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Bexar County Hospital District, TX -- Moody's assigns Aa1 to Bexar Co. Hospital District, TX's GOLTs; outlook stable

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Rating Action: Moody's assigns Aa1 to Bexar Co. Hospital District, TX's GOLTs; outlook stableGlobal Credit Research - 01 Sep 2022New York, September 01, 2022 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Aa1 rating to Bexar County Hospital District, TX's $300 million Certificates of Obligation, Series 2022. Moody's maintains the district's Aa1 issuer rating and the Aa1 rating on the district's outstanding general obligation limited tax (GOLT) debt. The issuer rating represents Moody's assessment of debt supported by a general obligation unlimited tax (GOULT) pledge. The district does not have any debt supported by a GOULT pledge. Including the current offering, the district has roughly $1.2 billion of debt outstanding. The outlook is stable.RATINGS RATIONALEThe Aa1 issuer rating reflects the district's very large and expanding tax base supported by institutional presence and an overall healthy local economy, a stable financial profile with strong cash levels, which may experience a modest decline over the next few years from cash funded capital projects, and a manageable debt and pension profile with low fixed costs. The rating further incorporates the hospital district's role as a key healthcare provider and teaching hospital as well as the inherent enterprise risk associated with operating a hospital which remains challenged by a reliance on governmental payors.The Aa1 GOLT rating is the same as the issuer rating given the ample taxing headroom of 1,865% (18.7 times) under the statutory tax rate cap that generates dedicated property taxes sufficient to pay debt service. This offsets the inability of the district to exceed the limited rate and the lack of a full faith and credit pledge.RATING OUTLOOKThe stable outlook reflects the hospital's important role within the county that will continue to support stable operations. Although the district plans to cash-fund a portion of its capital projects in the next couple of years, steady property tax revenue growth from the district's large and diverse tax base coupled with conservating budgeting practices should enable the district to maintain a solid financial metrics. FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OF THE RATING- Material improvement in cash reserves coupled with a sustained trend of strong operating cash flow marginsFACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO A DOWNGRADE OF THE RATING- Significant reduction in federal, state, or local funding leading to weaker operating performance- Material deterioration of cash levels- Weakened performance in the health plan that pressures the district's liquidity- Substantial tax base contraction- Additional leverage without corresponding tax base and operating revenue growthLEGAL SECURITYThe outstanding GOLT debt is payable from an ad valorem tax levied within the limits prescribed by law on all taxable property within the district. The district's total tax rate, including any levy for debt service, cannot exceed $7.50 per $1,000 of AV. The certificates of obligation are payable from the same GOLT pledge plus $1,000 of surplus revenues from the hospital system. The general obligation (GO) pledge is further secured by statute.USE OF PROCEEDSThe certificates will be used to construct and equip two new community hospitals and other healthcare facilities, along with paying the cost of professional services related to the acquisition, design, construction, project management, and financing of the projects.PROFILEBexar County Hospital District is a county-wide hospital district coterminous with Bexar County (Aaa stable). The county covers approximately 1,250 square miles in south central Texas (Aaa stable). The district provides medical and hospital care to the county's indigent population, operates a Level I adult and pediatric trauma center which provides trauma care to San Antonio (Aaa stable) and the surrounding 22 counties, as well as provides tertiary medical care to residents throughout south Texas. In 2020, the county had an estimated population of nearly 2 million.METHODOLOGYThe principal methodology used in this rating was US Local Government General Obligation Debt published in January 2021 and available at https://ratings.moodys.com/api/rmc-documents/70015. An additional methodology used in this rating was Not-For-Profit Healthcare published in December 2018 and available at https://ratings.moodys.com/api/rmc-documents/70886. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on https://ratings.moodys.com for a copy of these methodologies.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. 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