Press Release

DBRS Morningstar Discontinues Ratings on Towers CQ S.r.l.

Consumer Loans & Credit Cards
June 29, 2020

DBRS Ratings GmbH (DBRS Morningstar) discontinued its AA (sf) rating on the Class A Asset Backed Floating Rate Notes (Class A Notes) and its AA (low) (sf) rating on the Class B Asset Backed Floating Rate Notes (Class B Notes) issued by Towers CQ S.r.l. (together, the Notes).

The discontinuations reflect the repayment in full of the Class A Notes on the 29 June 2020 payment date and the subsequent full redemption of the Class B Notes on that same payment date following the exercise of the Optional Redemption clause by the junior noteholders. The remaining balances of the Class A and Class B Notes before the payments in full were EUR 8,155,628.00 and EUR 87,100,000.00, respectively.

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The principal methodology applicable to the ratings is: “Master European Structured Finance Surveillance Methodology” (22 April 2020).

In DBRS Morningstar’s opinion, a discontinued-repaid rating action does not warrant the application of the entire principal methodology, as the bonds have been repaid in full.

Other methodologies referenced in this transaction are listed at the end of this press release.

These may be found at:

For a more detailed discussion of the sovereign risk impact on Structured Finance ratings, please refer to “Appendix C: The Impact of Sovereign Ratings on Other DBRS Credit Ratings” of the “Global Methodology for Rating Sovereign Governments” at:

The sources of data and information used for the ratings include investor reports provided by Citibank London (the Calculation Agent), servicer reports provided by Zenith Service S.p.A. (the Servicer), and the Optional Redemption notice by the Issuer dated 28 May 2020 posted on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

DBRS Morningstar did not rely upon third-party due diligence in order to conduct its analysis.

At the time of the initial ratings, DBRS Morningstar was supplied with third-party assessments. However, this did not impact the rating analysis.

DBRS Morningstar considers the data and information available to it for the purposes of providing the ratings to be of satisfactory quality.

DBRS Morningstar does not audit or independently verify the data or information it receives in connection with the rating process.

The last rating action on this transaction took place on 28 June 2019, when DBRS Morningstar upgraded the rating of the Class A Notes to AA (sf) from AA (low) (sf) and the rating on the Class B Notes to AA (low) (sf) from A (sf).

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As this is a discontinued-repaid rating action, a sensitivity analysis is not applicable.

For further information on DBRS Morningstar historical default rates published by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in a central repository, see:

Ratings assigned by DBRS Ratings GmbH are subject to EU and U.S. regulations only.

Lead Analyst: Daniel Rakhamimov, Senior Analyst
Rating Committee Chair: Alfonso Candelas, Senior Vice President
Initial Rating Date: 2 June 2016

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The rating methodologies used in the analysis of this transaction can be found at:

-- Master European Structured Finance Surveillance Methodology (22 April 2020),
-- Rating European Consumer and Commercial Asset-Backed Securitisations (13 January 2020),
-- Rating European Structured Finance Transactions Methodology (28 February 2020),
-- Legal Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions (11 September 2019),
-- Operational Risk Assessment for European Structured Finance Servicers (28 February 2020),
-- Interest Rate Stresses for European Structured Finance Transactions (10 October 2019),
-- Derivative Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions (26 September 2019),

A description of how DBRS Morningstar analyses structured finance transactions and how the methodologies are collectively applied can be found at:

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