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Article 5 Structured finance ratings

  1. (1)

    Structured finance ratings shall relate to a financial instrument or other assets resulting from a securitisation transaction or scheme referred to in point 1 of Article 2 of Regulation 2017/2402/EU.

  2. (2)

    Credit rating agencies shall, when reporting structured finance ratings, classify them within one of the following asset classes:

    1. (a)

      asset-backed securities, including auto loans, boat loans, airplane loans, student loans, consumer loans, small and medium-sized enterprise loans, healthcare loans, manufactured housing loans, film loans, utility loans, equipment leases, credit card receivables, tax liens, non-performing loans, recreational vehicle loans, leases to individuals, leases to businesses, and trade receivables;

    2. (b)

      residential mortgage-backed securities, including prime and non-prime residential mortgage-backed securities, and home equity loans;

    3. (c)

      commercial mortgage-backed securities, including retail or office property loans, hospital loans, care residences loans, storage facilities loans, hotel loans, nursing facilities loans, industrial loans, and multifamily properties loans;

    4. (d)

      collateralised debt obligations, including collateralised loan obligations, credit-backed obligations, collateralised synthetic obligations, single-tranche collateralised debt obligations, credit fund obligations, collateralised debt obligations of asset-backed securities, and collateralised debt obligations of collateralised debt obligations;

    5. (e)

      asset-backed commercial papers;

    6. (f)

      other securitisation instruments which are not included in points (a) to (e), including structured covered bonds, structured investment vehicles, insurance-linked securities and derivative product companies.

  3. (3)

    Where applicable, a credit rating agency shall also indicate which specific sub-asset class each rated instrument belongs to in Field 34 of Table 1 of Part 2 of Annex I.

  4. (4)

    The country code of securitisation instruments shall be reported in Field 10 of Table 1 of Part 2 of Annex I and shall be that of the country of domicile of the majority of the underlying assets. Where it is not possible to identify the country of domicile of the majority of the underlying assets, the rated instrument shall be classified as "international".