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Fitch Affirms Two Series WST Transactions at 'AAAsf'/Stable
September 7, 2017 / 7:40 AM / 20 days ago

Fitch Affirms Two Series WST Transactions at 'AAAsf'/Stable

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) SYDNEY, September 07 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has affirmed four tranches of Series 2014-2 WST Trust and Series 2015-1 WST Trust. The transactions are securitisations of Australian conforming residential mortgages originated by Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC; AA-/Stable/F1+). The notes were issued by BNY Trust Company of Australia Limited in its capacity as trustee of the trusts. A full list of rating action follows at the end of this commentary. KEY RATING DRIVERS The affirmations reflect Fitch's view that available credit enhancement supports the notes' current ratings, the agency's forecasts for Australia's economic conditions and that the loans' credit quality and performance remain within its expectations. At August 2017, 30+ arrears were 1.50% for Series 2014-2 WST Trust and 1.15% for Series 2015-1 WST Trust, compared with Fitch's 1Q17 Dinkum RMBS Index of 1.21%. The weighted-average loan/value ratios for Series 2014-2 WST Trust and Series 2015-1 WST Trust were 57.3% and 57.7%, respectively. Lenders' mortgage insurance (LMI) is provided by Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Pty Limited (Insurer Financial Strength Rating: A+/Stable) and Westpac Lenders Mortgage Insurance Limited (Insurer Financial Strength Rating: AA-/Stable). Series 2014-2 WST Trust and Series 2015-1 WST Trust have LMI covering up to 16% and 12%, respectively, of their current pool balance. As per our APAC Residential Mortgage Rating Criteria, the default model was not run for the two transactions as the outstanding ratings are only 'AAAsf'; the transactions do not have revolving periods; and a review of pre-determined performance triggers indicates that the transactions display stable asset performance. RATING SENSITIVITIES Sequential pay-down has increased credit enhancement for the senior notes of each transaction, with the 'AAAsf' rated notes able to withstand many multiples of the latest reported arrears. The rated notes from both transactions are LMI-independent and therefore not sensitive to downgrades to the LMI providers' ratings. USE OF THIRD PARTY DUE DILIGENCE PURSUANT TO SEC RULE 17G-10 Form ABS Due Diligence-15E was not provided to, or reviewed by, Fitch in relation to this rating action. DATA ADEQUACY Fitch has checked the consistency and plausibility of the information it has received about the performance of the asset pools and the transactions. There were no findings that were material to this analysis. As part of its ongoing monitoring, Fitch reviewed a small targeted sample of WBC's origination files and found the information contained in the reviewed files to be adequately consistent with the originator's policies and practices and the other information provided to the agency about the asset portfolio. Overall, Fitch's assessment of the asset pool information relied upon for the agency's rating analysis according to its applicable rating methodologies indicates that it is adequately reliable. SOURCES OF INFORMATION The information below was used in the analysis: Loan-by-loan data provided by WBC as at 4 August 2017 Transaction reporting data provided by WBC as at August 2017 The issuer has informed Fitch that not all relevant underlying information used in the analysis of the rated notes is public. The full list of rating actions is shown below: Series 2014-2 WST Trust AUD1,138.7 million Class A notes: 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable AUD92.0 million Class B notes: 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable Series 2015-1 WST Trust AUD1,029.0 million Class A notes: 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable AUD71.5 million Class B notes: 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable Contacts: Lead Surveillance Analyst Hai Duong Le Associate Director +61 2 8256 0358 Fitch Australia Pty Ltd Level 15, 77 King St, Sydney NSW 2000 Committee Chairperson Natasha Vojvodic Senior Director +61 2 8256 0350 Media Relations: Leslie Tan, Singapore, Tel: +65 67 96 7234, Email: leslie.tan@fitchratings.com. Additional information is available on www.fitchratings.com Applicable Criteria APAC Residential Mortgage Rating Criteria (pub. 14 Jul 2017) here Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria (pub. 03 May 2017) here RMBS Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance Rating Criteria (pub. 09 Jun 2017) here Structured Finance and Covered Bonds Counterparty Rating Criteria (pub. 23 May 2017) here Structured Finance and Covered Bonds Counterparty Rating Criteria: Derivative Addendum (pub. 23 May 2017) here Related Research Series 2014-2 WST Trust here Series 2015-1 WST Trust here Additional Disclosures Dodd-Frank Rating Information Disclosure Form here Solicitation Status here#solicitation Endorsement Policy here ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: here. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY'S PUBLIC WEB SITE AT WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM. 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