Scope lifts review for downgrade from PR Aircraft Finance SA - Compartment 1
Scope Ratings has today lifted its review on downgrade on the A- (A minus) rating on the notes issued by PR Aircraft Finance S.A. – Compartment 1 (PR Aircraft). Scope has found no evidence that Boeing aircraft values have been affected by the B737Max issues, after monitoring aircraft values since the review for downgrade was assigned.
With this rating action PR Aircraft’s rating is no longer under review for downgrade.
Scope reviewed the rating on the notes issued by PR Aircraft following market developments that justified placing the rating under review for downgrade on 2 May 2019 (see previous Rating Action Release notice on www.scoperatings.com). Scope has found no evidence of any significant market value correction. Aircraft market values and the number of transactions completed in the market since May 2019 have not reflected value corrections that can be related to the incidents affecting
The review for downgrade coincided with the New York Times questioning Boeing’s safety and quality controls which would affect Boeing’s 787 plant in North Charleston, in a journalistic investigation that reviewed internal emails, corporate documents and federal records related to Boeing manufacturing plants after the two B737Max aircraft crashes in 2018 and 2019.
All loans in the portfolio are directly or indirectly secured by one or more aircraft and, in certain instances, direct recourse to a lessor.
Scope continuously monitors PR Aircraft Finance S.A. – Compartment 1.
Alignment of incentives (positive). The portfolio’s performance is closely aligned with the incentives of Investec, which retains sufficient interest in the transaction.
Excess spread (positive). The portfolio generates excess spread above the coupon promised on the notes, which can buffer losses from loan defaults and, when trapped, will build hard credit enhancement.
Single-industry exposure (negative). The portfolio is solely exposed to the airline industry, which is inherently cyclical and highly sensitive to macroeconomic shocks. Scope reflects this in its analysis.
Asset replenishment (negative). The revolving nature of the vehicle exposes investors to a long risk horizon, increasing the risk of the portfolio’s credit characteristics changing over time. This is partly mitigated by Investec’s experience and incentives in sourcing adequate investments.
The rating could be positively affected if newly purchased assets have a better credit quality than the current average in the pool.
The rating could be negatively affected if aircraft values drop across the board.
The rating could be negatively affected if the aviation industry undergoes a cycle of unexpected downturn volatility that is abnormal for the sector. Such volatility could be attributed to a global economic depression linked to unusually high oil prices, a change in state trade rules and regulations, or higher interest rates.
The rating could be negatively affected if newly purchased assets have a worse credit quality than the current average in the pool.
Scope tested the sensitivity of the rating against deviations from main modelling assumptions, including the credit quality of obligors and market-value-decline assumptions on aircraft. This analysis has the sole purpose of illustrating the sensitivity of the rating and is not indicative of expected or likely scenarios.
- The rating would decrease by one notch if the average obligor quality (airline, lessee or guarantor) decreased by one notch to B from B+.
- The rating would decrease by one notch if downside volatility increased by 10 percentage points.
Stress testing & cash flow analysis
No stress testing was performed. No cash flow analysis was performed.
The methodologies used for this rating, the Aviation Finance Rating Methodology and the General Structured Finance Methodology are available on www.scoperatings.com.
Historical default rates of the entities rated by Scope Ratings can be viewed in the rating performance report on https://www.scoperatings.com/#governance-and-policies/regulatory-ESMA. Please also refer to the central platform (CEREP) of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA): http://cerep.esma.europa.eu/cerepweb/statistics/defaults.xhtml. A comprehensive clarification of Scope’s definition of default as well as definitions of rating notations can be found in Scope’s public credit rating methodologies on www.scoperatings.com.
The rating outlook indicates the most likely direction of the rating if the rating were to change within the next 12 to 18 months.
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Scope Ratings GmbH has relied on a third-party asset due diligence/asset audit. The external due diligence/ asset audit has no negative impact on the credit rating.
Prior to the issuance of the rating or outlook action, the rated entity was given the opportunity to review the rating and/or outlook and the principal grounds on which the credit rating and/or outlook is based. Following that review, the rating was not amended before being issued.
This credit rating and/or rating outlook is issued by Scope Ratings GmbH.
Lead analyst Helene Spro, Associate Director
Person responsible for approval of the rating: Carlos Terré, Managing Director
The ratings/outlooks were first released by Scope on 27 January 2017. The ratings/outlooks were last updated on 2 May 2019.
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