Georgia Regional Briefing
Thursday, April 30, 2020
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Overview

This briefing will provide a platform to network with your peers and gain insight into what factors are taken into consideration when Moody’s assesses credit. It’s also a unique opportunity to meet Moody’s analysts.

Below is the agenda from the 2019 briefing:

The State of Georgia has one of the strongest economies in the country, led by growth in the logistics, financial services and technology sectors in the Atlanta region. Local governments across the state and nation remain stable, but certain risks pose threats to issuers. Topics we will discuss include:

• National local and state government outlook

• Moody’s views on the state of Georgia, including MARTA, and its local governments

• Moody’s Framework for Assessing Cyber Security Risks in the Municipal Market

• Municipal Infrastructure Trends

• What’s left to be done on Plant Vogtle?

• Environmental, Social and Governance Risks in Moody’s Credit Ratings

08.30Registration &  Coffee

09.00 Opening Remarks

Chairperson: Sandra Veseli,  Managing Director, Corporate Finance

09.10 Keynote Spotlight  Conversation

Guest speaker to be announced

Led by Nick Hill, Managing Director, Banking  

09.45Leveraged Finance Plenary  Session

Beyond  the Leverage Multiple

Richard  Etheridge, Associate Managing Director, Corporate Finance

 

Followed  by a Panel Discussion

  • In a lower for longer interest  rate environment, does leverage matter anymore?
  • EBITDA add-backs: Now pervasive  in most deals, but larger and harder to achieve?
  • Downgrades on the rise: To what  extent is deal stress rising? How concerned should investors be?
  • ESG: Increasing in importance  but still mostly a sideshow for HY investors?

Led by Peter Firth, Associate Managing Director, Corporate Finance

Guest Speakers to be announced  

10.45Networking &  Coffee Break

11.15CLO Presentation

Dark  Clouds on the Horizon

  • Issuance and  performance updates
  • Negative outlooks and  downgrades: Impact on WARF and trading flexibility
  • How does a tighter arbitrage  impact CLO structures?
  • How big a risk is ESG for  CLOs?

Co presented by George Zittis, Vice President –  Senior Credit Officer, Structured Finance

James Morton, Vice President – Senior Analyst,  Structured Finance

11.40 Breakout Sessions

08.00 Moody's Analytics workshop (45 min)

Discover how Moody's CreditView can facilitate your fundamental credit analysis. You will learn how you can quickly access core credit information, and how to deep-dive into a full suite of leveraged finance research, data and services, to help you get it done.

Presented by Moody’s Analytics

08.30Registration &  Coffee

09.00 Opening Remarks

Chairperson: Sandra Veseli,  Managing Director, Corporate Finance

09.10 Keynote Spotlight  Conversation

Guest speaker to be announced

Led by Nick Hill, Managing Director, Banking  

09.45Leveraged Finance Plenary  Session

Beyond  the Leverage Multiple

Richard  Etheridge, Associate Managing Director, Corporate Finance

 

Followed  by a Panel Discussion

Led by Peter Firth, Associate Managing Director, Corporate Finance

Guest Speakers to be announced  

10.45Networking &  Coffee Break

11.15CLO Presentation

Dark  Clouds on the Horizon

Co presented by George Zittis, Vice President –  Senior Credit Officer, Structured Finance

James Morton, Vice President – Senior Analyst,  Structured Finance

11.40Sector Focused Breakout Sessions

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Moody's Events

Sandra Fung

Manager- MIS Events and outreach

+1 (212) 553 -5913

sandra.fung@moodys.com