28 July 2022
The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) specifying the criteria for the underlying exposures in securitisation to be deemed homogeneous. Such specification is part of the requirements under the Securitisation Regulation and as amended by the Capital Markets Recovery Package (CMRP). The homogeneity requirement aims to facilitate the assessment of underlying risks in a pool of underlying exposures and to enable investors to perform robust due diligence. The consultation runs until 28 October 2022.
These draft RTS will be amending the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1851 (existing RTS) and will be applicable to all securitisations, including asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP), non-ABCP and on-balance-sheet securitisations.
The draft RTS carry over the provisions on homogeneity set out in the existing RTS with some modifications. While extending the scope to on-balance-sheet securitisations, these draft RTS establish the same criteria for the assessment of homogeneity for all securitisations.
Considering the relevance of corporate and SME loans in the context of synthetic securitisations, adjustments have been made to one of the homogeneity factors, the type of obligor, to reflect the current market practices and the credit risk assessment approaches applied to those asset types. Moreover, to ensure consistency, similar changes are made to the respective homogeneity factor for all relevant asset types. Finally, these draft RTS specify further the asset type for credit facilities provided to enterprises, where similar underwriting standards are applied as for individuals.
Responses to this consultation can be sent to the EBA by clicking on the "send your comments" button on the consultation page. Please note that the deadline for the submission of comments is 28 October 2022.
A public hearing will take place via conference call on 28 September 2022 from 10:30 to 12:30 (CET).
The draft RTS have been developed in accordance with Articles 20(14) and 24(21) and 26b(13) of Regulation (EU) 2017/2402 (the Securitisation Regulation) as amended by Regulation (EU) 2021/557 of 31 March 2021 (as part of the Capital Markets Recovery Package). Article 20(14), which is applicable to non-ABCP securitisation, mandates the EBA, in close cooperation with ESMA and EIOPA, to develop the RTS further specifying which underlying exposures are deemed to be homogeneous. Article 24(21) establishes a corresponding mandate for ABCP securitisations and Article 26b(13) of the Securitisation Regulation as amended by the CMRP establishes the respective mandate for on-balance-sheet securitisations.
Franca Rosa Congiu