Rating Action: Moody's assigns A1 rating to Delaware Valley Reg Fin Auth, PA's $50 million Local Govt Rev Bonds, 2021 Series A; outlook stable
Global Credit Research - 13 Jan 2021
New York, January 13, 2021 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned an A1 rating to Delaware Regional Finance Authority, PA's (DelVal) $50 million Local Government Revenue Bonds, 2021 Series A. We maintain an A1 rating on approximately $1.05 billion of outstanding parity debt. The outlook is stable.
The A1 rating incorporates DelVal's consistent performance over its thirty year history, through various credit cycles and interest rate environments. The rating reflects the robust credit quality of pool participants, supported by DelVal's satisfactory underwriting criteria; minimal exposure to put risk as variable rate demand bonds represent about 20.6% of DelVal's total debt; and adequate diversification of swap counterparties.
The A1 rating also considers the program's healthy cash and reserve balances, sufficient asset-to-debt coverage projections under various stressed scenarios and comprehensive management. The rating also speaks to DelVal's complex debt and legal structure, which necessitates a high level of management oversight, currently concentrated with a single program administrator.
We regard the coronavirus outbreak as a social risk under our ESG framework, given the substantial implications for public health and safety. We have incorporated our current understanding of impacts to DelVal's operations and finance performance, and do not believe the program is susceptible to immediate material credit risks related to coronavirus at this time.
The outlook is stable given continued strong underwriting provisions, seasoned management, and effective program structure as evidenced by resilient performance through the financial crisis as well as forward-looking stress scenarios.
FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OF THE RATING
- Significantly improved asset to debt coverage
FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO A DOWNGRADE OF THE RATING
- Credit quality deterioration of pool participants and/or swap counterparties
- Management event that disrupts pool's operations for an extended period
DelVal bonds are special limited obligations of the authority, secured by loan and other revenues. The underlying participant loans are primarily secured by general obligation, full faith and credit tax pledges.
USE OF PROCEEDS
Proceeds from the 2021 Series A bonds will be used to originate or acquire loans to local governments within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Aa3 stable).
DelVal was created in 1985 by the four counties of Delaware (Aa1), Montgomery (Aaa stable), Bucks (Aaa negative), and Chester (Aaa stable) with the objective of providing market access and low cost loans to local municipal borrowers in the southeastern Pennsylvania (Aa3 stable) region. The average loan size is approximately $2.5 million. DelVal has no direct employees and is governed by a five-member board with staggered appointments from each of the four founding counties and one seat rotating among the counties. The board monitors the pool's performance on a monthly basis, approves all new loans, and approves significant operating decisions including issuing new debt and changing trustees. Daily operations of the authority are primarily conducted by the program administrator, the solicitor, bond counsel, and the bond trustees.
The principal methodology used in this rating was Public Sector Pool Programs and Financings Methodology published in April 2020 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBM_1171420. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.
For 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://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_79004.
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