KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to CarNow Auto Receivables Trust 2022-1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#KBRA–KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to five classes of notes issued by CarNow Auto Receivables Trust 2022-1 (“CNART 2022-1”), an asset-backed securitization collateralized by a pool of auto loans.

CNART 2022-1 will issue five classes of notes totaling $132.15 million, collateralized by a pool of retail automobile contracts made to subprime obligors that are secured by used automobiles. Byrider will use the net proceeds from the issuance of the notes to fund the reserve account, to repay existing debt and to fund the prefunding account which will be used to purchase additional eligible loans during the prefunding period. The transaction has initial hard credit enhancement levels of 68.65% for the Class A Notes through 15.25% for the Class E Notes. Credit enhancement consists of excess spread, overcollateralization, subordination (except for the Class E Notes) and a reserve account funded at closing.

This transaction represents the first ABS securitization in 2022 for Byrider Holding Corp. and its finance subsidiary Byrider Finance, LLC, dba CarNow Acceptance Company (collectively “Byrider” or “the Company”) and Byrider’s twelfth securitization overall.

KBRA applied its Auto Loan ABS Global Rating Methodology as well as its Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology and ESG Global Rating Methodology as part of its analysis of the portfolio pool data, underlying collateral pool and capital structure. KBRA considered its operational review of Byrider, as well as periodic due diligence calls with the Company. Operative agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.

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