CORRECTING and REPLACING KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to FHF Trust 2020-1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In the fifth paragraph of release it should read: FHF’s historical static pool data (instead of Byrider’s historical static pool data).

The corrected release reads:


Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by FHF Trust 2020-1 (“FHF 2020-1” or the “Issuer”), a subprime auto loan asset-backed securities transaction.

The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in an economic slowdown and high unemployment, which is expected to adversely impact the performance of auto loans, including those supporting the subject transaction. Owing to this risk, KBRA increased its base case default assumptions for the subject pool in a manner that was consistent with a recent portfolio review of the sector detailed in the following report: U.S. Auto Loan and Auto Lease ABS Securities on Watch Report in addition to assuming a lower recovery rate on defaulted loans.

FHF 2020-1 represents the first rated term ABS securitization for the First Help Financial, LLC (“FHF” or the “Company”). FHF 2020-1 will issue three classes of notes totaling $143.24 million that are collateralized by a pool of retail automobile contracts, made to subprime obligors and secured by new (77%) and used (23%) automobiles and trucks. The transaction is expected to be collateralized by approximately $149.99 million of fixed rate installment loans, made to subprime borrowers. The ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels ranging from 30.00% for the Class A notes to 6.50% for the Class C notes.

FHF is a subprime auto finance company with headquarters in Newton, Massachusetts and a satellite office in Phoenix Arizona. FHF was founded in 2006 and currently offers loans in 20 states. FHF is an indirect auto lender and purchases receivables from franchise and independent dealers. FHF serves consumers who are typically unable to obtain financing from traditional lending sources such as credit unions, banks, and captive auto finance companies.

KBRA applied its Global Auto Loan ABS Methodology and its Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool, the proposed capital structure and FHF’s historical static pool data. KBRA also conducted an operational assessment of the Company, as well as a review of the transaction’s legal structure and transaction documents. KBRA will also review the operative agreements and legal opinions for the transaction prior to closing.

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