Fitch Confirms LMP Corporate Loan Fund Taxable Auction Rate Pref'd Stock 'AAA'.
The Fund intends to change its primary method of leverage from TARPS to a combination of TARPS and a financing arrangement with a major unaffiliated financial institution (Financing Arrangement). Each series of the Fund's TARPS are redeemed via procedures of the Depository Trust Company (DTC) on Sept. 11, 2008 for Series A and Sept. 18, 2008 for series B.
LMP Corporate Loan Fund Inc., a non-diversified investment management company, is managed by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc. and is sub-advised by Citigroup Alternative Investments LLC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Citigroup Inc that commenced operations November 2003. Its shares of common stock are traded on the NYSE under the symbol TLI.
The fund seeks to maximize current income consistent with prudent efforts to preserve capital. The objective is pursued by investing in interests in floating or variable rate collateralized senior loans to corporations, partnerships and other business entities. Under normal market conditions, the fund invests at least 80% of total assets in collateralized senior loans rated, when purchased, below investment grade by a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO), or of comparable quality if unrated. TLI may also invest up to 20% of total assets in uncollateralized senior loans; investment and non-investment grade corporate debt securities and U.S. government debt securities, both with maturities no longer than five years from the date they are acquired by the fund; money market instruments; derivatives designed to hedge risks inherent in the fund's portfolio; and certain other securities.
The confirmed ratings are based on the strength of the Fund's underlying portfolio that provides preferred stock liquidation coverage, as well as the quality and experience of the Fund's investment manager, Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC (LMPFA) At the time of the ratings, the Fund's pro-forma TARPS coverage ratios calculated in accordance with the Fitch Basic Maintenance Amount Test satisfied a minimum coverage ratio of at least 100%. Additionally, the Fund's pro-forma TARPS coverage ratios calculated in accordance with the requirements of the 1940 Act as amended satisfied regulatory requirements mandating an asset coverage ratio of at least 300% for the Financing Arrangement and an asset coverage ratio of at least 200% for a combination of TARPS and the Financing Arrangement. At the time of ratings, the Fund's total leverage was approximately 42% of its total assets.