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TEXT-Fitch upgrades Triton (European Loan Conduit No. 26) plc
January 28, 2013 / 3:36 PM / 5 years ago

TEXT-Fitch upgrades Triton (European Loan Conduit No. 26) plc

Jan 28 - Fitch Ratings has upgraded Triton (European Loan Conduit No. 26)
Plc's notes, as follows:

GBP77.8m Class A1 (XS0294600514) upgraded to 'AAsf' from 'Asf'; Outlook Stable
GBP23.0m Class A2 (XS0294602486) upgraded to 'AAsf' from 'Asf'; Outlook Stable
USD87.3m Class B (XS0294620207) upgraded to 'Asf' from 'BBBsf'; Outlook Stable
GBP12.0m Class C (XS0294603294) upgraded to 'BBsf' from'Bsf'; Outlook Stable
GBP1.9m Class D (XS0294603708) upgraded to 'BBsf' from 'Bsf'; Outlook Stable
GBP3.8m Class E (XS0294604185) upgraded to 'BBsf' from 'CCCsf'; Outlook Stable
GBP4.2m Class F (XS0294604771) upgraded to 'Bsf' from 'CCsf'; Outlook Stable
GBP8.4m Class G (XS0294607287) upgraded to 'Bsf' from 'CCsf'; Outlook Stable
GBP9.4m Class H (XS0294608335) upgraded to 'Bsf' from 'CCsf'; Outlook Stable

The previously distressed ratings on the class E to H notes reflected the
expected losses from the work out of the GBP285.5m Devonshire Square loan - a
view which was driven by the deteriorating income profile of the assets with
close to half of in place rent expiring in 2014 and a 2010 valuation at over
100% loan-to-value ratio that showed little sponsor equity left. The loan's 2011
restructure, and implementation of a business plan, was clearly successful with
an asset sale subsequently achieved at a level which allowed full repayment of
the securitised loan. The modified pro rata distribution of sale proceeds, 80%
of which was allocated to class A, significantly improved the credit quality of
all note classes as evidenced by the upgrades.

The larger of the two remaining loans, the GBP158.4m Access Self Storage loan,
makes up 85% of the remaining pool. The loan is secured by 30 self-storage
facilities, 86% of which are located in Greater London (by market value), which
meet interest costs from revenues derived from the operating business. Income
generation has been robust with the portfolio enjoying positive year-on-year
growth for both occupancy and net operating income since 2009. This is
attributed to the high proportion of London assets, which not only benefit from
the housing market churn, like the wider storage centre market, but also have
greater access to customers with longer-term storage needs due to a general lack
of residential storage space.

The asset performance to date provides some confidence that full repayment will
be achieved, particularly in light of the strong cash flow and six-year tail
period until bond maturity which would assist with any necessary deleveraging.
However, this confidence is tempered somewhat by the operating nature of the
assets, for which detailed financial reports are not available to Fitch, and the
relatively unknown appetite for both lenders and investors for this asset class.

The other remaining loan, the GBP26.9m Nextra Portfolio UK loan, is secured by
two office properties located in Rickmansworth and Watford. Both assets are let
to single tenants with a combined weighted average lease term of 8.07 years
providing good continuity of income. The properties are located in a secondary
area, which has seen yields widen significantly to that of prime in recent
years. However, Fitch estimates that sufficient equity remains to avoid any

Fitch will continue to monitor the performance of the transaction. A performance
update will be made available shortly on the agency's website,

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 04 April 2012 and
'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria', dated 6 June 2012, is available at

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

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