KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to New Residential Mortgage Loan Trust 2020-NQM2 (NRMLT 2020-NQM2)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc. (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to six classes of mortgage-backed notes from New Residential Mortgage Loan Trust 2020-NQM2 (NRMLT 2020-NQM2), a $159.9 million non-prime RMBS transaction.

The underlying NRMLT 2020-NQM2 pool consists of non-prime, mostly non-QM collateral with a meaningful percentage of loans (17.9% by balance) in active forbearance (16.4%) or completed deferral (1.5%) plans due to the COVID-19 crisis at the time of the analysis. Aside from the payment relief effects known at the time of analysis, NRMLT 2020-NQM2 differs from previous NRMLT non-prime securitizations due to its sequential payment structure and the specific treatment of advancing relating to loans during their forbearance period. KBRA made a number of adjustments to its expected losses and cash flow modeling scenarios, including assumptions for an increase in forbearance and delinquency in the short term, increased default risk for forbearance and deferred loans notwithstanding current payment status, reductions in credit to excess spread and front-loaded home price decline timing projections.

NRMLT 2020-NQM2 is sponsored by New Residential Investment Corp. (NYSE: NRZ). All of the underlying mortgages (100.0% of the pool) were originated, directly or via correspondent, by NewRez LLC, a subsidiary of NRZ. In addition, all loans will be serviced by NewRez LLC d/b/a Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing. The $159.9 million NRMLT 2020-NQM2 mortgage pool comprises 257 residential mortgages characterized by moderate borrower leverage and a notable concentration of alternative income documentation, including 50.5% of the loans underwritten using bank statements. Of the loans subject to the Ability-to-Repay (ATR) rule, approximately 79.9% are classified as non-QM, with the rest exempt from the regulation due to being originated as investment properties for business purposes (20.1%).

The NRMLT 2020-NQM2 pool has a non-zero weighted average (NZWA) original credit score of 738 and a NZWA debt-to-income (DTI) ratio of 34.6%. Borrowers in NRMLT 2020-NQM2 exhibit considerable equity in each mortgaged property, as evidenced by WA original loan-to-value (LTV) and combined LTV (CLTV) ratios of 70.6% and 70.8%, respectively. The pool has a WA loan age (WALA) of approximately three months, and it includes both fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs, 83.2%) and hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs, 16.8%). Approximately 17.6% of the mortgages have an interest-only period, all of which last for ten years.

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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