KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to TruPS Financials Note Securitization 2018-1 Ltd

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes (the “Notes”) issued by TruPS Financials Note Securitization 2018-1 (“TFINS 2018-1”).

The collateral in TFINS 2018-1 will consist of trust preferred securities (“TruPS”) and subordinated notes issued mainly by community and regional banks and their holding companies, and TruPS, subordinated notes, and a senior note issued by insurance companies and their holding companies. The total portfolio par amount is $537.75 million with exposures to 62 banks and 4 insurance companies. The portfolio is expected to be fully ramped at closing.

TFINS 2018-1 is a static cash flow CDO and will not allow for any reinvestments. The preliminary ratings reflect the initial credit enhancement levels ranging from 28.5% for the Class A Notes to 13.0% for the Class C Notes. Additional enhancement is comprised of overcollateralization and interest rate tests for all Notes and a turbo payment that will amortize the Class A Notes beginning in the eighth year.

EJF CDO Manager LLC, an affiliate of EJF Capital LLC (“EJF Capital”), is the collateral manager. EJF Capital is headquartered in Arlington, VA. Founded in 2005 by Manny Friedman and Neal Wilson, it has more than $5.4 billion under management and is a SEC registered investment advisor. EJF Capital focuses on investment opportunities in financial institutions which may include banks, insurance companies, REITs and specialty finance companies. The firm has 75 employees with an investment team of 30 professionals. This will be the sixth securitization of bank and/or insurance securities since 2015 for EJF Capital.

KBRA analyzed the transaction using the General Rating Methodology for Asset-Backed Securities published on November 28, 2017 and incorporated the Global Insurer & Insurance Holding Company Rating Methodology and Global Bank and Bank Holding Company Rating Methodology for analyzing the underlying collateral obligations.

For complete details on the analysis, please see KBRA’s Pre-Sale Report, TruPS Financials Note Securitization 2018-1 Pre-Sale Report, which was published today at www.kbra.com.

The preliminary rating is based on information known to KBRA at the time of this publication. Information received subsequent to this release could result in the assignment of final rating that differ from the preliminary rating.

       
Class     Preliminary Rating     Initial Principal Amount
Class A-1 Notes     AA- (sf)     $360,790,000
Class A-2 Notes     AA- (sf)     $23,700,000
Class B Notes     A (sf)     $12,100,000
Class C Notes     BB-(sf)     $71,250,000
 

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 available here.

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George Lyons, 646-731-3314
Director
glyons@kbra.com
or
Joe Scott, 646-731-2438
Managing Director
jscott@kbra.com
or
Fred De Leon, 646-731-2352
Director
fdeleon@kbra.com
or
Ashley Phillips, 301-969-3185
Director
aphillips@kbra.com

Contacts

Analytical:
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
George Lyons, 646-731-3314
Director
glyons@kbra.com
or
Joe Scott, 646-731-2438
Managing Director
jscott@kbra.com
or
Fred De Leon, 646-731-2352
Director
fdeleon@kbra.com
or
Ashley Phillips, 301-969-3185
Director
aphillips@kbra.com