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      Scope updates its covered bond rating methodology and calls for comments
      WEDNESDAY, 29/03/2023 - Scope Ratings GmbH
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      Scope updates its covered bond rating methodology and calls for comments

      Changes to the methodology will not impact existing ratings if implemented as proposed. Market participants can submit comments on the proposed methodology until 29 April 2023.

      Scope’s proposed update of its covered bond rating methodology further clarifies and refines its analytical approach. The core principles of the rating approach remain unchanged and the methodology as proposed would have no impact on existing covered bond ratings. The final version will be published after the call-for-comments period.

      The update clarifies that the methodology can be used to assign ratings to dual recourse covered bonds other than those defined in the European Covered Bond Directive. A key analytical consideration is whether payment obligations on the covered bonds would be affected by a moratorium or other applicable insolvency proceedings attached to the initial issuer or sponsor.

      The updated covered bond rating methodology also includes the following adjustments:

      1. Clarification on how the cover pool complexity category defines the maximum cover pool support;
         
      2. Changes in the analytical approach to assess the credit risk for substitute assets;
         
      3. Alignment of thresholds for assessing the credit quality of cover pool assets with those in the General Structured Finance Rating Methodology;
         
      4. Introduction of an approach to performing additional sensitivity assessments for market risks stresses; and
         
      5. Editorial changes.

      The updated methodology can be downloaded here.

      Scope invites issuers, investors and other interested parties to comment on the methodology by 29 April 2023 as part of the agency’s ongoing commitment to transparency and open dialogue with market participants.

      Please send your comments to consultation@scoperatings.com.

      Scope will review and publish the content of any written response in accordance with regulatory requirements unless the respondent has specifically requested confidentiality.

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