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Moody's reviews Banca delle Marche's mortgage covered bonds for downgrade

EUR1.325 billion of notes affected

London, 20 November 2012 -- Moody's Investors Service has today placed on review for downgrade the A3 ratings of the covered bonds issued by Banca delle Marche (the issuer), prompted by Moody's review for downgrade of the issuer's rating, initiated on 16 November 2012. The bonds are governed by the Italian legal framework.

RATINGS RATIONALE

Today's review for downgrade is prompted by the review for downgrade of the issuer's ratings (Ba1 deposits; BFSR D/BCA ba2, all on review for downgrade). For additional details, please see http://www.moodys.com/credit-ratings/Banca-Delle-Marche-SpA-credit-rating-600052848.

The TPI assigned to this transaction is "Improbable" and the TPI constrains the covered bond ratings at their current level.

KEY RATING ASSUMPTIONS/FACTORS

Covered bond ratings are determined after applying a two-step process: an expected loss analysis and a TPI framework analysis.

EXPECTED LOSS: Moody's determines a rating based on the expected loss on the bond. The primary model used is Moody's Covered Bond Model (COBOL), which determines expected loss as (1) a function of the issuer's probability of default (measured by the issuer's rating); and (2) the stressed losses on the cover pool assets following issuer default.

The cover pool losses for Banca delle Marche's mortgage covered bonds are 28.1%. This is an estimate of the losses Moody's currently models if Banca delle Marche defaults. Cover pool losses can be split between market risk of 23.1% and collateral risk of 5%. Market risk measures losses as a result of refinancing risk and risks related to interest-rate and currency mismatches (these losses may also include certain legal risks). Collateral risk measures losses resulting directly from the credit quality of the assets in the cover pool. Collateral risk is derived from the collateral score, which for this programme is currently 7.5%.

The over-collateralisation (OC) in the cover pool is 39.7%, of which 27% is provided on a "committed" basis. The minimum OC level that is consistent with the A3 rating target is 8%. Therefore, Moody's is not relying on "uncommitted" OC in its expected loss analysis.

For further details on cover pool losses, collateral risk, market risk, collateral score and TPI Leeway across covered bond programmes rated by Moody's please refer to "Moody's EMEA Covered Bonds Monitoring Overview", published quarterly. All numbers in this section are based on Moody's most recent modelling (based on data, as per 30th June 2012).

TPI FRAMEWORK: Moody's assigns a "timely payment indicator" (TPI), which indicates the likelihood that timely payment will be made to covered bondholders following issuer default. The effect of the TPI framework is to limit the covered bond rating to a certain number of notches above the issuer's rating.

SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS

The robustness of a covered bond rating largely depends on the issuer's credit strength.

The TPI Leeway measures the number of notches by which the issuer's rating may be downgraded before the covered bonds are downgraded under the TPI framework.

The TPI assigned to Banca delle Marche's mortgage covered bonds is Improbable. The TPI Leeway for this programme is limited, and thus any downgrade of the issuer ratings may lead to a downgrade of the covered bonds.

A multiple-notch downgrade of the covered bonds might occur in certain limited circumstances, such as (1) a sovereign downgrade negatively affecting both the issuer's senior unsecured rating and the TPI; (2) a multiple-notch downgrade of the issuer; or (3) a material reduction of the value of the cover pool.

On 21 August 2012, Moody's released a Request for Comment seeking market feedback on proposed adjustments to its modelling assumptions. These adjustments are designed to account for the impact of rapid and significant country credit deterioration on structured finance transactions. If the adjusted approach is implemented as proposed, the rating of the notes affected by today rating action may be negatively affected. See "Approach to Assessing the Impact of a Rapid Country Credit Deterioration on Structured Finance Transactions", (http://www.moodys.com/research/Approach-to-Assessing-the-Impact-of-a-Rapid-Country-Credit--PBS_SF294880) for further details regarding the implications of the proposed methodology changes on Moody's ratings.

RATING METHODOLOGY

The principal methodology used in this rating was "Moody's Approach to Rating Covered Bonds" published in July 2012. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

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.

The rating has been disclosed to the rated entity or its designated agent(s) and issued with no amendment resulting from that disclosure.

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