KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Mill City Solar Loan 2020-1 Ltd. and Mill City Solar Loan 2020-1 LLC

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by Mill City Solar Loan 2020-1 Ltd. and Mill City Solar Loan 2020-1 LLC (“MCSLT 2020-1-GS”), an asset-backed securitization collateralized by a pool of residential solar loans.

The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in rising unemployment, which can adversely impact the performance of the transaction and consumer loans in general. Owing to KBRA’s expectations of high and rising unemployment, KBRA increased its base case default assumptions for the subject pool in a manner that was consistent with a recent portfolio review of the residential solar loan sector noted in the following press release: KBRA Comments on U.S. Solar Loan ABS Monitoring. The review did not result in Watch Placements on any existing KBRA transaction ratings.

The collateral in the MCSLT 2020-1-GS deal includes approximately $195.31 million of residential solar loans, as of the March 31, 2020 statistical cut-off date. The preliminary ratings reflect the initial credit enhancement levels ranging from 25.62% for the Class A notes to 10.34% for the Class C notes.

Loanpal, LLC (formerly known as Paramount Equity Mortgage, LLC d/b/a Loanpal) (“Loanpal” or the “Company”) was incorporated in California in 2003 to provide residential mortgage loans. In December 2017, Loanpal launched its current solar loan origination platform where it originates loans to mostly prime credit quality homeowners for the purpose of purchasing home improvements, including solar panel systems and batteries. Headquartered in Roseville, CA, as of March 31, 2020, Loanpal has originated and funded over $28.6 billion in loan volume since inception, including approximately $3.0 billion in solar loans since December 2017.

KBRA applied its Global General Rating Methodology for Asset-Backed Securities and Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool and the proposed capital structure. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of Loanpal, 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.

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