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KBRA Affirms AAA Rating for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Senior Sales Tax Bonds

29 Feb 2024   |   New York


KBRA affirms the long-term rating of AAA with a Stable Outlook for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Senior Sales Tax Bonds.

Key Credit Considerations

Credit Positives

  • Gross lien sales tax pledge insulates bondholders from MBTA operations.
  • Pledged Revenues provide strong coverage of Senior Sales Tax Bond MADS with residual amounts providing a substantial source of recurring financial support for capital and operating needs.
  • Pledged Revenue volatility is limited by the “base revenue amount”, an inflation-adjusted floor for Pledged Sales Tax receipts, which at $1.16 billion for FY 2024 provides coverage of 3.97x Senior Lien Sales Tax Bond MADS.
  • Stable demographic trends and favorable socio-economic characteristics of tax base support growth and stability of pledged receipts.

Credit Challenges

  • Pledged Revenues have some sensitivity to economic cycles.

Rating Sensitivities

For Upgrade

  • Not applicable at AAA rating level.

For Downgrade

  • A significant decline in debt service coverage due to very large increases in sales tax bond leverage accompanied by significant and prolonged deterioration in the sales tax base.

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