DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) placed the Preferred Shares issued by Dividend 15 Split Corp. II (the Company) Under Review with Negative Implications. The Company invests in a portfolio of securities (the Portfolio) funded by issuing two classes of shares: dividend-yielding Preferred Shares and capital shares (the Capital Shares). In such structure, the Preferred Shares normally benefit from the downside protection provided by the net asset value (NAV) of the Capital Shares. Following the stock market sell-off in response to the worldwide spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and various geopolitical news, the Preferred Shares experienced substantial declines in their downside protection. As a result, DBRS Morningstar has placed the Preferred Shares Under Review with Negative Implications. DBRS Morningstar will take further rating action on the Preferred Shares once a longer-term trend has been established for the NAV of the Company.
This rating action was based on factors that included additional analysis and, where appropriate, additional assumptions were applied to expected performance as a result of the global efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. On April 16, 2020, the DBRS Morningstar Sovereigns group published its outlook on the impact on key economic indicators for the 2020–22 time frame. For details see https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/359679. For the current rating action, DBRS Morningstar’s analysis considered impacts consistent with the moderate scenario in the referenced commentary.
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The principal methodology is Rating Canadian Split Share Companies and Trusts (June 25, 2019), which can be found on dbrsmorningstar.com under Methodologies & Criteria.
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