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TEXT-Fitch affirms Vanwall Finance, outlook stable
December 17, 2012 / 4:35 PM / in 5 years

TEXT-Fitch affirms Vanwall Finance, outlook stable

Dec 17 - Fitch Ratings has affirmed Vanwall Finance plc, as follows:

GBP164.8m class A (XS0242555570) affirmed at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable
GBP87.1m class B (XS0242558244) affirmed at 'BBBsf'; Outlook Stable
GBP34.9m class C (XS0242558913) affirmed at 'BBsf'; Outlook Stable
GBP17.4m class D (XS0242559994) affirmed at 'Bsf'; Outlook Stable
GBP31.8m class E (XS0242561032) affirmed at 'B-sf'; Outlook Stable
GBP10.2m class F (XS0242561891) affirmed at 'B-sf'; Outlook Stable

The affirmations reflect the underlying loan's stable performance since the last
rating action in January 2012. Total net income has increased to GBP34.8m from
GBP27.5m at closing due to various rental uplifts (both indexed to RPI and to
market rent) under the terms of the lease agreements.

As a result of the exposure to the sole tenant, Toys 'R' Us Limited, the UK
subsidiary of Toys 'R' Us Inc. ( 'B'/Stable), Fitch assumes a day-one default of
the tenant in all rating scenarios and consequently a default on the loan. Fitch
estimates the leverage to be in excess of 100%, which indicates that the
borrower could face major difficulties at loan maturity should the performance
of the tenant decline. In this scenario the agency believes classes E and F
would be subject to potential losses.

Under scenarios where the tenant continues to meet its rental obligations, Fitch
estimates a loan-to-value (LTV) ratio for the securitised A-note and whole loan
at 83% and 98%, respectively. While an orderly refinancing may also be
challenging under these assumptions, a gradual sell down of the assets and
concurrent loan amortisation through substantial excess rental income should
ease the full repayment of the securitised bonds (reported interest coverage
ratio stands at 2.0x, but it is likely to significantly improve after loan
maturity, when the interest rate swap would have expired).

Vanwall Finance plc is the securitisation of a single loan secured by a
portfolio of 29 retail warehouses and a single distribution warehouse, all
fully-let to Toys 'R' Us Limited on identical leases with 22 years remaining.

Fitch will continue to monitor the transaction's performance. A performance
update report will be available shortly on

Additional information is available at

The ratings above were solicited by, or on behalf of, the issuer, and therefore,
Fitch has been compensated for the provision of the ratings.

The sources of information used to assess these ratings were the issuer,
servicer, and periodic cash manager and servicer reports.

Applicable criteria, 'EMEA CMBS Rating Criteria', dated 4 April 2012, 'Global
Structured Finance Rating Criteria', dated 6 June 2012, are available at

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
EMEA CMBS Rating Criteria
Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

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