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KBRA Affirms BBB+ Rating for Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, NJ Luxury Tax Revenue Bonds

4 Jun 2024   |   New York


KBRA affirms the long-term rating of BBB+ with a Stable Outlook for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, NJ Luxury Tax Revenue Bonds.

Key Credit Considerations

The rating was affirmed because of the following key credit considerations:

Credit Positives

  • Pledged revenues experienced favorable growth in the years preceding the pandemic and have recovered to levels providing more robust, consistent debt service coverage in each of the last three years.
  • Clearly defined pledge of revenues and cash funded debt service reserve fund.

Credit Challenges

  • Pledged revenues are limited in scope and sensitive to the success of gaming/entertainment/tourism industry, which is both cyclically sensitive and subject to evolving competitive pressures. Further, pledged revenues are highly seasonal and remain susceptible to event risk.
  • Evolving competitive environment with respect to regional casino operators and online gaming/wagering may weigh negatively on pledged revenue performance over time.

Rating Sensitivities

For Upgrade

  • While an upgrade is not anticipated, significant growth and diversification in the taxable base over time could precipitate upward rating movement.

For Downgrade

  • A secular decline in luxury tax revenues resulting in significantly narrower debt service coverage.
  • Additional borrowing resulting in significantly lower debt service coverage.

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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

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