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MJX Venture Management II LLC -- Moody's upgrades rating to one class of notes issued by MJX Venture Management II LLC and collateralized by notes issued by Venture XXVII CLO, Limited

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Rating Action: Moody's upgrades rating to one class of notes issued by MJX Venture Management II LLC and collateralized by notes issued by Venture XXVII CLO, LimitedGlobal Credit Research - 19 Feb 2021New York, February 19, 2021 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has upgraded the rating to one class of notes issued by MJX Venture Management II LLC (the "Issuer" or "MJX VM II") and collateralized by notes issued by Venture XXVII CLO, Limited.Moody's rating action is as follows:U.S.$3,600,000 Series A/Class B Notes Due 2030 (the "Class B Notes"), Upgraded to Aaa (sf); previously on May 19, 2017 Assigned Aa1 (sf)The Class B Notes, together with the other notes issued by the Issuer (the "Rated Notes"), are collateralized primarily by 5% of certain rated notes (the "Underlying CLO Notes") issued by Venture XXVII, Limited (the "Underlying CLO"). The Rated Notes were originally issued in May 2017 in order to comply with the retention requirements of both the US and EU Risk Retention Rules.RATINGS RATIONALEMoody's rating action on the Class B Notes is primarily driven by the credit performance of the Underlying CLO Note (the Class B-R Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes Due 2030, issued by the Underlying CLO). The Underlying CLO was refinanced at lower spreads which resulted in increasing the excess spread available as credit enhancement to the Underlying CLO Notes and the Rated Notes. This action also takes into account additional credit enhancement provided by the senior management fees pledged to the Issuer and made available to Class B Notes via cash trap mechanism.Moody's modeled the transaction using a cash flow model based on the Binomial Expansion Technique, as described in "Moody's Global Approach to Rating Collateralized Loan Obligations."The key model inputs Moody's used in its analysis, such as par, weighted average rating factor, diversity score and weighted average recovery rate, are based on its published methodology and could differ from the trustee's reported numbers. For modeling purposes, Moody's used the following base-case assumptions:Performing par and principal proceeds balance: $582,528,528Defaulted par: $7,234,859Diversity Score: 112Weighted Average Rating Factor (WARF): 3057Weighted Average Spread (WAS) (before accounting for LIBOR floors): 3.70%Weighted Average Recovery Rate (WARR): 47.11%Weighted Average Life (WAL): 5.58 yearsPar haircut in OC tests and interest diversion test: 0.15%In consideration of the current high uncertainties around the global economy, and the ultimate performance of the Underlying CLO portfolio and the Underlying CLO Notes, Moody's conducted a number of additional sensitivity analyses representing a range of outcomes that could diverge, both to the downside and the upside, from our base case. Some of the additional scenarios that Moody's considered in its analysis of the transaction include, among others: additional near-term defaults of companies facing liquidity pressure; an additional cashflow analysis assuming a lower WAS to test the sensitivity to LIBOR floors, and a lower recovery rate assumption on defaulted assets to reflect declining loan recovery rate expectations.Methodology Underlying the Rating Action:The principal methodology used in this rating was "Moody's Global Approach to Rating Collateralized Loan Obligations" published in December 2020 and available at https://www.moodys.com/viewresearchdoc.aspx?docid=PBS_1242167. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.Factors That Would Lead to an Upgrade or Downgrade of the Rating:The performance of the rated notes is subject to uncertainty in the performance of the Underlying CLO's portfolio, which in turn depends on economic and credit conditions that may change. The CLO manager's investment decisions and management of the transaction will also affect the performance of the rated notes.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://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_79004.The 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. As a second step, Moody's evaluates each possible collateral loss scenario using a model that replicates the relevant structural features to derive payments and therefore the ultimate potential losses for each rated instrument. The loss a rated instrument incurs in each collateral loss scenario, weighted by assumptions about the likelihood of events in that scenario occurring, results in the expected loss of the rated instrument.Moody's quantitative analysis entails an evaluation of scenarios that stress factors contributing to sensitivity of ratings and take into account the likelihood of severe collateral losses or impaired cash flows. Moody's weights the impact on the rated instruments based on its assumptions of the likelihood of the events in such scenarios occurring.For ratings issued on a program, series, category/class of debt or security this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to each rating of a subsequently issued bond or note of the same series, category/class of debt, security or pursuant to a program for which the ratings are derived exclusively from existing ratings in accordance with Moody's rating practices. For ratings issued on a support provider, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the credit rating action on the support provider and in relation to each particular credit rating action for securities that derive their credit ratings from the support provider's credit rating. For provisional ratings, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the provisional rating assigned, and in relation to a definitive rating that may be assigned subsequent to the final issuance of the debt, in each case where the transaction structure and terms have not changed prior to the assignment of the definitive rating in a manner that would have affected the rating. For further information please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page for the respective issuer on www.moodys.com.For any affected securities or rated entities receiving direct credit support from the primary entity(ies) of this credit rating action, and whose ratings may change as a result of this credit rating action, the associated regulatory disclosures will be those of the guarantor entity. Exceptions to this approach exist for the following disclosures, if applicable to jurisdiction: Ancillary Services, Disclosure to rated entity, Disclosure from rated entity.The rating has been disclosed to the rated entity or its designated agent (s) and issued with no amendment resulting from that disclosure.This rating is solicited. Please refer to Moody's Policy for Designating and Assigning Unsolicited Credit Ratings available on its website www.moodys.com.Regulatory disclosures contained in this press release apply to the credit rating and, if applicable, the related rating outlook or rating review.Moody's general principles for assessing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in our credit analysis can be found at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1243406.The Global Scale Credit Rating on this Credit Rating Announcement was issued by one of Moody's affiliates outside the EU and is endorsed by Moody's Deutschland GmbH, An der Welle 5, Frankfurt am Main 60322, Germany, in accordance with Art.4 paragraph 3 of the Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009 on Credit Rating Agencies. Further information on the EU endorsement status and on the Moody's office that issued the credit rating is available on 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 www.moodys.com.Please see 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 www.moodys.com for additional regulatory disclosures for each credit rating. Xhensila Pisha Analyst Structured Finance Group Moody's Investors Service, Inc. 250 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007 U.S.A. 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