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      Scope downgrades class A and affirms Class B notes issued by BCC NPLs 2020 S.r.l. - Italian NPL ABS
      FRIDAY, 23/06/2023 - Scope Ratings GmbH
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      Scope downgrades class A and affirms Class B notes issued by BCC NPLs 2020 S.r.l. - Italian NPL ABS

      Scope downgrades the class A notes and affirms the Class B notes issued by BCC NPLs 2020 S.r.l., a static cash securitisation of a portfolio of Italian non-performing loan receivables, following a performance review.

      Rating action

      Scope Ratings GmbH (Scope) has completed a monitoring review of the following notes issued by BCC NPLs 2020 S.r.l.:

      Class A (ISIN IT0005428245): EUR 383.5m: downgraded to BBB-SF from BBBSF

      Class B (ISIN IT0005428286): EUR 41.0m: affirmed at CCSF

      Class J (ISIN IT0005428294): EUR 24.0m: not rated


      Scope’s review was based on servicer, investor and payment reporting as of January 2023 payment date.

      Transaction overview

      BCC NPLs 2020 S.r.l. is a static cash securitisation of secured and unsecured non-performing loans extended to companies and individuals in Italy worth EUR 2,347 million by gross book value at closing. The portfolio was originated by 90 Italian banks, with doValue S.p.A. performing the role of special servicer and Italfondiario S.p.A. the role of master servicer. The transaction closed on 30 November 2020.

      Aggregate gross collections stood at EUR 181.4m as of 31 December 2022, representing 161.0% of the original business plan expectations up to such date. The sources of total gross collections are judicial proceeds (45.7%), discounted pay-off proceeds (35.1%), credit sales proceeds (12.1%) and other type of collections (7.1%).

      About 24.0% of gross collections (EUR 43.5) came from closed debtors (i.e. debtors for which the recovery process is completed). Scope estimates 4.8% of the initial gross book value has been closed since inception.

      26.3% of the class A notes’ notional has amortised and the reported net proceeds cumulative collection ratio and NPV profitability ratios are 156.7% and 124.0% respectively. No class B interest subordination event has occurred, as both ratios remain above the 90.0% trigger level.

      Rating rationale

      The review addressed a) the observed performance of the collateral as of the review cut-off date, b) Scope´s forward-looking performance assumptions, in the context of the expected macro-economic environment over the remaining life of the transaction, c) the transaction´s updated liability structure, liquidity and interest rate hedging arrangements, and e) the issuer´s exposure to key transaction parties.

      The main considerations on transaction’s performance are the following:

      Hedging (positive)1. A cap agreement mitigates the risk of increased liabilities on the notes resulting from a rise in Euribor.

      Servicing fees and costs (positive)1. Total recovery costs are approximately 5.2% of gross collections to date, which is below Scope’s expectation of 9%.

      Low profitability of secured closed positions (negative)1. Profitability on the secured closed debtors, at 80.3%, is below Scope’s expectations under the B case scenario at closing.

      Key rating drivers

      The transaction's key rating drivers continue to be aligned with those disclosed on our initial rating action release, dated November, 30, 2020.

      Rating-change drivers

      Positive. Improved profitability on secured collections together with a faster than expected pace of collections could positively impact the rating.

      Negative. Slowdown of the Italian economy driven by persistent inflationary pressures combined with tighter monetary policy, and the potential deterioration of ability to pay conditions could impair servicers’ performance on collections.

      Quantitative analysis and assumptions

      Scope analysed cash flows reflecting the transaction’s structural features to calculate each tranche’s expected loss and weighted average life. Scope analysed the assets to produce a rating-conditional cash flow projection of gross recoveries for the portfolio of defaulted loans.

      Scope has updated its modelling assumptions to reflect the current performance of the transaction. At the B case, Scope assumed a lifetime gross recovery rate of 34.5% over a weighted average life of 5.8 years (from 35.9% of 7.1 years at closing). By portfolio segment, Scope assumed a lifetime gross recovery rate of 39.0% and 9.5% over a weighted average life of 5.8 and 5.4 years, for the secured and unsecured portfolios (from 50.7% and 13.9% over 7.4 and 5.2 weighted average life at closing).

      Sensitivity analysis

      Scope tested the resilience of the ratings to deviations in expected recovery rates and recovery timing. This analysis has the sole purpose of illustrating the sensitivity of the rating to input assumptions and is not indicative of expected or likely scenarios.

      The following shows how the results for class A notes would change compared to the assigned rating in the event of:

      • 10% haircut to recoveries, minus three notches;
         
      • a one-year recovery lag increase, zero notches;

      The following shows how the results for class B notes would change compared to the assigned rating in the event of:

      • 10% haircut to recoveries, zero notches;
         
      • a one-year recovery lag increase, zero notches;

      Rating driver references
      1. Transaction documents and reporting (Confidential)

      Cash flow analysis
      Scope Ratings performed a cash flow analysis of the transaction with the use of Scope Ratings’ Cash Flow SF EL Model Version 1.1 incorporating the relevant asset assumptions, taking into account the transaction’s main structural features, such as the notes’ priorities of payment, the notes’ size and coupons. The outcome of the analysis is an expected loss and an expected weighted average life for the notes.

      Methodology
      The methodologies used for these Credit Ratings, (Non-Performing Loan ABS Rating Methodology, 5 August 2022; Counterparty Risk Methodology, 14 July 2022; General Structured Finance Rating Methodology, 25 January 2023), are available on https://www.scoperatings.com/ratings-and-research/structured-finance/methodologies.
      The model used for these Credit Ratings is (Cash Flow Structured Finance Expected Loss Model Version 1.1), available in Scope Ratings’ list of models, published under https://www.scoperatings.com/ratings-and-research/structured-finance/methodologies.
      Information on the meaning of each Credit Rating category, including definitions of default, recoveries, Outlooks and Under Review, can be viewed in ‘Rating Definitions – Credit Ratings, Ancillary and Other Services’, published on https://www.scoperatings.com/governance-and-policies/rating-governance/definitions-and-scales. Historical default rates of the entities rated by Scope Ratings can be viewed in the Credit Rating performance report at https://scoperatings.com/governance-and-policies/regulatory/eu-regulation. Also refer to the central platform (CEREP) of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA): http://cerep.esma.europa.eu/cerep-web/statistics/defaults.xhtml. A comprehensive clarification of Scope Ratings’ definitions of default and Credit Rating notations can be found at https://www.scoperatings.com/governance-and-policies/rating-governance/definitions-and-scales. Guidance and information on how environmental, social or governance factors (ESG factors) are incorporated into the Credit Rating can be found in the respective sections of the methodologies or guidance documents provided on https://scoperatings.com/governance-and-policies/rating-governance/methodologies.

      Solicitation, key sources and quality of information
      The Rated Entity and/or its Related Third Parties participated in the Credit Rating process.
      The following substantially material sources of information were used to prepare the Credit Ratings: public domain, the Rated Entity, the Rated Entities’ Related Third Parties, third parties and Scope Ratings’ internal sources.
      Scope Ratings considers the quality of information available to Scope Ratings on the Rated Entity or instrument to be satisfactory. The information and data supporting these Credit Ratings originate from sources Scope Ratings considers to be reliable and accurate. Scope Ratings does not, however, independently verify the reliability and accuracy of the information and data.
      Scope Ratings has received a third-party asset due diligence assessment/asset audit. The external due diligence assessment/asset audit was considered when preparing the Credit Ratings and it has no impact on the Credit Ratings.
      Prior to the issuance of the Credit Rating action, the Rated Entity was given the opportunity to review the Credit Ratings and the principal grounds on which the Credit Ratings are based. Following that review, the Credit Ratings were not amended before being issued.

      Regulatory disclosures
      These Credit Ratings are issued by Scope Ratings GmbH, Lennéstraße 5, D-10785 Berlin, Tel +49 30 27891-0. The Credit Ratings are UK-endorsed.
      Lead analyst: Stefano Bracchi, Associate Analyst.
      Person responsible for approval of the Credit Ratings: Antonio Casado, Executive Director
      The Credit Rating was first released by Scope Ratings on 30 November 2020.

      Potential conflicts
      See www.scoperatings.com under Governance & Policies/Regulatory for a list of potential conflicts of interest related to the issuance of Credit Ratings.

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