KBRA Affirms Rating for HG Global Ltd.

29 Mar 2024   |   New York

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KBRA affirms the issuer rating of BBB- for HG Global Ltd. ("HG Global") and the long-term credit rating of BBB for the $150 million Senior Secured Term Loan. The Outlook for both ratings is Stable.

The Term Loan (the “Loan”) is secured by a first priority interest in the capital stock of HG Global’s wholly-owned subsidiary HG Holdings Ltd. (“HG Holdings”) which in turn has access to (i) all accrued interest on Build America Mutual’s ("BAM")surplus notes that is held outside of the collateral trusts and (ii) all releases of excess funds from the collateral trusts at its wholly owned reinsurance subsidiary HG Re Ltd. The transaction requires the maintenance of an Interest Reserve Account containing eight quarters of interest payments, which serves as a liquidity buffer at the HG Global level to cover potential timing mismatches from available cash flows and debt service on the Loan. In addition, HG Global implemented an inter-company borrowing agreement for up to $25 million which is utilized for cash management purposes.

KBRA’s rating is based on the transaction structure combined with a quantitative analysis of the insured portfolio of BAM and the associated projected cash flows to HG Global for the Loan. New business premiums, refundings and the credit risk of the insured portfolio of BAM all have a financial impact on HG Global and the timely and ultimate payment of debt service on the Loan.

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Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.

A description of all substantially material sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies) (inclusive of any material models and sensitivity analyses of the relevant key rating assumptions, as applicable) used in determining the credit rating is available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) located here.

Information on the meaning of each rating category can be located here.

Further disclosures relating to this rating action are available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) referenced above. Additional information regarding KBRA policies, methodologies, rating scales and disclosures are available at www.kbra.com.

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