KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Marlette Funding Trust 2019-4

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by Marlette Funding Trust 2019-4 (MFT 2019-4). This is a $326.27 million consumer loan ABS transaction.

This transaction represents the 13th securitization collateralized by unsecured consumer loans originated by Cross River Bank, under the Marlette Best Egg Platform and sold to Marlette Funding, LLC (“Marlette”) or its affiliate.

Founded in 2013 in Wilmington DE, Marlette operates an online marketplace lending platform, operating under the Best Egg brand (www.mybestegg.com) (the “Marlette Best Egg Platform” or the “Platform”). Over the last year, an average of $650 million of loans were originated through the Platform per quarter. Originations in 1Q19 totaled $568 million an increase of 23% YoY. Since inception, over $9 billion of loans have been originated through the Platform, and as of September 30, 2019, Marlette had approximately $289 million of loans on its balance sheet.

Marlette purchases and retains for its own balance sheet a portion of the loans originated through the Platform. The Platform does not offer Peer-to-Peer funding, but instead partners exclusively with institutional investors for whole loan sales. All whole loan purchasers receive a random allocation of originations. Loan retention from Cross River Bank, loan purchases by Marlette and whole loan purchases by institutional investors creates an alignment of interest among stakeholders. On the closing date, the depositor will acquire loans from several different Loan Sellers. The Loan Sellers are expected to include three Marlette Loan Sellers, Cross River Bank, two Affiliates of Goldman Sachs, and the Fund Loan Sellers.

The transaction has initial credit enhancement levels of 27.85% for the Class A Notes, 19.46% for the Class B Notes, and 9.45% for the Class C Notes. Credit enhancement consists of excess spread, overcollateralization, subordination (in the case of the Class A and Class B Notes) and a reserve account funded at closing.

KBRA applied its Global Consumer Loan ABS methodology for Asset-Backed Securities and Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and the Marlette Platform’s historical gross loss data. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of the Marlette Platform, as well as a review of the transaction’s legal structure and transaction documents. KBRA will also review the operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction prior to closing.

Preliminary Ratings Assigned: Marlette Funding Trust 2019-4

Class

Preliminary Rating

Initial Class Principal

A

AA (sf)

$260,298,000

B

A (sf)

$30,117,000

C

BBB- (sf)

$35,854,000

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Contacts

Analytical:
Eric Neglia, Managing Director
(646) 731-2456
eneglia@kbra.com

Brendan Carter, Associate Director
(646) 731-3315
bcarter@kbra.com

Andrew Silverhardt, Senior Analyst
(646) 731-2492
asilverhardt@kbra.com

Business Development:
Arielle Smelkinson, Director
(646) 731-2369
asmelkinson@kbra.com

Contacts

Analytical:
Eric Neglia, Managing Director
(646) 731-2456
eneglia@kbra.com

Brendan Carter, Associate Director
(646) 731-3315
bcarter@kbra.com

Andrew Silverhardt, Senior Analyst
(646) 731-2492
asilverhardt@kbra.com

Business Development:
Arielle Smelkinson, Director
(646) 731-2369
asmelkinson@kbra.com