KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to STEAM 2021-3

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to USQ Rail II LLC (“U.S. Issuer”) and USQ Canada Rail II ULC (“Canadian Issuer”, and together with the U.S. Issuer, the “Issuers”), Series 2021-3 (“STEAM 2021-3”), a railcar leasing securitization. The Issuers are newly formed special purpose entities and wholly owned subsidiaries (directly or indirectly) of ITE Rail Fund Levered L.P. (“ITE Rail Levered”) and have been structured to issue multiple series of notes, including STEAM 2021-3. All of the railcars in the portfolio (the “Portfolio Railcars”) and the related leases will consist of railcars acquired by the U.S. Issuer from ITE Rail Levered (“U.S. Seller”).

The securitization is collateralized by a portfolio of 1,961 tank railcars with an aggregate FMV of $233.7 million (72.1% by value) and 1,062 non-tank railcars with an aggregate adjusted value of $90.2 million (27.9% by value), (the “Portfolio Railcars”). As of March 31, 2021, approximately 99.5% (by unit) of the railcars are on full service leases. Under such leases, the lessor is responsible for maintaining and servicing the railcars, administering and paying applicable taxes and providing ancillary services to the lessee.

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Contacts

Analytical Contacts

Michael Lepri, Director (Lead Analyst)
+1 (646) 731-3389
michael.lepri@kbra.com

John Lampasona, Director
+1 (646) 731-2318
john.lampasona@kbra.com

Zara Shirazi, Senior Director
+1 (646) 731-3326
zara.shirazi@kbra.com

Cecil Smart, Jr., Senior Managing Director (Rating Committee Chair)
+1 (646) 731-2381
cecil.smart@kbra.com

Business Development Contact

Ted Burbage, Managing Director
+1 (646) 731-3325
ted.burbage@kbra.com