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Fitch Rates Irvine Ranch Water District (CA) Consolid Ref Bds 2008A&B 'A+/F1+'.

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 assigns a rating of 'A+/F1+ 'to the $60,215,000 Irvine Ranch Water District (CA), Consolidated refunding bonds, series 2008A, and $100,355,000 series 2008B. The rating is based on the support provided by two separate irrevocable, direct-pay letters of credit (LOCs) issued by Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg, acting through its New York Branch, securing the bonds. The bank is obligated ob·li·gate  
tr.v. ob·li·gat·ed, ob·li·gat·ing, ob·li·gates
1. To bind, compel, or constrain by a social, legal, or moral tie. See Synonyms at force.

2. To cause to be grateful or indebted; oblige.
 to make payments of principal, interest when due, as well as the purchase price for tendered bonds. The ratings will expire on the earliest of: (i) Apr. 23, 2011, the stated expiration date Expiration Date

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 of the LOCs, unless such date is extended; (ii) any prior termination of the LOCs or defeasance of the bonds.

The LOCs provide full coverage of principal plus an amount equal to 45 days of interest computed at a maximum rate of 12%, based on a year of 365 days, and purchase price for tendered bonds. The remarketing agent for the bonds is Lehman Brothers Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LEH), founded in 1850, is a diversified, global financial services firm. It is a participant in investment banking, equity and fixed income sales, research and trading, investment management, private equity, and private banking. . The bonds are expected to be available for delivery on or about Apr. 24, 2008.

The bonds initially bear interest in the daily interest rate mode, but may be converted to a weekly, monthly, semi-annual, annual, VIP pricing modes or a fixed interest rate mode. While in the daily mode, interest will be paid on the fifth business day of each month, commencing on May 7, 2008. While in the daily, weekly or monthly rate modes, bondholders may tender bonds on any business day with the requisite prior notice. The bonds are subject to mandatory tender on (1) the date of any mode change; (2) upon the substitution or expiration of the LOCs; and (3) the termination of the LOCs following a notice from the bank to the trustee of an event of default under the Reimbursement Agreement directing a mandatory tender of the bonds. Alternatively, upon such an event of default, the bank has the option to direct an acceleration of the bonds. Optional and mandatory redemption provisions also apply to the bonds as set forth in the Bond Indenture Bond indenture

Contract that sets forth the promises of a bond issuer and the rights of investors.

bond indenture

See indenture.

The proceeds of the bonds will be used to refund series 2006 and 2007 general obligation bonds.

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Date:Apr 16, 2008
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