KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Pagaya AI Debt Selection Trust 2021-HG1
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by Pagaya AI Debt Selection Trust 2021-HG1 (“PAID 2021-HG1”), a consumer loan ABS transaction.
This transaction is the third publicly rated securitization for Pagaya Investments US LLC (“Pagaya” or the “Company”) and second in 2021. Pagaya is a 100% owned subsidiary of Pagaya Technologies Ltd. which is an Israeli corporation. The Company is a technology-based asset manager that uses data analytics and artificial intelligence (“AI”) to review and purchase certain unsecured consumer loans from marketplace lending (“MPL”) platforms, originating banks and automobile loans from some auto loan originators.
PAID 2021-HG1 has initial credit enhancement levels of 25.69% for the Class A notes, 18.37% for the Class B notes and 10.32% for the Class C notes. Credit enhancement is comprised of overcollateralization, subordination of junior note classes (except for the Class C notes), a cash reserve account, and excess spread.
PAID 2021-HG1 is a fully prefunded deal where there is no collateral funded at closing and the notes are initially supported by amounts deposited in the prefunding account. During the 6-month prefunding period, the amounts on deposit in the prefunding account will be used to purchase unsecured consumer loans, subject to eligibility criteria and concentration limits, from the following MPL platforms: LendingClub Bank, National Association (“LendingClub”); MF Consumer Loan Trust (“Marlette”); Prosper Funding LLC (“Prosper”); and Upgrade, Inc (“Upgrade”) (collectively, the “Platform Sellers”). In addition, Pagaya may purchase loans originated through a Platform Seller but which are held by its originating bank including LendingClub and Cross River Bank (“CRB”). Each Platform Seller will act as servicer for the loans originated through their platform.
KBRA applied its Consumer Loan ABS Global Rating Methodology and Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s proposed capital structure and Pagaya’s historical gross loss data. KBRA has performed operational reviews of Pagaya and each of the Platform Sellers and has conducted surveillance on each platform’s recent securitizations. KBRA will also review the operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction prior to closing.
Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.
A description of all substantially material sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies) (inclusive of any material models and sensitivity analyses of the relevant key rating assumptions, as applicable) used in determining the credit rating is available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) located here.
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Further disclosures relating to this rating action are available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) referenced above. Additional information regarding KBRA policies, methodologies, rating scales and disclosures are available at www.kbra.com.
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