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      Scope assigns instrument rating of (P)BB to subordinated (hybrid) notes of Ilija Batljan Invest AB
      TUESDAY, 01/06/2021 - Scope Ratings GmbH
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      Scope assigns instrument rating of (P)BB to subordinated (hybrid) notes of Ilija Batljan Invest AB

      The rating is based on the investment holding's BBB-/stable issuer rating and the deep subordination and the hybrid characteristics of the instrument.

      The latest information on the rating, including rating reports and related methodologies, is available on this LINK.

      Rating action

      Scope Ratings GmbH (Scope) has today assigned a subordinated debt (hybrid) rating of BB and an instrument rating of (P)BB to the subordinated perpetual floating rate callable capital notes to be issued by Ilija Batljan Invest AB.

      Rating rationale

      IB invest AB intends to issue SEK 500m in subordinated perpetual floating rate callable capital notes (subordinated hybrid instrument; ISIN SE0016101638) with the option to tap to a maximum of SEK 750m in total. Scope has assessed the characteristics of the instrument, which include a deep subordination, ranking only ahead of common equity; deferrable interest at the sole discretion of the issuer with a cumulation built in; the intention to replace the instrument with a similar instrument if needed; and, in Scope’s view, a sufficiently long remaining maturity with the first material step-up after 25 years.

      Given the above characteristics, Scope has assigned a 50% equity content to the notes, in line with its issuer rating assumption. For further information on the rating drivers for the issuer rating (BBB-/Stable)1, please refer to the rating action release published on 28 May 2021.

      Scope rates the subordinated perpetual floating rate callable capital notes to be issued at (P)BB, two notches below the issuer rating of Ilija Batljan invest AB. This is due to the contractually deeply subordinated and hybrid characteristics of the notes.

      The rating on the subordinated perpetual floating rate callable capital notes (subordinated hybrid instrument) is preliminary until the instrument has been issued.

      Rating driver references
      1. Issuer rating action release

      Stress testing & cash flow analysis
      No stress testing was performed. Scope Ratings performed its standard cash flow forecasting for the company.

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      The methodology used for this Credit Rating and/or Outlook, (Corporate Rating Methodology, 26 February 2020), is available on https://www.scoperatings.com/#!methodology/list.
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      This Credit Rating and/or Outlook is issued by Scope Ratings GmbH, Lennéstraße 5, D-10785 Berlin, Tel +49 30 27891-0. The Credit Rating and/or Outlook is UK-endorsed.
      Lead analyst: Thomas Faeh, Executive Director
      Person responsible for approval of the Credit Rating: Olaf Tölke, Managing Director
      The Credit Rating/Outlook was first released by Scope Ratings on 1 June 2021.

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