NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to four classes of bonds issued by Marlette Funding Trust 2022-1 (“MFT 2022-1”), a $317.37 million consumer loan ABS transaction.
The ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels of 40.65% for Class A Notes to 9.80% for Class D Notes. Credit enhancement consists of overcollateralisation, subordination (in the case of Class A, Class B and Class C Notes) to a Funded Reserve Account at Closing and Excess Spread.
Founded in 2013 in Wilmington, DE, Marlette Funding, LLC (“Marlette”) operates an online marketplace lending platform, which offers personal installment loans under the Best Egg brand (www.BestEgg.com) (the “Marlette Best Egg Platform” or the “Platform”) that are included in this securitization. This transaction is the 18and securitization sponsored by Marlette. The first multi-seller securitization issued by Marlette Funding Trust (“MFT”) took place in August 2016. Under the multi-seller securitization program, Marlette is the sponsor and collateral is provided by Marlette and the loan buyers of loans issued through the platform. .
KBRA applied its ABS Global Rating Methodology for Consumer Lending, its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology and its ESG Global Rating Methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, the capital structure proposed. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of the Marlette platform, as well as a review of the transaction’s legal structure and transaction documents. Operational agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.
Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyzes that consider factors that may affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key factor in changing the credit rating or rating outlook) can be viewed in the full rating report mentioned above.
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