NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three categories of notes issued by ICG US CLO 2021-2, Ltd. (ICG US CLO 2021-2), a secured loan bond (CLO) 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 April 23, 2034. Ratings reflect initial levels of credit enhancement, credit spreads and hedging tests, including overcollateralisation ratio and interest coverage tests.
The collateral in ICG US CLO 2021-2 will consist primarily of heavily syndicated leveraged loans issued by debtor companies diversified across industries. The total nominal amount of the portfolio is $ 550 million with exposure to 244 debtors. Debtors in the portfolio have a K-WARF of 2290, which represents a weighted average credit rating of the portfolio of approximately B. Due to the economic fallout from COVID-19, there may be pressure on the overall credit quality. of the wallet. Thus, the K-WARF of the portfolio could increase in the short term. KBRA examined the impact of a potential credit migration.
ICG Debt Advisors LLC is a CLO manager of the liquid credit platform of Intermediate Capital Group plc, which currently manages $ 17.4 billion in global credit assets, of which approximately $ 5.7 billion is spread across 14 American CLOs. The senior management team has extensive industry experience.
The preliminary rating for Class A notes takes into account the on-time payment of interest and the final payment of principal on the applicable stated maturity date, while the preliminary ratings for Class D and E notes take into account the final payment of interest and of capital.
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