KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Research-Driven Pagaya Motor Asset Trust VII

NEW YORK--()--KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to $270 million of notes issued by Research-Driven Pagaya Motor Asset Trust VII (“RPM VII”), an auto loan ABS transaction.

Pagaya Structured Products LLC is a 100% owned subsidiary of Pagaya US Holding Company LLC (formerly known as Pagaya Investments US LLC), which is a 100% owned subsidiary of Pagaya Technologies Ltd. (“Pagaya Technologies”), an Israeli corporation. Pagaya Technologies is a financial technology company in the lending marketplace that uses machine learning, big data analytics, and AI-driven credit and analysis technology. This transaction is the third publicly rated securitization sponsored by Pagaya Structured Products LLC (collectively with its affiliates, “Pagaya” or the “Company”). Previously, Pagaya US Holding Company LLC served as sponsor for 16 securitizations of unsecured consumer assets. Overall, Pagaya Structured Products LLC and Pagaya US Holding Company LLC have completed 25 securitizations for over $10 billion since 2018 with 18 collateralized by unsecured consumer assets, five securitizations collateralized by auto loan receivables, and one securitization collateralized by a loan backed by single family rental properties.

This transaction, RPM VII, represents the first 144A term auto ABS securitization for the Company. RPM VII will issue three classes of notes totaling to $270 million. The proceeds from the sale of the notes and collections will be used to fund: (i) the prefunding account; (ii) the reserve account; and (iii) pay certain transaction expenses. RPM VII is a fully prefunded transaction where there is no collateral funded at closing and the notes are initially supported by amounts deposited in the prefunding account. During the six-month prefunding period, the amounts on deposit in the prefunding account will be used to purchase auto loans, subject to eligibility criteria and concentration limits, from the following third-party Originators: Automotive Credit Corporation (“ACC”), Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. (“CPS”), First Help Financial, LLC (“FHF”), Stellantis Financial Services, Inc d/b/a First Investors Financial Services (“First Investors”), Flagship Credit Acceptance LLC and its affiliates, (collectively “Flagship”), Foursight Capital LLC (“Foursight”), Innovate Loan Servicing Corporation (“Innovate”), OpenRoad Lending LLC (“OpenRoad”), The Savings Group, Inc. and its affiliates (collectively “Autopay”), Anchored Financial, LLC (“Anchored”); and Westlake Services, LLC d/b/a Westlake Financial (“Westlake”). ACC, CPS, FHF First Investors, Flagship, Foursight, and Westlake will service their respective loans and are collectively referred to as the “Receivables Servicers”. In addition, Foursight will be the servicer for loans originated by Anchored, OpenRoad and Innovate, and Westlake will be the servicer for loans originated by Autopay. Loans directed for purchase by Pagaya are originated by or sold through the Originators with the assistance of proprietary credit technology provided by Pagaya Technologies. This proprietary credit technology is based on artificial intelligence and machine learning and is used to assess the credit quality of borrowers or potential borrowers of the Originators.

KBRA analyzed the transaction using the Auto Loan ABS Global Rating Methodology, as well as its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology and ESG Global Rating Methodology. In applying the methodology, KBRA analyzed Pagaya’s static pool data and the capital structure using stressed cash flow assumptions. KBRA considered its operational reviews of Pagaya and the Originators and Receivables Servicers. Operative agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.

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Melvin Zhou, Managing Director (Lead Analyst)
+1 (646) 731-2412
melvin.zhou@kbra.com

Prachi Talathi, Associate Director
+1 (646) 731-1275
prachi.talathi@kbra.com

Juhi Paranjape, Senior Analyst
+1 (646) 731 1340
juhi.paranjape@kbra.com

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+1 646-731-2337
rosemary.kelley@kbra.com

Business Development Contact

Ted Burbage, Managing Director
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ted.burbage@kbra.com