Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three class of notes issued by Theorem Funding Trust 2021-1 (“THRM 2021-1”), a $500.0.0 million consumer loan ABS transaction.
The preliminary ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels of 32.35% for the Class A Notes to 18.50% 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 2021-1 is the second 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 2021-1 is backed solely by cash flows from unsecured consumer loans purchased by Theorem from LendingClub Bank, National Association (“LendingClub”) and Prosper Funding LLC (“Prosper”).
KBRA applied its Consumer Loan ABS Global Rating Methodology, as well as its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology and ESG Global Rating Methodology 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 has performed operational reviews of Theorem 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.
- Consumer Loan ABS Global Rating Methodology
- 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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