KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to Upstart Securitization Trust 2021-5


NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three categories of notes issued by Upstart Securitization Trust 2021-5 (“UPST 2021-5”), a $ 360.610 million consumer loan ABS transaction. The preliminary ratings reflect an initial credit enhancement level of 30.95% for Class A Notes, 19.30% for Class B Notes and 9.50% for Class C Notes. Credit consists of overcollateralisation, excess margin, a non-declining cash reserve account, and subordination (in the case of Class A and Class B Notes).

UPST 2021-5 represents the 30e ABS Securitization secured by unsecured consumer loans from the online platform operated by Upstart Network, Inc. (“Upstart” or the “Company”) and the fifteenth of the ABS Upstart Securitization Trust (“UPST”). Upstart was established in February 2012 and operates an online market lending program (www.upstart.com) and a white-label technology licensing service (collectively, the “Upstart Platform” or the “Platform”) which enables financial institutions and other potential partners to take advantage of Upstart’s online application flow, machine learning credit model, verification process and other technologies to generate loans according to their own underwriting standards.

Collateral pool loans are issued by Cross River Bank, Customers Bank and FinWise Bank. As of the statistical deadline, UPST 2021-5 borrowers have a weighted average interest rate and a weighted average FICO score of 18.34% and 669, respectively. The guarantee pool has a weighted average initial duration of 56 months and a weighted average seasoning of 5 months.

KBRA applied its global consumer credit ABS rating methodology, as well as its global structured finance counterparty methodology and its global ESG rating methodology as part of its analysis of portfolio portfolio, pool of underlying guarantees and capital structure. KBRA has taken into account its operational reviews of Upstart, as well as the periodic update calls with the Company. Operational agreements and legal opinions will be reviewed prior to closing.

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