Johannesburg, 28 April 2017 — Global Credit Ratings (“GCR”) has affirmed the following final, public long-term credit ratings accorded to the following Class A Notes issued by The Thekwini Fund 12 (RF) Ltd (the “Issuer”):
|Class A1 Notes,||stock code TH12A1;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook;|
|Class A2 Notes,||stock code TH12A2;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook;|
|Class A3 Notes,||stock code TH12A3;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook;|
|Class A4 Notes,||stock code TH12A4;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook;|
|Class A5 Notes,||stock code TH12A5;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook;|
|Class A6 Notes,||stock code TH12A6;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook;|
|Class A7 Notes,||stock code TH12A7;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook;|
|Class A8 Notes,||stock code TH12A8;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook;|
|Class A9 Notes,||stock code TH12A9;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook;|
|Class A10 Notes,||stock code T12A10;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook;|
|Class A11 Notes,||stock code T12A11;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook;|
|Class A12 Notes,||stock code T12A12;||due 21 February 2048;||Stable Outlook.|
Concurrently, GCR has upgraded the following final, public long-term credit ratings accorded to the following classes of Notes issued by the Issuer, and accorded a Positive Outlook:
|Class B1 Notes,||stock code TH12B1;||due 21 February 2048;||Positive Outlook;|
|Class B2 Notes,||stock code TH12B2;||due 21 February 2048;||Positive Outlook;|
|Class B3 Notes,||stock code TH12B3;||due 21 February 2048;||Positive Outlook;|
|Class B4 Notes,||stock code TH12B4;||due 21 February 2048;||Positive Outlook;|
|Class C1 Notes,||stock code TH12C1;||due 21 February 2048;||Positive Outlook;|
|Class C2 Notes,||stock code TH12C2;||due 21 February 2048;||Positive Outlook;|
|Class C3 Notes,||stock code TH12C3;||due 21 February 2048;||Positive Outlook;|
|Class C4 Notes,||stock code TH12C4;||due 21 February 2048;||Positive Outlook.|
The Transaction also has Class D Notes of R66,000,000 and a subordinated Start-Up Loan of R80,150,000, which are both unrated. The final, public 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.
The Thekwini Fund 12 (RF) Limited established a R4bn Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Programme (the “Programme”) to fund the purchase of a portfolio of home loans originated by SA Home Loans (Pty) Ltd (“SAHL”). SAHL was established in 1999 as a specialist home lender. It is the sixth largest home loan lender and is the largest non-bank home loan lender in South Africa.
The aggregate principal balance of Notes outstanding has declined from R3.21bn in April 2016 to R2.80bn as at 31 March 2017. The Notes have a legal final maturity date in February 2048 and a Scheduled Maturity Date on 21 August 2019. The Transaction benefits from the establishment of a Reserve Fund of R80.15m, as well as an Arrears Reserve, Capital Reserve and an external Redraw Facility.
The Issuer’s home loan portfolio is of a granular nature, comprising in excess of 4,000 home loans as at 31 March 2017. No covenants were breached over the 12 month review period. As per the Eligibility Criteria, no home loan can exceed a Committed Loan-To-Value (“LTV”) ratio in excess of 81% and a Payment-To-Income ratio of 31%. The Weighted Average Current LTV ratio of the portfolio was 63% as at 31 March 2017. GCR has adjusted the Weighted Average Default Frequency and Weighted Average Recovery Rate metrics for the Transaction to 6.8% and 90.9% respectively for a ‘B(ZA)(sf)’ rating scenario. The relatively satisfactory repayment profile of the Issuer’s portfolio and subsequent pay-down of the designated Class A1 Notes over the review period has necessitated a rating upgrade on the Class B and Class C Notes.
For more information on the Transaction please refer to The Thekwini Fund 12 (RF) Limited – R4bn Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Programme Surveillance Report to be published on 28 April 2017.
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APPLICABLE METHODOLOGIES AND RELATED RESEARCH
Global Master Structured Finance Rating Criteria – Feb ’17;
Global Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Rating Criteria – May ’16; and
The Thekwini Fund 12 (RF) Limited New Rating Report – Apr ’16.
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|Arrears||General term for non-performing obligations, i.e. obligations that are overdue.|
|Arrears Reserve||An accounting provision made in a reserve fund for arrears.|
|Capital||The sum of money that is used to generate proceeds.|
|Coupon||Interest payment on a security.|
|Covenant||A provision that is indicative of performance. Covenants are either positive or negative. Positive covenants are activities that the borrower commits to, typically in its normal course of business. Negative covenants are certain limits and restrictions on the borrowers’ activities.|
|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.|
|Eligibility Criteria||Limitations imposed on the type and quality of assets that can be sold by the Originator / Servicer into the Securitisation vehicle which ensure the transaction will track the performance of historical data analysed as closely as possible.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Principal||The total amount borrowed or lent, e.g. the face value of a bond, excluding interest.|
|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.|
|Reserve Fund||A funded account available for use by a Special Purpose Vehicle for one or more specified purposes. A reserve fund is often used as a form of credit enhancement. Typically accumulated over time, through excess cash flows.|
|Securities||Various instruments used in the capital market to raise funds.|
|Short-Term Rating||A short term rating is an opinion of an issuer’s ability to meet all financial obligations over the upcoming 12 month period, including interest payments and debt redemptions.|
|Stock Code||A unique code allocated to a publicly listed security.|
|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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SALIENT FEATURES OF ACCORDED RATINGS
GCR affirms that a.) no part of the ratings was influenced by any other business activities of the credit rating agency; b.) the ratings were 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 ratings document.
The Servicer participated in the rating process via face-to-face meetings and other written correspondence.
The credit ratings have been disclosed to the Servicer with no contestation of the ratings.
The ratings above were solicited by, or on behalf of the rated client, and therefore, GCR has been compensated for the provision of the ratings.
The information received from the Issuer and other reliable third parties to accord the credit ratings included:
- The final signed and executed transaction documents;
- Quarterly Investor reports of the Issuer;
- Prepayments data;
- Foreclosure and recoveries data; and
- Pool cut as at 31 March 2017.