Fitch Rates Los Angeles County Capital Asset Leasing Corp, California $24.7MM Bonds 'A'.
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An international rating agency for financial institutions, insurance companies, and corporate, sovereign, and municipal debt. Fitch Ratings has headquarters in New York and London and is wholly owned by FIMALAC of Paris. assigns an 'A' rating to Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County Capital Asset Leasing Corp., California $24,670,000 lease revenue bonds, 2008 series A (LAC-CAL Equipment Program). The Rating Outlook is Stable. The bonds will be sold competitively on March 4. Also, Fitch affirms its 'A' rating, Stable Outlook on various issues secured by county lease rental payments, and 'A-' rating Stable Outlook on other lease-secured issues, as detailed below.
The county's ratings reflect a diverse and mature economy, improved financial operations marked by consistent general fund operating surpluses and high year-end reserves, strong management efforts to achieve fiscal balance, and low debt burden. These strengths are balanced by the considerable challenge presented by the Department of Health Services Department of Health Services may refer to:
DHS Department of Human Services
DHS Department of Health Services
DHS Demographic and Health Surveys
DHS Dirhams (Morocco national currency) ) ongoing financial imbalance. Currently, DHS's reliance on general fund support is affordable, but projections show sizable deficits ahead, which could be exacerbated by the outcome of negotiations and pending or possible changes in state and federal funding.
While acknowledging the county's considerable efforts and progress in achieving fiscal balance in its health delivery system, Fitch remains concerned about projected rising operating deficits. Near-term balance is achieved through a major delivery system restructuring, an effort that Fitch believes will be difficult to implement and could result in less than anticipated savings. Even with these changes, DHS's five-year forecast shows a sizable $1.47 billion cumulative deficit by fiscal 2012. Discretionary general fund resources used to subsidize health service delivery rose to $299.6 million budgeted for fiscal 2008, up from $43.2 million just two years ago. While the fiscal 2008 figure represents a small 2% of total budgeted general fund spending, the subsidy makes up an important 7% of the department's $4.49 billion budget. Also, with the five-year forecast including assumptions regarding state and federal funding that have a high degree of inherent uncertainty, the rising gap will need to be filled by general fund resources or savings through restructuring and efficiencies, with the savings efforts difficult to estimate by their nature.
Los Angeles County's general fund exhibits strong financial operations and stability despite the rising need for health subsidies. The general fund has run operating surpluses for each of the last several years, resulting in a sizable ending balance. The fiscal 2007 general fund balance totals $3.08 billion, a high 24.1% of the $12.8 billion in expenditures and transfers out. The unreserved amount also is high at $2.6 billion or 20.3% of total spending. These reserve levels leave the county well-positioned to handle a mild economic downturn, although a significant real estate correction that resulted in assessed value decline (as occurred in the mid-1990's) could weaken the county's strong financial position and ability to deal with upcoming challenges.
Along with the DHS imbalance described above, the county's other sizable financial challenge is its $20.3 billion liability for other-post employment benefits (OPEB OPEB Other Post-Employment Benefits
OPEB Other Postretirement Obligations (pensions/retirement) ), which the county has begun to address. The county is close to finalizing an agreement with its labor groups to fund an OPEB trust, with $417 million identified for deposit once final agreement is reached. Fitch acknowledges this effort as important in reducing the county's ongoing OPEB costs.
The bonds are secured by county lease payments made for use of numerous pieces of equipment by several departments. Lease features are sound and the county's equipment lease financing program has a strong history. The leased equipment is essential to service delivery and all equipment currently is in use. Lease features are strong and typical of California lease transactions.
Fitch affirms the following ratings at 'A':
--County of Los Angeles, certificates of participation series 1993 Disney Parking Project;
--Los Angeles County Capital Asset Leasing Corp., Edmund D. Edelman Edmund D. Edelman served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1965 until 1974, when he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He served for the County office for twenty years until his retirement in 1994. He was succeeded in both offices by Zev Yaroslavsky. Children's Court lease revenue bonds series A and lease revenue bonds series 2004A and 2006A;
--Los Angeles County Public Works public works
Construction projects, such as highways or dams, financed by public funds and constructed by a government for the benefit or use of the general public.
Noun 1. Financing Authority, lease revenue bonds series 2005 (Calabasas Landfill Project).
Fitch affirms the following ratings at 'A-':
--The City of Los Angeles
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--Sonnenblick-Del Rio El Monte Asset Leasing Corporation, Calif.'s senior certificates of participation, series 1999 (Department of Public Social Services Facility);
--Sonnenblick-Del Rio El Monte Asset Leasing Corporation, Calif.'s senior certificates of participation, series 2001 (Department of Public Social Services Facility-Phase II);
--Sonnenblick-Del Rio West Los Angeles
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