KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Tesla 2017-1, LLC, Series 2017-1, Class A Notes

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns a preliminary rating of A- (sf) to Tesla 2017-1, LLC, Series 2017-1, Class A Notes (“Tesla 2017-1”). The notes are newly issued asset-backed securities backed by a portfolio of residential and commercial photovoltaic solar installations (“PV Systems”).

The transaction is secured by distributions to the managing members of the related four financing funds from power purchase agreements (PPA) and lease agreements from 33,499 PV Systems. Approximately, 59.0% and 41.0% of the PV Systems are PPA and lease agreements, respectively.

At closing each financing fund will have the benefit of a tax loss insurance policy to cover tax loss payments to the tax equity investor equal to a minimum of 35% (inclusive of the deductible) of the investment tax credits by the financing fund and related fees and expenses.

The aggregate discounted solar asset balance (“ADSAB”) of the securitization pool, consisting of the discounted present values of the PPA and leases, is approximately $483.1 million. The securitization’s share of the ADSAB is $403.2 million. The transaction benefits from credit enhancement in the form of overcollateralization, excess cash flow, a liquidity reserve account and a supplemental reserve account. The supplemental reserve account shall be used to fund the costs associated with the replacement of the inverters of the PV Systems, the deductibles associated with the respective tax loss insurance policies and the purchase options of the related financing fund after the respective “flip dates”.

                 
Class       Rating       Initial Principal Balance
Class A Notes       A- (sf)       $265,000,000
Class B Notes       NR       $75,000,000
           

Representations & Warranties Disclosure

All Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations are required, pursuant to SEC Rule 17g-7, to provide a description of a transaction’s representations, warranties and enforcement mechanisms that are available to investors when issuing credit ratings. KBRA’s disclosure for this transaction can be found in the report, Tesla 2017-1 Representation and Warranties Disclosure.

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Contacts

Analytical Contacts:
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Cecil Smart Jr., 646-731-2381
Senior Director
csmart@kbra.com
or
Andrew Giudici, 646-731-2372
Managing Director
agiudici@kbra.com
or
Andrew Lin, 646-731-2483
Associate Director
alin@kbra.com
or
Usman Khan, 646-731-2488
Associate
ukhan@kbra.com

Contacts

Analytical Contacts:
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Cecil Smart Jr., 646-731-2381
Senior Director
csmart@kbra.com
or
Andrew Giudici, 646-731-2372
Managing Director
agiudici@kbra.com
or
Andrew Lin, 646-731-2483
Associate Director
alin@kbra.com
or
Usman Khan, 646-731-2488
Associate
ukhan@kbra.com