Rating Action: Moody’s assigns provisional ratings to Pepper’s first non-conforming RMBS transaction for 2021Global Credit Research – 26 Apr 2021Pepper Residential Securities Trust No. 29 — AUD652.50 million of debt securities ratedSydney, April 26, 2021 — Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has assigned the following provisional ratings to notes to be issued by Permanent Custodians Limited (Trustee) as trustee of Pepper Residential Securities Trust No. 29.”IMPORTANT NOTICE: MOODY’S RATINGS AND PUBLICATIONS ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY RETAIL INVESTORS. SUCH USE WOULD BE RECKLESS AND INAPPROPRIATE. SEE FULL DISCLAIMERS BELOW.”Issuer: Pepper Residential Securities Trust No. 29…AUD562.50 million Class A1 Notes, Assigned (P)Aaa (sf)…AUD90.00 million Class A2 Notes, Assigned (P)Aaa (sf)The AUD45.00 million Class B, AUD21.00 million Class C, AUD12.75 million Class D, AUD7.50 million Class E, AUD3.75 million Class F and AUD7.50 million Class G Notes are not rated by Moody’s.The transaction is a securitisation of residential mortgage loans originated by Pepper Homeloans Pty Limited & Well Nigh Capital No. 1 Pty Ltd and serviced by Pepper Group Pty Limited (Pepper). The portfolio includes loans extended to borrowers with prior credit impairment (29.1%) and loans underwritten on an alternative or low documentation basis (32.3%).RATINGS RATIONALEThe provisional ratings take into account, among other factors:- Evaluation of the underlying receivables and their expected performance;- Evaluation of the capital structure and credit enhancement provided to the notes;- The availability of excess spread over the life of the transaction;- The liquidity facility in the amount of 2.5% of the notes balance; and- The experience of Pepper as the servicer.Moody’s MILAN CE — representing the loss that Moody’s expects the portfolio to suffer in the event of a severe recession scenario — is 12.5%. Moody’s expected loss for this transaction is 1.6%.The key transactional features are as follows:- Principal collections will be distributed on a sequential basis at first other than Class A1 and Class A2 Notes which receive pro-rata principal allocation. Starting from the second anniversary since closing, all notes may participate in proportional principal collections distribution, subject to the step-down criteria being met. The step-down criteria include, among others, no charge-offs on any of the notes and Class A2 Notes subordination of at least 26.0%. The Class G Notes’ share of principal will be allocated in reverse sequential order starting from the Class F Notes.- The principal pay-down switches back to sequential among all classes of notes, on the first call option date, i.e. when the aggregate note balance falls below 15% of the aggregate note balance at closing, or the payment date occurring in April 2026.- A yield enhancement reserve account will be funded by trapping excess spread at an annual rate of 0.45% p.a. of the outstanding principal balance of the portfolio, subject to a maximum balance of AUD2,700,000. An amount equal to AUD540,000 will be deposited into the Yield Enhancement Reserve Account on the Settlement Date by the Residual Income Unitholder. Whilst Class A Notes are outstanding, the reserve is available to meet interest shortfalls on senior fees and interest on any rated note.The portfolio features are as follows:- The portfolio has a relatively high weighted-average scheduled loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 70.9%, with 30.7% of the loans with a scheduled LTV ratio above 80%.- Around 29.1% of the mortgage loans in the portfolio were granted to borrowers with prior credit impairment (default, judgment or bankruptcy).- Around 32.3% of the loans were extended on an alternative documentation or low documentation basis.- The portfolio has a weighted-average seasoning of 23.6 months, with 61.7% of loans originated in the last six months.The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on economic activity. Although global economies have shown a remarkable degree of resilience to date and are returning to growth, the uneven effects on individual businesses, sectors and regions will continue throughout 2021 and will endure as a challenge to the world’s economies well beyond the end of the year. While persistent virus fears remain the main risk for a recovery in demand, the economy will recover faster if vaccines and further fiscal and monetary policy responses bring forward a normalization of activity. As a result, there is a heightened degree of uncertainty around our forecasts. Our analysis has considered the effect on the performance of consumer assets from a gradual and unbalanced recovery in Australian economic activity.We regard the coronavirus outbreak as a social risk under our ESG framework, given the substantial implications for public health and safety.Methodology Underlying the Rating Action:The principal methodology used in these ratings was “Moody’s Approach to Rating RMBS Using the MILAN Framework” published in December 2020 and available at https://ift.tt/3xhSK7s. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on http://www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.Factors that would lead to an upgrade or downgrade of the ratings:A factor that could lead to a downgrade of the notes is worse-than-expected collateral performance. The Australian jobs market and housing market are major drivers of performance.Other reasons for worse performance than Moody’s expects include poor servicing, error on the part of transaction parties, deterioration in credit quality of transaction counterparties, fraud and lack of transactional governance.REGULATORY DISCLOSURESFor further specification of Moody’s key rating assumptions and sensitivity analysis, see the sections Methodology Assumptions and Sensitivity to Assumptions in the disclosure form. Moody’s Rating Symbols and Definitions can be found at: https://ift.tt/31UQRyA analysis relies on an assessment of collateral characteristics to determine the collateral loss distribution, that is, the function that correlates to an assumption about the likelihood of occurrence to each level of possible losses in the collateral. 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Further information on the EU endorsement status and on the Moody’s office that issued the credit rating is available on http://www.moodys.com.The Global Scale Credit Rating on this Credit Rating Announcement was issued by one of Moody’s affiliates outside the UK and is endorsed by Moody’s Investors Service Limited, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5FA under the law applicable to credit rating agencies in the UK. Further information on the UK endorsement status and on the Moody’s office that issued the credit rating is available on http://www.moodys.com.Please see http://www.moodys.com for any updates on changes to the lead rating analyst and to the Moody’s legal entity that has issued the rating.Please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page on http://www.moodys.com for additional regulatory disclosures for each credit rating. Pratik Joshi, CFA Analyst Structured Finance Group Moody’s Investors Service Pty. Ltd. 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