Press Release

DBRS Morningstar Discontinues Rating of the Series 2 Class M Notes Issued by 2017 Popolare Bari SME S.r.l.

Structured Credit
November 27, 2020

DBRS Ratings GmbH (DBRS Morningstar) discontinued its AA (low) (sf) rating on the Series 2 Class M Notes issued by 2017 Popolare Bari SME S.r.l.

The discontinuation reflects the full repayment of the notes on the 25 November 2020 final payment date, following the repurchase of the portfolio by the originator and consequent unwinding of the transaction. The remaining balance of the Series 2 Class M Notes prior to their full redemption was EUR 39,616,779.72.

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All figures are in euros unless otherwise noted.

The principal methodology applicable to the rating is the “Rating CLOs Backed by Loans to European SMEs” (30 September 2020).

In DBRS Morningstar’s opinion, a discontinued-repaid rating action does not warrant the application of the entire principal methodology, as the bond has 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 Morningstar Credit Ratings” of the “Global Methodology for Rating Sovereign Governments” at:

The sources of data and information used for this rating include the final payment report provided by Banca Finanziaria Internazionale S.p.A and additional information provided by Issuer’s agents.

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

At the time of the initial rating, 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 this rating 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 26 October 2020, when DBRS Morningstar discontinued its AAA (sf) rating on the Series 2 Class A2 Notes. Prior to that, on 28 February 2020, DBRS Morningstar confirmed its ratings on the Series 2 Class A2 Notes and Series 2 Class M Notes at AAA (sf) and AA (low) (sf), respectively.

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

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

Lead Analyst: Daniele Canestrari, Senior Analyst
Rating Committee Chair: Alfonso Candelas, Senior Vice President
Initial Rating Date: 28 February 2018

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

-- Legal Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions (11 September 2019)
-- Master European Structured Finance Surveillance Methodology (22 April 2020)
-- Operational Risk Assessment for European Structured Finance Servicers (19 November 2020)
-- Interest Rate Stresses for European Structured Finance Transactions (28 September 2020)
-- Rating CLOs and CDOs of Large Corporate Credit (21 July 2020)
-- Rating CLOs Backed by Loans to European SMEs (30 September 2020) and SME Diversity Model v2.4.1.0
-- Master European Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Rating Methodology and Jurisdictional Addenda (21 September 2020)
-- Cash Flow Assumptions for Corporate Credit Securitizations (21 July 2020)

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