[non-NRSRO] Handset Installment Sales Receivables Securitization — Moody’s assigns provisional rating to Handset Receivables ABS
Rating Action: Moody’s assigns provisional rating to Handset Receivables ABSGlobal Credit Research – 15 Mar 2021JPY50.0 billion in Debt Securities affectedTokyo, March 15, 2021 — Moody’s SF Japan K.K. has assigned a provisional rating to a handset installment sales receivables ABS.The complete rating action is as follows:Transaction Name: Handset Installment Sales Receivables SecuritizationClass: Senior Trust CertificatesRating: (P)Aaa (sf)Issue Amount: JPY50,000,000,000Scheduled Dividend Rate: FixedClosing Date: March 31, 2021Final Maturity Date: January 16, 2023Underlying Asset: Handset installment sales receivablesTotal Amount of Receivables: JPY65,000,826,175 (JPY64,749,053,329 in principal, as of February 1, 2021)Beneficiary of Asset Trust/Trust Certificates Trustee/Trust Administrator/Private Placement Dealer: Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, LimitedArranger: Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, LimitedRATINGS RATIONALEThe Originator as both the Settlor and Asset Trustee entrusts a pool of handset installment sales receivables under Item 3 of Article 3 of Japan’s Trust Law (Declaration of trust). In turn, the Settlor receives the Securitization Trust Certificates and Settlor Trust Certificates.The Originator, as the Seller, entrusts the Securitization Trust Certificates and cash to the Trust Certificates Trust. In turn, the Seller receives the Senior Trust Certificates, Mezzanine Trust Certificates, Subordinated Trust Certificates and Seller Trust Certificates. The Originator, as a Beneficiary of Asset Trust, hold the Settlor Trust Certificates.The Seller transfers the Senior Trust Certificates and Subordinated Trust Certificates to investors through the Private Placement Dealer and holds the Mezzanine Trust Certificates and Seller Trust Certificates. The transfers of the Senior Trust Certificates and Subordinated Trust Certificates are perfected against the relevant obligors and third parties by obtaining the Trust Certificate Trustee’s approval in writing with a certified date under Article 94 of Japan’s Trust Law.Credit enhancement is mainly provided by the senior/subordinated structure.Subordination for the Senior Trust Certificates comprises approximately 10.4% of the total principal balance of the Senior, Mezzanine and Subordinated Trust Certificates at the closing date.The interest and principal collection of installment sales receivables are allocated to the dividends and principal redemption on the Securitization Trust Certificates and Settlor Trust Certificates on a pari passu basis, in accordance with the ratio of initial outstanding amounts in each of the Trust Certificates.The dividend and principal of the Securitzation Trust Certificates are allocated to the dividends and principal redemption on the Senior, Mezzanine and Subordinated Trust Certificates.The Senior, Mezzanine and Subordinated Trust Certificates are redeemed in a monthly amortization manner. The principal redemption of the Mezzanine Trust Certificates is suspended until the full redemption of the Senior Trust Certificates. The Subordinated Trust Certificates are redeemed to the extent that certain conditions are met.If any of the underlying installment sales receivables defaults, interest corrections up to the defaulted amount is transferred to the principal account (default trapping mechanism). If the interest collections are insufficient in covering the defaulted amount, the outstanding amounts of the Subordinated and Mezzanine Trust Certificates are written off by the insufficient amount in a certain manner.If any trustee replacement preparation event occurs, the Beneficiaries of the Asset Trust are required to prepare for the appointment of a new asset trustee, special servicer and back-up servicer.Key trustee replacement preparation events include the downgrade of the rating of Asset Trustee or its parent company to a certain level.If any trustee replacement events occur, the Beneficiaries of the Asset Trust can dismiss the Asset Trustee and appoint a new asset trustee, special servicer and back-up servicer. In preparation for asset trustee replacement, liquidity is provided in the form of a cash reserve at closing. If any trustee replacement preparation events occur, additional liquidity is provided.Commingling risk is mitigated by the required advance payments, which is conducted if any trustee replacement preparation trigger event occurs.The rating is based mainly on the credit quality of the receivables, the transaction structure and the Originator/Initial Servicer’s experience and credit quality.The underlying assets are handset installment sales receivables originated by the Settlor. The portfolio is highly granular with a large number of consumer obligors.Moody’s estimates the annualized expected default rate of the underlying assets at approximately 0.8%, taking into consideration the receivables’ attributes, historical data on the Settlor’s entire pool, and industry trends. The expected default rate is based on the default definition used in Moody’s analysis and may not be comparable to other rates.To determine the rating, Moody’s also conducted a cash flow analysis by adding stress consistent with the assigned rating on parameters, such as the expected default rate.Moody’s assumes that, given the structure of the transaction and other factors, the risk of interruption to the cash flow from the assets — in the event of the Initial Servicer’s bankruptcy — is sufficiently minimized to achieve the rating assigned.Moody’s considers the Settlor is sufficiently capable of servicing the underlying pool, as the Settlor has substantial experience as a servicer in the mobile telecommunications carrier industry.The principal methodology used in this rating was “Moody’s Approach to Rating Consumer Loan-Backed ABS” (Japanese) published in July 2020 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBS_1230144. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.Factors that would lead to an upgrade or downgrade of the rating:The primary factors that could lead to a downgrade of the rating are the worse performance of the underlying assets than Moody’s had expected and the deterioration of the Settlor’s creditworthiness.Moody’s has also conducted the sensitivity analysis below which provides the number of notches by which the model-indicated output of the deal would have varied if different assumptions had been made as to certain key model parameters. The analysis assumes that the deal has not aged.If the transaction’s annualized expected default rate was changed from 0.8% to 2.4% and 4.0%, and other assumptions remained unchanged, the model-indicated output of the senior portion would change by 0 and 0 notch.The analysis results are model-indicated outputs, which are one of the many quantitative and qualitative factors considered by rating committees in determining actual ratings. This analysis does not intend to measure how the rating of the deal might migrate over time, but rather, how the initial model-indicated output of the deal might have differed if certain key model parameters had been varied.The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on economic activity. 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