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Fitch Affirms Oklahoma Student Loan Authority, Series 2013-1 Notes

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings affirms the senior notes at ‘AAAsf’ issued by Oklahoma Student Loan Authority, Series 2013-1 (OSLA 2013-1). The Rating Outlook remains Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of 100% of Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans. The credit quality of the trust collateral is high, in Fitch’s opinion, based on the guarantees provided by the transaction’s eligible guarantors and reinsurance provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for at least 97% of principal and accrued interest. Fitch currently rates the U.S. ‘AAA’ with a Stable Outlook.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): CE is provided by overcollateralization (OC; the excess of trust’s asset balance over bond balance) and excess spread. As of December 2014, parity was at 105.64%. Additionally, the trust is in turbo and no cash will be released until all notes have been paid in full.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support for the notes is provided by a reserve account currently at 0.25% of the bond balance.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: OSLA is responsible for day-to-day servicing of the trust as Nelnet Servicing LLC provides backup servicing. Fitch believes both are acceptable servicers of FFELP student loans.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Since FFELP student loan ABS rely on the U.S. government to reimburse defaults, ‘AAAsf’ FFELP ABS ratings will likely move in tandem with the ‘AAA’ U.S. sovereign rating. Aside from the U.S. sovereign rating, defaults and basis risk account for the majority of the risk embedded in FFELP student loan transactions. Additional defaults and basis shock beyond Fitch’s published stresses could result in future downgrades. Likewise, a buildup of credit enhancement driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

Fitch has affirmed the following ratings:

Oklahoma Student Loan Authority, Series 2013-1:

–Series 2013-1 at AAAsf; Outlook Stable.

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

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

–‘Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria’ dated June 23, 2014;

–‘Oklahoma Student Loan Authority, Series 2013-1 (US ABS)’ dated March 26, 2013.

A comparison of the transaction’s RW&Es to those of typical RW&Es for student loans is available by accessing the reports and links below:

–‘Oklahoma Student Loan Authority, Series 2013-1 – Appendix’, dated March 26, 2013;

–‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions — Amended’, dated April 17, 2012.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

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

Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=750530

Oklahoma Student Loan Authority, Series 2013-1 — Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=704451

Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=799248

Oklahoma Student Loan Authority, Series 2013-1 (US ABS)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=704397

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=980208

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.

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Victoria Ohorodnyk

Associate Director

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Fitch Ratings, Inc.

33 Whitehall Street

New York, NY 10004

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Tracy Wan

Senior Director

+1 212-908-9171

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Fitch to Rate Navient Student Loan Trust 2015-1; Presale Issued

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings expects to rate Navient Student Loan Trust 2015-1 as follows:

–$257,400,000 class A-1 notes ‘AAAsf(exp)’; Outlook Stable;

–$472,600,000 class A-2 notes ‘AAAsf(exp)’; Outlook Stable;

–$20,000,000 class B notes ‘A+sf(exp)’; Outlook Stable.

Key Rating Drivers

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans, including approximately 15.1% of rehab loans, with guaranties provided by eligible guarantors and reinsurance provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for at least 97% of principal and accrued interest. Fitch currently rates the U.S. at ‘AAA’/Stable Outlook.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Cash flow scenarios for the class A and B notes were satisfactory under Fitch’s ‘AAAsf’ and ‘A+sf’ stresses, respectively. Credit enhancement (CE) is provided by overcollateralization (OC), excess spread and, for the class A notes, approximately 2.67% of subordination provided by the class B notes. A target OC amount equal to the greater of 1.50% of the adjusted pool balance and $3 million must be met before excess cash can be released.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a reserve account sized at 1.65% of the initial student loan balance which is funded at closing. The required reserve account balance for any distribution dates prior to May 25, 2016 (the step-down date) is 1.65% of the current student loan balance. Thereafter, the requirement will be the greater of 0.25% of the current student loan balance and 0.10% of the initial student loan balance.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Navient Solutions, Inc. (formerly known as Sallie Mae, Inc.) will service 100% of the trust’s student loan pool. In Fitch’s opinion, Navient Solutions, Inc. is an acceptable servicer of FFELP student loans.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Since FFELP student loan ABS rely on the U.S. government to reimburse defaults, ‘AAAsf’ FFELP ABS ratings will likely move in tandem with the ‘AAA’ U.S. sovereign rating. Aside from the U.S. sovereign rating, defaults and basis risk account for the majority of the risk embedded in FFELP student loan transactions. Additional defaults and basis shock beyond Fitch’s published stresses could result in future downgrades. Likewise, a buildup of CE driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the pre-sale report titled ‘Navient Student Loan Trust 2015-1’, and for a further discussion on the representations, warranties, and enforcement mechanisms available to investors in this transaction, please see the related presale appendix, dated Feb. 12, 2015, available on www.fitchratings.com, or by clicking on the link.

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (August, 2014);

–‘Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria’ (June, 2014).

–‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ (October, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Navient Student Loan Trust 2015-1 (US ABS)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=861944

Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=799248

Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=750530

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

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

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=979603

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.

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Nicole Edwards

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Fitch Ratings, Inc.

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Secondary Analyst

Victoria Ohorodnyk

Director

+1-212-908-0866

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Committee Chairperson

Tracy Wan

Senior Director

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Media Relations:

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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: Loan Mod Loss Reporting Not Uniform among U.S. RMBS Servicers

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

U.S. RMBS servicers are not uniformly reporting losses associated with principal forbearance loan modifications, according to Fitch Ratings in its latest ‘US RMBS Servicer Snapshot’ report.

Fitch found that the timing of realized loss reporting can vary for loan modifications (mods) with principal forbearance. The forborne amount is often reported as a loss at the time of the mod. However, this is not always the case. The loss realization can also be delayed until the loan is liquidated.

Principal forbearance loan mods are important tools in the suite of options available to mortgage loan servicers for working with borrowers through challenging situations. Under a principal forbearance mod, the borrower’s interest-bearing principal balance is reduced, thus lowering the monthly payment. The forborne amount is not forgiven; the borrower is still obligated to repay the full principal amount when the property is sold or the loan is refinanced. If the loan reaches maturity, the forborne amount is required to be repaid as a balloon payment.

Mortgage loans are generally modified under either the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) program, or under a ‘proprietary’ mod program outside of HAMP. Fitch estimates that roughly 1.5 million private label RMBS loans were modified between June 2009 and June 2014. Of that amount, approximately one-third received a HAMP mod, with the remaining two-thirds falling under a proprietary program.

The Treasury Department’s guidance for HAMP mods is for servicers to report to the trustee or securities administrator any forborne principal as a realized loss at the time of the loan modification. Fitch has found that servicers generally follow this reporting guidance for HAMP mods, as well as for many proprietary principal forbearance mod programs.

However, servicers may take a different reporting approach with proprietary mods. Instead of reporting the non-interest bearing deferred amounts as a loss at the time of the mod, the loss may be reported at the time the loan is liquidated. Servicers that report forborne loss amounts in this manner for proprietary mods indicated to Fitch that their approach is guided by the pooling and servicing agreement. If the borrower is eventually able to pay off the loan in full (including the forborne principal), a loss may never be reported.

Fitch’s rating analysis of seasoned transactions is governed by several factors. Among them include observed performance, cash flow analysis, deal structure, servicer practices and loss timing. The impact of delayed reporting of forborne principal losses on RMBS is that subordinate bonds do not incur a principal writedown at the time of the mod. This may allow subordinate bonds to remain outstanding longer than if the loss were realized at the time of the mod. However, Fitch believes that the high percentage of distressed ratings on legacy transactions reflect conservative cash flow assumptions and therefore delayed loss recognition will have minimal ratings pressure.

Fitch will continue to monitor servicer approaches to reporting losses related to principal forbearance on proprietary loan modifications and its impact to RMBS transactions.

‘US RMBS Servicer Snapshot’ is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘ or by clicking on the link.

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Monthly RMBS Servicer Snapshot

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=846948

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.

FinanceInvestment & Company Information Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Natasha Aikins

Director

+1-212-908-0272

Fitch Ratings

33 Whitehall Street

New York, NY 10004

or

Roelof Slump

Managing Director

+1-212-908-0705

or

Media Relations

Elizabeth Fogerty

+1-212-908-0526

New York

elizabeth.fogerty@fitchratings.com

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Media Relations

Sandro Scenga

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New York

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Fitch Rates Citigroup Mortgage Loan Trust 2014-12

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings and Rating Outlooks to one group in Citigroup Mortgage Loan Trust 2014-12 Group 3 Securities:

–$32,493,000 class 3A1 ‘BBBsf’; Outlook Stable.

Fitch is not expected to rate the following class:

–$10,127,235 class 3A2.

CMLTI 2014-12 is composed of three groups. Fitch is rating one bond in one of the groups (Bond 3A1 in group 3). Each group is a resecuritization of an ownership interest in a residential mortgage-backed security. As a resecuritization, the securities will receive their cash-flow from the underlying security. The Fitch-rated group is collateralized with class 6-A-1 from Adjustable Rate Mortgage Trust 2005-7. While the mortgage pool has performed worse than initial expectations, performance has stabilized and improved in recent years.

Fitch’s stressed mortgage pool loss assumption in the ‘BBBsf’ rating scenario is approximately 21% of the underlying pool. Fitch assumes home prices decline 20% below their sustainable levels in a ‘BBBsf’ rating scenario. The principal balances of all subordinate classes of the underlying transaction have been entirely written down and the underlying class has already experienced writedowns.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Key rating drivers include the performance of the underlying pool as well as the collateral characteristics, such as sustainable loan-to-value ratio (sLTV), credit score and geographic concentration. For the Fitch rated group, Fitch ran various prepayment speeds and loss timing scenarios in its analysis of the deal structure. This analysis was done to determine that the cash flow to the senior bond rated by Fitch would not be exposed to losses as a result of potential alternative cash flow timing stress scenarios.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Fitch analyzes each bond in a number of different scenarios to determine the likelihood of full principal recovery and timely interest. The scenario analysis incorporates various combinations of the following stressed assumptions: mortgage loss, loss timing, interest rates, prepayments, servicer advancing and loan modifications.

The analysis includes rating stress scenarios from ‘CCCsf’ to ‘AAAsf’. The ‘CCCsf’ scenario is intended to be the most likely base-case scenario. Rating scenarios above ‘CCCsf’ are increasingly more stressful and have less likely outcomes. Although many variables are adjusted in the stress scenarios, the primary driver of the loss scenarios is the home price forecast assumption. In the ‘Bsf’ scenario, Fitch assumes home prices decline 10% below their long-term sustainable level. The home price decline assumption is increased by 5% at each higher rating category up to a 35% decline in the ‘AAAsf’ scenario.

The group-to-bond association for the Fitch-rated group is as follows: Group 3 represents a 54.69% interest in the Adjustable Rate Mortgage Trust 2005-7, Class 6-A-1. Fitch’s ‘BBBsf’ rating for class 3A1 reflects the credit risk of the underlying transaction and the additional subordination provided by the new resecuritization trust. The underlying collateral pool for Adjustable Rate Mortgage Trust 2005-7, class 6-A-1 consists entirely of hybrid ARM mortgage loans. As of Nov. 25, 2014, Fitch estimates the loans remaining in the underlying pool had an original weighted average (WAVG) credit score of 716 and an estimated current combined loan-to-value of 82%. The top three state concentrations are California (32%), Florida (11%) and Arizona (8%). Approximately 10% of the remaining pool is delinquent.

For further information, see Citigroup Mortgage Loan Trust 2014-12 Representations and Warranties Appendix, published today.

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (May 2014);

–‘U.S. RMBS Master Rating Criteria,’ (July 2014);

–‘U.S. RMBS Surveillance and Re-REMIC Criteria’ (June 2014);

–‘U.S. RMBS Loan Loss Model Criteria’ (November 2014);

–‘Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds’ (May 2014);

–‘U.S. RMBS Cash Flow Analysis Criteria’ (April 2014);

–‘Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds’ (January 2014);

–‘Rating Criteria for US Residential and Small Balance Commercial Mortgage Servicers’ (January 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Citigroup Mortgage Loan Trust 2014-12 – Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=845528

U.S. RMBS Surveillance and Re-REMIC Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=750110

U.S. RMBS Master Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=750719

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

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

Rating Criteria for US Residential and Small Balance Commercial Mortgage Servicers

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=731747

U.S. RMBS Cash Flow Analysis Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=746027

Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds

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

U.S. RMBS Loan Loss Model Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=810788

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=961895

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.

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Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Ryan O’Loughlin

Analyst

+1-212-908-0387

Fitch Ratings, Inc., 33 Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004

or

Committee Chairperson

Grant Bailey

Managing Director

+1-212-908-0544

or

Media Relations:

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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.

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Director

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Associate Director

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Committee Chairperson:

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Fitch Affirms Sr and Upgrades Sub Notes of Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-6

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings affirms the senior student loan notes at ‘AAAsf’ and upgrades the subordinate notes to ‘AAsf’ from ‘A+sf’ issued by Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-6. The Rating Outlook on all the notes, which is tied to the sovereign rating of the U.S. government, is Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral is comprised of 100% of Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans including about 21% of rehabilitated FFELP loans. The credit quality of the trust collateral is high, in Fitch’s opinion, based on the guarantees provided by the transaction’s eligible guarantors and at least 97% reinsurance of principal and accrued interest provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Cash flows scenarios for the class A and B notes were satisfactory under Fitch’s stresses. Total parity is 101.01% and senior parity is 104.16%. Total credit enhancement (CE) is provided by overcollateralization (OC), excess spread and, for the class A notes, subordination provided by the class B notes. Excess cash may be released from the trust as long as CE OF 1% of the adjusted pool balance or $2 million is maintained.

Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a reserve account (0.65% of outstanding notes).

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Nelnet, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and EFS are servicers of this trust. In Fitch’s opinion, all servicers are acceptable servicers of FFELP student loans.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Since FFELP student loan ABS rely on the U.S. government to reimburse defaults, ‘AAAsf’ FFELP ABS ratings will likely move in tandem with the ‘AAA’ U.S. sovereign rating. Aside from the U.S. sovereign rating, defaults and basis risk account for the majority of the risk embedded in FFELP student loan transactions. Additional defaults and basis shock beyond Fitch’s published stresses could result in future downgrades. Likewise, a buildup of credit enhancement driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

Fitch has taken the following rating actions:

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-6:

–Class A affirmed at ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–Class B upgraded to ‘AAsf’ from ‘A+sf’; Outlook Stable.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

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

–‘Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria’ dated June 23, 2014.

–‘Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-6 (US ABS)’, dated Nov. 30, 2012.

A comparison of the transaction’s RW&Es to those of typical RW&Es for student loans is available by accessing the reports and links below:

‘Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-6 — Appendix’, dated Nov. 30, 2012.

‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’, dated Oct. 31, 2014.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

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

Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=750530

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-6 (US ABS)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=695748

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-6 — Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=695791

Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=799248

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=913574

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 RatingsNelnetstudent loanFFELP Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Victoria Ohorodnyk

Associate Director

+1-212-908-0866

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

33 Whitehall Street

New York, NY 10004

or

Committee Chairperson

Tracy Wan

Senior Director

+1-212-908-9171

or

Media Relations

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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
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Senior Director
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or
Media Relations:
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[…]

Fitch to Rate GoldenTree Loan Opportunities IX, Limited/LLC; Issues Presale

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings expects to assign the following rating and Rating Outlook to GoldenTree Loan Opportunities IX, Limited/LLC:

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

Fitch does not expect to 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 64.8%.

Strong Recovery Expectations: The indicative portfolio consists of 96.6% first-lien senior secured loans. Approximately 96.6% 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 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 35.4% 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 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 Oct. 3, 2014. Sources of information used to assess these ratings were provided by the arranger, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, 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’ (Jan. 23, 2014);

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: GoldenTree Loan Opportunities IX, Limited/LLC

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=780648

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=889814

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, +1 212-908-0278

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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 […]