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KBRA Assigns A Rating to the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority Tax Increment Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2024 (Catalyst Development Project)

6 Jun 2024   |   New York


KBRA assigns the long-term rating of A with a Stable Outlook to the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority Tax Increment Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2024 (Catalyst Development Project). Concurrently, KBRA places the outstanding long-term rating assigned to the Tax Increment Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2018A (Catalyst Development Project) on Watch-Developing, pending the outcome of the planned financing.

Key Credit Considerations

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

Credit Positives

  • FY 2023 Pledged Revenues provide pro forma 4.25x MADS coverage.
  • No additional parity bonds are permitted, with the exception of refunding bonds for savings.
  • Established growth trend in Pledged Revenues.
  • Plans for further substantial private investment within the District boundaries that, despite not directly increasing Pledged Revenues, will further support taxable property valuation.

Credit Challenges

  • Despite an overall improving trend and an ongoing rebound as the pandemic wanes, the Detroit economy remains fragile, and if a substantial economic decline occurs in the near future, before the taxable property values have a chance to further stabilize, then debt service coverage ratios could weaken.
  • Potential for assessment reductions due to lower office space demand resulting from hybrid working arrangements.

Rating Sensitivities

For Upgrade

  • Significant development and diversification in the District that is reflected in Pledged Revenue increases and higher debt service coverage.

For Downgrade

  • Declining property values, reduced investments, or other economic factors that weaken the available Pledged Revenues in the District further than current stress scenarios.
  • Any change to the City’s or Wayne County’s tax practices that erodes DDA’s current insulation from historically weak county-wide property tax collections.
  • Any actions by the City, State, County, or other taxing entities to reduce tax rates, reduce taxable property value, or in any other way weaken the Pledged Revenues.

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