Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to five classes of notes (the “Notes”) issued by RFS Asset Securitization LLC, Series 2021-1 (“RFS 2021-1”).
This transaction is Rapid Financial Services, LLC’s (“RFS”, the “Company” or the “Issuer”) second securitization. The proceeds of the sale of the Series 2021-1 Notes will be used to purchase receivables, fund the reserve account and pay related fees and expenses. The Notes are “expandable” term notes such that at any time during the revolving period, the Issuer may periodically issue additional Notes, up to a maximum amount of $500.0 million, as long as certain conditions are met, including receipt of Rating Agency Confirmation.
RFS was founded in 2009, is headquartered in Bethesda, MD and also has an office in Detroit, MI. RFS has provided over $2.5 billion in financing since inception to over 40,000 businesses nationwide. RFS is a specialty financial services and technology company that uses its proprietary risk scoring models, transactional data, technology systems and platforms to provide capital to small and medium-sized businesses. RFS’s underwriting approach relies on multiple data sources and metrics related to a Merchant and its owners that RFS believes to be predictive of the business’ credit performance.
The transaction features a revolving period, which will end on the earlier of (i) June 30, 2024, approximately 36 months after the closing date and (ii) the date on which a rapid amortization event has occurred that is not later cured or waived. Credit enhancement will consist of overcollateralization, subordination (in the case of the Class A and Class B Notes), excess spread, a reserve account (initially funded in an amount equal to 0.50% of the initial Series 2021-1 note balance divided by 95.00%) and the excess funding account.
KBRA analyzed the transaction using the Global General Rating Methodology for Asset-Backed Securities
- General Global Rating Methodology for Asset-Backed Securities
- Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology
- ESG Global Rating 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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