OREANDA-NEWS. S&P Global Ratings today affirmed its 'AAA (sf)' rating on the class A notes from Golub Capital Partners CLO 16 Ltd., a U. S. CLO transaction that closed in August 2013 and is managed by GC Investment Management LLC.

Today's rating actions follow our review of the transaction's performance using data from the August 2016 trustee report. Our affirmation of the rating reflects the available credit support, which in our view is consistent with the current rating level.

The transaction exited its reinvestment period in July 2016. According to the August 2016 trustee report, the weighted average life decreased to 3.76 years from 4.19 years as of the November 2013 trustee effective date report, which we used for our last rating action. This seasoning has decreased the overall credit risk profile, which, in turn, provided more cushion to the tranche rating.

Additionally, the defaulted asset balance has increased to $5.43 million as of the August 2016 trustee report from none reported at the time of our last rating action. Over the same period, the amount of assets rated 'CCC+' or below held in the underlying portfolio has decreased to $23.10 million from $50.63 million.

Our review of this transaction included a cash flow analysis, based on the portfolio and transaction as reflected in the aforementioned trustee report, to estimate future performance. In line with our criteria, our cash flow scenarios applied forward-looking assumptions on the expected timing and pattern of defaults, and recoveries upon default, under various interest rate and macroeconomic scenarios. In addition, our analysis considered the transaction's ability to pay timely interest and/or ultimate principal to each of the rated tranches. The results of the cash flow analysis demonstrated, in our view, that all of the rated classes have adequate credit enhancement available at the rating levels associated with these rating actions.

We will continue to review whether, in our view, the ratings assigned to the notes remain consistent with the credit enhancement available to support them and will take rating actions as we deem necessary.