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Moody's downgrades $26 Million of US Scratch and Dent RMBS issued by various financial institutions

New York, December 12, 2012 -- Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the ratings of two tranches from Scratch and Dent RMBS transactions issued by various financial institutions, backed by Scratch and Dent loans.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The actions are a result of the recent performance review of Scratch and Dent pools and reflect Moody's updated loss expectations on these pools. In addition, during the prior review, the Wilshire Funding Corporation, Series 1997-WFC1 Class IO note was incorrectly referenced to an underlying pool. The error has now been corrected, and the Class IO note is referenced to a group of underlying bonds in accordance with "Moody's Approach to Rating Structured Finance Interest-Only Securities" published in February 2012.

The methodologies used in these ratings were "Moody's Approach to Rating US Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities" published in December 2008, and "US RMBS Surveillance Methodology for Scratch and Dent" published in May 2011. The methodology used in rating Interest-Only Securities is "Moody's Approach to Rating Structured Finance Interest-Only Securities" published in February 2012. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of these methodologies.

Moody's adjusts the methodologies noted above for Moody's current view on loan modifications. As a result of an extension of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) to 2013 and an increased use of private modifications, Moody's is extending its previous view that loan modifications will only occur through the end of 2012. It is now assuming that the loan modifications will continue at current levels until the end of 2013.

The above RMBS approach only applies to structures with at least 40 loans and a pool factor of greater than 5%. Moody's can withdraw its rating when the pool factor drops below 5% and the number of loans in the deal declines to 40 loans or lower. If, however, a transaction has a specific structural feature, such as a credit enhancement floor, that mitigates the risks of small pool size, Moody's can choose to continue to rate the transaction. Please refer further to Moody's Investors Service's Withdrawal Policy, which can be found on our website, www.moodys.com.

When assigning the final ratings to the bonds, in addition to the methodologies described above, we considered the volatility of the projected losses and timeline of the expected defaults.

The primary sources of assumption uncertainty are our central macroeconomic forecast and performance volatility as a result of servicer-related activity such as modifications. The unemployment rate fell from 8.9% in November 2011 to 7.7% in November 2012. Moody's expects the unemployment rate to stay between 7.5% and 8.5% in 2013. Moody's expects housing prices to remain stable through the remainder of 2012 before gradually rising towards the end of 2013. Performance of RMBS continues to remain highly dependent on servicer activity such as modification-related principal forgiveness and interest rate reductions. Any change resulting from servicing transfers or other policy or regulatory change can also impact the performance of these transactions.

Complete rating actions are as follows:

Issuer: Bayview Financial Mortgage Pass-Through Trust 2007-B

Cl. 2-A2, Downgraded to Ba2 (sf); previously on Apr 19, 2012 Baa3 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: Wilshire Funding Corporation, Series 1997-WFC1

IO, Downgraded to A1 (sf); previously on Sep 29, 1997 Assigned Aaa (sf)

A list of these actions including CUSIP identifiers may be found at:

Excel: http://www.moodys.com/viewresearchdoc.aspx?docid=PBS_SF309918

A list of updated estimated pool losses and sensitivity analysis is being posted on an ongoing basis for the duration of this review period and may be found at:

Excel: http://www.moodys.com/viewresearchdoc.aspx?docid=PBS_SF247004

For more information please see www.moodys.com.

REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

The Global Scale Credit Ratings on this press release that are issued by one of Moody's affiliates outside the EU are endorsed by Moody's Investors Service Ltd., One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E 14 5FA, UK, 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 has issued a particular Credit Rating is available on www.moodys.com.

For ratings issued on a program, series or category/class of debt, this announcement provides relevant regulatory disclosures in relation to each rating of a subsequently issued bond or note of the same series or category/class of debt 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 relevant regulatory disclosures in relation to the rating action on the support provider and in relation to each particular rating action for securities that derive their credit ratings from the support provider's credit rating. For provisional ratings, this announcement provides relevant 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.

Information sources used to prepare each of the ratings are the following: parties involved in the ratings, parties not involved in the ratings, public information, confidential and proprietary Moody's Investors Service information, and confidential and proprietary Moody's Analytics information.

Moody's received and took into account one or more third party assessments on the due diligence performed regarding the underlying assets or financial instruments in these transactions and the assessments had a neutral impact on the rating.

Moody's considers the quality of information available on the rated entities, obligations or credits satisfactory for the purposes of issuing these ratings.

Moody's adopts all necessary measures so that the information it uses in assigning the ratings is of sufficient quality and from sources Moody's considers to be reliable including, when appropriate, independent third-party sources. However, Moody's is not an auditor and cannot in every instance independently verify or validate information received in the rating process.

Please see the ratings disclosure page on www.moodys.com for general disclosure on potential conflicts of interests.

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Please see Moody's Rating Symbols and Definitions on the Rating Process page on www.moodys.com for further information on the meaning of each rating category and the definition of default and recovery.

Please see ratings tab on the issuer/entity page on www.moodys.com for the last rating action and the rating history.

The date on which some ratings were first released goes back to a time before Moody's ratings were fully digitized and accurate data may not be available. Consequently, Moody's provides a date that it believes is the most reliable and accurate based on the information that is available to it. Please see the ratings disclosure page on our website www.moodys.com for further information.

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.

Minxi Qiu Associate Analyst Structured Finance Group Moody'sInvestors Service, Inc.250 Greenwich StreetNew York, NY 10007 U.S.A. JOURNALISTS: 212-553-0376 SUBSCRIBERS: 212-553-1653Amita Shrivastava VP - Senior Credit Officer Structured Finance Group JOURNALISTS: 212-553-0376 SUBSCRIBERS: 212-553-1653 Releasing Office: Moody's Investors Service, Inc.250 Greenwich StreetNew York, NY 10007 U.S.A. JOURNALISTS: 212-553-0376 SUBSCRIBERS: 212-553-1653(C) 2012 Moody's Investors Service, Inc. and/or its licensors and affiliates (collectively, "MOODY'S"). All rights reserved.

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