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Key Rating Drivers
High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral is comprised entirely of student loans originated under Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). Although the trust consists of approximately 100 percent of Rehabilitated FFELP Loans, the credit quality of the trust collateral is high, in Fitch's opinion, based on the guarantees provided by the transaction's eligible guarantors and at least 97 percent reinsurance of principal and accrued interest provided by the
Rating Watch Negative Assigned: All existing and new issuances of 'AAA' rated tranches of FFELP securitizations are on Rating Watch Negative following the revision of the long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of the U.S.
Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): Credit enhancement is provided by approximately
Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support for the
Acceptable Servicing Capabilities:
Since FFELP student loan ABS rely 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 and basis risk account for the majority of the risk embedded in FFELP student loan transactions. Additional defaults and basis shock beyond Fitch's published stresses could result in future downgrades. Likewise, a buildup of credit enhancement driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.
Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the pre-sale report titled 'Edsouth Indenture No. 5, Series 2014- 1', dated
Additional information is available at 'fitchratings.com'.
--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (
--'Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria' (
--'Edsouth Indenture No. 5, Series 2014-1' (January 29).
Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria -- Amended
Edsouth Indenture No. 5, Series 2014-1 (US ABS)
Edsouth Indenture No. 5, Series 2014-1 -- Appendix
Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria
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