KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to First Republic Mortgage Trust 2020-1 (FRMT 2020-1)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to 15 classes of mortgage certificates from First Republic Mortgage Trust 2020-1 (FRMT 2020-1), First Republic Bank’s first prime RMBS transaction since credit crisis. The FRMT 2020-1 mortgage pool is composed of 303 non-conforming mortgage loans with an aggregate principal balance of $300,115,996 as of the cut-off date.

The pool consists entirely of hybrid ARMs, with loans possessing initial fixed-rate periods of ten years. Approximately 89.2% of the loans have interest-only (IO) periods, most of whose original IO terms last for 120 months. The pool is characterized by substantial borrower equity in each mortgaged property, as evidenced by the WA original LTV of 55.5% and WA original CLTV of 57.1%. The weighted average original credit score is 771, which is within the prime mortgage range.

KBRA’s rating approach incorporated loan-level analysis of the mortgage pool through its Residential Mortgage Default and Loss Model, an examination of the results from third-party loan file due diligence, cash flow modeling analysis of the transaction’s payment structure, reviews of key transaction parties and an assessment of the transaction’s legal structure and documentation. This analysis is further described in our U.S. RMBS Rating Methodology.

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Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.

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