder the right to buy assets at an agreed price on or before a particular date. A put option gives the holder the right to sell assets at an agreed price on or before a particular date.|
|Originator||An entity that creates assets (e.g., extends loans).|
|Payment Date||The date on which the payment of a coupon is made.|
|Prepayment||Early or excess repayment of an obligation. Partial or full prepayment of the outstanding loan amount.|
|Prepayment Rate||The rate of prepayment in relation to the pool of obligations. Also called prepayment speed.|
|Principal||The total amount borrowed or lent, e.g. the face value of a bond, excluding interest.|
|Private||An issuance of securities without market participation, however, with a select few investors. Placed on a private basis and not in the open market.|
|Provision||An amount set aside for expected losses to be incurred by a creditor.|
|Rating Outlook||A Rating outlook indicates the potential direction of a rated entity’s rating over the medium term, typically one to two years. An outlook may be defined as: ‘Stable’ (nothing to suggest that the rating will change), ‘Positive’ (the rating symbol may be raised), ‘Negative’ (the rating symbol may be lowered) or ‘Evolving’ (the rating symbol may be raised or lowered).|
|Repayment||Payment made to honour obligations in regards to a credit agreement in the following credited order: 3.) Satisfy the due or unpaid interest charges; 4.) Satisfy the due or unpaid fees or charges; and 5.) To reduce the amount of the principal debt.|
|Securities||Various instruments used in the capital market to raise funds.|
|Securitisation||A process of repackaging portfolios of cash-flow producing financial instruments into securities for sale to third parties.|
|Security||An asset deposited or pledged as a guarantee of the fulfilment of an undertaking or the repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in case of default.|
|Servicer||A transaction appointed agent that performs the servicing of mortgage loans, loan or obligations.|
|Short-Term Rating||An opinion of an issuer’s ability to meet all financial obligations over the upcoming 12 month period, including interest payments and debt redemptions.|
|Spread||The interest rate that is paid in addition to the reference rate for debt securities.|
|Stock Code||A unique code allocated to a publicly listed security.|
|Structured Finance||A method of raising funds in the capital markets. A Structured Finance transaction is established to accomplish certain funding objectives whilst reducing risk.|
|Subordinated Loan||A loan typically given by the Issuer to the securitisation vehicle that is more junior than a junior tranche.|
|Surveillance||Process of monitoring a transaction according to triggers, covenants and key performance indicators.|
|Timely Payment||The principal debt, interest, fees and expenses being repaid promptly in accordance with the contractual obligation.|
|Transaction||A transaction that enables an Issuer to issue debt securities in the capital markets. A debt issuance programme that allows an Issuer the continued and flexible issuance of several types of securities in accordance with the programme terms and conditions.|
|Ultimate Payment||A measure of the principal debt, interest, fees and expenses being repaid over a period of time determined by recoveries.|
|Weighted||The weight that a single obligation has in relation to the aggregated pool of obligations. For example, a single mortgage principal balance divided by the aggregated mortgage pool principal balance.|
|Weighted Average||An average resulting from the multiplication of each component by a factor reflecting its importance or, relative size to a pool of assets or liabilities.|
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