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Purple Finance CLO 1 DAC Class B To E Ratings Raised; Classes A And F Affirmed


  • We raised our ratings on Purple Finance CLO 1 DAC's class B, C, D, and E notes due to deleveraging.
  • At the same time, we affirmed our rating on the class A and F notes.
  • Purple Finance CLO 1 DAC is a cash flow CLO transaction securitizing mainly European leveraged loans and is managed by MV Credit Partners LLP.

LONDON (S&P Global Ratings) Nov. 9, 2023--S&P Global Ratings today raised its credit ratings on Purple Finance CLO 1 DAC's class B notes to 'AAA (sf)' from 'AA (sf)', class C to 'AA+ (sf)' from 'A (sf)', class D to 'A (sf)' from 'BBB (sf)', and class E to 'BB+ (sf)' from 'BB (sf)'. We also affirmed our 'AAA (sf)' rating on the class A notes and our 'B- (sf)' rating on the class F notes.

Purple Finance CLO 1 is a cash flow CLO transaction securitizing a portfolio of primarily senior secured euro-denominated leveraged loans and bonds issued by European borrowers. The transaction is managed by MV Credit Partners LLP. Its reinvestment period ended in January 2022.

Today's rating actions follow the application of our relevant criteria and our credit and cash flow analysis of the transaction based on the September 2023 trustee report.

Since the end of the reinvestment period, the class A notes have amortized to 47% of their initial size. As a result, the credit enhancement has increased for the class A, B, C, D, and E notes, and has remained stable for the class F notes.

Despite some deterioration of the portfolio's weighted-average rating since closing to 'B' from 'B+', our scenario default rates (SDRs) have benefited from a reduction of the portfolio's weighted-average life to 3.37 years from 6.20 years and have decreased at each rating level.

According to the September 2023 trustee report, all of the notes are paying current interest and all the coverage tests are passing.

Table 1

Assets key metrics
Current* As of closing
Portfolio weighted-average rating B B+
'CCC' assets (%) 4.7 0.0
Weighted-average life (years) 3.37 6.20
Obligor diversity measure 66.7 92.7
Industry diversity measure 19.3 20.6
Regional diversity measure 1.1 1.3
Total collateral amount (mil. €)§ 200.34 300.00
Defaulted assets (mil. €) 0.97 0.00
Number of performing obligors 80 110
'AAA' SDR (%) 58.06 66.68
'AAA' WARR (%) 37.32 37.39
*Based on the portfolio composition as reported by the trustee in September 2023 and S&P Global Ratings' data as of October 2023. §Performing assets plus cash and expected recoveries on defaulted assets. SDR--Scenario default rate. WARR--Weighted-average recovery rate.

Table 2

Liabilities key metrics
Class Current amount (mil. €) Current credit enhancement (based on the September 2023 trustee report) (%) Credit enhancement at closing (%)
A 81.60 59.3 42.1
B 45.70 36.5 26.9
C 20.40 26.3 20.1
D 15.00 18.8 15.1
E 13.80 11.9 10.5
F 9.50 7.2 7.3
Credit enhancement = [Performing balance + cash balance + recovery on defaulted obligations (if any) – tranche balance (including tranche balance of all senior tranches)] / [Performing balance + cash balance + recovery on defaulted obligations (if any)].

Following the application of our relevant criteria, we believe that the class B, C, D, and E notes can now withstand higher rating scenarios. We have raised our ratings on the class B and C notes, in line with the results of our credit and cash flow analysis.

Our standard cash flow analysis indicates that the available credit enhancement levels for the class D and E notes are commensurate with higher ratings those assigned. Although the transaction has amortized considerably since the end of the reinvestment period in 2022, we have also considered the level of cushion between our break-even default rate (BDR) and SDR for these notes at their passing rating levels, as well as the current macroeconomic conditions and these classes of notes' relative seniority. We have therefore limited our upgrades on these notes below our standard analysis passing levels.

Our credit and cash flow analysis indicates that the class A notes are still commensurate with a 'AAA (sf)' rating, and the class F notes with a 'B- (sf)' rating. We have therefore affirmed our rating on the class A and class F notes.

Counterparty, operational, and legal risks are adequately mitigated in line with our criteria.

Following the application of our structured finance sovereign risk criteria, we consider the transaction's exposure to country risk to be limited at the assigned ratings, as the exposure to individual sovereigns does not exceed the diversification thresholds outlined in our criteria (see "Related Criteria").

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