KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to TruPS Financials Note Securitization 2020-1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three classes of notes (the “Notes”) issued by TruPS Financials Note Securitization 2020-1 (“TFINS 2020-1”).

TFINS 2020-1 is a static cash flow CDO and will not allow for any reinvestments except limited substitution. The ratings reflect the initial credit enhancement levels, coverage tests including overcollateralization ratio and interest coverage tests for all Notes, excess spread, and a turbo payment that will amortize the Class A-1 Notes beginning in the eighth year using 60% of the proceeds remaining in the interest waterfall prior to making a distribution to the Preferred Shares.

The collateral in TFINS 2020-1 mainly consists of trust preferred securities (“TruPS”), sub debt, and senior unsecured notes issued by community and regional banks and their holding companies along with TruPS, surplus notes, sub debt, and senior unsecured notes issued by insurance companies and their holding companies. The obligors in the portfolio have a K-WARF of 577, which represents a weighted average portfolio assessment of between BBB- and BB+. The total portfolio par amount is $282.9 million with exposures to 50 banks and 19 insurance companies. KBRA has public ratings on five banks and one insurance companies. The portfolio is fully ramped at closing.

EJF CDO Manager LLC, an affiliate of EJF Capital LLC (“EJF Capital”), is the collateral manager. EJF Capital is headquartered in Arlington, VA and is a SEC registered investment advisor. Founded in 2005 by Manny Friedman and Neal Wilson, it has $6.3 billion of assets under management across a diverse group of alternative asset strategies for managed funds and separately managed accounts. EJF Capital also manages $3.2 billion of CDO assets through its affiliates. EJF Capital focuses on investment opportunities in financial institutions, which includes banks, insurance companies, REITs and specialty finance companies. The firm has approximately 75 employees with an investment team of 28 professionals. This is the eleventh securitization of bank and/or insurance securities since 2015 for EJF Capital.

KBRA analyzed the transaction using Structured Credit Global Rating Methodology published on March 13, 2020, the Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology published on August 8, 2018, and incorporated the Global Insurer & Insurance Holding Company Rating Methodology and Bank and Bank Holding Company Global Rating Methodology for analyzing the underlying collateral obligations.

The preliminary ratings below are based on information known to KBRA at the time of this publication. Information received subsequent to this release could result in the assignment of final ratings that differ from the preliminary ratings.

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