KBRA Assigns Preliminary Rating to NRZ Excess Spread-Collateralized Notes, Series 2020-PLS1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns a preliminary rating of ‘BBB- (sf)’ to the Series 2020-PLS1 Term Notes from NRZ Excess Spread-Collateralized Notes. The Notes will be issued pursuant to a Master Credit Agreement (Agreement) by and among the Issuers and Collateral Agent/Note Registrar/Paying Agent. The notes represent the joint and several obligations of the Issuers to make monthly scheduled payments of interest and principal. The transaction is supported by a guarantee by the Guarantor, NRZ (KBRA Rating: BB+/Negative), to cover both timely payments of interest and scheduled principal. The assets represent a portion of fees and income payable to the Servicers for servicing non-agency mortgage loans owned by various entities and generally included in legacy private label securities (PLS) RMBS transactions. This is the first KBRA rated transaction backed by PLS mortgage servicing rights.

The rating is primarily dependent on the credit rating of NRZ (KBRA Rating: BB+/Negative) as Guarantor in support of the Issuers’ payment obligations and rights to MSRs, with certain transaction features listed under Key Transaction Features below providing one notch uplift on the rating of the notes. The obligations of the Guarantor are those of an obligor and a separate action may be brought to enforce the Guaranty whether or not the Issuers are joined in any such action.

KBRA’s rating approach for the rated notes utilized its Global Finance Company Rating Methodology (November 28, 2017) and also relied on its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology (August 8, 2018).

KBRA’s Finance Company methodology incorporates an analysis of both business and financial factors in determining ratings. Some of the business factors include (1) Market Share, Branding and Viability, (2) Risk Management, and (3) Economic and Operational risks. Some financial factors include (1) Profitability (2) Liquidity and Funding (3) Leverage and Capital Adequacy and (4) Asset Quality.

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