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Skipton set for RMBS of up to £550m

Skipton Building Society is to launch a securitisation backed by a pool of mortgage loans totalling between £450m and £550m.

The transaction, called Darrowby no 2, is made up entirely of prime residential mortgages originated by Skipton since 2001.

The average loan-to-value ratio is around 60%. The deal has not yet been priced, although this and the total pool size are likely to be decided next week.

Both Fitch Ratings and Moody’s have given the transaction a provisional AAA rating.

This is the second time the society has entered the securitisation market, the last issue being a £1.2bn bond called Darrowby no 1 in March 2011.

Societies have been particularly active in the RMBS market in the past two months, with West Bromwich, Coventry, Nationwide and Leeds setting up £410m, £1bn, £1.5bn and £250m bonds respectively.


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  • Rod Moulton 4th May 2012 at 6:17 pm

    i’d be interested to know what criteria were employed on this occasion to define “prime” – last time i looked, the rating agents hadn’t the first idea what Prime lending was, and we all know what happened next………..