TEXT-Fitch rates Union County, N.C. enterprise system revs 'AA'

Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:47pm EDT

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Sept 17 - Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to bank bonds corresponding
to the following variable rate revenue bonds issued by Union County, NC:

--$18.6 million outstanding variable rate enterprise system revenue bonds,
series 2009.

The Rating Outlook is Stable.

The rating is being assigned in connection with the substitution of the letter
of credit (LOC) issued by Bank of America, N.A. (rated 'A'/'F1'; Outlook Stable
by Fitch) with a liquidity facility provided by U.S. Bank, National Association,
(U.S. Bank, N.A., rated 'AA-'/'F1+'; Outlook Stable) in the form of a standby
bond purchase agreement (SBPA) effective Aug. 30, 2012. Fitch has reviewed the
terms governing bank bonds specified in the standby bond purchase agreement and
believes that the incremental risk associated with bank bonds does not have a
material impact on the enterprise system revenue bonds' long-term credit rating.

For more information, see Fitch's press release 'Fitch Rates Union County, NC's
Rev Rfdg Bonds 'AA'; Outlook Stable', dated Nov. 21, 2011, and available on
Fitch's website at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'. The ratings above
were solicited by, or on behalf of, the issuer, and therefore, Fitch has been
compensated for the provision of the ratings.

In addition to the sources of information identified in Fitch's Tax-Supported
Rating Criteria, this action was additionally informed by information from
Creditscope, University Financial Associates, S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index,
IHS Global Insight, Zillow.com, National Association of Realtors.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
--'Revenue-Supported Rating Criteria' (June 12, 2012);
--'Water and Sewer Revenue Bond Rating Guidelines' (Aug. 3, 2012);
--'2012 Water and Sewer Medians' (Dec. 8, 2011);
--'2012 Outlook: Water and Sewer Sector' (Dec. 8, 2011).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
Revenue-Supported Rating Criteria
U.S. Water and Sewer Revenue Bond Rating Criteria
2012 Water and Sewer Medians
2012 Outlook: Water and Sewer Sector
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