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Fitch Rates Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund/LLC

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings assigns the following rating and Rating Outlook to Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund/LLC:

–$320,000,000 class A notes ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable.

Fitch does not rate the class B, C, D, E, F or subordinated notes.

TRANSACTION SUMMARY

Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund (the issuer) and Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund LLC (the co-issuer) represent an arbitrage cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) that will be managed by Prudential Investment Management, Inc. (Prudential). Net proceeds from the issuance of notes will be used to purchase a portfolio of approximately $500 million of leveraged loans. The CLO will have a four-year reinvestment period.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Credit enhancement (CE) of 36% for class A, in addition to excess spread, is sufficient to protect against portfolio default and recovery rate projections in the ‘AAAsf’ stress scenario. The level of CE for the class A notes is below the average for recent CLO issuances; however, cash flow modeling indicates performance in line with other ‘AAAsf’ rated CLO notes.

‘B+/B’ Asset Quality: The average credit quality of the indicative portfolio is ‘B+/B’, which is slightly better than that of recent CLOs. Issuers rated in the ‘B’ rating category denote relatively weak credit quality; however, in Fitch’s opinion, the class A notes are unlikely to be affected by the foreseeable level of defaults. The class A notes are robust against default rates of up to 57.4%.

Strong Recovery Expectations: The indicative portfolio consists of 96.4% first-lien senior-secured loans. Approximately 89.5% of the indicative portfolio has either strong recovery prospects or a Fitch-assigned Recovery Rating of ‘RR2’ or higher, resulting in a base case recovery assumption of 76.1%. In determination of the class A note rating, Fitch stressed the indicative portfolio by assuming a higher portfolio concentration of assets with lower recovery prospects and further reduced recovery assumptions for higher rating stress assumptions. The analysis of Dryden 37 class A notes assumed a 34.7% recovery rate in Fitch’s ‘AAAsf’ scenario.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Fitch evaluated the structure’s sensitivity to the potential variability of key model assumptions including decreases in weighted average spread or recovery rates and increases in default rates or correlation. Fitch expects the class A notes to remain investment grade even under the most extreme sensitivity scenarios. Results under these sensitivity scenarios ranged between ‘A-sf’ and ‘AAAsf’ for the class A notes.

Sources of information used to assess these ratings were provided by the arranger, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, and the public domain.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the accompanying new issue report, which will be available shortly to investors on Fitch’s website at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

For more information about Fitch’s comprehensive subscription service FitchResearch, which includes all presale reports, surveillance and credit reports on more than 20 asset classes, contact product sales at +1-212-908-0800 or at ‘webmaster@fitchratings.com‘.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria & Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

–‘Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs’ (July 25, 2014);

–‘Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds’ (Dec. 19, 2014);

–‘Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds’ (May 14, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=753057

Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=838868

Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=744158

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=981238

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

Investment & Company InformationFinanceFitch Ratings Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Aaron Hughes

Director

+1-312-368-2074

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

70 West Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60602

or

Secondary Analyst

Cristina Feracota

Associate Director

+1-312-606-2300

or

Committee Chairperson

Derek Miller

Senior Director

+1-312-368-2076

or

Media Relations:

Sandro Scenga, +1-212-908-0278

sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com […]

Fitch to Rate Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund/LLC; Issues Presale

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following rating and Rating Outlook to Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund/LLC:

–$320,000,000 class A notes ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable.

Fitch does not expect to rate the class B, C, D, E, or F notes, or the subordinated notes.

TRANSACTION SUMMARY

Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund (the issuer) and Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund LLC (the co-issuer) represent an arbitrage cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) that will be managed by Prudential Investment Management, Inc. (Prudential). Net proceeds from the issuance of notes will be used to purchase a portfolio of approximately $500 million of leveraged loans. The CLO will have a four-year reinvestment period.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Credit enhancement (CE) of 36% for class A, in addition to excess spread, is sufficient to protect against portfolio default and recovery rate projections in the ‘AAAsf’ stress scenario. The level of CE for the class A notes is below the average for recent CLO issuances.

‘B+/B’ Asset Quality: The average credit quality of the indicative portfolio is ‘B+/B’, which is slightly better than that of recent CLOs. Issuers rated in the ‘B’ rating category denote relatively weak credit quality; however, in Fitch Ratings’ opinion, the class A notes are unlikely to be affected by the foreseeable level of defaults. The class A notes are robust against default rates of up to 57.0%.

Strong Recovery Expectations: The indicative portfolio consists of 96.3% first-lien senior-secured loans. Approximately 83% of the indicative portfolio has either strong recovery prospects or a Fitch-assigned recovery rating of ‘RR2’ or higher, resulting in a base case recovery assumption of 76.2%. In determination of the class A note rating, Fitch stressed the indicative portfolio by assuming a higher portfolio concentration of assets with lower recovery prospects and further reduced recovery assumptions for higher rating stress assumptions. The analysis of Dryden 37 class A notes assumed a 34.7% recovery rate in Fitch’s ‘AAAsf’ scenario.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Fitch evaluated the structure’s sensitivity to the potential variability of key model assumptions including decreases in weighted average spread or recovery rates and increases in default rates or correlation. Fitch expects the class A notes to remain investment grade even under the most extreme sensitivity scenarios. Results under these sensitivity scenarios ranged between ‘A-sf’ and ‘AAAsf’ for the class A notes.

The expected ratings are based on information provided to Fitch as of Jan. 29, 2015. Sources of information used to assess these ratings were provided by the arranger, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, and the public domain.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further detailed in the accompanying presale report, available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘ or by clicking on the link.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria & Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

–‘Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs’ (July 25, 2014);

–‘Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds’ (Dec. 19, 2014);

–‘Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds’ (May 14, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Dryden 37 Senior Loan Fund/LLC

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=861208

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=753057

Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=838868

Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=744158

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=978867

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

Security Upgrades & DowngradesInvestment & Company InformationFitch Ratings Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Aaron Hughes

Director

+1-312-368-2074

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

70 West Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60602

or

Secondary Analyst

Cristina Feracota

Associate Director

+1-312-606-2300

or

Committee Chairperson

Derek Miller

Senior Director

+1-312-368-2076

or

Media Relations

Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278

sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com […]

Fitch Rates GoldenTree Loan Opportunities IX, Limited/LLC

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings assigns the following rating to GoldenTree Loan Opportunities IX, Limited/LLC:

–$409,500,000 class A notes ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable.

Fitch does not rate the class B-1, B-2, C, D, E or F notes or the subordinated notes.

TRANSACTION SUMMARY

GoldenTree Loan Opportunities IX, Limited (the issuer) and GoldenTree Loan Opportunities IX, LLC (the co-issuer) together comprise an arbitrage cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) that will be managed by GoldenTree Asset Management LP (GoldenTree). Net proceeds from the issuance of the secured and subordinated notes will be used to purchase a portfolio of approximately $650 million of primarily senior-secured leveraged loans. The CLO will have a four-year reinvestment period and a two-year noncall period.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): CE of 37% for the class A notes, in addition to excess spread, is sufficient to protect against portfolio default and recovery rate projections in a ‘AAAsf’ stress scenario. The degree of CE available to the class A notes is slightly lower than the average CE of recent CLO issuances; however, cash flow modeling indicates performance is in line with other ‘AAAsf’ CLO notes.

‘B/B-‘ Asset Quality: The average credit quality of the indicative portfolio is approximately ‘B/B-‘, which is comparable to recent CLOs. Issuers rated in the ‘B’ rating category denote a highly speculative credit quality; however, in Fitch’s opinion, class A notes are unlikely to be affected by the foreseeable level of defaults. Class A notes are projected to be able to withstand default rates of up to 64.2%.

Strong Recovery Expectations: The indicative portfolio consists of 96.9% first-lien senior-secured loans. Approximately 95% of the indicative portfolio has either strong recovery prospects or a Fitch-assigned Recovery Rating of ‘RR2’ or higher, resulting in a base case recovery assumption of 76%. In determining the class A note rating, Fitch stressed the indicative portfolio by assuming a higher portfolio concentration of assets with lower recovery prospects and further reduced recovery assumptions for higher rating stress scenarios. The analysis of GoldenTree IX class A notes assumed a 35.2% recovery rate in Fitch’s ‘AAAsf’ scenario.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Fitch evaluated the structure’s sensitivity to the potential variability of key model assumptions, including decreases in weighted average spread or recovery rates and increases in default rates or correlation. Fitch expects the class A notes to remain investment grade even under the most extreme sensitivity scenarios. Results under these sensitivity scenarios ranged between ‘A-sf’ and ‘AAAsf’ for the class A notes.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the accompanying new issue report, which will be available shortly to investors on Fitch’s website at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

For more information about Fitch’s comprehensive subscription service FitchResearch, which includes all presale reports, surveillance and credit reports on more than 20 asset classes, contact product sales at +1-212-908-0800 or at ‘webmaster@fitchratings.com‘.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

The sources of information used to assess these ratings were the transaction documents provided by the arranger, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, and the public domain.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

–‘Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs’ (July 25, 2014);

–‘Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds’ (Jan. 23, 2014);

–‘Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds’ (May 14, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=753057

Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=725537

Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=744158

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=917375

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

Security Upgrades & DowngradesFinanceFitch Ratings Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst:

Robert Rhein, +1-312-606-2314

Director

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

70 West Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60602

or

Secondary Analyst:

Joseph Farfsing, +1-312-368-3346

Associate Director

or

Committee Chairperson:

Derek Miller, +1-312-368-2076

Senior Director

or

Media Relations:

Sandro Scenga, New York, +1-212-908-0278

sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com […]

Fitch Rates Sound Harbor Loan Fund 2014-1 Ltd./LLC

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings assigns the following ratings to Sound Harbor Loan Fund 2014-1 Ltd./LLC (SHLF 2014-1):

–$281,200,000 class A-1 notes ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable.

Fitch does not rate the class A-2, B, C, D or subordinated notes.

TRANSACTION SUMMARY

Sound Harbor Loan Fund 2014-1 Ltd. (the issuer) and Sound Harbor Loan Fund 2014-1 LLC (the co-issuer) together comprise an arbitrage cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) that will be managed by Sound Harbor Partners LLC (Sound Harbor). Net proceeds from the issuance of the secured and subordinated notes will be used to purchase a portfolio of approximately $450 million of primarily senior secured leveraged loans. The CLO will have a four-year reinvestment period and a two-year noncall period.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Credit enhancement (CE) of 37.5% for the class A-1 notes, in addition to excess spread, is sufficient to protect against portfolio default and recovery rate projections in an ‘AAAsf’ stress scenario. The degree of CE available to the class A-1 notes is slightly above the average CE of recent CLO issuances.

‘B’ Asset Quality: The average credit quality of the indicative portfolio is ‘B’, which is comparable to recent CLOs. Issuers rated in the ‘B’ rating category denote relatively weak credit quality; however, in Fitch’s opinion, class A-1 notes are unlikely to be affected by the foreseeable level of defaults. Class A-1 notes are projected to be able to withstand default rates of up to 63.2%.

Strong Recovery Expectations: The indicative portfolio consists of 98.6% first lien senior-secured loans. Approximately 93.9% of the indicative portfolio has either strong recovery prospects or a Fitch-assigned recovery rating of ‘RR2’ or higher, resulting in a base case recovery assumption of 77.6%. In determining the class A-1 note rating, Fitch stressed the indicative portfolio by assuming a higher portfolio concentration of assets with lower recovery prospects and further reduced recovery assumptions for higher rating stress assumptions. The analysis of the class A-1 notes assumed a 36.1% recovery rate in Fitch’s ‘AAAsf’ scenario.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

In addition to Fitch’s stated criteria, the agency analyzed the structure’s sensitivity to the potential variability of key model assumptions including decreases in weighted average spread or recovery rates and increases in default rates or correlation. Fitch expects the class A-1 notes to remain investment grade even under the most extreme sensitivity scenarios. Results under these sensitivity scenarios ranged between ‘A+sf’ and ‘AAAsf’ for the class A-1 notes.

The sources of information used to assess these ratings were provided by the arranger, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, and the public domain.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the accompanying new issue report, which will be available shortly to investors on Fitch’s website at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

For more information about Fitch’s comprehensive subscription service FitchResearch, which includes all presale reports, surveillance and credit reports on more than 20 asset classes, contact product sales at +1-212-908-0800 or at ‘webmaster@fitchratings.com‘.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria & Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

–‘Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs’ (July 25, 2014);

–‘Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds’ (Jan. 23, 2014);

–‘Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds’ (May 14, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=753057

Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=725537

Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=744158

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=911575

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

Security Upgrades & DowngradesInvestment & Company InformationFitch Ratings Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Aaron Hughes

Director

+1-312-368-2074

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

70 West Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60602

or

Secondary Analyst

Bradley Howe, CFA

Associate Director

+1-312-368-2081

or

Committee Chairperson
Derek Miller
Senior Director
+1-312-368-2076
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, +1-212-908-0278 (New York)
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com

[…]

Fitch to Rate Sound Harbor Loan Fund 2014-1, Ltd./LLC; Presale Issued

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following ratings to Sound Harbor Loan Fund 2014-1, Ltd./LLC (SHLF 2014-1):

–$281,200,000 class A-1 notes ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable.

Fitch does not expect to rate the class A-2, B, C, D or subordinated notes.

TRANSACTION SUMMARY

Sound Harbor Loan Fund 2014-1, Ltd. (the issuer) and Sound Harbor Loan Fund 2014-1, LLC (the co-issuer) together comprise an arbitrage cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) that will be managed by Sound Harbor Partners LLC (Sound Harbor). Net proceeds from the issuance of the secured and subordinated notes will be used to purchase a portfolio of approximately $450 million of primarily senior secured leveraged loans. The CLO will have a four-year reinvestment period and a two-year noncall period.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Credit enhancement (CE) of 37.5% for the class A-1 notes, in addition to excess spread, is sufficient to protect against portfolio default and recovery rate projections in a ‘AAAsf’ stress scenario. The degree of CE available to the class A-1 notes is in line with the average CE of recent CLO issuances.

‘B’ Asset Quality: The average credit quality of the indicative portfolio is ‘B’, which is comparable to recent CLOs. Issuers rated in the ‘B’ rating category denote relatively weak credit quality; however, in Fitch Ratings’ opinion, class A-1 notes are unlikely to be affected by the foreseeable level of defaults. Class A-1 notes are projected to be able to withstand default rates of up to 62.4%.

Strong Recovery Expectations: The indicative portfolio consists of 97.5% first lien senior-secured loans. Approximately 93% of the indicative portfolio has either strong recovery prospects or a Fitch-assigned recovery rating of ‘RR2’ or higher, resulting in a base case recovery assumption of 76.8%. In determining the class A-1 note rating, Fitch stressed the indicative portfolio by assuming a higher portfolio concentration of assets with lower recovery prospects and further reduced recovery assumptions for higher rating stress assumptions. The analysis of SHLF class A-1 notes assumed a 35.7% recovery rate in Fitch’s ‘AAAsf’ scenario.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

In addition to Fitch’s stated criteria, the agency analyzed the structure’s sensitivity to the potential variability of key model assumptions including decreases in weighted average spread or recovery rates and increases in default rates or correlation. Fitch expects the class A-1 notes to remain investment grade even under the most extreme sensitivity scenarios. Results under these sensitivity scenarios ranged between ‘A-sf’ and ‘AAAsf’ for the class A-1 notes.

The expected ratings are based on information provided to Fitch as of Sept. 18, 2014. Sources of information used to assess these ratings were provided by the arranger, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, and the public domain. Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the accompanying presale report.

The presale report is available to investors on Fitch’s web site at www.fitchratings.com. For more information about Fitch’s comprehensive subscription service FitchResearch, which includes all presale reports, surveillance and credit reports on more than 20 asset classes, contact product sales at +1-212-908-0800 or at ‘webmaster@fitchratings.com‘.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria & Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

–‘Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs’ (July 25, 2014);

–‘Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds’ (Jan. 23, 2014);

–‘Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds’ (May 14, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Sound Harbor Loan Fund 2014-1, Ltd./LLC

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=772528

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Global Rating Criteria for Corporate CDOs

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=753057

Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=725537

Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=744158

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=877874

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

Security Upgrades & DowngradesInvestment & Company InformationFitch Ratings Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst:

Aaron Hughes, +1-312-368-2074

Director

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

70 West Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60602

or

Secondary Analyst:

Bradley Howe, +1-312-368-2081

Associate Director

or

Committee Chairperson:

Derek Miller, +1-312-368-2076

Senior Director

or

Media Relations:

Sandro Scenga, New York, +1-212-908-0278

sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com […]