KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Upstart Securitization Trust 2021-1
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by Upstart Securitization Trust 2021-1 (“UPST 2021-1”), a $207.859 million consumer loan ABS transaction. The preliminary ratings reflect initial credit enhancement level of 41.75% for the Class A notes, 29.85% for the Class B notes and 15.00% for the Class C notes. Credit enhancement consists of overcollateralization, excess spread, a cash reserve account and subordination (in the case of the Class A and Class B notes).
The loans in the collateral pool are originated by Cross River Bank and FinWise Bank. As of the statistical cutoff date, borrowers in UPST 2021-1 have a weighted average interest rate and weighted average FICO score of 18.87% and 678, respectively. The collateral pool has a weighted average original term of 50 months and a weighted average seasoning of four months.
This transaction represents the eighteenth ABS securitization collateralized by unsecured consumer loans originated through the online platform operated by Upstart Network, Inc. (“Upstart” or the “Company”) and the eleventh from the Upstart Securitization Trust (“UPST”) ABS program. Upstart was established in February 2012 and operates an online platform (www.upstart.com) and a white label technology licensing service that allows financial institutions and other potential partners to leverage Upstart’s online application flow, machine learning credit model, verification process and other technology to originate loans according to their own underwriting standards.
KBRA applied its Consumer Loan ABS Global Rating Methodology and Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and Upstart’s historical gross loss data. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of Upstart, 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.
- Upstart Securitization Trust 2021-1 KCAT
- Consumer Loan ABS Global Rating Methodology
- Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology
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.
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