Press Release

DBRS Morningstar Confirms Class A Notes of Juno 2 S.r.l. at BBB (low) (sf) and Maintains Negative Trend

Nonperforming Loans
February 08, 2021

DBRS Ratings GmbH (DBRS Morningstar) confirmed its rating on the Class A notes issued by Juno 2 S.r.l. (the Issuer) at BBB (low) (sf) and maintained a Negative trend.

The transaction represents the issuance of Class A, Class B, and Class J notes (collectively, the Notes). The rating on the Class A notes addresses the timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal. DBRS Morningstar does not rate the Class B or Class J notes.

At issuance, the Notes were backed by a EUR 1.15 billion portfolio by gross book value (GBV) consisting of unsecured and secured nonperforming loans originated by Banca Nazionale del Lavoro S.p.A. (the Originator).

The receivables are serviced by Prelios Credit Servicing S.p.A. (Prelios or the Servicer). A backup servicer, Banca Finanziaria Internazionale S.p.A (former Securitisation Services S.p.A.), was appointed.

The confirmation follows a review of the transaction and is based on the following analytical considerations:
-- Transaction performance: assessment of portfolio recoveries as of 31 December 2020, focusing on: (1) a comparison between actual collections and the Servicer´s initial business plan forecast; (2) the collection performance observed over the past months, including the period following the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19); and (3) a comparison between the current performance and DBRS Morningstar’s initial expectations.
-- Prelios’ updated business plan, received in January 2020, and the comparison with the initial collection expectations.
-- Portfolio characteristics: loan pool composition as of December 2020 and evolution of its core features since issuance.
-- Transaction liquidating structure: the order of priority entails a fully sequential amortisation of the notes – i.e., the Class B notes will begin to amortise following the full repayment of the Class A notes and the Class J notes will amortise following the repayment of the Class B notes. Additionally, interest payments on the Class B notes become subordinated to principal payments on the Class A notes if the Cumulative Gross Collection Ratio or Net Present Value (NPV) Cumulative Profitability Ratio are lower than 85%. These triggers were not breached on the January 2021 interest payment date, with the actual figures being 114.2% and 102.8%, respectively, according to the Servicer.
-- Liquidity support: the transaction benefits from an amortising cash reserve providing liquidity to the structure covering against potential interest shortfall on the Class A notes and senior fees. The cash reserve target amount is equal to 4.0% of the Class A notes principal outstanding and is currently fully funded.

According to the latest payment report of January 2021, the principal amount outstanding of the Class A, Class B, and Class J notes was equal to EUR 139.0 million, EUR 48.0 million, and EUR 12.7 million, respectively. The balance of the Class A notes has amortised by approximately 31.8% since issuance. The current aggregated transaction balance is EUR 199.8 million.

As of December 2020, the transaction was performing above the Servicer’s initial expectations. The actual cumulative gross collections equaled EUR 90.4 million, whereas the Servicer’s initial business plan estimated cumulative gross collections of EUR 79.1 million for the same period. Therefore, as of December 2020, the transaction was overperforming by EUR 11.3 million (14.2%) compared with initial expectations.

At issuance, DBRS Morningstar estimated cumulative gross collections for the same period of EUR 69.7 million at the BBB (low) (sf) stressed scenario. Therefore, as of December 2020, the transaction is performing above DBRS Morningstar’s initial stressed expectations.

In January 2020, Prelios provided DBRS Morningstar with a revised business plan. In this updated business plan, the Servicer assumed higher recoveries compared with initial expectations. The total cumulative gross collections from the updated business plan account for EUR 349.5 million, which is 0.6% higher compared with the EUR 347.4 million expected in the initial business plan, as a result of actual collections to date being higher than initially expected.

Without including actual collections, the Servicer’s expected future collections from January 2021 are now accounting for EUR 250.4 million (EUR 268.3 million in the initial business plan). Hence, the Servicer’s expectation for collection on the remaining portfolio was revised downwards. The updated DBRS Morningstar BBB (low) (sf) rating stress assumes a haircut of 21.8% to the Servicer’s latest business plan, considering future expected collections.

The final maturity date of the transaction is in July 2039.

DBRS Morningstar analysed the transaction structure using Intex DealMaker.

The coronavirus and the resulting isolation measures have resulted in a sharp economic contraction, increases in unemployment rates, and reduced investment activities. DBRS Morningstar anticipates that collections in European nonperforming loan (NPL) securitisations will continue to be disrupted in the coming months and that the deteriorating macroeconomic conditions could negatively affect recoveries from NPLs and the related real estate collateral. The rating is based on additional analysis and adjustments to expected performance as a result of the global efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. For this transaction, DBRS Morningstar incorporated its expectation of a moderate medium-term decline in property prices; however, partial credit to house price increases from 2023 onwards is given in noninvestment grade scenarios. The Negative trend reflects the ongoing uncertainty amid COVID-19.

On 16 April 2020, DBRS Morningstar published a set of macroeconomic scenarios for the 2020-22 period in select economies. These scenarios were last updated on 28 January 2021. For details, see the following commentaries: and The DBRS Morningstar analysis considered impacts consistent with the moderate scenario in the referenced reports.

For more information on DBRS Morningstar considerations for European NPL transactions and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), please see the following commentaries: and

For more information regarding rating methodologies and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), please see the following DBRS Morningstar press release:

For more information regarding structured finance rating methodologies and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), please see the following DBRS Morningstar press release:

A description of how DBRS Morningstar considers ESG factors within the DBRS Morningstar analytical framework can be found in the DBRS Morningstar Criteria: Approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance Risk Factors in Credit Ratings at:

All figures are in euros unless otherwise noted.

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

DBRS Morningstar has applied the principal methodology consistently and conducted a review of the transaction in accordance with the principal methodology.

A review of the transaction legal documents was not conducted as the legal documents have remained unchanged since the most recent rating action.

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 these ratings include the Issuer and/or its agents, which comprise, in addition to the information received at issuance, the updated business plan from Prelios received in January 2020, updated servicer reports and data tape as of December 2020, and the payments report as of January 2021.

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 8 May 2020, when DBRS Morningstar assigned a Negative trend to the Class A notes.

Information regarding DBRS Morningstar ratings, including definitions, policies, and methodologies, is available on

To assess the impact of changing the transaction parameters on the rating, DBRS Morningstar considered the following stress scenarios, as compared to the parameters used to confirm the rating (the Base Case):

-- Recovery Rates Used: Cumulative base case recovery amount of approximately EUR 195.7 million at the BBB (low) (sf) stress level, a 5% and 10% decrease in the base case recovery rate.
-- DBRS Morningstar concludes that a hypothetical decrease of the Recovery Rate by 5%, ceteris paribus, would lead to a downgrade of the Class A notes to BB (high) (sf).
-- DBRS Morningstar concludes that a hypothetical decrease of the Recovery Rate by 10%, ceteris paribus, would lead to a downgrade of the Class A notes to B (high) (sf).

Generally, the conditions that lead to the assignment of a Negative or Positive trend are generally resolved within a 12-month period. DBRS Morningstar’s outlooks and ratings are monitored.

For further information on DBRS Morningstar historical default rates published by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in a central repository, see: DBRS Morningstar understands further information on DBRS Morningstar historical default rates may be published by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on its webpage:

This rating is endorsed by DBRS Ratings Limited for use in the United Kingdom.

Lead Analyst: Alberto Cruces de la Rosa, Assistant Vice President
Rating Committee Chair: Christian Aufsatz, Managing Director
Initial Rating Date: 8 February 2019

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

-- Rating European Non-Performing Loans Securitisations (13 May 2020),
-- Master European Structured Finance Surveillance Methodology (22 April 2020),
--- Rating European Consumer and Commercial Asset-Backed Securitisations (3 September 2020),
-- European RMBS Insight Methodology (2 April 2020),
-- European RMBS Insight: Italian Addendum (21 December 2020),
-- European CMBS Rating and Surveillance Methodology (13 December 2019),
-- Operational Risk Assessment for European Structured Finance Servicers (19 November 2020),
-- Legal Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions (11 September 2019),
-- Derivative Criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions (24 September 2020),
-- Interest Rate Stresses for European Structured Finance Transactions (28 September 2020),
-- DBRS Morningstar Criteria: Approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance Risk Factors in Credit Ratings (3 February 2021),

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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