Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by ICG US CLO 2021-2, Ltd. (ICG US CLO 2021-2), a cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) back by a diversified portfolio of broadly syndicated corporate loans.
ICG US CLO 2021-2 is managed by ICG Debt Advisors LLC (ICG or the collateral manager) and will have a five-year reinvestment period. The legal final maturity is on April 23, 2034. The ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels, excess spread, and coverage tests including overcollateralization ratio and interest coverage tests.
The collateral in ICG US CLO 2021-2 will mainly consist of broadly syndicated leveraged loans issued by corporate obligors diversified across sectors. The total portfolio par amount is $550 million with exposure to 244 obligors. The obligors in the portfolio have a K-WARF of 2290, which represents a weighted average portfolio credit assessment of approximately B. Due to the economic fallout from COVID-19, there may be pressure on overall portfolio credit quality. As such, the portfolio’s K-WARF may increase in the near term. KBRA considered the impact of potential credit migration.
ICG Debt Advisors LLC is a CLO manager of the liquid credit platform of Intermediate Capital Group plc, which currently has $17.4 billion in global credit assets under management, including approximately $5.7 billion across 14 U.S. CLOs. The senior management team has extensive industry experience.
The preliminary rating on the Class A Notes considers the timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal by the applicable stated maturity date, while the preliminary ratings on the Class D and E Notes consider the ultimate payment of interest and principal.
KBRA analyzed the transaction using Structured Credit Global Rating Methodology and the Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology.
Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.
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