KBRA Europe Places Seven SBOLT Classes of Notes On Watch Owing To COVID-19 Performance Concerns

DUBLIN--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited (KBRA) places three classes of Small Business Origination Loan Trust 2018-1 DAC (“SBOLT 2018-1”) on Watch Developing and four classes of Small Business Origination Loan Trust 2019-1 DAC (“SBOLT 2019-1”) on Watch Downgrade. The Watch Placements are owing to the economic effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Small businesses in the United Kingdom (UK) are directly impacted by COVID-19 containment measures and their actions are contributing to a broader economic slowdown. Businesses have responded to the slower economic activity and reduced revenue by cutting costs, laying off staff, or closing their doors temporarily (in many cases being forced to do so). Because of these recent and ongoing events, KBRA expects the two referenced transactions to be negatively impacted.

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KBRA Europe is a full-service credit rating agency (CRA) registered with the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc. (KBRA) is a CRA registered as an NRSRO with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and is a certified CRA with ESMA. KBRA is also recognized by the U.S. National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider and is designated as a designated rating organization by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus. Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is located at 6-8 College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.

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Contacts

Analytical Contacts

Killian Walsh, Director (Lead Analyst)
+353 1 588 1184
kwalsh@kbra.com

Adam De Jong, Associate
+353 1 588 1270
adejong@kbra.com

Eric Neglia, Managing Director
+1 (646) 731-2456
eneglia@kbra.com

Rosemary Kelley, Senior Managing Director (Rating Committee Chair)
+1 (646) 731-2337
rkelley@kbra.com

Business Development Contact

Mauricio Noé, Senior Managing Director
+ 44 208 148 1010
mnoe@kbra.com