KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Theorem Funding Trust 2020-1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three class of notes issued by Theorem Funding Trust 2020-1 (“THRM 2020-1”), a $255.0 million consumer loan ABS transaction.

The preliminary ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels of 34.15% for the Class A Notes to 15.50% for the Class C Notes. Credit enhancement consists of overcollateralization, subordination (in the case of the Class A and Class B Notes) a reserve account funded at closing, and excess spread.

THRM 2020-1 is the first securitization for Theorem Partners LLC (“Theorem”). Theorem is a research-driven investment manager that uses data science and machine learning to purchase mainly unsecured personal loans from various marketplace lending platforms. THRM 2020-1 is collateralized by prime unsecured consumer loans whose origination was facilitated by LendingClub Corporation’s proprietary technology platform (“LendingClub Platform”). This transaction is backed solely by cash flows from loans whose origination has been facilitated by the LendingClub Platform under its “prime” program.

The financial impact of COVID-19 has resulted in an economic slowdown and high unemployment, which can adversely impact the performance of the transaction and unsecured consumer loans in general. Owing to this risk, KBRA increased its base case default assumptions for the subject pool in a manner that was consistent with recent portfolio reviews of the sector. For more information on the reviews see U.S. Unsecured Consumer ABS Ratings Maintains Watch Report and U.S. Unsecured Consumer ABS Securities on Watch Report.

KBRA applied its Global Consumer Loan ABS Rating Methodology published on November 28, 2017 and Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology published on August 8, 2018 as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and the Theorem’s historical gross loss data. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of Theorem as well as a review of the transaction’s legal structure and transaction documents. KBRA will also review the operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction prior to closing.

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