NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to four classes of notes issued by Thoma Bravo Credit Asset Funding ABS, LLC (“TBCAF 2023-1”), a securitization backed by a portfolio of recurring revenue and middle market corporate loans.
TBCAF 2023-1 is a $500.0 million securitization managed by Thoma Bravo Credit Partners II, L.P. (“Thoma Bravo” or the “Collateral Manager”). The securitization consists of $220.0 million of Class A-1 floating-rate notes, $55.0 million of Class A-2 fixed-rate notes (collectively “Class A”), $57.5 million of Class B fixed-rate notes, $50.0 million of Class C fixed-rate notes (collectively the “rated notes”), and $117.5 million of subordinated notes, which expect to receive payments from a static portfolio of recurring revenue loans and middle market loans. The Class A, Class B and Class C Notes have a 55.0%, 66.5%, and 76.5% advance rate, respectively. The ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels, excess spread, and structural features.
The rated notes benefit from internal credit enhancement through subordination, borrowing base, and excess spread. The collateral portfolio is comprised of a combination of first-lien senior secured 1) recurring revenue loans that have maximum loan-to-value (LTV) ratios and 2) traditional middle market loans. The portfolio is concentrated to obligors in the software and technology industry who serve a diverse base of end users. The transaction has no reinvestment period and general trading is not permitted. However, there may be a limited number of substitutions into replacement assets that are required to have similar characteristics as those being replaced. The portfolio presented to KBRA contains exposures to 40 obligors with 59.8% of the par exposure to the RRLs. The overall K-WARF of the portfolio is 3413, which represents a weighted average portfolio assessment between B- and CCC+.
KBRA’s preliminary ratings on the Class A and Class B Notes consider timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal by the applicable stated maturity date. KBRA’s preliminary rating on the Class C Notes considers ultimate payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal by the applicable stated maturity date.
KBRA analyzed the transaction using the Structured Credit Global Rating Methodology, the Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology, and the ESG Global Rating Methodology.
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