KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Brex Commercial Charge Card Master Trust, Series 2021-1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to two classes of notes that will be issued from Brex Commercial Charge Card Master Trust, Series 2021-1 (“Brex 2021-1”), a corporate charge card asset backed securities transaction. The ratings reflect the initial credit enhancement levels of 4.71% for the Class A notes and 2.32% for the Class B notes. Credit enhancement on the notes consists of; overcollateralization, subordination (except for the class B notes), a reserve account funded at closing, and excess spread generated by discounting the pool balance. Brex 2021-1 will include a revolving period of approximately 23 months.

Brex Inc. (“Brex”) is the Sponsor, Servicer, Administrator, and Seller for Brex 2021-1. Brex 2021-1, represents the Company’s first offering of asset-backed securities sponsored by Brex and the first series of notes issued from the master trust. The Notes of Brex 2021-1 are collateralized by a portfolio of non-revolving corporate charge card accounts. The accounts are opened through the Brex platform and ultimately approved and originated through their partner bank relationships.

The collateral in the Brex 2021-1 statistical pool includes approximately $196 million of receivables, as of the February 15, 2021 Statistical Cut-Off Date. Excluding accounts with a principal balance less than or equal to zero, the accounts have an average principal balance of $26,905, an average cash balance of the borrower at the time of underwriting of $4.4 million, and an average active credit limit of $304,626.

KBRA analyzed the transaction using the General Global Rating Methodology for Asset-Backed Securities, Credit Card ABS Global Rating Methodology and the Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology. This transaction falls within “Category 1 – Financial Assets” categorization noted within the General Global Rating Methodology for Asset Backed Securities, which typically relates to transactions that are backed by pools of consumer or commercial financial obligations owed by diverse obligors.

In applying the methodologies, KBRA analyzed performance data and the underlying collateral pool and analyzed the capital structure using stressed cash flow assumptions. KBRA considered its operational review of the Company. Operative agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing

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