KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Freddie Mac’s STACR 2021-HQA2

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to 28 classes from Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR®) REMIC 2021-HQA2 Notes, Freddie Mac STACR REMIC Trust 2021-HQA2 (STACR 2021-HQA2), a credit risk sharing transaction with a total note offering of $550,000,000. STACR 2021-HQA2 features loans with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios greater than 80%, but less than or equal to 97%. The Offered Notes represent obligations of the STACR 2021-HQA2 Trust in a credit-linked note structure governed by a credit protection agreement between the Trust and Freddie Mac, with payments subject to the credit and principal payment risks of the STACR 2021-HQA2 Reference Pool.

The STACR 2021-HQA2 Reference Pool consists of 188,304 residential mortgage loans with an outstanding principal balance of approximately $56.6 billion as of the cut-off date. The Reference Obligations are fully documented, fully-amortizing, primarily 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) of prime quality. The borrowers in the STACR 2021-HQA2 Reference Pool have a non-zero WA (NZWA) original credit score of 755 and a NZWA debt-to-income (DTI) ratio of 34.8%.

KBRA’s rating approach incorporated loan-level analysis of the mortgage pool through its KBRA RMBS Credit 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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