AVP Valens Credit Analysis – 969bps CDS, Base Case iCDS 345bps, Negative Case iCDS 612bps, 2023 5.000% Bond YTW of 11.508%, iYTW of 6.188%, B1 Rating from Moody’s, IG4 (equivalent to Baa2) Rating from Valens, Low Refinancing Need

July 10, 2018

  • Credit markets are grossly overstating credit risk with a CDS of 969bps and a cash bond YTW of 11.508%, relative to an Intrinsic CDS of 345bps and an Intrinsic YTW of 6.188%. Additionally, Moody’s is materially overstating AVP’s fundamental credit risk, with their B1 credit rating five notches lower than Valens’ IG4 (Baa2) rating
  • Incentives Dictate Behavior™ analysis highlights that management’s compensation framework focuses them on all three value drivers, which should lead to Uniform ROA expansion and higher cash flows available for servicing obligations. Moreover, management members have low change-in-control compensation, limiting event risk for creditors
  • AVP is currently trading near historical lows relative to UAFRS-based (Uniform) Earnings, with a 13.8x Uniform P/E (Fwd V/E’). At these levels, the market is pricing in expectations for Uniform ROA to decline from 11% in 2017 to 9% in 2022, accompanied by 1% Uniform Asset shrinkage going forward. Given that valuations are likely being compressed by the market’s inaccurate perception of the firm’s credit risk, AVP could see material credit-driven equity upside if credit spreads tighten, even without fundamental improvement

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