KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Bankers Healthcare Group Securitization Trust 2020-A

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by Bankers Healthcare Group Securitization Trust 2020-A (“BHG 2020-A”), an asset-backed securitization collateralized by a pool of small business loans (“Commercial Loans”) and unsecured consumer loans (“Consumer Loans”).

The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in an economic slowdown and high unemployment, which can adversely impact the performance of small business loans and unsecured consumer 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 the recent portfolio reviews of the sectors detailed in the following reports: U.S. Small Business ABS Watch Downgrade Surveillance Report, Updated U.S. Small Business ABS Watch Downgrade Surveillance Report and U.S. Unsecured Consumer ABS Securities on Watch Report.

BHG 2020-A represents the first term ABS securitization for Bankers Healthcare Group, LLC (“BHG” or the “Company”). BHG 2020-A will issue three classes of notes totaling approximately $159.61 million. The ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels of 36.65% for the Class A Notes, 23.90% for the Class B Notes, and 10.50% for the Class C Notes.

The loans in the transaction were originated by BHG or Pinnacle Bank (“Pinnacle Bank” or the “Originating Bank”) which is a subsidiary of Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (“PNFP”). All Consumer Loans and certain Commercial Loans are originated by Pinnacle Bank pursuant to the respective originator’s underwriting criteria. Commercial Loans not originated by Pinnacle Bank are originated by BHG. Neither BHG nor Pinnacle Bank originates any Commercial Loans above a 23.99% interest rate. Pinnacle Bank does not originate any Consumer Loans above a 23.99% APR. As of the June 28, 2020 cutoff date (“cutoff date”) for BHG 2020-A, the percentage of loans originated by BHG and Pinnacle Bank is 72.40% and 27.60%, respectively. The cutoff date pool consists of 80.01% Commercial Loans and 19.99% Consumer Loans.

BHG was founded in 2001 and provides Commercial Loans and Consumer Loans primarily to prime, high income and highly skilled licensed medical professionals including physicians/surgeons, dentists, registered nurses, and pharmacists. BHG is led by co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Albert Crawford. In 2015 and 2016, PNFP, a holding company headquartered in Tennessee, acquired ownership interests in BHG and, with its subsidiary Pinnacle Bank, currently owns 49% of the Company. With corporate headquarters in Davie, Florida, and financial headquarters in Syracuse, New York, BHG has provided more than $6.2 billion in funding to over 57,000 borrowers since inception.

KBRA applied its Global General Rating Methodology for Asset-Backed Securities, Global Consumer Loan ABS Rating Methodology and Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology as part of its analysis of the transaction’s underlying collateral pool and the proposed capital structure. KBRA also conducted an operational review of BHG, 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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