Fitch Affirms Access Funding 2013-1 LLC
OREANDA-NEWS. Fitch Ratings affirms Access Funding 2013-1 LLC's senior notes at 'AAAsf'. The Rating Outlook remains Stable.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral is composed entirely of student loans originated under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). The credit quality of the trust is high, in Fitch's opinion, based on the guarantees provided by the transaction's eligible guarantors and reinsurance provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for at least 97% of principal and accrued interest. The Stable Outlook on the notes is consistent with Fitch's affirmation of the U.S. sovereign rating at 'AAA'; Outlook Stable.
Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): CE is provided by overcollateralization (OC; the excess of trust's asset balance over bond balance) and excess spread. As of December 2015, the parity is 106.83%. The trust is in turbo, and no funds will be released until the notes are paid in full.
Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a reserve account sized at the greater of 0.25% of the principal amount of the notes and 0.10% of the initial principal amount of the notes ($398,785). The reserve account is sized at $1,734,188 as of December 2015.
Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Xerox Education Services, Inc, (XEROX-ES) is responsible for day-to-day servicing of the trust. Fitch believes XEROX-ES to be an acceptable servicer of FFELP student loans.
On Nov. 18, 2015, Fitch released its exposure draft which delineates revisions it plans to make to the 'Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria', dated June 23, 2014. Fitch has reviewed this transaction under both the existing and proposed criteria, which has resulted in affirmation of the senior note.
Since the FFELP student loan ABS relies on the U.S. government to reimburse defaults, 'AAAsf' FFELP ABS ratings will likely move in tandem with the 'AAA' U.S. sovereign rating. Aside from the U.S. sovereign rating, defaults, basis risk, and loan extension risk account for the majority of the risk embedded in FFELP student loan transactions. Additional defaults, basis shock beyond Fitch's published stresses, lower than expected payment speed, and other factors could result in future downgrades. Likewise, a buildup of CE driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.