Research: Rating Action: Moody’s assigns tentative ratings to two classes of notes to be issued by Palmer Square CLO 2022-3, Ltd.

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New York, July 31, 2022 — Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has assigned provisional ratings to two classes of bonds to be issued by Palmer Square CLO 2022-3, Ltd. (the “Issuer” or “Palmer Square CLO 2022 -3”).

Moody’s rating action is as follows:

$320,000,000 Class A-1 Floating Rate Senior Secured Notes Due 2035, Allocated (P)Aaa (sf)

$1,000,000 Class F Deferred Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2035, awarded (P)B3 (sf)

The Notes listed above are referred to herein, collectively, as the “Rated Notes”.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The justification of the ratings is based on our methodology and takes into account all the relevant risks, in particular those associated with the portfolio and the structure of the CLO.

Palmer Square CLO 2022-3 is a Cash Flow Managed CLO. The Notes issued will be secured primarily by extensively syndicated senior secured corporate loans. At least 90% of the portfolio must be comprised of senior secured loans, cash and qualifying investments, and up to 10% of the portfolio may be comprised of junior loans, senior unsecured loans and eligible investments. authorized assets other than loans. We expect the portfolio to be increased by approximately 90% at the closing date.

Palmer Square Europe Capital Management LLC (the “Manager”) will direct the selection, acquisition and disposal of assets on behalf of the Issuer and may engage in trading activities, including discretionary trading, during the period five-year reinvestment of the transaction. Thereafter, subject to certain restrictions, the Manager may reinvest unscheduled principal payments and proceeds from the sale of credit risk assets.

In addition to the Rated Notes, the Issuer will issue six other categories of guaranteed notes and one category of subordinated notes.

The transaction incorporates interest and face value coverage tests which, if triggered, divert interest and principal proceeds to repay the notes in order of seniority.

Moody’s modeled the transaction using a cash flow model based on the binomial expansion technique, as described in section 2.3.2.1 of the rating methodology “Moody’s Global Approach to Rating Collateralized Loan Obligations”. published in December 2021.

For modeling purposes, Moody’s used the following basic assumptions:

Nominal amount: $500,000,000

Diversity score: 70

Weighted Average Rating Factor (WARF): 2800

Weighted Average Deviation (WAS): SOFR+ 3.05%

Weighted Average Coupon (WAC): 6.00%

Weighted average recovery rate (WARR): 47.00%

Weighted Average Life (WAL): 8.0 years

Methodology underlying the rating action:

The main methodology used in these ratings is “Moody’s Global Approach to Rating Collateralized Loan Obligations” published in December 2021 and available on https://ratings.moodys.com/api/rmc-documents/74832. You can also visit the Scoring Methodologies page at https://ratings.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

Factors that would cause ratings to be upgraded or downgraded:

The performance of the Rated Securities is subject to uncertainty. The performance of Rated Notes is sensitive to the performance of the underlying portfolio, which in turn depends on changing economic and credit conditions. The Manager’s investment decisions and the management of the transaction will also affect the performance of the Rated Notes.

Further details regarding Moody’s analysis of this transaction can be found in the related pre-sale report, soon to be available on Moodys.com.

REGULATORY INFORMATION

For details on key rating assumptions and Moody’s sensitivity analysis, see the Methodological Assumptions and Sensitivity to Assumptions sections in the Disclosure Form. Rating symbols and definitions from Moody’s are available at https://ratings.moodys.com/rating-definitions.

Further information on representations, warranties and enforcement mechanisms available to investors can be found at https://ratings.moodys.com/documents/PBS_1337113.

The analysis relies on an assessment of the characteristics of the collateral to determine the distribution of collateral losses, ie the function correlated to an assumption about the probability of occurrence of each level of possible collateral losses. Secondly, Moody’s assesses each possible collateral loss scenario using a model that reproduces the relevant structural characteristics to deduce the payouts and therefore the ultimate potential losses for each rated instrument. The loss incurred by a rated instrument in each collateral loss scenario, weighted by assumptions about the likelihood of events in that scenario occurring, results in the expected loss of the rated instrument.

Moody’s quantitative analysis involves an evaluation of scenarios that focus on factors contributing to rating sensitivity and consider the likelihood of material collateral losses or impaired cash flows. Moody’s weights the impact on rated instruments based on its assumptions of the likelihood of events in such scenarios occurring.

For ratings issued on a program, series, category/class of debt or security, this announcement provides certain regulatory information regarding each rating of a subsequently issued bond or note of the same series, category/class of debt, security or under a program for which ratings are derived exclusively from existing ratings in accordance with Moody’s rating practices. For ratings issued on a media provider, this announcement provides certain regulatory information relating to the credit rating action on the media provider and each particular credit rating action for securities whose credit ratings are derived from the support provider’s credit rating. For the provisional ratings, this press release provides certain regulatory information relating to the provisional rating assigned, and to a final rating that may be assigned after the final issuance of the debt, in each case where the structure and conditions of the transaction n have not changed prior to the final rating being assigned in a way that would have affected the rating. For more information, please see the issuer/transaction page of the respective issuer at https://ratings.moodys.com.

For all relevant securities or rated entities receiving direct credit support from the lead entity(ies) of this credit rating action, and whose ratings may change as a result of this credit rating action , the associated regulatory information will be that of the guarantor entity. Exceptions to this approach exist for the following information, if applicable to the jurisdiction: Ancillary services, Information to be provided to the rated entity, Information to be provided by the rated entity.

The ratings have been disclosed to the rated entity or its designated agent(s) and issued without modification as a result of such disclosure.

These notes are solicited. Please refer to Moody’s Policy for the Designation and Assignment of Unsolicited Credit Ratings available on its website. https://ratings.moodys.com.

The regulatory information contained in this press release applies to the credit rating and, if applicable, the outlook or rating revision relating thereto.

Moody’s general principles for assessing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in our credit analysis are available at https://ratings.moodys.com/documents/PBC_1288235.

The worldwide credit rating on this credit rating announcement was issued by one of Moody’s affiliates outside the EU and is approved by Moody’s Deutschland GmbH, An der Welle 5, Frankfurt am Main. -le-Main 60322, Germany, in accordance with Article 4(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009 on credit rating agencies. Further information on the EU approval status and the Moody’s office that issued the credit rating can be found at https://ratings.moodys.com.

The worldwide credit rating on this credit rating announcement has been issued by one of Moody’s affiliates outside the UK and is approved by Moody’s Investors Service Limited, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5FA under the law applicable to credit rating agencies in the United Kingdom. . Further information on the UK endorsement status and the Moody’s office that issued the credit rating can be found at https://ratings.moodys.com.

Please see https://ratings.moodys.com for any updates on changes to the lead rating analyst and Moody’s legal entity that issued the rating.

Please see the issuer/transaction page at https://ratings.moodys.com for additional regulatory information for each credit rating.

David H. Burger
VP – Senior Credit Officer
Structured Finance Group
Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.
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Elina Kolmanovskaya
Vice President – Senior Analyst
Structured Finance Group
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