KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to NBC Funding LLC Series 2021-1 Senior Secured Notes

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to four classes of notes from NBC Funding LLC, a whole business securitization.

This transaction represents Nothing Bundt Franchising, LLC’s (“Nothing Bundt Cakes”, “NBC” or the “Company”) first securitization. The transaction is structured as a “whole business securitization” (WBS) in which NBC and certain of its affiliates are contributing substantially all of their domestic revenue-generating assets to NBC Funding LLC (the “Issuer”) and its subsidiaries. The Issuer is issuing four classes of notes totaling $358.75 million (the “Notes”). The transaction collateral includes existing and future franchise agreements and associated royalties and fees, royalties and profits from company-operated bakeries, distribution profits, other fees and income and intellectual property. The proceeds from the offered Notes will be used to repay existing indebtedness, to pay certain transaction fees and expenses, and for general corporate purposes.

The Company is the franchisor and operator of bakeries under the Nothing Bundt Cakes brand. The Company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Addison, TX. The NBC system includes 387 bakeries across 41 states as of March 28, 2021. System-wide sales totaled approximately $467 million for the twelve months ending March 28, 2021 (“LTM Q1 2021”) and the system is approximately 96% franchised.

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