Fitch Ratings expects to assign an ''AAA'' rating to the following securities issued by Nuveen Virginia Dividend Advantage Municipal Fund 2 (NYSE: NNB), a municipal closed-end fund managed by Nuveen Asset Management:
--Up to $43,200,000 of MuniFund Term Preferred Shares (MTP shares) series 2014.
Fitch expects to finalize the rating of the MTP shares on the targeted closing date , which is expected to occur in November of 2009. The expected rating is based on sufficient asset coverage provided to the MTP shares by the fund''s underlying portfolio of assets and the capabilities of Nuveen Asset Management as investment advisor. The fund will use the net proceeds from the sale of MTP shares to redeem in full its outstanding Municipal Auction Rate Cumulative Preferred Shares while maintaining or slightly increasing the fund''s leveraged capital structure.
At the time of the issuance of the MTP shares, the fund''s pro forma asset coverage ratio, as calculated in accordance with the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act), is expected to be in excess of 200%, which is the minimum asset coverage required by the 1940 Act. Also, at the time of issuance, the fund''s pro forma asset coverage ratio, as calculated in accordance with the Fitch overcollateralization test per the Fitch Closed-End Fund Debt and Preferred Stock Rating Criteria is expected to be in excess of 100%, which is the minimum asset coverage deemed consistent with an ''AAA'' rating. Fitch''s closed-end fund rating criteria, published on Aug. 17, 2009, is available at ''www.fitchratings.com'' under the following headers:
Criteria then Financial Institutions then Fund & Asset Manager Ratings
The terms of the MTP shares stipulate that the fund maintain asset coverage under the 1940 Act of no less than 225% of the outstanding MTP shares. The terms of the MTP shares further restrict the ability of the fund to add economic leverage through participation in tender option bond programs. Specifically, the fund''s asset coverage ratio, when including the economic leverage arising from the use of such securities, is not permitted to be less than 200%. The fund''s investment guidelines do not specifically reference minimum asset coverage ratios related to Fitch''s rating criteria, although given the permitted investments of the fund, Fitch views the MTP shares'' provisions requiring the maintenance of minimum ongoing asset coverage ratios as being sufficiently conservative, at present, to achieve an ''AAA'' rating.
Fitch would note, however, that the fund has the ability to assume economic leverage through derivative transactions which may not be captured by the fund''s asset coverage tests. The fund has engaged in limited derivative activities in the past, and does not envision engaging in material amounts of such activity in the future. In fact, such activity is limited by the fund''s investment guidelines and could run counter to the fund''s investment objective of achieving tax-exempt income. Should material derivative exposure be utilized in the future, this could have potential negative rating implications if it adversely affected asset coverage available to the rated MTP shares.
Nuveen Virginia Dividend Advantage Municipal Fund 2 is a diversified, closed-end management investment company that commenced operations on Nov. 15, 2001. The fund''s common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ''NNB''. As of Oct. 21, 2009, the fund''s total assets were $126.3 million.
The fund''s investment objective is to provide current income exempt from regular federal and Virginia income tax. The fund pursues its objective, under normal market conditions, by investing at least 95% of its net assets in such tax-exempt municipal securities. The fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in investment grade quality municipal securities, or unrated securities but judged to be of comparable quality by Nuveen Asset Management. Not more than 10% of the fund''s net assets may be invested in securities rated below ''B-'' by Fitch or of comparable quality by other global rating agencies, or in unrated securities that are judged to be of comparable quality by Nuveen Asset Management.
Nuveen Asset Management is the fund''s investment adviser, responsible for the fund''s overall investment strategy and its implementation. Nuveen Asset Management is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nuveen Investments.
Founded in 1898, Nuveen Investments and its affiliates had approximately $128 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2009, of which approximately $62.5 billion was in municipal securities.
Additional information is available at ''www.fitchratings.com''.
Fitch Ratings, New York
Yuriy Layvand, CPA, 212-908-9191
Ian Rasmussen, 212-908-0232
Brian Bertsch, 212-908-0549