KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Mariner Finance Issuance Trust 2022-A

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to five classes of notes issued by Mariner Finance Issuance Trust 2022-A (MFIT 2022-A), a personal loan asset-backed securities transaction.

MFIT 2022-A will issue five categories of tickets totaling $300 million. The Notes are secured by approximately $357 million in fixed rate secured and unsecured personal loans issued by Mariner Finance, LLC (“Mariner” or the “Company”) as of August 31, 2022, the statistical cut-off date. Preliminary ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels of 48.00% for Class A Notes, 38.00% for Class B Notes, 32.30% for Class C Notes, 25.95% for Class D Notes and 16.40% for Class E Notes. Credit enhancement includes overcollateralization, subordination of senior note classes, cash reserve account and excess spread. This transaction includes a two-year renewable period during which additional collateral may be funded into the transaction as long as it meets certain eligibility criteria and the resulting collateral pool, after any additions, is maintained within the eligibility criteria. reinvestment.

Mariner was founded in 2002 and is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of MF Raven Holdings, Inc. (“MF Raven”) which, in turn, is indirectly wholly owned by WP Raven Acquisition, LLC (“WP Raven”) ). Mariner is indirectly owned by private equity funds managed by Warburg Pincus, LLC through WP Raven. The company, along with its affiliates, is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and, as of June 30, 2022, had 487 branches in 26 states serving more than 704,000 active customers. Mariner reported positive net income for the first half of 2022 and had an outstanding portfolio balance of $2.7 billion as of June 30, 2022.

KBRA applied its ABS global rating methodology for consumer loans as well as its global structured financial counterparty methodology and its ESG global rating methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, structure of proposed capital and historical annualized gross loss data of Mariner. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of Mariner, as well as a review of the transaction’s legal structure and transaction documents. KBRA will also review the operational agreements and legal opinions of the transaction prior to closing.

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