KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Crédito Real USA Auto Receivables Trust 2021-1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes issued by Crédito Real USA Auto Receivables Trust 2021-1 (“CRUSA 2021-1”), a $130.38 million auto loan ABS transaction.

This transaction represents the inaugural term ABS securitization issued by Crédito Real USA Finance (“CRUSAFIN”, “Crédito Real” or the “Company”). Crédito Real has been in the subprime auto finance business for over 14 years (previously incorporated as AFS Acceptance) and currently offers automotive financing to traditional subprime obligors, borrowers in the Latin American community, and customers who have recently filed for bankruptcy. The collateral in CRUSA 2021-1 has an average principal balance of $13,647, weighted average non-zero FICO score of 558, weighted average APR of 23.46%. The transaction has initial hard credit enhancement levels ranging from 30.75% for the Class A notes to 15.50% for the Class C notes.

KBRA applied its Auto Loan ABS Global Rating Methodology and Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology. In applying the methodologies, KBRA analyzed Crédito Real’s static pool data, and the underlying collateral pool using stressed cash flow assumptions. Operative agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.

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